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Edwin Mellen Press: End libel suit against Dale Askey

    1. Martha Reineke
    2. Petition by

      Martha Reineke

      Denver, IA

The libel suit by Edwin Mellen Press against Dale Askey, a university librarian, for expressing his professional opinion about the quality of Edwin Mellen publications is an egregious assault on academic freedom. At this writing, March 8, 2013, the joint libel suit against Askey and McMaster University has been dropped.  However, the lawsuit by the Press against Askey still stands.  Please stand with Askey and ask Edwin Mellen Press to drop the second lawsuit against him.   News items on this petition site chart the history of this case. 

To:
Edwin Mellen Press
End the second libel suit against Dale Askey.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Scholarly Kitchen reinstates questionable blog

      Martha Reineke
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks for standing up for free speech and against intimidation and threats by Edwin Mellen Press: http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2013/04/03/ssp-board-decides-to-reinstate-removed-posts/

    2. From the Leiter Reports:

      Martha Reineke
      Petition Organizer

      "The letter from the Press's lawyer says, obviously falsely, that the blog has a "legal obligation" to deal with possibly defamatory comments; the comment in question is probably not defamatory, but even if it were, the Scholarly Kitchen blog has no obligation to remove it. The law in the United States is as clear as can be on this point. As best I can tell, Ms. Amendola, the Press's lawyer, is a 2010 graduate of the law school at the State University of New York at Buffalo, who worked briefly for a Buffalo law firm, and is now a solo practitioner. If state bar associations were more aggressive, she should be disbarred for sending nonsense threats like the one she sent to the "Scholarly Kitchen" blog." See full post at: http://leiterreports.typepad.com/

    3. New threats from Edwin Mellen

      Martha Reineke
      Petition Organizer

      Rick Anderson, interim dean of the library at the U. of Utah blogs at The Scholarly Kitchen. His article about Edwin Mellen Press and Dale Askey was posted below but is available now only on Internet Archives. The company that hosts his blog was sent a letter from Herbert Richardson on March 21 threatening legal action against the company and Anderson if any defamatory comments about Richardson and the press are posted on the site. Kristine Hunt, who commented on the blog, is also the subject of legal action by Richardson. The threatening letter is posted here:
      http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2013/03/29/posts-removed-because-weve-received-letters-from-edwin-mellen-press-attorney/

    4. One lawsuit down; one to go.

      Martha Reineke
      Petition Organizer

      Edwin Mellen is dropping the joint lawsuit against McMaster and Askey, according to the CBC. At this writing, the defamation lawsuit against Askey himself still stands. See Inside Higher Education link above for description of the two lawsuits. Due to a glitch in posting the link directly here, search this story by copying "Hamilton librarian lawsuits dropped" into your search engine.

    5. Reached 3,000 signatures
    6. Windsor U. Faculty Association Statement of Support

      Martha Reineke
      Petition Organizer

      "WUFA urges Edwin Mellen Press to drop their lawsuits against Dale Askey and McMaster University." Full statement is at: http://www.wufa.ca/sites/default/files/Academic%20Support%20.pdf

    7. ACUP/APUC Letter of Support

      Martha Reineke
      Petition Organizer

      The Association of Canadian University Presses has issued a letter of support: http://www.carl-abrc.ca/uploads/news/ACUP%20Feb%2019%202013%20letter.pdf

    8. American Library Association President Statement of Support

      Martha Reineke
      Petition Organizer

      Maureen Sullivan: "I call upon the Press to reconsider its actions and drop this assault on intellectual and academic freedom."
      http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/news/ala/ala-president-maureen-sullivan-responds-edwin-mellen-press-lawsuit-0

    9. Assoc. of College and Research Libraries statement

      Martha Reineke
      Petition Organizer
      ACRL Board of Directors Statement on Edwin Mellen Press v. Dale Askey

      The Board of Directors of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) expresses grave concern over the libel suit initiated by Edwin Mellen Press against Dale Askey, a librarian and faculty member at McMaster University. The suit alleges that Askey committed libel while criticizing the Press in his blog while a Librarian at Kansas State University.

    10. Two Library Associations (AASHL and MLA) Support Askey

      Martha Reineke
      Petition Organizer

      The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AASHL) and the Medical Library Association (MLA)have issued a statement of support for Dale Askey: http://www.aahsl.org/

    11. Reached 2,500 signatures
    12. British Columbia Library Association Statement of Support

      Martha Reineke
      Petition Organizer

      BCLA condemns the misuse of the court process to intimidate libraries, librarians and information workers from discharging their professional obligations and from demonstrating one of the library’s core responsibilities to uphold the right of freedom of thought and expression.
      Full statement at: http://www.bcla.bc.ca/News/PRAskey.pdf

      Librarians Rally Behind Blogger Sued by Publisher Over Critical Comments - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

      A university librarian who is being sued after writing a critical blog post about a scholarly publisher is finding support from professors and librarians around the world. In 2010, Dale Askey, now a librarian at McMaster University, in Ontario, wrote a blog post about Edwin Mellen Press on his personal Web site, Bibliobrary, referring to the publisher as "dubious" and saying its books were often works of "second-class scholarship."

    13. ARL-CARL Joint Statement in Support of Askey and McMaster

      Martha Reineke
      Petition Organizer

      "We urge Edwin Mellen Press to withdraw this suit and use more constructive means to address its reputation."
      For the full statement: http://www.arl.org/news/pr/arl-carl-statement-supporting-dale-askey-mcmaster-14feb13.shtml

    14. Reached 2,000 signatures
    15. Library Journal quotes Askey's attorney on Canadian libel law

      Martha Reineke
      Petition Organizer

      Press Sues Librarian Over Negative Evaluation

      In 2010, Dale Askey was a tenured associate professor at Kansas State University (K-State) when he made a blog post about Edwin Mellen Press. Since removed from the blog, but available via the Internet Archive, the post called Mellen a "dubious publisher," saying that the press occasionally publishes a worthy title and is not technically a vanity publisher, but that "much of what they publish is simply second-class scholarship."

    16. AAUP supports petition

      Martha Reineke
      Petition Organizer

      The American Association of University Professor has posted a link to this petition on their Facebook site in support of the petition. http://www.facebook.com/AAUPNational

      American Association of University Professors

      American Association of University Professors, Washington. 2,167 likes · 82 talking about this · 11 were here.

    17. Reached 1,500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • PJ Azzopardi TORONTO, CANADA
      • 9 months ago

      Librarians should have a right to free speech!

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    • Paul Greenberg SAN DIEGO, CA
      • 9 months ago

      Freedom of speech and academic freedom must be defended in order to maintain a healthy democratic society.

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    • Corinne Shortridge VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • 11 months ago

      Librarians have the right to do their job without fear of being sued.

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    • Kristen Hylenski DULUTH, MN
      • 12 months ago

      Academic freedom!

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    • Dr. Timothy J. Williams WINTERSVILLE, OH
      • about 1 year ago

      I am a Mellen author, and this suit damages everyone involved. It is an embarrassment. Let the press and its books stand on their own merits, without threats..

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