Google Cache Ruled Fair Use

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 01/26/2006 - 14:24

The EFF is reporting a district court in Nevada has ruled that the Google Cache is a fair use. The court granted summary judgment in favor of Google on four independent bases. The cache results from automated, non-volitional activity by Google servers, robot.txt, fair use, and The Google Cache qualifies for the DMCA's 512(b) caching "safe harbor" for online service providers. They also have a PDF Of The Ruling.

Controlled Lots Of Copies Keep Stuff Safe

Submitted by John on Thu, 01/26/2006 - 03:44

This week's The Chronicle of Higher Education has a short write-up of the LOCKSS project's new journals division.

A coalition of journal publishers and university libraries is starting an experimental archive of online journals that will be held in reserve in case a journal's publisher goes out of business or is otherwise unable to continue providing online access to its journals.

Tense standoff at a Newton library following threatening email

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 01/26/2006 - 03:07

FBI and Newton police were involved in a tense standoff with Newton Free Library officials last week.

Librarian, Kathy Glick-Weil, refused to allow law enforcement access to library computers during an investigation into an imminent terrorist threat targeting Brandeis University.

Video shows details of failed bid for Bush library

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 01/25/2006 - 23:40

Arlington might have had an outdoor 9/11 memorial and an institution supporting infant democracies around the world if the city was selected to be the site for the George W. Bush presidential library and museum.

This vision for the 43rd president's museum is detailed in a video released by Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck. It was part of a failed bid for the library the city made last year.

Director of Lincoln Library to Step Down

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 01/25/2006 - 21:38

AP Reports The director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum announced Tuesday he was stepping down, less than a year after the museum's grand opening.

Richard Norton Smith said he wants more time for other projects such as completing a biography of Nelson Rockefeller. He will become a scholar-in-residence at George Mason University in Virginia.

Librarian by day; truck-pulling, tire-tossing fiend on the weekends

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 01/25/2006 - 19:34

Weekly Dig Has An Interview with Diann Smothers, a 36-year-old librarian at Northeastern University. When she's not librarian-ing, she's competing in strongman sports, in which athletes race to perform wacky, horrendously difficult feats of manual labor. Forget barbells; strongmen are flipping tires and pulling trucks, testing their mettle in a brassy, crowd-pleasing way.

Librarians would shelve Patriot Act

Submitted by Steven on Wed, 01/25/2006 - 19:22

My SA has a piece about the popular "Radical Militant Librarian" button that ALA has been selling in response to the FBI calling librarians that in e-mail correspondence.

"I saw it and I couldn't resist," Krug said of the librarian-slam-turned-money-making button. "The head of our store said it was the fastest-selling button he's ever seen. They were flying off the shelves."