September 2002

A Case to Define the Digital Age

Here\’s A Businessweek Story on Eldred v. Ashcroft. On Oct. 9, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case of Eldred v. Ashcroft. It\’s a challenge to the controversial 1998 Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act (CTEA), which lengthened copyright terms by 20 years, stretching them to 70 years after an artist\’s death.

A Supreme Court ruling against the CTEA would be the first major victory for digital-rights activists, who want more books, music, and images to enter the public domain. And it would be a grand defeat for corporations, which claim they would forfeit billions in lost revenues.

The Book Trade, Canadian-Style

Gary Deane shows us This Story on Heather Reisman. She owns The Chapters superstore chain, Coles, SmithBooks, Indigo\’s, both chains\’ e-commerce ventures, and a growing slice of the college bookstore business. They say she operates the closest thing to an unregulated monopoly in Canada\’s private sector; no other sizable developed country has let ownership of bookselling become so concentrated. The whole enterprise is losing money

Information Literacy Instruction in Higher Education

Marian writes: Eric has a wonderful Article By Abby Kasowitz-Scheer and Michael Pasqualoni on Information literacy instruction. They cover ACRL’s Best Practices Initiative, have a great bibliography, and make some wonderful points. They say Information literacy instruction is alive and well on campuses today. However, there is much work to be done before integrated ILI across the curriculum is standard practice. It’s a bit older than most things you point to, from June 2002, but worth the read!”

Note: You might need a subcription to read this.

Librarian’s Book Club Selects Readings for Oct-Nov

Troy Johnson writes “The Librarian’s Book Club is a group to read and discuss books that are about libraries and the library profession. The membership of the group voted for readings for Oct.-Nov. and the selections are “The Social Life of Information” and “The Future of the Past”. More information about the books selected and the Librarian’s Book Club can be found at the LBC Homepage

New issue of ‘Learned Publishing’ available

The October issue of Learned Publishing is now available:

  • The peer-review process – Fytton Rowland
  • Reading behaviour and electronic journals – Carol Tenopir; Donald W. King
  • Linking to full text: the secondary publisher\’s perspective – Andrea Powell
  • The Pergamon phenomenon 1951-1991: Robert Maxwell and scientific publishing – Brian Cox
  • Two societies show how to profit by providing free access – Thomas J. Walker
  • You are the weakest link – goodbye: serving the information-hungry corporate end-user – Paul Harwood
  • Medical journal publishing: one culture or several?- Tim Albert; Alex Williamson
  • Promoting literacy in a digital age: approaches to training for information literacy – David Bawden; Lyn Robinson
  • Introducing a new journals subscription system: the agony and the ecstasy – Melinda Kenneway et al

    And more!

  • Harry Most Likely to be Left Behind

    This is kind of cute and it gave me a little chuckle, so I\’m passing it along…
    \”They say you can\’t put a good book down – but the message doesn\’t seem to be getting through to commuting fans of the Harry Potter novels. According to Midland Mainline, more J.K. Rowling books about the young wizard are left behind on their trains than those of any other author.\” Read More.

    Michigan’s eLibrary Nets High Praise by PC Magazine

    The following comes by way of a press release from the Library of Michigan. An article in PC magazine talks about MeL (, Michigan\’s eLibrary. PC Magazine\’s John Dvorak is quoted as saying; \”Astonishing research tool touted as far superior to most commercial sites puts Michigan at the top of the heap for providing its citizens with an amazing information portal.\” Read More.

    Board Condemns Patron’s Refusal to Return Library Book

    It seems an elderly woman in New Hampshire took a book from the library and \”detained\” it because she disliked the contents. She said whe wanted to keep it until she could discuss it with the Board. \”She maintains that she was expressing her right to free speech and her primary concern was the direction the library appeared to be heading.\” The Board has condemned her actions. Read More.