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Apply now! EIFL Public Library Innovation Award

EIFL-OA news and events - Wed, 07/11/2018 - 14:06

We are delighted to announce that the EIFL Public Library Innovation Award - for public library services that improve lives - is now open.

The award is open to all public and community libraries in developing and transition countries that use information and communication technology (ICT) to improve lives in their communities by addressing any of the following issues, which are included in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development:

VIVO Updates for November 7, 2018 — Product Direction, Cornell, Smithsonian, New Sites, Ontocale, ISWC, Interest Groups

DSpace news - Wed, 07/11/2018 - 13:13

Statement of Product Direction for 2019 The VIVO Leadership Group has developed and adopted a Statement of Product Direction for VIVO product development for 2019 bit.ly/vivo-direction-2019. Bringing together the interests of those in product evolution, the committers group, the development community, ontologists, and the interests of our sites and members, the statement of direction lays out four broad directions for 2019. Over the course of the coming year, we will hear much more about developments in these areas. Some areas are ready for immediate work and advancement while others will take more planning and consideration. The statement of product direction is a giant step forward for the VIVO Project. For the first time, we have a consensus statement on the direction of product development for the coming year.

The Statement of Product Direction for 2019 bit.ly/vivo-direction-2019 will orient our development, grant, and event efforts, as well as shape work for architecture and development sprints.

Please review the statement and share your thoughts on the VIVO lists and Slack.

I hope you will be able to contribute to the work ahead.

Scholars at Cornell We received the following unfortunate news from Dean Krafft at Cornell University this week:

I regret to announce that due to university-level choices on supporting faculty profiles, the Cornell University Library will no longer be able to maintain the Scholars@Cornell web site beyond December 31, 2018. We still remain deeply interested in making use of semantic technologies to describe research, researchers, and scholarship. We plan to continue to be engaged with the VIVO community, and we look forward to continuing collaborations, new grant funding opportunities, and all efforts to provide open solutions for the improvement of scholarship and research.
Dean Krafft

We look forward to continued collaboration with the wonderful team at Cornell!

Smithsonian Profiles The Smithsonian Institution (https://www.si.edu/) has launched Smithsonian Profiles (https://profiles.si.edu/). You can read the press release here: Smithsonian Launches Profiles of Scholarly Experts – Smithsonian Libraries Unbound

The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex.  From Wikipedia:

The Smithsonian Institution (/smɪθˈsoʊniən/ smith-SOH-nee-ən), established on August 10, 1846 “for the increase and diffusion of knowledge,” is a group of museums and research centers administered by the Government of the United States. The institution is named after its founding donor, British scientist James Smithson. Originally organized as the “United States National Museum,” that name ceased to exist as an administrative entity in 1967.

Welcome Smithsonian Institution!

Two more new sites evaluating VIVO But wait, there’s more! Two more sites have joined the VIVO community this week:

  • Universidade Estadual de Goiás (http://bit.ly/2CJWVzc) in Goiás, Brazil has a new VIVO site in evaluation.
  • AT CRIS Consulting & Implementation (http://bit.ly/2CLGfqY) in Karlsruhe, Germany is also evaluating VIVO.

Welcome!

Ontocale joins VIVO as a Service Provider Ontocale (http://ontocale.com), headquartered in Bucharest Romania, has joined VIVO as a service provider. Brian Lowe, founder of Ontocale, is also one of the originators of VIVO. Brian has deep knowledge of VIVO and the VIVO ontology. You can learn more about Ontocale and the Duraspace Service Provider program here: Ontocale Joins DuraSpace Service Provider (DSP) Program

Interested in becoming a VIVO Service Provider? Contact Erin Tripp at Duraspace. We are often asked if there are companies that help with VIVO work. Yes, there are. You can find VIVO Service Providers on our web site here: VIVO Service Providers

Trip reports from ISWC The International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) bring together researchers, corporations, librarians, and many others interested in the development of the semantic web and related technologies. This year’s conference was held in Monterey, California. This week, I came across two very good trip reports regarding the conference. Paul Groth of the University of Southampton researches intelligent systems with a particular focus on the web and science applications. His report can be found here: http://bit.ly/2CKPKa2 Juan Sequeda, computer scientist, author, and founder of Capsenta posted his report here: http://bit.ly/2CJc1Vs Both are very interesting perspectives on incredible developments in knowledge graphs and information representation. ISWC 2019 – The 18th International Semantic Web Conference (https://iswc2019.semanticweb.org/)) will be in Auckland New Zealand, October 26-30, 2019.

