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Libraries across Europe are invited to join EBLIDA’s Right to E-read Campaign

By Kerry Smith 8 March 2014 Professional News No Comments »

Join EBLIDA’s  The right to E-read Campaign

“EBLIDA’s mission is lobbying for libraries to strengthen the position of libraries in society in Europe .”

The right to E-read Campaign is seeking to raise awareness about the obstacles faced by libraries in the digital environment.

Access to digital content has become a sensitive issue in which libraries, their staff and users have a core role to play.

In the recent Public consultation on EU Copyright rules,  EBLIDA calls for copyright legislation to keep up with changes brought about by the digital age and to open up new opportunities rather than limit innovation and access to information. Under copyright issues lie fundamental questions about democracy, access to information and completion of a true knowledge society.

The ”right to e-read” campaign aims at raising awareness among librarians, politicians and users and advocating for rights in claiming that:

· We want to provide our library users with the latest e-books as we do with printed books!

· We want to buy e-books at fair prices and on reasonable terms!

· We want authors to receive fair payment for the lending of e-books as they do for printed books by extending Public Lending Right to include the loan of e-books by public libraries!

· We want all citizens – not just those who can afford it – to benefit from free access to e-books in public libraries!

The campaign sees European library associations and institutions united in demanding the provision of e-books by libraries all over Europe and calls on the EU Commission for a clear copyright law that enables libraries to fulfill their enduring mission into the 21st century of providing all EU citizens with access to the riches of human knowledge and imagination whether in the library, offsite or online.

A campaign poster with a logo and slogans were therefore developed by the E-books Task Force headed  by Gerald Leitner. The slogan has already been translated into 18 languages (and counting).

Poster and postcard models in your language are available for download, printing and dissemination at

The campaign is gaining momentum and planning to launch a “right to e-read” day on 23rd of  April, the World Book and Copyright Day, which will be an ideal opportunity to hold press conferences in the capital cities in all participating countries. EBLIDA will organise a press conference in Brussels on “The right to e-read”. Do you plan to organise one in your country? Please let us know at so that  we can coordinate and consult with you.

The campaign will also be discussed on14th May during  EBLIDA-NAPLE Conference in Athens, Greece.

Visit our campaign page and keep an eye out for further updates.

Download and use this materials and support the Right To E-read Campaign!

Join our Facebook page follow us on Twitter & Tumblr.

Please share this information with interested colleagues.

We look forward to your participation!

EBLIDA – European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations

National Library of the Netherlands
Prins Willem-Alexanderhof 5
2595 BE The Hague
The Netherlands

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EIFL’s seven point plan to the European Commission

By Kerry Smith 8 March 2014 Professional News No Comments »

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EIFL’s seven point plan to the European Commission

In response to the European Commission’s Public Consultation on the review of EU copyright rules, EIFL submitted a seven point plan that will help libraries to do their work in the digital environment.

Of course, as the consultation document contained 80 questions, there are many more points to be made that are covered by other library and civil society groups. The seven point plan captures issues raised by libraries in EIFL partner countries.

Seven point plan

Mandatory exceptions. As the EU is expanded to 28 Member States and new technologies increase the desire for cross-border co-operation, trans-national activities such as large-scale library digitization projects, online learning opportunities and joint research information infrastructures must be facilitated by law. (p. 6)

Inter-library document supply services, a vital adjunct in meeting the specialist information meets of scholars and researchers, must be supported through an exception. Our libraries tell us how inflexible supply options and high prices put licensed services out of reach. (p. 10)

A right to acquire commercially available e-books, and to lend e-books under reasonable terms and conditions. Libraries, authors and publishers have a common goal to encourage reading and writing in diverse languages, an essential part of national culture and identity.

Read how libraries in Estonia and Latvia are struggling with the odds.   (p. 13)

Let libraries promote Europe’s cultural heritage in the online environment. Libraries need a modern definition of “on the premises” that permits access to digitized works within the library network at the very least, and does not cause whole categories of works to be excluded from Europeana, the European Digital Library, and other socially valuable projects. Read experiences from Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland. (p. 15)

Sign and ratify the WIPO Marrakesh Treaty for persons with print disabilities as a matter of urgency. Blind people in Europe are being denied access to reading materials that libraries want to provide.

