Hot Topics of the Week 9/30/13

by | Sep 30, 2013 | 0 comments

by Jonathan H. Harwell, Rollins College

Macalester College’s library has begun an “E-Book Rights Advocacy” campaign, based on 12 standardsHere is a list of libraries, and one consortium, that have declared themselves in support. 

ALA is holding a one-hour Virtual Town Hall on Ebooks on Oct. 23.

There’s also a campaign for Congressional reform of the Electronic Communications Privacy Law of 1986.  Anything changed since 1986?  Details are here

More campaigns, you say?  OK.  This one’s for your higher education provost or president, to promote the FASTR (Fair Access to Science and Technology Research) Act.

You’ve heard of the Provincetown Public Press, right?  No?  It’s a new digital publisher grown from the Provincetown Public Library in Massachusetts.

People are still debating Rick Anderson’s Ithaka paper.  See Steven Harris and a second installment from James Jacobs.

Wiley is evolving in its permissions for downloading.  See this announcement and this clarification.  And see Kevin Smith doing his best to interpret it.

Little Free Libraries are still getting some love.  We have one at Rollins College too.  I pass by it every day on my lunchtime lakeshore stroll.

The MPAA, the RIAA, and some ISP’s might be putting together some homework assignments for your kids.  Meanwhile, they might learn a lesson from Lessig.

By the way, on at least one point, we’re ahead of schedule on Asimov’s predictions for 2014:  “Communications will become sight-sound and you will see as well as hear the person you telephone. The screen can be used not only to see the people you call but also for studying documents and photographs and reading passages from books.”  Woot!  But I’m just not sure about this whole Google vs. Death thing

On the other hand, it might get settled before the Google Books case does.  This is where we are with that (and here’s ALA’s rundown).

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