Annual Meeting Time

September 23rd, 2014

canal pictureFood, fun, friends and a ferry (well, OK, not a ferry but a boat ride).  That’s what’s going to be happening at WNYLRC’s 48th Annual Meeting of the Membership at Lockport Canalside Banquet Center on October 8, 2014 from 4:00pm–7:15pm.  Don’t miss this opportunity plus a complimentary boat ride on the Erie Barge Canal.  Time is running out to register–just one more week–and you don’t want to hear the buzz after the fact and wished that you had made your few clicks.  Do it right now at www.wnylrc.org .   Join us as we welcome the Fall season with a bit of conviviality.

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Don’t Overlook This Free eBook Opportunity

September 18th, 2014

Librarians always look for sources for their patrons and this is one which could really be an aid to students–free ebooks from the Library of Congress.  Primary sources, as we know are invaluable, so this is one site worth sharing with your colleagues:  http://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/2014/09/free-ebooks-from-the-library-of-congress-put-history-in-students-hands/

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Co-Working Spaces Multiplying in Western NY by Jaclyn McKewan

September 12th, 2014

A few months ago we told you about Dig, a co-working space that provides a place to work for small businesses or people who are self-employed. It turns out Dig is just one part of a growing movement.

CoworkBuffalo is located at 653 Main Street in Buffalo. In addition to a variety of price plans for using the space, they can also provide space for events or one-time meetings.

Incubator Labs is focused specifically on new businesses. Applicants must submit an application including an Executive Summary of their business. In exchange for providing space, training and mentoring, Z80 Labs gets 5% equity interest in the business. Certain participating businesses may also quality for grants or other financial support.

And now libraries, which have always offered something similar to co-working, even if it wasn’t called that, are now using the term. Although it’s not local, check out The Richland Library in Columbia, SC and The Brooklyn Public Library. Both are touting their offerings as a free alternative for patrons looking to hold meetings or get some work done.

 

 

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When Is It Correct To Require “Permission”?

September 11th, 2014

Librarians view Copyright Law with the fear and awe of the IRS audit.  Countless workshops and seminars are held every single year across the country to “clarify” and refine the Law to the best of everyone’s understanding and advantage.  However, there may be times when it’s adhered to too literally. In the August 21, 2014 LJ, Rick Anderson puts forth a logical and, at the same time, confusing conundrum that libraries have to face:  are we sharers of information through collections or guardians of laws which can be interpreted in ways which are seemingly not universal.  He uses the University of Arkansas as a jumping off point for questioning whether it had the right to ban reporters from an online paper from use of its special collections because the reporters published content from those collections without permission. Is the permission really the library’s to give?  The library does have the right to limit use of its own special collections but they are not often copyright holders per se.  The facets of this issue and the variety of ways in which it is handled makes for very thoughtful reading in “Asserting Rights We Don’t Have:  Libraries and Permission to Publish”   Give this a read and see if it does not bring up thoughts which might have always been in the back of your mind.

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BECPL Host To Echo Art Fair

September 4th, 2014

As the library becomes more of a gathering place and less an ultimate research place, events such as the Echo Art Fair will come to represent the most logical of pairings.  To hold this unique and burgeoning event in the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library–Central is a win-win.  This fair is just several years old but during that time thousands of collectors have been able to meet up with emerging artists.  It has gotten to the point that artists vie to be eligible to participate and the world is the range from which they are chosen.  Bringing all those guests into the library environs is a boon to the availability of sources there while providing a welcoming space for what is now a premier cultural event.  Read more about the beginnings of the Echo Art Fair and think about visiting Sept.6-7.

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