New Jersey ESummit (May 2, 2013)

“True North: ebooks and the ethics of librarianship”, New Jersey ESummit, May 2, 2013, Eatontown, NJ


My other takes on this topic

Ebooks choices and the soul of librarianship, Library Journal article

The Future of Ebooks, panel talk at Computers in Libraries

Codes of ethics

ALA code of ethics

IFLA code of ethics

David Lankes’ critique of IFLA’s code

General philosophy

It’s not just privacy, porn, and pipe-bombs (Libraries and the ethics of service), presentation by Lane Wilkinson

On ethical reference service (or, “Fishmongers? In my library?”), blog post by Lane Wilkinson

(Lane has a graduate degree in philosophy and helped me a lot with understanding the background for this talk. Thanks, Lane!))

Wayne Bivens-Tatum sometimes blogs about the philosophical dimension of librarianship.

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy; in particular, articles on virtue ethics, consequentialism, and deontology.

Library stories

Whose MP3s Are They, Anyway?, NPR Planet Money story on ReDigi and digital first sale

Your E-Book is Reading You, Wall Street Journal article

Free Library of Philadelphia Resolves NOOK Accessibility Lawsuit

The ebook cargo cult, In the Library with the Lead Pipe article (the academic serials crisis as analogy to public library ebooks; history; library values)

Amazon and OverDrive Roll Out Kindle Books to Libraries, but Public Library eBooks on the Amazon Kindle – We Got Screwed — conflicting perspectives on the values advanced or opposed by Kindle ebook availability

A Reading Miracle. It May Be Legal, but Don’t Ask the Grox: “I am no longer an objective observer of digital copyright issues when they relate to access by the reading disabled. When I want to feel some anger (it helps me run faster) I think about people and institutions who try to use copyright law in ways that prevent people like my son from being able to read what they want to read.”

Why DRM doesn’t work (a cartoon on the frustrations of downloading library ebooks)

Caving into bullies (aka, here we go again): Lawrence Lessig on the read-aloud feature disabled for the public-domain Alice in Wonderland

Vernor Vinge’s talk at ALA Midwinter, San Diego, 2011

Organizations mentioned (my company. go liberate some books!)

Douglas County (CO) Libraries, home of lots of ebook innovation