TREXLER LIBRARY SCUTTLEBUTT ARCHIVE: SUMMER 2009

 

June 12   |   July 10   |   August 7


Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

A Monthly Update
6/12/09

The Google Book Settlement and Your Copyrights

In 2004, Google announced a plan to partner with major research libraries to digitize portions of those libraries' collections. Since that announcement, the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers sued Google in a class action suit, saying that posting of works online (or portions of works) violated their copyrights.

A proposed settlement was announced on October 28, 2008. The settlement is complex. The settlement doesn't apply to books published after January 5, 2009, and it only deals with books that are out of print but still under copyright.

If you are an author of a book that is in-copyright and out-of-print and is registered with the US Copyright Office prior to January 5, 2009, you may want to explore your options regarding the recently proposed settlement with Google, to be decided on October 7 of this year. To explore your options, follow these guidelines, ones proposed by Baylor University legal counsel to their faculty and staff:

  • Search Google Books to see if any of your books are in the database.
  • Identify the copyrights that you own, either by reviewing the agreements you signed with the publisher or by contacting the publisher.
  • If you assigned some or all of the rights to the publisher, contact the publisher and ask how they plan to address the Settlement.
  • If you are a rightsholder with books in Google Books, you can remain in the Settlement. This means that you will be bound by the court's ruling, including a release of claims against Google. See Google Book Settlement about remaining in the settlement.
  • If you are a rightsholder with books in Google Books, you can opt out of the Settlement. This means that you retain your right to sue Google individually. You must opt out in writing by September 4, 2009. See Google Book Settlement about opting out of the settlement.
  • Those who decide to remain in the Settlement can also file an objection. Objections must be filed by September 4, 2009. See Google Book Settlement about filing an objection.
  • File a claim for a cash payment (if you are eligible) by January 5, 2010. See Google Book Settlement about filing for a cash payment.
  • If you are the rightsholder and the book is out-of-print, you can opt out of the default mode (making snippets and previews available). By opting out, only bibliographic information will display for your book; however, users may be more inclined to purchase access to the full text if you let them preview the full text. See Google Book Settlement about opting ouf of the default mode.
  • If you are the rightsholder and the book is still in print, consider opting in to the default mode (making snippets and previews available) because this ability to preview your book may drive more users to purchase your book. See Google Book Settlement about opting in to the default mode.
  • For additional information go to the Google Book Settlement (http://www.googlebooksettlement.com/).

***NOTE: A "Coffee and Copyright" discussion will be held at Trexler Library on October 23 at 10 a.m., following the determination of the Google Books settlement. Mark your calendar now to attend!***

Infomaniac Tip of the Week

Attachments too big to send via email? Try an online dropbox!

Sharing large files is easy with an online dropbox. From a dropbox's website, just upload your file. The service will provide you with a URL that you can then email to your colleagues or friends. They in turn visit the URL and download the file for their use.

Some of these dropbox services include:

Each of the above services offers a free option, although subscription accounts are available for more advanced features. The features of each service can vary. While sendspace has basic file sharing capabilities, for example, others can offer more advanced features for file management. The length of time for which files are shareable varies, but all services make files available from at least 30 days to up to a year. Account upgrades can increase the length. Check the services' websites for more information, including online tours and FAQs.

Happenings

Display: "Homage to John Updike," June 1-30, Level A Terrace in the library.

Allentown School District History Day Research Workshop, July 13 & 14, Information Commons.

Teaching with Technology: A Workshop for Faculty (co-hosted by Library and Faculty Ctr. for Teaching), August 25, Seegers Union.

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Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

A Monthly Update
7/10/09

Stronger than Ever

The library's book collection is stronger than ever, thanks to a collaborative effort by faculty and librarians. This past year, we have made great strides in more closely aligning our collection with a recognized benchmark in academic libraries, the Bowker Book Analysis (aka RCLweb).

Specifically, since January of '08, we've moved from owning 22 percent of titles recommended by Bowker to 26 percent (some 16K titles) in June of '09. This means that across the disciplines, we are increasingly acquiring the titles most recommended by a panel of some 300 subject specialists.

Our goal is to own 60 percent of the recommended titles. You can help us reach our goal, when making purchases for the library, by regularly consulting the Bowker Book Analysis list, aka RCLweb.

Infomaniac Tip of the Week

Are you looking for the perfect web application to meet your needs? Are you curious about the coolest new websites? Check out the 2009 Webware and Webby Award winners.

The 2009 Webware Winners
http://www.cnet.com/html/ww/100/2009/winners.html?tag=mncol;txt
100 web apps in 10 categories have been "voted to be the best of the best by Webware readers and users of the apps themselves." Find apps in categories like: Audio & Music, Browsing, Commerce, Communication, Infrastructure & Storage, Photo & Video, Productivity, and more.

The 2009 Webby Award Winner
http://www.webbyawards.com/webbys/current.php?season=CURRENT_SEASON
With over 70 categories, the Webby Awards honor "excellence on the internet." See winners and nominees in categories like: Activism, Art, Best Use of Photography, Best Visual Design, Blog--Political, Health, Movie & Film, and more.

Happenings

Display: "Read Local: Pennsylvania Authors, Poets, and Playwrights," July 1-31, Level A Terrace in the library.

Allentown School District History Day Research Workshop, July 13 & 14, Information Commons.

Reference USA Database Training, led by Reference USA Representative Cat O'Brien. July 14, 9:00AM-10:00AM, Information Commons.

Teaching with Technology: A Workshop for Faculty (co-hosted by Library and Faculty Ctr. for Teaching), August 25, Seegers Union.

