November 23, 2017

Archives for December 2013

A Gift from the U.S. Congress to the People of America | Advocate’s Corner

Who would have thought that the United States Congress—after a year filled with gridlock and subsequent political inertia—would end up giving the American people a gift just before Christmas week? As of last week, comprehensive legislation finalizing the federal budget for fiscal year 2014 received final passage from both the Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. While generally modest in scope, the mere fact that a piece of fiscal legislation garnered the support of key Democrats and Republicans in Congress represents a significant achievement.

Florida: “Survey: Miami-Dade County Residents Value Public Libraries, but Would They Pay More for Them?”

From the Miami Herald: Miami-Dade County residents truly love their libraries, but they don’t necessarily want to pay more taxes to fund them. Those are the findings of a new poll conducted on behalf of county government, which is trying to find ways to save the public library system from deep budget cuts. Ninety-five percent […]

Washington: King County Library System Director Resigns to Take Director Position at Calgary Public Library

UPDATE: The Calgary Public Library has also issued a new release about the hiring of Bill Ttacek. You can access it here (via CULC). Bill Ptacek, Director of the King County Library System (KCLS) has resigned his position and head northeast across the border to Canada and become the new library director at the Calgary Public Library […]

Silent Films Preservation Study Underlines Difficulties of Film Archiving

A recent study commissioned by the Library of Congress found that, of the more than 11,000 silent films produced by American movie studios between 1912 and 1929, just 14 percent (1,575) survive today in their original domestic release. Another 11 percent are still technically complete, according to the study conducted by film archivist David Pierce, but only in imperfect formats. Some are repatriated foreign release versions that lack the original English subtitles and may have been edited to appeal to foreign audiences, which Pierce compares to imperfect retranslations of novels, where the story remains the same, but nuances may be lost. Others may be preserved on smaller format, 16 or 28 mm film stock, which can negatively impact image quality.

Making FERPA Fit When We Flip | Peer to Peer Review

A great deal of my professional life is spent trying to make a body of law from the analog age, the 1976 Copyright Act, fit into the digital world. It is a difficult task, but today I want to discuss a different body of law from the same era—the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), aka the Buckley amendment—and how it can fit with the new activities we are engaged in in the online age.

I Love My Librarian Award Recipients Honored at NYC Reception

The Carnegie Corporation of New York, The New York Times, and the American Library Association honored the 10 recipients of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award at a reception December 17 in New York City.

What Does Word of Mouth Marketing REALLY Mean?

There’s no better way to market your library than to have your users do it for you. Think about what it takes you personally to make a decision on trying out a new product or service—you’re bombarded with advertising messages 24/7, most of which you’ve probably learned to tune out and ignore, so when someone you trust and respect says to you ‘have you tried this specific example?’ you instantly value their recommendation above the white noise of traditional marketing. They are independent of any brand, they are speaking from their own experience—they are like you.

Roundup: NYPL Central Library Plan Gains City, State Nod; Stacks Demolition On Hold

Two New York Public Library renovation (aka Central Library Plan) stories in this roundup. First, city and state reviews of the project have cleared it to move forward if conditions are met. The WSJ reports on the two conditions that need to be met. In a “letter of resolution” dated Monday, the state Office of Parks, […]

Digital Firsts

The U.S Department of Commerce (DoC) has been collecting public comment on the topic of the first sale doctrine and digital files in recent weeks; the agency was scheduled to meet about the issue on December 12 in Washington, DC. First sale doctrine is a set of exemptions to U.S. copyright law that permit consumers to resell used books or DVDs and libraries to loan books without seeking permission from publishers. Yet for reasons examined in more detail below, first sale exemptions have not translated well for digital content. The DoC’s call for public comment could mark the beginning of a campaign to reassess what copyright and first sale mean in the modern digital era, notes one expert.

New Study Looks at Usage Patterns of Academic Journal Articles (AAP/PSP Funded Research)

infoDOCKET just got our hands on the following new report that was funded by the Professional & Scholarly Publishing (PSP) division of the Association of American Publishers (AAP). More in upcoming posts. We will also update this post with reactions from others involved in the discussion. From Association of American Publishers: The independent study analyzes the usage pattern […]