April 23, 2014

Jason Griffey’s LibraryBox Project Awarded Knight Foundation Prototype Grant

Jason Griffey’s LibraryBox Project Awarded Knight Foundation Prototype Grant

First and foremost, congratulations Jason! We’ve been chronicling the development of Jason Griffey’s (librarian, author, speaker, developer) LibraryBox project for a couple of years. Background and links below. Earlier today, Jason posted on on his Pattern Recognition blog that the LibraryBox has been awarded a prototype grant by the Knight Foundation. LibraryBox and 16 other […]

IMLS Holds Hearing on the Need for Broadband in Libraries

IMLS Holds Hearing on the Need for Broadband in Libraries

Though broadband Internet access has become more common in U.S. households during the past decade, the digital divide has not yet been bridged. In fact, challenges now loom larger than ever for households without broadband, said Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Chief Librarian for the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) during his opening remarks at the “Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact,” public hearing hosted by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on April 17. According to IMLS estimates, about 100 million Americans don’t have access to high-speed Internet at home, while 19 million don’t have any Internet access at home.

Open Library of Humanities Receives Mellon Funding

From The Chronicle of Higher Education: Here’s some exciting news for readers interested in experiments in academic publishing: the Open Library of the Humanities has just received a substantial Mellon Foundationgrant to build its technological platform, business model, journal and monograph pilot scheme. The Open Library of the Humanities (OLH) — run by the enterprising Martin Paul Eve(@martin_eve) and Caroline Edwards (@the_blochian) […]

Revisions to Rules of Public Library User Conduct Being Discussed in San Francisco & South Carolina

Two items to share in this post. 1. San Francisco Editorial:  New rules for S.F. public libraries are overdue (via SF Chronicle via Google Cache) A new editorial by the San Francisco Chronicle supports efforts to, “crack down on unruly behavior.” From the Editorial: The revisions also include new violation categories, like loitering in library […]

Connecticut House of Representatives Passes Bill to Create Statewide Ebook Platform

From The Day: The House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill [HB 5477] on Wednesday that aims to lower the price of electronic books for public libraries over time by having the State Library Board set up a statewide platform for e-books. [Clip] The hope is that publishers will give better prices to the State […]

EBSCO Releases New Metadata Sharing and Collaboration Policy For Discovery Service Vendors

From EBSCO: EBSCO Information Services has released its new policy on metadata sharing and technology collaboration. EBSCO will make all metadata (and full text when contractually allowed) available for more than 120 full-text databases and 500,000+ e-books, as well as over 50 historical digital archives to third party discovery services. The policy outlines EBSCO’s commitment to exchanging […]

Data, Discovery, Readers, and Records — ER&L 2014 In Review


Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PT
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DPLA Celebrates First Birthday With New Content Hubs and New Records

DPLA Celebrates First Birthday With New Content Hubs and New Records

On April 18, 2013 the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) formally launched. Tomorrow, DPLA celebrates its first birthday. Congratulations to Founding Director, Dan Cohen and the entire DPLA team. At the bottom of this post are several infoDOCKET posts from DPLA’s first year including one that looks at the cool, useful, and our favorite […]

Judge Rules for HarperCollins in Ebook Suit | PubCrawl

Francine Fialkoff

When Open Road Media published an ebook edition of Jean Craighead George’s 1973 Newbery Award–­winning Julie of the Wolves in 2011, it was business as usual for the company, which had secured rights from George prior to her death in 2012. But HarperCollins sued Open Road in 2011, saying that its 1971 contract superseded Open Road’s and gave it the exclusive right to license the ebook. On March 14, Publishers Lunch reported that Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald had ruled in favor of Harper.

Of Bundles, Bindings, and the Next Great Copyright Law | Peer to Peer Review

Kevin L. Smith

Everyone who teaches copyright uses the same metaphor, I think. Copyright is a “bundle of sticks.” A property owner is said to have a bundle, where each “stick” represents an exclusive right. I had not really thought deeply about this metaphor until it was raised at a conference I attended whose theme was what a new copyright law might look like. There was a lot of talk about the problems with the current law. Until then it had not occurred to me that one of those problems was the bundle of rights itself.

Professional Development: What’s It to You? Part 2 | Not Dead Yet

Cheryl LaGuardia

n my last column I summarized what “a slew of library managers” told me they do to develop professionally, as well as what they’d like their direct reports to do in the area of professional development. This time around I’ve asked a bunch of front-line librarians (public, academic, special, public services, tech services, special collections, etc.) what they’re actually doing in terms of professional development. After summarizing their responses, I’ll do a little comparison between the different sets of replies.

Under Construction: Computers in Libraries 2014

bananas hooked up to a laptop computer

Makerspaces, open source platforms, and other library rebuilds were the touchstones of this year’s Computers in Libraries Conference. The attendee statistics for the 2014 Computers in Libraries Conference, held April 7- 9, are identical to those of a decade ago: 2000 attendees from 46 states and 13 countries. However, the number of speakers had doubled, to two hundred. And, with approximately a third of the presenters making their CIL debut, there was a palpable sense of excitement vibrating through the halls and conference rooms of the Washington Hilton.

IMLS Releases New Data Showing More than 90% of Public Libraries Have Used E-rate

IMLS Releases New Data Showing More than 90% of Public Libraries Have Used E-rate

From an Institute of Museum and Library Services “Up Next” Blog Post by Carlos Manjarrez, Director of Planning, Research, and Evaluation,and Justin Grimes, Statistician, IMLS: With more than $36 billion dollars of discounts provided to date, the Universal Service Schools and Libraries Program, commonly known as “E-rate,” helps schools and libraries acquire Internet access and telecommunication products […]

Authors Guild Appeals Dismissal of Google Books Lawsuit

Google Books Logo

Last November Judge Denny Chin dealt a blow to the lawsuit filed by publishers and the Author’s Guild against tech giant Google and its Google Books Service (GBS). Chin, of the 2nd Circuit U.S. Appeals Court, dismissed the case, which challenged the legality of GBS providing searchable PDFs of copyrighted works when Judge Denny. On Friday, April 11, the Guild filed an appeal in the case, marking the latest flareup in a long-running suit with major implications for copyright law in the U.S.

Magazine Recovery | Best Magazines 2013

Magazine Recovery | Best Magazines 2013

Evidence suggests that the downturn in the market for magazines caused by rising popularity of online media and the great recession has bottomed out and may soon begin to turn around. Growth in subscriptions is slow and newsstand sales continue to suffer, but nevertheless there are signs of stability in the market. As of March 1, Mediafinder.com had identified 198 launches for 2013. This compares to 227 magazines launched in 2012 and 239 launched in 2011. The shrinking rate of growth, however, is somewhat offset by the number of cessations. Mediafinder identified 87 magazines that ceased publication in 2013. That compares to 82 closures in 2012 and 152 in 2011. So the 2013 statistics are better on balance than 2011’s and only slightly worse than the figures for 2012.