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ALA and German Library Association Sign Agreement

American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young and Barbara Lison, a representative of the German library association Bibliothek & Information Deutschland (BID), signed an agreement on Tuesday, August 19, at the World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in Lyon, France, establishing a collaboration between the two organizations through 2019.

Turn Up the Volume

Denver Public Library (DPL) has announced a new service called Volume. The product is intriguing: 37 albums of DRM-free downloadable or streamable music by Colorado artists. The music is available to any DPL cardholder for two years as a downloadable file; after that, it will be archived by the library, and may be rebroadcast.

Photos from the Exhibit Hall at WLIC 2014 in Lyon

 

 

IFLA’s World Library Information Congress 2014 in Lyon, France offers a modest-sized but busy exhibit hall. The hall opened Monday to a large crowd sampling new database offerings as well as information about associations and vendors from across the world. ALA’s booth was packed for the opening, and has remained busy.

 

 

High and Low Tech at World Library and Information Congress 2014 in Lyon, France

Journalist Florence Aubenas speaks at plenary sessionSometimes, low tech trumps high tech. At Tuesday morning’s plenary session of IFLA’s World Library and Information Congress 2014 in Lyon, French journalist Florence Aubenas talked about her kidnapping and six-month imprisonment in Iraq in 2005 and the time since.

World Library and Information Congress 2014 Opens

The theme “Libraries, Citizens, Societies: Confluence for Knowledge” set the stage for the 80th International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress in Lyon, France, August 16–22.

Hugh Howey’s Defense of Amazon

Responding to four questions in Publishers Weekly August 13, mega-successful author Hugh Howey sticks up for Amazon in its ongoing dispute with Hachette. 

Monkey Selfie

There are a lot of interesting conflicts these days in the world of digital publishing. But here’s one I didn’t see coming: interspecies copyright disputes.

Authors United

Douglas Preston, author of techno-thriller and horror novels, wrote a letter protesting the “thuggery” of Amazon against Hachette authors, and urging his fans to let Jeff Bezos know they were upset, too. The campaign has now attracted the support of many other authors, over 900 names big and small.

Used Ebooks

So much hinges on copyright. The doctrine of First Sale meant that publishers couldn’t lock libraries out of the market. But digital works, like software, got swept under licensing agreements, with the power to place all kinds of restrictions on the sale resting almost entirely with the copyright holder.

DCL Ebook Report for August 2014

Read the Douglas County (Colo.) Libraries Ebook Report as a PDF file.

As my colleagues at Douglas County (Colo.) Libraries have called to my attention, the DCL report has thus far mostly illuminated the difference between what libraries and consumers pay for ebooks. Alas, as this report again makes clear, that staggering inequity continues.

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