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Morning Roundup: Two articles on libraries and a look at making a living by blogging
March 10, 2014 | 9:00 am

librariesThe Awesomeness of My Little Free Library (Book Riot) When we bought a house in late 2012 in the urban neighborhood of Capitol Hill, DC, those little boxes of book love called Little Free Libraries were just starting to make the news. *** US Libraries Spend More on Audiobooks, DVDs than eBooks (The Digital Reader) Library Journal released the results of a survey last week, and it revealed that ebooks don’t have nearly as large of a share of libraries’ budgets as the one might assume from the press coverage. *** Rage Against the Monopolized Machine (The Guardian) Phones we can’t unlock. Shows we can’t skip. And...

CILIP gets behind campaign to open up UK library ebook lending
March 6, 2014 | 4:26 pm

The Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (CILIP), the UK's professional librarians body, has issued a release and a call for action under the heading "Strict limits on library ebook lending must end," which calls for the UK to bring regulations on library lending of ebooks into line with those governing printed books. According to the announcement, "libraries do not have the right to lend ebooks. Out of the six major trade publishers in the UK only three – HarperCollins, Random House and Hachette – offer some of their ebooks to libraries. Research conducted in February 2013 by Shelf...

Morning Roundup: Libraries driving digital transition, Canada Writer’s Union to accept self-published authors
March 4, 2014 | 9:00 am

libraries driving digital transitionNew Report Hails Librarians as Drivers of Digital Transition (The Digital Shift) The Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) published the report “Leading In and Beyond the Library,” this past January, showing the importance of school and public libraries in both state and district-wide efforts toward digital learning and the effective use of technology in teaching. *** Is Canada Seeing the Death of the Niche Bookstore? (Digital Book World) If there’s a conclusion to be drawn, then, it’s that niche bookstores are facing the same struggles as other indie bookstores. We can all support them by buying from them. *** The Writer's Union of Canada to Accept...

What it Takes to Get a Library Book Removed from Circulation
March 3, 2014 | 2:54 pm

get a library book removedIn all the pre-March Break fuss at school this past week, I forgot to share with you all this excellent article from Torontoist, which offers a glimpse inside the Toronto Public Library's book removal process. As the article explains, the library as a policy is reluctant to engage in censorship: "The library recognizes the right of any individual or group to reject library material for personal use, but does not accord to any individual or group the right to restrict the freedom of others to make use of that same material." However, for patrons who do object to the material, there is a...

Morning Roundup: Kobo revenues up, Taking screen shots on Kindles and more
February 18, 2014 | 9:00 am

kobo revenues upKobo Revenues Up 44% in 2013, Userbase up 50% (The Digital Reader) Amazon might not be releasing any interesting details about Kindle Store sales in 2013, but luckily for us Rakuten is more generous. This international retail conglomerate held their annual stockholders meeting on Friday, and they released a few details about Kobo. *** Nashville’s Limitless Libraries Hopes to Merge School and Public Library ILS (The Digital Shift) Limitless Libraries, an ongoing partnership between Nashville Public Library (NPL) and Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS), is planning a move to a shared ILS system, and has requested funding for the transition from the office of...

Morning Roundup: Microsoft Surface 2 approved for pilot flight bag, Dreamworks launches publishing division
February 12, 2014 | 9:00 am

microsoft surface 2FAA Approves Microsoft Surface 2 for Pilot's ElectronicFlight Bags (GigaOM) The Federal Aviation Administration approved Microsoft’s slate for Class 1 or 2 Electronic Flight Bags this week. *** Libraries Fight Back Against Planned Closings (GoodeReader) With libraries around the world coming under almost as much threat of demise as brick-and-mortar bookstores, one UK library system is taking legal action to fight back against proposed budget cuts in their county that will mean the planned closing of a number of local public libraries. *** US Copyright Lobbyists Equate Fair Dealing To Piracy And Copyright Infringement (Techdirt) Yep, the problem here is fair dealing (the Canadian version of fair...

