Wednesday News: Free access from Oxford U Press this week, the state of digital journalism, Shakespeare’s plays as webcomics, and celebrating librarians
Oxford University Press Gives You Free Access to Books, Dictionaries & More During National Library Week – So while you can’t access Oxford academic journals, in honor of National Library Week, Oxford University Press is offering free access to a number of its texts, including its dictionaries. So if you’ve ever wanted to peruse the OED (Oxford English Dictionary) but don’t have access, now is the time.
Access will be open until the end of Saturday, the 19th. You will be able to read Oxford’s online dictionaries, online scholarly editions, extensive reference materials, and the popular series of Very Short Introductions,. . . (To access the texts, type “libraryweek” as the username and password in the Subscriber Login area. It appears halfway down the page, on the left.) –Open Culture
Digital journalism: we’re still waiting for the third model of news publishing – A provocative blog entry considering the way in which the “studio system” model of journalism is perceived to be more likely to succeed than a “publishing monolith.” Can a platform that seeks to serve many through journalistic content succeed? Emily Bell is not convinced, and her discussion of what she calls “entrepreneurial journalism” is both depressing and engaging.
Long-term commitment and availability of capital are changing how we think about digital journalism. Baron’s conviction that the world won’t end with Klein’s departure is as likely to be right as the idea that Vox will be successful. We are still waiting, though, for a third model of news publishing to emerge. A news organisation that holds institutional strengths, beliefs and resources at its core but allows the rise of the independently oriented journalist some freedom to succeed or fail is still at the drawing board stage. –The Guardian
All of Shakespeare’s Plays, Converted to 3-Panel Webcomics – This might be better than when the plays were converted to graphic novels. Although they’re not ALL three panels. Although Titus Andronicus’s single panel might be my favorite, Henry VI Part 3 in five panels is pretty great, too. –i09
9 Reasons Why Librarians Are Awesome – A cute piece celebrating librarians. –Buzzfeed