From the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Web Site: The IFLA Governing Board approved the statement December 4, 2013. IFLA believes that legal certainty for text and data mining (TDM) can only be achieved by (statutory) exceptions. As an organization committed to the principle of freedom of access to information, and the belief that […]
For an industry pronounced dead repeatedly for at least a decade or more, traditional publishing—and its digital-first counterparts, which might not be so different after all—belied the grim reapers, with innumerable launches and new models that indicated it was alive and well in 2013. Since its inception in July, this column chronicled some of that growth. October and November brought a handful of announcements, including one aimed squarely at public libraries: Skyhorse Publishing’s Carrel Books, set to release its initial list of 20 to 30 titles in both print and ebook in fall 2014.
From Westword: The Denver Public Library is seeking local music for a flagship program it’s preparing to launch this spring called Volume Denver. “We were talking about how we really wanted to do something to get some content that you can’t find at Walmart or the other big box stores,” says Joan Hansen of the […]
When Amherst College opens its first press early next year, the open access publication will publish its entire catalog in digital editions first. Following a growing trend, the press will also be a new arm of Amherst’s library, and Mark Edington will be at its helm, the college announced on December 6. He will start January 1, 2014. Currently the director of the Harvard Decision Science Laboratory, Edington comes from a diverse work background, encompassing everything from editorial work at the journal Daedalus to social entrepreneurship. Library Journal caught up with Edington to talk about the new model Amherst is pursuing, the opportunities it opens up in the publishing world, and the challenges of presenting scholarly work for free while staying sustainable.
Fifty-four percent of Americans visited a library in person or used a public library’s website at least once during the past 12 months, and 70 percent of parents have taken their child to a public library or bookmobile during the past year, according to “How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities,” a report released today by the Pew Research Center. The nationally representative survey of 6,224 Americans 16 and older indicated that the overwhelming majority of Americans continue to have a positive view of libraries, although many are not aware of all of the services and resources that their libraries offer.
From VTLS: VTLS has added e-book lending from 3M Cloud Library into the new versions of both Chamo Discovery and the MozGo Mobile App. Patrons can search through the library’s collection of 3M e-books, check them out or place holds, download them to their devices and check the status of their e-books all within the […]
The following news from OCLC makes sense to us. Smart. Of course, it’s essential that the data is updated regularly and then Yelp uploads it in a timely manner. We all know (as both researchers and consumers) what it feels like when arriving at store/restaurant that’s moved or dialing a disconnected phone number. From OCLC: […]
Here’s a new white paper that was commissioned by Ricoh. Research from IT Strategies, a consulting firm and performed in conjunction with the University of Colorado. It was released yesterday and athough its target audience is the printing industry we thought it might be of interest to some infoDOCKET readers. The white paper/report is titled, […]
From the SF Examiner: In response [to a number of recent incidents, mentioned in full article], last week library officials unveiled increases to both security and custodian staffing as an interim solution and asked the City Controller’s Office to audit both functions, which is expected to lead to more sweeping reform. The library has been […]
University of Missouri College of Education Partners on Digital Archive to Capture Struggle Against Apartheid
From U. of Missouri: With the passing of Nelson Mandela [last] week, preserving and documenting the many facets of his life will be crucial as future generations learn about his impact and carry his legacy into the future. In the spirit of sharing Mandela’s achievements with future generations, the University of Missouri College of Education […]