‘Higher Education in the Age of Coronavirus’

Jeffrey Aaron Snyder, in an excellent, if downcast, Boston Review essay on the post-pandemic costs U.S. higher ed: The coronavirus is taking a sledgehammer to higher education in the United States, shattering the established configurations, norms, and rituals of...

Jon Tennant’s Infrastructure Mandate Idea

The late Jon Tennant, in one among a flurry of writings before his tragic death: the lever here is having research funders helping libraries to guide their funding decisions more wisely and responsibly. One such way could be to stop trying to mandate individuals...

‘The cost of Open Access books: a publisher writes’

Open Book Publishers’ Lucy Barnes and Rupert Gatti, in a remarkable post detailing their book-publishing costs: [M]any of the conversations about the financial viability of Open Access book publishing are predicated on a single business model—that of the BPC...

Commercial Publishers Aim to Seize Preprints

Ithaka’s Roger Schonfeld and Oya Rieger, in a Scholarly Kitchen post on the big publishers’ move to “take back control of preprints”: Perhaps more significantly, however, they are bringing preprints inside their publishing workflows. This will...

A Pivot to Online—or to For-Profit Higher Ed?

The Times, to borrow former executive editor Howell Raines’ favorite phrase, is flooding the zone with its coverage of higher ed’s online future: “Remember the MOOCs? After Near-Death, They’re Booming” (today) “The Future of College Is...