Take a Peek
by Deborah Poulson
2014 has certainly been a challenging year in terms of the weather, as pretty much everyone in the U.S. can attest. As I write this, we’re hours away from another major snowstorm, which will be our fourth this year. Conference-goers who attended the ALA Midwinter Meeting Jan. 24–28 in Philadelphia also got a taste of the frozen white stuff; you can read more about this event in the Report From the Field starting on page 16.
This month’s features include a conversation between ITI VP of content Dick Kaser and Cengage executives Michael Hansen and Jim Donohue (“Strategically Schizo: Cengage Execs Discuss Market Realities”), an exploration of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (“EFF: At the Crossroads of Technology and Digital Liberty”), and information on using personal devices at work (“BYOD or COPE: The Best Mobile Strategy for the Workplace”).
John Charlton touches on news overseas in International Report on page 14. He writes about the Dutch and Flemish ebook markets, the success of German libraries, an etextbook library for the Arabic-speaking market, and Irishman Frank Kennan’s new library.
Copyright infringement, which remains a global challenge, is covered by Corilee Christou in “Three (Or More) Strikes and You’re Out” (page 22), while George H. Pike updates us on the latest Net Neutrality news in Legal Issues (page 24). And those of you who are statistics-minded will enjoy Mick O’Leary’s discussion of Statista and Statistic Brain in Database Review (page 20).
Keep warm, and stay tuned for more highlights from the information industry.
— Deborah Poulson