Author Archives: Carrie Russell

Be “more library” than ever

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In trying to make sense of the election results, a lot of people – including librarians – have wanted to “do” something to preserve democratic values. Increased civic engagement and advocacy is perhaps the obvious way to “do” something, but it is not effective unless many people are engaged, have a shared message and get off the couch. The March ... Read More »

CopyTalk webinar rescheduled

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  Due to technical difficulties, today’s CopyTalk webinar on the Section 108 video project has been rescheduled for January 5th at 2pm Eastern/11am Pacific. The URL for the rescheduled webinar is the same: http://ala.adobeconnect.com/copytalk/ For additional details about the planned webinar, please check out our previous post. Read More »

CopyTalk webinar: Section 108 video project

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Starting in the late 1970s academic libraries built collections of VHS titles with an emphasis on supporting classroom teaching. On average, academic libraries have more than 3,000 VHS tapes.  Eclipsed by robust and rapid adoption of DVDs, the VHS era is now over. But a crisis is welling for libraries. Of the hundreds of thousands of VHS recordings commercially released, ... Read More »

Living in a bubble: Lawmakers clash with technology

Today the R Street Institute’s Zach Graves moderated “When Lawmakers Clash with Technology,” a panel discussion exploring the consequences of a technology-illiterate Congress. I think most people would understand that Congress (with everyone else they have going on) might not be early adopters of technology, but learning that some do not yet use e-mail is disconcerting. When asked to make ... Read More »

CopyTalk: Copyright “capture” webinar archived

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An archived copy of the CopyTalk webinar “Captured: Influence, bias and control at the U.S. Copyright Office” is now available. Originally webcast on November 3rd by the Office for Information Technology Policy’s Copyright Education Subcommittee, our presenter was Meredith Rose, staff attorney at Public Knowledge (PK), a DC public interest organization focusing on telecommunications, copyright and Internet law policy. Meredith ... Read More »