LibraryBox is a library-oriented version of the PirateBox project -- a little, self-contained wireless router with on-board storage that you fill up with freely usable library materials and bring with you so that wherever you go, you can share with the people you meet. Jason Griffey, the librarian who created it, is Kickstarting a version 2.0 that is much easier to set up and run. A $150 contribution gets you a fully assembled unit. Jason was kind enough to give me a box this weekend with all my books on it, to bring with me to talks and such.
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Jason Griffey has released an excellent paper on the tension within the library system between the endorsement on one hand of the Open Access model of scholarly publishing (in which scholarly materials are published gratis under permissive, Creative Commons licenses, and authors pay for for peer review; as opposed to the reigning model in which scholarly publications cost research institutes small fortunes) as being good for librarians and researchers; and on the other hand of the American Library Association's own journals, which are contracted-for and published under restrictive regimes that limit copying and sharing.
The paper's very good and sharply argued, but what's even cooler is the references cited: this is the first scholarly paper I've ever read with a cite to Wikipedia in its bibliography. Also in there are videos of speeches licensed under CC regimes, blogs, and other netinalia of note.
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Inspired by last week's story about a teenager who was arrested and charged with a felony for putting rude, sarcastic note in his bag for TSA checkers to find, Jason Griffey has produced a printable two-up PDF of the note in question for you to include in your luggage, if you feel like becoming a felon yourself.
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(Thanks, Jason!) Read the rest “Printable felony sarcasm”