Libraries & Archives

Libraries & Archives

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

BOOKS2EAT the International Edible Book Festival

Ok, it's not April 1st, but this is about books.... edible books. Thank you Neil Gaiman, for the link. (Oh, and his new book "Anansi Boys" is something to look forward to when it gets published later this year.)

BOOKS2EAT the International Edible Book Festival

What is Books2Eat?
The International Edible Book Festival is a yearly event that takes place on April 1 throughout the world. This event unites bibliophiles, book artists and food lovers to celebrate the ingestion of culture and its fulfilling nourishment. Participants create edible books that are exhibited, documented then consumed.

To continue the popular culture thing I'm apparently stuck on today, this links to an excellent J.K. Rowling interview, done shortly after the release of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." Don't read it if you haven't read the book, for there are 'spoilers' in it. Do read it if you enjoy the mystery and challenge the series is bringing to readers of all ages.

(who is R.A. B.?!)


Friday, July 22, 2005

Dracula Blogged

Bryan Alexander, a professor of English literature at the Center for Educational Technology who specializes in the "transformative impact of digital technologies in the liberal arts world," is serializing Bram Stoker's Dracula as a blog. Individual pieces of the novel appear on the calendar dates indicated in the text, starting with Jonathan Harker's May 3rd Bistriz journal entry, and finishing up with November 6 and the final Note.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2005.

As my college-aged daughter says, "cool!"

Thursday, July 21, 2005

A Question of Copyright...

I got this email this morning, and asked Judy our copyright expert to answer it. It seems good to highlight it here...

The instructors in our department have an on-going discussion (debate?) about legal use of videos in our classrooms. Is there a Government or Library website, or do you have postings that can give the "final word" here? Areas include:
1. Videos we own
2. Material taped off the T.V.
3. Items rented or borrowed from:
a. commercial vendors
b. libraries

Also, does length matter, i.e., may short portions of a video be shown in the same way short sections of a book may be copied?

Any help you can give would be most appreciated.

Thank you,
-- --
Adjunct Instructor


Here is the answer to your video question. I am quoting from Statute
110(1) Classroom Performances & Displays of the Copyright Act.

"performance or display of a work by instructors or pupils in the
course of face-to-face teaching activities of a nonprofit institution,
in a classroom or similar place devoted to instruction, unless in the
case of a motion picture or other audiovisual work, the performance, or
the display of individual images, is given by means of a copy that was
not lawfully made under this title, and that the person responsible for
the performance knew or had reason to believe was not lawfully made;"

In a nutshell, you can show the full video in a classroom as long as it
is a legal copy.

It is on page 24 of the document.

If you have any question, just email me at
Micaela calls me a copyright expert. I don't claim to be an expert, but
I do have a growing understanding of copyright law.

Judy Bastin

Judy Bastin
Reference Librarian
L.W. Nixon Library
Butler County Community College
901 S. Haverhill Rd
El Dorado, KS 67042

Tuesday, July 19, 2005 - How does this club work? - How does this club work?

...What is PaperBackSwap? We are a group of real people who have formed a Club to swap paperback books with each other. No gimmicks. No spam. No advertising. No kidding. We are not a large corporation trying to sell you something. Just a group of real folks who wanted a way of trading paperbacks with each other through the U.S. mail. Please read the testimonials and you will understand that this book club is for real.

When another member requests one of your books, you mail it to them. Yes, you pay for the postage. But then another member returns the favor when you request a book from them and they mail it to you. And that way the books are always free because we are all trading books with club members!

I just traded in a dozen and a half paperbacks - all fantasy and science fiction, which are pretty desirable, to the local used book dealer in Pittsburg while visiting my daughter this weekend. Stephen King, Mercedes Lackey, Piers Anthony... all in good condition, some very new. I received $6.54 for them all. Not quite enought to buy a single paperback!

I'm going to try this swap. I'll report back here as I go along. Thanks for the link, Sonja!


ALA | Guidelines for University Library Services to Undergraduate Students - DRAFT

ALA | Guidelines for University Library Services to Undergraduate Students - DRAFT

Any comments?

Other than the fact these are not quantitative and do apply to research university libraries, the questions appear to be applicable as I am to assess the library at Butler Community College.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Google Video Search

Google Video Search

For those of you who need to view video on computer - which I can't stand, personnally, but hey, whatever meets your needs - google has this search system.

Here's what google blogs about it:

Thanks for playing
7/13/2005 03:18:00 PM

Posted by Matthew Vosburgh, Google Video Software Engineer

Google Video searches a rapidly growing database of network TV shows and uploaded material. We show text and picture info for everything, which is great when you want to know how often they mention cereal or Superman on Seinfeld, for instance. For some material, you can also play the actual video. That's how I know that this guy Eric has a cool cat.

Because lots of people have asked for a way to just find the results with playable video, I've added two radio buttons below the search box on Google Video. To get the stuff you can actually play, click on "playable video" before you search.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005 Books: The Penguin Classics Library Complete Collection Books: The Penguin Classics Library Complete Collection

It's 1082 titles this year. Amazon lets one browse the authors and titles.
I haven't read all that many of them, nor am I likely to. The Dostoevsky, the Dickens, the Twain, yes. But Trollope? Although The Prime Minister sounds very timely.

My main worry is that this is a paperback collection. Putting out $7,989.99, paying for shipping, shelving the lot... well, I'd rather buy my classics in an old leather-bound edition, slightly foxed, from a Bryn Mawr bookstore in Albany, NY, or a yard sale or find it outside one of the wonderful speciality bookstores upstairs in that set of San Francisco shops. But that's just me.