This ought to be up the alley of quite a few of you:
Editors of the forthcoming ACRL publications book Embedded Librarians: Moving beyond one-shot instruction, to be published late 2010, seek proposals for chapters from skilled librarians who have researched and/or implemented an embedded librarian program. The book will provide an overview of embedded librarianship within higher education. Chapters are sought about strategies for and experiences of creating a long-term embedded presence in multiple non-library settings, both online and in-person.
Potential topics include:
Prospective authors should email a brief CV, a writing sample, and a one-page proposal for their chapter to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Proposals are due by January 30, 2010.
Engadget reports that we now have a trio of big publishers who will experiment with embargoes on ebook versions of major new releases. Basically the publishers will release a the hardcover, but delay the ebook version for some time. The commenters are not pleased. On one hand, if this is compared to the paperback delay model it makes sense to get the high priced items out first, but on the other hand, they could also price the newly released ebooks around the same price as the hardcover, until the paperback comes out. This would give the customer the choice they want. Piracy is obviously the worry here. That, and Amazon's pricing model of $9.99 for ebooks.
Speaking of piracy, I read that the movie industry has had a record year of revenues this year (with still 20 days left in the year).
A little news from the world of Collection Development and Acquisitions - just received word that Baker & Taylor (YBP) has acquired BNA! Also as part of the deal, Blackwell U.K. will acquire Baker & Taylor's Lindsay and Croft business in the U.K. Full press release.
In a recent issue of The Readex Report, Benjamin L. Carp, Assistant Professor of History at Tufts University gives us five reasons why, despite his love for digitized resources, he still loves and wants libraries:
How have I been coping w/o the Kindle? Just fine, actually. I've read well over a dozen novels on my iPhone this year. My preferred ereader of choice is Stanza (ironically now owned by Amazon) - can't think of a single thing to do to improve it. I buy most of my books from Fictionwise. There's also the Canadian option of Shortcovers, with both a store and ereader. Shortcovers just hasn't been quite as seamless as Stanza/Fictionwise for me.
For newspapers, yesterday I discovered PressDisplay. It's got my local paper and an iPhone app, though if I do decide to subscribe I'll probably choose to read my morning paper on the laptop. For me, I think newspapers and magazines on an ereader would be killer, and that's one thing I was hoping the Kindle would do for me.
It does indeed frost my shorts that I can't share the books I've purchased with anyone else. I haven't yet, but will probably explore options for cracking the DRM in order to do so.
What am I missing, eh?
This isn't brand new news, but I was reminded of it today. SirsiDynix is holding a contest to name their new iPhone app (to be released sometime in 2010 - no other date given). From the contest page:
SirsiDynix is excited to announce an iPhone application that will be available in 2010. The app will give iPhone users information and catalog access to libraries using Symphony. We need your help deciding what to name it.
If we choose your entry, you will win an iPod Touch!
The SirsiDynix iPhone app will offer quick access to your library catalog with a simple discovery interface
Any library staff member is eligible to submit up to five possible names. Help us get the word out - send this page to coworkers and peers.
- Users find your library through GPS or on a global map
- Patrons can search their library's catalog, place holds, and view a list of their own checked out items
- Libraries can configure the set of available physical library locations and the policies tied to those locations, the library URL, and an image for each library
To enter, fill out the form below before November 25, 2009. The winner will be announced in December.
From TeleRead comes the story of a politician with an interesting idea, but who hasn't explored the economics of ebook publishing. E-books for libraries pushed by economy-minded Los Angeles councilman.
Cory Doctorow's trying to run an experiment to prove once and for all that giving a book away while simultaneously offering it for sale will realize more money for the author than simply selling the book in traditional formats. There's quite a bit more to it than that, but that's the gist I picked up from his inaugural column on the Publisher's Weekly website. Frustratingly, at this moment there's no separate RSS feed for Cory's column :-(
More about the column:
Read Cory Doctorow's Column Monthly in 'PW'(btw, there's another guy who's experimenting along the same lines)
With the digital revolution well underway, these are interesting—and sometimes uneasy—times for the publishing world. So we are especially delighted to announce that Cory Doctorow—bestselling author, Boing Boing blogger and one of the world's most forward-thinking culturists—will be a monthly columnist for PW. Cory's column, With a Little Help, will run in the first issue of each month and will be freely available online on the PW site. In the column, Cory will detail his specific experiences with his latest self-publishing effort, as well as his broader thoughts on the issues he—and many of you—are facing in the new publishing economy.
