November 25, 2017

Archives for October 2012

Free Library of Philadelphia Resolves NOOK Accessibility Lawsuit

The Free Library of Philadelphia (FLP) this week settled the lawsuit filed against it in May by four blind patrons assisted by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB). Under the terms of the settlement, FLP has agreed to supplement its collection of more than 60 NOOKs with ten accessible devices, according to a press announcement from the NFB. Within four years, the library will transition to a collection of e-readers that are all accessible to the blind, and will begin incorporating an accessibility requirement into its technology procurement contracts.

Big Six May Become Big Five—Random House and Penguin in Preliminary Merger Talks

Pearson is in talks with Bertelsmann to combine Penguin and Random House, the company confirmed. However, “the two companies have not reached agreement and there is no certainty that the discussions will lead to a transaction,” Pearson said in a statement.

To Share Or Not To Share? | Peer to Peer Review

In my last column, I suggested that librarians’ attachment to the traditional practice of interlibrary loan (ILL) and our desire to extend it into the ebook realm are an example of something like Stockholm Syndrome—an unhealthy and irrational affection for an onerous practice by which we were held captive during the print era. In the past, ILL was necessary because of the limitations of the print format; in the online era, we should be thinking entirely differently about what it means to “share” resources between libraries, and thinking carefully about whether and how doing so actually makes sense.

Giving HarperCollins’s Ebook Model Some Credit and More Thought | Editorial

The stultifying confusion over library ebook lending would benefit from a more empirical approach, and I would like to propose that for at least the short term HarperCollins’s 26-loan cap model, while far from perfect, should receive more careful analysis.

Napping in the Library—On Purpose

While librarians often consider patrons sleeping in the library a problem to be solved, at Wesleyan it is now something to be encouraged. Wesleyan University installed EnergyPods in its Olin and Science libraries on October 16, University Librarian Patricia Tully told LJ. The pods were donated by Wesleyan alumni Christopher Lindholst and Arshad Chowdury, co-founders of MetroNaps. They’re designed to provide the perfect environment for a 20 minute nap, from positioning to privacy to white noise and a gentle wake-up call via vibrations and lighting rather than a blaring alarm clock.

Leading Means Learning Balance | Leading From the Library

There are a myriad of leadership styles upon which a potential leader could model him or herself. They lie upon a spectrum with quite opposite positions at each end. Wise leaders know how to find the right balance along the spectrum.

Library Associations Brace for First Sale Fight with Owners’ Rights Lobby Effort

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) today teamed up with 17 other associations, retailers, and charities to launch a new coalition called the Owners’ Rights Initiative (ORI). ORI is an “informal alliance of stakeholders” that will defend the first sale doctrine, which allows libraries to lend books and other materials, as well as individual owners to resell them.

Pew: Younger Americans Reading More

According to Younger Americans’ Reading and Library Habits, from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, 83 percent of Americans aged 16-29 read a book in the past year, compared to 78 percent of all Americans over 16.

Up Close: Bright Lights, Gig City in Chattanooga | Library by Design

For Chattanooga, having a gigabit-per-second connection means an opportunity to attract new business. The city is even sponsoring a competition in which entrepreneurs with winning ideas receive financial incentives to move to Chattanooga. Similarly, Director Corinne Hill, along with CPL’s new assistant director for technology and digital initiatives Nate Hill, hopes to turn the library into a creative hub that will include a competitive art and technology residency program, drawing cutting-edge talent to the library and its community.

Ebooks Examined from All Angles at Digital Shift Virtual Conference

LJ’s third annual Ebook third annual ebook summit “The Digital Shift: Libraries, Ebooks, and Beyond” featured insightful presentations and lively discussions on topics ranging from ebook discovery, how ebooks have affected collection development strategies, the growth of etextbooks, and a post-mortem on the industry’s response to the Research Works Act early this year.