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media - macbook-pixabayUniversity Presses Cope with Budget Cuts;   *Rare Book School Receives $1 Million Gift;   *U.S. Copyright Office Publishes “Draft Revision of the Library and Archives Exceptions in U.S. Copyright Law;   *Librarian and Archivist of Canada Announces National Heritage Digitization Strategy Collaboration;   *New OCLC report provides insight into remarkable collections held in the UK research libraries;   plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.


Publishers Weekly notes that “in trying to cut costs, some university systems are taking a hard look at their presses. While one university is considering shutting down its press, others continue to support theirs—but expect them to rely more on their own resources and less on institutional funding…”

According this press announcement the “Rare Book School has received a $1 million gift from philanthropist Jay T. Last. This donation, the single largest in the School’s history, is to be used over the next four years to “strengthen the School for the future,” as Mr. Last wrote in a letter accompanying the gift…”

infoDOCKET reports that “The Draft Revision of the Library and Archives Exceptions in U.S. Copyright Law” will be formally published in the Federal Register tomorrow.” And the Copyright Office “is inviting interested parties to discuss potential revisions relating to the library and archives exceptions in the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. 108, in furtherance of the Copyright Office’s policy work in this area over the past ten years and as part of the current copyright review process in Congress…”

A preview version was posted today. Direct to Full Text Draft

Also according to infoDOCKETGuy Berthiaume, the Librarian and Archivist of Canada, today announced the launch of the National Heritage Digitization Strategy (NHDS) at the Canadian Library Association Forum in Ottawa.

The strategy will reposition Canada and provide a cohesive path toward the digitization of Canadian memory institutions’ collections, thus ensuring the institutions remain relevant in the digital age by making their collections easily accessible…”

According to KnowledgeSpeak OCLC and Research Libraries UK (RLUK) have announced the publication of a new report that provides a first-of-its-kind perspective on the scope, depth, and duplication present across RLUK library collections, and highlights the opportunities and challenges of managing these collections as a shared asset. The report, Strength in Numbers: The Research Libraries UK (RLUK) Collective Collection, describes the salient features of the RLUK collective collection – the combined collections of the RLUK member libraries – with a special emphasis on print book holdings.


More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

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