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Open-access science in the misinformation era

While open-access science has made research available worldwide, some scholars worry that misinformation, fraud and politicization have become rampant in a system that rewards speed and sparkle.

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University of California reaches new open access agreement with Elsevier

University of California system secures a landmark open-access deal with publisher Elsevier. Some university librarians hail the agreement as a breakthrough, but others worry about possible long-term impacts.

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Questions raised over the true burden of the 'big deal'

Cost is the No. 1 reason why colleges end their “big deals” with publishers, but not everyone thinks the agreements are really that expensive.

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Doane U suspends library director over exhibit that included 1920s-era students in blackface

University library exhibit included photos of students from the 1920s in blackface. Now the library director is suspended -- and some of her faculty colleagues say Doane made the wrong call.

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Librarians prepare to take a harder line with publishers

Inspired by University of California’s decision to drop its “big deal” with Elsevier, university librarians are laying the foundation to follow suit.

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American Library Association criticized for response to racism complaint

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Association is accused of trying to silence an African American librarian who complained about hostile comments directed at her during the association’s midwinter meeting.

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Elsevier journal editors resign, start rival open-access journal

Following in the footsteps of linguistics journal Lingua, the editorial board of the Elsevier-owned Journal of Informetrics has resigned and launched a rival journal that will be free for all to read.

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Hopkins librarian forced to leave country quickly over H-1B visa woes

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British academic said she had to leave the country after Johns Hopkins declined to submit an application to renew her H-1B visa due to perceived likelihood of denial.

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More institutions consider ending their 'big deals' with publishers

An increasing number of universities are ending, or threatening to end, bundled journal subscriptions with major publishers.

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Faculty, students and alumni object to moving UT Austin's fine arts collection off-site

Moving thousands of scholarly treasures out of the fine arts library at UT Austin has faculty members riled. Should a maker space and other meeting areas replace the stacks?

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