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    Libraries may digitize books without permission, EU top court rules

    by  • September 11, 2014 • Libraries, Politics & Law • 0 Comments

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    European libraries may digitize books and make them available at electronic reading points without first gaining consent of the copyright holder, the highest European Union court ruled Thursday. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled in a case in which the Technical University of Darmstadt digitized a book published by German...

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    Eaton Collection Receives $3.5-Million

    by  • September 9, 2014 • Libraries • 0 Comments

    The Eaton Collection

    A few weeks ago it looked like the Eaton Science Fiction and Fantasy collection at UC Riverside might get shut down. Well, they’ve received a life-saving gift: The gift comes from the estate of Jay Kay Klein, who worked in advertising for General Electric and Carrier and had a passion for photography and science...

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    Setting the Record Straight on the Legality of Seed Libraries

    by  • September 8, 2014 • Libraries, Politics & Law • 0 Comments

    The seed library at the Potrero Hill branch Library

    After the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture cracked down on a seed bank in the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, hundreds of seed libraries in the U.S. are suddenly wondering if they are breaking the law. According to Pennsylvania regulators, in order to give out member-donated seeds, the Simpson Seed Library would...

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    The Smithsonian Wants You! (To Help Transcribe Its Collections)

    by  • September 8, 2014 • Libraries • 0 Comments

    Transcriptions of artists' letters, like the one above from Georgia O'Keeffe, will form the basis of a new book from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art called The Art of Handwriting. (Smithsonian Archives of American Art)

    Many myths surround the Smithsonian Institution’s archives—from legends of underground facilities hidden beneath the National Mall to rumors of secret archaeological excavations. One underlying truth persists amid these fallacies: the Institution’s archives are indeed massive. Preserving these collections in a digital age is a gargantuan task, especially when it comes to handwritten documents. Ink...

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