April 19, 2014

Internet Archive Offers Access to Blacked Out Government Websites

Internet Archive Offers Access to Blacked Out Government Websites

Although the U.S. federal shutdown means many important government websites—such as those for the Library of Congress and NASA—have gone completely dark this week, the nonprofit Internet Archive is making those sites available to the public through archived captures, the organization has announced on its blog.

Librarians Discuss Privacy, MOOCs, and More at LITA Top Tech Trends Panel | ALA 2013

Librarians Discuss Privacy, MOOCs, and More at LITA Top Tech Trends Panel | ALA 2013

With the continuing travels of Edward Snowden keeping the National Security Administration’s (NSA) surveillance habits in the news, the discussion during Sunday’s LITA Top Technology Trends 2013 panel at the American Library Association’s Annual Convention turned frequently to the future of privacy, and the role that libraries might play in protecting their patrons.

Califa, DCL, Open Library Make Commitments to Smashwords’ Library Direct

Califa, DCL, Open Library Make Commitments to Smashwords’ Library Direct

Califa, Douglas County Libraries, and The Internet Archive’s Open Library have made purchase commitments to acquire variations of the top 10,000 best-selling ebooks from indie distributor Smashwords. All told, the three separate commitments total about $100,000. The sales will occur through Library Direct, a new service that Smashwords has launched to facilitate the transfer of large collections of ebooks to libraries.

Internet Archive’s Peter Brantley Urges Librarians to More Actively Reshape the Digital Landscape | ALA Annual 2012

The Internet Archive’s Peter Brantley made a cogent and precise presentation at the American Library Association conference this week that urged the librarian community to do a better job at directing the multitude of conversations that ultimately affect how and what libraries can do with digital content.

Ebook Crowdfunding Platform Unglue.it Launched

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Unglue.it, the crowdfunding platform designed to encourage authors and publishers to make their ebooks available under a Creative Commons license, was officially launched on May 17, featuring campaigns for books from Michael Laser, Joseph Nassise, Nancy Rawles, Budding Reader, and Open Book Publishers.

Making Sense in a Digital World | Peer to Peer Review

Barbara Fister thinks that the Internet Archive’s Open Library is making a good stab at it.

Supreme Court Upholds Law Restoring Copyright to Some Public-Domain Works

In a 6-2 ruling handed down yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court effectively asserted that works that fall into the public domain may be pulled back under copyright protection by an act of Congress.

Internet Archive Launches Site Dedicated to 9/11 TV News Coverage

With the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks just around the corner, the Internet Archive (IA) has launched “Understanding 9/11: A Television News Archive,” a website featuring a wide selection of archived television programming from that fateful day and its aftermath. The collection of DVD-quality video footage starts at 8 a.m. EDT […]