At this year's inaugural Tools of Change conference at the Frankfurt Book Fair, Cory made waves with his presentation (referring to advocates of DRM as "the real pirates")—and we expect he'll make some waves here, too. We know you'll find Cory to be at once entertaining, thought provoking and challenging as well. We realize what might work for Cory may not work for you. But we're certain that the insights he'll deliver will help you think more deeply about your books, your business—and your future.
I found a link to this video on the TeleRead blog. It's a 4:00 overview of how Cambridge University Press and Cambridge University Library are partnering to both bring back OOS press titles and to digitize library titles in a print-on-demand operation. Nothing we haven't seen before, but a nice look into how some are working even w/o Google.
The Chronicle of Higher Education has an article about next-generation catalogues. While the article provides a pretty good background of the issue (IMHO), the comments provide an excellent summary of librarian psychology. What's only touched upon briefly in the article is the ability for these new "web-scale index searching" tools to search so much more than traditional bibliographic data. As I mentioned in last week's LJ webcast, at the University of Calgary we want to expose students to the collections of not only our library, but also our museum, archives, and locally digitized material, none of which appear in a traditional OPAC.
Read those comments. Where do you fall in your thinking?
Last week I wrote about indie publishing innovator MCM's challenge to TV viewers in the US to watch the US premiere of his cartoon, Rollbots. Well the results are in, and it looks like he'll be donating nearly $10,000 to the EFF!!! In addition, and perhaps even more significant, he'll be relinquishing all copyright claims on his next book, Typhoon, by releasing it under a Creative Commons 0 license, which I hadn't heard of until this challenge.
CC0 enables scientists, educators, artists and other creators and owners of copyright-protected content to waive copyright interests in their works and thereby place them as completely as possible in the public domain, so that others may freely build upon, enhance and reuse the works for any purposes without restriction under copyright.
In contrast to CC's licenses that allow copyright holders to choose from a range of permissions while retaining their copyright, CC0 empowers yet another choice altogether – the choice to opt out of copyright and the exclusive rights it automatically grants to creators – the "no rights reserved" alternative to our licenses.
This is from a small-time guy who makes almost all his income from his writing projects. If that's not putting your money where your mouth is, I don't know what is. I know I'll be buying Typhoon (The Vector was excellent!)
I've mentioned MCM before. He's the author of The Pig and the Box, and a true innovator in the world of independent publishing. I've been fascinated reading his blog posts over the past year as he explores one interesting idea after another for publishing via crowd sourcing, PDF, print, epub, donations, sponsorship, releasing work under Creative Commons, etc.
And now's he's back for season two of his excellent cartoon, Rollbots. Rollbots has been available in Canada for about a year (viewing season), and now it's about to debut in the US on Saturdays at 8 AM on CW4Kids.
So what? You don't watch cartoons? But check out what will happen if you do! If enough of you watch it, MCM will donate nearly $10,000 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Go read the post, and watch the cartoon on Saturday, it's for a good cause!
BTW, this is not a sponsored post; I love the guy's work, and really enjoy the cartoon too!
Educause Live presents:
Topic: The Google Book Scanning Project—Issues and Updates
Date: September 2, 2009
Time: 1:00 p.m. EDT (12:00 p.m. CDT, 11:00 a.m. MDT, 10:00 a.m. PDT). International participants: You may wish to visit this external time-conversion website to calculate the start time in your time zone.
Duration: 1 hour
For about five years, Google has been scanning and indexing millions of volumes drawn from academic libraries and other sources worldwide. The project has been greeted with high praise but also with lawsuits. In the latter category, a judge will shortly decide whether to approve a settlement reached last year by Google and several organizations representing authors and publishers. The issues swirling around the settlement include the treatment of absent rightsholders, user privacy, and competition. This session will offer a status report on the project and explore both sides of these questions.
The event is free, but registration is required and virtual seating is limited. REGISTER NOW.
Jonathan Band, Counsel, Library Copyright Alliance
Dan Clancy, Engineering Director, Google Book Search