#HCOD never dies. We’re still pissed about ebooks.


(Photo thanks to johnk in buffalo.)

Nothing like the stench of rotting fish or the site of picking meat off the bones. What? (I’m bad with dead animal analogies, I’m vegan.)

So, last week we talked about #hcod and wouldn’t you know, it hasn’t really gone away. Listen to it here:

This week we’re going to catch up and hopefully have some more people call in. (PLEASE CALL IN!) Some further reading:

So go slog through those bloggity tomes and then call in tonight. We start at 9pm EST. Info here or you can just dial (724) 444-7444 and our Call ID is 81240. Public librarians, please call in! We need your perspective. (Seriously, I’m tired of the Academics here.)

Aight. I’m going to go pass out and dream of William Gallas. See you in the pit! I mean, talk to y’alls tonight.

LibPunk tackles #HCOD or something like that


Photo courtesy of dreyboblue.

So, this week on LibPunk Radio, we’re going to talk about #hcod – aka the Harper Collins Overdrive affair. Here’s some reading from our FF room:

Got something to say about this? Well call in! If Talkshoe is being finicky, we’ll Skype. Find me there. kendra.k.levine

Toodles.

Fuck the system? We made it!


img via alshepmcr

This morning was sort of surreal. The UL here was talking about all the great stuff this campus is doing with Google Books and how Hathi Trust is a major step forward towards access. Then Brewster Kahle from the Internet Archive pointed out the Hathi Trust isn’t as open as it could be, even going so far as likening it to Elsevier and Lexis Nexus. His point? We, libraries and librarians, helped created and empower the Elseviers and Lexises. They’re our own monsters which we pay lots of money to. So we’ve created and enabled the system which fucks us. It’s like Frankenstein.

What’s the solution? Clearly smashing the system ain’t going to work. Thoughts?

LibPunk Radio 17? Or something: OPEN ACCESS


(Photo via wakingtiger.)
Tonight’s LibPunk Radio is all about Open Access Week, or it will be as much as we can stay on topic. Hopefully we will stay on topic because what’s more punk in the library world than OA? Not much, other than straight up piracy (but then Sarah will smack somebody). We might also talk about the oncoming Internet Librarian, but who knows.

See ya in the pit!