Interest Groups VIVO has interest groups that meet regularly to discuss topics of common interest. The Development Interest Group meets each Tuesday at 11 AM US eastern time to plan sprint, review open issues and pull requests. The group is facilitated by Andrew Woods.

Apps and Tools, Community Engagement, and Implementation each are looking for new facilitators. Facilitators set and agenda, sent out meeting reminders, and host meetings on VIVO Zoom. It’s a great way to meet people in the community. Interested? Please send an email to Julia Trimmer or Mike Conlon. We’re happy to help you get started!

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon
VIVO Project Director

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Directorio de Escuelas de Bibliotecología América Latina y el Caribe

IFLA - Tue, 06/11/2018 - 04:19

El trabajo de realización del Directorio de Escuelas de Bibliotecología de América Latina y El Caribe constituye una de las actividades desarrollados en el plan de acción de la Sección para América Latina y El Caribe de IFLA.  Una vez aprobado su ejecución por los miembros permanentes del Comité, se procedió a realizar una revisión documental y exploración vía red de los directorios existentes y posteriormente se estableció contacto con las diferentes escuelas y colegas de los países latinoamericanos con el fin de recopilar los datos sobre los centros de enseñanza de la disciplina en cada uno de los países de la región.

Para tal fin se diseñó una herramienta virtual, que una vez validada, se compartió con los colegas, cuyos datos se estarían sistematizando posteriormente. El trabajo de recopilación significó un esfuerzo conjunto de manera tal, que se solicitó colaboración a los miembros del Comité para su verificación y apoyo cuando se tenía que completar alguna información que aparecía incompleta. Por la dinámica de las instituciones de educación en cuanto a los periodos de nombramientos de las autoridades de las unidades académicas, la práctica de revisión de este primer esfuerzo queda abierta para los colegas que deseen actualizar la información que consideren pertinente.

El número de instituciones que integran este primer acercamiento es de 76 escuelas de bibliotecología.  La información se presenta tal y como fue ingresada en el formulario y en orden alfabético por país. Los datos considerados para cada una se detallan a continuación: nombre de la institución a la que pertenece la escuela de bibliotecología, tipo de institución, año de inicio, nombre del contacto, cargo, país, ciudad, dirección, número telefónico, fax, móvil, email, redes sociales (página web, facebook), título que otorga y duración del plan de estudios.

Esperamos que este directorio sea de utilidad para cuantos requieran obtener datos y establecer contacto con las instituciones de educación superior que, entre sus unidades académicas, contemplan el área de bibliotecología.

Al térmico de este trabajo quisiera agradecer a la estudiante Aurora Bustos, quien colaboró con la recopilación de la información y seguimiento a diferentes contactos a fin de integrar la mayor cantidad posible de instituciones.

Si se requiere actualizar o mejorar los datos que aparecen de cada uno de los países, agradezco enviarlos a la siguiente dirección electrónica: karla.rodriguez.salas@gmail.com

[LEER DIRECTORIO]

 

Identificación de la legislación y políticas públicas en materia de bibliotecas de América Latina y Caribe

IFLA - Tue, 06/11/2018 - 04:00

Dentro del Plan Estratégico de IFLA para el período 2016-2021, ha sido fijada la dirección estratégica 1, con respecto al rol de las bibliotecas en la sociedad. La Sección LAC he establecido como uno de sus objetivos para alcanzar el plan identificar la legislación y las políticas públicas en materia de bibliotecas en la región LAC.

