The OCLC officially sunsets its library card catalog program

By Chris Meadows
October 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Libraries just reached a milestone yesterday. In some ways it’s a sad one, but in other ways it’s one that you would honestly have expected to have been reached years ago. As found on Facebook, and confirmed via the OCLC’s official catalog cards page, as of September 30, 2015, the OCLC ended [...]

CILIP delivers crushing vote against UK library “amateurisation”

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

The UK’s Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) have just held their annual general meeting in London. At the meeting, they delivered a ringing majority vote in favour of a resolution submitted by CILIP member Andy Richardson “that CILIP should ‘actively [...]

Yes, Authors Guild, writers are screwed—here’s what to do about it

By David Rothman
September 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

Any news that writers are screwed? An Authors Guild survey of members shows that 56 percent of surveyed writers earn less than the poverty line here in the U.S., if only writing income counts. Publisher’s Weekly says: “The survey, conducted this spring by the Codex Group, is based on [...]

‘Book deserts’ still keep kids from getting books

By Chris Meadows
August 6, 2015 // 1 Comment

Though I just posted a story about a university library re-opening with no books, having no books is not necessarily a desirable condition for all libraries. Mother Nature Network has a story that looks at “book deserts”—areas where it’s extremely difficult for kids to get their hands on [...]

Library e-book market getting more love from Big Five publishers

By David Rothman
July 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

The library e-book market is heating up, with Big Five publishers granting more flexible terms to libraries, says Library Journal. In the past, publishers feared that consumers would not buy e-books if library books were available. Now they’re wising up to research showing the opposite is true. [...]

TeleRead Links: Amazonopoly, AlphaSmart, libraries and the Internet, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 26, 2015 // 6 Comments

Why Amazon monopoly accusations deserve a closer look (Fortune) As with other one-time high-tech leaders (IBM, Microsoft, Google) Amazon’s dominant market share suddenly seems too much. In letters to the Justice Department, the authors’ and retailers’ groups claim that Amazon is squeezing [...]

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