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Open Access, Open Source and Digital Libraries: A Current Trend in University Libraries Around the World

Abstract: Krishnamurthy maps a trend toward open models in digital libraries worldwide, including both open access publishing and open source software, and gives a brief overview, as well as references for these trends.

Faith at the Front Desk: Spirituality and Patron Service

Abstract: Wessells argues that the neutral bastion of the public library is one of the few places remaining where a person may explore deep spiritual issues. However, in order for the library to serve these needs well, he recommends instituting more sensitive collection policies and training staff to be sensitive to spiritual queries. He recommends that librarians:

Copyright in a Social World

Abstract: Miller gives a basic overview of and urges that students be educated in copyright law. She notes copyright's implications for online social networking using three web 2.0 examples: YouTube, MySpace, and Flickr. Finally, she discusses plagiarism both by students and of students' work.

Copyright and Collaborative Spaces: Open Licensing and Wikis

Abstract: Botterbusch and Parker use the example of wikis to explore the collaborative space they see between the two extremes of full copyright protection and full freedom of content.

Copyright Compliance in your Library

Abstract: Harris urges compliance with copyright through education and a written policy. She offers a very brief overview of the history of copyright. Finally, Harris describes how widespread copying in the digital age has led to more copyright enforcement, particularly against individuals.

Digital rights management and the breakdown of social norms

Abstract: May claims that the ease of copying digital works has sparked an attempt by (largely corporate) owners to enforce their perceived legal rights over the works' digital embodiments with technological tools for digital rights management (DRM). He argues that these DRM technologies have sparked a renewed political debate over the balance of private and public rights in this arena.

The Internet and the right to communicate

Abstract: Based on Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the globalization of information communications technology (ICT), the authors assert a need for development of a human right to communicate.

Copyright's Digital Dilemma Today: Fair Use or Unfair Constraints? Part 2

Abstract: Strickland explores the parameters of fair use in copyright law as of late 2003, including the DCMA, Teach Act, and various relevant legal cases and state statutes.

Protecting User Privacy in the Age of Digital Libraries

Abstract: Coombs highlights 3 areas of privacy libraries need to pay attention to and then details the 5 steps she took to safeguard users' privacy in her library.

Best Practices for Managing Organizational Diversity

Abstract: Arguing that well-managed diversity in an organization can create a competitive advantage, Kreitz reviews both the best practices and the broader literature about managing diversity in the workplace. Her goal is to create a “practical primer on diversity management for library leaders and human resource managers.”