Para cumplir con este objetivo, en octubre de 2017 el Comité Permanente de la Sección propuso una acción de diagnóstico de legislación de los países de la región, teniendo como meta para Junio de 2019 la publicación de un e-book que registre y difunda la situación de los 33 países de la región LAC en materia de legislación bibliotecaria.

Como metodologia, el grupo asignado para la tarea de compilar la legislación propuso indagar, en la constitución de cada país, los artículos que tengan que ver, directa o indirectamente, con: la información (incluyendo la local), la lectura, el libro, el conocimiento, la cultura, la participación ciudadana, las bibliotecas, los centros de documentación, los archivos y la reglamentación de la profesión. Asimismo se indagarán las leyes de carácter nacional relacionadas con los mismos temas.

En la reunión de medio término del Comité, ocurrida en Abril de 2018 en Buenos Aires, el grupo fue reducido a tres personas, con la coordinación de Luciana Grings (Fundación Biblioteca Nacional - Brasil). Hasta el mes de Agosto de 2018, 19 países han sido investigados - casi 60% de la región -, compilando un total de 179 documentos como actas, leyes, decretos, reglamentos y resoluciones, a saber:

Antigua y Barbuda 2 Argentina 26 Bahamas 3 Belize 3 Brasil 37 Chile 15 Colombia 10 Costa Rica 13 Cuba 3 Dominica 3 El Salvador 4 Granada 1 México 6 Panamá 3 Paraguay 10 Perú 23 St. Vicente 1 Trinidad 4 Uruguay 12 TOTAL 179

Ya se identificaon leyes con respecto a temas como: archivos, derecho a información, direferentes tipos de bibliotecas (nacionales/centrales, escolares, infantiles, parlamentarias, de prisiones, públicas, etc.), depósito legal, derechos culturales, derechos de autor, lectura, libro, reglamentación de la profesión bibliotecaria, sistemas de bibliotecas.

Public librarians’ training in Kenya

EIFL-OA news and events - Mon, 05/11/2018 - 16:08

Twenty public librarians selected to be trainers within the Kenya National Library Service (KNLS) network will attend a two-day workshop on community needs assessment and library service performance and outcomes evaluation organized by the EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP).

Call for nominations: IFLA Advisory Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters (CLM) – term of office August 2019 – August 2021

IFLA - Mon, 05/11/2018 - 15:28

Dear Colleagues

On behalf of the Governing Board of IFLA, I am writing to invite you to make one nomination for a place on the IFLA Advisory Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters (CLM).

Copyright and other Legal Matters (CLM) is an initiative within IFLA to represent the voice of the international library community in copyright, broader intellectual property and other legal concerns. CLM provides advice to the Governing Board and Secretary General on these issues in relation to IFLA’s strategic directions, and works in consultation with other relevant IFLA professional programmes and sections.

The deadline for the receipt of nominations at IFLA Headquarters is 15 February 2019. No late submissions will be accepted.

The responsibilities of the CLM Advisory Committee are to:

  • advise the IFLA Governing Board on:
    • Copyright and intellectual property
    • Economic and trade barriers to the acquisition of library and information materials
    • Internet Governance
    • Data protection, privacy and surveillance
    • Subscription and license agreements
    • Other legal matters of international significance to library and information services
  • monitor the state of CLM matters affecting the library and information community worldwide;
  • promote awareness of and activities related to copyright and other legal matters affecting the library and information community worldwide;
  • support IFLA policy development on matters within the Advisory Committee’s areas of expertise, directly or indirectly related to library and information services,
  • collaborate with IFLA’s advisory committees and professional units where specific expertise may be provided by CLM or drawn from IFLA’s committees and their networks;
  • cooperate with other international and regional organisations to advance IFLA’s positions and policies relating to CLM.

Nominations will be considered for the term of office 2019-2021.

Only one nomination will be accepted from each Association and Institutional Member. The Board takes into account the need to ensure wide geographical representation on the Advisory Committee. 

