August 1, 2014

Industry News

Taming a Wild Country | Peer to Peer Review

Kevin L. Smith

Looking back, the irony is so heavy-handed that it seems contrived. As my colleagues and I were preparing for our MOOC on Copyright for Educators and Librarians, which launched for the first time last week, the only resource that we wanted to use but could not successfully negotiate the permission for was Susan Bielstein’s book about negotiating permissions. It would have been great for us and, I am convinced, for the Press if we could have offered a single chapter of it for our over 8,000 MOOC participants to read. In the event, however, we rediscovered the fear and lack of sound business sense that grips the publishing industry, but also discovered the richness of the free resources that were available to us.

Michigan: Detroit Public Library Would Be Forced to Close If Current Property Tax Not Renewed (Proposal L)

From WXYZ-TV: Detroit voters will decide the fate of the Detroit Public Library on the August 5 primary ballot. The vote will decide if the Library continues its current operating millage of four mills, which supplies 86 percent of its operating budget. [Clip] If the proposal doesn’t go through the current millage will continue through […]

CALI Author and Open Education | Peer to Peer Review

Dorothea Salo

Last month I enjoyed the distinct privilege of keynoting the Conference for Law School Computing (also known as “CALIcon”), a gathering of legal educators, law librarians, and IT professionals in law put together by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). I can’t say enough in praise of the ever-present spirit of sly spirited fun at this conference.

Florida: Miami-Dade Commission Vote for Slight Property-Tax Rate Hike to Help Libraries

From the Miami Herald: Miami-Dade County commissioners voted Tuesday night to slightly raise the property-tax rate ceiling to avert library layoffs. But the increase won’t protect police, transit and other public services facing budget cuts. [Clip] Patricia Gormley, a lawyer and leading organizer of a library-funding campaign, greeted the vote with a mixed verdict. “We […]

News and Analysis: Here Comes Amazon’s All-You-Can Read E-Book Subscription Service

We’re not at all surprised to learn that some sort of Amazon ebook subscription service is coming. Are you? In our many posts about all-you-can-read ebook subscription services (over a long period of time) and as recently as yesterday we said to expect something like what’s being reported today. Quick Background Amazon already offers one […]

Edmonton Public Library Celebrates Library of the Year Honors

Edmonton Library staffers celebrate the LOTY honor with foam fingers and party favors.

When the Edmonton Public Library (EPL) in Alberta, Canada was named the Gale/Library Journal 2014 Library of the Year, the staff knew they’d made history, becoming the first library outside of the United States to take home that honor. Turns out, Edmontonians know how to party, and they sent us some images from the celebration, which featured party favors, foam fingers, and of course, story time for the kids. Because no matter how big the honor you have to accept, nothing gets in the way of story time.

Libraries and Archives Leave International Copyright Discussions Empty Handed After Countries Again Fail to Reach Agreement

Here’s a report from IFLA. Discussions regarding an international copyright instrument for libraries and archives again collapsed inconclusively at the 28th meeting of the Standing Committee on Copyright & Related Rights (SCCR) in Geneva, from Monday 30 June – Friday 4 July. In the early hours of Saturday 5 July, Member States finally “agreed to […]

World Book Night U.S. Suspends Operations Citing Lack of Funds

World Book Night Suspends Operations in U.S. Due to a Lack of Funding

After three years, World Book Night U.S.—an effort to encourage adult literacy by giving away free books—will cease operations for the foreseeable future, due to lack of sustainable funding.

Roundup: FCC Approves Spending Billions to Put Wi-Fi in Schools and Libraries

Formal Announcement From the Formal FCC Announcement: The Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking adopted by the FCC will accomplish three major goals: • Significantly expand funding for Wi-Fi networks and distribute it fairly to all schools and libraries while recognizing the needs of the nation’s rural and poorest school districts • Maximize the […]

Penguin Targets Nonnative Readers | PubCrawl

Francine Fialkoff

Say you’re a professional or businessperson who relocated to the United States. Or you’re a student who came to the this country to study. Or you live outside the United States but deal with Americans. You’re reasonably fluent in English, but you want to improve your skills. A new tool, PenguinStacks, is for you. Launched in beta this spring in the United States and Brazil, it takes aim at nonnative readers of English. The 120 titles on the site were assessed by New York University (NYU) PhD linguistics’ candidates and grouped into three levels.