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Uncontrolled Vocabulary #67 – Policy-driven DRM

January 15, 2009

Uncontrolled Vocabulary #67 is now available for download. My apologies for the delay in posting. Here’s a direct link to the mp3.

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On the call:

Greg Schwartz, Louisville Free Public Library
Laura Crossett, Park County (WY) Library System
Ryan Deschamps, Halifax Public Library
Jason Griffey, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Michael Sauers, Nebraska Library Commission
Tim Spalding, Library Thing


1. OCLC Board of Trustees and Members Council to convene Review Board of Shared Data Creation and Stewardship (OCLC)
Why libraries must reject the OCLC Policy (part 1) (Thingology)

2. Ebook DRM provider goes dark, the books you paid for disappear (Boing Boing)

3. Congress bans kids from libraries? (Boston Phoenix)

4. Group Seeks to Take Over Providence Branches (AL Online)

5. Librarians to be renamed ‘audience development officers’ (Telegraph)

6. The Public Library Renaissance (Freakonomics)
Library usage will go up during a recession – management are you really prepared? (Librarian By Day)

From → Episodes

  1. I listened to this podcast to see what was said about my blog post. I have to say that I am disappointed with Michael’s dismissal of the issue. Let’s ignore his witty quip for the moment and consider it’s implications. If you’re having people over and the canapes you serve them makes them sick, do you think they’ll come back? What if they berate you for not serving what they like? If people are coming to the library we should be doing all we can to ensure that their experience is the best it can be, and that means happy staff. Implying that it isn’t important because there is such an increase in usage or that patrons are forced to be there (I’m having an hard time tying this to an orgy, sorry) wont get you return customers.

    Frontline library staff are our first and best bet to ensure patrons come back. Taking care of them IS important if you want people to keep coming back. The recession wont last forever, patrons wont be “forced” to use us forever. If we’d like to keep usage up we need to give them a reason to come back. I don’t care how awesome your services are, if is the personal contact, kindness, a smile, a kind word, that people remember.

  2. Thanks for your comment, Bobbi. One quick correction: The speaker in question is Tim Spalding, not Michael Sauers.

  3. Apologies to Michael and Tim! I’m so sorry! I should have triple checked.

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