For reference, please see the list of current members of the CLM Committee and Terms of Reference.

Nominees should have:
  • significant interest and expertise in the issues within the Advisory Committee’s terms of reference;
  • demonstrated activity focused on copyright and libraries within their country;
  • the ability to report authoritatively on the state of affairs in their own countries and regions in respect of copyright and other legal matters listed above, and engage with their governments to promote IFLA goals;
  • a demonstrably reasonable expectation of being able to attend (without cost to IFLA) the business and professional meetings of the Advisory Committee. The business meetings are usually held before and during the IFLA World Library and Information Congress beginning in Athens, Greece, in August 2019 and up to and including August 2021, and mid-terms in March or April of each year;
  • a working knowledge of at least one of the working languages of IFLA (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian and Spanish). Since the business meetings of IFLA are generally conducted in English, reasonable fluency in this language is necessary to be able to fully participate as a member of the IFLA/CLM Advisory Committee; and
  • the ability and willingness to contribute regularly to the work of the Advisory Committee in between congresses.

The Chair of the CLM Committee, Evelyn Woodberry, will advise the Governing Board on the selection of names from amongst those nominated.

The size of the IFLA/CLM Advisory Committee consists of 10 members, including the Chair. The Chair of the Advisory Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression, of the eLending Working Group, and of the WIPO SCCR Delegation also attend, alongside the IFLA Secretary General (or his representative).

The Governing Board will appoint the members of the Advisory Committee and successful nominees will be informed by May 2019 so that they can make arrangements to attend the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Athens, Greece, August 2019.

Please use only the enclosed nomination form.* 

I am looking forward to receiving your response.

Yours sincerely,

Gerald Leitner
Secretary General

*Nomination forms, including supporting information, were dispatched to all voting Members of IFLA on 6 November 2018.

Call for nominations: IFLA Advisory Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) – term of office August 2019 – August 2021

IFLA - Mon, 05/11/2018 - 15:16

Dear Colleagues

On behalf of the Governing Board of IFLA, I am writing to invite you make one nomination for a place on the IFLA Advisory Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression.

The deadline for the receipt of nominations at IFLA Headquarters is 15 February 2019. No late submissions will be accepted.

Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) is an initiative within IFLA with a mission to defend and promote the basic human rights defined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. FAIFE provides advice to the Governing Board and Secretary General on these issues in relation to IFLA’s strategic directions, and works in consultation with other relevant IFLA professional programmes and sections.

The responsibilities of the FAIFE Advisory Committee are to:
  • advise the Governing Board on freedom of access to information and freedom of expression in all aspects, directly or indirectly related to library and information services;
  • monitor the state of intellectual freedom affecting the library and information community worldwide;
  • promote awareness of and activities related to freedom of access to information and freedom of expression;
  • encourage reflection on and activities supporting the understanding of fundamental library principles and ethics;
  • support IFLA policy development on freedom of access to information and freedom of expression aspects, directly or indirectly related to library and information services,
  • collaborate with IFLA’s advisory committees and professional units where specific expertise may be provided by FAIFE or drawn from IFLA’s committees and their networks;
  • cooperate with other international human rights organisations, and respond to violations of freedom of access to information and freedom of expression as defined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Nominations will be considered for the term of office 2019-2021.

Only one nomination will be accepted from each Association and Institutional Member. The Board takes into account the need to ensure wide geographical representation on the Advisory Committee. 

For reference, please see the list of current members of the FAIFE Committee and Terms of Reference.

Nominees should have:
  • significant interest and expertise in the issues within the Advisory Committee’s terms of reference
  • the ability to report authoritatively on the state of the affairs in their own country and its region, and actively promote freedom of access to information and freedom of expression issues.
  • A demonstrably reasonable expectation of being able to attend (without cost to IFLA) the business and professional meetings of the Advisory Committee. The business meetings are usually held before and during the IFLA World Library and Information Congress beginning in Athens, Greece, in August 2019 and up to and including August 2021, and mid-terms in March or April;
  • a working knowledge of at least one of the working languages of IFLA (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian and Spanish). Since the business meetings of IFLA are generally conducted in English, reasonable fluency in this language is necessary to be able to fully participate as a member of the IFLA/FAIFE Advisory Committee; and
  • the ability and willingness to contribute regularly to the work of the Advisory Committee in between congresses.

