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Call to move libraries into 21st century sparks ebook lending review

“The government is preparing to announce a review into ebook lending following calls from the opposition to move libraries “into the 21st century”. Although some of the UKs library authorities do offer ebook lending, many do not, and many publishers have been wary of making their digital titles available for lending, meaning the range of ebooks in libraries is often restricted.With potential solutions ranging from the suggestion from Justin Tomlinson, MP for North Swindon and chair of the all-party parliamentary committee on libraries, that “a small charge for an ebook should be applicable, with the money shared between the publishers and the physical community library”, to HarperCollins controversial move to restrict loans to 26 per ebook, a Department for Culture, Media and Sport DCMS spokesman has said the culture minister, Ed Vaizey, will soon announce an independent review into ebook lending.”

via Guardian

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Dancing in the Cern library – lets get physical

“In the hushed library of Cerns headquarters on the Swiss-French border, a dancer, moving slowly and nimbly, climbs up to the top of a bookshelf and then hangs off it. Elsewhere another dancer, also dressed in everyday clothes, soundlessly crawls under the chair of an unsuspecting physicist who is having a quiet read, while a third lies stretched across a table, idly examining books on quantum theory.This is Strangels, a work by Geneva-based choreographer Gilles Jobin, who has just begun a three-month arts residency at Cern, home to the Large Hadron Collider; earlier this month, its scientists shook the world with their discovery of the Higgs Boson particle.”

via The Guardian

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Free access to British scientific research to be available within two years

The Government is to unveil controversial plans to make publicly funded scientific research immediately available for anyone to read for free by 2014, in the most radical shakeup of academic publishing since the invention of the internet. Under the scheme, research papers that describe work paid for by the British taxpayer will be free online for universities, companies and individuals to use for any purpose, wherever they are in the world.”

via The Guardian

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Bodleian Library considers lending books after 410 years

“Considered hallowed ground for academic researchers, all those who enter have been forced to sign a pledge undertaking not to remove any books from there. Now all could be about to change. Plans are being discussed to allow students to borrow books from the Bodeian for the first time, and the very idea has caused a stir amongst academics and students.”

via Telegraph

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Libraries face a digital future

The Guardian – “It’s a time of radical change for libraries. During the summer they were told by the Museums, Libraries & Archives Council and the Local Government Group to exploit digital technologies to survive the spending cuts. In a report on the government’s Future Libraries Programme the two bodies also argued that the latest IT developments present a huge opportunity for libraries to deliver more efficient and effective services. Allen Weiner, Gartner’s research vice president in the US, took a similar line when he shared his thoughts about the role of technology in libraries at the Re-Thinking Libraries event in London this November.”

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British Library launches “Europe’s oldest book” appeal

Reuters – “The British Library has launched an appeal to help it buy the oldest book in Europe, an “almost miraculous” survival from the Anglo Saxon period over 1,000 years ago. The small volume was buried with one of England’s most popular saints, Saint Cuthbert at a time when the country was being swept by continental invasions following the departure of the Romans, and despite its age is still in perfect condition with its original leather cover.”

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Fight to save local libraries gets its day in court

The Independent – “A landmark hearing on Tuesday will mark the first judicial review into proposed library closures in Britain as disgruntled campaigners prepare to take their case to the courts. The High Court is examining the planned closure of six libraries in the London Borough of Brent, and its ruling will be keenly watched by councils around the country. Following close behind are Gloucestershire and the Isle of Wight, where protesters have won permission to have their cases heard by the end of the year. Experts believe they could trigger a flood of similar cases.

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Three London Tory councils say libraries will not close

BBC – “Three London councils have promised to keep their 21 libraries open by merging services but said 27 jobs, or 10% of staff, would be cut in the process.”

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Zadie Smith loses battle to save London library

Guardian – “Brent council votes in favour of closing Kensal Rise – along with five others – to improve services at its remaining libraries”

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The joy of e-reading

Prospect Magazine – “It’s a shame some libraries are closing, but this is not the end of civilisation. Quite the opposite.”

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