From cloud services to smart assistants, campus libraries are rewriting the book on innovation.
“A few years ago, for example, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s J. Murrey Atkins Library moved all its infrastructure to Amazon Web Services. It has never looked back, says Bob Price, the library’s associate dean of technology and digital strategies.”
“A library without books? Not quite, but as students abandon the stacks in favor of online reference material, university libraries are unloading millions of unread volumes in a nationwide purge that has some print-loving scholars deeply unsettled.”
“Copying practices in the academic world were again thrown into legal disarray when a federal appellate court reversed a fair use finding in favor of Georgia State University (GSU) in its long-standing copyright dispute with several academic publishers. The trial court had found the practices, which involved scanning portions of books into electronic course reserves and other systems for classroom use, to be a fair use of the copyrighted works. The appellate court’s 129-page opinion determined that the trial court had not properly applied fair use law, but stopped short of declaring GSU’s practices to be illegal infringement. The appellate court sent the case back to the trial court for a reconsideration of GSU’s copying.”