by Barbara Brynko
I just returned from the Computers in Libraries conference in Washington, D.C., where sessions were lively and ideas contin ued to percolate. I helped out with a special luncheon on Tuesday as Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., shared some preliminary findings from its study on Library Budget Trends & Spending Priorities for 2013.
The audience of librarians served to add some real-time insights. But overall, the forecast is good; the survey’s initial indicators point to a “light at the end of the tunnel,” as the library market moves past the recessionary period and into slightly brighter territory and steady growth is predicted for 2013. Look for final results in an upcoming issue of IT.
In keeping with the library theme, our front-page interview with Mike Sweet, CEO of Credo, picks up where we left off in our May 2011 issue. Back then, Sweet shared highlights of his game plan to infuse more innovation into reference. And judging from the popularity of Credo’s Literati platform, he’s on the right track. Check out Credo’s formula for success in “Sweet: Building on Innovation,” beginning on page 1.
Then, author George H. Pike explores the legal nuances of copyright, permissions, and First Sale in “Kirtsaeng’s Impact Still Resonates.” This case serves to expand the “gray” areas of copyright, which doesn’t just deal with “traditional” works anymore.
Lastly, writer Barbie E. Keiser guides us through the Open Government Initiative’s latest offerings in “Performance Reporting 2.0: Using Socrata’s GovStat.” Designed by Socrata, Inc., GovStat is one of the newest cloud-based tools to focus on democratizing access to government data.
Whatever your interest, there’s much more from cover to cover to keep you informed on all fronts. Enjoy the issue.
— Barbara Brynko