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February 27, 2012

Boycotts and Bills

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , — pam @ 9:56 pm

The Chronicle of Higher Education today reported the news that Elsevier had pulled its support from the Research Works Act, a House bill that has been declared dead by its sponsors. The bill, HR 3699, would have prevented agencies of the federal government from requiring public access to federally subsidized research. Before the news broke that the bill was dead, open-access advocates credited a growing scholarly boycott of Elsevier for the publisher’s change of course. The Cost of Knowledge petition now has more than 7,400 signers, and the Chronicle reported, “If Elsevier hopes that renouncing the controversial bill will make the boycott go away, it’s likely to be disappointed.” Tyler Neylon, co-founder of Zillabyte, a big-data startup, said, “Elsevier’s sincerity is still a bit suspect.”

February 24, 2012

More on the Cost of Knowledge

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — pam @ 2:49 pm

As the number of academics boycotting Elsevier–publisher of both ScienceDirect and Engineering Information Village (EI Village)–grows, Barbara Fister, a Minnesota librarian and blogger, explains in Inside Higher Ed why students should care about the cost of knowledge.

February 23, 2012

Cost of Knowledge

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — pam @ 6:42 pm

Growing discontent with Elsevier, publisher of the database ScienceDirect, and its pricing models led Cambridge Mathematician Timothy Gowers to write a blog post that launched a massive boycott of the largest publisher of academic journals in the world. The boycott, now with more than 7,000 supporters, has ignited a discussion over the cost of, and access to, information published by academics. Check out this podcast by Rick Karr from On the Media for details on the issue.

February 15, 2012

Where do ‘green’ materials come from?

Filed under: News — Tags: , , — pam @ 4:58 pm

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February 7, 2012

The Many Faces of George Washington

Filed under: Exhibitions — Tags: , — pam @ 4:28 pm

“The Many Faces of George Washington” is a new exhibition on view in the Cohen Library Atrium now through March 19. The exhibition was produced by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association in conjunction with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and supported by a grant from the F.M. Kirby Foundation.

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