EBLIDA (The European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations) is calling for a change to the European legislation which prevents libraries from lending a large proportion of their resources in eBook format.
From their website:
“Libraries guarantee free access to content, information, and culture for all European citizens. However, in the digital environment, the current legal framework prevents libraries from fulfilling these essential services to our society, especially regarding the provision of e-books.
European citizens have the right to e-read! This should also be the case in libraries. It should therefore be possible for libraries to legally provide their users with access to all commercially available e-books.”
Have your say by signing the petition:
The Library Subject Team
NIPR – the National Collection of Northern Ireland Publications – has recently launched its new website. NIPR aims to “identify, collect, preserve and make available for consultation every book, pamphlet, periodical and report published in Northern Ireland since January 2000″.
There is a searchable catalogue to help find particular local publications of interest.
There are many special collections in libraries across the UK and Ireland. The Foreign and Commonwealth Library is one example which is housed at King’s College London with over 800,00 books from the 16th century to the present day. The collection has great historical value and amongst other topics, includes a large amount of material on the slave trade. Details of the collection can be found on the website.
Don’t forget that financial help is available through the Alumni Travel Fund for students needing to visit libraries outside Northern Ireland to access resources not available at Ulster or via the Document Delivery service.
You will need to complete the relevant application form by 30 November for travel planned over the next few months. REMEMBER: You must obtain approval prior to travel!
The HathiTrust Digital Library brings together the immense collections of research libraries (in the US) in digital form, preserving them securely to be accessed and used today, and in future generations. Holdings include out of copyright materials covering all subject areas.