Author Archives: John Mark Ockerbloom

About John Mark Ockerbloom

I'm a digital library architect and planner at the University of Pennsylvania.

We the mediators

Back in early 2006, Peter Brantley (now the director of the Digital Library Federation) got a lot of interesting folks in libraries and publishing together in one room to talk about issues related to reading in the digital age. While … Continue reading

Posted in meta, publishing

Copyright information sharing: An update

I regularly get mail about the web pages I have on copyright registrations and renewals and the inventory I did on the first renewals of periodicals. Turns out a lot of folks, both inside and outside of libraries, are interested … Continue reading

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Book People postscript

This past Friday I closed down the Book People mailing list, a forum for people making and reading free online books that Mary and I started in 1997. Much of the activity of folks on the list would be early … Continue reading

Posted in citizen librarians, meta, online books

Library branding? I got your library branding right here

Hey, I’d love to be able to give directions like this to where I work: “Just look for the giant books“. Okay, one of these is only a temporary facade, and the other is for the parking garage rather than … Continue reading

Posted in architecture, libraries

Two exciting bits of online book news

Well, exciting to me, anyway. I was thrilled to learn, via Open Access News, that the University of Pittsburgh Press is going to digitize most of their backlist and make it available online for free open access, with the help … Continue reading

Posted in online books, open access, science fiction, university presses

Turning an entire field open access?

I just got back from a meeting with Salvatore Mele of CERN, who visited our library to talk up SCOAP3, a proposed program whose aim is to make all of the major journals in high energy physics (HEP) open access; … Continue reading

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What’s this all about, Part 2: Everybody’s Libraries

In my previous post, I discussed “citizen librarianship” and the rise of online library services that go beyond the established library organizations and practices. And I claimed that the most promising future of libraries involved understanding and building up “everybody’s … Continue reading

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