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WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights Thirty-Fifth Session

Nobody among members of the World Intellectual Property Organization disputes the importance of the public services provided by libraries and archives. However, positions are different when it comes to providing exceptions to copyright to those entities so they can continue to dispense their services, in particular in the digital age. An updated study presented in a WIPO committee shows that most countries have exceptions relating to libraries, but termed in very different ways, and are hesitant on how to deal with digital technologies.  Prof. Kenneth Crews, former director of the copyright advisory office at Columbia University (US) and now an attorney at Gipson, Hoffman & Pancione in Los Angeles, today presented the latest version [pdf] of his original 2008 study, already updated in 2014 and in 2015, during the 35th session of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights, [that took] place from 13-17 November. According to Crews, since 2015, a number of countries have revised their copyright laws and the exceptions they provide to libraries and archives, which, he said, serves as a reminder that this is a dynamic issue. The study covers all 191 WIPO member states and found that 161 of those have at least one provision in their copyright statutes that explicitly applies to libraries or archives…”

WSJ – Google, Shmoogle. Reference Librarians Are Busier Than Ever

WSJ (sub. req’d): “…Even in the internet age, reference librarians still dig up answers that require extra effort, searching old books, microfilm and paper files, looking for everything from owners of long-defunct firms to 19th-century weather reports. Though online searches are now at the fingertips of most people, many still prefer to call or visit… Continue Reading

Article – Why doesn’t everyone love reading e-books?

Myrberg, C., (2017). Why doesn’t everyone love reading e-books?. Insights. 30(3), pp.115–125. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1629/uksg.386 “Why do many students still prefer paper books to e-books? This article summarizes a number of problems with e-books mentioned in different studies by students of higher education, but it also discusses some of the unexploited possibilities with e-books. Problems that… Continue Reading

Building for the future of free knowledge – Keynote by Wikipedia CEO at OCLC Meeting

“Katherine Maher, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, was our featured day-two keynote on 31 October 2017 at the inaugural OCLC Americas Regional Council (ARC) meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Drawing from the Wikimedia Foundation’s recent, in-depth research into the future of literacy and learning, Maher shared insights into how we can apply these principles… Continue Reading

Dr. Carla D. Hayden, Librarian of Congress: Featured Keynote at OCLC ARC17

“Dr. Carla D. Hayden, the United States Librarian of Congress, was our first keynote speaker at the inaugural OCLC Americas Regional Council (ARC) meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, USA on 30 October 2017. Dr. Hayden discussed the history of library innovation and the role that libraries can play as trusted, smart sources in the information ecosystem.” Continue Reading

Making Sense of the Future of Libraries

Making Sense of the Future of Libraries – IFLA Journal, Vol. 43, No. 4. December 2017. “We examined five major projects conducted by library associations and related organizations between 2011 and 2016 that focused on the future of libraries and/or librarianship. We employed a sensemaking perspective as the foundation for our research. Through a sensemaking… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – The State of Law Library eBooks 2017-18 Part Two: Brass Tacks

Via LLRX – The State of Law Library eBooks 2017-18 Part Two: Brass Tacks – Ellyssa Kroski discusses the range of eBook pricing models that are currently available along with the pros and cons respective to each. Kroski’s article also addresses other critical issues relevant to managing subscription-based, patron-driven acquisitions, short term loans, access-to-own, as well… Continue Reading

Government Printing, Publications, and Digital Information Management: Issues and Challenges

CRS Report – Government Printing, Publications, and Digital Information Management: Issues and Challenges, November 8, 2017. R45014 “In the past half-century, in government and beyond, information creation, distribution, retention, and preservation activities have transitioned from a tangible, paper-based process to digital processes managed through computerized information technologies. Information is created as a digital object which… Continue Reading

Interview with Rock Hall of Fame Librarian

“The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in Cleveland, Ohio, is best known for its raucous and dramatic induction ceremonies. But it also has a quieter side: a library and archive, full of research materials, artifacts and memorabilia, and shelves and shelves of old records. Earlier this year, the Rock Hall advertised that they were… Continue Reading

Abraham Lincoln Papers Now Available in Full Color Online

Library of Congress: “The papers of Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), lawyer, representative from Illinois, and sixteenth president of the United States, contain approximately 40,550 documents dating from 1774 to 1948, although most of the collection spans from the 1850s through Lincoln’s presidency (1861-1865). Roughly half of the collection, more than 20,000 documents, comprising 62,000 images, as… Continue Reading

White Paper – The OA effect: How does open access affect the usage of scholarly books?

“Springer Nature published a white paper The OA effect: How does open access affect the usage of scholarly books? on 7 November 2017. This report presents the first major comparative analysis of usage data for OA and non-OA scholarly books, and provides an informed view of how a book benefits from OA publication. It also highlights… Continue Reading

Artificial intelligence and the library of the future, revisited

Artificial intelligence and the library of the future, revisited. Catherine Nicole Coleman Digital Research Architect Research Director, Humanities + Design, Stanford Libraries. November 3, 2017. “There are two breakthrough technologies catching fire on campus these days. One of them, CRISPR-Cas9, is changing our relationship to the physical world through gene editing. The other, Artificial Intelligence… Continue Reading