One of the best parts about my job as a ScholComm Librarian is working with amazing students on meaningful publishing projects. As part of a team working on a Dept of Ed funded grant with our National Resource Center for Asian Languages, I had the wonderful privilege of collaborating with a team of BFA and MFA illustrators to make Vietnamese language books in support of bilingual K-12 education in Orange County. One of our illustrators, a young, gifted and Black artist by the name of Leah Simone Metters, brought tremendous energy, creativity and leadership to the project.
Now that my Open Science book experiment on the First Gospel (Qn) is almost a year old, over 1000 pages, more than 325,000 words, has over 2500 unique downloads, and is the basis for an upcoming peer-reviewed presentation in the Digital Humanities section of the Society of Biblical Literature this November, it felt like the right time to take the book to the next level of professional publishing. So I decided to commission book cover art, and I could think of no artist better suited to realize my vision for the book than Leah.
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CSU undergraduate students pay on average about $15,000 a year in tuition and fees. Many of our students can’t even afford food or a place to live, not to mention textbooks.
CSU Presidents make on average well over $400,000/year when housing benefits are included. Some attorneys and executives at the Chancellor’s office make more than university presidents. The Chancellor makes $625,000/year, which is more than the combined salary of President Biden ($400,000) and Governor Newsom ($210,000). Administrators have largely grown out of touch with the daily lives, concerns, and needs of students and faculty. They are working for themselves and their corporate welfare classmates, not for us and not for the common good.
The corrupt culture of corporate greed and legalistic voodoo has completely undermined higher education as a call to public service.
BLM happened and is still happening. Virtue signals and woke posturing abound daily from administrators, but have any substantive changes been made to CSU budgets? No.
To borrow a phrase from Ayanna Presley, “policy is my love language.” To take it one step further, for students, “policy and budgets are our love language.”
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After having spent countless hours curating publication lists and metadata on these platforms and fielding numerous requests from their bots and users to upload content, as a self-motivated academic author I’ve finally decided to reset the nature of my relationship with ResearchGate.net and Academia.edu.
Besides deleting dozens of my publications from these sites, here is the core of my personal Linked Open Data protest:
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This is the part of the story where publishers, marketers, fundraisers and authors realize there is a shit ton of money to be made in Linked Open Data Living Information Books as a new kind of digital property.