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How the TPP Will Affect Libraries, Archives, and Museums

Libraries, Archives, and Museums

Excessive copyright terms harm the availability of books, photographs, and all creative works in the public domain. It also worsens the orphan works problem, when obtaining permission to use works is impossible because the rightsholder is unknown, deceased, or is nowhere to be found, and so preserving or archiving copies of them could be legally risky.
Heavy penalties for infringement, in the form of pre-established statutory damages that are not connected to the actual harm from infringement, chills preservation and archival efforts, where copying or changing the format of existing works is already legally risky.
Research and quotation can be hampered by bans on circumventing DRM on books or other kinds of digital content, and also limit the availability of digital works
Despite explicit exception for libraries and museums, a ban on tools for circumvention limits their ability to take advantage of it because they often lack the knowledge or tools to do so.
Weak exceptions and limitations language gives no incentive for countries to give legal certainty to activities of libraries, archives, and museums that involve technical acts of copying or DRM circumvention—such as enabling the use of copyrighted works for research and quotation, preservation, and copying material for educational purposes.

From How the TPP Will Affect You and Your Digital Rights | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Without A Library, One Community's Interim Fix Took On 'A Life Of Its Own'

"I think it also is one of things that people feel like it really is a community thing, it's not just somebody has a free library, which is a nice thing," Welch said. "It's 'Oh, this is part of the character of Edgewater, this is one of the things that we do, Edgewater reads.'"

Dreyfuss agreed, saying the libraries program has come to be "very defining of who we are as a community."

From Without A Library, One Community's Interim Fix Took On 'A Life Of Its Own' - Edgewater - DNAinfo.com Chicago

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Today's "Bedbugs Found @YourLibrary" Brought To You By Philadelphia

The discovery of bedbugs has forced several branches of the Free Library to temporarily close. Not that library officials want you to know this.

From Bedbugs Found at Two Library Branches | News | Philadelphia Magazine

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In which your blogger loses it about the library field

We should and often try to work collectively and collaboratively, but the massive brain drain from low wages along with a lack of time and training for those who are willing to learn means that these efforts are frequently stymied when the lead developer or a majority of the coders go to our vendors because they are paid and appreciated for those efforts.

The fact that I’m now looking at our subscriptions (even for part of our collection) SUPER critically for the first time in years is a huge step for my institution. It shouldn’t be that way, but it is. Basically, libraries have somewhat fucked ourselves on this one with administration joining in who want everything but don’t want to pay for it to be done by their own staff because that would require us to be paid what we’re worth.

From In which your blogger loses it about the library field | Digital Projects

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Luxury living Private libraries

Luxury living: Private libraries

As our major Books & Manuscripts sales approach, we present five exclusive homes with magnificent private libraries — all from Christie’s International Real Estate

From Luxury living Private libraries

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California State Library's new CIO mulls 'virtual libraries'

The California State Library’s new chief information wants citizens across the state to be able to visit his institution — from the comfort of their own computer.

David Wanjiru, who started the job on Nov. 2, told StateScoop that one of his long-term plans is to stand up a “virtual library,” where users could watch video tours of the research institution’s archives or explore its museum exhibits. To create this resource, Wanjiru would outfit staff members with GoPro cameras that would record images of the library, he said.

From California State Library's new CIO mulls 'virtual libraries' - StateScoop

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Church libraries offer spiritual, uplifting books

Some of these libraries offer hidden treasures in the form of rare or out-of-print books, pamphlets and other documents.

“Our library probably runs like most church libraries of this size. It’s on an honor system,” said The Rev. Paul Moore, rector of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Silver City. “I filter incoming books to ensure that they contain material that is consonant with our mission and ministry. People usually read them while they are here, or if they take them home, bring them back when they’re done.”

From Church libraries offer spiritual, uplifting books

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The Future Of Libraries Is Collaborative, Robotic, And Participatory

The big question, of course, is whether libraries will have the resources to do the things they need to do. If they can't find alternative sources of funding, probably from the private sector, they're going to be stuck. Crowdfunding and social lending are strong and growing possibilities, as Kickstarter has shown. But, as the report says, they may need to provide "a wider range of public and commercial services" as well.

From The Future Of Libraries Is Collaborative, Robotic, And Participatory

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New copyright law in Poland heralds new era for libraries

The new Polish Copyright Act [link in Polish] enters into force on 20th November 2015 bringing library services in Poland into the twenty-first century.

Major new provisions enabling digitization for socially beneficial purposes, such as education and preservation of cultural heritage, are the centrepiece for libraries of the new law.

The law also implements a European Directive enabling the use of orphan works (in-copyright works where the copyright holder cannot be identified or found to obtain permission), and an EU Memorandum of Understanding on the use of works that are no longer commercially available. In addition, the introduction of public lending right is limited to works in public libraries.

From New copyright law in Poland heralds new era for libraries | EIFL

Quiet, please… In praise of the British Library

From famous novelists to budding entrepreneurs, an extraordinarily diverse collection of people can be found at work in the British Library. But what are they up to? We asked some of them…

From Quiet, please… In praise of the British Library | Books | The Guardian

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