• Is it Copyrighted? Can I Use it?

    by  • December 17, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Copyright! Complicated, confusing, and not clear-cut. What does a librarian need to know? Michael and Laura will present scenarios to discuss, as we all shine a light on the subject and try to figure out what a librarian needs to do.

    Presented by Michael Sauers and Laura Johnson, Nebraska Library Commission
    Nebraska Library Association Annual Conference
    South Sioux City, NE
    10 October 2014

    MARC records from the publisher?

    by  • December 15, 2014 • 0 Comments

    A catalog record of this book is available

    I read copyright pages. (Don’t ask.) As a result, sometimes I read suprising things. Here’s something I found last night: Well, that’s interesting… A normal wouldn’t need a cataloging record, and I’m guessing a cataloger, even if they noticed this, would already know they can get a record from OCLC. Though, I guess I...

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    Telling people how to remove DRM isn’t illegal

    by  • December 14, 2014 • 0 Comments


    We all know that it’s against the law to sell copyrighted material, but is it also illegal to tell people about software that can strip DRM off e-books without the intention to distribute? New York Judge Denise Cote has recently ruled that it’s not. The lawsuit in question, which was never cut and dry...

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    Why Librarians Are Defending Your Right to Watch Porn at the Library

    by  • December 14, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Library Computers

    The ALA published a rep​ort investigating the use of filters and found they were disproportionately blocking out left-leaning views on issues such as gay marriage and abortion. LGBT community websites were often blocked and identified as “sexual” sites. They also found that low-income individuals are more impacted by filters. If you’re able to afford...

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    Things That Make the Librarian Angry

    by  • December 12, 2014 • 1 Comment

    The Public Librarian

    Once again, Jessamyn West nails it. Having a waiting list for library ebooks is really stupid, on the face of it. As a librarian I’m pretty savvy about digital content—enough to know that patrons want it, lots of it. However, we have a short list of ways that we can offer it in a...

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