“Scientific publishing is a rip-off. We fund the research – it should be free” : George Monbiot, The Guardian

"Half the world’s research is published by five companies: Reed Elsevier, Springer, Taylor & Francis, Wiley-Blackwell and the American Chemical Society. Libraries must pay a fortune for their bundled journals, while those outside the university system are asked to pay $20, $30, sometimes $50 to read a single article. While open-access journals have grown rapidly, … Continue reading “Scientific publishing is a rip-off. We fund the research – it should be free” : George Monbiot, The Guardian

Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell on Why We Need Libraries – an Essay in Pictures

"Two great champions of reading for pleasure return to remind us that it really is an important thing to do – and that libraries create literate citizens" See the full piece in The Guardian here: Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell on why we need libraries – an essay in pictures

Keepers Of The Underground: The Hiphop Archive At Harvard (NPR)

"Along with gathering everything about hip-hop for preservation, The Archive works with rappers and producers to share the history and thinking of the masters of the medium and pass on the traditions. The Archive employs Harvard students and works with interns to help maintain the memorabilia and do deep research into hip-hop culture." "This story … Continue reading Keepers Of The Underground: The Hiphop Archive At Harvard (NPR)