Agree or disagree: Absurd “academic publishing racket” is past its sell-by date?

Agree or disagree?

In the Observer, John Naughton unloads both barrels on the “academic publishing racket” in which giant multinational publishers get free, state-subsidized research to publish, use free, state-subsidized labor for peer-review, require assignments of the scholars’ copyrights as a condition of publication, then charge astounding sums to the scientists and academics they are “serving” for the right to read the work they’re all engaged in producing.

Absurd “academic publishing racket” is past its sell-by date – Boing Boing.

Sinking of the Titanic

C. Q. D. …..C.Q.D….

100th Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic

In memory of those who lost their lives and to honor those who were left behind, we have a special display this month concerning this most tragic event in history.

Come visit us at the Todd Library and check out information on the “unsinkable Titanic”.

How sad. No Fiction Pulitzer Awarded for 2012.

For the first time since 1977, no fiction piece was awarded a prize. Nominated by the jurors as finalists were Denis Johnson’s Train Dreams, Karen Russell‘s Swamplandia! and David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King. But the board, which consists of 18 voting members and reads all the final entries, couldn’t agree on a winner—a majority vote is needed.

The 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners: Who Won – The Daily Beast.

Amazon’s $1 million secret…

Yes, much of the literary world is in full-throated revolt against Amazon’s dominance — bookstores fear Amazon will pushthemoutofbusiness, authors worry about deepdiscounting, and the Department of Justice is considering the major publishers’ challenge over the price of e-books. But amid the public and private rancor, the massive e-retailer is very quietly trying to make friends in the book world. Its strategy is simple and employs a weapon Amazon has in overwhelming supply: Money.

The Brooklyn Book Festival is just one of many recent beneficiaries of Amazon’s largess. According to a list on Amazon’s site, prestigious groups such as the PEN American Center, journals like the Los Angeles Review of Books,One Story, Poets & Writers and Kenyon Review, mentorship programs such as 826 Seattle and Girls Write Now, and associations including the Lambda Literary Foundation, Voice of Witness and Words Without Borders have all received grants.

Amazon’s $1 million secret –

Major Decisions Week display

Decisions Week/Career choices at WCC

April 9 – 13, 2012

Waubonsee is hosting a week’s worth of activities to help you explore majors, including how they relate to careers choices. Come visit the Todd library to learn more about the various degrees and careers choices available. Also, How-to books for completing that all important Resume.