New UK public libraries report: Timely, or deliberate time-wasting?
February 10, 2014 | 12:41 pm

The UK Department for Culture, Media & Sport (headed by Ed Vaizey) and Department for Communities and Local Government have jointly commissioned "an independent report on the public library service in England," to be led by "philanthropist, entrepreneur and publisher William Sieghart." This is the same William Sieghart who led the fairly well-regarded previous report on UK ebook lending services, "An Independent Review of E-Lending in Public Libraries in England," in March 2013 - known up till now as the Sieghart report. But I guess there'll now be another report to bear that monicker. The questions for the new report to...

Publishers Licensing Society offers open access at libraries amid scientific publishing industry image problem
February 3, 2014 | 4:12 pm

With the publishing industry finally realizing that it has an "image problem," particularly regarding scientific publishing and open access, the UK "Publishers Licensing Society (PLS), in partnership with the publishing industry, represented by The Publishers Association (The PA) and the Association for Learned and Professional Society Publishers," has launched an initiative called Access to Research, in conjunction with the UK Society for Chief Librarians, "providing access to academic journals and conference proceedings online, from public libraries across the UK." "Provision through public libraries in this way will enhance the ‘walk-in’ access already available at university libraries, and would enable anyone to have...

Weekend Roundup: A closer look at fair use, Sci-fi and fantasy reading list by Locus
February 2, 2014 | 12:03 pm

fair useDr. Matthew Rimmer Takes a Closer Look at Fair Use (Techdirt) For this week's Favorites of the Week, Dr. Matthew Rimmer wanted to focus in on some of the specific points that came up in the Congressional hearing on fair use earlier this week. *** Archos Announces Three Budget Tablets in Neon Line (GoodeReader) Archos has announced up three new tablets in its budget-conscious lineup. *** Locus Recommended Reading List for Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of 2013 (Boing Boing) Locus Magazine has published its annual Recommended Reading list, which is my favorite annual guide to the best that science fiction and fantasy have to offer. *** Unreturned Books...

Retiring National Library of Scotland National Librarian named new CILIP Council Chair
January 28, 2014 | 4:25 pm

Martyn Wade, the retiring National Librarian and Chief Executive of the National Library of Scotland, has been named as the new chair of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), the UK's professional body for librarians. Wade is due to retire from his current responsibilities in Scotland in March. "It is a terrific honour to Chair CILIP Council and I am very much looking forward to taking up this role," said Wade. "At a time of rapid change and challenge for library and information services it is essential that we have an active and vocal professional body that both...

Morning Roundup: Netflix of books won over publishing. Libraries need digital lending even more
January 28, 2014 | 9:00 am

netflix of booksHow the Netflix of Books Won Over the Publishing Industry (Cnet) Oyster has grown its library of books available to its all-you-can-eat subscribers to more than 100,000 titles. CEO Eric Stromberg told CNET how it happened, and how the company is changing the world of reading. *** Slashed Budgets Mean Libraries Need Digital Lending More Than Ever (GoodeReader) Public libraries have been teetering on the brink of extinction for years, a fact that doesn’t seem likely to improve in the near future given the economic situations that lead local governments to take aim at the libraries as a primary target. And despite data that...

Phil Bradley’s posters for libraries’ fight for survival
January 23, 2014 | 6:30 pm

In a creative stroke that once seemed merely pertinent but now seems increasingly poignant, UK pro-libraries activist Phil Bradley created a series of "Save Libraries retro posters" on behalf of the #Savelibraries campaign. "I love looking through old posters, advertisements, bill stickers and so on, and I got to thinking, I wonder what the Savelibraries campaign would look like through the medium of some of those old posters?" He then went ahead and recrafted old 20th-century recruiting and other wartime propaganda posters for a new 21st-century conflict - the battle to save public libraries. What makes them sadly, especially timely is...