April 23, 2018

Archives for November 2008

Google Book Deal Gets “Preliminary” Court Approval; More Boosters Emerge

By Andrew Albanese Go back to the Academic Newswire for more stories Federal judge grants preliminary approval Hearing June 11, 2009 More support from outside library community (This article first appeared in the November 20 LJ Academic Newswire.) For such a broad, complex settlement deal, the Google Book Search settlement deal seems to be on a […]

At SPARC Digital Repository Meeting, Shulenberger Calls Out AAUP, ACS

By Andrew Albanese In his closing keynote address at the 2008 SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting, in Baltimore, MD, David Shulenberger, VP of academic affairs at the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC), offered seven steps toward a brighter, digital repository future. Then, in notable aside to one of the steps, he called […]

San Diego Mayor Wants To Proceed with Library Closings; Budget Analyst Urges Review

By Norman Oder Cutting hours wouldn’t work, says director Budget analyst suggests review of facilities City Council to meet again on Monday San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and the City Council have yet to agree on whether to close seven of 35 branch libraries, among other cuts he’s proposed. As the Voice of San Diego […]

University of Minnesota Press launches Minnesota Archive Editions; ProQuest, JISC Enter Deal

Anyone up for a good long tail story? This week the University of Minnesota Press (UMP) announced the launch of Minnesota Archive Editions, a program that will see the press return into print virtually every book published since its founding in 1925. The program is the result of a four-way partnership of the UM Press; […]

Behind the Mike: Simon Vance

Kick-starting LJ’s inaugural “Behind the Mike” column, in which audiobook-loving library professionals interview audiobook narrators and producers, is Ophelia Lo’s (Canton PL, MI) Q&A with Audie® Award winner Simon Vance (www.simonvance.com; Market Forces), who in 25 years has recorded more than 400 titles. Vance is currently reading Charles Cumming’s The Spanish Game for Tantor Media […]

Hildreth, Light, Sass Finalists for Seattle City Librarian

By Norman Oder Three finalists named Libraries for All program complete Interviews this week Three finalists, all women, have been named to the short list for City Librarian/CEO of the Seattle Public Library (SPL) and are meeting with stakeholders this week. According to a library press release, the candidates are Susan Hildreth, now State Librarian of California; […]

Book News: Matthiessen, Gordon-Reed Take National Book Awards

Annette Gordon-Reed’s The Hemingses of Monticello is Nonfiction winner Shadow Country, Peter Matthiessen’s revision of the Watson trilogy, is Fiction winner Mark Doty’s Fire to Fire wins Poetry prize, Judy Blundell’s What I Saw and How I Lied gets Young People’s Literature award The Fiction judges, headed by Gail Godwin, looked for “purity of intent” in […]

ALA/ARL Issues Guide to Google Settlement

By Andrew Albanese New guide via ARL and ALA In-copyright books: 20% display Public Access Service: one terminal for 4000 FTE Go back to the Academic Newswire for more stories (This article originally appeared in the November 18 issue of the LJ Academic Newswire.) If you are confused by exactly what the recent Google Book […]

InfoTech: One Quarter of OverDrive e-Audiobooks Now Mac-Friendly

5500 MP3 audiobooks available; 25% of catalog New Media Console for the Mac Apple’s share of PC market 9.5% OverDrive today announced the launch of its Media Console for the Mac, a beta version of which the digital media distributor debuted in August as part of its Digital Bookmobile outreach tour. OverDrive—which, along with NetLibrary, dominates digital […]

Latest Libraryland Kerfuffles in One Act

Steve Lawson (libraryland’s Lucian?) has delivered a one-act play that does a remarkable job of distilling some of our profession’s recent dramatic episodes. It’s got it all: satire, intrigue, and all the relevant background you might need to get up to speed in case you’ve been, you know, actually doing some work instead of following […]