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New agreement with publishers gets more on line in libraries

(publicnet.co.uk): MLA has brokered an agreement between publishers and library services which allows extended use of free or low cost reference materials. Ten new online resources have been licensed for English public libraries and local authority museums and archives to help build their collections and offer improved information to the public..
   
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Scitable: Free science library/online learning tool for students

(sync-blog.com): While we often debate the merits of technology in education - the use of iPads in schools, for example - there are also times when its benefits are obvious. Scitable is one such case. According to the website, "Scitable is a free science library and personal learning tool brought to you by Nature Publishing Group, the world's leading publisher of science." It's sort of a cross between Wikipedia, Facebook and an online scientific journal. Nature Publishing Group is, by the way, the company behind a wide range of publications, including Scientific American.
   
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Some Progress But Not Enough: GAO Issues Update on the EPA Library Network

(infotoday.com): Thirty-three months after its assessment of the 2007 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) library reorganization was issued, the U.S. Governmental Accountability Office (GAO) released its Report to Congressional Requesters (GAO-10-947) on the EPA library network, EPA Needs to Complete a Strategy for Its Library Network to Meet User Needs, dated Sept. 30, 2010. GAO's 2008 report condemned the EPA for not following best practices and procedures when deciding to close five of its libraries, reducing hours of operation in four, changing the nature of operations in another, and not adequately informing stakeholders as to the impact those changes might have on their work.
   
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Copyright Is A Fear-Based Reaction To Open Access To Knowledge

(techdirt.com): The question of copyright seems to weigh heavily on just about everyone's mind. Copyright is only perceived as an obstacle if you are intent on maximizing access to the works of human intellect and creativity. If you are afraid of what open access means, then copyright looks like a bulwark.
   
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EPA Needs to Complete a Strategy for Its Library Network to Meet Users' Needs

(gao.gov): The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) library network provides agency staff and the public with access to environmental information. A 2006 attempt by EPA to reorganize its network by consolidating libraries and making more materials and services available online caused concern among users, and in 2007, EPA put a moratorium on its reorganization plans. Congress requested that GAO report on the reorganization and has again requested a follow-up on these issues.
   
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