Three 1-on-1 Appointments Today

Showed a patron how to scan all their printed documents to their email. Then we opened the PDF in Adobe Acrobat X and re-saved as a Word document. This save my patron hours of work since they no longer had to retype everything. The only cons are 1) having to make the minor edits and 2) re-saving all the pages as separate files. There may be a way to do the re-saving in bulk, but I don’t know it off the the top of my head.

I’m the liaison to the local genealogy society. My favorite bit of that meeting was nerding out about stats and analytics you can do on data from your population.

Google Sites is harder to figure out walking into it blind than it seems.

Genealogy Society Program Poster

Dude, do you even go here?

Property of Darien Library

Aside from the ridiculous blue box that showed up around the images (which were not present when I previewed this InDesign file), I’m pretty pleased with this poster. I thought originally of looking for a “female spirit” then a “nymph painting” before realizing Daphne and Apollo was exactly what I was looking for. This painting (which I unfortunately attributed) is perfect with Daphne’s expression.

As for the other work I’ve been doing, I’ve made some great strides in assisting patrons with their time-intensive projects. However, I feel that our work together is too recent, so I’m waiting a little bit before writing about them to protect any guesses that may happen about the patrons’ identities. Overall idea though:

  • Assisting with the SEO and blog of an online business
  • 3D printing
  • Website to record travel

Otherwise I’ve been very busy designing a lot of print materials at work. It’s also been awhile since I’ve had a five day work week due to ALA Midwinter, snow, and this-never-ending cold.

Another Dance Video: Just Read Good Romance

My brilliant colleague, Krishna (@darcyeyre), was inspired to create a Lady Gaga based video to promote our romance novel collection. She worked with our now college-bound colleague Tyler to write the lyrics. The video was high in our thoughts for around six months (?) but we decided to wait till Valentine’s Day to premiere it. So, for the past week and a half, Krishna and I scrambled to pull it together. I hope you enjoy watching it!

CopyrightX Week 1

My tweet notes:

    Reading judicial opinions is a bit confusing for a non-lawyer, but it’s fascinating all the same.

  • Apparently, countries don’t like to respect each other’s copyright laws & sometimes actively hurt the creators of creative works.
  • Countries which respect “personhood” or “moral” rights of creators prevent buyers from damaging works or removing the creator’s name.
  • Countries are now working on making international treaties to respect copyright law. Most important: Berne Convention & TRIPS.
  • 167 countries have signed the Berne Convention.
  • National Treatment Principle: If creators in your country get rights A,B,C — foreign creators in Beme also get rights A, B, C.
  • Right now, it’s often unfeasible to figure out who owns a copyright. Some US lawmakers are talking about requiring people to register their work to copyright it, which would drop the number of works created & distributed under such a ruling.
  • The Berne Convention helps keep US lawmakers from just dropping auto-copyright.
  • There is really no punishment though under Bernes for non-compliance which the US took advantage of for years. (joined in 1989).
  • TRIPS forces countries to abide by their agreements or face Cross-sectoral retaliation (AKA trade denials).
  • TRIPS is the most controversial part of copyright law esp. in regards to developing countries.
    Novelty is not required for copyright protection.
  • Ideas & facts are not protected by copyright. Only the way those ideas or facts are expressed is copyrightable.
    Which seems to say that if you wrote a fanfic where Hermione became a Snow Queen, J.K. Rowling could use the same theme & you can’t sue.
  • You can’t copyright a recipe — not even a list of ingredients and what order to mix them together. It’s only protected from copying if you insert commentary on how the dish should taste and what social settings to serve the dish in.
  • If you’re writing a book and present your speculations as fact, they’re no longer copyrightable.
  • In summary, historians and their theories should not expect their ideas to be copyrightable.

The judicial reviews we read were also enlightening. In particular, this one (too lazy to pull now), was about a freelancer who was hired by a company for a loose photo shoot for a product during the idea/discovery stage. The company then turned around, stole his idea, pose, and visual design and hired someone else to shoot it. The freelancer sued. Throughout the review, the court seems to be strongly supporting the freelancer by breaking down what makes a photo copyrightable, and then BAM in the end, the court goes “meh, despite all the outright copying, we don’t care.” I’m still trying to wrap my head around that one.

Another case involved telephone directories. This newcomer came into the state and contracted with local telephone companies to license out their telephone directories so they could put them all together in this big regional phonebook. Everyone was cool with this except one phone company. The new guy then decided to steal the dissenter’s content and publish it anyways. As this case went through the system, the telephone company kept winning because of their “sweat of the brow” work in compiling their directory. However, the Supreme Court overturned it noting that facts are not copyrightable (and names, telephone numbers, and addresses are facts), so it’s totally legit for this other guy to come out and steal their work. The guy who really wins in this case is the regional directory folks because now they realized they don’t have to pay those other smaller companies for their info.

Panelist for “The Library Website”

Every library needs a website, but what makes a good site? How can you figure out how to most effectively allocate your resources and build a site that fits the needs of your patrons, your staff and your community? In “The Library Website” our panel of experts will look at the dos, should-dos, and dont’s of library websites. Please tune in Thursday, February 13 at 2 p.m. Eastern for this free, streaming video broadcast that you can view from your home, library or on-the-go.


Whoo hoo! I’ve known for a month or so that I was going to be a part of this panel on library websites though American Libraries Live. We had our check-in last week and we’re going to be discussing questions related to library websites. If you have a suggestion or something for me to think about, leave a comment!