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Librarian Wants to Ban Five-Time Reading Champ from Contest

By libertyc
August 21, 2013 // 12 Comments

Today.com is one of several outlets reporting on this story, which is about a nine-year-old New Yorker who is being asked to withdraw from his library’s summer reading contest to give another child a chance at winning. From the article: “After Tyler Weaver read 63 books between June 24 [...]

Tough Times for the Used Book Market Too?

By libertyc
August 2, 2013 // 2 Comments

Unclutterer has a great little post guest-written by a librarian, who counsels potential downsizers to stop and consider before they bring a carload of books to their library to ‘donate.’ She runs through the usual disclaimers about feeling free to chuck the books that are damaged, [...]

Morning Roundup: Teachers; librarians; and German Kindle owners, getting nervous

By libertyc
August 2, 2013 // 0 Comments

No, iPads Do Not Make Teachers Obsolete (Salon.com) The Brave New World is officially here — and it’s not just new, it’s also expensive and, at best, unproven. That’s the news of the last few weeks in the world of education. * * * What Makes a Good Librarian? (GalleyCat) “How do I make [...]

Morning Roundup — The Belabored Librarian

By Dan Eldridge
January 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

Libraries Can’t Buy Many of Amazon’s Ebook Hits (American Libraries) Don’t Burn Your Books—Print Is Here to Stay (Wall Street Journal) Library of Congress digs in to full archive of 170 billion tweets (CNET) Musician uses phony online dating profile to trick iPhone thief (NY [...]

UAE librarian complains Internet discourages book reading

By libertyc
March 22, 2012 // 1 Comment

The United Arab Emirates newspaper The National has an article about a UAE librarian who feels that the Internet is “killing” the Arabic language, making people too lazy to find information in a book rather than on-line. One of few librarians in the UAE, 57-year-old Abdul Razak Al Khumairi [...]

E-reader skeptic finds balm in single-purpose device

By libertyc
February 20, 2012 // 3 Comments

While not exactly news, it’s fun to look at a conversion-of-an-e-reader-skeptic story every now and then. Here’s one from Florida International University Medical Library Digital Access Librarian Bohyun Kim. Despite the digital nature of Kim’s job title, she had never really been tempted to [...]

One Year Later, HarperCollins Sticking to 26-Loan Cap, and Some Librarians Rethink Opposition

By libertyc
February 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

From an Article by Michael Kelley at Library Journal: Librarians’ passionate advocacy of our titles is vital to our efforts  and we remain committed to keeping our ebooks available in the library channel,” said Josh Marwell, Harper’s president of sales. Marwell said that the 26-loan cap [...]

Librarian Nancy Pearl causes controversy with Amazon republishing partnership

By libertyc
February 9, 2012 // 12 Comments

Amazon has been racking up a reputation as “the enemy” in publishing circles. That has led to a sort of “with us or against us” mentality in which any formerly respected person who is seen to work with Amazon in any capacity whatsoever suddenly gets tarred with that brush. It happened with [...]

Booklist’s Corner Shelf focuses on eBooks in libraries, by Sue Polanka

By libertyc
November 11, 2011 // 0 Comments

The October 2011 Corner Shelf (an online supplement to Booklist magazine) focused their discussion on eBooks in libraries.  Several feature articles are offered, including one on weeding eBooks. Here is the opening paragraph of Corner Shelf which includes links to the articles. Welcome to the [...]

My morning in Librarian Hell

By libertyc
June 21, 2011 // 10 Comments

When David Rothman started Teleread, he had a dream of establishing a national digital library. Today, I wished that dream was a reality—I spent most of my morning in Librarian Hell, as part of the annual school clean-up now that classes are done for the year! Here was the problem: children [...]

Librarians against DRM

By libertyc
April 1, 2011 // 11 Comments

From Defective by Design: In 2008, the DRM Elimination Crew stood on the steps of the Boston Public Library (BPL) and demanded that they Kick DRM Out (1, 2). The DRM technology got into the BPL through a contract with the company OverDrive, who uses DRM (on most titles) to control how and when [...]

Overdrive’s Digipalooza conference to be held in Cleveland this year

By libertyc
March 18, 2011 // 0 Comments

From the press release.  It looks like it will be quite interesting: Public and school librarians from around the world will come together with publishing industry leaders at OverDrive’s third international user group conference, Digipalooza (www.digipalooza.com), July 28-31, 2011, in Cleveland. [...]

Readers, authors and librarians against DRM

By libertyc
March 17, 2011 // 11 Comments

Artist Nina Paley has created a cool collection of images for those ready to rail against DRM. She created versions for Readers Against DRM, Authors Against DRM, and Librarians Against DRM. If you share these sentiments, go to the ReadersBillofRights.info site, download the images and sprinkle them [...]

Project MUSE Editions and the Univ. Press ebook Consortium merge, by Sue Polanka

By libertyc
March 10, 2011 // 0 Comments

I received this press release from the AAUP mailing list today.  It is reprinted in part below. Two major university press e-book initiatives –Project MUSE Editions (PME) and the University Press e-book Consortium (UPeC) — have joined forces. The result of this merger — the University Press [...]

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