Read how a library in Lithuania cannot serve its end users because of cross-border copyright problems. (p. 17)

Protect exceptions from overrule by contract. Ensure that exceptions in the Information Society Directive are given binding effect for licensed resources – most electronic resources in libraries – that are otherwise subject to the consent of the rightsholder. It’s been done before in the Database and Computer Program Directives. (p. 7)

Establish a European Ombudsman for access to information to provide support to libraries in negotiating fair licences with publishers, in case of abuse of monopoly position. (p. 12)


EIFL works with library consortia in the following European countries that represent 645 libraries:   EU Member States: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia EU candidate countries: Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia Potential candidates: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo

Libraries in other EIFL partner consortia throughout the world are affected by EU copyright law and policy because bilateral trade and economic partnership agreements may require the adaptation of local copyright laws in accordance with EU rules and standards.

Download the EIFL submission to the European Commission’s Public Consultation on the review of EU copyright rules (pdf).

First Monday March 2014, Volume 19, number 3

By Kerry Smith 8 March 2014 Journal News No Comments »


First Monday has just published the March 2014 (volume 19, number 3) issue at

The following papers are included in this month’s issue:

Taking tweets to the streets: A spatial analysis of the Vinegar Protests in Brazil by Marco Bastos, Raquel Recuero, and Gabriela Zago

Occupy Oakland and #oo: Uses of Twitter within the Occupy movement by Sky Croeser and Tim Highfield

Homelessness, wirelessness, and (in)visibility: Critical reflections on the Homeless Hotspots Project and the ensuing online discourse by Jes A. Koepfler, Christopher Mascaro, and Paul T. Jaeger

Toward a network hospitality by Jennie Germann Molz

Intellectual property law change and process: The case of Spanish Ley Sinde as policy laundering by Katharine Sarikakis and Joan Ramon Rodriguez-Amat

Investigating motivations and expectations of asking a question in social Q&A by Erik Choi, Vanessa Kitzie, and Chirag Shah

Does the Internet shape a disciplinary society? The information-knowledge paradox by Indhu Rajagopal

With the contents of the March 2014 issue, First Monday has published, since May 1996, 1,354 papers in 214 issues, written by 1,839 different authors.  Thanks for your continuing interest in our work,  Edward J Valauskas Chief Editor and Founder, First Monday

Tension and unrest in Ukraine: statement by the Ukrainian Library Association

By Kerry Smith 5 March 2014 Professional News No Comments »

Dear all,

During the months of January and February 2014, the National Parliamentary Library of Ukraine found itself at the center of the anti-government clashes in Kiev. The former Ukrainian government under former President Yanukovych used violence to stop a non-violent protest and civil resistance collectively known as EuroMaidan (Ukrainian: Євромайдан). Nearly one hundred people were killed and almost one thousand wounded in the downtown area of Kiev.

Severe clashes between the protesters and government forces took place in front of the National Parliamentary Library. The square and streets around it were filled with smoke and fire from burning automobile tires placed by activists to protect themselves; they had been set on fire by government troops. One building was set on fire by (former) government troups, but not near the library.

Librarians remained neutral and did not take direct part in the anti-government protests, but carried out their professional duties, saving people, protecting library collections and the library building. Beyond this, the International Red Cross opened a field hospital on the ground floor of the National Parliamentary Library and managed to save many lives.

Maidan activists together with librarians defended the National Parliamentary Library and stayed in the library building day and night. As a result of their efforts, the National Parliamentary Library of Ukraine is safe, as are the library collections and librarians.

The Maidan civil movement managed to open a free public library at Maidan on 26 January. Kiev residents voluntarily brought books to this library and it was very popular with protesters and activists.

The newspaper ‘The Day’ reported: “The library opened at Ukrainian House [on] January 26, when protesters occupied the building. Since then the library has acquired ten bookcases, employed the chief librarian [named] Bohdan, who came from Dnipropetrovsk, and a group of volunteers. It has its own seal and a system of encouragement now – a candy for every returned book.”

Later on the Maidan Library was destroyed by government troops, but was restarted again as soon as protesters took back the Ukrainian House. It is planned that after Maidan all books will be donated to village libraries across Ukraine.

There was an attempt to set the Vinnytsia Oblast (Regional) Library on fire in Vinnytsia, a city southwest of Kiev. The library is downtown and was in the heart of the protests against the local authorities, but librarians managed to stop the fire immediately.

