b4b s2 e25: Jane Burpee on Open Access Week

In interviews, radio show, reviews on October 18, 2012 at 3:24 pm

It’s time for the 2012 Raise Your Voice fundraising drive for CFRU, the theme this year is In The Field. Please consider donating to CFRU in our upcoming fundraising drive, or any time.  For anyone who donates $100 or more, there are some cool rewards, including: key to the station, a t-shirt, a toque, and more. Check them out on the Donate page. Also, come on out for music and merriment at Fru-Fest, October 19-25, around Guelph. So much is happening.

Listen to this week’s show on the crfu site.


Dan’s reading list:

– Pamela Druckerman: Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting >  On the topic of raising kids (and how we’re doing it wrong).

Jonathan Goldstein – I’ll Seize the Day Tomorrow > A new book to tell people about when they say “Give me something to make me laugh!”

– Joan Didon: Blue Nights > On the topic of aging, grieving and surviving loss.

Peter’s reading list: 

– George Orwell: 1984. > Peter makes an analogy to the band Nirvana.

-Mark Binelli: Detroit City is the Place to Be > Peter loves Detroit. You can too.

– Greg Rucka: No Man’s Land > Batman! But… well, Peter was confused but also delighted.

– Don Delillo: Mao II > Paranoid socio-political semi-thriller by Peter’s #1 guy.

Are comic books actually books? Are they? Aren’t they? Depends who you listen to. Junot Díaz has an opinion on this.


Dan and Peter interviewed Jane Burpee from the University of Guelph’s McLauglin Library. In a couple of weeks, she’ll be back to talk about the Campus Author Recognition Program, in which 89 authors associated with the Guelph campus are celebrated this year alone! But today she is with us to talk about  Open Access Week, October 22-26. 

 The library has collaborated with other organizations to bring in speakers all week, on the topic of access to academic writing and research. Their idea is that peer-reviewed scholarly work (publicly funded) should be (but isn’t) available online for free, immediately on publication. As things stand, taxpayers contribute to the production of scholarly journals, which in turn make their output available to post-secondary institutions for a fee; students and faculty have access to these journals online, but lose that access if they stop being enrolled or employed at the university, and anyone without such an affiliation has to pay (sometimes quite a steep price) to view more than an abstract of most scholarly articles. This means, among other things, that professional discourse and development is cut off from discussions and innovations in scholarly research, and this contributes to the “ivory tower” aspect of the academy and research.

What do you think? Come out this week and take part in the discussion.


And we hereby rename our town Bonkersfestville USA (Ontario), in honour of the apparently endless stream of events happening here.

Aside from Fru-Fest (October 19-25), there’s the Festival of Moving Media, Guelph’s international documentary film fest: provocative, affordable, at various locations in Guelph Nov 1-4. Check it out.

And not a festival but: Friday Oct 26, you have a chance to see the popular and critically-acclaimed one-man-show Bookworm, by Corin Raymond, with musical guest David Ross Macdonald, downtown at Magnolia. (Emily recommends this to all book nerds (and book nerd lovers) everywhere.)


Next week’s show will be Live From The Bookshelf! Come on in and be part of the show.  


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