Thursday, August 26, 2010

Discreet Illusion of Academic Freedom

The latest JSTOR imbroglio - see here and here for instance - culminates in the wisdom of concealment: 
Giving libraries the power to change the default setting such that non-accessible articles remain hidden is now a “number one priority,” see: Inside Higher Ed

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Blogger Tom Matrullo said...

Comment at Babelfish.

8/26/2010 11:32 PM  
Blogger Tom Matrullo said...


"...these soi-imaginant founts of knowledge operate principally so as to prevent access — first of all to the total outsider, but also to the academic subscriber who seeks knowledge in the wrong way (that is, a way that the database manager didn’t foresee, or foresaw and nixed), and then to the academic subscriber who’s in the wrong place (at home, rather than at a campus terminal), students likewise. In short, the role of the periodical-database companies is to prevent pretty much everything that a print librarian facilitates. Welcome to the awkward zone between the beginning of the digital transition and the time rationality sets in."


8/27/2010 11:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

See also:

8/29/2010 2:45 PM  

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