*Please note that the links to the content in this Part will direct you to Westlaw AU. If you are still using Legal Online, the links can be found in the LOLA PDF at the bottom of this post.
The latest issue of Online Currents (Volume 27 Part 3) contains the following material:
The Digital Rights Management minefield – Denise Sutherland
Digital Rights Management (DRM) is a method used by digital content providers to try to reduce piracy of their content. Unfortunately, DRM has a long history of being problematic and impinging on customer’s rights. This article looks into what DRM tries to do, and what it actually achieves.
Election 2013: Managing the information flow – Jane Douglas
In an election year, the trickle of political messages flowing to the Australian public increases to a flood. This article seeks to provide readers with some direction “going forward” as the Australian federal election draws near. The collection of sources cited covers a range of perspectives across the political spectrum, and it is hoped that the resources will equip readers with a selection of material, from the credible to the less authoritative, to “background” themselves amidst the news and spin to come.
Android apps – Jon Jermey
The development of “apps” for the iPod/iPad/iPhone family, and subsequently for Android and Microsoft Windows 8 devices, represents the most recent step in the commodification of software. Apps are low-priced items in a market where no one brand dominates. Most of them are under constant development, and update automatically on the owner’s device. Marketing is based largely on reputation. This in turn depends largely on ratings and reviews by existing users. Apps exemplify the modern trend towards provision of software as a service rather than a product.
Booked out: Online events bookings services – Michelle McLean
Event management is part and parcel of a library’s daily operations. From lists on paper to spreadsheets or content management systems, ways to manage visitors for talks or functions have been improving. More recently, online booking services have become readily available. This article looks at these services by way of a case study of one library’s experience.
- A brief look at business happenings
- A collection of musings and thoughts on the worlds of libraries and information
- A selection of recommended publications
- New, recent and updated systems, services and online collections
- Explores sites with useful content, thought-provoking ideas and opportunities for Interaction
- Conference papers
- Upcoming conferences