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januar 24, 2021

«Why do we live in a world where libraries are illegal?» An interview with Alexandra Elbakyan

Sci-Hub is since 2011 the world´s most celebrated – and despised – «shadow library», performing «pirate style» copying and republishing for free of subscription based academic articles. The initiator, Alexandra Elbakyan (32) of Kazakhstan, has given a number of interviews but here Finnish library activist and philosopher Mikael Böök in an e-mail interview asks his own specific and very current questions. Just now she´s in the news with a lawsuit against her by Elsevier, Wiley etc. We also get her opinions on Plan S, on joining IFLA and on her alleged Russian communist espionage. 

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First Mikael explains his idea and approach for his interview:

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januar 16, 2021

Elsevier och Wiley till nytt angrepp mot Sci-Hub och Libgen

Sci-Hub logo sittande på en boktrave. Boktraven symboliserar Libgen alias Library Genesis.

Alexandra Elbakyan och Sci-Hub, webbportalen för vetenskapliga artiklar som hon upprätthåller, har råkat ut för nya svårigheter, denna gång i Indien. De stora förlagen Elsevier och Wiley har nämligen stämt Alexandra Elbakyan och Sci-Hub inför rätta vid domstolen i New Delhi. Stämningen gäller också skuggbiblioteket Libgen. Om detta kan man läsa mer i Prabir Purkayasthas artikel Elsevier and Wiley Declare War on Research Community in India i indiska NewsClick.

Dessutom har Twitter spärrat Sci-Hubs konto! Därom ingår mer information i artikeln och kommentarerna här.

Historien om de vetenskapliga skuggbiblioteken är redan ganska lång och händelserik och har också tidigare skymtat i Bibliotekettarsaka. Vi återkommer till ämnet!

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mai 15, 2021

«Like Merton Said and Sci-Hubs do»

The Library Publishing Forum 2021 was held on Zoom, May 10-14. Below, we publish the text of Mikael Böök’s presentation ”How to cooperate with Sci-Hub and Libgen (if at all)?”:

Hi, my name is Mikael Böök, and I live in Finland. The subject of my presentation is the extrajudicial publishing of scientific articles and books, which is also called piracy. I thought I would begin with a little song. It’s a cover of a hit from the nineteen sixties by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs. It was called Little Red Riding Hood, but I have have written some new lyrics for my band:

Who’s that I see walking in these woods? Why, it’s the Scholarly Library: 

Hey there Scholarly Library

You sure are looking good

You’re everything a Big Tech Clan could want!

Scholarly Library!

I don’t think that a library should

go walking with this spooky crowd alone.

Is copyright a human right? Oh no!

But knowledge is a human right

and science is a commons, too

like Merton said and Sci-Hubs do

I sure think you ought to admit

that science is not property

so give it all with no delay

for everybody free to share

Hey there Scholarly Library

You sure are looking good

You’re everything a Big Tech Clan could want!

(The song can be listened to via Youtube )

See the presentation below:

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mai 8, 2021

The Library and Sustainability: Passive Consensus and no Debate?

Pale sustainability goals

The United Nations» 17 Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) have become a major issue in library communities across the world thanks to an enthusiastic follow-up by IFLA and several national library associations. But in few other areas is there a static consensus as strong as here. The UN represents something almost indisputable both in wide political circles and in mainstream media. This consensus also exists with the sustainability goals, in the Western world at least.

But libraries violate their own principles if they do not – also – present the existing criticism of the UN and the SDGs.

The social analysis in the UN’s 17 sustainability goals and IFLA’s follow-up is, to say the least, tame. In the wake of the pandemic, it appears even tamer and more cautious as the social and economic divide increases both globally and between the poor and rich in the individual countries.

The 17 challenges are serious and real, but several follow directly from the growing global capitalism of recent decades. Yet still the SDGs don’t invite systemic debate, despite the fact that criticism of aggressive, neoliberal capitalism has grown Internationally and in many areas, from various research communities to European football leagues.

No, this blogger is not against library commitment to a sustainable future, and, no, this blogger does not mean that the library should be neither anti-capitalist nor communist (except when it comes to the free flow of research literature, cf. co-blogger Mikael Böök on this blog when interviewing Sci-Hub founder Alexandra Elbakyan). For the leading ideas for the 2020 public library are and will be democracy, freedom of information and free exchange of opinions.

