Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Monday, July 25, 2005
- eSerials -- Electronic journal collections and their holdings will be incorporated into WorldCat. Using OpenURL, web users can be authenticated for access to the articles. This pilot will last 4 months.
- Reference Service -- Within the results of a "Find a Library" search within Open WorldCat, some of the resulting libraries will have question marks next to them. This icon means that that library has a virtual reference service that can be used. This pilot will last 6 months.
- Book Sales -- After titles are identified within Open WorldCat, web users will have the opportunity to purchase it, initially through Baker & Taylor. If you identify your library as part of the transaction, a portion of the proceeds will appear as credits to your OCLC FirstSearch Open WorldCat charge. No information on the length of the pilot for this one.
Continuous partial attention is that state most of us enter when we're in front of a computer screen, or trying to check out at the grocery store with a cellphone pressed to an ear -- or blogging the proceedings of a conference while it's underway. We're aware of several things at once, shifting our attention to whatever's most urgent -- perhaps the chime of incoming e-mail, or the beep that indicates the cellphone is low on juice. It's not a reflective state.No wonder I have to log off of everything except what I'm working on in order to think. My guess is that I have lots of company! ;-) [from Library Stuff]
- #3: Austin-San Marcos
- #23: Dallas-Ft. Worth-Arlington
- #28: Houston
- #41: San Antonio
- #75: El Paso
Saturday, July 23, 2005
It enables a new level of confidence in your PC and in your ability to get the most out of it. It introduces clear ways to organize and use information the way you want to use it. It seamlessly connects you to information, people, and devices that help you get the most out of life.The first beta of Windows Vista should be available by August 3, 2005.
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
So, this court case goes back to the Ninth Circuit to be retried, taking into consideration the information provided by the Supreme Court. This decision has solidified a tenet that we, as librarians, have always known. Copyright infringement, in whatever guise, is illegal. Grokster and StreamCast (another peer-to-peer file-sharing company) tried to use an earlier decision that dealt with technicalities (Sony) as a defense, but it was their intent (copyright infringement) that was crucial. Although this decision is interesting in itself, what I found more interesting were the headlines in the media. They all seem to think that peer-to-peer is dead. Development of new technologies will be slowed, current technologies may be illegal (iPods, instant messaging, Internet). The sky is falling! However, if you read the actual decision, you see that it is the intent behind the technology that is important. iPods, instant messaging and the Internet are not "marketed" for illegal use. Can they be used that way? Yes. However, this is not what the text of the decision says. Moral? Read the Supreme Court decisions yourselves! ;-) [from beSpecific]
The question is under what circumstances the distributor of a product capable of both lawful and unlawful use is liable for acts of copyright infringement by third parties using the product. We hold that one who distributes a device with the object of promoting its use to infringe copyright, as shown by clear expression or other affirmative steps taken to foster infringement, is liable for the resulting acts of infringement by third parties.