Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Ebooks, publishers & libraries

Ebook publishers are changing how the license ebooks to libraries.  These two podcast episodes from Beyond the Book detail those recent changes.  As you might expect, the changes do not necessarily favor libraries or library patrons.

July 20: An E-books Embargo For Libraries (14 min.)
Tor Books, a science fiction and fantasy publisher and division of Macmillan, has moved to change its “e-book lending model to libraries as part of a test program to determine the impact of e-lending on retail sales,” reports Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer. Beginning this month, newly-released titles will not be available until four months after the publication date. The “embargo” practice has sparked a backlash by librarians.

“It’s yet another wrinkle in an already complex lending scheme that librarians must manage, and I think what is bothering librarians most of all is that [the change] came without warning,” Albanese tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally.

“I spoke to Michael Blackwell, a librarian in Maryland who is one of the organizers of ReadersFirst, a coalition of some 300 libraries dedicated to improving e-book access and services for public library users. He called the move a ‘giant leap backwards’ for libraries and disputed the idea that library e-book lending is hurting Tor’s retail e-book sales.”
Sept. 7: More Changes In E-book Lending For Public Libraries (the first 6 min. 30 seconds)
In what the publisher called “good news” for libraries and their patrons, Penguin Random House has announced that as of October 1, 2018, the house is changing its e-book lending licenses for public libraries in the U.S. The shift moves access to book titles from a “perpetual access” model (where libraries pay a higher price but retain access to the e-book forever) to a “metered model” (with lower prices on e-books that expire after two years).

“PRH top titles today are capped at $65 for a ‘perpetual access e-book license. The new top price will be $55. Lower prices are a good thing—but a $10 drop is not enough librarians say, especially if they have the burden now of relicensing John Grisham titles,” Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer, reports.

“What librarians really wanted from PRH was a choice. They want to be able to own a perpetual access copy or two for the collection at whatever price, and then add [more copies of the same title] to meet periods of high demand without having to buy more perpetual access copies,” Albanese tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally.

“Much of what publishers do with library e-book pricing is about defending other markets, but I think that’s shortsighted and self-defeating. If anything comes out of these changes I hope it will be to kick up a discussion about why digital readers in libraries are treated differently,” he adds.

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Copyright: Forever Less One Day (7 min. video)

While not a copyright expert, C.G.P. Grey has provided an interesting and entertaining look at the length of copyright protection in this short video. By the way, while I like the video, one error which stood out to me is that the length of copyright in 1790 in the United States was 14 years, with the possibility of renewal for another 14 years.  Yes, that does equal 28, which is what he said in the video, but only 14 years was guaranteed with additional action by the creator.


Tuesday, August 28, 2018

iPRES 2018 in Boston, MA, Sept. 24-27, 2018


Below is as received in email.  iPRES this year will be held in Boston and Cambridge, MA from Sept, 24-27.  There is still time to register for this event.
  


We are excited to share the detailed schedule - with information about every session - for iPRES2018, the 15th International Conference on Digital Preservation. We are using the Open Science Framework (OSF) platform to make the full conference proceedings available - including slides, papers, poster images, workshop materials, panel questions, session notes, and supplementary materials.

We are pleased to see many people registering for iPRES 2018. There is still time to register if you haven’t: https://ipres2018.org/registration. If a full registration doesn’t work for you, you can select a workshop-only registration for Monday or register for select days or activities. If you have any questions, please contact our Registration Team.
 
Some tuition support is still available for underrepresented students and first-time attendees - see the registration page for details. Thank you again, Portico, for your making tuition support possible! 
 
There are rolling submissions and acceptances for ad hoc programming, including the first digital preservation game room, original digital preservation graphics, lightning sessions, and other programming – spots are filling up and additional information is available here.
 
Our iPRES 2018 Code of Conduct with our response framework is posted and we welcome your feedback.




Looking forward to seeing you in September,

With warm regards,
the iPRES 2018 Organizing Team
email: 
ipres2018contributions @ gmail.com


Monday, August 27, 2018

BUDSC18: Bucknell University Digital Scholarship Conference

I received this in email as it is written below.



The organizers for BUDSC18 (Bucknell University Digital Scholarship Conference) are excited to announce the opening of conference registration. The conference will take place at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA from October 5th-7th. The theme of the conference is “Digital Scholarship: Expanding Access, Activism, and Advocacy.”

More information about registration, keynotes, and the conference program will be posted to the conference website.

#BUDSC18 will bring together a community of practitioners–faculty, researchers, librarians, artists, educational technologists, students, administrators, and others–committed to promoting access to and through digital scholarship. We consider “access” in the broadest possible terms: accessible formats and technologies, access through universal design for learning, access to a mode of expression, access to stories that might not otherwise be heard or that might be lost over time, access to understanding and knowledge once considered beyond reach.

We hope to see you in Lewisburg this fall for another exciting installment of BUDSC.

Friday, August 10, 2018

DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: Fundamentals of Creating and Managing Digital Collections, Oct. 2018

As received in email.


Join us in Atlanta in October          
DIGITAL DIRECTIONS:    
Fundamentals of Creating and Managing Digital Collections   
October 15-16, 2018 

Venue: The Commerce Club, 191 Peachtree NE, Atlanta, GA

Join colleagues for two full days of instruction on best practices and practical strategies for the creation, curation, and use of digital collections.  The Digital Directions conference is geared toward professionals working with digital collections at archives, libraries, museums, historical organizations, tribal organizations, government agencies, business and special libraries and archives, and other organizations that steward digital collections.

