Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Open mic night: Opinion vs. libel?

Edit: Transcript available at

Join us on Thursday, February 21, 2013 for a #medlibs chat on Twitter at 6pm Pacific/9 Eastern where all topics are up for discussion but especially a focus on current events such as

  • The Medical Library Association (MLA) joint statement with AAHSL in support of Dale Askey and McMaster University, sued by a publisher for a critical blog post. Read details at The Chronicle of Higher Education.
  • Think this is isolated? Think again - Jeffrey Beall at University of Colorado has also been sued by a publisher about his blog  (thanks Eric Schnell) Back in 2007 the issue of bloggers having libel insurance was discussed here, and media liability insurance is an option for members of The Authors Guilde to purchase (thanks Michelle Kraft)
  • What are the repercussions of this for book reviewers, open peer review, and related scholarly discourse? Some perspectives have been shared at the Law Librarian Blog (thanks Alison Aldrich)
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