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Squeezing the E-Turnip

Submitted by Tom Peters on November 18, 2005 - 11:31am

Tom Peters Head Shot

Earlier this week the Wall Street Journal reported that Google and an unnamed publisher were having discussions about leasing access to e-books. The general idea is that users would pay approximately ten percent of the list price for the printed book to be able to read the e-book for one week. In other words, they're talking about a pay-per-circ digital lending library.

When it comes to new (and recycled) schemes for pricing e-books, November has been a "Katy-bar-the-door" month. Amazon and Random House announced separate plans to sell e-books in less-than-complete chunks, such as chapters. If we manage to get through the remainder of the month without any more turkey announcements like this, we'll have another cause for thanksgiving. Read More »


The Year of RSS: CPL Scholars, Part 2

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on November 17, 2005 - 9:12pm

RSS is the biggest opportunity we have had since the Web. I’m not kidding you—it’s that big, and if you don’t understand it, you need to. It’s critical that libraries understand RSS.—Jenny Levine, from the Chicago Public Library’s 2005 Scholars in Residence Conference Read More »

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graphics for part 2, CPL

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on November 17, 2005 - 7:29am

Jenny and MIT Tech Review MagJenny CPL Scholar 2005


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Katrina and Rita: Lest We Forget

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on November 16, 2005 - 11:30am

Over at Stephen's Lighthouse, Stephen Abram points to a really useful and visual technology tool, a map that illustrates just how widespread the damage is to libraries that were in the paths of Katrina and Rita. Created within the Normative Data Project, the map, says Abram, "presents information on the libraries that were substantially damaged by hurricanes Katrina and Rita."

Some of the affected libraries' conditions are listed as: Read More »


Social Software for the Rest of Us (or Librarian 2.0)

Submitted by Michael Stephens on November 14, 2005 - 2:44pm

“Libraries should be seizing every opportunity to challenge these perceptions, and to push their genuinely valuable content, services and expertise out to places where people might stand to benefit from them; places where a user would rarely consider drawing upon a library for support."—Paul Miller, from “Web 2.0: Building the New Library," Ariadne 45 (October 2005) (http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue45/miller/)
Jenny’s previous post noting that libraries should be playing a pivotal role in the development of Web 2.0/Library 2.0 services, leads me to ponder what first steps the uninitiated might take—as well as the personal side of the social software universe.

I touched on it briefly at CPL last week, but there was just so much to talk about that day.
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Libraries as Social Machines

Submitted by Jenny Levine on November 13, 2005 - 8:32pm

I realized that last month I promised to write about how many of the pieces of the social software movement came together this year, so here are some thoughts to help you survey the landscape. Read More »

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It's Good [for Libraries for Him] to Be the King: CPL Scholars, Part 1

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on November 11, 2005 - 7:30pm

Abram, Stephen The other day, while walking out at the end of a break-out session of the Chicago Public Library’s Scholars in Residence Conference at the Harold Washington Library Center, I mentioned to my colleague, Laura Pelehach (acquisitions editor from ALA Editions), that I wanted to meet him (finally, after seeing him speak on a few occasions) face to face at the reception at the end of day. A conference attendee, walking out just behind us, chimed in, “When you do, ask him if he will be the king of the world."
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Library 2.0 in Publish

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on November 8, 2005 - 5:36pm

Publish, published by Ziff Davis Media, Inc., featured a nifty article by Jason Boog last week, "Library 2.0 Movement Sees Benefits in Collaboration with Patrons," which features interviews with Jenny Levine, Aaron Schmidt, and Jessamyn West.

According to Boog, "These innovative librarians realize that some Web 2.0 technologies, such as blogs, wikis, and online databases like Google Print, are already competing for the attentions of library patrons...The librarians aim to build a participatory network of libraries using Web resources like blogs, wiki tools, and tags."
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Lemony Snippets

Submitted by Tom Peters on November 2, 2005 - 12:38pm

Lots of folks are sour on snippets. Google has made lemonade out of the old word "snippet" by using it to describe what will be presented to users when they perform a full-text search in the Google Print Library and retrieve hits for the search term in a work still protected by copyright. Here is Google's brief (and a little vague) description of how this works on the "common questions" page about the Google Print Library Project (http://print.google.com/googleprint/common.html): "For library books still in copyright, you'll be able to find the book in your search result, but we will only display bibliographic information and a few short snippets of the book." Read More »


The Niche of Negotiated Meaning

Submitted by Jenny Levine on October 31, 2005 - 11:28pm

I was thrilled to read Michael's mini-interview with Will Richardson, because I, too, was blown away by Will's keynote at the Internet Librarian conference. Pretty much every part of his talk resonated with me in some way (especially since we have two middle school children at home), but the part that really hit me hard was when Will discussed "negotiated meaning." He defined it as teaching kids how to negotiate what is true, especially since you can no longer just hand them a textbook or The New York Times and tell them they're "right." Read More »