"The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) released an issue brief that reviews the legal status of streaming entire films to students located outside of physical classrooms. The discussion was prompted by recent news of a disagreement between the University of California - Los Angeles and a media equipment trade association over the streaming of films to students as part of an online courseware system. Innovations in secure streaming and online courseware systems hold significant promise for institutions serving faculty and students who demand increased access to institutional and library holdings. Many questions have been raised concerning the use of these technologies and copyright law, and the LCA issue brief aims to dispel some of the mystery and uncertainty that surround this issue, and to foster a balanced discussion. "
From Legacy Data to Linked Data: Preparing Libraries for Web 3.0
Presentations from this program are available below:
Eric Miller (Zepheira), "Linked Data and Libraries" 
Diane Hillmann (Information Institute of Syracuse; Metadata Management Associates), "Are Libraries Ready for Linked Data?" 
Jennifer Bowen (University of Rochester), "Defining Linked Data for the eXtensible Catalog (XC): Metadata on the Bleeding Edge" 
Rebecca Guenther (Library of Congress), "Controlled Vocabularies as Linked Data on the Web" 
Washington DC--The American Library Association (ALA), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announce the release of "A Guide for the Perplexed Part II: The Amended Google-Michigan Agreement." The amendment represents important additions and this guide provides an overview to help librarians better understand the revised terms.
"Michael Halperin, director of the Lippincott Library at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, has been selected as the 2009 recipient of the Gale Cengage Learning Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship, an honor sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning and administered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)."
Washington DC-The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the American Library Association (ALA) have released "A Guide for the Perplexed: Libraries and the Google Library Project Settlement," by Jonathan Band, JD.
The guide is designed to help the library community better understand the terms and conditions of the recent settlement agreement between Google, the Authors Guild, and the Association of American Publishers concerning Google's scanning of copyrighted works. Band notes that the settlement is extremely complex and presents significant challenges and opportunities to libraries. The guide outlines and simplifies the settlement's provisions, with special emphasis on the provisions that apply directly to libraries.
In an effort to provide opportunities for ALA members to connect with and learn from one another, ALA President Jim Rettig is creating "The ALA Connections Salon."
Like European discussion salons, the ALA Connections Salon will provide an online environment for members to participate in formal and informal discussions centered on a specific topic. The salons will take place on OPAL (Online Programming for All Libraries; www.opal-online.org), a user-friendly site offering online rooms where participants can interact via voice-over-IP, text chatting, synchronized browsing and other functions.
A pilot salon will take place from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, Aug. 15. During this pilot salon Peters will interview his collaborators on this project, Genevieve S. Owens (Williamsburg Regional Library, Va.) and Karen G. Schneider (Equinox Software, Inc.). To join the discussion, log onto OPAL at http://www.conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rs423c62c43df0 and follow the instructions for entering the meeting space.
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