Historical

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You Are Old: Kids React to a Walkman

Who knew the changing face of technology could be so painful… Continue reading

Public Access to Public Books: The Case of the National Trust

The UK’s National Trust owns 140 libraries containing hundreds of thousands of volumes, many of them in the public domain. What would it take to make those books available to the public that owns them? Continue reading

What Library Directors Are Thinking: An Ithaka S+R Survey Report

Ithaka S+R has just published the latest in its ongoing series of triennial library director surveys, and its findings are interesting and, in some ways, sobering. Continue reading

The Scam, the Sting, and the Reaction: Labbé, Bohannon, Sokal

Editors keep allowing nonsense and gibberish to be published in their journals and conference proceedings. How many exposés and sting operations will it take before scholarly publishing begins effectively to police itself? Continue reading

Book Review — “David and Goliath” by Malcolm Gladwell

Despite the feeling that the factory has turned out just another from the same template, Gladwell’s new book turns out to be refreshing, surprising, and thought-provoking. Continue reading

Intellectual Sprawl — The Importance of Constraints on Authors and Other Creators

A contemplation of constraints — how some have vanished, how others are needed, how new ones are emerging, and the benefits constraints deliver. Continue reading

Taking Stock In the Kitchen: A Look Back at 2013

A look back at 2013 in The Scholarly Kitchen. Continue reading

The Future (?) of the Scholarly (?) Monograph (?)

As the scholarly communication environment changes, so does the monograph–and the nature of scholarship itself. A few years from now, what will these terms even mean? Continue reading

Whose Dissertation Is It, Anyway?

Another association of historians has recommended that students be allowed to impose limited embargoes on their dissertations. And so the question arises again: whose work is the dissertation, and who should control it? Continue reading

Stage Five Book Publishing: A Guide for University Presses

The five stages of book publishing outlined here describe the arc as publishers move from the traditional model (where print books were sold mostly in bookstores and to libraries) through a range of developments using online media, culminating in new forms of subscription marketing. Continue reading

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