Digital Library Digest: February 17, 2012

Posted by Ben Naddaff-Hafrey on February 17, 2012 in Digital Library Digest.

Big names in publishing respond to Penguin-OverDrive dispute.
“‘Despite this discouraging development, we are hopeful Penguin will continue to seek a solution to make its titles available to libraries,’ said Molly Raphael, ALA’s president. ‘As Penguin stated, ‘…it is vital that we forge relationships with libraries and build a future together.’  We are committed to helping build this future,’ Raphael said.”
From Michael Kelly’s article in the Digital Shift, “ALA, Authors Guild, 3M Weigh In on Penguin-OverDrive Dispute”

Paul Biba proposes rental system as solution to publisher ebook-lending concerns.
“I think an ebook rental service, run in conjunction with the existing Overdrive architecture, would be a great solution to the publishing industry’s problems. Here’s how it would work: if your local branch subscribes to the Overdrive system, it would get them access not just to some of the books in the catalogue, but to ALL of them. However, the system would restrict them to one ‘free’ copy of each title per library system, which patrons could wishlist and sign out as they presently do.”
From the TeleRead article, “An ebook rental option: the solution to OverDrive’s library woes?”

DPLA Dev team heralds the arrival of BibSoup.
“Congratulations to the Open Knowledge Foundation on the launch of BibSoup, a site where anyone can upload and share a bibliography. It’s a great idea, and an awesome addition to the developing knowledge ecosystem.”
From the Dev team blog. Learn more about BibSoup here.

Library as Incubator Project shows the importance of libraries in the creative process.
“Last October the Library as Incubator Project website officially launched, quickly attracting visitors and contributors (the site both solicits and accepts submissions of library-inspired work) from Lisbon, Iowa, to as far off as Brisbane, Australia. The stories of writers and artists who have in some way utilized a library in creating their work—whether by doing research there, using cast-off books in installations, presenting their work in the space, or just soaking up ideas from the stacks—are featured on the website alongside their work. Artists are asked to describe how libraries have been instrumental to their craft and how they hope to see libraries figuring into artworks in the future. Librarians share details of archival exhibitions, creative programs, and special events that have taken place at their facilities.”
From Melissa Faliveno’s article for Poets & Writers, “The Library as Incubator Project”

 Library Journal‘s Patron Profiles indicate digital users are more involved in libraries.
“The report, “Mobile Devices, Mobile Content, and Library Apps,” a part of LJ’s ongoing Patron Profiles series, points out that even though digital users—defined as a patron who uses a smartphone, ereader, or tablet—remain a minority, they are, nonetheless, more active than the general patron not only in digital services but also “in virtually every metric of library activity.” As such, they could guide librarians in understanding the intersection of their print holdings and their growing digital collections.”
From Michael Kelly’s article in The Digital Shift, “What Patrons Teach Us–and Publishers Should Learn”

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