OCLC purchase of netLibrary assets approved

Lee Hadden writes: \"OCLC announced that plans continue for the purchase of netlibrary, a
collection of e-books available to academic, public and special libraries.
Read more about it at the OCLC webpages.
Final closing on the sale of netLibrary assets to OCLC Online Computer Library Center has been set for later this month, based upon approval granted today by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado.\"


Signing on the Dotted Line: Licensing Essentials for Library Professionals

There is a new, free, educational service from ALA\'s Office for Information Technology Policy.

\"Signing on the Dotted Line: Licensing Essentials for Library

Beginning February 25th through April 5th, OITP will host an online e-mail tutorial on licensing. Similar in format to the successful copyright and UCITA tutorials offered in 2000 and 2001, the licensing tutorial will cover licensing basics in 25-30 brief, but informative messages written by Lesley Ellen Harris, a recognized expert in copyright law and the author of Licensing Digital Content: A Practical Guide for Librarians.


Baker & Taylor Agree to Reimburse Ohio Libraries

The following is a press release from the Ohio State Attorney General\'s Office regarding the lawsuit brought against Baker & Taylor on behalf of Ohio libraries.

\"In 1999, the Ohio Attorney General\'s Office brought a lawsuit against book distributor and publisher Baker & Taylor, Inc., alleging misrepresentation of discounts to public, school, and university libraries throughout Ohio. While claims against co-defendants WR Gracve remain pending, B&T entered into a settlement agreement with the Attorney General\'s Office in October 2001. The company agreed to provide credits to libraries, schools, and universities involved in the action, with which boks may be purchased.


IT & Global Ecological Crises: Soul and the Sustainability of Librarians

Cate Gable writes...

\"If we can read pages of text at will on little electronic devices-Will books survive?
If we can read news literally up-to-the-minute online-Will newspapers survive?
If we can buy whatever we want at the lowest possible price online-Will stores survive?
If we can get information from Google anytime of the day or night-Will libraries survive?


Penguin Classics Inks Deal With Ebrary

Someone writes...
\"ebrary, a provider of information distribution and retrieval services, announced that Penguin Classics will distribute its library to new online markets via ebrary\'s software, ebrarian. According to ebrary\'s CEO, \"This new deal with Penguin Classics is a breakthrough for both ebrary and the publishing industry, as together we will bring some of history\'s most important works into a format preferred by many readers worldwide. I believe that the authors of these great works would be pleased to see their texts brought into the most modern publishing medium in history, and we look forward to working with Penguin Classics in that pursuit.\" More


XreferPlus Digital Reference Service Launched for Libraries

Paula Hane writes...

\"For the past 2 years, searchers have had Web access to about 50 ready-reference sources from Now, the company has officially announced the launch of xreferplus, its new subscription reference service for libraries The free site is still available It offers general reference works—encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, and books of quotations—and a range of subject-specific titles covering everything from art to accountancy and literature to law. There are over 1 million entries. The cross-referencing technology connects related information across all the works and has generated an additional network of over 5 million xreferences.\" More


An OK Christmas for books

An article in today\'s Chicago Tribune says that strong sales after Thanksgiving have dissipated a lot of economic gloom from the book industry.

AAP President Patricia "Snidely Whiplash" Schroeder is quoted as saying that books are like lipstick. But we librarians have known that for a while.


New Virtual Libraries Have Some Growing to Do

For BusinessWeek Online, Stephen Wildstron writes...

\"Libraries are essential because only a tiny fraction of the knowledge contained in books is available on the Web--and what\'s there is hard to find or use. Things should change as more and more books are put into electronic form and as publishers and distributors figure out how to make money in the process. More


NetLibrary sale plans move forward

A judge approved a loan to netLibrary going and granted its sales procedure, which in effect allows the sale to go forward, and opens the door to competitive bids, if any.

The remaining workers worked for the equivalent of unemployment benefits — $9 an hour — in the weeks following netLibrary\'s decision to put itself on the block. They are back to normal pay now, the company states, but are owed about $500,000 in back pay.

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OCLC Creates Digital Division

From Business First-Columbus...

\"The Online Computer Library Center has created a new division to help its member libraries catalog and preserve their digital resources. The division will be responsible for helping libraries create, access and preserve existing digital collections; collaborate to build new digital collections; and learn about digitization and preservation issues. It will house the OCLC\'s Digital Archive, the Digital and Preservation Co-op and the Digital and Preservation Resources Centers.\" From More



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