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Article: Open Source Software and Librarian Values

My short article "Open Source Software and Librarian Values" [PDF] is available in the current issue of Georgia Library Quarterly. It's a paper I wrote for last year's Georgia Council of Media Organizations Conference (COMO), and GLQ has been kind enough to publish it as a white paper.

Naturally, it's available free since GLQ has gone open access.


DRM article in Progressive Librarian

"Steal This Comic," xkcd.com, by Randall Munroe

Just a quick post to mention that I've published my first peer-reviewed article!

Puckett, J. (2010). Digital Rights Management as information access barrier. Progressive Librarian, (34-35), 11-24.

"Digital Rights Management as information access barrier" is in the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Progressive Librarian. It's a small journal and recent issues aren't online yet, but it's available under a Creative Commons license so I can share it here (PDF link). Open access FTW. Also, spoiler alert: turns out I think DRM is bad.

Scholarly publishing being what it is, some of the research is already a bit out of date. Notably, there have been some new DMCA exemptions passed that have created some new classes of legitimate use for circumventing DRM. If I've got to be outdated, that's a good reason in my books.

Also: If you're interested in DRM, and if you can get your hands on the print issue of Progressive Librarian (#34-35, Fall-Winter 2010), my article precedes a great related essay by Ted Striphas, pp. 39-45, "E-books in the classroom: Implications for teaching, learning and research," all about the Amazon Kindle.

Also also: I'll be presenting on DRM online for ACRL on March 1. Still time to register.

“My own private library” in Georgia Library Quarterly

57/365: Audio Books

Audio Books by Playful Librarian via Flickr

I wrote a short article about free audio books for Georgia Library Quarterly's Winter 2010 issue. It's for a regular column called "My own private library," in which librarians write about the books in their home libraries.

Update: GLQ is now archived online! PDF version here.


C&RL News article about LibX and Zotero

The February 2010 issue of College and Research Library News includes my article  "Superpower your browser with LibX and Zotero: Open source tools for research." It's an overview of these two research tools and my ideas about how and why they're valuable resources for academic libraries. If you're interested in my March 23 ACRL webcast, this article gives you a good idea of the kind of thing I'll be covering, but of course with live demos and discussion.

Superpower your browser with LibX and Zotero: Open source tools for research via C&RL News


How to lecture well article

This short article by Rob Weir on Inside Higher Ed, "Boring Within or Simply Boring?" is one of the best teaching how-to pieces I've read recently. I'm tempted to print out and post Weir's formula to look at next time I'm planning a class:

Mix with enthusiasm and repeat the following:

  • Stated Objective(s)
  • A Plan
  • Hook
  • Body
  • Repetition
  • Summary
  • Restated Objective(s)

Props to Boing Boing for the link.