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Jim Duncan, Colorado Library Consortium executive director, speaks out in series on public libraries and the Digital Public Library of America
October 29, 2013 | 4:14 pm

Jim Duncan, executive director of the Colorado Library ConsortiumWhat kind of national digital library system---or systems, plural---should the U.S. create? Read Parts One and Two of a new series where Jim Duncan, executive director of the Colorado Library Consortium delves into the major issues. Is the Harvard-incubated Digital Public Library of America the solution with its “one big tent” approach for public and academic libraries? With museums even included? Or do we need intertwined but separate public and academic systems, so literacy issues, K-12 needs, related digital divide matters, and other national concerns do not fall through the cracks? Could a national digital library endowment, started mostly with philanthropic donations...

At one Colorado library, even plant seeds can be borrowed
February 19, 2013 | 10:06 pm

The Basalt Regional Library Is it just us, or does it seem as if there's an unusually large number of quirky library stories floating around lately? Thanks in no small part to the digital revolution, many municipal libraries today are watching their budgets shrink at the same time they find themselves having to defend against accusations of irrelevance. But there is an upside to the pressure so many libraries are experiencing these days: entrepreneurial creativity. After all, when it begins to look as if your very business model may be facing extinction, new and oftentimes unusual ideas tend to begin sprouting like so many weeds. Case in...

Douglas County Libraries in Colorado builds its own e-book lending system
May 11, 2012 | 12:04 am

DCLtogo150BoingBoing has a brief but interesting piece from a representative of Douglas County Libraries in Colorado (which we mentioned in March), which has created its own e-book lending system by dealing directly with publishers, rather than relying on a third party such as Overdrive to mediate between them. DCL has cut deals with over 800 publishers to have their works lent through DCL’s system. The library doesn’t rely only on its own system, however; it also offers books from the Overdrive and 3M platforms, as well as Freegal music. The books are available through the physical branch locations, or...

Righthaven loses another case, hit with another $33,000 in legal fees
November 13, 2011 | 11:06 am

Ars Technica has another brief post on Righthaven. A Colorado court trying its case against a blogger for posting a photo without permission has found in favor of the defendant, because Righthaven did not actually own the rights to the image it would have needed for its suit to be valid. The judge required Righthaven to pay $33,147 in legal fees and costs. (Good luck squeezing that money out of them.) At the rate judgments are piling up against it, I don’t expect Righthaven to last very much longer. Which will be a pity—I haven’t been this entertained by...

Righthaven loses in Colorado, continues to try not to pay in Nevada
September 28, 2011 | 10:12 pm

It’s a little weird to begin every post I make about the company this way, but the saga of e-news copyright troll Rights Haven’t, I mean Righthaven, keeps getting better and better. First came the news that a Colorado court has thrown out the first Righthaven case to be thrown out outside of Nevada. The reason given was the same as in the Nevada cases: lack of standing to sue, because the Righthaven rights agreement wasn’t valid for that purpose. Furthermore, the Colorado judge ordered Righthaven to reimburse the defendant’s legal fees. And speaking of paying defendants’...

Colorado judge places all Righthaven cases on hold
May 21, 2011 | 2:52 pm

E-newspaper copyright troll Righthaven continues to experience setbacks. Since it is unclear whether Righthaven actually has any legal standing to bring these copyright lawsuits, Judge John Kane has put all Righthaven suits in the state of Colorado on hold until the issue of standing is resolved. “Because there are serious questions as to whether my exercise of subject matter jurisdiction over Righthaven's claim of copyright infringement is proper, I think it most prudent to stay the proceedings in all pending cases in this District in which Righthaven is the named Plaintiff,” wrote the judge yesterday. “Should...

Self-published pedophilia guide author arrested
December 21, 2010 | 9:15 am

And here’s a follow-up to our story about the self-published pedophilia guide that Amazon first defended, then pulled from publication. As TeleReader Brian/AnemicOak pointed out, Colorado police arrested the author of the book, Philip Greaves, after detectives in Florida ordered and received a copy of the book from him. Greaves will be extradited from Colorado to face obscenity charges in Polk County, Florida. [Polk County Sheriff Grady] Judd said he was frustrated that Greaves' book was protected under freedom of speech laws, even though it was created "specifically to teach people how to sexually molest and...

Boulder Book Store embraces new ‘microdistribution’ model
March 17, 2010 | 9:15 am

boulderbookstore From the Nieman Lab comes a story of a bookstore in Boulder, Colorado that is trying a new distribution model for local authors. In addition to the usual selection of titles from big publishers, the Boulder Book Store offers a series of distribution packages for local authors selling print-on-demand titles on consignment. Fees range from $25 to stock up to 5 copies of a book at a time through $255 to arrange an in-store reading and signing, as well as mentions in the store’s website and newsletter and other benefits. And the books are...