January 2012 Archives

New Bloggers and Posts On Their Way!

 

As you can see, besides Jason's post last week, it's been a little while since we've had some regular bloggers on here. Sorry for our lapse! But, I promise to bring you some new reading in the coming weeks. I thought I'd get things started for now, but rest assured, there will be new posts to read and topics to discuss on a regular basis!

My name is Katie Sallade, and I started attending GSLIS in the fall. I'm enrolled in the Archives dual-degree program with History and Library Science. The transition has been great thus far, although it definitely was not the easiest move I've made in my life. I'm from Harrisburg, PA, so it took about seven hours to drive to Boston and then the unpacking and such began. But the hardest part was actually finding a place to live. I opted to live off-campus in the hopes of feeling less like an undergrad and more like an independent woman. I had a housing situation lined up and then one of the girls decided to take a job in Chicago and I was back to square one. Luckily, I utilized Craigslist postings and found a great place in Brighton. I was completely nervous about using the site, but I skyped with my new roommates before I left and my boyfriend also went to meet them in person before I made the move as well. Thank goodness for technology! Without skype and advertising sites like Craigslist, I'd probably be crashing on a couch somewhere...

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Scary times... scary times

Wikipedia will be taking down its English language site Wednesday 1/18/12 in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act. Read more about Wikipedia's decision on PCWorld.

Wikipedia joins Reddit and BoingBoing, who will also shut down on Wednesday in protest of the proposed legislation. The webmasters and founders of opponents to SOPA and PIPA agree that something needs to be done about internet piracy, but argue the bills in their current forms will enable the type censorship happening in Iran and China. Internet heavy-hitters such as Google, Facebook, Mozilla, Twitter, and Tumblr have also vocally opposed the legislation but none have committed to the blackout on Wednesday at this time.

"If you want an Internet where human rights, free speech and the rule of law are not subordinated to the entertainment industry's profits, I hope you'll join us," said Cory Doctorow of Boing Boing.

Research Works Act:

The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has introduced the "Research Works Act," aimed at Open Access Policies that allows the public access to federally funded research. Under this Act, all projects funded by the NIH will no longer have to be freely accessible 12 months after acceptance for publication. This would not keep the funding from happening, it would just require one to purchase publicly funded research or subscribe to the journal it appears in. Read Information Today's explanation of the "Research Works Act" and what it will do to federally funded research written by GSLIS' own Robin Peek.

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