Walt Crawford’s new version of Cites & Insights contains the freestanding article version (pdf) of the talk he gave at the OLA Superconference that I thought was so useful. Lots of good charts and graphs and stats about the world of library blogs and library bloggers. Interesting reading no matter what your familiarity is with either of these tools.
Blogs and wikis arenâ€™t shiny new toys for libraries and librarians any more. Theyâ€™ve moved from toys to tools. As with most tools, theyâ€™re not magic, theyâ€™re not right for everything or everybody, but they can be powerfully effective in many situations.
Library Journal has a thorough article reporting on the panel on the Google Books settlement that happened at Midwinter.
Mitch Freedman, past president of ALA, wondered about changes to the â€œfree to allâ€ ideology of libraries, asking whether Google would permit, as do other databases, site licenses for public libraries. [Google’s Dan] Clancy said that, given the consumer market, there was no agreement on remote access, but that could change down the road. â€œAuthors and publishers were not comfortable with remote access.â€ While Freedman said that issue was resolved with database publishers, Clancy responded that those publishers donâ€™t have a model aimed at consumers. He noted that â€œthe challenge of selling into this market is not Googleâ€™s core competence,â€ so consortial discounts are authorized in the agreement.
Michael Sauers starts a small blog discussion about the Guinness Book of World Records causing trouble in school libraries based on a longer back and forth on the SYSTEMS mailing list including this interesting comment. [thanks david]