Old-fashioned media—books, tapes, CDs, etc.—are governed by the first-sale doctrine, a legal provision that allows a buyer to do whatever she wants with a copy.
The licensing of digital media, however, gives publishers far more power. Instead of selling an album outright, they can sell permission to access its contents for a fixed amount of time. (This is a boon for textbook publishers in particular. Under a digital regime, they may not have to worry about losing sales to students buying used copies.)
The licensing model stands to become the norm as physical media get phased out, says Mr. Hoek. “This isn’t just a music problem,” he says. Anything made of “ones and zeroes” can be kept on a leash.
It’s an honor and a privilege for me to stand before you today. Like so many active readers, I spent my childhood admiring librarians from afar. I heard them summon out of the ether the names of books for patrons who could offer only the wispiest notions of the plots or characters involved. I saw them run titles through their mental search engines and write down impressive lists of comparable books on the spot. I watched the quiet conviction on their faces, when they discussed certain books, grow into conspiratorial delight as they pressed them upon me.
HIGH IN THE MOUNTAINS of South Korea sits one of the oldest intact libraries in the world, located in the Haeinsa Temple. Since 1398, it has preserved, on spare wooden shelves, the 81,258 print blocks of the Tripitaka Koreana, the entire Buddhist cannon, a literature that teaches its own impermanence. The print blocks are still used today, one at a time, in a printing process that takes decades to complete.
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by R.C. Miessler, former Head Editor, INALJ Indiana previously published 6/4/13 Ego Tripping at the Gates of the Library Job Hunt It’s been said a thousand ways in a myriad of contexts, but finding a library job right now is tough.
Designed by Alex Nob for Encore Data Products, the infographic is a summary of what’s happening in American public libraries. As you see, the importance of libraries and librarians is growing in the times of hunting for web access and digital content.
I watch libraries closely now, in this world that feels much harder and colder. Libraries seem to shut down by the day - hitting hard in areas where access to information - for free - is desperately needed. There are also many libraries with no librarian to steer the ship. My own son has no librarian at his public high school. The elementary school where I teach has no librarian yet we have a phenomenal library – but without a librarian, truly, the library has no heart – or perhaps, it’s like it has been lulled to sleep via some cruel curse - and only a librarian can bring it back to life.
Librarians could discuss ad infinitum the predictions, proclamations, worries, fears, hopes, and dreams about what libraries are becoming. In fact, as a profession librarians are obsessed with talking about our future. Books, articles, blog posts, conference sessions, and webinars offer a steady stream of speculation. But honestly, all of this speculation does not matter. We should not concern ourselves with the future of libraries. Instead, we should focus on the factors driving change within the communities we serve and partner with.