BBC – “Some of the biggest names on the web have written to Peter Mandelson to express “grave concerns” about elements of the Digital Economy Bill. Four firms including Facebook and Google object to clause 17 of the bill, which could give government the power to amend copyright law in the future.”
BBC – “US thriller writer James Patterson has become the UK’s most borrowed author, with his books taken out of libraries 1.5 million times in 12 months.”
Someone needs to start a “Going Green: blog for the library community.
FLTC – “As a person working in a library, my concern is that this seems to go against customer service principles.”
Press Release – “In a ground-breaking initiative, UK libraries are offering advertising agencies and their clients the opportunity to place promotional inserts within their books.”
Louise Tucker, blogging in the Guardian – “There is an incredible assumption here that ‘most people’ have the means to pay for reading matter, similar to arguing, as I often think the government does, that ‘most people’ can afford private health care, so why bother supporting the NHS?”