November 22, 2017

Archives for February 2013

What Were the Most Borrowed Books and Downloaded Ebooks at the D.C. Public Library During 2012?

The total number of items circulated at the District of Columbia Public Library during 2012 was 3.3 million, tripling the total circulation of 2006. From DCist:  In 2012 it was J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy that was most often checked out by adults, followed by Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, Junot Diaz’s This is How You Lose Her, John Grisham’s The Racketeer, […]

Netherlands: Government Report Says Dutch Libraries Cannot Lend Ebooks

From Telecompaper: Dutch libraries cannot lend e-books as part of their services, the education and culture minister has concluded in a research report on the Copyright Law, digital services and the role of public libraries. While acknowledging the issue may still face a legal challenge, the government proposes that the Copyright Law’s only exception is […]

Coach or Captain: Which Are You? | Leading from the Library

Leadership experts point to the importance of coaching others in the organization, but perhaps leaders can do more good in the role of captain, rather than coach. ust as there are differences between managers and leaders, there are differences between coaches and captains. A coach is there to help build up specific skill sets. While a good leader should be able to recognize the problem and share it with a manager, I’m less certain it’s the role of the leader to start coaching their reports so they can improve.

ACRL Preview: Indianapolis, IN, April 10-13, 2013

Why is this conference unlike all other conferences? Several of this year’s innovations are drawn from the current trends in professional gatherings that feature high-energy, interactive, bottom-up content rather than traditional presentations. Other 2013 changes to the conference include added support for body (yoga, massage) and brain (the new Buddy Program), plus technology-enabled instant gratification: attendees can vote for their favorite sessions in the ACRL People’s Choice Awards via mobile device.

What To Do with a Raspberry Pi (The New $35 Computer That Could Replace Your Opac Terminals)

In what must certainly rank as one of the least expensive plans ever proposed to replace a library’s aging online public access catalog terminals, White Plains Public Library (WPPL) will soon roll out terminals built in-house using $49 APC or $35 Raspberry Pi computers.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, February 15, 2013 Issue

Certainly pro-gun After reading Michael Kelley’s “No Guns in the Library” (Editorial, LJ 1/13, p. 8), I was struck by only one thought: hypocrisy! Libraries and librarians have always been all about supporting the First Amendment, but apparently anyone who shows the same support of the Second Amendment is a “radical” or a “morally purblind […]

Ebook Readers: What Does the Future Hold for the Nook?

We will likely learn more on Thursday when Barnes & Noble is set to report their latest quarterly earnings report. The New York Times reports that the company has already warned that losses in the Nook Division  ”will be greater than the year before and that the unit’s revenue for all of fiscal 2013 would be far […]

Copyright: U.S. Department of Justice Will Not Be Commenting in GSU E-Reserves Case

According to a new report from The Chronicle of Higher Education, the U.S. DOJ will not be filing a comment with a friend of the court brief in the Georgia State University copyright case. The U.S. Department of Justice has decided not to file an amicus curiae brief in a high-profile copyright case involving Georgia […]

NYPL, Brooklyn Merge Technical Services

The New York Public Library (NYPL) and Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) will integrate their tech services departments, the libraries announced last week, saving BPL $2 million per year and NYPL about $1.5 million.

Administration Takes Faster Action on Access to Federally Funded Research

In a policy memorandum released today, Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Director John Holdren directed Federal agencies with more than $100 million in research and development spending to develop plans to make the published results of federally funded research freely available to the public within one year of publication, and requiring researchers to better account for and manage the digital data resulting from federally funded scientific research.

In one swoop, Holdren may have achieved many of the aims of the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), the recently introduced legislation which many feared is likely to die in committee as its predecessor FRPAA repeatedly did.