In this issue:
The New York Times • August 9, 2009
Digital trickle-down. The high-priced academic publishing industry is already facing a challenge from digital competitors in the higher ed arena and the K-12 market is also considering alternatives. This article drives home the point that the academic publishing business model is broken. As one California superintendent of schools predicts, "In five years, I think the majority of students will be using digital textbooks."
The Huffington Post • August 10, 2009
Time to speak up. Berkeley law professor Pamela Samuelson says the Google Book Search settlement will transform the future of the book industry, affecting not just U.S. authors, but those from Germany, Japan, South Africa and other countries that are signatories to international treaties. Samuelson says objections must be filed with the court by September 4, 2009, so it's not too late to voice your opinion of the proposed settlement.
How Britannica Defied the Odds
Harvard Business Publishing August 7, 2009
The power of purpose. Rather than succumbing to online competition, Britannica actually leapt ahead 19 places in a UK brand ranking this year. Its inspiration is its "purpose of excellence," which the company credits for differentiating it in a crowded market of information providers. This article serves as a reminder that focus counts.
New Scientist • August 4, 2009
The rise and fall of Wikipedia. Scientists at the Palo Alto Research Center say Wikipedia's growth peaked back in 2006 and since then the number of new articles added per month has declined by a third. Similar reductions are found in the number of edits made each month and the number of active editors. One of the culprits contributing to the problem may be spam links, which have been inserted into articles, distracting editors from more productive work. For more documentation, check out PARC's Augmented Social Cognition blog.
ReadWriteWeb • August 11, 2009
The last tweet? A new Gartner white paper says cloud computing, e-books and Internet TV are at the "Peak of Inflated Expectations," while Twitter is teetering toward the "Trough of Disillusionment." Read on for blogger Richard MacManus's thoughtful take on Gartner's prognostications and a spate of comments protesting the prediction of Twitter's decline.
The New York Times • August 11, 2009
What's in a name? This is a fascinating article on the fading art of taxonomy and humans' deep-seated need to name things as a way to understand the world and their place in it. You'll never look at a butterfly or wildflower the same way again.
Open Culture • June 5, 2009
Beyond YouTube. Who knew there were so many online video resources? Check it out and save the link.
- Register to attend the 26 August Library à la Carte Webinar
- Helene Blowers to Speak on Finding the Phoenix: Feathers, Flight and the Future of Libraries, 9 October at OCLC in Dublin, Ohio
- On Books Again
- Journals and the Tainting of Science
- Ebooks and/or Digital Books
- New Co-Chairs for SAA RLG Partnership Roundtable
- The Smithsonian Challenge – Dr Wayne Clough @ SALT
- VIAF and OpenSearch
- Counting Titles and Authors
- 2010 RLG Partnership Annual Meeting and Symposium
9-11 June 2010 in Chicago