Radical Militant Librarian

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Federal librarians and archivists who set foot in classrooms, attend conferences or speak up at public meetings on their own time are engaging in “high risk” activities, according to the new code of conduct at Library and Archives Canada.

Given the dangers, the code says the department’s staff must clear such “personal” activities with their managers in advance to ensure there are no conflicts or “other risks to LAC.”

The code, which stresses federal employees’ “duty of loyalty” to the “duly elected government,” also spells out how offenders can be reported.


“On occasion, LAC employees may be asked by third parties to teach or to speak at or be a guest at conferences as a personal activity or part-time employment,” it says. “Such activities have been identified as high risk to LAC and to the employee with regard to conflict of interest, conflict of duties and duty of loyalty.”

The code says employees may accept such invitations “as personal activities” if six conditions are met: The subject of the activity is not related to the LAC’s mandate or activities; the employee is not presented as speaking for or being an expert of LAC or the Government of Canada; the third party that made the invitation is not a potential or current supplier or collaborator with LAC; the third party does not lobby or advocate with LAC and does not receive grants, funding or payments from LAC; and the employee has discussed the invitation with his or her manager “who has documented confirmation that the activity does not conflict with the employee’s duties at LAC or present other risks to LAC.

Federal librarians fear being ‘muzzled’ under new code of conduct that stresses ‘duty of loyalty’ to the government

Um…thoughts, northern border friends?

(via thelifeguardlibrarian)

(via libraryjournal)

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The Dairy Industry wants to add aspartame to milk without labeling it, and is seeking the FDA for this right NOW!



The link above links to a page where we can SPECIFICALLY protest against it by commenting on it on the upper right green box labeled “Submit a Formal Comment”.

You do not need to register, just fill the information and comment, as if you were commenting on a blog.

For “organization” simply put “no organization, just myself.”

and for the “Category” I selected “Food Association D-0017”.

While I personally talked about aspartame doesn’t need to be added into milk at all, you guys are free to talk about that and/or the fact that it would be going unlisted in ingredients if you feel it is okay to add aspartame.

I snopesed this, its legit. I’m scared.

Aspartame is already added to flavored milk, and yes, this only refers to flavored milk (and a bunch of other not-just-plain-milk dairy products like sour cream), because no-one uses it in regular milk. Aspartame would not be removed from the ingredients lists, either. The only thing that would happen is that flavored milk would stop being required to say things like “reduced calorie” on the front of the package … but none of these front labels mention aspartame by name currently anyway.

I don’t like aspartame because I happen to be one of the people who can taste the difference from sugar and don’t like it. But ignoring the fact that I don’t drink flavored milk in the first place, I also know how to read an ingredients list, which is the only place aspartame is mentioned by name currently, and it’s not going to be removed from there. Therefore, I’m not worried about this.

(Source: dansphalluspalace)

Filed under reference librarianship panic

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Edwin Mellen Press Drops Lawsuit Against McMaster Librarian Dale Askey


The Edwin Mellen Press has dropped one of two lawsuits against librarian Dale Askey, the press announced in a release dated March 1, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Company.

The move came after McMaster University, named as a co-defendant in one of the two suits, reportedly “made arrangements to ensure Associate University Librarian Dale Askey can cover his anticipated legal costs.”

“The Association [of Canadian University Presses] and others have pursued a social media campaign complaining about legal action taken by EMP… The financial pressure of the social media campaign and pressure on authors is severe. EMP is a small company. Therefore must choose to focus its resources on its business and serving its authors,” the Press said in its statement.

» via Library Journal

Filed under Court Cases Edwin Mellen Press McMaster University

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Blocking BitTorrent sites doesn’t stop piracy—but Spotify might


A United Kingdom judge ruled Thursday that Virgin Media, BSkyB, BT, and other British telcos must block access to BitTorrent sites Fenopy, Kickass Torrents, and H33T.com.

In a written decision, Judge Richard Arnold said that these sites enable copyright infringement “on an industrial scale.” Last year, another British court ruled that The Pirate Bay must be blocked because it allows for significant copyright infringement.

However, a recent study from a UK-based music industry analysis firm confirms what we’ve long-suspected: its data shows that blocking sites that enable unauthorized downloads does little to impact actual piracy.

» via ars technica

Smart money has known this for a long time. Smart money is not running the music and movie industries.

Filed under copyright piracy