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OCLC Dev Network: Homegrown Reclamation with WorldCat Metadata API

planet code4lib - Thu, 2015-01-22 15:30

Check out Sarah Johnston's article in code4lib journal on using WorldCat Metadata API to do a reclamation project.

pinboard: The Code4Lib Journal – Query Translation in Europeana

planet code4lib - Thu, 2015-01-22 06:58
RT @kiru: My article, 'Query Translation in Europeana' is just published at the new #code4lib magazine #solr #europeana #api

Library Tech Talk (U of Michigan): How Easy To Read is Your Web Content?

planet code4lib - Thu, 2015-01-22 00:00
The Readability Test Tool can help web content creators make pages easier to read.

DuraSpace News: Webinar Recording Available: "Real Life Experiences with Hosted Institutional /Digital Repository Services."

planet code4lib - Thu, 2015-01-22 00:00

On January 22, 2015 Stephanie Davis-Kahl, Scholarly Communications Librarian & Associate Professor, Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University and Oceana Wilson, Director of Library and Information Services, Crossett Library, Bennington College presented, “Real Life Experiences with Hosted Institutional /Digital Repository Services.”  During this webinar, they shared  how their institutions strive to meet the goal of access and long-term preservation through a hosted service.

DuraSpace News: The DSpace 5 Mirage 2 User Interface at Stellenbosch University

planet code4lib - Thu, 2015-01-22 00:00

Winchester, MA  Hilton Gibson, Stellenbosch University—home of the SUN Scholar Research Repository, has provided documentation "for those itching to use the Mirage 2" User Interface released earlier this week as part of DSpace version 5.0.

OCLC Dev Network: OCLC LC Name Authority File (LCNAF) Now Available

planet code4lib - Wed, 2015-01-21 22:00

The LC Name Authority File (LCNAF) data source issue has been resolved and the service is now available. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

District Dispatch: Money does not solve everything (including copyright)

planet code4lib - Wed, 2015-01-21 21:58

We’re taking part in Copyright Week, a series of actions and discussions supporting key principles that should guide copyright policy. Every day this week, various groups are taking on different elements of the law, and addressing what’s at stake, and what we need to do to make sure that copyright promotes creativity and innovation.

Today’s installment is everyone’s favorite copyright exception, fair use. There’s much that can be said about fair use, but I will use a true story (in order to ultimately focus your attention on something else).

Early in my career as a copyright librarian, I participated in a panel on fair use with other librarians. This was quite a while ago, and librarians were as not familiar with fair use as they are now. From the audience members, there was a lot of griping and groaning. “Fair use is too hard. What if I go to jail? It’s easier to not bother?”

One individual suggested that if libraries had more funding, then there would be no copyright problems because we could afford to pay permission fees. But when other people were nodding their heads in agreement, I was shocked, shocked that librarians seemed so reluctant to use the most prominent of all of the hard-fought rights and privileges in the Copyright Act to provide maximum access to information to their users.

I explained that even if library budgets were bottomless, there is no reason to pay a permission fee when your use is fair. Indeed, even if a license is available, you do not have to use it when you have before you a fair use.

Fair use has been called a safety valve, a transformative use, ambiguous, and a necessary exception to copyright law to enable research, commentary, criticism, innovation and learning. I believe fair use is all of these things, but in library-speak, I like to talk about fair use as enabling the “free flow of information.” Not free—we pay millions for content every year— but free flow.

Knowledge and creativity cannot advance if people are unable to build on the work of others. So one needs access to information, but also one needs a creative process that is not burdened by fits and starts, censorship or fear. Fair use is the exception that most supports freedom of inquiry and expression. Now we’re talking about intellectual freedom and the First Amendment, top dog principles for librarians.

We must never accept mandatory licensing regimes, because by their very existence, fair use is weakened.  By accepting such licensing regimes, you are agreeing to pay even when uses are fair. You will pay a fee that does not necessarily go to the original creator or rights holder. You will have to ask for permission for any use of a protected work. You will agree to inhibit the spontaneous flow of inquiry, innovation, and learning, and ultimately limit the creation of new works and new knowledge that benefits the public. And you will be compromising the First Amendment.

The moral of this story is that fair use enables intellectual freedom. Of course, pay the royalty when your use is not fair, but be wary of the mandatory licensing systems that are supposed to make your life easier because you won’t have to think about fair use.

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OCLC Dev Network: Fix for VuFind WorldCat Module

planet code4lib - Wed, 2015-01-21 21:00

A fix for the VuFind WorldCat module author search performance issue is now available.

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