Monday, August 22, 2016

New York Public Library: Storage, access, & innovation

"This summer, several times a week, a 30-foot truck filled with rough wooden shelves of books has arrived early in the morning at the New York Public Library’s flagship research library. Each truckload contains thousands of books, which have been sitting for the past three years at a storage facility upstate.

Now, 1.5 million books are migrating home, although not to the shelves they once occupied, in the library’s old stacks beneath the Rose Main Reading Room. From the loading dock, the shelves are moved through the maze below the library, until they are two levels below the ground, underneath Bryant Park, which stretches like a lawn before the Beaux-Arts building. There, the books loiter in the hallway, waiting to be ingested.

On an August morning, the 10-person team that works on the second level of the underground stacks was “ingesting” oversized art material. The books are grouped together by size, in cardboard trays with white plastic handles at the front. This library doesn’t use the Dewey Decimal System, so books that are grouped together don’t necessarily cover the same subjects. Upstairs, in the older level of stacks, each book has a call number, and to find a book in one of the six bays, you need to be trained to understand where it might be located. In this lower level, there’s an inventory control system that might be used in an Amazon warehouse or other industrial setting, that tracks where the books are." Read on


- Laskow, S. (17 Aug. 2016). The New York Public Library is Moving 1.5 Million Books to an Underground Lair. Atlas Obscura. Retrieved from: http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-new-york-public-library-is-moving-15-million-books-to-an-underground-lair

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Copyright: GSU copyright case comes to a close

Andrew Albanese writes about the recent ruling in the Georgia State University copyright case in an online article entitled "Publishers Lose Another Round in GSU Copyright Case". Albanese notes that the case was "first filed in April, 2008, by three academic publishers (Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Sage Publications, with support from the Copyright Clearance Center and the AAP) the suit alleges that GSU administrators systematically encourage faculty to offer unlicensed digital copies to students as a no-cost alternative to traditionally licensed coursepacks. In the [final]order, dated July 27, Judge Orinda Evans also denied the publishers’ motion to refresh the record in the case by gathering new evidence from the most recent academic term. And in a ruling that could cost the plaintiffs millions, she rejected the publishers’ motion to reconsider the awarding of legal fees, holding that new Supreme Court guidance issued last month in another high profile copyright case was not a factor." Read more here.