Tennessee Library Association

This is short travel log based on my experiences at the Tennessee Library Association annual meeting held in Knoxville, TN, April 11-13, 1996.

Multimedia Use in the AV Library


Billy Tindall (Tennesee Tech University) - The first presentation I attended was given by Billy Tindall. He described his activities as a part of the University's education technical center and his responsibilities as an audio-visual co-ordinataor and developer. He demonstrated an effective morphing trick where he transformed a photograph into a line drawing. This was the first morphing example I have seen that was tastful.

Tindall described that pull his resources from all over campus since funds are tight. He suggests to faculty that they incorporate AV materials and supplies into their grants in order to insure his center's efffectiveness. He described his funding as 50% from the library, 10% from the computing center, and 40% from instructional computing.

As the faculty is becoming more educated about the use of multi-media in his institution, he is becoming more of a specialist and providing specialized services while the faculty create their presentations. In the future he and his department hope to be creating CDROM presentations and distributing them throughout the university. Examples include seismic databases or bibliographic instructions.

He closed is presentation with a few demonstrations of how to create multi-media files.

Copyright in a Digital World

Atwood & Tenopir
Atwood & Tenopir

Carol Tenopoir (UTK School of Information Sciences) - There just a lot of thing up to interpretation. There are more rumors than fact. There is a lot of passion and opinion as opposed to rational observation, and these things may be true for a while. We are acting under the 1976 copyright act. CONTU (Committe of New Technological Uses?) Said that new electronic mediums are under the '76 law. Rurthermore, CONTU said it was up to the court to interpret the law, on a case by case basis. Copyright begins at the moment of creation, fix it in a tangible medium. For example, messages posted on listservs are copyrighted. The "library exemption" was not seen as much of an adverse impact on publishing. Furthermore, photocopies were preserving the original. The original documents were printed and it was assumed to be owned. Digital originals are not owned, but leased. Some publishers believe the "library excemption" has gone beyond the intent of the clause. Fair use depends on:

  1. the purpose and character of the use
  2. the amount of substainability of the taking
  3. the nature of copyrighted use
  4. the market effect of the use

The law is suppose to be technology neutral. CONTU is a list of librarians, professors, publishers discussing fair use. They all agree fair use should be continued. Some solutions include:

  1. when in doubt, ask for permission
  2. pay royalties
  3. be prepared on new pricing models like leasing/licensing agreements
  4. be active in lobbying
  5. abide the law without stifling your creativity

Elizabeth Atwood-Gailey (UTK School of Information Sciences) - How are we suppose to safeguard content in a digital world? Shared perspectives concerning the "green paper" and "white paper." Copyright motivates through monitary reward but also is intended for the public good. On the other hand, people like orrin hatch, think things like the internet promote piracy of information. The only people who have praised the paper are the publishers and entetainment industry. Some say the paper is skewed to corporate interests. Changes to copyright include:

  1. recognize transmission as a copyright
  2. publication includes transmission -- transmission is a copying. Thus interlibrary loan will be directly effected and may consitute infringment. This will incourage pay for use and deters learning and scholarship. This will effect document delivery services
  3. three digital copies
  4. disconntineus manatory user of copyright notice
  5. creation of copyies to impaired patrons
  6. information providers would be liable if users violates copyright

Is copyright dead or obsolete in a digital world? There are three views:

  1. traditionalist -- leave the law alone
  2. incrementalist -- make small changes to the law
  3. radical revisionists -- internauts, eff, believe that information can not be owned

Copyright is a part of our history and it will be difficult to get rid of it. Education may be a solution. There are technogical solutions (the dark vision). Crippled versions of documents to facilitating browsing may be another alternatives.

Cataloging Internet Resources

In the afternoon I gave my presentation entitled " Cataloging Internet Resources: A Begining ." It generated a bit of discussion and I belive many of the attendees thought such practices could be effectively put to use.

Sun Sphere
Sun Sphere
Regina, Georganne, Susan
Regina, Georganne, Susan
brick building
brick building

In the evening I dined with Regina, Georganne, and Susan. After dinner I hoofed it around down town and saw some of the sites.

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Date created: 1996-04-11
Date updated: 2005-05-01
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