So I've finally gotten around to trying out Google Reader alternatives, and I'm digging The Old Reader pretty well but it doesn't look like I can combine feeds to make a new feed to export. I don't think Feedly does that either. Do any other readers do this one very nice thing?
I'm setting up a summer project and it suddenly occurred to me - maybe someone already did this. I want to compile lists of big-name journals in disciplines we teach and what the OA policy is for each (preprint, postprint, PDF, noway nowhow, unknown). Has anyone already compiled this?
First milestone on The Big Deal and the Damage Done: Now in double-digit sales. (If it hits triple digits, there will probably be a 2012 followup.) Including two sales each in Canada and the UK. Since my only promise to my wife was that the book would sell well enough to cover the cost of my own paperback copy, it's a good start.
So I just learned that Proquest dumped hundreds of thousands of dissertations into Turnitin. I think this is evil. I also learned, poking around, that many ETDs have a "run it through Turnitin" step. I don't think libraries should be supporting a private corporation that relies on a dubious fair use claim to build their empire of badness.
Can I coin the symbol "!!!=" to mean "is really really NOT equal to"? Eg: "in the public domain" !!!= "in a publicly accessible pre-print repository or report" (http://www.functionalecology.org/view...).
If you've ever doubted Murphy's Law, this morning my colleague, manager and I were all out at a Koha intro session and came back to discover that three of our major systems had fallen over for two different reasons, neither of which were related to the major telephony upgrade ITS did overnight.
Yesterday, American Journal of Public Health emailed authors of *already published* articles to say that the journal's closed-access period has been extended from 2 years to 10 years, unless authors are willing to pony up $1000 (which the journal considers to be a "steeply discounted rate"). Uhhhh...ransom much?
I'm SPECIAL. Would it be pointless to not renew my membership to a professional LIBRARY organization because they sold my information to spammers? I'd kinda like to rejoin but the amount of spam and junk mail I get because this ASSOCIATION sold me out makes me angry. Would it make any difference if I told them I'm out because of this?