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Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Search Engine

Submitted by Tom Peters on December 5, 2005 - 12:15am

Jonathan Edwards Google's Book Search Library Project, the massive digitization project involving the “G5 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, Google’s business interests, and the G5 libraries’ motives and anticipated benefits.

There also seem to be some deeper, inchoate fears lurking about...

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Academia's Conflicted Reaction to Blogging on ACRLog

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on November 30, 2005 - 1:21pm

Something to Talk About: CPL Scholars Part 3

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on November 29, 2005 - 3:37am
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2006: The Year of the ...

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 urge—and the annual ritual of the popular press—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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The Online Library User Manifesto

Submitted by Jenny Levine on November 25, 2005 - 9:54pm

John Blyberg from the Ann Arbor District Library recently posted an ILS Customer’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. It’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 »

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Do Libraries Matter: On Library & Librarian 2.0

Submitted by Michael Stephens on November 18, 2005 - 2:14pm

Michael Stephens Head ShotAllow 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).

It’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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Squeezing the E-Turnip

Submitted by Tom Peters on November 18, 2005 - 10:31am

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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 - 8:12pm

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 - 6:29am

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 - 10:30am

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 »