December 15, 2017

Archives for October 2007

OCLC Study Says Libraries Overestimate Privacy Concerns

By Lynn Blumenstein & Norman Oder OCLC has released an international research study, Sharing, Privacy, and Trust in Our Networked World, which has some sobering news for libraries. Even though 60 percent of respondents say they trust the library, only a small fraction of people consider library web sites more private than other web sites, […]

Book News: Citing Piracy Concerns, Penguin Audio Leaves EMusic

By Michael Rogers Penguin Audio has pulled out of a deal with online download outfit eMusic for 150 audiobooks, the New York Times reports. Penguin executives apparently are concerned over piracy issues, citing eMusic’s lack of digital rights management (DRM) features that would prevent the files from being illegally copied. “At this moment, we’re not […]

OCLC/PICA Merge

By LJ Staff OCLC and its European for-profit OCLC PICA division have merged into a single “global organization” under the OCLC brand.

Indy Library CEO Candidates Cite Experience, Connections

By Jennifer Pinkowski Library management experience in tough times; an up-through-the-ranks career in the library system; and a deep local rolodex were among the reasons cited by the three notably local finalists for the CEO slot at the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library for why each should get the job. At an October 27 public meeting held […]

Ron Shank Named VP/Group Publisher of Reed Business Publishing Group

By LJ Staff Ron Shank has been named vice president, group publisher of Reed Business Information’s Publishing Group, which includes Library Journal, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Críticas. Shank, a 25-year publishing veteran, has spent 19 years with SLJ and LJ, most recently as publisher.With his new title, he adds Publishers Weekly to his […]

Southern California Libraries Reopen, but One Town (and Library) Under Siege

By Norman Oder Many libraries in Southern California seem to have been relatively unscathed by the wildfires that ravaged the area last week, according to reports on the California State Library blog, though many local residents, including some library staffers, had to evacuate. Paula Brown Peeling of the Chula Vista Public Library reported that about one […]

OCLC/OCLC Pica Merge

By Michael Rogers OCLC October 22 announced that it and its European for-profit OCLC PICA division have merged into a single “global organization” under the OCLC brand. The company said that by “bringing together all offices under one name and identity, libraries worldwide can benefit from OCLC membership, research, and an expanded portfolio around a comprehensive […]

NIH Public Access Policy Finally Passes Congress

By Andrew Albanese The Senate on October 23 overwhelmingly passed an appropriations bill that includes a public access directive for research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Despite heavy lobbying from publishers against the public access provision, White House opposition, and two last-second amendments to gut the policy introduced by Sen. James Inhofe […]

OCLC/OCLC Pica Merge

By Michael Rogers OCLC October 22 announced that it and its European for-profit OCLC PICA division have merged into a single "global organization" under the OCLC brand. The company said that by "bringing together all offices under one name and identity, libraries worldwide can benefit from OCLC membership, research, and an expanded portfolio around a comprehensive […]

OCA To Scan Orphan Works; Publishers Float Orphan Works Solution

By Andrew Albanese It’s beginning to look like there could be movement on orphan works in 2008 after a coalition of three professional publishing associations released the broad strokes of a statement regarding use of such works. Separately, the Open Content Alliance said it would begin scanning some orphan works for distribution through a groundbreaking […]