On 23 January, the Ukrainian Library Association issued a statement which in addition to other concerns stated: “The Ukrainian Library Association (a Ukrainian NGO) is deeply concerned about the violence occurring in the center of Kiev. We demand that human lives be saved and for actions to be taken to secure the spirit, soul, and thoughts of the Ukrainian people stored in the National Parliamentary Library of Ukraine, libraries and archives of the institutes of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, and the National Art Museum of Ukraine, which appear to be at the center of the confrontations.

We call to take immediate action, which helps find a peaceful and just solution to the conflict for the future of Ukraine, including ending the violence. We consider inadmissible any restriction of rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution and international conventions ratified by Ukraine, including freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and the work of NGOs.”

On 21 February 2014, the Ukrainian Library Association together with other organisations formed a Ukrainian National Committee within the Association of National Committees of the Blue Shield (ANCBS), an international body of organisations formed “with the purpose of coordinating and strengthening international efforts to protect cultural property at risk of destruction during armed conflicts or natural disasters.”

Valentyna Pashkova, PhD
Ukrainian Library Association

View here for webversion and photos.

Julia Brungs, Policy and Projects Officer, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)  P.O. Box 95312 2509 CH The Hague, Netherlands, Phone: 0031703140884,   Email:

Current Cites, February 2014

By Kerry Smith 4 March 2014 Journal News No Comments »
Current Cites
February 2014
Edited by [2]Roy Tennant
Contributors: [3]Alison Cody, [4]Peter Hirtle, [5]Leo Robert Klein,
[6]Nancy Nyland, [7]Roy Tennant

New FAIFE videos explore the emerging Internet surveillance environment

By Kerry Smith 20 February 2014 Professional News No Comments »

Increased Internet censorship and surveillance has been an emerging trend over the last decade. Since 2013’s leaks regarding online spying by various security agencies, the global dimensions and potential of ubiquitous surveillance have become evident to the global public. The IFLA FAIFE Committee has been actively working for many years to raise the issue of privacy and surveillance in a library context and now highlights some initiatives to support citizens’ rights.

In the first new video FAIFE Committee Member Paivikki Karhula interviews Icelandic MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir about the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative (IMMI) which advocates for a unique legislative approach to improve state of freedom of information. In the second video Ville Oksanen (Electronic Frontier Finland) is interviewed about the Finnish citizen initiative Lex Snowden which was founded to support whistleblowers.

Both these FAIFE videos are published on February 11th 2014, which a broad coalition of activist groups, companies, and online platforms has designated The Day We Fight Backan initiative which highlights the extent to which mass surveillance is carried out on citizens worldwide. In relation this, IFLA is a signatory of the International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance. The document spells out how existing human rights law applies to modern digital surveillance and gives civil society groups, industry,  lawmakers and observers a benchmark for measuring states’ surveillance practices against long-established human rights standards. It contains 13 principles which have now been endorsed by over 360 organizations from over 70 countries, from Somalia to Sweden. For more information, see our October 2013 announcement.


First Monday February 2014

By Kerry Smith 20 February 2014 Journal News No Comments »

First Monday has just published the Feburary 2014 (volume 19, number 2) issue at
The following papers are included in this month’s issue:
The battle for ‘Trayvon Martin’: Mapping a media controversy online and off-line by Erhardt Graeff, Matt Stempeck, and Ethan Zuckerman
The rise of African SIM registration: The emerging dynamics of regulatory change by Kevin P. Donovan and Aaron K. Martin
Life on automatic: Facebook’s archival subject by Liam Mitchell
‘Research in the wild’ in online communities: Reddit’s resistance to SOPA by Melissa Loudon
“You may have a cancer-causing virus and not even know it” Fear appeals in online news by Brad Love and Michael S. Mackert
Governing risks and benefits: Mobile communication technologies in British universities by Anita Howarth and Gemma Martínez Fernández
User investment and behavior policing on 4chan by Matthew Trammell
In the realm of Big Data …by Antony Bryant and Uzma Raja
With the contents of the February 2014 issue, First Monday has published, since May 1996, 1,347 papers in 213 issues, written by 1,829 different authors. Thanks for your continuing interest in our work,
Edward J Valauskas,  Chief Editor and Founder, First Monday

Literacy Awards Application

By Kerry Smith 6 February 2014 Professional News No Comments »

We are happy to announce that the 2014 Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program is now accepting applications. Please take this opportunity to share the news with your contacts at organizations and across social media. Our goal is to top last year’s total of 187 applications, but we can only do it if we all work to get the word out. This is THE TIME to get organizations you work with or know about to apply.

