In his current podcast, Michael Cart talks about a recent Publishers Weekly poll that asked, “What is the great American novel?” giving everybody 60 titles to choose from. He covers the top 12 (spoiler: number one is NOT The Great Gatsby). What would be your choices? If yours was overlooked, email Michael at email@example.com and he’ll pull your titles together for a future podcast!
And then in a change of pace, Michael also looks at the world of the Sherlock Holmes canon – the big news is whether the Sherlock Holmes titles are out of copyright (this kerfuffle does not affect the licensing of the character on TV or film).
Many library staff members who work directly with the public continue to have less than timely understanding of how the World Wide Web is used and can be used, how search engines function, and the roles of software and browser settings in their own and their library computer users’ searching and search results. With those realities in mind, it’s important to make sure that your library staff understands the meaning and import of the announcement made by Google on Saturday.
The subject of child pornography is certainly a difficult one to discuss in a constructive manner. However, a discussion of it is pertinent to the provision of library services that are relevant in terms of social and political realities (on an international as well as a local scale), the functionalities of internet browsing and image searching, and the management of both in library user behavior and staff roles related to user behavior.
Certainly the announcement from Google provides a platform for such discussions with staff. The possibilities for outcomes well beyond staff member understanding of the implications of the announcement on their work is enormous.
To aid these discussions, please refer to the Flipboard magazine linked here for a collection of online resources addressing definitions, basic browser setting information and news discussions of Google’s announcement. [Note: some relevant resources contained in this resource guide are British and are not intended to be used as legal information, but rather because they outline an illuminating array of considerations, staff knowledge and awareness needs, and international concerns that may be an aspect of a local situation.]
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