The End of an Era for and Other Academic Networks? may need to change the second step in its sign-up process given publisher concerns regarding posting of research articles without rights holder permission

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that Elsevier has issued a sweeping series of Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notices regarding Elsevier-published content to, a file-sharing network for researchers and other academics. This has prompted a storm in the Twittersphere, a response from Elsevier, a number of commentaries on blogs and list-serves, and a truly bizarre article from CNET that casts as a “new school” “digital era” “publisher” and rival to Elsevier (who is couched as an “old school” “traditional company” – which just incidentally owns and operates a platform very similar to for its part is reportedly encouraging authors of affected papers to sign this Elsevier boycott petition despite the fact that their own terms of use prohibit the posting of content that infringes on the copyright or license of publishers such as Elsevier…

[New Issue] Journal of Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences, Vol. 8 No. 1 (2020)-Hawassa University

The Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences, AgVS – a double-blind peer-reviewed open-access online journal of Hawassa University has a newly released volume (Issue): Vol. 8 No. 1 (2020)

The great contributions by authors and Reviewers are genuinely appreciated… 

Librarians and Professional Labeling: What’s in a Name?

At a recent professional meeting, I was dismayed to find myself witnessing yet another discussion on whether those present should call themselves “librarians.” The program that hosted this discussion opened with the observation that library spaces are shrinking in the post-pandemic world and the question of whether the participants might stop calling themselves librarians if they no longer work “in a [physical] library.” Everything I heard was a repetition of arguments I’ve heard over and over in the almost 50 years since I was working on my first professional degree (M.S., Drexel University, 1973–1975).

I’m sick of hearing debates about our professional labeling. The conversations usually generate more heat than light. Moreover, they distract us from the important questions we should be discussing and tasks we should be working on. With the hope of helping the profession move on, I offer the following brief historical survey and some fundamental premises for librarians who are making decisions about what professional label to adopt…

Academic Libraries and Leadership Skills

The importance of Reading Books on paper rather than digitally

Digital has become a very big part of our lives in a short period of time, just a few years ago technology was not as advanced, and digital tablets did not exist. It seems natural today for everyone to take their tablet or smartphone to read Gary Vaynerchuk’s latest book or the book on the […]

Research: People prefer friendliness, trustworthiness in teammates over skill competency 

People who are both trustworthy and competent are most sought after, according to Binghamton University School of Management research. People who are friendly and trustworthy are more likely to be selected for teams than those who are known for just their skill competency and personal reputation, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University […]

Why do we remember more by reading – especially print – than from audio or video

When mental focus and reflection are called for, it’s time to crack open a book. Noam Galai/Getty Images

During the pandemic, many college professors abandoned assignments from printed textbooks and turned instead to digital texts or multimedia coursework.

As a professor of linguistics, I have been studying how electronic communication compares to traditional print when it comes to learning. Is comprehension the same whether a person reads a text onscreen or on paper? And are listening and viewing content as effective as reading the written word when covering the same material?

The answers to both questions are often “no,” as I discuss in my book “How We Read Now,” released in March 2021. The reasons relate to a variety of factors, including diminished concentration, an entertainment mindset, and a tendency to multitask while consuming digital content…

Tartiiba Hiikkaa Gugilii Afaan Oromoo – on Beta Version and Google Crowdsource

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