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UK Shadow Culture Minister plays Robin Hood against Lincolnshire library cuts
April 17, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Helen Goodman, UK Shadow Minister for Culture, Media and Sport, has joined Minnie Driver and others in the campaign in Lincolnshire against closure of two thirds of the county's libraries. As reported in the Lincolnshire Echo, she condemned the plans of Conservative-led Lincolnshire County Council as "disgraceful." Dressed in Lincoln green, or something like, Helen Goodman reportedly declared that "Local libraries are central to our societies, offering a safe place for all ... They are investments in our future through the communities they nurture and skills they foster." A full video of her appearance is available here. Helen Goodman came at the...

Telephone box libraries in UK unite two obsolete services – or not
April 16, 2014 | 10:25 am

telephone boxWhatever your feelings about the future prospects of print book libraries, there is no doubt that they are anything but the cutting edge of library services. And the same can be said of public telephone call boxes. So it is a tad heartening to see several instances in the UK of people repurposing the iconic red telephone box, now just about as dated as the original Dr Who Tardis, as miniature local libraries and book exchanges. The latest is in Lewisham in London, making it the smallest library in the capital, but others have been sighted in Essex and Derbyshire, and...

Morning Roundup: National Trust, could be improved, Books for Passover and more
April 14, 2014 | 9:00 am

national trustPublic Access to Public Books: The Case of the National Trust (The Scholarly Kitchen) But Newitt then points out that while the National Trust’s work in this regard has been invaluable and in many ways exemplary, it has left one important component of many of these properties far short of “open… to everyone”: the books that are housed in their libraries. *** Digital Library Lending Has a Long Way to Go (GoodeReader) It feels like every new step in the right direction also leads to a host of new problems and closures for public libraries where digital lending is concerned. *** Books to Get You in...

Morning Roundup: Fight for libraries, Amazon book categories and more
April 7, 2014 | 9:00 am

librariesHow Thin, Flexible Electronics will Revolutionize Everything from User Interfaces to Packaging (GigaOM) Thin is in, as always, but recent breakthroughs in printed and flexible electronics herald a whole new age of gadgets, imaging devices and user interfaces. *** Getting Inside Amazon’s “Head” with Your eBook Category (Author U) Let’s face it, most authors scratch their heads when it comes to figuring out where they should be in the Amazon machine. Oh, they have a general idea … but how in the heck does one drill down into some of the odd-ball categories so frankly, they can own it. *** Fight for Libraries, Prevent Book Deserts...

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...

Morning Roundup: New update for Nook Glowlight. Publish or perish?
April 1, 2014 | 9:00 am

new update for nook glowlightSchool Libraries Adapt or Face Closure in Digital Age (GoodeReader) An article today for The Bookseller highlighted one school library system in the UK, North Yorkshire County, that will be closing its school library service effective March of 2015. The reason? Lack of use on the part of schools. *** Amazon's Literary Journal Day One is Seeking Submissions (GalleyCat) Amazon’s literary journal Day One is seeking submissions. *** Barnes & Noble Rolls Out New Update for Nook Glowlight (The Digital Reader) Poking holes in the rumor that they fired their entire hardware staff, Barnes & Noble released a new update today for the Nook Glowlight, their latest...

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...

Morning Roundup: Tips for a Little Free Library, China as the next big ebook market and more
March 24, 2014 | 9:00 am

little free library5 Tips for Running a Little Free Library (Book Riot) So. You’ve been hearing about these Little Free Libraries and are intrigued, possibly even considering putting up your own. Or maybe you just love living vicariously and want to know more about what I’ve learned from my Little Free Library in the months it’s been up. Either way, I’ve got you covered. *** China: The Next Big eBook Market (Digital Book World) Roughly 42% of China’s nearly 1.4 billion people use the Internet. In the early part of 2013, China surpassed the U.S. in terms of how many people in the country were using...

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...

Morning Roundup: Publishers do know to interact directly with readers. Could Canada lead on Digital Bill of Rights?
March 19, 2014 | 9:00 am

publishersThe Web We Want: Could Canada Lead on a Digital Bill of Rights? (Michael Geist) As the government finally embarks on its digital strategy, it has an opportunity to do more than just tout recent policy initiatives. Instead, it should consider linking its goals with the broader global initiatives to help create the Web we want. *** What Library Directors Are Thinking: An Ithaka S+R Survey Report (The Scholarly Kitchen) The most recent library survey report has just been released and, like all previous reports, is freely available to the public. This one was administered specifically to academic library directors in the U.S., and...

Weekend Links: Americans engaged with libraries, Joyland to be released as ebook and more
March 15, 2014 | 4:34 pm

librariesPew: Americans Are Actively Engaged with Public Libraries (Publishers Weekly) Just in time for the 2014 Public Library Association Conference in Indianapolis, Ind., the Pew Research Center Thursday released a long anticipated “typology” of Americans and their library use. *** Five Ways Startups Are Narrowing the Content Discovery Gap (GigaOM) The content you want is out there — somewhere. Fortunately, several innovative startups are helping you find that content faster and, in the process, are bringing the realm of content delivery and discovery closer to the Holy Grail of true, meaningful and accurate personalization. *** Stephen King's Joyland to be Released as an eBook (The Digital...