Dale Askey, an associate librarian at McMaster University is being sued by Edwin Mellen Press Ltd. for post on his personal blog that he made three years ago.
Articles on the Askey lawsuit:
- TheSpec.com – “Librarians Rally Behind Blogger Sued by Publisher Over Critical Comments”
- The Chronicle of Higher Education – “Librarians Rally Behind Blogger Sued by Publisher Over Critical Comments”
- Inside Higher Ed -“Price of a Bad Review”
This has become quite a hot topic among librarians, including medical librarians. Tomorrow’s #medlibs chat topic will be the Askey lawsuit and discussing the line between opinion and libel.
You don’t have to be a medical librarian to participate in the #medlibs chat. The chat is open to all who are interested. It is held every Thursday at 9pm est. If you don’t chat a lot on Twitter or use a program like TweetDeck or Hootsuite, an easy way to participate is use the website TweetChat. On TweetChat you sign in to your Twitter account and choose to follow the #medlibs hashtag. You will see the conversation in real time and all of your tweets will automatically contain the #medlibs hashtag so others can follow along too.
I look forward to seeing you there and please feel free to invite non medical librarians to the chat. It would be interesting to hear how this impacts academic librarians and here from anybody else with an interest on the topic. The more people with diverse backgrounds the better the discussion.