Thursday, April 07, 2005

Fight over eReserves at UC

Heard about a potential legal battle about electronic reserves at UC? It was in this morning's Chronicle, electronic edition. (password required)
(Whispered aside) Are we talking about the California Digital Library? Or something else entirely?

Here's the thing: publishers (in my admittedly very limited view) seem to be burying their heads in the sand, struggling to preserve that last iota of revenue stream. I say, look up! This is an opportunity!

Technology changes, so libraries change, so students' habits change, so information search/sort out/soak up abilities of students it seems inevitable that copyright law will change, too. It's just a matter of time. So why not contribute to the change in a way that is helpful to you, as a publisher?

I read a great analogy to this phenomenon that makes a lot of sense, from Jim Wallis's latest book. People keep licking their finger and putting it in the air, to see which way the wind is blowing. And then they go in that direction. And they've been so busying going in that direction, that they don't realize the underlying truth: the wind has changed.

I'd say the wind has changed for eResources and convenience on our campuses. And the law will catch up. But how long will it take? A year? Two? Four?

1 comment:

Roy Tennant said...

Alice, just to clarify, this article refers to the UC San Diego Libraries, not the California Digital Library.