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A Freeborn Man of the Traveling People

I grew wistful for a bit of the great American motoring tradition the other day, and I had cause to visit a far away friend. This saw me on the highway for a staggering amount of time, and between him and I was the Library I booted about in high school. Ah the fond memories of intentional misuse of the card catalogue for dating purposes.

"Pardon me, you seem to have my drawer. Would you mind sharing?" Our heads or hands would sometimes touch, and that would be the beginning of yet another beautiful friendship. Stupid OPACs.

Open Lecture at Closed Prices

From time to time, I get emails from various listservs that I'm a part of. This time, my mailbox had a letter from Simmons GSLIS.

The Open Movement and Libraries
Online -- February 1 - 28, 2009
$250 ($200 for Simmons GSLIS alums)

Am I the only one that sees something wrong with this picture? If we're talking about Open Source and Open Access, why are we insisting on closing doors by charging several hundred dollars during a Depression? (Sure, folks are calling this a Recession right now, but that's another story.) The very nature of this screams professional hypocrisy to me.

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