The three winners will be announced at the National Book Festival on August 30, 2014. This will be followed in October by an awards ceremony and formal presentations by the winners at the Library of Congress. We look forward to seeing all of you at both the awards ceremony and our board meeting on June 16.

The prizes are:

The David M. Rubenstein Prize ($150,000) will be awarded to an organization that has made outstanding and measurable contributions in increasing literacy levels and has demonstrated exceptional and sustained depth and breadth in its commitment to the advancement of literacy. The organization will meet the highest standards of excellence in its operations and services.  This award may be given to any organization based either inside or outside the United States.

The American Prize ($50,000) will be awarded to an organization that has made a significant and measurable contribution to increasing literacy levels or the national awareness of the importance of literacy. This award may be given to any organization that is based in the United States.

The International Prize ($50,000) will be awarded to an organization or national entity that has made a significant and measurable contribution to increasing literacy levels. This award may be given to any organization that is based in a country outside the United States.

The program is accepting applications from now until the March 31, 2014, deadline. to download the application and find further instructions. We hope that you will share this information with any groups that might be interested and encourage applications.


John Y. Cole

Chair, Library of Congress Literacy Awards

Director, Center for the Book

Current Cites, January 2014 Current Cites

By Kerry Smith 5 February 2014 Journal News No Comments »
Current Cites
January 2014
Edited by [2]Roy Tennant
Contributors: [3]Charles W. Bailey, Jr., [4]Peter Hirtle, [5]Nancy
Nyland, [6]Roy Tennant, [7]Jesús Tramullas,

The January/February 2014 issue of D-Lib Magazine

By Kerry Smith 17 January 2014 Journal News No Comments »

The January/February 2014 issue of D-Lib Magazine ( is now available.

This is a special issue on the topic of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) with guest editors Fran Berman, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Ross Wilkinson, Australian National Data Service; and John Wood, The Association of Commonwealth Universities. The issue contains five articles and two conference reports. The ‘In Brief’ column presents five short pieces and excerpts from recent press releases. In addition you will find news of upcoming conferences and other items of interest in the ‘Clips and Pointers’ column. This month, D-Lib features, courtesy of Michael Friendly, Professor of Psychology, Chair of the
graduate program in Quantitative Methods at York University.
The guest editorial is:
Building Global Infrastructure for Data Sharing and Exchange Through the Research Data Alliance by Fran Berman, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Ross Wilkinson, Australian National Data Service; John Wood, The Association of
Commonwealth Universities
The articles include:
Synthesis of Working Group and Interest Group Activity One Year into the Research Data Alliance by Beth Plale, Indiana University
Data Type Registries: A Research Data Alliance Working Group by Daan Broeder, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics; Laurence  Lannom, Corporation for National Research Initiatives
Improving Access to Recorded Language Data by Simon Musgrave, Monash University, Australian National Corpus
Opening and Linking Agricultural Research Data by Esther Dzale Yeumo Kabore, French National Institute for Agricultural
Research; Devika Madalli, Indian Statistical Institute; Johannes Keizer,  Food and Agriculture Office of the United Nations
Organizational Status of RDA by Mark A. Parsons, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
The conference reports are:
Data Identification and Citation — The Key to Unlocking the Promise of  Data Sharing and Reuse by Adam Farquhar, British Library and DataCite; Jan Brase, DataCite
Big Humanities Data Workshop at IEEE Big Data 2013 by Tobias Blanke, Goettingen Centre for Digital Humanities,  Department of Digital Humanities, Kings College London; Mark Hedges, King’s College London; Richard Marciano, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
D-Lib Magazine has mirror sites at the following locations:
The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
State Library of Lower Saxony and the University Library of Goettingen,  Goettingen, Germany
Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan
BN – National Library of Portugal, Portugal
(If the mirror site closest to you is not displaying the  January/February 2014 issue of D-Lib Magazine at this time, please check
back later. Each mirror site has its own schedule for replicating D-Lib  Magazine and, while most sites are quite responsive, on occasion there  could be a delay of as much as 24 hours between the time the magazine is  released in the United States and the time when the mirroring process  has been completed.)
Bonnie Wilson, D-Lib Magazine

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