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CILIP confirms libraries endorsement of new UK intellectual property rules
April 2, 2014 | 10:30 am

copyrightThe Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (CILIP) has just added its overall endorsement to the new changes to UK copyright law, confirming the overall positive reception of the new rules from library professionals. In a CILIP-hosted briefing on the issue, Annie Mauger, CILIP Chief Executive, said: "The Libraries & Archives Copyright Alliance, supported by CILIP, have worked tirelessly for over twenty years advocating for much-needed reform ... The reforms are extremely good news for the library and information profession and all the people that use our services. We will continue to work closely with the Intellectual Property Office...

British Library IP head details impact of new UK copyright rules
March 31, 2014 | 6:25 pm

librariesBenjamin White, Head of Intellectual Property at the British Library, has produced an extremely detailed guide to the implications of the changes of UK copyright law for libraries and for the general public in Britain. And this guide has been made available through the website of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), who have of course an immediate professional interest in the topic. "The proposed drafts go a significant way towards making UK copyright law 'format neutral', meaning that the law will now recognise for example that those doing research and personal study are just as likely to...

Harvard uncovers its (human) hidebound collections
March 29, 2014 | 12:30 pm

The Harvard Crimson, college newspaper of Harvard College, shared a report that may make some more anxiously await the final ebook takeover. Because there's always the risk in a print library of one day laying your hands on a book bound in human skin. The practice of binding books in human skin is known as anthropodermic bibliopegy, and is definitely recognized, though rare. Ivy League schools, for some reason, are especially associated with it - which perhaps explains something about those Skull and Bones urban legends. The book illustrated here, though, is from England, bound in the skin of Father Henry Garnet,...

Stellar Libraries head calls for more promotion for UK libraries
March 28, 2014 | 6:26 pm

Amid all the bad news about the UK library system, an article has appeared in The Guardian arguing that "The survival of libraries lies in positive promotion." Good sentiments - although in this case they come from the head of a creative agency that apparently exists for the express purpose of promoting libraries. "The way we market and promote our national library service is one of the areas that drastically needs to change if we are to give libraries any sort of long-term future. But it's not the only area that needs improvement," asserts Andy Ryan, director of Stellar Libraries CIC and...

CILIP warns UK Sieghart review of “postcode lottery” in library services
March 24, 2014 | 3:50 pm

The UK's Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) has just announced the completion of its submission to the panel chaired by "philanthropist, entrepreneur and publisher William Sieghart" tasked with producing an "independent report on England’s public library service." And the announcement warns that: "the current service is in England is becoming a 'postcode lottery' and a patchwork of provision is evolving depending on where you live." CILIP is obviously deeply concerned about the de facto retreat from established - and statutory - obligations for free and universal library services in the UK. "The government must identify a roadmap for...

NYPL launches new book recommendation tool online
March 24, 2014 | 1:53 pm

book recommendation toolThe New York Public Library has introduced a book recommendation tool for its online catalog. The recommendations will factor in searches by the user using tags and keywords, according to Gigaom. The NYPL has partnered with Zola Books’ Bookish. The recommendations will be based on book data instead of user data. If a user searches for a specific book, they will get a list of recommendations based on factors of that book (not the user) The NYPL had offered recommendations based on titles other users were interested in. This change will gear books more toward the individual user rather than what’s popular now. This...

Lincolnshire libraries campaigners secure judicial review of spending cuts
March 20, 2014 | 2:45 pm

librariesThe campaign to save Lincolnshire libraries, which secured the support of Minnie Driver and other illustrious figures in the UK, appears to have won a major victory in its attempts to stop Lincolnshire County Council from cutting library funding by up to £2 million ($3.32 million). As reported in the Lincolnshire Echo, "the judge decided that there is sufficient evidence for the case to go to the High Court for a full judicial hearing and has issued an order giving permission for the case to be heard." Following the decision, Phil Dilks, spokesperson for Save Lincolnshire Libraries said: "The attack on...

CILIP gets behind campaign to open up UK library ebook lending
March 6, 2014 | 4:26 pm

The Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (CILIP), the UK's professional librarians body, has issued a release and a call for action under the heading "Strict limits on library ebook lending must end," which calls for the UK to bring regulations on library lending of ebooks into line with those governing printed books. According to the announcement, "libraries do not have the right to lend ebooks. Out of the six major trade publishers in the UK only three – HarperCollins, Random House and Hachette – offer some of their ebooks to libraries. Research conducted in February 2013 by Shelf...

What it Takes to Get a Library Book Removed from Circulation
March 3, 2014 | 2:54 pm

get a library book removedIn all the pre-March Break fuss at school this past week, I forgot to share with you all this excellent article from Torontoist, which offers a glimpse inside the Toronto Public Library's book removal process. As the article explains, the library as a policy is reluctant to engage in censorship: "The library recognizes the right of any individual or group to reject library material for personal use, but does not accord to any individual or group the right to restrict the freedom of others to make use of that same material." However, for patrons who do object to the material, there is a...

New UK public libraries report: Timely, or deliberate time-wasting?
February 10, 2014 | 12:41 pm

The UK Department for Culture, Media & Sport (headed by Ed Vaizey) and Department for Communities and Local Government have jointly commissioned "an independent report on the public library service in England," to be led by "philanthropist, entrepreneur and publisher William Sieghart." This is the same William Sieghart who led the fairly well-regarded previous report on UK ebook lending services, "An Independent Review of E-Lending in Public Libraries in England," in March 2013 - known up till now as the Sieghart report. But I guess there'll now be another report to bear that monicker. The questions for the new report to...

Baltimore Sun op-ed on “Books and billionaires” (this means you, Bill Gates)
February 1, 2014 | 6:16 pm

Wikimedia Commons photo used under CCLibraryCity’s proposal for a national digital library endowment has just made The Baltimore Sun---complete with a personal appeal to Bill Gates to talk up the idea. Books and billionaires does have a ring to it, doesn't it? If TeleRead community members can help get the word out on Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere and otherwise show support, I'll be grateful. Granted, the sums involved are large to most people, but they should not be in the least to the American elite as a group. The 400 richest Americans are together worth some $2 trillion, according to Forbes, and the total spending on...

Retiring National Library of Scotland National Librarian named new CILIP Council Chair
January 28, 2014 | 4:25 pm

Martyn Wade, the retiring National Librarian and Chief Executive of the National Library of Scotland, has been named as the new chair of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), the UK's professional body for librarians. Wade is due to retire from his current responsibilities in Scotland in March. "It is a terrific honour to Chair CILIP Council and I am very much looking forward to taking up this role," said Wade. "At a time of rapid change and challenge for library and information services it is essential that we have an active and vocal professional body that both...