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There’s A Good Reason Canadians Won’t Give Up Their Libraries

“If you really want to rile up a Canadian, threaten to take away their library.xCraig got his first taste of activism speaking out to save our local library. We’ve noticed ever since then that when provinces and cities experience a budget crunch, libraries are often first on the chopping block. Yet invariably, citizen rise up to protect them from extinction.” (via Huffington Post)

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Libraries feel the eBook pinch

“The book worm has turned. Local libraries are making noise about eBook prices, saying that they pay multinational publishers up to five times more than average consumers do for the same titles. And libraries — including ones in Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax and Vancouver — say they’d like things to change, so that they can pay according to their size and needs, rather than using the current one-size-fits-all model.” (via Toronto Star)

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Get thee to a library: It’s more important than ever

“In the wake of the provincial government’s decision to close almost half the public libraries in Newfoundland, politicians have offered up a number of justifications. The most prevalent – and specious – argument is that technology has rendered libraries obsolete, and that libraries are now relics of the predigital age. This couldn’t be further from the truth.” (via Globe & Mail)

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Tim Tierney’s call for ‘fair’ e-book prices for libraries adopted by FCM

“Canadian municipalities are asking the federal government to find ways to bring down e-book prices for their public libraries, a move led by an Ottawa councillor. The chair of the Ottawa Public Library Board, Tim Tierney, put forward a resolution at a meeting of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities last week calling on the federal government to investigate the publishing industry’s “restrictive” practice of charging public libraries more for electronic versions of books and magazines.” (via CBC News)

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Falling Canadian dollar raises longstanding issue of journal costs

“Academic libraries strive to provide their university’s faculty, researchers and students with broad access to international scholarship, recognizing that reported research is the critical starting point to inform new research, which in turn leads to new knowledge that advances science, culture and society. Much of the world’s research is reported in articles published in journals, most of which are accessed online by subscription.” (via CARL-ABRC)

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University libraries struggle to stock journals priced in U.S. dollars

Students and faculty at some of Canada’s post-secondary schools may soon have a tougher time doing research because the low loonie is forcing libraries to rethink what journals and books they stock. “The drop in the loonie has definitely decreased our purchasing power,” Jo Anne Newyear-Ramirez, the associate university librarian for collections management at the University of British Columbia library, said in an interview.” (via Canadian Business)

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Supporters helping Gander library stock shelves for Syrian refugees

“Employees with the Gander Public Library are doing their best to make sure the shelves are stocked for the five refugee families who are coming to Central Newfoundland in the coming weeks. This includes books in Arabic for children and adults.Regional librarian Courtney Penney said supporters of the effort have been doing everything they can to prepare for the refugees’ arrival.” (via CBC News)

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Cut ‘administrative excess’ not libraries, MUN grad students say

“Graduate students at Memorial University are calling for salary cuts to MUN executives, instead of cost savings at the library. The university is cancelling its subscription to 2,500 academic journals because of a budget crunch, a move condemned by professors who said it will hurt Memorial’s reputation, and hinder student recruitment. The cuts are part of “a troubling trend to put research and graduate studies on the chopping block when budgets are tight,” said the Memorial University Graduate Students’ Union in a news release Thursday.” (via CBC)

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Memorial University to cancel thousands of journal subscriptions

Memorial University’s library will be cancelling its subscription to thousands of academic journals in order to deal with a tight budget and increasing costs—a cut that faculty members say could seriously damage the university’s credibility. “I think it will be very, very bad for our reputation,” said Scott Matthews, MUN political science professor. “This is essentially gutting our ability to fulfill those core missions of teaching and research.” (via CBC)

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Collaborative Agreement Among Gale, part of Cengage Learning, and Three Universities in British Columbia Provides Provincial-Wide Access to Research Materials

“British Columbia’s 4.6 million residents now have free perpetual access to leading Gale research databases – nearly 200 million pages of digital historical content – as part of a unique agreement arranged by the University of Victoria Libraries, University of British Columbia Library, and Simon Fraser University Library.” (via Cengage Learning)

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