Just getting started with digitization? Or trying to bring several digital projects together into a cohesive digital preservation program?  Digital Directions provides a comprehensive overview as well as a refresher on current standards and best practices. Participants have often commented that meeting colleagues who share similar challenges and interacting one-on-one with conference faculty are among the most valuable aspects of the program.  Seats for the optional discussion lunch with faculty members on Day 2 are going fast!



LEARN MORE AND REGISTER: http://bit.ly/DD18About  

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Building a Team

Innovation Studio rulesThis fall, I am embarking on research related to public libraries and am building a small (for now) research team (The iSchool Public Libraries Initiative). Often teams form quickly with no forethought in regards to team building and creating the best environment for thriving.  This team is still in its forming stages and I know it would be good to provide some foundation for it. Part of that foundation needs to be understanding what is important to each one of us and how we each normally work.  Rarely do we discuss our normal work habits or what habits we expect from others. And rarely do we share those tips or thought processes that led to our habits, or what we wish our habits were.

This blog post is my attempt to list those things that influence me, in terms of getting work done and interacting with others. Do I do all of these things perfectly?  No.  Do I do them all the time?  No.  But I aspire.  As my team comes together, I hope they will share what influences their work habits with me.  Just talking about it, I'm sure, will make us work better together.

By the way, I have slowly worked on this post for a couple of months as I have remembered, found, and pulled together resources.  I suspect that it still isn't complete.  If you were me, what would you add?  Please leave that information in a comment. Thanks!

 

Productivity

 

Personal Interactions

 

 Team Building

Monday, August 06, 2018

Updated! August - November 2018: Jill's Presentation and Travel Schedule

Breakfast of eggs, salmon and fruitThis is an updated list of my activities from August through November.  If you see something that interests you, please follow the link for more information.

 

Webinars

  • Sept. 4 & 5, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. ET - Understanding and Defending Copyright in Your Library: An Introduction Workshop for ALA Editions.  This is a two-part webinar.  Additional information, including learning outcomes, is available on the ALA Editions website.
    Series Description: As a librarian, you are a defender of copyright and of proper and ethical access to information. In this two-part workshop, you’ll learn all about copyright, so you can help discern how your library and community can use print and digital materials within the confines of copyright law.
    Part 1: In the first 90-minute session, learn the basic rules of copyright law in ordinary terms and how to put its usage into context.
    Part 2: In part two, we’ll build upon part one and tackle two important areas crucial to libraries: Fair Use and e-books. Did you know there’s an actual test to determine if the use is fair? You’ll learn about that test and how e-books and other digital materials intersect with U.S. copyright law. Given that digital works are generally licensed and not sold, we’ll also look at how we can advocate on behalf of our libraries and community members.
  • Sept. 18, 10:30 - 11:30am ET - Assuring Library Materials Can Be Used by Your Community for PCI Webinars.
    Having materials in a library’s collection is good; having those materials in the formats needed by the library’s community is much better. The act of supplying content in the formats that community members require is critically important to meeting their information needs.
    This informative webinar will delve into ways of discerning the format needs of a community, including using the census and other data, along with existing reports, to discern the best way of provisioning material for the community.
  • Oct. 23, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. ET - Moving Your Services into Your Community for PCI Webinars. (Registration is not yet open.)
    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? How can we assure that our efforts are accomplished in both safe and respectful ways?

 

Courses at Syracuse University

At Syracuse University, I will be teaching the following courses.  If space is available, non-matriculated students can enroll in them.
  • Management Principles for Information Professionals (IST 614) - Aug. 27 - Dec. 7 (on campus, graduate course)
    Basic ideas, concepts and perspectives of management as they apply to the information professions. Students learn to understand and apply basic principles of organization theory and behavior and managerial techniques needed to improve organizational effectiveness.
  • Copyright for Information Professionals (IST 735) - Aug. 27 - Dec. 7 (online - asynchronous, graduate course)
    Geared for library and information professionals, this course provides a firm foundation in the fundamental rules of American copyright law, and equips them with the tools to make informed decisions about copyright issues.
  •  Collection Development & Access (IST 635) - Sept. 28 - Dec. 19 (online - asynchronous and synchronous, graduate course)
    Advanced investigation of collection building, acquisition, and maintenance in libraries and information centers; user and collection analysis, collection development policies, digital resource acquisition and licensing, consortium collaboration, and ethical issues.
  • Syracuse Reads Program - Late September for five weeks (on-campus, freshmen, not open to others)[updated 11:10 a.m.]
  • This is part of an expanded first year experience for all incoming freshmen.  As part of this, all freshmen are reading and will be discussing Trevor Noah's book Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood. This is a wonderful book, that is about a mother and son, race, identity, poverty, and more.  I'm thrilled to be one of the substitute discussion facilitators. 
Cafe au lait and Beignets at Cafe du Monde
Coffee and Beignets

 

Travel

In September, I will be representing the SU iSchool at the Joint Council of Librarians of Color Conference, Sept. 26-28, in Albuquerque, NM. Look for me at the Exhibit Hall at the SU booth. If you're at the conference, I hope you'll stop by.

I'll be attending the New York Library Association (NYLA) Annual Conference, Nov. 7-10, in Rochester, NY. I'm very excited about the location, which is relatively close to Syracuse.  Also the keynote speakers - a social worker who works in a library and someone who links patrons with community resources - seem very timely.  If you will be at the NYLA conference, let's find time for a cup of coffee.

 

The Great New York State Fair

Rooster at NYS FairEvery year, the Central New York Library Resources Council coordinates library workers to staff the New York State library booth at the New York State Fair in the Science and Industry Building.  This is fun, hot, tiring, and a great way to interact with people who are (or should be) using their local libraries.  Coming to the Fair? Stop by and talk to whomever is working.  (I'll be there on Aug. 23 in the afternoon.)