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The problem with using cost-per use analysis to justify journal subscriptions

There have been two widely shared articles lately that have had some interesting statements about journal usage numbers being misleading. From The Scholarly Kitchen –  When the Wolf Finally Arrives: Big Deal Cancelations in North American Libraries Many libraries seem … Continue reading

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DVD fee a barrier for library users at the Winnipeg Public Library

The following article I wrote was published by the Winnipeg Free Press on May 17th, 2017.  When I mention to my friends it’s frustrating the Winnipeg Public Library (WPL) charges a fee for DVD loans, I’m always surprised by the … Continue reading

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What is going on with the number of Open Access Journals indexed in Elsevier’s Scopus?

Here is a table of the minimum number full/gold open access journals that Scopus has claimed to index for each month in the last year. This is taken right from the archived Scopus Content page from the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. (Missing … Continue reading

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How to talk about “Predatory” Publishing: Reclaiming the Narrative

A few weeks ago someone urgently shared on the Summon ListServ that a keyword search for the word “Transgender” on Summon produced a obscene and pseudo-science article as the first search result. The community immediately echoed this frustration when many of … Continue reading

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Protect Fair Dealing – Canada’s Upcoming Copyright Act Review

I’m starting to get a little worried. The Canadian Government is set to review the Copyright Act at the end of 2017 and it looks like – despite a large number of evidence-based court rulings supporting it – that there … Continue reading

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Open Access: The Half-Revolution Continues

Wiley recently announced that is launching a pilot of what appears to be the exact same article sharing feature, SharedIt, that Springer-Nature put in place about a year ago. This is after a pilot using only Nature journals was judged … Continue reading

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In Defense of Discovery Tools

About two months ago I made a twitter poll to try and get an idea about how Librarians currently feel about discovery tools: If you could remove the single -discovery tool- search box from your library’s homepage, would you? (Please … Continue reading

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