Digital Library Digest: December 2, 2011

Posted by Ben Naddaff-Hafrey on December 2, 2011 in Digital Library Digest.

New copyright blog from the Library of Congress.
“[The blog is to support] The Copyright Digitization and Public Access project, a long term effort to convert non-digital records of copyright ownership and transfers and assignment of rights and to make them widely available online via the web. We’re planning periodic posts with information about plans and progress and we welcome your input and comments.”
Via INFOdocket’s post, “New Blog From the Library of Congress: ‘Copyright Matters: Digitization and Public Access’”

Europeana releases a whitepaper on Open Metadata.
“The White Paper documents their findings and is published to meet a growing need among libraries, museums, archives and audio-visual collections for a new business model that weighs the current digital opportunities against traditional concerns about ownership and control. It makes specific recommendations to be addressed and concludes that “the benefits of open data sharing and open distribution… outweigh the risks.”
Via INFOdocket’s post, “New Whitepaper from Europeana: A Business Model Perspective on Open Metadata”

David Weinberger talks about the future of curation on a boundless net.
Ed Summers has warned that the DPLA needs to be different from the Web. If it is simply an index of what is already available, then it has not done its job. It seems to me that even if it curates a collection of available materials it has not done its job. It is not enough to curate. It is not even enough to curate in a webby way that enables users to participate in the process. Rather, it needs to be (imo) a loosely curated assemblage that is rich in helping us not only to find what is of value, but to appreciate the value of what we find. It can do that in the traditional ways — including items in the collection, including them in special lists, providing elucidations and appreciations of the items — as well as in non-traditional, crowd-sourced, hyperlinked ways. The DPLA needs to be rich and ever richer in such tools. The curated works should become ever more embedded into a network of knowledge and appreciation.”
From David Weinberger’s post on Joho The Blog!, “Curation without trucks”

Cambridge University Press rolls out short-term article rental.
“Simon Ross, the managing director of Cambridge’s journals program, said in an e-mail that the model might appeal to students who need an article for only a brief time. But he said it’s mostly intended to help with the problem of so-called turnaway traffic. Researchers, especially those who aren’t associated with an institution, often see only the title and abstract of a paper they’re potentially interested in. High pay-per-view charges sometimes put them off buying the full version. Mr. Ross said that the rental program gives them an option to read the full article for less money and then decide if they want to buy the text on a pay-per-view basis.”
From Jennifer Howard’s article on Wired Campus,“Cambridge U. Press Would Like to Rent You an Article”

Canadian libraries thriving due to emedia.
“The Canadian Press reports that Montreal’s largest library, the Grande Bibliotheque, is thriving, and Canadian library usage in general is up 45% over the last ten years, largely due to electronic media. The article states that use of electronic databases “more than doubled” and Internet use of library websites and catalogs quintupled over that period.”
From the Teleread post, “Library use in Canada up due to e-books and other e-media”

American University Radio interviews DPLA’s own Maura Marx.
“The Digital Public Library of America has an ambitious project: to digitize and make accessible the vast trove of books, documents and artifacts at libraries, museums, and archives across the country. We explore the challenges and progress of the project.”
Listen to the show at The Kojo Nnamdi Show stream of WAMU’s segment, “The Digital Public Library of America”

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