Monday, January 15, 2018

Podcast: The cost of a dream

Tribute to Rose Parks & MLK (Dallas)
Memorial to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks (Dallas)
The Marketplace Morning Report did a brief story on the fact that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech is still protected by copyright.  The story is within the first two minutes of the seven-minute episode.

Years ago, I used to sleep with the radio on.  I have a fond memory of waking up early in the morning on his birthday in 1982 and hearing the entire "I Have a Dream" speech on the radio. Yes, all of it.  That was back when the family had not wrestled control of the copyright status and stopped it from being shared openly.  What a joy it was to hear the entire speech in his voice! I wish everyone now could have that same joy and the same experience of hearing the speech on the radio, TV, Facebook, etc. 

At this moment, that is my dream! Let's hope that the family (or whomever now controls its use) will make it so soon.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Recorded Webinar: Roam Your Community and Meet Them on Their Turf

On Wednesday (Jan. 10), I gave a webinar for the Southwest Florida Library Network (SWFLN) entitled " Roam Your Community and Meet Them on Their Turf."  SWFLN makes their webinars available through YouTube, so this one is now available for you to view, if the topic is of interest to you.

Webinar Description: We’ve heard the refrains of eliminating the reference desk, embedded librarians, and the like. We also hear of the need to get out into our communities. Yet meeting our community members where they are – not where we are – is still a challenge. If we are free to move about our communities, and deliver services outside of the library, what might that look like? What innovative or imaginative twist can we use, which will spark the community’s attention and interaction?

Learning Objectives: After this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Explain the value of roaming the community
  • Propose activities which move the library out into it community
  • Support the activities of other staff, who want to move beyond the physical walls of the library

SWFLN normally has a sign language interpreter during a webinar, but one was not available on Wednesday.  However, this webinar is captioned.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

DMCA and Google search results

This is not new, but worth noting because we don't always pay attention to what's on a page.  

I ran a search in Google and at the bottom of the page of search results was this:
In response to a complaint we received under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we have removed 2 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read the DMCA complaint that caused the removal(s) at LumenDatabase.org
Of course, you don't know exactly what was removed, whether the material truly was infringing, or if the material added anything to the results which you would not find elsewhere.  You can only hope that what was removed wasn't important to the research you were doing.

But then...you'll never know if it was important or not!  

We live in a time when threatening court action is much more common.  It has a chilling effect on many things, including the information available to us.  Let's hope that we can find ways of making (and keeping) more information available, not less. 

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Podcast: US Libraries Faced Up to Challenges in 2017

Andrew Albanese
Andrew Albanese
Christopher Kenneally
Christopher Kenneally
At the end of 2017, Christopher Kenneally and Andrew Albanese discussed the ‘top ten’ stories of the year for US libraries and librarians ahead of the list being published in Publishers Weekly. According to Albanese:
In 2017, the library community successfully beat back a Trump Administration proposal to eliminate all federal library funding – at least for now. As the American Library Association told me over the summer, the one thing Trump has done for members of the library community is to focus them.
Albanese also gave a preview of some activities which might occur in 2018.  The podcast is under 16 minutes in length, so easy to listen to on your morning walk or during a coffee break.

By the way, besides listening to Beyond the Book on its web site, the podcast can be listen to through iTunes and other podcast services.

Next Steps for a Beyond Horizons (2.0) Community

Horizon Report EditionIn December 2017, the world learned that the organization known as the New Media Consortium (NMC) was proceeding through chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings.  NMC was known for its Horizon Project, which created well-received reports on education technology (edtech).  After the shock of the news, the NMC community has begun to regroup.  Lisa Gustinelli, Jonathan Nalder, and Paul Signorelli collaboratively wrote and published a piece about the loss of NMC and the future of the NMC community.  As a teaser, I'm publishing part of the article below.  Please go to Paul's blog to read it in its entirety, if you are interested in how a technology community keeps going in the face of loss. 
Those of us who were part of the NMC (New Media Consortium) global family, tribe, and community of learning for many years were stunned, a couple of weeks ago, by the sudden, completely unexpected news that our NMC friends/staff/colleagues had been suddenly laid off during the holiday season and, as the official (unsigned) statement distributed by former Board President Gardner Campbell via email noted on December 18, 2017, the “NMC will be promptly commencing a chapter 7 bankruptcy case. A trustee will be appointed by the court to wind down NMC’s financial affairs, liquidate its assets and distribute any net proceeds to creditors…” Those who loved the ed-tech reports issued through NMC’s Horizon Project, which documented ed tech projects, developments, trends, and challenges across both formal and informal learning sectors, are concerned that a project with more than 16 years of insights and impact worldwide could die along with the NMC.
 Again, you can read the complete post on the Building Creative Bridges blog. And here is a link to the 2017 Horizon Report.