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Historians' association faces criticism for proposal to embargo dissertations

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American Historical Association wants universities to permit blocking of online access to doctoral students' work for six years, saying such rules will protect new Ph.D.s seeking to publish. Not everyone wants to be protected.

California weighs its own open access plan

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As the Obama administration continues to hash out its open access policy for federal research, California weighs its own for state-funded research and development.

Bill Bowen's new book on MOOCs and online education

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William Bowen, former Princeton president, argues in new book that technology can lower college costs, but there remain more questions than answers.

Supreme Court Sides Against Textbook Publishers on Resale of Imported Works

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Supreme Court rules against textbook publisher's effort to prevent resale of cheaper imported textbooks.

Open source textbook company shifts tactics in fight with publishers

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Following a lawsuit from major textbook publishers, a Boston company rewrites its "textbook replacement" material and asks judge for breathing room.

Another publisher accuses a librarian of libel

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A second librarian's blog becomes the target of a potential lawsuit from a disgruntled publisher.

An academic press sues a librarian, raising issues of academic freedom

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A university librarian finds himself sued for questioning the quality of an academic press.

Library supporters worry U.S. may back publishers in copyright case

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Supporters of university libraries are worried by the Justice Department's unexpected interest in filing a brief in the battle over e-reserves.

Academe reacts to Aaron Swartz's suicide

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In academe, many advocates for open access mourn loss of a leading thinker and activist for the movement. Many also criticize MIT, which says it will study its role in his legal struggles.

New book challenges the idea that professors don't care about teaching

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Research from University of Washington shows professors to be self-critical about and constantly struggling to improve their teaching.

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