The Chair of the FAIFE Committee, Martyn Wade, will advise Governing Board on the selection of names from amongst those nominated.

The IFLA/FAIFE Advisory committee consists of 10 elected members. The Secretary General (or my representative), and the Chair of the Advisory Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters also  attend in an ex officio capacity.

The Governing Board will appoint the members of the Advisory Committee and successful nominees will be informed by May 2019 so that they can make arrangements to attend the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Athens, Greece, August 2019.

Please use only the enclosed nomination form.* 

I am looking forward to receiving your response.

Yours sincerely,

Gerald Leitner
Secretary General

*Nomination forms, including supporting information, were dispatched to all voting Members of IFLA on 6 November 2018.

Partnership for Public Access

EIFL-OA news and events - Mon, 05/11/2018 - 12:00

Janet Sawaya, EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme Advisor for Initiatives for Africa, will take part in a evening reception at which delegates will discuss how public internet access centres, libraries, community networks and offline internet can combine to connect billions of people who are not yet connected.

Fedora 5.0.0 Release Candidate Available for Testing

DSpace news - Sun, 04/11/2018 - 00:51

From Danny Bernstein, Technical Lead, DuraSpace

The Fedora 5.0.0 release candidate is available for testing. Pending any issues discovered in the testing of the release candidate, the 5.0.0 release is planned for Dec 3, 2018.

The primary features/updates found in this release include:

• Alignment with the Fedora API Specification 1.0 which includes the implementation of the following web standards:
Memento (versioning)
SOLID/WEB (web access control)
Activity Streams (notifications)
• Modeshape is no longer used for versioning and access control
The following is a full list of JIRA tickets found in this release:
https://jira.duraspace.org/issues/?filter=14708

The latest and greatest documentation can be found here:
https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/FEDORA5x

There are several ways you can test this release candidate:
1) Download the one-click-run [1]
2) Download the war file to deploy into a servlet container [1]
Please provide your feedback on the release testing page [2].

[1] https://github.com/fcrepo4/fcrepo4/releases/tag/fcrepo-5.0.0-RC-1
[2] https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/FF/Release+Testing+-+5.0.0

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Presentations from IFLA WLIC 2018

IFLA - Sat, 03/11/2018 - 15:52

Some papers and presentations are not available yet. We will add the links below as soon as they are.

Session 207 - Collections, Ethics, Perspective, and Voice: The Importance of Context -  joint with LGBTQ Users Special Interest Group

28 August 2018,  13:45-15:45, Plenary Theater

Introduction : Clare O’Hanlon, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Australia : A continuum of LGBTIQA+ community engagement in libraries: From collections and cataloguing to book displays, bathrooms and beyond. Video. (Unabridged version). Slides.

  • LaVerne Gray, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, United States: Uncovering Collective Voice: Using archives to explore community-based information environments of African-American Activist-Mothers in Chicago Public Housing, 1955-1970
  • Reiko Aoki, National Women’s Education Center, Japan: Collection Development on Women’s Earthquake Disaster Experiences and Support Activities in Japan. Paper.
  • Hollie White, Curtin University, Australia: Decolonizing the Way We Organize. Paper
  • Bernard Dione, Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegal: Collection development and cultural context: The accommodation of professional to cultural values among Senegalese Academic Librarians Paper. Slides.
Session 218 - Collections, Ethics, Perspective, and Voice: Reaching Out to the Hard to Reach - Women, Information and Libraries Special Interest Group

29 August 2018, 8:30-10:30, Ballroom 1

  • Jérémy Lachal, Muy-Cheng Peich, Bibliothèques Sans Frontières, France: Libraries as empowerment levers: defining the collections and the contents with the users - The example of the Ideas Box. Paper. Slides.
  • Brittany Jacobs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States: I Read you Loud & Queer. Paper. Video.
  • Christer Edeholt, Umeå public library, Umeå, Sweden, The Rainbow Library
  • Katherine S. Donaldson, University of Oregon: Recruiting diverse librarians: Residency programs as an entry point to the academic librarian profession in the United States. Paper. Slides.

