This op-ed was published earlier today in the CSU Fullerton student newspaper, the Daily Titan.
Back in the pre-digital age, when university libraries bought physical resources, graduating students knew that the university library collections would continue to be there for them. Even if it meant a trip back to campus, that reservoir of curated knowledge would always be available to enjoy.
These days, graduating students are sadly, abruptly and completely cut off from most of the digital resources that we librarians work so hard to supply and teach students how to use.
How did this happen? How have libraries learned to hate commencement?
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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.
Congratulations to Ann Hidalgo and her colleagues at Claremont School of Theology for winning the Open Library of the Humanities Open Access 2020 Award. The Open Access Digital Theological Library (OADTL) is a brilliant example of what Collection Development can and should become within an increasingly Open Access world.
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Systemic and institutional racism is an enormous problem in academic publishing, and this thoroughly infects libraries as well. Charlotte Roh’s 2018 CARL presentation and accompanying slides should be mandatory reading in this regard, and her citations lead out to lots of other important and relevant scholarly articles and reports. So if you haven’t read Roh’s work, please stop and do so now.
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