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A bright future for Open Access publishing

(ecancermedicalscience.com): With researchers, authors and funders challenging the traditional journal publishing model, Open Access (OA) publishing is likely to become the preferred option, suggests a paper published in ecancermedicalscience. This is supported by the finding that 59% of researchers indicated that their work was often hindered by a lack of free access to research findings.
   
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Local Libraries and ebooks - The lending continues into the Digital Age

(ebookanoid.com): With the rising trend of eReaders, public libraries have joined the masses with new downloadable eBooks and audio books for their customers. Those unfamiliar with eReaders and overall downloadable services might shy away from the eBook program. That is why public libraries have enlisted Digital Bookmobile, a community outreach program, to educate and promote the eBook service.
   
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With iPads and e-books, U begins shift to digital

(mndaily.com): New technologies are lightening backpacks and saving paper as the University of Minnesota transitions away from dead-tree class materials. An increased effort from the University's Office of Information Technology focuses on providing students with innovative studying tools.
   
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Authors To Universities: Give Up Your Google Books

(paidcontent.org): In a surprise move, authors' groups slammed their one-time university partners with a lawsuit demanding that the schools' surrender digital collections and stop working with Google (NSDQ: GOOG). The lawsuit opens a new phase in the fight over digital libraries and comes the same week that Google's controversial books settlement is expected to die in court.
   
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A Different Question of Open Access: Is There a Public Access Right to Academic Libraries in the United States and Canada?

(aallnet.org): Providing public access to libraries is a public service, but is it a right? This paper explores participation in depository programs, public university status, and public funding as possible bases for this right. It examines relevant cases and finds that courts respect the right of academic libraries to determine their own policies.
   
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