LIL Talks: Parsing Caselaw

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In last week’s LIL talk, expert witness Adam Ziegler took the stand to explain the structure of legal opinions and give an overview of our country’s appellate process. First on the docket was a general overview of our country’s judicial structure, specifically noting the similarities between our federal and state systems, which both progress from… Read more »

Are publishers out-competing libraries? Podcast with Andrew Odlyzko

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[mp3 here] Last week, Andrew Odlyzko [wikipedia] a mathematician and historian, and former head of the University of Minnesota’s Digital Technology Center, posted a research paper that concludes that the data suggest that libraries are losing their competition with the publishers of academic journals. Andrew is a long-time open access advocate, so he’s not saying… Read more »

Royal Society goes open access

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The Royal Society — publisher of the first peer reviewed scientific article in history — has announced that its entire archive (which goes back to 1665) and all future issues will be available online for free. Here’s the searchable index.

ACRL supports open access declaration

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The Association of College and Research Libraries has signed the Berlin Declaration. The ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, and has 12,500 members (which is about 20% of the ALA’s membership). The Berlin Declaration was written in 2003 and encourages open access publishing. [via American Libraries Magazine, and a hat tip to… Read more »

Michael S. Hart

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First, an email from Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive about Michael S. Hart: A dear friend and an inspiration unfortunately died yesterday. He dedicated his life to getting books to everyone in the world. He did this with no compensation and lived a life of near poverty. But he always shined with good cheer,… Read more »

Why don’t more academics do Open Access publishing?

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A report on a survey of 350 chemists and 350 economists in UK universities leads to the following conclusion about open access publishing: …our work with researchers on the ground indicates to us that whatever the enthusiasm and optimism within the OA community, it has not spilled into academia to a large extent and has… Read more »