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Journal of Radical Librarianship
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  This is an Open Access Journal Open Access journal
ISSN (Online) 2399-956X
Published by Journal of Radical Librarianship Homepage  [1 journal]
  • The illicit and illegitimate continued use of Jeffrey Beall’s
           “predatory” open access black lists

    • Authors: Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva
      Pages: 1 - 5
      Abstract: For several years, a US librarian, Jefrey Beall, blogged about problems he perceived in open access (OA) journals and publishers. During that time, many academics also felt that there were serious and legitimate issues with the scholarly nature of several OA journals and publishers. Beall rapidly gained popularity by recording his impressions on a personal blog, and created two controversial black lists of OA journals and publishers that he felt were unscholarly. Beall’s black lists were well received by some, but also angered many who felt that they had been listed unfairly, or who were not entitled to a fair challenge to become delisted. Beall seemed determined to show that the numbers of “predatory” OA journals and publishers were increasing annually, and even began to advocate for the formal use of his black lists as policy, encouraging academics not to publish in those journals or publishers. Institutes were also encouraged to use Beall’s black lists to prevent their academics from engaging in a free choice of publishing venue. That posture, antithetic to freedom of choice, may have harmed many academics and budding publishers. In mid-January of 2017, Beall shut down his blog, without warning. This was followed by considerable commotion among publishers, academics and their institutes that had relied on Beall’s black lists for guidance. A post-publication peer review of Beall’s black lists, Beall’s advocacy, and the potential damage that they have caused, has only now begun. Reasons why these black lists are academically illegitimate, and arguments why their continued use is illicit, are provided.
      PubDate: 2018-03-27
      Issue No: Vol. 4 (2018)
  • Libraries, Labour, Capital

    • Authors: Sam Popowich
      Pages: 6 - 19
      Abstract: This article looks at librarianship from a Marxist economic perspective, arguing that crises within the profession are due to material changes in the organization of production and labour relations. These changes are part of a transition from one “regime of accumulation” (industrial, Fordist, Keynesian) to another (neoliberal). The article suggests that any choice made to address these changes leads us further into relations of commodification which worsen the crises we face, and that only fundamental changes to the social, political, and economic system in which we work and live will solve the problems we currently face.
      PubDate: 2018-03-28
      Issue No: Vol. 4 (2018)
  • Progressive Library Organizations Update, 2013-2017

    • Authors: Al Kagan
      Pages: 20 - 52
      Abstract: This article is a five-year update to the author’s book, Progressive Library Organizations: A Worldwide History, published by McFarland in 2015. It includes information on all the organizations covered in the book except the Library and Information Workers Organisation of South Africa which folded in 2000. These six organizations are from Austria, Germany, Sweden, UK, and US. The analysis is based on several new interviews in 2017, documents, publications, correspondence, and much personal experience. These organizations are in various states of health, and two of them have transformed into new structures. We can take heart that activist librarians continue to organize themselves to push back against the neoliberalism that pervades our profession and the world at-large.
      PubDate: 2018-06-08
      Issue No: Vol. 4 (2018)
  • Contextualizing the “Marketplace of Ideas” in Libraries

    • Authors: Nailisa Tanner, Grant Andersen
      Pages: 53 - 73
      Abstract: “The marketplace of ideas” is frequently invoked in debates concerning the merits of free, unrestricted speech; as social and information centres of their communities, libraries are often implicated in these debates. If we suppose that libraries are supporters of civic debate, what does it mean to take the “free market of ideas” as the principle by which the free speech debate is organized' This paper contextualizes the tendency to imagine the public sphere as a free market in ideas within jurisprudence and the neoliberal arts of government, consulting democratic theory to question which frameworks libraries might draw from to reimagine their contribution to the public sphere. Keywords: civic space; democracy; free speech; markets; neoliberalism
      PubDate: 2018-09-12
      Issue No: Vol. 4 (2018)
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