Author Archive for library-policy

The 10-Minute Library Advocate #14: Find a Journalist Who Can Write about Libraries

When you’re advocating, you don’t need to do it alone. Sometimes, it’s even more powerful when you have someone else speaking for you. And there are few more powerful voices than those in the media. When a journalist speaks about libraries – and the great work they are doing – […]

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World Heritage Day 2019

World Heritage Day encourages us to celebrate the world’s cultures and to raise awareness of cultural heritage – and the importance of preserving it. In the light of the tragic Notre Dame fire earlier this is week, it is clear that our cultural heritage is not only great, it is […]

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The EU Copyright Reform: Battles Won, Bullets Dodged, and the Questions that Remain

The text adopted yesterday at the Council, after the Parliament’s vote on 26 March, comes after years of discussion. The Commission’s proposal released in 2016 has been reviewed and voted upon in five parliamentary committees, at the plenary of the European Parliament, at several levels within the Council, and through […]

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Will Your Collections Be Next? Library Amongst Internet Archive Pages Flagged as Holding ‘Terrorist Content’

The news that the French Internet Referral Unit has flagged over 550 URLs on the Internet Archive as terrorist content is a serious concern for libraries, not least the Smithsonian Libraries, whose page there is among those singled out. Clearly governments have a duty to protect against terrorism, as well […]

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The 10-Minute Library Advocate #13: Wear a Pin or a Badge

Advocacy is about conversations. You need to engage decision-makers – and the people that influence them – and build their understanding of the importance of libraries. In this way, you can encourage them to take action! But how to start that conversation? A great way to do it is to […]

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The 10-Minute Library Advocate #12: Care about Copyright

Laws matter for libraries. They can ensure that local governments have an obligation to run a library. They can decide whether libraries can give internet access or offer services. They can determine what libraries can do with their collections. Copyright has a particular role in the last of these. The […]

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Getting the Right Measures: How Copyright Exceptions and Limitations are an Essential Ingredient for Successful Library Systems

In any recipe, you cannot just substitute one ingredient with more of another. If you try to make a cake only with flour and milk, you get wallpaper paste. One made only of egg is a soufflé. The same goes libraries and their work to support education, innovation and culture. […]

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