Scholarly Publications

My varied interests are reflected in the range of articles you see here. As far as scholarly work goes, I have a strong preference for publication in Open Access journals… and though “gold journals” are the ideal, this has not always been possible.

Wikipedia Knows the Value of what the Library Catalog Forgets

Kris Joseph, “Wikipedia Knows the Value of What the Library Catalog Forgets,” Cataloging and Classification Quarterly 57 (2019).

Abstract: Shifting library catalogs from physical to digital has come at a cost. Catalog records no longer leave traces of their own evolution, which is a loss for librarianship. The subjective nature of information classification warrants self-examination, within which we may see the evolution of practice, debates over attribution and relevance, and how culture is reflected in the systems used to describe it. Wikipedia models what is possible: revision histories and discussion pages function as knowledge generators. A list of unanswerable questions for the modern catalog urges us to construct a new, forward-thinking bibliography that allows us to look backward.

Ongoing Policy, Regulatory, and Competitive Challenges facing Canada’s Small Internet Service Providers

McNally, Michael, Dinesh Rathi, Kris Joseph, Jennifer Evaniew, and Amy Adkisson. “Ongoing Policy, Regulatory, and Competitive Challenges Facing Canada’s Small Internet Service Providers.” Journal of Information Policy 8 (2018): 167–98.

Abstract: Many rural and remote Canadians continue to experience a digital divide. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) operating in these communities play a crucial role in connecting Canadians, yet they are understudied. This study aims to address this gap in the literature by focusing on policy, regulatory, and competitive challenges and issues facing small ISPs. Small ISPs face competitive pressures, but more importantly deal with regulatory challenges induced by the lack of a coherent national approach to rural broadband. Ten Canadian ISPs were interviewed as part of this study. The paper recommends the Government of Canada develop a national broadband strategy informed in part through consultation with small ISPs.

Moving Open Access to “Post-Open”

Kris Joseph, “Moving Open Access to ‘Post-Open,’” Public Services Quarterly 14, no. 1 (2018): 83–91,

Abstract: The Open Access movement was born near the turn of the century and has been catalyzed by agreements like the Budapest Open Access Initiative and the Berlin Declaration. Advocates have succeeded in creating widespread awareness of Open Access initiatives, but adoption levels remain low. This article argues that it is time to reframe library services as “post-open,” where Open Access is implemented as an underlying principle instead of a value-added supplement to traditional public services. Opportunities for this view are presented through the lens of current Open Access challenges, including the universal application of “open” principles, ongoing articulation of the case for openness, transparent identification open resources in catalogs and metadata, and the development of new publishing models.