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Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

A Monthly Update
8/7/09

A List of All Books Added to the Collection in Spring of 2009

By popular request, here's a current list of all books received and catalogued in Trexler Library in Spring 2009--a quick way to check and see if a title you ordered has arrived. Thanks to all faculty and staff that help to build our library collection.

New Scholarly Databases Now Available to Muhlenberg Faculty, Staff, and Students

Thanks to Penny Lochner, Head of Collection Resource Management at Trexler Library, for securing these databases for use by the college. The databases can be accessed on campus without restriction, and off campus by logging in with name and college ID as prompted.

New Database: Early English Books Online (EEBO)

Description: Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700 - from the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War.

New Database: PRISMA (Publicaciones y Revistas Sociales y Humanísticas)

Description: PRISMA provides and index and full-text scholarly journals in the social sciences and humanities for the interdisciplinary academic study of Hispanic and Latin America, and the Caribbean Basin. Articles in PRISMA examine all aspects of Hispanic Studies, from research on indigenous cultures past and present to current economic indicators, politics and society, and Hispanic theatre. Coverage of subject areas is comprehensive and includes Anthropology, Business and Economics, History, Literature, Political Science and Sociology. For a complete list of titles currently included, please go to the Title List.

New Database: Theatre in Video

Description: Theatre in Video contains recordings of more than 250 definitive performances of the world's leading plays, together with more than 100 film documentaries related to theatre. Access is online using streaming video. The selections represent classic plays by hundreds of leading playwrights, actors and directors. You can bookmark specific scenes, monologues and staging.

Included are landmark performances such as The Iceman Cometh, Awake and Sing, Dom Juan, Bérénice, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Playboy of the Western World, Krapp's Last Tape, and the complete works of Shakespeare as produced by the BBC and other theatrical companies. Notable actors include Claire Bloom, Laurence Olivier, Colleen Dewhurst, Richard Dreyfuss, Walter Matthau, Meryl Streep, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren and more.

New Database: Music Online

Description: Music Online is a rich, comprehensive multimedia resource for the study of classical, jazz, world, and American music. Easily cross-search audio recordings, video content, full-text reference materials, musical scores, liner notes, biographies, and images through a single interface. Simultaneously listen to classical selections and view the music score. Additional search fields specific to the content, are available if you limit your searching and browsing to a particular resource. For example, if you go to the American Song collection, you can view a list of Historical Events and find songs that relate to those events. Trexler Library's subscription includes access to the following:

Music Collections

Reference Sources

New Database Name: Social & Cultural History Online

Description: Excellent place to find primary source material dating from 1550s to present day. Helps you locate thousands of freely available private writings and personal narratives of people from diverse ethnic and social groups. In addition to linking you to freely available full text, as well as audio and video files, the database includes full text for the following:

    • North American Women's Letters and Diaries
    • British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries
    • North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries, and Oral Histories
    • The American Civil War: Letters and Diaries
    • Black Thought and Culture
    • Manuscript Women's Letters and Diaries from the American Antiquarian Society

New Database Name: PsycArticles

Description: The database contains more than 140,000 articles from over 60 journals published by the American Psychological Association (APA) and from allied organizations including the Canadian Psychological Association and the Hogrefe Publishing Group. PsycArticles includes all journal articles, book reviews, letters to the editor, and errata from each journal. Coverage spans 1894 to present; nearly all APA journals go back to Volume 1, Issue 1. PsycARTICLES is indexed with controlled vocabulary from APA's Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms®.

Infomaniac Tip of the Week

Do you have trouble keeping track of all your favorite websites?
Do you use your browser's bookmarks feature, but feel frustrated by having them only available from one computer?
Are you aggravated that you can never find the bookmark you're looking for?
Social bookmarking may be your solution.

What is social bookmarking?

Social bookmarking is a way to save, organize, search, and manage bookmarks of websites. The following are some notable features of social bookmarking tools.

  • ONLINE ACCESS
    Social bookmarking tools save your links online in a personal account, rather than on your personal computer. That means you can log in any time from anywhere to access or add bookmarks.
  • TAGS, NOT FOLDERS
    Rather than using folders to organize your bookmarks, social bookmarking applications use tags. Tags are words of your choosing that you add to each bookmark to describe it. You can use any tags you want and as many tags as you need. For example, if you find a great recipe online for apple pie, you can tag it pies, desserts, recipes, and apples. When you want to find it again later, you don't have to remember which single folder you put it in. Instead, you can access it by any of the terms you used.
  • SHARING
    Because your bookmarks are online with social bookmarking tools, you can easily share your saved links with others. You can see what others are bookmarking, too, on topics of interest to you. Of course, some applications offer a private option if you want to keep things to yourself.

How do I get started?

To get started with social bookmarking, pick a tool. Delicious is the one of the most popular services available. Diigo and Digg are similar services. Each site has a help section with useful information to get started.

Learn more

Calendar of Events

8/25: Teaching with Technology Workshop. Co-sponsored by the Faculty Center for Teaching and Trexler Library. (Seegers Union, 8:30 AM-12:15 PM.)

8/27: JumpStart Library Scavenger Hunt. Co-sponsored with Multicultural Life. (Trexler Library Information Commons, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM.)

9/24: Radclyffe, author of award-winning lesbian-themed novels, reads from her latest work "Secrets in the Stone." Open to the public. Co-sponsored by the LGBT Campus Coordinator and Trexler Library. (Trexler Library Periodicals Reading Area, 7:00PM-8:30 PM.)

9/30: Faculty and Staff Favorite Books Discussion Series, 1st meeting: Dean Karen Green leads this first discussion in our series, with one of her favorite recent reads: "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" by Alexander McCall Smith. Open to the public. Get a copy of the book now, and join us for a lively discussion on 9/30. (Trexler Library Periodicals Readings Area, 4:30PM-5:30 PM.)

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