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Is copyright a help or a hindrance?

A new report from the British Library, Driving UK Research: Is copyright a help or a hindrance?, provides a collection of essays addressing how copyright law could more effectively support academics in the digital age: http://www.bl.uk/ip/pdf/drivingukresearch.pdf

A good quote from Dame Lynne Brindley, CEO of the British Library: "There is a supreme irony that just as technology is allowing greater access to books and other creative works than ever before for education and research, new restrictions threaten to lock away digital content in a way we would never countenance for printed material." (via Creative Commons)

Borrowing Ebooks From the Library, A Test of Fair Use?

The Internet Archive is making a move towards establishing a (somewhat more) clear precedent regarding loaning out ebooks to library borrowers via it's Open Library project. The Wall Street Journal has written up a short piece on it here (and news clip below): http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703279704575335193054884632.html

What does this mean? For the most part, the Internet Archive will be providing links to ebooks you can borrow from your local library (via Overdrive). What is particularly notable is that they will also make available a small number of out-of-print titles that they (or partner libraries) have scanned. As of now, only 187 mostly non-commercial titles. An example is this o/p title from Stewart Brand, The Media Lab. It can be borrowed as an .epub or pdf that expires after two weeks. Some good commentary from Eric Hellman's blog: http://go-to-hellman.blogspot.com/2010/07/internet-archive-sets-fair-use-bait.html?

New database available - ScienceDirect

Some great news: the Library is very pleased to announce the addition of ScienceDirect to our database collection. This database offers coverage of scholarly articles and book chapters in the physical sciences, life sciences, health sciences, social sciences, engineering, and humanities. ScienceDirect's extensive and unique full text database covers authoritative titles from the core scientific literature, including high-impact factor titles such as THE LANCET, Cell and Tetrahedron. More than 2,500 journals and more than nine million full-text articles are available here.

Science Direct is available both on and off campus. Go to the Library website (http://library.laguardia.edu) and click on Find article & books online to get to the database selection page. Science Direct can be found in the alphabetical list of databases.

Textbook options

Some promising news for students regarding textbooks: the college bookstore will start offering more textbooks options (rentals and digital copies) at discounted rates in the Fall semester.

Another way to save some money when buying books online: Amazon is offering its Amazon Prime membership free for one year for students with a .edu email address. This offers free two-day shipping and $3.99 one-day shipping.

What’s RSS?

Check out the Library's new guide, Using RSS to Keep Up with Scholarly Research: http://library.laguardia.edu/research/rssguide

You can learn all about RSS here and it shows you a step-by-step process of using RSS feeds to extract research from some of the Library's subscription collections. This can be a real timesaver.

23 skidoo

The Library of Congress recently uploaded another batch of early NYC film footage. This one is "What happened on Twenty-third Street, New York City" from 1901, capturing a scene from around the Flatiron building on 23rd Street in Manhattan. (via Kottke)

Library Closed, July 2 - 5; open on Tues. July 6

The Library will be closed from Friday, July 2 through Monday, July 5, 2010. No classes on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Regular summer hours resume on Tuesday, July 6. Enjoy the 4th of July weekend!