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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Student Discovery Sets

Categories: History,Libraries/Museums,Literacy/Reading

The first six texts in a projected series of E-books that are available for the iPad. Among the initial topics: the Constitution, the Dust Bowl, and the Harlem Renaissance.  From the Library of Congress


Technische Universitat Darmstadt v. Eugen Ulmer

Categories: Copyright/Patents,European Union,Libraries/Museums

Decision of the European Court of Justice allowing libraries to digitize books in their collections without the consent of the copyright owner in order to make them available for reading on a dedicated computer.  The court also ruled that copyright owners must be compensated if library users want to print or capture the text on storage devices.  From the European Court of Justice


In the Matter of Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet

Categories: Education-Higher,Laws/Regulations,Libraries/Museums,Telecommunications/Internet

Comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission by a coalition of library and educational organizations relating to the issue of so-called net neutrality. The coalition takes exception to an FCC proposed rulemaking which provides for different levels of service and pricing.  From the Federal Communications Commission


Community Partnership Guidebook for Libraries: How Libraries Can Build Relationships to Create Financial Education Programs for their Communities

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Financial Crisis/Markets,Libraries/Museums

A guidebook to help libraries connect with individuals and organizations to develop financial education programs for consumers.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau


Recommended Format Specifications

Categories: Libraries/Museums,Science/Technology

Lists recommended formats for various categories of creative content including print, digital, photographs, microforms, motion pictures, software, datasets, and databases.  From the Library of Congress


Public Libraries in the United States Survey: Fiscal Year 2011

Categories: Libraries/Museums,Statistics

Provides national estimates and trends on public library services and usage, public library indicators, and state profiles.  From the Institute of Museum and Library Services


Librarian of Congress Appoints Charles Wright Poet Laureate

Categories: Arts/Humanities,Headlines,Libraries/Museums

Press release about the selection of former UVA professor Charles Wright as poet laureate.  Includes background information on the position and a complete list of past poet laureates/consultants in poetry.  From the Library of Congress


Authors Guild v. Hathitrust

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Headlines,Libraries/Museums,Supreme Court/courts

Ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit that the creation of a full-text searchable database of copyrighted works by Hathitrust is not a violation of the fair use doctrine of copyright law.  From Scribd


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