Tension and Unrest in Ukraine: Ukrainian Library Association Publishes Statement, Pictures on IFLA Web Site From a Statement Shared by the Ukrainian Library on the IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations) Web Site: During the months of January and February 2014, the National Parliamentary Library of Ukraine found itself at the center of the anti-government clashes in Kiev. T[Clip]Librarians remained neutral and did not take direct part in the anti-government protests, but carried out their professional duties, saving people, protecting library collections and the library building. Beyond this, the International Red Cross opened a field hospital on the ground floor of the National Parliamentary Library and managed to save many lives.Maidan activists together with librarians defended the National Parliamentary Library and stayed in the library building day and night. As a result of their efforts, the National Parliamentary Library of Ukraine is safe, as are the library collections and librarians.
Idaho: Boise Public Library Hopes to Open “Digital Branch” at Boise Airport You are here: Home / Uncat / Idaho: Boise Public Library Hopes to Open “Digital Branch” at Boise Airport Filed by Gary Price on March 3, 2014 From Boise Weekly: …library officials have been huddling with their information technology department and Boise airport Director Rebecca Hupp to develop what they’re calling a digital library at the airport. The proposal is to construct a kiosk at the airport that would provide spaces for people to sit, read and/or plug in their electronic devices. The kiosk is also expected to include some tabletop tablets preloaded with magazines for passengers while they’re waiting for their departures.
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There's been lots of discussion in blogs and on Twitter about Getty's offer to make images available supposedly for 'free'. The only problem is that they're not free, as Karen Blakeman points out in her blog post on the subject. While on the surface of it, it seems to be a lovely kind gesture, I would caution anyone who is thinking of using the service to consider it very carefully. On their website Getty says "Getty Images is leading the way in creating a more visual world. Our new embed feature makes it easy, legal, and free for anybody to share our images on websites, blogs, and social media platforms." Now, you'll notice that this does NOT include taking copies of the images and cutting and pasting them into a PowerPoint presentation for example.
data-driven strategizing for tiny libraries I really need to upgrade this version of WordPress but I only remember when I am making a post and so I am busy. I did take the time, with other VLA members (Heidi! Helen! Sarah!) of redesigning the Vermont Library Association website.
Earlier this week, California Governor Jerry Brown appointed Greg Lucas as the new California State Librarian. The appointment requires state senate confirmation, which has not happened yet. Lucas is not a librarian, nor has he ever (per information readily available online) worked in a library, volunteered for a library, served on a library Board or Commission, or…well…had any involvement with libraries at all. So what has Lucas done? He was a political reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle and more recently has been a political blogger.
I have a decent understanding of copyright and the process of determining fair use, but I didn’t have a good understanding of how YouTube enforces and adjudicates copyright disputes. I’ll own up to my naiveté, but even after acknowledging this, I am still troubled by YouTube’s approach to copyright enforcement. I thought about titling this post, “I Fought the Law and the Law Won,” but the problem is that this whole thing isn’t really about the law at all.
A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy Over at School Library Journal, Brian Kenney's latest editorial is Fear Factor: Kids' Lit Style, about Common Sense Media. As you may recall, back in February I wrote about Common Sense Media in the context of their reviews being used at Barnes & Noble, called No We Don't All Agree. Many other bloggers and writers also wrote about it. Publishers Weekly did a story, called Common Sense raises issues at B&N. At the time, I wrote: "If a parent wants the type of detailed "how many f*cks?" "is there kissing with tongue" "is it blasphemous" type of review, fine.