When libraries pay for subscriptions to digital journals, they don’t buy or own their own digital copies but merely rent or license them for a period of time. If they cancel a subscription, they could lose access to past issues. They could violate the publishers’ copyrights if they make or hold copies for long-term preservation without special permission or payment, shifting the task of preservation more and more to publishers who are not preservation experts and who tend to make preservation decisions with only future market potential in mind. Libraries can’t migrate older content, such as journal backfiles, to new media and formats to keep them readable as technology changes, at least not without special permission or risk of liability. Some publishers don’t allow libraries to share digital texts by interlibrary loan and instead require them to make printouts, scan the printouts, and lend the scans. Libraries must negotiate for prices and licensing terms, often under nondisclosure agreements, and retain and consult complex licensing agreements that differ from publisher to publisher and year to year. They must police or negotiate access for walk-in patrons, online users off campus, and visiting faculty. They must limit access and usage by password, internet-protocol (IP) address, usage hours, institutional affiliation, physical location, and caps on simultaneous users. They must implement authentication systems and administer proxy servers. They must make fair-use judgment calls, erring on the side of seeking permission or forgoing use. They must explain to patrons that cookies and registration make anonymous inquiry impossible and that some uses allowed by law are not allowed by the technology. —
You need to have some freedom to learn about what you think is important without worrying about whether it ends up in some FBI file. We don’t want [library patrons] being surveilled because that will inhibit learning, and reading, and creativity. —
Alan Inouye, American Library Association
We can win this. We can stop mass spying. Join thousands around the world by taking action today: https://eff.org/r.n423
Library Valentines from ABDO.
LEGO® Movie Poster
Meet Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO® minifigure and star of The LEGO Movie. Mistakenly identified as a Master Builder and the key to saving the LEGO® world, Emmet is drafted into a fellowship of strangers (including the colorful Wyldstyle) on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which he is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared. According to Emmet, “Everything is awesome,” and that includes reading. But even Emmet knows there’s more to the library than books. This poster is perfect for promoting brick-building clubs and inviting patrons to read, play, build, and discover the AWESOME things your library offers. Voiced by an all-star cast, The LEGO® Movie is in theaters now!
Captain Picard knows what’s up.
(Source: arakdy, via pickeringtonlibrary)
Twitter is sharing its massive trove of data with the academic world — for free. The social networking outfit has long sold access to its enormous collection of tweets — a record of what the people of the world are doing and saying — hooking companies like Google and Yahoo into the “Twitter fire hose.” But now, through a new grant program, it wants to make it easier for social scientists and other academics to explore its tweet archive, which stretches back to 2006. Twitter previously worked with researchers from Johns Hopkins University to predict where flu outbreaks will hit, and the new program aims to open doors for similar projects. The company is now accepting applications from researchers, who have until March 15 to submit a proposal. — Twitter Opens Its Enormous Archives to Data-Hungry Academics | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com (via infoneer-pulse)
the story lies within the pages. not upon the look of the cover.
Tim Berners-Lee: we need to re-decentralise the web (Wired UK) -
Twenty-five years on from the web’s inception, its creator has urged the public to re-engage with its original design: a decentralised internet that at its very core, remains open to all
"I want a web that’s open, works internationally, works as well as possible and is not nation-based."
by Hillary White