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ეროვნულ ბიბლიოთეკაში ჰენრიხ ჰრინევსკის დარბაზი გაიხსნება

5 ნოემბერს 18:00 საათზე ეროვნული ბიბლიოთეკის პირველ კორპუსში პოლონელი მხატვრის, ჰენრიხ ჰრინევსკის (1869-1938), სახელობის ხელოვნებისა და პოლონური ლიტერატურის დარბაზი გაიხსნება. დარბაზი თავის დროზე ჰენრიხ ჰრინევსკიმ მოხატა და ის ერთ-ერთი ყველაზე გამორჩეული სივრცეა ეროვნულ ბიბლიოთეკაში.

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1 ნოემბერს ეროვნული ბიბლიოთეკის „ლიბერთი დარბაზში“ (Liberty Digital Hall) ლიბერთი ბანკისა და ეროვნული ბიბლიოთეკის ერთობლივი სოციალური პროექტი დაიწყო. პროექტის ფარგლებში 60 წელს გადაცილებული მოქალაქეები კომპიუტერისა და ინტერნეტის შემსწავლელ ერთთვიან უფასო კურსს გაივლიან.

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Workshop on the Marrakesh Treaty

EIFL-OA news and events - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 18:13

EIFL will speak at a workshop hosted by Qatar National Library to raise awareness in Qatar about the benefits of the Marrakesh Treaty for persons with print disabilities, and to give guidance on implementing the Treaty nationally. The State of Qatar acceded to the Marrakesh Treaty on 24 October 2018. 

Impact of Recently Approved IFLA Standards — presentations from the WLIC 2018 programme organised by the Committee on Standards

IFLA - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 17:33

The Committee on Standard’s open session for WLIC 2018 was called The Impact of Recently Approved IFLA Standards, session 74, held on Saturday August 25th.

The presentation slides are included here. The full papers are in the IFLA Library and links are also included.

The programme was divided into three sections or themes, with two papers for each theme:

1.  Impact of IFLA bibliographic standards
  • FRBROO, IFLA LRM (Library Reference Model) and now LRMOO: a circle of development (Pat Riva and Maja Žumer)
    [paper] | [presentation]
  • A model to link them all: IFLA LRM as a driver for harmonization of cataloguing standards related to serials and other continuing resources (Clément Oury and Gordon Dunsire)
    [paper] | [presentation]
2.  Impact of IFLA guidelines
  • Impact of the IFLA Guidelines for Library Services to Persons with Dyslexia: good practices and two examples of impact from Denmark and Sweden (Heidi Carlsson-Asplund, Marie Engberg Eiriksson and Helle Arendrup Mortensen)
    [paper] | [presentation]
  • Use and impact of the Guidelines for Parliamentary Research Services (Lillian Gassie)
    [paper] | [presentation]
3.  Issues that challenge our thinking about standards development 
  • A tale of two standards: recent developments in standardisation and their impact on MulDiCat and Best Practice for National Bibliographies (Mathilde Koskas and Mélanie Roche)
    [paper] | [presentation]
  • Mutual influence among IFLA standards: the ICP case (Elena Escolano Rodriguez, Agnese Galeffi, Dorothy McGarry)
    [paper] | [presentation]

LIBER at The European Open Science Cloud: Austria takes initiative

LIBER news - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 13:33

At the EU Presidency event The European Open Science Cloud: Austria takes initiative (organised by the University of Vienna on 30 October 2018), LIBER showcased the important role of research libraries within the EOSC and our role within the EOSCpilot project. We did this through a stand in the coffee area, by sharing quotes from our…

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Now available: presentations and papers from the National Libraries IFLA WLIC 2018 session

IFLA - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:53

The papers from our successful WLIC 2018 conference session 'National Libraries and Social Media - Meeting the Challenges of Acquiring, Preserving and Proving Long-Term Access' are now available.

