Interview: NYPL’s chief digital officer says public is better off when libraries are ‘risk averse’ about tech – GeekWire

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 01/03/2019 - 11:24
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“Librarians are incredibly risk averse,” he said. “I think they do care very much about patrons and about the impact that their work does, and so we’re very unlikely to take a chance when we’re dealing with public money and when we’re dealing with patrons; we have a personal relationship with them.”
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The 'Future Book' Is Here, but It's Not What We Expected | WIRED

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 01/03/2019 - 11:14
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Physical books today look like physical books of last century. And digital books of today look, feel, and function almost identically to digital books of 10 years ago, when the Kindle launched. The biggest change is that many of Amazon’s competitors have gone belly up or shrunken to irrelevancy.

For the First Time in More Than 20 Years, Copyrighted Works Will Enter the Public Domain

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 12/19/2018 - 18:55
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At midnight on New Year’s Eve, all works first published in the United States in 1923 will enter the public domain. It has been 21 years since the last mass expiration of copyright in the U.S. That deluge of works includes not just “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” which appeared first in the New Republic in 1923, but hundreds of thousands of books, musical compositions, paintings, poems, photographs and films. After January 1, any record label can issue a dubstep version of the 1923 hit “Yes!

Alleged killer of Natomas librarian had history of threats toward librarians

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Tue, 12/18/2018 - 20:10
Ronald Seay, the man accused in the deadly ambush shooting of a Natomas librarian last week, had been arrested multiple times for causing disturbances in libraries in the St. Louis area before moving to Sacramento this fall, Missouri officials told The Sacramento Bee.

Full article here.

Ten Stories That Shaped 2018

Submitted by John on Fri, 12/14/2018 - 14:34

As we limp our way into 2019, let's take a look back at some of the notable library stories from the past year.

10. The Opioid Epidemic Continues

The abuse of narcotics has become so widespread in this country that our average life expectancy has declined as a result. The use of Narcan to treat overdoses occurring in libraries is one way we can contribute to public health.

9. More Fake News

Although political propaganda is nothing new, the growing threat of what has been dubbed "information terrorism," aided by technological advances in the creation of bogus pieces of reporting, make our role as archivists and educators all the more important.

8. Search Engines are Bigots

Keep Copyright Office in Library of Congress

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 12/10/2018 - 15:50
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Urgent! Contact Your Senator About S. 1010 If passed, Congress would voluntarily hand over the power to appoint the copyright advisor to the president. The Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act (S. 1010), a Senate companion to House bill (H.R. 1695), will be voted on by the Senate Rules and Administration Committee this Tuesday, in spite of previous concerns by committee members. This legislation would make the position of the Register of Copyrights subject to Presidential appointment and Senate confirmation.

Oxford’s Library Once Branded Its Sauciest Books With a Greek Letter

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 11/20/2018 - 15:08
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FOR MORE THAN A HUNDRED years, deep in a dusty enclave of the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries, there sat a restricted collection—2,100 books deemed too subversive, too toxic, too scandalous for eager minds. These books, principally concerned with sex, made up the “Phi” collection, bearing the Greek “Φ” on their spines like a mark of sin.

Bookstore's Tweet On The Sale Of A Children's Book After 27 Years, Goes Viral : NPR

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 11/19/2018 - 10:53
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The store's tweet about the sale has since gone viral and received thousands of replies. Author Sarah Todd Taylor tweeted in response, "The book held its breath. It had hoped so often, only to have that hope crushed. Hands lifted it from the shelf, wrapped it warmly in paper.