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2008-12-01 10:30:00

'Ask Here PA' Has Answered More Than 125,000 Questions PITTSBURGH, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A live, online reference service hosted by the Commonwealth Libraries has become the fastest growing service of its kind in the nation after only two years in operation, Education Secretary Gerald L. Zahorchak said today during a visit to Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh. "Ask Here PA," the commonwealth's online chat reference and information service, is free to all residents of...

2008-10-30 06:00:25

Google has settled several copyright suits with the publishing consortium Association of American Publishers and the Authors Guild, clearing the way for the company to provide online access to copyrighted books. Under terms of the settlement, which is subject to approval by the US District Court of New York, the company has agreed to pay $125m that will be used to set up a book registry to resolve existing claims by authors and publishers, and cover legal fees. It said the deal will...

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2008-10-29 08:00:00

Book lovers rejoice! Google Inc has reached a legal settlement with authors and major publishers that paves the way for readers to search through millions of copyrighted books online, browse passages and purchase copies. Under Tuesday's settlement, Google will pay $125 million to create a Book Rights Registry, where authors and publishers can register works and receive compensation from institutional subscriptions or book sales. Under the agreement the Authors Guild and the Association of...

2008-10-28 18:00:16

Arts and Labs Co-chairs Mike McCurry and Mark McKinnon released the following statement on the Google settlement with the American Association of Publishers: "This settlement shows that creators' rights and consumer benefit can go hand-in-hand in the Internet age. It is a victory for consumers and creators alike. "The agreement demonstrates that collaboration between the technology community and the creative community can give consumers access to a wealth of resources while also...

2008-10-28 12:00:33

CAMPBELL, Calif., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- In today's economic climate, financial literacy is crucial. HotChalk, the first online education resource connecting teachers, students and parents, surveyed over 500 teachers regarding financial literacy education for K - 12 students. Results were stunning. HotChalk found that an overwhelming 96% of the teachers surveyed voiced a need for financial literacy curricula while 76% believe national standards are necessary so students are equipped to...

2008-10-28 09:00:16

NEW YORK, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Authors Guild, the Association of American Publishers (AAP), and Google today announced a groundbreaking settlement agreement on behalf of a broad class of authors and publishers worldwide that would expand online access to millions of in-copyright books and other written materials in the U.S. from the collections of a number of major U.S. libraries participating in Google Book Search. The agreement, reached after two years of negotiations,...

2008-09-25 03:00:16

By Abram, Stephen Our reputation will play out in the social Web space as much as anywhere else. We need to get good at this. I made an offhand comment a few weeks ago and it appeared to start an entire conversation on the Web, blogs and even Library Journal! All I said was something like: "Librarians cannot afford to be anonymous and generic. ... We need to state that we're pretty good more often. We want to be treated as professionals and far too many of us seem to hide under the cloak of...

2008-09-24 03:00:09

By Anonymous Vivisimo is helping customers and medical practitioners get the most out of search technology with three case studies it recently published on its website. The case studies discuss innovative enterprise search applications at the Houston Academy of Medicine- Texas Medical Center Library, WomensHealth.gov, and the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Source: Vivisimo, Inc. (www.vivisimo.com) Copyright Information Today, Inc. Sep 2008 (c) 2008 Information Today. Provided by...

2008-09-19 03:00:17

By West, Jessamyn Gordon, Rachel Singer Moving from the world of purchased content to rented content creates new challenges and ways of thinking about our collections. While I'm of the cavalier opinion that small public libraries are unlikely to get sued by the RIAA, the MPAA, or the APA for listing the name of a movie in the newspaper or letting someone photocopy an entire magazine, licensing and copyright are the constraints we work within and around. Peter Hirtle, intellectual property...

2008-09-12 03:00:00

By Eberhart, George From folksonomies to federated searches, reference databases are constantly evolving. Meet seven industry leaders who are driving those changes. Seven leading publishers shared their insights on the future of reference databases at American Libraries' second annual "Speaking Technically" panel at ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. Moderated by American Libraries Direct Editor George Eberhart, the panelists talked about their new products and ideas for enhanced services. On...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'