Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Typhoon Haiyan: National Library of Medicine (U.S.) Activates Emergency Access Initiative (EAI)

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces the activation of the Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) in support of medical efforts in the Philippines and surrounding areas following the devastating typhoon. The Emergency Access Initiative is a collaborative partnership between NLM and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text articles from over 650 biomedical serial titles and over 4,000 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters.

The Emergency Access Initiative serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users. It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster.


2013 IFLA WLIC papers available from IFLA Library

Papers from the Joint Session of Academic and Research Libraries SC and Knowledge Management SC are now available from the IFLA Library...


Gateway to the world

Gateway to the world...
By Margret Plank

The documentary film Gateway to the World takes place in Namibia’s capital city Windhoek, Katutura suburban area. In the film, two young library users are followed around the poor Greenwell Matongo area, where the local library functions as the people’s gateway to better life. Trevelin, 20 years, did not pass the 10th grade of schooling and ended up as one of the many out-of school youths in the area. Persuaded by a friend, he found his way to the nearby library, got interested in studying computers and is nowadays giving basic computer classes as a volunteer teacher in the library.

Documentary with english subtitles

Documentary with swedish subtitles

Documentary with finnish subtitles

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Bowker: Number of Self-Published Titles Grows Nearly 60% in 2012

Self-publishing became ever more popular for aspiring authors in 2012, according to new data from Bowker.The number of ISBNs purchased (ISBN is a number identifying an edition of a book) for the purpose jumped nearly 60% versus 2011. Since 2007, the number of self-published titles hitting the marketplace has gone up five-fold.

Bowker also tracked the growth in ebook ISBNs. Ebooks now comprise 40% of all ISBNs purchased, up from 11% in 2007.

Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

“I'm going to tell you that libraries are important. I'm going to suggest that reading fiction, that reading for pleasure, is one of the most important things one can do. I'm going to make an impassioned plea for people to understand what libraries and librarians are, and to preserve both of these things”…Neil Gaiman