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@anelki i wish i could put it on blast, but alas...

thanks tho

my libraries faculty meeting this morning brought so much fucked-up news

All I want is a deli breakfast sandwich and I can't go go the deli :goose_honk:

People who work in library services:

What are y'all expecting the course of this pandemic to look like and what do you expect libraries to look like during and after the pandemic?

Please boost, thanks.

(My partner is in school to be a librarian, and is anxious about the unknown. More opinions help sooth me, in those times.)

@emsenn @anelki

yeah I am really sorry, I wish I could be more optimistic especially because I love working as a librarian and I love bringing people into the profession/building up people in the profession, it's just hard when I see colleagues who are sweating this all out (w.r.t. layoffs especially).

the other thing is -- ALL students graduating are in this situation

@anelki @emsenn

I mean I can *only* speak for academic librarianship but I've been hearing a lot of doom and gloom from administration about saving money as much as possible, so much so the entirety of NYU is on a hiring freeze & I've seen that from other Unis too...

so not optimistic about situations right now :/ I know other librarians on the birbsite are talking about potential layoffs at state schools in the library too

@brennen yeah I've tried pandoc locally and got similar results -- thanks for trying this out!!

@Canageek if you have time and don't mind, it would be SO HELPFUL!

I need some help getting the LaTex source from this preprint to build: arxiv.org/format/2003.07970

I really want to read this paper but I hate the 2 column layout and I want to increase the font size. The source is available but I can't build it locally because I suck at LaTex

@TeamMidwest there's also the idea I heard just now that IA is trying to force a lawsuit because it believes it'll win

@TeamMidwest my read of what they are doing:

* DRM'd epubs will no longer have a waitlist, so everyone can read it no matter what (which has always made sense to me for ebooks?)

* all epubs only borrowed for 2 weeks at a time, same as normal

* they are also sharing some shitty scans of DRM'd epubs from library partners (GREY AREA)

IMHO: a) pearl clutching around IA right now is waste of energy b) IA leadership has always sucked c) the grey area is in the scans they are receiving

@cathal the only time I have ever seen anyone get $$ from publishing in academia is from books, but the checks were still $5

@platypus yeah the last thing I read from the Authors Guild accused IA of piracy which I don't think is a strong case as of now to make. But would definitely want to hear more from them as thinking on it continues -- and definitely hear authors that they are scared. Wish our copyright system wasn't so gottdang adversarial

@platypus my read on the IA stuff was that they are doing the following:

* DRM'd epubs that they've always had will no longer have a waitlist, so everyone can read it no matter what (which has always made sense to me for ebooks?)

* they are also sharing some shitty scans of epubs, also DRM'd to hell, with no waitlist (this is the grey area that I really see and others have pointed out?)

* epubs only borrowed for 2 weeks at a time, same as normal

is that offbase?

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