You can read papers from the National Library of New Zealand and the Bibliothèque nationale de France in the IFLA Library, access the PDF of the presentation from the National Archives and Records Administration in the United States, and access the PowerPoint of the presentation from the Library of Congress.

Deal on eLending in the Netherlands: Interview with the Dutch Public Library Association

IFLA - Wed, 31/10/2018 - 17:20

Following extensive discussions, libraries in the Netherlands have come to an agreement with publishers and others about eBook availability in the country.

Published in the Official Journal on 24 October, the Covenant (available in Dutch) promises to ensure that more books are available for e-Lending by libraries, within a shorter period of time.

The government press release suggests that the number of eBooks which libraries can lend could rise from 21 000 to 27 000, with libraries able to add them to their catalogues between six and twelve months after publication.

The deal is also good news for authors, who will be the main beneficiaries of the additional money made available – an additional €3M a year from 2021.

We interviewed Francien van Bohemen, Deputy Director of the Dutch Public Library Association, to find out more about the deal:

 

IFLA: First all, congratulations on getting to an agreement – it looks like a real achievement!

Francien van Bohemen (FvB): Yes, it was quite a complicated thing with seven parties. The whole process took around a year and a half, and it only became clear that we would reach the finish line, with everyone involved, when the minister said she was prepared to put money in the plan. It made everything more relaxed.

We are optimistic that we will get the larger, more modern collection that we’re looking for, and of course happy that authors will be better paid.

 

IFLA: What had made it so difficult before?

FvB: Dutch libraries had been able to lend quite some eBooks for some time, thanks to licenses the publishers and the Royal Library made. However, the authors, translators and illustrators were not happy about this because of revenue issues . This was important for the minister, who was aware of her role in promoting creativity and literature in the Netherlands, which after all is not a huge language community.

They had a point of course. There was some research recently into incomes in the creative sector, and the picture was not good. The government has cut back a lot on culture in the Netherlands (including commissions and grants), and the average income of writers and other artists has been falling. Indeed, the Social Economic Board has shown that authors on average get less than that provided by minimum income benefits.

 

IFLA: Was there anything particular about eBooks in this?

FvB: Yes, there was no fixed book price for eBooks, which had allowed the average price to fall to about €6-7. And it’s still not clear how big a share of the cover price goes to authors.

At least with library lending, the rule was that authors would get 25% and publishers 75% of what libraries paid, but there was no way of checking this. And there has been research to show that some authors were not being paid at all for e-book distribution by their publishers. Of course it’s not better with rental platforms – Amazon and Kobo won’t even pay an author until 25% of a book has been read.

 

IFLA: What was the impact of the VOB vs Stichting Leenrecht Case?

FvB: For us, it was a valuable means of accelerating progress. The one-copy-one-user model advanced by the Court of Justice provided a backstop, a starting point for achieving something more favourable. Clearly, publishers and collecting societies didn’t like the idea of switching to one-copy-one-user (fearing that this could have knock-on effects in the wider market).

I believe that this did help, although admittedly the best solution for libraries would be a mixture of models, according to the type of books. But the publishers and collecting societies argued – successfully of course – for a single model for the sake of simplicity.  

 

IFLA: So what does the Covenant mean for writers? 

FvB: In short, more money. They – authors, illustrators and translators – now get 50% of the money paid by the Royal Library for eLending, rather than 25% they were supposed to receive through their publisher. This only works for Dutch authors. We’re leaving it to the relevant collecting society to decide how to allocate this money.

This is a big thing for writers. Like elsewhere, while bestselling authors get great contract terms from their publishers, others may not. Of course these contracts are confidential so it’s not possible to study them in detail, but the anecdotal evidence is clear.  

 

IFLA: Will independent authors gain?

