Copyright Investigation Summary Report now available

I am pleased to announce (at last!) that the RLG Partner Copyright Investigation Summary Report (pdf) is now available. This report summarizes interviews conducted between August and September 2007 with staff RLG Partner institutions. Interviewees shared information about how and why institutions investigate and collect copyright evidence, both for mass digitization projects and for items …

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LC and Flickr – 3 months later

We had the good fortune today to talk to Helena Zinkham, Michelle Springer and some additional staff members from the 12 people team at LC which worked on the LC-Flickr project. We were also joined by George Oates, who shepherded the collaboration from the Flickr side. The conversation highlighted a number of interesting facets of …

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Our podcasts + webinars = PARcasts

As some on the blogosphere have already discovered, we have not only started a new podcast series, but also a series of webinars. The live webinars are offered for RLG Program partners, but we’re making them available on our website after the fact. Taken together, the podcasts and webinars are called … PARcasts (PAR = …

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What keeps you awake at night?

RLG Programs has launched a new podcast series called “What Keeps You Awake at Night?” We are interviewing movers and shakers from libraries, archives, and museums and asking them what they find exciting or nerve-wracking. We also ask who is doing good work in advancing or combating the issue. But we don’t want you to …

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Internet Archive bookscanning photos

My brother-in-law is a freelance photographer for Wired.com (if they were smart they would just hire him). He came up to visit in January and asked if I would take him to see some “cool, geeky things.” So we visited the Internet Archive in San Francisco and their book scanning operation in Richmond, California. The …

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NLA Unveils “Library Labs”

The National Library of Australia (an RLG partner institution) has announced a “Library Labs” space “let our colleagues know what we are doing, to invite comments, questions and feedback and to provide a space for discussion and collaboration” (from Warwick Cathro in an emailed announcement). Cathro continues: “We have started to redevelop our digital library …

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Value undeniable; price unknown

Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan is the source of the famous definition of a cynic: ‘A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.’ In an address to OCLC Members’ Council last November, Stephen Abram, Vice President of Innovation at SirsiDynix, ridiculed libraries for rejecting the increased business which can derive …

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How many WorldCat MARC tags are REALLY used?

Answer: Not many. And there are a lot of MARC tags that are rarely used. I recently analyzed the occurrence frequency of MARC tags in a December 2007 WorldCat snapshot prepared by our Office of Research colleagues. At that time WorldCat comprised 96,174,586 records and 1,210,107,485 holdings. The results don’t differ substantially from those Bill …

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Open Library Developers Meeting

I’ve been remiss in not quickly reporting on the Open Library Developer’s Meeting I attended on Friday, February 29. The purpose of the meeting was to “introduce developers to the Open Library framework so that other library developers can start building on it, as well as discussing some outstanding issues.” They listed potential issues as: …

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SAA RLG roundtable, sign on and sign up

For those of you who are members of the Society of American Archivists, you will already know that the association has put a lot of work into their website and electronic communications infrastructure. For many years, RLG has used our own Primary Sources list to communicate about the RLG Roundtable at SAA. Since you need …

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