WHEREAS, Edwin Mellen Press continues to litigate against Dale Askey and McMaster University; and
WHEREAS, We understand such litigation to be an attack on freedom of expression; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That YUFA librarians will refrain from acquiring titles published by Edwin Mellen until such time as Edwin Mellen ceases its litigation; and be it further
RESOLVED, That YUFA librarians urge Kansas State University and McMaster University to defray in full Mr. Askey’s legal fees in recognition of their institutional obligation to protect the academic freedom of faculty and librarians.
Passed by the Library Chapter of the York University Faculty Association, 26 February 2013.
Edwin Mellen Press is suing our colleague Dale Askey (associate university librarian at McMaster University in Hamilton) twice, once alone and once with McMaster itself, for comments he made on his blog in 2010 about the quality of Edwin Mellen publications.
Dale Askey said in an email interview that it was “my job to assess the quality of books, and I did so based on many years of experience in the field… As a qualified and experienced librarian, I was sharing a professional opinion for consumption by peers.”
Dale Askey has the freedom to comment on publishers and the quality of their publications. We librarians and archivists, members of the library chapter of the York University Faculty Association, fully support him in his exercise of academic freedom and freedom of speech.
Lisa Sloniowski has posted the text of her talk at the CAUT Librarians Conference in Ottawa last October: Who Speaks for Libraries and Librarians?