Hi. I leave for two weeks in Australia tomorrow morning. I’m just polishing my talk on The New Librarians that I’ll be giving on Saturday morning, hopefully in a well-rested state. While I’m gone, do you think you could figure out how to get Google desktop to index your library catalog? Thanks.
I’m not talking much about copyright in my talk, but I have been boning up on some of the Australian library community’s responses to the Australia – United States Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA) which passed in May. One of the things that AUSFTA did was “reduce differences” between US and Australian copyright law which, as you can probably guess, means the Australians get to tighten up their laws and bring them more in line with restrictive US laws that favor business uses of intellectual property over community and library uses. To this end, the Australian Libraries’ Copyright Committee released this Statement of Principles [word doc] which says, among other things
How do you find out what political issues are coming up that affect libraries in Australia? Go to the ALIA web site, click “advocacy” subscribe to the RSS feed on this page. Just look at all the RSS feeds they have! The ALA web site search gets a lot of results for RSS, but it seems to be the name of a section of RUSA.
‘What is our strategy? We do not have a strategy. But the information flow in the blogosphere has its own Way. The Way is our strategy: personal, fast, connected and networked.’ The quote comes from this article about blogging in China, but maybe, just maybe, could also be used to apply to libraries? If not now, then in the future.