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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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Nebraska libraries: how they’re doing, challenges and opportunities

At the crossroads. A phrase used often when talking about libraries in America, also true in Nebraska where libraries are facing new directions in serving users and remaining viable. A special NET News reporting project examines this important time for these venerable institutions. It’s called “Nebraska Libraries: The Next Chapter.” To begin, a progress report on the state’s public libraries, and looks at challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

From Nebraska libraries: how they’re doing, challenges and opportunities | netnebraska.org

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A Real Page-Turner: Libraries Battle For Book-Sorting Championship

Once a year for the past five years, the New York and Brooklyn Public Libraries have faced off against Washington’s King County Library in a battle of the mechanical book sorters. In the most recent hour-long sorting smackdown, King County reclaimed the world title.

From A Real Page-Turner: Libraries Battle For Book-Sorting Championship | Only A Game

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Shacks Serve As Makeshift Schools, Libraries For Migrants In Calais

At the bookshop, a Sudanese man returns a copy of Ernest Hemingway short stories, thumbs through volumes of Harry Potter and departs with a Sherlock Holmes collection. Beside a wall map of Europe, men from Afghanistan and Eritrea debate distinctions between England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland — and which might offer the best opportunity for refugee status and employment.

Rowan Farrell, an English photographer who helps run the library, including its laptops with English-language software lessons, says the library promotes "a calming atmosphere in a very chaotic place." 

From Shacks Serve As Makeshift Schools, Libraries For Migrants In Calais

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FSU professor: Libraries must think more like entrepreneurs

"We need to start looking at our readers as customers -- customers of information," he said, adding that libraries should develop ways to collect information about what users enjoy and what they like to do. "What can we do to contribute to learning success?"

Thus libraries should focus on being both information and community hubs, he said.

"Let's think of ourselves as an information provider," said Greenwood, who writes "To Your Success," a weekly column in the Sentinel & Enterprise.

From FSU professor: Libraries must think more like entrepreneurs - Sentinel & Enterprise

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Most libraries close the book on coffee shops

When Dakota County asked people in Eagan what they wanted in a remodeled library, the No. 1 item on the wish list had nothing to do with books. It was lattes, cappuccinos and muffins.

Today, though, after two agonizing stabs at fulfilling those dreams, the coffee shop space sits empty.

From Most libraries close the book on coffee shops - StarTribune.com

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Will libraries outlive books? A future tense event recap.

Predicting what libraries will be like in a century is difficult in part because it inevitably devolves into speculation about what people will be like in a century. Indeed, the panelists jointly hinted that the real task of libraries—now and later—is to help us forge our own futures. There is, in any case, no single future for libraries. They are, Figueroa observed, adaptive institutions, powerful precisely because they are never tied to a single trajectory.

From Will libraries outlive books? A future tense event recap.

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Bedbugs found in Delaware library books

A few bedbugs have been snuggling into the pages of Delaware's library books.

Six to eight months ago, librarians at downtown Wilmington's main branch started noticing the bugs in books that were returned to the library, said the director of the city's library system, Larry Manuel. The bugs went away after the returns counter was treated, but they returned in the past week. It has been, "one here, one there – we're not talking about hundreds," Manuel said.

From Bedbugs found in Delaware library books

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Furs, Mounts, and Skulls at ARLIS, continued

Following an initial story and slideshow in the Alaska Dispatch News, the Furs, Mounts, and Skulls Collection at ARLIS continued to attract media attention.

NPR's morning edition interviewed ARLIS Librarian Celia Rozen. A recording and transcript of the interview is available at http://www.npr.org/2015/10/07/446499508/check-out-what-you-can-borrow-fr...

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