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It’s a jaw-dropping headline, but here’s the entire thing:

Even if the rights holder offers a library the possibility of licensing his works on appropriate terms, the library can use the exception to publish works on electronic terminals, the court ruled. “Otherwise, the library could not realize its core mission or promote the public interest in promoting research and private study,” [the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU)] said.

However, libraries cannot permit visitors to use the terminals to print out the works or store them on a USB stick, the CJEU said. By doing so, the visitor reproduces the work by making a new copy. This copying is not covered by the exception, particularly since the copies are made by individuals and not by the library itself, it said.


This week’s staff pick is by Lee. Wisconsin loves libraries, and we always have.  Wisconsin had a library even before it became a state; the Wisconsin territorial legislature allotted $5,000 for a library in 1833, which is the equivalent of $140,000 today! (A bigger budget than some public libraries now.) With many of Wisconsin’s residents living in rural areas, it was, and still can be, a challenge to keep materials up-to-date and relevant.  

Enter the Free Traveling Libraries in Wisconsin.  This week’s pick is an informational pamphlet on the benefits of these libraries in 1897.  The idea was to move books from library to library so that people can keep coming back for new books. Some of these libraries had their own buildings, but many were just a cabinet in a public building or in people’s homes. If this description or some of the pictures remind you of the current Little Free Library movement, it is not a coincidence.  The Little Free Library website, which began in Wisconsin, cites Lutie Stearns, the first Secretary of the Wisconsin Free Library Commission, and her “traveling little libraries” as an inspiration. 

See it in the catalog here

As a group, Millennials are as likely as older adults to have used a library in the past 12 months, and more likely to have used a library website. Among those ages 16-29, 50% reported having used a library or bookmobile in the course of the past year in a September 2013 survey. Some 47% of those 30 and older had done so. Some 36% of younger Americans used a library website in that time frame, compared with 28% of those 30 and older. Despite their relatively high use of libraries, younger Americans are among the least likely to say that libraries are important.
Major new Pew study looks at millennials’ reading habits. This particular finding is striking — all the more reason to partake in the Knight Foundation’s 2014 NewsChallenge, which seeks breakthrough ideas to “leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities.” Because, lest we forget, “when a library is open, no matter its size or shape, democracy is open, too.” (via explore-blog)

(via libraryjournal)



  1. Go to  
  2. Click on 14-28 
  3. Comment “I want internet service providers classified as common carriers.”
  4. Done! 

Please reblog for people who have phone-related phobias or anxieties.

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(via thatgothlibrarian)

When we say “this place belongs equally to every member of this community,” we’re taking a stand. That said, American libraries reflect a particular perspective on history and society that is situated, not universal. What we probably mean when we say “neutral” is that we value providing access to multiple interpretations and believe that people should be allowed to make up their own minds. We also have a soft spot for enlightenment ideas about rationality and evidence being useful tools for doing that.
Barbara Fister issues a call to action in "Neutrality, Equality and the Net" at Library Babel Fish @insidehighered

You can join The Battle for the Net over here, or read more about Net Neutrality over at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Both links I took from Fister’s article above.

Eric Phetteplace emphasizes the importance of making sure your library’s website loads quickly and smoothly.  

We aim to be open institutions that welcome anyone to use our services, regardless of race, gender, class, creed, ability, or anything else. Yet when we make websites that work only for high-powered desktop computers with broadband connections, we privilege the wealthy. Design a slow enough website and even laptops on decent wireless connections may struggle to load a site in a timely fashion. But what about people who only own smart phones or people who live in rural areas where dial-up is the only option? Poor web performance renders sites unusable for some and frustrating for all.

From there, he offers some good advice on how to find out and minimized what could be slowing you down.  There are two basic rules— send fewer bytes (in content) and send fewer requests (for information the person trying to access your website).

On the Web developer side, you can:

  • test your website using tools like Google Pagespeed and Yahoo Yslow
  • make sure any images on your site are small and as simple as possible
  • minify your JavaScripts (you can used UglifyJS for this) and CSS
  • combine scripts and stylesheets

Your admin can help you out by:

  • turning on compression, so that smaller files are sent to people accessing your website
  • use filename-based versioning so that the same files aren’t cached over again by repeat visitors

Especially helpful is the “Wall of Performance Shame,” which lists some slow-loading library services (LibSpace and VuFind among them), and how you might go mitigating their problems.

I really enjoyed this article from Wired on how makerspaces are answering public library patrons’ information needs.

But this new floor gives patrons access to new forms of literacy, ones they hunger after: design, programming, video editing, book writing, and website building. Consider it a glimpse into the future of libraries. They’re becoming places to not just imbibe knowledge but create it—physically. Many people don’t have access to classic hacker spaces, are intimidated by them, or can’t afford them. “But here all you need is a library card,” says CJ Lynce, who runs a similarly equipped space at the Cleveland Public Library.

To be fair, a library has always been this— yes, publics have always offered popular fiction, but they’ve also always offered nonfiction and information on hobbies or interests demanded by their patrons.  A well-managed maker space like the Chattanooga Public Library’s (described in the article) is just an extension of that.

Bravi— both to Chattanooga Public, as well as to Clive Thompson of Wired.


I don’t understand people who think library staff just sit around twiddling there thumbs and reading all day.

I’ve been at work for only 45 minutes and I’ve already:
*Scanned pulled holds to go to other libraries
*pulled expired holds
*wrapped and packed holds for delivery pick up
*cut routing slips
*helped patrons
*checked in returns

And during all this running around to get morning stuff done I answered a call from someone who thinks I’ve nothing else to do today. She wants me to pull family themed books for her. Not titles, no authors, just expects me to be her personal book puller.

Straight up told her that I can’t guarantee that I’ll get to it.

I still have shelving, bins, and regular circ duties to do.