I rarely get my news, library or otherwise, from the Drudge Report. But when the headline blares NYC PUBLIC LIBRARY TO SELL ARTWORKS; MONEY FOR BOOKS… I just had to click that link.
“We’re not a museum,” [NYPL president Paul LeClerc] said. “We don’t have a staff devoted to paintings and sculptures. One of the thrills of running a great library is keeping up with the explosion of information. If we don’t grow, we cannot maintain the claim that we are one of the greatest libraries in the world.”
A quick back and forth over at Copyfight concerning the much touted NYPL Digital Archives. Taking images that are in the public domain, and then restricting their use … isn’t that sort of uncool, and unnecessary?
Jeff Tweedy [you know the guy from Wilco and Uncle Tupelo] and Lawrence Lessig [you know, the guy from The Future of Ideas and Free Culture] will be appearing at the New York Public Library on April 7th. Topic: Who Owns Culture?