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State budget cuts threaten to isolate library collections

Libraries in Pennsylvania could suddenly seem a lot smaller if people can no longer order hard-to-find books or popular movies and music from public collections nationwide. Librarians and patrons say they fear free access to interlibrary loans and powerful computer databases will become the latest casualties…
   
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Building a Knowledge Society in the Arab World

Arab societies need nurturing institutions and supportive policies to achieve a significant boost in knowledge production and creation, according to the new Arab Knowledge Report 2009. The report, launched by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), maintains that reforms in areas like the media and information technologies…
   
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OCLC Ingests OAIster: Pearls to Follow

At the beginning of this year, OCLC agreed to take over the running of the venerable open access service OAIster (www.oaister.org) from the University of Michigan, which had run it since it began in 2002. At the end of October, OCLC announced that it had completed the transition. The WorldCat.org service now includes all the OAIster records. Users of the old OAIster.org site will now be automatically shifted over…
   
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European University Presses Fold, Consolidate in Economic Downturn

The economic downturn has taken its toll on scientists and educators. Now, university presses in Europe are facing funding cuts. One press is closing. Others are cutting back on the number of titles they're publishing. And a new European university press association is being planned as the presses circle their wagons.
   
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FDA Grapples With Regulating Social Media Ads

Hundreds of pharmaceutical experts, advertising specialists and social media gurus will be descending Thursday on Washington to tell the U.S. Food and Drug Administration how it should regulate ads on everything from Google to Facebook. The two-day meeting is a widely sought after event by FDA standards. Drug advertising is almost always a sensitive topic, with consumer groups and doctors saying drug marketing …….
   
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