Submitted by Tom Peters on December 5, 2005 - 12:15am
Google's Book Search Library Project, the massive digitization project involving the â€œG5 libraries" (Michigan, Stanford, Oxford, the New York Public Library, and Harvard), has really touched a cultural nerve.
Quite a few discussants have concentrated on the details of one or more facets of this project, i.e., fair use, the lawsuits, the digitization process and technology involved, Googleâ€™s business interests, and the G5 librariesâ€™ motives and anticipated benefits.
There also seem to be some deeper, inchoate fears lurking about...
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Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on November 30, 2005 - 1:21pm
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Submitted by Tom Peters on November 28, 2005 - 10:32am
December is almost here, which means that the calendar year as we know it is drawing to a close. This will unleash the urgeâ€”and the annual ritual of the popular pressâ€”to write reflective articles about the year just finishing and predictive articles about 2006. The top events in politics, the arts, athletics, and other areas will be rehashed and ranked. I predict that natural disasters will receive a lot more attention and ink than they have in the retrospectives of previous years.
Rather than look back on 2005, let's look forward to 2006. To get a jump on the competition, I'm going to stick my neck out and speculate a bit about what could be major developments in library and information technology in the coming year. I have two things in mind: Both technologies have been around for awhile, but 2006 could be the breakout year for both.
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Submitted by Jenny Levine on November 25, 2005 - 9:54pm
John Blyberg from the Ann Arbor District Library recently posted an ILS Customerâ€™s Bill of Rights, a very thoughtful reflection that you should definitely click through to. As I was reading it, however, I was also reminded of another bill of rights I recently came across, The Social Customer Manifesto. Itâ€™s actually a blog devoted to the social-software movement, but I found the tenets of the Manifesto quite intriguing (you can find them listed in the righthand sidebar on the site). Read More »
Submitted by Michael Stephens on November 18, 2005 - 2:14pm
Allow me to direct your attention to this white paper that Ken Chad and Paul Miller just posted at Talis: Do Libraries Matter? The Rise of Library 2.0 (available in PDF format).
Itâ€™s from the conference where they demonstrated Whisper that Jenny wrote about here. It's time to continue the conversations (and start them if you haven't already) about improving library services for the future via social software and some forward-thinking about library users.
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Submitted by Tom Peters on November 18, 2005 - 10:31am
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 »
Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on November 17, 2005 - 6:29am