Z665 → Library-related Links 1

Some interesting things have come to pass over the past couple of weeks, and I just had to share a few links about it. Some are awesome, some are ... questionable, at best. All are worthy of a second (or third) look.

Macmillan settles DOJ case. As outlined in this USA Today article, Apple remains the sole defendant in a case that is set begin in June of this year. It will certainly be interesting to see what becomes of Apple and the case itself, as well as what becomes of e-book pricing in the wake of it.

Beyoncé hires a librarian to catalogue 50,000 hours of digital material. This news was released earlier this month, but is still pretty awesome to behold. Beyoncé knows the power of a truly well catalogued and easily-accessed information. Just another step for Beyoncé in earning the title Queen of my Heart.

Edwin Mellen Press is suing McMaster University and an individual librarian. This last link is a little scary on a few levels. First, from a blogger-point-of-view, this is evidence that yes, comments and posts can come back to get you. But more than that, the librarian - who posted on their personal blog about the academic merits of the publisher - was well within their freedom to make such comments. Furthermore, the comments were well within the field of what professional librarians do in their everyday library life. I'm confident that things will work out for the best for McMaster, who has released a statement in full support of their employee and defence of academic freedom, that can be found here.

{photo: Queen's Library, State Library of Victoria; from Flickr Commons; edited by author}

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