A comprehensive summary of the criticism of the SDG was given by sustainability researchers Kristin Linnerud and Erling Holden at CICERO, Norway’s foremost institute for interdisciplinary climate research (our translation from Norwegian):

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mars 14, 2019

Open Access – men kan det gjerast endå betre?

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Sivilt ulydig publisist. Kjelde: Albeet Jolly, Wikimedia.

Bibliotek er blitt godt stoff i media. Straks ein bloggar forsøker å ta seg ferie ei vekes tid så strøymar det på med viktige saker. Debatten om sosiale eller asosiale Oslo-bibliotek får vi la liggje, men Units og dermed norske bibliotek sitt brot med Elsevier kjem vi nok attende til. Det same med den ferske svenske bibliotekstrategien.

Og så er det jo enkelt å lenke til dagens kronikk i Klassekampen, forfatta av forskar Thomas Røraas og førsteamanuensis Reidun L.S. Kjome  frå Universitetet i Bergen. Det handlar om Open Access, men her minner dei om «gamle» og nye tiltak og idear som går lenger enn dei «tradisjonelle». Sånt som Alexandra Elbakyan sin «piratdatabase» Sci-Hub.

Denne skreiv også med-bloggar Mikael Böök om her for snart tre år sidan. I tillegg til at han har skrive ei heil bok om frigjeringa som trengst av kunnskapen: «Biblioteksaktivisten­­ — om makt och bibliotek i informationssamhället», som ein kan laste ned gratis eller kjøpe den nye papirutgåva frå Adlibris.

Er du ikkje tingar av Klassekampen eller har langt til eit bibliotek, kan du også lese dagens kronikk på Rødt Askøy si heimeside, der dei to er aktive.

august 18, 2016

Kommer bibliotekarierna någonsin att utnyttja sin potential?

Morgenbladet OAAv Mikael Böök, Isnäs, Finland

– Håller open access på att bli mainstream, inte bara bland forskarna, utan även hos de politiska beslutsfattarna—åtminstone i Europa? Vilken roll spelar biblioteken i sammanhanget? I vilken mån och på vilka sätt har bibliotekarierna tagit sig an denna sak?

Regeringen i Norge vill att landet blir ett ”försiktigt föregångsland” beträffande öppen tillgång (open access) till den vetenskapliga forskningens resultat via internet.

”Norsk forskning skal være åpent tilgjengelig for alle innen 2020, foreslår et utvalg regjeringen har satt ned”, läser jag i norska Morgenbladet 12 augusti.

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oktober 2, 2006

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On this blog we (Finnish Mikael Böök and Norwegian Anders Ericson) cover a handful of library related topics, but all very important:

First of all Anders follows up his own concept The Library Takes up the Case (LTC). An LTC-page on a library web site is meant to give more availability and more democracy in debates and issues where the information to the public is insufficient and where it is unbalanced; typically where neither the local authority web site nor the local press offer balanced coverage of a controversial development program with consequences for a community.

Anders gave a presentation of LTC and related topics at the ALA Conference in Chicago in June 2017: «Public Libraries Improving Public Participation and Democracy» (PDF).

Secondly Anders tries to cover the ongoing process of the new Norwegian «debate library», originating from the revision of the Norwegian Library Law of 2014 and its brand new expression of §1: «The public libraries should serve as an independent meeting place and arena for public dialogue and debate» . The most radical word here is «independent», which here widens the chief librarian’s authority from media selection to organizing debates. The Norwegian Minister of Culture has stated that «The chief librarians themselves choose and prioritize how they will achieve the goals of the new mission statement […] the library manager should be free to plan activities at a public library. The library management […] will assume a role like the one of an editor».

Mikael joined the blog earlier this year and will emphasize on more strategic and philsophical aspects of the Internet and librarianship. He has coined the phrase «Library Power» and promotes the idea of the library as a Fourth branch of state power. See his writings in English at the bottom of the entrance to his website.

We also share and comment on news, books, conferences etc. on «critical librarianship». Define this as wide as you like…

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