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This battle seems now to increase in intensity. Will the publishers kill the libraries in their battle to retain or increase their revenues? Regardless if they lose academics as their customers and producers of content and push them do more illegal copying as well as use P2P solutions, or win them and build stronger bond to them, academic libraries will have a difficult time finding their role in between.
This is the important point I strive to make in discussions with libraries: Libraries are not in control of their funding in the same way a company is, and must therefore be perceived by their governing bodies as a valuable resource in competition with all other services and resources that are competing about the available money… And when they are not, it doesn’t matter how much they have changed.
Source: Ars Technica
All three of New York’s public library systems are conducting or planning expansive renovations that reflect a shift in whom they serve, and how.
And books, in many cases, are no longer the focal point.
The Queens Library is about…
This is the moment academic publishers gave up all pretence of being on the side of scientists. Their rhetoric has traditionally been of partnering with scientists, but the truth is that for some time now scientific publishers have been anti-science and anti-publication. The Research Works Act, introduced in the US Congress on 16 December, amounts to a declaration of war by the publishers.
Publishers are also struggling to cope with vast changes in the industry, as brick-and-mortar stores such as Borders go under and online vendors such as Amazon have started selling e-books for far less than the print editions.
“It is a fluid and dynamic time, and many publishers are reevaluating their business model as it relates to retail and libraries,” said David Burleigh, a spokesman for OverDrive Inc., which serves as an intermediary between publishers and libraries.
In the short term, libraries may not be able to meet customer demand for e-books, he said.
It is becoming increasingly clear that the major enemies threatening the future of the library are the publishers:
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P A Martin Börjesson
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