Link Smorgasbord, April 1 - April 7

I am often guilty of posting an overwhelming number of articles to my friend's social media feeds.  So lets see how well collecting and posting batches works (for certain topics at least).

National Library Worker's Day 
Do you have a favorite librarian?  Then submit them for recognition, it gives us warm fuzzies.
NLWD is a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.

The Best Fantasy Novels You Probably (Haven't) Read
Being a significant book geek, I have read, or have been meaning to read most of this list.  Those that fell in neither category are now on my "to read" list, as there are fantastic book recommendations here.

Goodreads pledges to remain "independent entity"
A little more on the Amazon purchase of Goodreads.

Give 'em What They Want?
A fantastic article by Jamie LaRue, Director of Douglas County Libraries, Colorado, on providing ebooks, changing acquisition models, and the whole related malestorm.  The Douglas County Libraries have developed their own library ebook platform, and also have been compiling a great monthly report of cost and availability of best seller books across genres and formats.

Impact of the Supreme Court's Decision in Kirtsaeng v. Wiley
A bit more comprehensible break down of the court decision, with conclusions drawn about the impact for libraries at the end.  Worth reading.

America's First Virtual Library Opens at Suburban Station
These exist in other countries already in various incarnations, but interesting to see how this model works here.

Call in the lawyers
Threats of legal action by a publisher against another librarian for publicly posting criticism.

Filtering and the First Amendment
A retrospective look at CIPA, the current state and impact of use, and a look forward.  I find this a particularly useful article because it helps guide in how to work within the restrictions of CIPA, which I may have to work with at some point.  I also find this a useful article because it draws out errors in attempts to enforce CIPA and I hope it will help increase freedom of access to information that has been incorrectly blocked.  I am not a fan of filtering, but if doing so is mandated in my place of employment I do not want to filter more than necessary.

Digital Public Library of America Is Launched
File under "this is so cool" - Digital Public Library of America
The Digital Public Library of America, to be launched on April 18, is a project to make the holdings of America’s research libraries, archives, and museums available to all Americans—and eventually to everyone in the world—online and free of charge.
CFAA 2013: Congress’ New Draft Could Incarcerate Teenagers That Read News Online
Do I think there would be a huge spate of teens dragged into court if this passes?  No.  Do I think it creates a large loophole that could be exploited dangerously?  Yes.
According to the new proposal floated by the House Judiciary Committee, the CFAA, which was originally passed in 1984 as a measure to thwart hacking, would be amended to treat any violation of a website’s Terms of Service – or an employer’s Terms of Use policy – as a criminal act. Under the proposed changes, users could be punished and possibly even prosecuted for accessing a website in a way it wasn’t meant to be used.
A tool to make word clouds, shared for fun.

Xbox's Adam Oirth doesn't get 'always on' concerns
Now, I get that we all vent our frustrations, sometimes in a more public manner than is wise.  Unfortuantely I do not think that Mr. Oirth gets the full irony of some of his statements, such as this one: "The mobile reception in the area I live in is spotty and unreliable.  I will not buy a mobile phone."  That actually does apply to people (if most of the time you can't use it, why buy one), with the gap sometimes filled in with low use Pay-As-You-Go or work cell phones.  To me there is an arrogance in mocking lack of access to internet (or even cell) connectivity.  There is still a dramatic divide in access, at times for reasons other than income.  There's also still a place for single-player games, and multi-player is often the most fun with other people at the same location.

Film studios request removal of takedown notices
Part of me finds this hysterically funny.
Google receives 20 million "takedown" requests, officially known as DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) notices, a month. They are all published online.

Recent submissions by Fox and Universal Studios include requests for the removal of previous takedown notices.
Yup, that's right, a DMCA takedown request for DMCA takedown requests.


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