Library News Roundup: Episode I

1.  Here is an interesting story on a campaign in McKean County, PA.  From the article:

Geek the Library features local educational material that introduces “geek” as a verb, and encourages the public to talk about what they “geek” — whether it’s engineering, superheroes or art. The public awareness campaign illustrates the fact that everyone is passionate about something — everyone “geeks” something — and the library supports them all. 

2. Here is one on whether guns should be allowed in libraries.  (This should be a no-brainer.)

3. This article covers one of my favorite subjects, the future of libraries, with a twist: it’s about school libraries.

4. The Advocate General for the European Court of Justice decided that EU libraries may digitize materials without permission.  From the decision:

However, [the Advocate General] Mr Jääskinen makes clear that the directive permits not the digitisation of a collection in its entirety, but only the digitisation of individual works. It is particularly important not to opt to use dedicated terminals where the sole purpose of doing so is to avoid the purchase of a sufficient number of physical copies of the work. 

Lest anyone think this is some hippie European thing, America has recently had a judgement for fair use regarding a similar issue.