“It’s still National Library Week. You should be especially nice to a librarian today, or tomorrow. Sometime this week, anyway. Probably the librarians would like tea. Or chocolates. Or a reliable source of funding.”—Neil Gaiman (via ala-con)
“As libraries begin exploring ways to deliver legally obtained and responsibly monitored content to patrons, we will have to offer a counterpoint to the concept of “free” as the automatic enemy of rights holders. While we know that it is anything but free to provide these services (no-fee or no-charge is perhaps a better description), the public often perceives it as such, and simply banning phrases like “read for free” or “watch for free” from the world’s largest Internet index will not reduce infringement.”—Abby Lull (transformativetidbits), Indexing the internet and searching for “free”
“Fundamental values of librarianship—including intellectual freedom, fair use, and preservation of the cultural record—are in serious conflict with the existing court ruling.”—Carrie Russell on Garcia v. Google, Inc.
The State of America’s Libraries 2014: A Report from the American Library Association is now online. This very special digital supplement details issues affecting public, academic, and school libraries this year and beyond.
Inside you’ll find commentary and reporting on:
Ebooks, digital content, and copyright issues;
Library construction and renovation;
Outreach and diversity;
Libraries and community engagement;
Read this issue in the easy-to-use Zmag web browser format, or download it as a PDF for offline reading.
Many rights holders will continue to point to takedown notice numbers as evidence of widespread infringement, but this simply bolsters a landscape in which everybody is guilty until proven innocent of violating copyright.
I know I’ve been in and out (mostly out) for the past several weeks, so here’s a quick update and sort-of announcement on the job front. I recently started working as a Research Associate for the American Library Association’s Washington office, and I’m going to…
As a librarian, we help to teach people how to become self-sufficient on the computer, how to find the answer to patron’s questions (no offence Google, but while you may come back with a million answers, we librarians come back with the right answer), develop graphic designs for advertisement, act as a social media managers, handle reader’s advisory, teach information literacy classes, act as storytellers, teach children. We wear many many caps.
Through a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, we at the Center for Digital Inclusion, Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois provided continuing education forums and conducted site visits focused on libraries that either have or are about to get a gigabit Internet connection. This blog post is a preliminary peek into our research.
The Inclusive Gigabit Libraries project asks “How can libraries, as anchor institutions, leverage high speed networks and applications to benefit communities?” With a high-speed network, libraries create opportunities for 21st century learning, discovery and co-invention.
Nothing will cheer up a day when you’re feeling crappy like when a kid asks for a book, and when you find it and hand it to her she goes “OhMyGoodness!!” and actually blushes a little because she’s so excited to have it.
Today the American Library Association (ALA) called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deploy newly identified E-rate program funding to boost library broadband access and alleviate historic shortfall in funding for internal connections.
The American Library Association’s Washington Office is calling for graduate students, especially those in library and information science-related academic programs, to apply for the 2014 Google Policy Fellows program. Applications are due by Monday, April 14, 2014.
In a new budget released today from Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), the House Budget Committee Chairman denounces the critical role that the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) plays in supporting civic engagement, literacy and lifelong learning in more than 123,000 libraries nationwide. Rep. Ryan recommends that the federal government not have a role in libraries and that Congress shift the federal agency’s responsibilities to the private sector in his 2015 fiscal year budget resolution.
Facts about library use in Rep. Paul Ryan’s own state of Wisconsin:
Just blocks from Rep. Ryan’s Wisconsin office, more than 716,000 visitors used the Hedberg Public Library in Janesville, Wisconsin to access library computers and research databases, check out books and receive job training in 2013.
More than 65 percent of Wisconsin libraries report that they are the only free access point to Internet in their communities.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services administered more than $2.8 million in the 2014 fiscal year to help Wisconsin libraries prepare young students for school and provide lifelong learning opportunities for all Wisconsin residents.
The state of Wisconsin reported that more than 215,000 children participated in summer reading programs in state public libraries.
Advocates can support IMLS by tweeting Rep. Ryan at @RepPaulRyan.
“We should expect more – not less – from our libraries in the digital age, as technologies both expand and limit who has access to information. But this won’t happen in isolation, and it won’t happen without keeping libraries open, staffed and connected to our community partners.”—How US libraries are becoming community problem solvers
Today, the government clearly calls on libraries to assist, as with President Obama’s message to libraries at ALA’s 2013 Annual Meeting in Chicago, for assistance with helping Americans sign up for health insurance mandated by the Affordable Health Care Act. We have come a long way, someone has heard our cry in the wilderness of government. Funding was provided to the Institute for Museum and Library Services for training for librarians for the Affordable Care Act. However, this training provided no funding for front line library staff.
FCC Workshop Highlights Need for Higher Capacity Broadband in Rural Libraries
A farmer in Georgia uses precision agricultural technologies to track and manage his water usage. A veteran in Florida uses specialized video conferencing equipment to consult with his physician remotely, saving him hours in transit to the nearest VA facility. A woman without internet access in Maine uses her public library’s computers to complete her online MBA. What is the common technology enabling each of these scenarios?
Please contact your U.S. Senators and Representative by going to the Legislative Action Center and urge them to support funding in FY 2015 for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL). There are currently two…Read more ›
While reviewing my notes from last week’s orphan works roundtables, it is clear that some rights holders were still stinging from the results of two recent court rulings —the HathiTrust and Google Book Search decisions. In both of these decisions the court validated that the scanning of books were transformative fair uses protected by copyright to enhance search, preserve texts and make content available to people with print disabilities. The rights holders did not prevail because they believed that prior permission and perhaps a fee are necessary and that fair use did not apply to full text scanning. They also noted that both cases are on appeal, which is true.