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: 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
ipres2018contributions @

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          
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!