Monthly Archives: January 2008

Close readers

There’s been a lot of public fretting lately over the state of reading. People don’t read as much as they once did, we’re told. When it’s pointed out that in fact lots of people are reading online, we’re sometimes told … Continue reading

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More on subject maps

The slides for my ALA Midwinter presentation on subject maps (which I described in a previous post) are now online. (Yes, I’m playing around with BePress’s Selected Works.) You can also find links to the presentation, a white paper, and … Continue reading

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Newbery book quick update

Mary now has a list of the apparently unrenewed-copyright Newbery winners, plus a description of The Windy Hill, the Newbery honor book she put online, on her blog.

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New Newbery and Caldecott winners announced; Old Newbery winners go online

One of the highlights of the American Library Association‘s Midwinter meeting (which just concluded here in Philadelphia) is the announcement of the winners of the Newbery Medal, the Caldecott Medal, and ALA’s other book prizes. The Newbery is one of … Continue reading

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Don’t shade your eyes

Back in 2006, Paul Collins wrote an article in Slate asking “Will Google Book Search uncover long-buried literary crimes?” Now that we have large corpuses of texts searchable online, he argued, it will become much easier to find words lifted … Continue reading

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Subjects are more than just facets (and an ALA talk plug)

The Library of Congress’ Working Group for the Future of Bibliographic Control announced its final report today. I haven’t yet read over the final version, but I read an earlier draft, and was particularly interested in what it had to … Continue reading

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Copyright and Provenance: A paper and an example

I’m happy to announce the publication of my paper “Copyright and Provenance: Some Practical Problems” in the latest issue of the IEEE Data Engineering Bulletin. I’ve also placed a copy in our institutional repository. [Provenance of the work: Created by … Continue reading

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Public Domain Day gifts

Quite the festive day today! All over the world, people who use the Gregorian calendar are celebrating New Year’s Day. Here in Philadelphia, it’s Mummer’s Parade day. And in my church, it’s a special day dedicated to Mary, the mother … Continue reading

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