September 19, 2014


Department of Commerce Seeks Input on Digital First Sale

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In advance of a public meeting scheduled for December 12 in Washington D.C., the U.S. Department of Commerce is seeking public comment from all interested stakeholders on the issue of first sale doctrine and digital files, including ebooks. Comments are due on or before November 13.

When Pigs Fly


Anyone who has ever worked at the sprawling empire known as the University of California knows that getting anything done across the diversity of 10 “separate and not so equal” campuses can be…uh…difficult. That is why when I heard the news today that the University Faculty Senate had mandated that all “future research articles authored […]

Swets Launches Open Access Payment Management Service

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Global information services company Swets this month launched a new service to help academic libraries pay and manage article processing charges (APC) on an institutional scale. The move comes in response to a sharp increase in fee-based open access publishing in the United Kingdom.

DCWG Shifts Focus as Ebook Landscape Evolves | ALA 2013


All of the Big Six publishers are now working with libraries on ebook lending in some capacity, but pricing and licensing terms remain unfavorable in many cases, Saturday’s “ALA, Ebooks, and Digital Content: What’s Next?” panel at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago concluded. Meanwhile, concerns about long-term preservation of ebooks and […]

AcademicPub Course Packs to Add Library Licensing


AcademicPub launched “Off The Shelf,” a new component of its Custom College Plus course pack publishing solution that will help institutions maximize the value of their existing licensing arrangements with journals, databases, and other content providers.

Q&A: Dan Cohen on His Role as the Founding Executive Director of DPLA


The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) last week appointed Dan Cohen as its founding Executive Director. LJ caught up with him to discuss his work as Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, and his plans for DPLA.

Why We Miss the First Sale Doctrine in Digital Libraries

John Palfrey

In this article, the fourth installment in a series on the initiative to build a Digital Public Library of America, I examine the underlying role of law in the ebook lending debate, explore potential solutions to the problems, and consider how the DPLA can contribute to solutions for those we serve. At the core of this issue is the way the copyright law works–or doesn’t–when it comes to books, libraries, and readers in the United States today and into the future.

John Green Tackles Copyright Via YouTube


Copyright law is complex enough, but throw in an instance of international remixing by nerdfighters, and you have a real mess. But in the hands of author John Green, it’s also the basis for a pretty cool video.

So You Want To Be A Librarian


Thanks to, it just got a lot easier to answer the question implied by the title of this post. This is because that title, written by Lauren Pressley, is now open for all because of the successful “unglue” campaign run by Gluejar, Inc. The concept is pretty simple, as it is just using the […] is Back With 4 More Titles


I’ve noted before the efforts of the Gluejar team to “unglue” books by raising enough money to buy the permission of the copyright holder to put the book out in a special e-book edition in all sorts of formats for free. They freed their first book last June, just prior to the ALA Annual Conference. […]