Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Blog post: Copyright Office Ruling Issues Sweeping Right to Repair Reforms

This article from October 2018 written by Kyle Wiens on the efforts to secure the ability to repair our own digital devices, and the ruling which the U.S. Copyright Office gave.  The ruling regards Title 17, Section 1201 (Circumvention of copyright protection systems) and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.   The article outlines in good detail:
  • Major new freedoms
  • Some bad news
  • The Fine Print
...and important discussion points and nuances.

If the repair of digital devices interests you or your community (including what might happen in makerspaces), be sure to give this article a read.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Aritcle: Working To Give Libraries More Actionable Information | Peer to Peer Review

In December, I wrote here about the iSchool Public Libraries Initiative (IPLI), which I began earlier in 2018. On February 7, Library Journal published an article by me about the IPLI, with contributions by MSLIS student researchers Heather Elia, Georgia Westbrook, and Sabrina Unrein (Unmanaged Mischief on YouTube).  The LJ articles gives a peek into what we have been doing. 

In the coming weeks, we'll be building out our website, with the goal of placing the results of our work there.  Yes, we will also be using social media, and are deciding which social media platform will be the best. (We do not want to spread our social media efforts to thin.)  I encourage to bookmark our website and check it for updates. 

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Friday, February 01, 2019

Totally Off-Topic: Sample Interview Questions – Diversity and Equity

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I am currently on three search committees.  While understanding what a candidate can be asked legally (for example, Minnesota State and, it is also important to ask questions which help the search committee understand the candidate's views on specific topics.  One of those topics is diversity.  These are sample interview questions from Northern Illinois University on diversity and equity.  I'm placing them here, so I can find them later. And they also might be of help to you.

Our recent history has shown that a person's understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion should not be assumed.  Yes, be willing to ask questions of candidates about this, rather than being surprised.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Video: The State of Digital Preservation: A Snapshot of Triumphs, Gaps, and Open Research Questions

At the fall 2018 Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) Membership Meeting, Oya Y. Rieger and  Roger C. Schonfeld provided a 28-minute snapshot on the state of digital preservation.  Schonfled is the director of Ithaka' S+R, Libraries and Scholarly Communication Program and Rieger is a senior advisor to that program. 


Ensuring the long-term preservation of digital information for future users has been one of the key aspirations of the research library community. Ithaka S+R has been exploring the current state of digital preservation in order to identify research questions and areas for action. Based on interviews with 21 subject experts, we gathered perspectives on the successes, gaps, outstanding issues, and emerging needs in digital preservation. Although the conversations were open-ended, they were framed with questions to probe what seems to be working well now, new research workflows or cultural practices that require novel preservation strategies, and areas that need further attention and research. Our study shows areas of significant progress in the preservation landscape as the community has grown and has established important collaborations. However, the interviews revealed a number of concerns with the pace and nature of these developments and identified several issues that would benefit from further exploration. For this session, we plan to share what we have learned and gather feedback and additional perspectives, as we work to generate a research agenda for Ithaka S+R on digital preservation.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Wikiversity Page on Intellectual Property Education

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At the end of the fall 2018 semester, graduate students in "Copyright for Information Professionals" worked on creating a page with resources for learning more about intellectual property and copyright. This assignment, hosted through Wiki Education (WikiEdu), has now become a page in Wikiversity.

According to Wikiversity's homepage:
Wikiversity is a Wikimedia Foundation project devoted to learning resources, learning projects, and research for use in all levels, types, and styles of education from pre-school to university, including professional training and informal learning. 
Wikiversity has over 26,000 learning resources across a wide spectrum of topics.  Seeing the breadth of topics has made me realize that if you are learning a topic, you might want to check this site to see what resources it has.

And now among the Wikiversity resources in a page on intellectual property.  The lengthy page is divided into five sections:

  1. Governing Laws of Copyright
  2. Popular Topics
  3. Using What You Want to Learn as a Guide
  4. Training available on intellectual property laws in the United States
  5. Training available on intellectual property laws in other countries (non-U.S.)
This page will connect you to resources to learn more about intellectual property and specifically copyright.  It is not meant to be a comprehensive list.  However, since it is a wiki page, anyone can add resources and topics to it, and I hope people will.  Those could include books, webinars, classes, etc. on patents, trademarks, and trade secrets as well as copyrights.

Finally, thanks to the students would worked on this page, as well as staff and volunteers at WikiEdu, Wikipedia, and Wikiversity.  What a joy to have people who are passionate about creating shared resources under a Creative Commons license.