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Archives for February 2013

OCLC, ProQuest Collaborate to Enhance Discovery

ProQuest and OCLC have announced the launch of a data exchange program that will share metadata across OCLC’s Worldcat Local, ProQuest’s Summon service, and the full text of ProQuest Central and ebrary e-books, enriching discoverability for users of each of these services.

NYPL Launches National Poetry Contest on Twitter

As part the library’s efforts to raise awareness about poetry leading up to National Poetry Month in April, NYPL is encouraging aspiring poets to “follow @NYPL on Twitter, and submit three poetic Tweets in English as public posts on your Twitter stream between March 1 and 10, 2013.”

Overdrive Debuts New Datasets

OverDrive is in the initial stage of rolling out more robust data and reporting tools that company officials say will allow libraries to improve their services.

Cool! Harvard Library Lab Releases 20 Project Overview Videos Online

Here’s some very interesting viewing for library/database/information retrieval types (geeks). 20 new videos about different Harvard Library Lab projects and programs including Library Cloud and the Awesome Box project that we mentioned the other day. You’ll not only learn about the projects but you’ll also meet some of the people responsible for them. From tracking […]

Stuff I Don’t Understand About Libraries Right Now | Not Dead Yet

I may be trance-channeling Andy Rooney as I write this column (God! How I miss him on 60 Minutes!), because a number of library- (and maybe not-yet-library-) related things that perturb, confuse, absorb, and/or bug me have piled up and I have to ask if any of them irritate, perplex, or fascinate you, too.

Spring Baseball Roster | February 15, 2013 (With Two Online-Only Reviews Added)

Everything you need to read up on America’s favorite pastime this spring.

Best Reference of 2012 (Including Best Free Reference)

There are dozens of the year’s best reference titles, but for sheer labors of love, winners this year are Louisiana Place Names, the entries of which were collected over a lifetime by Clare D’Artois Leeper, who died shortly before this was published by LSU Press, and Flies: The Natural History and Diversity of Diptera from University of Guelph entomologist Stephen A. Marshall, who displays the world’s fly families in 2,200 stunning color photographs from Firefly Books. Find those and many more, including Best Free Reference sources of 2012.

Metadata and Copyright | Peer to Peer Review

Most of us are aware of the basics of U.S. copyright law, including the categories of copyrightable and non-copyrightable works. Some materials are explicitly exempted from copyright in this country, a key example being U.S. Federal documents. Another exempted category is that of facts and compilations of facts that have no creative component. As you might imagine, “modicum of creativity” is itself very difficult to define. This question of facts versus creativity comes up in the discussion of ownership and copyrightability of library catalog data.

Gale Cengage Strikes Smithsonian Digitization, Distribution Deal

Gale Cengage today announced a licensing agreement with the Smithsonian Institution to distribute Smithsonian assets into the library and academic space. Though it originally grew out of a public RFP issued by the Smithsonian to digitize its Smithsonian Magazine and Air and Space magazine resources, it has grown into something much more ambitious in scope.

Sequester Will Force Tech Investment Cutbacks at GPO, IMLS

The pending federal budget sequestration could cut the appropriations budget of the Government Printing Office by 5.3%, or approximately $6.7 million. In addition, the GPO is expecting that the sequester will force other federal agencies to cut back on ordering printing and information services from the GPO, which would also lower the agency’s revenue.