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Government and research policy in the UK: an introduction

(rin.ac.uk): The Research Information Network just published a new guide (PDF; 20 pages) which describes the nature, roles and responsibilities of the different Government bodies involved in research policy and funding, and the relationships between them. Government in the UK involves a complex array of bodies with responsibilities for developing and implementing policies. This applies as much to policies and funding for research and the research environment as to other areas in which Government is a key player.
   
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2009-2010 Public Library Funding&Technology Access Study now online

(plablog.org): Following the pre-release of key data at the ALA Midwinter Meeting (the "Perfect Storm" briefing report), the ALA this week published the complete findings from the 2009-2010 Public Library Funding&Technology Access Study. Co-published with American Libraries magazine as their Summer Digital Supplement, the report finds that 67% of public libraries report that they are the only source of free public access to computers and the Internet in their communities.
   
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Some European Publishers Embrace iPad, But Adoption Still Slow

(publishingperspectives.com): Apple may have announced that more than 3 million iPads have been sold worldwide since the US launch in April, but just a few weeks after the international launch of the iPad, it appears that many publishers in Europe are still choosing to exercise caution when it comes to the iBookstore. According to Apple spokesman Adam Howorth, there are now some 15,000 titles in the iBookstore in the UK, France and Germany (a breakdown per country was not provided).
   
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Facing the Facts: University Presses in the Digital Age

(publishersweekly.com): The future is now: That's the message university and scholarly presses received this past weekend at the annual meeting of the Association of American University Presses in Salt Lake City from June 17 to 20. The conference, titled "Toward a Sustainable Future," conveyed a sense of urgency in dealing with the changes now facing scholarly publishing. Whether it's finding ways to publish scholarship that doesn't fit the print book model, moving to e-publishing platforms, or accommodating shrinking library budgets, the conference's recurring themes suggested that intellectual vitality and financial viability lie in better meeting users' needs, and in closer collaboration with all stakeholders, from faculty to students to the universities themselves.
   
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Why content will stay free

(kyivpost.com): There are those who believe that the era of free content is over and we are entering a new age of paid media. They are surely wrong. The fact is, that when these people say "free" they really mean "ad financed," (which is how we've gotten most of our content for decades).
   
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