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Amazing

05 Jan

First Book (firstbook.org) addresses a basic problem facing poor kids in America: They don’t have books.  One study found that in low-income neighborhoods, there is only one age-appropriate book for every 300 children.

 

e-books

03 Jan

Di you get an e-reader for Christmas or a holiday gift?  The library  is  purchasing a product called Overdrive that allows patrons to download e-books.  However, because the “fair use” provisions of the copyright law do not allow more than one user at a time to download an e-book, only one person at a time can use the service.  And it is very expensive.  So we need to decide what  to do.  We just can’t wait until the fair use issues are resolved so that electronic readers can enjoy the same resources that  print readers can.

 

Learning Curve

27 Dec

Blogging is new to me.   I just learned today some new features of the website and blogging.  The technology keeps us learning.  Virtual servers, cloud computing and blogging are all aspects of the library world these days.  When I became a librarian, no one would have dreamed of this world. I look back and realize how far we have progressed with bringing the world of information to the patrons.  The philosophy is the same– leveling the playing field so the every day person can have access to knowledge.

 

Director’s Cut Book Club

27 Dec

Tonight is the first of the Director’s Cut Book Clubs.  Like millions of people I am fascinated with the Steig Larsson books.  Why are we?  A crusading journalist, murders, poliitical chicanery?  Let’s talk tonight and/or Tuesday morning.

 

December 26

22 Dec

This year, we will be open the day after Christmas. We are closed for the 24th and the 25th but will be open on Sunday December 26. Come on in and check out some materials for the next week when the students are at home.

 

Curled Up

22 Dec

Snowstorm in the forecast? Most people have the library on their errand running for those days. Who would want to be inside without something good to read, watach or listen to?

 

Favorites

22 Dec

Recently my husband and I saw the movie Winter’s Bone on DVD. At the end of this movie I saw that it was based on a book by Daniel Woodrell. He wrote one of my favorite books Tomato Red. Mr. Woodrell is writing what can only be described as Southern noir– but even darker than noir. The movie perfectly captured this immersion into a different world as does Tomato Red. Highly recommended but maybe not for the Holiday season.

 

copyright

21 Dec

Copyright
Copyright issues are among the most hotly contested issues in the legal and legislative world; billions of dollars are at stake. Legal principles and technological capabilities are constantly challenging each other and every outcome can directly affect the future of libraries.

Everyday copyright law affects the way libraries provide information to their users. The first sale doctrine enables libraries to lend books and other resources. Fair use allows for the use of copyrighted works for purposes of criticism, comment, news reporting, scholarship, or research. Libraries are permitted to make reproductions of copyrighted works for preservation and replacement purposes. And under copyright law, libraries can aid in the transformation and reproduction of copyrighted works for users with disabilities. As libraries advocate for user rights and access to information, it’s crucial to continue to address the emerging challenges posed at the intersection of technology, society, and law.

Copyright
The Digital Age presents new challenges to fundamental copyright doctrines that are legal cornerstones of library services. Libraries are leaders in trying to maintain a balance of power between copyright holders and users, in keeping with the fundamental principles outlined in the Constitution and carefully crafted over the past 200 years. In this role, we closely follow both federal and state legislation and make our voices heard when our issues are moving. Libraries are perceived as a voice for the public good and our participation is often sought in “friend of the court” briefs in important intellectual property cases. Our involvement extends to the international copyright arena where we also follow the treaties to which the U.S. is a signatory and which could influence the development of copyright changes at home.
This quote is fromteh American Library Associaiton.
Copyright issues are among the most hotly contested issues in the legal and legislative world; billions of dollars are at stake. Legal principles and technological capabilities are constantly challenging each other and every outcome can directly affect the future of libraries.

Everyday copyright law affects the way libraries provide information to their users. The first sale doctrine enables libraries to lend books and other resources. Fair use allows for the use of copyrighted works for purposes of criticism, comment, news reporting, scholarship, or research. Libraries are permitted to make reproductions of copyrighted works for preservation and replacement purposes. And under copyright law, libraries can aid in the transformation and reproduction of copyrighted works for users with disabilities. As libraries advocate for user rights and access to information, it’s crucial to continue to address the emerging challenges posed at the intersection of technology, society, and law.

 

Reference desk

18 Dec

I took a shift at the reference desk one cold morning last week. NIU is done and the public school students were in school. Who came to the reference desk– a woman asking for medical information before she went to the doctor, questions about the formatting in Word, questions about logging onto the Internet, questions about income tax forms, questions about Inter Library Loan. All of these people did not have access to the Internet at home. I wonder how many households in DeKalb do not have broadband access.

 

Director’s Cut Book Club

18 Dec

Have you read the Steig Larsson trilogy? I tried to get someone fromteh swedish consulate to discuss the Olaf Palme assassination but no luck. So we’ll discuss it ourselves at the first Director’s Cut Book Club December 27 and 28.

 
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