Digital Libraries 24 June 2010

Here are 3 more recent stories on digital libraries.

Globetrotting librarians gear up for e-book age

Dutch "library innovators" Erik Boekesteijn and Jaap van de Geer are on a quest to ensure libraries survive the digital revolution – and pick up a few technology tricks along the way. The pair were in Wellington last week visiting the National, central and Karori libraries, and held a seminar for librarians in the city.

Hawaii State Library Offers Extensive E-Book Collection

Monthly circulation of audio and e-books has soared since the state library began offering the free service five years ago. Patrons have discovered the growing collection even though the library really has not really advertised the service.

May a library lend e-book readers?

A recent post at the Citizen Media Law Project about one’s First Sale rights with e-books got me thinking about libraries.  CMLP noted that with e-books, one has no first sale rights because they are usually governed by licenses instead.  First sale, however, is fundamental to the business of libraries.  It allows us to loan to others copies of printed books we have purchased without violating the copyright owner’s rights to distribute the work.  Some libraries have started lending e-book readers to faculty and students, including the Lewis Music Library at MIT and the NCSU Library, which are both loaning iPads.  Is this legal?

Hawaii State Library Offers Extensive E-Book Collection

About Nate Hoffelder (11789 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

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