PF Anderson, “A Personal Timeline of Library Privacy & Transparency,” Emerging Technologies Librarian

Pull quote: “One of my favorites was a librarian who announces at every monthly board meeting, ‘There have been no legal requests for patron records.’ Then, if she is ever asked, she will go silent, and the board will know. It happened. Many libraries emulated this once she thought of it, and there are libraries all around the country where we make forced silence obvious and evident by surrounding it with ‘sound’ beforehand.”

PF Anderson, “A Personal Timeline of Library Privacy & Transparency,” Emerging Technologies Librarian

Alycia Sellie, “Street Librarianship, Without the Streets,” dh+lib

Pull quote: “First, we need to share our own work as widely as possible. This means investigating and getting comfortable with open licenses for our writing, images and creative work as well as our code. Further, we must be critical of proprietary systems that are costly and hard to use—from Blackboard to Facebook. We need to use alternatives to the technological giants, and we should talk not just about how to use a tool or a resource but how to understand its structure and how it works (or doesn’t). We have to acknowledge the world beyond our university or our stacks, and not remain in digital ivory towers. We should invite the messiness of an unjust world into our work and confront the contradictions. We have to make it ok that not everyone feels immediately comfortable with technology, and that there are still many socioeconomic factors that create real barriers.”

Alycia Sellie, “Street Librarianship, Without the Streets,” dh+lib

Richard Nash, “What Is the Business of Literature?,” VQR

Pull quote: “You begin to realize that the business of literature is the business of making culture, not just the business of manufacturing bound books. This, in turn, means that the increased difficulty of selling bound books in a traditional manner (and the lower price point in selling digital books) is not going to be a significant challenge over the long run, except to free the business of literature from the limitations imposed when one is producing things rather than ideas and stories. Book culture is not print fetishism; it is the swirl and gurgle of idea and style in the expression of stories and concepts—the conversation, polemic, narrative force that goes on within and between texts, within and between people as they write, revise, discover, and respond to those texts. That swirl and gurgle does happen to have a home for print fetishism, as it has a home for digital fetishism. This is what literature has always been.”

Richard Nash, “What Is the Business of Literature?,” VQR

Kevin Smith, “The quest for ‘super-property,’” Scholarly Communications @ Duke

Pull quote: “Publishers were seeking a ‘new deal,’ a super-property right that is unprecedented in any other market place. And what libraries ‘won’ (remembering that no library was a party to the case) was simply the right to proceed as we have been for many years. I have no doubt that if the lower courts had been upheld in this case, publishers would begin to demand ‘public lending fees’ from libraries whenever a book was printed in another country, and would have moved operations offshore to increase the situations in which they could demand such a fee (as the Second Circuit Court of Appeals acknowledged was a likely outcome). It is an overstatement to call this a victory for libraries; it was merely a successful defense of what we have done for many years, which, it turns out, is something that our courts really value and appreciate.”

Kevin Smith, “The quest for ‘super-property,’” Scholarly Communications @ Duke

Kevin Smith, “International First Sale is upheld,” Scholarly Communications @ Duke

Pull quote: “It appears that the Court took very seriously that ‘parade of horribles’ that were suggested if they upheld the Second Circuit — libraries would be unable to lend some materials without a license from publishers., student could be prevented from buying or selling second-hand textbooks, etc. According to the Court, these were too distressing, and too likely to occur.”

Kevin Smith, “International First Sale is upheld,” Scholarly Communications @ Duke

Bob Stein, “The Future of the Book is the Future of Society,” if:book

Pull quote: “Although we date the ‘age of print’ from 1454, more than two hundred years passed before the ‘novel’ emerged as a recognizable form. Newspapers and magazines took even longer to arrive on the scene. Just as Gutenberg and his fellow printers started by reproducing illustrated manuscripts, contemporary publishers have been moving their printed texts to electronic screens. This shift will bring valuable benefits (searchable text, personal portable libraries, access via internet download, etc.), but this phase in the history of publishing will be transitional. Over time new media technologies will give rise to new forms of expression yet to be invented that will come to dominate the media landscape in decades and centuries to come.”

Bob Stein, “The Future of the Book is the Future of Society,” if:book