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From BC to GC...

Tomorrow is my last day as part of the library faculty at Brooklyn College. In July I will transition into my new role as the Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian at the Mina Rees Library. I'm excited to join the CUNY Graduate Center, which has been a second home to me since 2010 via the MALS program.

I have had many wonderful experiences at Brooklyn College. My time here has made me think of myself as not only a librarian, but a scholar, and I am very thankful for all that this has meant both personally and professionally. It has been hard to imagine leaving this library, many wonderful BC colleagues, and the Brooklyn College Library Zine Collection, but I know that both I and the collection will continue to grow and evolve, and that change is good!

Join the Free University of NYC! | Tues May 1 | Madison Square Park

Free University of New York City

TUESDAY May 1, 2012 — MAY DAY
A public experiment in education — 10am to 3pm
Convergence of students, teachers, and the public
demanding free education for all — 3pm
Madison Square Park, 23rd St./5th Ave./Broadway
Subway: N/R to 23rd St. / 6 to 23rd, and 1 block west / F/M to 23rd St., and 1 block east
web: maydaynyc.org/freeuniversity twitter: @FreeUnivNYC | #FreeU
Schedule: http://atrium.occupy.net/sites/default/files/free_university_course_list.pdf

(CUNY-wide manifestation on May 2 at Brooklyn College 12pm, see below)

This May Day, a coalition of students and faculty from Brooklyn College, Columbia University, the CUNY Graduate Center, Eugene Lang College, Hunter College, New School for Social Research, New York University, the Occupy University, and Princeton University are collaborating to produce a “collective educational experiment” to be held on Tuesday, May 1st from 10am to 3pm. The action is in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street’s call for a General Strike and a day without the 99%.

Happy Open Access Week!

It's Open Access Week, and so far 2011 has impressed me. From Barbara Fister's reveal of what journals are costing her library (going against nondisclosure agreements), to Maura Smale's Open Access Pledge.

I'm joining Maura and Barbara and many other colleagues who are celebrating Open Access this week.

At Maura's recommendation, I signed the Open Access Pledge. I also think that Maura's new publishing pledge is fantastic. I would like to use it as my own from here on out:

  1. I will not submit articles I have authored or co-authored to any closed, subscription-based journals.
  2. I will not undertake peer review for any closed, subscription-based journals.
  3. I will not join the editorial board for any closed, subscription-based journals.
  4. I will not accept the editorship of any closed, subscription-based journals.
  5. I will make my own research and scholarship available online wherever possible.

What is Open Access? As someone who has struggled with variances in OA definitions, I believe that the Berlin Declaration captures OA in the clearest manner:

Open access contributions must satisfy two conditions:

The author(s) and right holder(s) of such contributions grant(s) to all users a free, irrevocable, worldwide, right of access to, and a license to copy, use, distribute, transmit and display the work publicly and to make and distribute derivative works, in any digital medium for any responsible purpose, subject to proper attribution of authorship (community standards, will continue to provide the mechanism for enforcement of proper attribution and responsible use of the published work, as they do now), as well as the right to make small numbers of printed copies for their personal use.

A complete version of the work and all supplemental materials, including a copy of the permission as stated above, in an appropriate standard electronic format is deposited (and thus published) in at least one online repository using suitable technical standards (such as the Open Archive definitions) that is supported and maintained by an academic institution, scholarly society, government agency, or other well-established organization that seeks to enable open access, unrestricted distribution, inter operability, and long-term archiving.

Open Access is more than the ability to view an article without paying for it,* or without your library having to pay for it. Open Access can be seen as a commitment to hacking copyright--in a way that provides more ways for everyone to use a creators' work (similar to the ways that free software licensing insures more freedom).

Please join us for CUNY's Open Access Week if you are able, or plan/discuss/pledge wherever you are!

Open Access Scholarly Publishing as Thought and Action

Friday, October 28, 2011
CUNY Graduate Center—Room 9204
free and open to the public

As a culmination of CUNY Open Access Week 2011, and in conjunction with the CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative, this panel will unravel issues surrounding open access scholarly publishing. Our panelists will share their inspiration for becoming open access advocates, their thinking about adopting particular licenses for their work, and the processes through which they have liberated their scholarship—from their perspectives as authors, editors and publishers.

The panel will include:

Members of the Radical Teacher editorial collective: Emily Drabinski is an Instruction Librarian at Long Island University, Brooklyn, James Davis and Joseph Entin, both Associate Professors of English at Brooklyn College. Radical Teacher is a socialist, feminist, and anti-racist journal about the theory and practice of teaching. Published in print since 1975, the journal has recently decided to transition to an open access model.

Matthew K. Gold is an Assistant Professor of English at New York City College of Technology and of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy at the CUNY Graduate Center, where he serves as Advisor to the Provost for Master's Programs and Digital Initiatives. He recently edited the book Debates in the Digital Humanities, which will be published through the University of Minnesota Press in January 2012 both as a printed text and an expanded, open-access edition on the web.

Michael Mandiberg is an artist and Assistant Professor of Media Culture at the College of Staten Island/CUNY and on the Doctoral Faculty of the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate Program at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is the coauthor of Digital Foundations: An Intro to Media Design, Collaborative Futures, and the editor of The Social Media Reader.

Trebor Scholz is a scholar, artist, organizer and chair of the conference series The Politics of Digital Culture at The New School in NYC. His forthcoming monograph with Polity offers a history of the Social Web and its Orwellian economies. In spring 2011, he co-authored From Mobile Playgrounds to Sweatshop City (with Laura Y. Liu). Scholz is the editor of two collections of essays, Learning Through Digital Media (iDC, 2011) and a volume on digital labor (Routledge, 2012). He also founded the Institute for Distributed Creativity that is widely known for its online discussions of critical network culture.

For more information about Open Access publishing, and CUNY’s 2011 Open Access Week events, see the Open Access @ CUNY blog on the CUNY Academic Commons, or get in touch with Professor Alycia Sellie: asellie@brooklyn.cuny.edu

Open Access Week Events in CUNY Libraries

In May 1883, in response to a population explosion, the Brooklyn Bridge opened a new, free path between the cities of New York and Brooklyn....In October, 2010, in honor of Open Access Week and in response to an information explosion, the CUNY colleges of Brooklyn will show faculty and students free and open paths to scholarly information.

Please join the Brooklyn College Library and the Ursula C. Schwerin Library, New York City College of Technology, in marking Open Access Week this fall.