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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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Federal library struggling with backlog, key records poorly filed, auditor-general finds

The federal archival agency spent $15.4 million on a digital record system it never used, and shut it down shortly after it was tested, approved, and operational. That finding is one of numerous concerns uncovered by auditors examining Library and Archives Canada’s ability to keep up with its archival mandate in an increasingly digital world. Auditor General Michael Ferguson’s office found that Library and Archives received approval to build a “trusted digital repository” — a system for storing and preserving digital records — in 2006. After spending more than $15 million on the system, Library officials shuttered the project after it was completed in 2011.” (via Toronto Star)

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Designing libraries that are relevant in the digital age

“With the huge amounts of information now available online, we take a look at how libraries are designing for the 21st century.cEven though it’s still weeks from opening, the new Halifax Central Library is getting lots of attention. And not just because of its 57 million dollar cost. It’s earned international attention as one of the top buildings of 2014. It’s been years since a library of this size and importance was built in Canada. And perhaps… it’s no wonder. Much of the world’s knowledge has moved on to the internet. Books have shed their covers–and even their paper–as they slip onto e-readers.” (via CBC Radio)

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Library changes seen as risk to Health Canada’s credibility

“Managers at Health Canada admitted that changes to the department’s library services would lead to risks to the department’s credibility and its ability to produce evidence-based decisions, according to documents obtained by CBC News. The managers’ concerns have one observer saying that if the federal health minister doesn’t reverse the changes, “she’s putting Canadians at serious risk.” (via CBC News)

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