Required Readings

Scholarly publishing a-go-go, digital literacy, the Aaron Swartz case, and pre-K suspensions: Required Readings, April 1, 2014

If I were feeling more clever and less fuzzy brained (no more late-night ice cream), I’d have whipped up a fun faux Required Readings for April Fool’s Day. However, when a state votes to keep on the books a creationism education law declared unconstitutional more than 25 years ago and an elementary student is kicked out of a private school for not being feminine enough, it’s too hard to tell the difference between satire and reality these days.

The past week has brought a variety of information about copyright, fair use, open access, and other matters related to scholarly publishing. Copyright infringement and fair use were among the topics discussed in a recent lecture in intellectual property at Duke University.  Liberal arts colleges call for publishers to end restrictions on how e-books can be used and shared. And a British policy statement clarifies an open access mandate applicable to recipients of certain funding there.

While faculty are learning to navigate an evolving landscape regarding author rights, students must develop digital literacy skills of their own. This framework from University of Greenwich researchers encapsulates the dimensions involved.

The Boston Globe presents a fascinating look at the case of Aaron Swartz, focusing on the actions of MIT and database provider JSTOR.

More about recent research on pre-K students suspended for disciplinary problems from Education Week.

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Librarienne is a university librarian who sees her professional mission as teaching the masses how to separate the wheat from the chaff in today's expanding universe of information, that everything you read requires a critical eye, and how to properly use apostrophes.

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