Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Things to Unlearn

Although this list by Joyce Valenza was written for school librarians, it made me think about librarians in higher ed as well.

Monday, August 23, 2010

What do You Know About Google Editions?

" Google Editions seems poised to become the world's largest seller of e-books." (Peter Osnos for The Atlantic 7/20/10.)

"What do we know about Google Editions? The answer, unfortunately, is not a heckuva lot." (Eric Freese for DigitalBookWorld 7/19/10.)

Stephen Abrams (late of Sirsi, now at Gale) is positive, but Clint Boulton at Google Watch is not.

I like the idea of device independence and the scale of the offerings, but so far everything I hear is aimed at the individual consumer market. No place for libraries until we see the institutional subscriptions that come out of the Google Book Search Settlement.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Ripping DVD's for classroom use.

In an earlier post I discussed the recent Library of Congress DMCA Exemption and noted that the Chronicle was going to publish a 'how-to' piece to help faculty who are interested in actually making use of this exemption. Here it is.