Libraries

Contact Edwin Mellen Press to Drop Second Lawsuit

Yesterday, there was an announcement that Edwin Mellen Press had dropped the lawsuit against McMaster University and Associate University Librarian, Dale Askey. While it is true that EMP has dropped one lawsuit, it still has a second lawsuit against Dale Askey. If you feel strongly about this topic, I suggest you contact Iona Williams <emp@mellenpress.co.uk> or… Read more »

Libraries

Price of a Bad Lawsuit

[Update: 3/5/2013] Edwin Mellen Press still has one lawsuit pending against librarian, Dale Askey.  The Canadian Broadcasting Company reports that Edwin Mellen Press has dropped the lawsuit against McMaster University and Associate University Librarian, Dale Askey. In a disjointed press release, Edwin Mellen Press references a letter by the Association of Canadian Academic Presses, which… Read more »

Libraries

ALA President Responds to Edwin Mellen Press

The President of the American Library Association, Maureen Sullivan, released the following press release in response to Edwin Mellen Press’ lawsuit against Dale Askey and McMaster University. As president of the American Library Association, I share the deep concern expressed by the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries and the… Read more »

Job Market

Alt-Ac: Breathing Life into Libraries or Eroding the Profession?

The Alt-Ac movement is a response to the dismal academic job market and the toxicity of graduate school an opportunity for scholars to use skills developed in their studies in new contexts. If you’re unfamiliar with the term Alt-Ac, it’s shorthand for “alternative academics,” and describes people that have left the professoriate to pursue jobs… Read more »

Libraries

The Secret Titles of Librarians

In my post last week about skills and titles for libraries, I asked librarians what their secret or unofficial title is at work. The inspiration for looking at “secret titles” came from Rands in Repose. Of the librarians that responded to my survey, over 1/3 felt their title did not match well with what they… Read more »

Libraries

Research Libraries Stand Up to Edwin Mellen Press

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) issued a joint statement in support of Dale Askey and McMaster University as the two face a lawsuit from Edwin Mellen Press. The statement reads:

Libraries

A Librarian with a Very Particular Set of Skills

But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. ~ Memorable Quotes from Unmemorable Movies I know. The full quote doesn’t work in this context. What skills do librarians have that would make them… Read more »

Libraries

What Skills Do Librarians Need?

Last week we talked about libraries, specifically what is and isn’t a library. This week I’m interested in looking at what skills librarians need.

Libraries

Suing Librarians in the Digital Age

Is it too early to ask the question? Has the legal action Edwin Mellen Press brought against Dale Askey and McMaster University backfired? From a public relations standpoint, what have been the outcomes of the suit?

Libraries

Digital Library Marketing: The Freedom Suits

Last week, I wrote a post about marketing digital library collections. Today, I want to share a great example of using video and Youtube to reach users and communicate the intention of your collection. The video is about the St. Louis Freedom Suits Legal Encoding Project, which I worked on while at Washington University in St…. Read more »