A great article from USA Today recently chronicled all of the latest efforts to make ebooks and print books available at airports all over the world. This phenomenon apparently started in 1962, when the Nashville Public Library opened a branch at the Nashville Airport. As of today, travelers can check out free ebooks at Florida's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, the Manhattan Regional Airport, the Philadelphia International Airport, the Harrisburg International Airport, the Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Michigan, and the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Print reading libraries are available at other locations, such as the San Francisco Airport Commission Aviation Library.
The New York Times reports that hotels all over the United States are adding libraries to their lobbies and bars. Designed as a means to generate revenue from patrons who spend more time in their restaurants and bars, hotels are stocking their shelves with hot titles from current authors. Some hotel libraries are even specializing, like the Renaissance hotel lobby in D.C., which boasts books about presidents and sports. (see picture in the article). As another example, the "Hyatt Magnificent Mile in Chicago completed a renovation that includes a bar stocked with books and magazines and a small number of computers." Some hotels are even creating lending libraries which allow guests to check out a book at one location and return it at another.
Always on the cutting edge of library science, the Cleveland Public Library has launched another local initiative called the BookBox. Located in Ohio City across the Street from the West Side Market, the portable BookBox will allow Saturday morning patrons at the Market Square Park to check out books on "food, cooking, gardening, art, and urban agriculture." Read CPL's Press Release for more information on the BookBox, and click here for a picture of the BookBox.
The ABA has just published a new 50-state survey of legal malpractice law. According to the ABA, "This guide provides a state-by-state review of laws in each state pertaining to the laws of lawyer liability. Each chapter is devoted to the law of each state, written by lawyers in that particular state for easy comparison. Whether a lawyer is involved in litigating legal malpractice actions or merely wants to understand more about these matters, this book is intended to serve as a resource to how the law varies state by state."
If you have not already heard the news, the American Law Institute and the American Bar Association have dissolved ALI-ABA. This entity was created in 1947 and jointly published many CLE programs and materials. Both entities will continue to provide CLE materials, only separately in the future. For more information on the split, please review the ALI-ABA press release. Our law library has purchased ALI-ABA CLE products for many years so we will be evaluating the new products both entities will be publishing to ensure that we continue to supply our members with valuable CLE materials.
A website called Digital Book World has posted some great predictions for books and publishing in 2012. Some of their more interesting comments suggest that more authors will self-publish their own works, publishers will undergo major, internal overhauls, authors will obtain more flexible and favorable terms in copyright agreements, and publishing companies will create in-house transmedia groups. DBW is already correct in view of the shake-ups at Westlaw and the rumors that Lexis may be for sale to Bloomberg/BNA. But will these legal publishing giants create partnerships with gaming companies? Hopefully, they will create lasting partnerships with companies such as Overdrive to enable law libraries like ours to circulate e-legal books to our members.
Another lawsuit (S.D. NY. 1:2011cv06351) has been filed by the Authors Guild (whose President is Scott Turow), the Australian Society of Authors, the Québec Union of Writers, and various individual authors who allege that HathiTrust, a partnership of research and university libraries, has engaged in large-scale copyright infringement “by digitizing, archiving, copying and now publishing ... copyrighted works without the authorization of those works’ rights holders." A partial docket in the case is available from justia.com. A New York Times article cites the Authors Guild claim that the HaithiTrust has 7 million copyrighted works by more than 8,500 authors on servers maintained by the University of Michigan. Acording to the same article, the HathiTrust has digitized about 9.5 million works, of which approximately 27% are in the public domain. The article also references the still pending 2005 suit against Google, which brought similar allegations.