Orphan Works & Mass Digitization: A Report from the Register of Copyrights. U.S. Copyright Office (June 2015). PDF file.
A new document which outlines proposals from the US Copyright Office to accommodate two areas where copyright law is currently weak: 1) handling “orphan works” (i.e. works still protected by copyright but for whom the copyright owner is impossible or difficult to find) and 2) dealing with “mass digitization” projects (e.g. the Google Books project).
Both Kevin Smith on his Scholarly Communications @ Duke blog and Mike Masnick at Techdirt find the proposed solutions as bad as the problems they are purporting to solve. Worth a read.
Augmented World Expo 2015: Behind the scenes of singer Bjork’s weird, immersive virtual reality – The team from Bjork’s immersive MoMA installation talks about authoring reality at the Augmented World Expo in Santa Clara, California.
Image: Erin Carson/TechRepublic
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Lepore, Jill. “The Cobweb: Can The Internet Be Archived?” The New Yorker, January 19, 2015.
Good read about the Internet Archive and Wayback Machine.
Project Nourished combines brightly colored experimental cuisine, crafted from agar and pectin, with VR simulations intended to make those meager morsels seem tastier than they really are.
Forget Virtual Reality. Are You Ready for Virtual Sushi?- A small Los Angeles-based team of designers, engineers, and chefs have cooked up a “gastronomical virtual reality experience” that use head mounted displays, 3-D printers, and food science to take aim at our tastebuds.
Present: Mike Roy, David Ludwig, Jim Stuart, Chris Norris, Mary Backus, Terry Simpkins and Doreen Bernier
We talked about regularizing a structure for team assessments and updates to the directors group. We agreed that rather than ask teams to meet directly with the directors to provide updates, we will ask each team to present their latest quarterly updates at an LIS staff meeting once a year to provide information on their recent accomplishments, current priorities, longer-range thoughts and goals. Additionally, we will invite each team leader to a directors’ meeting 4 times a year to discuss priorities, communications and resource issues. We also will ask each team member for feedback at least once a year, and are developing a list of questions to guide that conversation. We agreed that this feedback should not be anonymous. Mike will send out a communication with the teams about this assessment proposal.
We then reviewed and discussed the proposal and justification for wireless network administrator position to refill that open position. This was approved.
Prior to meeting, we reviewed the LIS Facilities Requests process being facilitated by Joseph. This requests are due in to Facilities by October 11th.
Upcoming meeting agendas:
- Oct. 16 – All-staff meeting:
- Staff Awards
- Get to know the Directors: Jim Stuart and David Ludwig
- LIS private blog initial roll-out
- Time for learning discussion
- October Manager’s Meeting – cancelled
- Oct. 17 – Director’s retreat
- Directors Team – expectations, ground rules, etc. in light of the revamped team structure and newer members
- Oct. 24 – Directors’ meeting
- Education and Training Team visits
- project management : Discuss a proposal to develop a common understanding and vocabulary around project management
- content and usefulness of directors’ updates: Review the updates we provide one another to see if we can improve their utility.
- Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges (CLAC): staff exchange proposal: Discuss a proposal from CLAC to facilitate staff exchanges to share expertise among CLAC schools
- Team Assessment Protocol : Further discussion of the plan to assess our current team
Thanks for reading
Terry & Doreen
Present: Mary Backus, Mike Roy, Jim Stuart, Chris Norris, Terry Simpkins, Rebekah Irwin, David Ludwig and Doreen Bernier. Guests: Space Team members Joseph Watson, Hans Raum, Lisa Terrier, Todd Sturtevant and Peggy Fischel
Members of the Space Team joined the meeting to discuss office assignments in Davis Library. We had previously reviewed and approved the Team’s proposal to address the short-term need for additional office space for newly hired positions, which have now been completed. We discussed another round of office/space shuffling to accommodate further growth in some workgroups and, if possible, to colocate certain groups currently dispersed.
We also agreed:
- we need to go through DFL 221 and DFL 145 schedules to delete obsolete meetings;
- staff room could be used as a meeting space during certain times of the day (e.g., not during lunch breaks)
The team also reminded us that project lists are due to facilities on October 8th.
We approved a charge for a group to think broadly about library systems issues (aka, Library Systems Think Tank) with the following caveats:
- the LSTT should consider inviting Peter Liu (MIIS) as a member;
- the LSTT will also play a role in thinking about how we support digital scholarship services.
David and Charlotte have been working on a form through Webhelpdesk for project requests. This topic was only touched on briefly and will be added to next week’s agenda for further discussion.
Thanks for reading,
Terry & Doreen