Copyright vs Creative Commons on Library Websites

I was just looking at Nashville Public Library’s website – very attractive site! They redesigned last year, and now have a great website, full of web 2.0-ish goodness.

And then I saw this in their footer: “Copyright © 2006 Nashville Public
Library, All Rights Reserved.” I don’t have a beef with NPL – the same type of thing can be found on my website and many others, too.

But I do have a question: is this really necessary? Copyright is generally placed on a website to say “ask before you use the stuff found on this website.” So why not go the extra mile and use a Creative Commons license?  That way, instead of having a sign on your website that says stop!, you’ll have a sign that says “feel free to re-use our content – we wrote it for you, after all! Just let us know about it!”

It’s a small way to encourage your customers to start conversations – remember my Inviting Participation mantra?

ALA is Videoblogging!

Some of you probably know I like to play with video once in a while… well, apparently ALA does, too! They now have a videoblog, called AL Focus. Very cool, indeed. Jenny Levine has a bit more info about the videoblog.

Now I need to update my presentation I’m giving at ALA about videoblogs…

A Blog from Britannica Should Know Better (or, Gorman is blogging?)

I’m sorry. It’s just so hard to not write about this! If Gorman were a mainstream celebrity, and I was, say, Jay Leno, I’m be lampooning him heartlessly on late night tv. But I digress…

So… MG is blogging. (Reader: Hmm… didn’t he coin the term “blog people” a couple years ago about those people who “read what they want to read rather than what is in front of them… ?” David: Yep. Same dude.). Upon first read, I wanted to pick apart his two posts bit by bit. And then it dawned on me – I don’t have to. Instead, I can complain about the Britannica Blog!

On the Britannica Blog, under the “About this Blog” section, it states: “We’ve given our writers encouragement and a lot of freedom.” I’m guessing that also means the Britannica Blog doesn’t have an editor. Case in point: read the title of Gorman’s [cough cough] “blog posts,” and then read the posts themselves.

The articles are titled “Web 2.0: The Sleep of Reason” – so you’d think the articles would actually be about web 2.0, right? Wrong. His two articles focused on how “printed authoritative sources” are somehow better than online sources (part 1) and on how young people prefer collective rather than individual sources (part 2).

So… how are those two topics about web 2.0, you ask? Beats me. He DID mention the Internet and Sergey Brin of Google… but he didn’t actually write ANYTHING about web 2.0. Not one jot or tittle. Nada. Nothing.

Come on, Britannica – you can do better than this. Your blog is subtitled “where ideas matter.” At the least, let’s get a clear idea up there… not a loose ramble.

As for Gorman, he claims “I’m no Antidigitalist.” And yet, he has written about the evils of blogging and attempted to write about web 2.0 being the “sleep of reason” (although again, he didn’t actually manage to mention anything remotely web two point oh-ish). I begin to wonder… since Gorman is now blogging, and his blog posts to date simply don’t make much sense, I think it’s entirely possible that [his] intellectual needs are met by an accumulation of random facts and paragraphs.” Instead of, say, the Wikipedia article on web 2.0.

(For some reason, I keep hearing the song, “I am My Own Grandpa” playing through my head… [stop it, David!] :-)

My Twitter Presentation – Part of the BIGWIG Social Software Showcase

(update – the BIGWIG sites seem to be down, but there are updated links to both twitter presentations. Enjoy!)

I was asked to participate in the first ever BIGWIG Social Software Showcase “unconference.” (site seems to be down). What is the Showcase, you ask? From the LITA blog: “LITA BIGWIG (Blogs, Wikis, and Social Software IG) is pleased to present the first ever online, unconference at ALA Annual 2007. The Social Software Showcase will be occuring around and during Annual. We have gathered eleven librarians and leaders in the field to present on cutting edge technology and social software. Regardless of where you are in the world, you will have the opportunity to view and discuss the presentations on the official Social Software Showcase Wiki.”

For my part, I added a screencast about Twitter add-ons, meant to be a part 2 to David Free’s Twitter, Part One (updated links to each presentation).

So – go read about the Showcase, watch/listen/read all the presentations as they get added to the Showcase wiki, and participate!

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