Google settlement, OCA, and “lending” digital books

This article, from earlier this week in the San Jose Mercury News, deserves a wider audience:   http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_10839879?nclick_check=1   Thanks be to my OCLC Research colleague Ricky Erway for pointing it out to me.   The Open Content Alliance was meeting in San Francisco earlier this week when Google’s settlement with authors and publishers was …

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The Google Book Search settlement – a summary

Our colleague, Arnold Arcolio, entertained himself by reading over the actual Google settlement documents. I thought you’d welcome this thoughtful summary. Share your thoughts on whether his understanding is correct and what implications it might have for us and others. Quoting from Arnold’s email of this morning to me: “My understanding of the settlement between …

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A web-based Collections Management System

I recently stumbled upon an announcement for NZMuseums, a website run by National Services Te Paerangi, itself a department of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. NZMuseums brings together collections information from museums across New Zealand. As of today, the system knows 383 museums, and contains digitized objects (albeit sometimes only a handful) …

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LC-Flickr: updating the catalog

In the context of John MacColl’s guest blog on Karen Calhoun’s Metalogue, I was reminded of the stats from the LC-Flickr project pertaining to changes LC made in their own catalog prompted by insightful Flickr comments. When I last updated my Flickr slides for a class at Syracuse University, I found 174 records containing the …

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The family business?

The Association of Research Libraries meeting that just concluded concentrated presentations around leadership and career development. In particular it celebrated ten years of this program and featured the current cohort of Research Library Leadership Fellows. The opening keynote was given by Bernadette Gray-Little, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at the University of North Carolina at …

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RLG Partners Among Early Grid Services Adopters

At the prompting of my colleague Constance Malpas, I pulled the list of current users of OCLC Grid Services [PDF] to see how many RLG Partner institutions have already signed up. I found 15 — some of whom are already heavy users such as the University of Michigan. I was gratified to see a mix …

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EAD tools project

Last week, I wrote about the backlogs project. Thanks to those who contacted me with suggestions and pointers. I think I’m close to having a fully populated working group, and I’m excited by the institutions and projects that will be represented. The next project I’d like to tell you about is the EAD tools project. …

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The repository that isn’t there

Several European countries have moved in the direction of a national architecture for research information management. They do this for several reasons. One is because of the need to have in place efficient means of representing research performance to their governments, in exchange for government-provided research funding. Another is to make their research visible in …

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“Backlog” survey project

A few days ago, I said we’d write a little about each of our new projects in the archives and special collections program. The first one I’ll talk about is the Assess Archival Backlog Survey Tools Project. The Greene-Meissner / “More Product, Less Process” report has caused archival institutions to look at backlogs differently. With …

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The need for “copyright evidence”

Love it or hate it, the Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act of 2008 died in the US House of Representatives this week. The bill will not come up for discussions until later, possibly after the general elections in November (and I think likely not until the next Congress, the way things are going.) This is …

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