May 19, 2022

ALA Midwinter 2012: From Consumer Electronics Through Post-ILS, Top Tech Trends Run the Gamut

This morning’s Top Technology Trends (TTT) panel at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, TX, attracted its usual large audience as speakers singled out topics like user expectations, analytics, systems integration, and data interoperability as areas for the library community to watch.

DPLA, Syracuse, Library Blogs Take Part in SOPA/PIPA Protest

Thousands of websites, from major sites like the social news website Reddit, the Internet Archive’s main site, and the English-language version of Wikipedia, to small personal WordPress blogs, have “gone dark” today as part of a coordinated protest against the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), currently in committee in the House, and the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), scheduled for a Senate vote on January 24. Among the sites taking part are those of Digital Public Library of America and the Syracuse University iSchool, as well as several popular blogs in the library world.

ALA Partners with NetGalley for Member Benefit Program

Firebrand Technologies-owned NetGalley today announced the launch of a benefit program, in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA), in which ALA members can receive expedited approval and access to NetGalley’s digital galleys.

OCLC Unveils New WorldShare Libraries

On January 13, OCLC announced that 28 academic, special, and public libraries had committed to using its cloud-based WorldShare Management Services integrated library system (ILS) since its launch last July, including the University of California, Merced, and the Washington, DC-based National Endowment for Democracy.

White House Weighs In on SOPA

In a statement released on January 14, three top White House technology officials weighed in on the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and other similar bills currently being debated in Congress, coming out firmly against a controversial provision involving website blocking, and saying that “the important task of protecting intellectual property online must not threaten an open and innovative Internet.”

Copyright Clearance Center Purchases Pubget

The Copyright Clearance Center announced Monday that it had acquired Boston-based Pubget. Terms were not disclosed.

Credo and Swets Announce E-Content Partnership

Credo Reference, the online reference library, today announced a new partnership with Netherlands-based Swets adding Credo e-content to its SwetsWise database.

SpringerLink iPhone App Released

Science publisher Springer announced yesterday that it has launched a new mobile app for iPhone and iPod Touch devices. The free app allows users to access to the publisher’s SpringerLink platform.

Google Files Motion to Dismiss in Google Books Case

Google yesterday filed a motion to dismiss the Authors Guild as a plaintiff in the long-running Google Books case, arguing that the organization lacks “associational standing” to sue on behalf of individual copyright holders.