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I haven’t paid much attention to developments going on in the vendor world around alternatives to IP authentication until recently. Yes, the current duct-tape-and-glue solutions libraries have are broken, but that’s nothing particularly new. And yes, Shibboleth has been around at least since I started in libraries, but vendors have...

Raymond Chandler, The High Window, in The Big Sleep/Farewell, My Lovely/The High Window, Everyman, 2002 (originally published 1942). I was glancing at this omnibus volume on my bookshelf and realized that I hadn’t gotten around to reading The High Window. My dad has always been a Chandler fan, and I...

Yesterday, the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) voted overwhelmingly to reject an offer by the College Employer Council that the union argued was made in bad faith and an attempt to do an end-run around negotiation by putting the offer directly to a ratification vote by the membership. The...

Philip K. Dick, The Man in the High Castle, in Four Novels of the 1960s (Library of America, 2007). First published in 1962. The Man in the High Castle is a book about racism. Racism imbues every interaction, every relationship in the novel. But racism, while the most immanent, is...

This week there was a lot of discussion about the ethics of tracking library users (specifically students) and passing that data along to university administrations to help support the “student experience”, ensure “student success”, and “prove the value of libraries”. There was a lot there to get into - I...