FvB: They can, yes. In the Netherlands, books and eBooks are distributed through the ‘Central Bookhouse’. Small publishers and independent authors can talk to them and make sure their books are included in the catalogue.

 

IFLA: What does it mean for publishers?

FvB: They don’t lose money at least. The additional money from the government is what makes it possible to split eLending payments 50-50 without the publishers receiving any less – they will get as much as when they were getting 75% of the total under the previous system.  

 

IFLA: And for libraries?

FvB: We’re optimistic. The additional money is welcome, and now there’s a document, printed in the official journal, with the minister’s engagement, that underlines a desire to make more eBooks available for library lending, in a shorter timeframe. Of course we would have preferred shorter than the 6-12 months contained in the covenant – we argued for 3, as our users want to read the newest books. But it’s a good start!

As for the number of books available, this is going to be the key thing. In the Netherlands, while the Royal Library manages the contracts with the publishers, public libraries make requests for certain books. So we’ll be able to see where there is an ongoing refusal to allow libraries to e-Lend. The figures cited – a rise from 21000 to 27000

 

IFLA: Is the Covenant binding?

FvB: It isn’t, although the government has added the money to the structural budget from 1 January next year, so everything is in place for it to work*.

The publishers association underlined that they cannot force their members to make books available, or to do so within a given period of time of course. So there is a risk that we won’t see the promised increase in the numbers of books available (or earlier release to libraries). However, if this doesn’t happen, it will show up in the evaluation, and the government will see it. I think this will lead to constructive engagement by everyone.

 

IFLA: How are payments calculated?

FvB: It’s payment per load, with between €0.40 and €1.25 per loan according to how new the books are. Given that these rates are fixed, it’s going to be important to monitor usage so that we don’t exhaust the budget before the end of the year! There’s no limit on what one author can get either,  

 

IFLA: Do you think this is a model that could be replicated elsewhere?

FvB: I’m not sure. The Netherlands is very specific, with a tradition of working together, the polder model. Cooperation between the members of the book chain has taken a long time to develop, and you see this in the Covenant, which reflects this balance. Admittedly, it also can make it difficult to take major steps forwards, for example to get to a situation where we have different e-Lending models.  

 

* The Dutch Royal Library suggests that the Covenant is legally binding, although note that the only commitment by the publishers' association is to make best efforts to make more books available earlier. 

Webinar: Zendy - easy access to free academic content

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This webinar, hosted by the EIFL Licensing and Open Access programmes, will demonstrate Zendy, a new platform that provides researchers and scholars with with easy access to high-quality academic literature.

Webinar: Zendy - easy access to free academic content

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This webinar, hosted by the EIFL Licensing and Open Access programmes, will demonstrate Zendy, a new platform that provides researchers and scholars with with easy access to high-quality academic literature.

Webinar: DSpace for Research Data Management

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DuraSpace presents a Community Webinar, DSpace for Research Data Management: Fordatis – a DSpace Solution

On Tuesday, November 20, 2018 (10:00am ET/4:00p.m. CET convert to your timezone), join Andrea Wuchner and Dirk Eisengräber-Pabst of Fraunhofer, Europe’s largest application orientated research organization, when they present, “DSpace for Research Data Management: Fordatis – a DSpace Solution.”

The recent Open Data project “FORDATIS aims to establish a research data repository not only under the FAIR principles, but also that is well-connected to both the publication repository and internal data management systems.  In this webinar, “Fordatis – a DSpace Solution” the presenters will discuss the issues of customization and implementation of an open access research data repository drawing from their experiences.

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s research activities are conducted by 72 institutes and research units spread  throughout Germany. As all 72 institutes have their own requirements, needs and they’re focused on different research activities, the challenge for the team working on the Fordatis project was to develop a solution that could collect different use cases, address the various needs and meet the diverse requirements.

The presentation will highlight their requirements and use cases, why they decided on DSpace, how they customized DSpace to meet their needs, the lessons they learned and future plans.  The one-hour webinar will conclude with a question answer session.

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