Wow, this is pretty scary. The original post:
"He says that all mobile phones sold in Japan now have some kind of DRM built in. All content (ring tones etc.) is locked to the device it was downloaded first. If you buy a new phone, there is no way to transfer your files from your old one." [Lenz Blog]
"The paper does point to one way in which even unencrypted content's acquirability might be irrelevant. Many of the phones limit the file types you can play and send to friends. Imagine a phone that can only play encrypted formats. You could download all the MP3s off P2P that you want, but none of them would be usable." [A Copyfighter's Musings]
How do you feel about that? How would a library circulate a digital music or video file in that environment?
I don't know how Japanese libraries work, so I'm curious to know how they are faring in this new no-right-of-first-sale, no-traditional-fair-use-rights digital world. Are libraries already out of the digital loop? Does anyone have a sense of how all of this is playing out over there?
When I teach my RSS class, the first moment that blows everyone away is about 45 minutes in when we do a Feedster search and they save the feed of the search into Bloglines. Jaws drop open and you can hear the "wows."
Keep up the great work, Steven!
Jessamyn has posted her notes from the taking the library to our users conference at Dartmouth. I really wish I could have gone to this one, since it sounds very shifted. In terms of the present, I particularly liked her notes about the virtual reference session, although I think all of the statements would apply to VR done via free IM accounts, too.
The sessions about taking reference to where the users are sound interesting, too, as that is the direction in which libraries need to shift. We have to start thinking out of the 4-walls box and find new places (both virtual and physical) to meet patron information needs.
While my site is in transition, readers are reporting the following problems:
It took a while to get going, but going it is. We're catching up with the rest of the world, and it's not just kids doing it.
Can these kids text your library or access any of your services this way? Because they can get answers via text messaging from Google, you know....
In preparation for next month's Internet Librarian conference, make sure you check out my previous post (which you probably never saw) about the UThink project. Some incredible stats....
Because I can catch up on conferences I couldn't attend in person!
BTW, I'm hoping to restore comments soon in case you want to add more links to this list. Maybe 2005 will finally be the year of the library conference blogger!
Unfortunately, many issues and ideas got lost during this last month's downtime. Some of them made it online, but only a couple of people were able to find them. I'll try to highlight the ones I think were most important, starting with The Shifted Wiki.
Here's the original introduction of it, but basically it's a place to put your ideas for RSS feeds you think different types of librarians could benefit from reading in an aggregator. If we can pull this off, it will be a great way to help those who are new to RSS get a jumpstart.
So I'd like to ask that you think about which library feeds are most useful to you and ask that you add them to the appropriate library type on the wiki. There's also the start of the never-got-off-the-ground Honor Roll of Shifted Libraries, so feel free to add suggestions there, too.
Welcome back to the new and improved TSL site! As you may have noticed, I haven't been posting lately. Actually, that isn't true. I have been posting, but you haven't been able to read what I've been writing.
That's because my blogging software - Radio Userland - died. Died a horrible death, it did, and all the king's horses and all the king's men, couldn't put Radio back together again. The Userland folks tried to help, but I guess it's just time to switch because even they couldn't fix the problem.
So here we are on a brand new version of Movable Type. It was important to me to move to software that had a strong future, strong support, and a healhty and thriving community around it. I was upset at how the Six Apart folks handled the licensing of the version 3.x software, but they seem to have learned from their mistakes and moved forward.
Which is exactly what I plan to do. Everybody please take a moment to thank Aaron for helping transfer my stylesheet and templates over. He's still working on some loose ends for all of this, so things may go bump in the night for a little while if you're visiting via a web browser. If you're reading this via RSS, though, nothing should change, including the ability to get the feed full text or abridged.
Over the next few days, I'll re-post what I've written over the last few weeks, so some stories will seem a little stale, but bear with me while I get things back up to speed. Lots of interesting stuff coming down the pipe....
And thanks for coming back!
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