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Another Publisher Wants to Sue Librarians

Has Edwin Mellen Press set a trend? On the heels of Edwin Mellen Press’ lawsuit against librarian, Dale Askey, now OMICS Publishing Group, based in India, is threatening to sue Jeffrey Beall a metadata librarian at the University of Colorado–Denver regarding posts he wrote for his blog, Scholarly Open Access.  If the trend keeps up, will… Read more »

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Science Fiction Culture in Libraries

Harvard’s Houghton Library — that’s the one with all the serious historical archives — has acquired a mimeographed copy of the Star Trek Guide for writers. This booklet gives insight into how writers were expected to create scripts true to the spirit of the series. For example, Captain Kirk wouldn’t find an attractive crew member… Read more »

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Getting Animated in the Library–GIFs

by Lydia Willoughby, Reference Librarian at Vermont Technical College  With recent coverage in Wired Magazine and NYPL’s amazing Stereogranmator, as well as social media wading into the animated waters with SnapChat, Vine and GifBoom, the age of the GIF is here. Hell, it’s even the Oxford English Dictionary’s 2012 Word of the Year! http://storify.com/Willoughbrarian/getting-animated-in-the-library-gifs

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The Chronicle & Edwin Mellen Press

I just wanted to bring a couple of developments to your attention. The Chronicle of Higher Education published an article last week “Herbert Richardson v. the World,” which lays out the lawsuit from Dr. Richardson’s perspective and incorporates reporting from others involved in the legal actions. In a follow up to the article, The Chronicle… Read more »

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Edwin Mellen Press Twitter Parody Account

You know you’ve made it when people start copying and parodying you. The question is: who should be flattered, the person or people behind @FakeElsevier or Edwin Mellen Press? Maybe, just maybe, creating a fake parody twitter account of one’s own company would be the last tactic anyone would suspect in order to combat “the… Read more »

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Never Put Salt in Your Eyes and the Edwin Mellen Press

The Society for Scholarly Publishing removed two blog posts and associated comments after receiving letters threatening a lawsuit from Edwin Mellen Press. Additional comments about the blogpost removal can be read at the Chronicle’s Wired Campus. Besides the blogpost removals, it seems that Edwin Mellen Press is making a digital land grab on Dale Askey… Read more »

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More Librarians Urge EMP to End Lawsuit

More librarians are publicly voicing their support for librarian, Dale Askey and urging EMP to drop its final lawsuit. The latest group is from George Washington University. Do you care about libraries and academic freedom? Are librarians from your organization planning something similar?

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Boycott Begins as Librarians Unite Against Edwin Mellen Press

It was only a matter of time. Librarians who belong to the Ryerson Faculty Association have begun to boycott EMP and will not purchase any more titles until the press drops the lawsuit against Dale Askey. While the fervor of Edwin Mellen Press’ lawsuit against librarian, Dale Askey has waned since EMP dropped the joint… Read more »