What a beautiful beginning to fall we are having here in Charleston! After non-stop rain all of September, October has been delightful. Here’s hoping the great weather continues. Bring a sweater and of course an umbrella just in case. It is supposed to get cooler in Charleston which is a good thing!
Was envious to hear from Mike Markwith that he has been off the grid for the past two and a half days in Pennsylvania. No cell phone, no Internet sort like he is trying to relive the first few years of the Charleston Conferences! Ah! The importance of being disconnected!
Washington State University is sponsoring an edit-a-thon as part of Open Access Week. Christine Meyer is a sign language interpreter at the WSU Access Center and is one of some 75,000 who edit and write articles for Wikipedia, “the encyclopedia that anyone can edit.” When Meyer first started editing Wikipedia content in 2007, she read Angelou’s bio and noted a shortage of sources, poorly written prose and a lack of comprehensiveness in detailing the author’s considerable career. “I was shocked,” Meyer said. “Maya Angelou is a pretty significant writer of the late 20th century. I took it upon myself to do something about it. That’s where I cut my teeth on editing and collaborating with other editors. Meyer edited and rewrote the entry for Angelou. In 2013, it was listed as a featured article on Wikipedia – a distinction bestowed on the best articles as determined by Wikipedia editors and used by them as examples for writing other articles. “When Maya Angelou died (on May 28), her bio article got 1.5 million views,” Meyer said. “So 1.5 million people read what I wrote, and I’m proud of that.” Angelou’s bio wasn’t the only problem Meyer and others have discovered on Wikipedia’s pages. Only 9-16 percent of Wikipedia editors are women; journalists and academics have criticized Wikipedia for the gender disparity and for how it affects content. The edit-a-thon has emerged as one potential solution to encourage more women to become Wikipedia editors.
And in a story that is still breaking news, the ATG NewsChannel reported this weekend that the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has reversed and remanded the Cambridge University Press v, Georgia State case.
In that post we linked to an earlier analysis by Kevin Smith that he has since updated and retitled GSU appeal ruling — the more I read, the better it seems.
Kevin also notes that it is also well worth reading Nancy Sims from Minnesota on the decision: 11th Circuit Rules On Georgia State Fair Use Case
And to top it all off we’ve posted an ATG Original analysis from Bill Hannay entitled: Georgia State Put on the Injured Reserve List
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.