Was interested to read this article in Spiegel International Online that was forwarded to me by our wonderful Marine Resources Librarian at the College of Charleston, Helen Ivy. The article is titled “The Digital Paradox: How Copyright Laws Keep eBooks Locked Up” by Hilmar Schmundt. Talk about Back to the Future! It’s a true paradox that we can lend print hard copy books via interlibrary loan but we cannot lend its virtual book counterpart. Says Schmundt “Books that traveled around the world via interlibrary loan in the 20th century paper era are safeguarded locally in the Internet age.” We all agree that changes are needed in the copyright laws. Until then, libraries may have to keep print copies of some of their materials so that they can interlibrary loan them rather than discarding them for their virtual counterparts.
The Charleston Conference Call for papers 2014 is now up and the deadline for submissions is Friday, July 18, at 5:00 pm EST. You all have great ideas so hurry up and suggest a topic that we all need to discuss!
You may have heard that we will have a debate this year between Rick Anderson (Univ. of Utah) and David Magier (Princeton). Here is the debate resolution “Wherever possible, library collections should be shaped by patrons, not by instead of librarians.” Expect fireworks! Plus we are hoping to move the debate to Friday afternoon late but time will tell!
Also had the pleasure of talking to David’s lovely wife, Aruna P. Magier who is South Asian Studies librarian at NYU. Aruna is planning to attend Charleston this year and discuss an innovative new model linking cooperative collection development and digital discovery of foreign language print-only journal articles.
I understand that Dave Tyckoson’s and John Dove’s book for the Charleston Insights series, Reimagining Reference for the Twenty-First Century is on track for launch at the 2014 Charleston Conference!
Last but not least, happy spring! The weather is warm already in Charleston. Heard from Joanna Ptolomey who was on holiday enjoying the wilds of Northern England Northumberland coast – mainly hiking along windswept beaches, sailing out to the small islands to watch the Puffin bird and seal colonies, eating ice cream and generally kicking back. Sounds delightful. And be sure and look at her latest Takeaways. It’s about Moves and Facebook!