Fuck the system? We made it!


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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?

A secret society?


Um… not really. This video is from Navigating the New the California Library Association conference. They did battledecks. You can see them all here. It’s always fun to see librarians make fools of themselves in a good way. (Seriously, I wish more people would have fun and take risks like that.) In around 4:55 of the video here, Sam McBane stumbles across a LibPunk slide. She was stymied. “Is it a secret society or something?” Ha. No. We gotta get the word out I suppose.

Thanks to the people who made the decks! Fun times…

LibPunk Radio Episode #17: OA week, what are you doing?


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This picture is of my dinner… sort of. I had a Chipotle burrito bowl after recording LibPunk tonight. It was in honor of one of our biggest supporters – Blake Carver of LIS News. Thank you, Blake!

So go listen to this week’s LibPunk Radio. Unfortunately Amy couldn’t make it for most of the show, so you get lots of Sarah and me talking. Actually, I have to say we earned our burritos tonight by being mostly on topic. I mean, yeah, we started off with talking about howh rabid women sports fans tend to be more rabid than male sports fans. Anyhow… That’s like the first 5 minutes. The rest of it is:

  • The commodificaiton of OA Week. Sort of like the pink ribbons for Breast Cancer Awareness Month or slapping a “green” sticker on something and marking up the price.
  • Should libraries be responsible for institutional repositories?
  • How our language obscures our aims: Open Access? Free Law? Scholarly Communication? You get it.
  • Amy calls in at the end from a cab. YES A CAB! I dunno, that’s cool.

So, we won’t be on next week. Instead Amy and I will be eating burritos in the Bay Area and Sarah will be rubbing elbows with Lynn Swann. Stay tuned!

LibPunk Radio 17? Or something: OPEN ACCESS


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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!

LibPunk Radio Episode 3: We are a profession of professionals, let us count the ways…

Hör mal! Here’s the newest episode of LibPunk Radio! (Here’s the LibPunk Radio RSS Feed by demand.)

What’s to say about this week?

Next week there will be the library school smackdown. Sarah will argue that online schools suck and aren’t real, and I’ll argue that it’s all good in this hood.

PS – Here’s the rare entries stuff I mention on the recording. HOLY SHIT I GOOGLED THAT!

There might have been more, but I’m in a weird mood because I’m having Thatcher flashbacks.

LibPunk Radio Episode 2: Professhunal Dis-cuss’n


Or some shit like that.

I apologize for this in advance. I ate too many carrots – not a good idea. What did we talk about? Lemme try to remember:

  • Rock stars.
  • Professional associations and why they don’t always suck.
  • People who dance their ass off. I mean the Movers and Shakers thing.
  • Scott Baio’s attitude on celebrity.

Who knew Scott Baio would ever be the LibPunk mascot? News to me!

And next week, call in YO!

LibPunk Essay Contest In Full Swing

Don’t forget to enter the LibPunk Essay Contest! Sarah already did and it’s a good read. Definitely check it out.  We’ll try to post all the entries here or on the LibPunk Radio Wiki. We’ll have a special episode of LibPunk Radio about it most definitely. If you feel too constrained by words, we’ll take videos or other visual art. If you feel inclined to send vegan baked goods, please let me know.  (I don’t like raisins.)

Keep fighting the good fight and all that.