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 »


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 <> or… Read more »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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:


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 »


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.


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?