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Swedish universities cancel contract with Elsevier

23 May 2018
Swedish universities have decided not to renew a contract with Dutch journal publisher Elsevier, reports Times Higher Education. The Bibsam Consortium, which represents 85 higher education and research institutions in...

Hawaii government to rent out library land

5 April 2018
In the US, the Hawaii state government has put forth a bill to lease library land and facilities to private companies as a way of generating revenue, reports the Hawaii...

British Library reports 6.2% gender pay gap

15 March 2018
The British Library has revealed that women earn 6.2% less than men per hour at the organisation, reports the Bookseller. In January, the British Library reported that men are paid...

Welsh librarian jailed for stealing books

7 February 2018
In Wales, a librarian has been jailed for stealing books from the workplace and attempting to sell them online, reports the BBC. Elizabeth Macregor, from Pontypridd Library in Rhondda Cynon...

Five librarians win IFLA/OCLC fellowship 

17 January 2018
Library cooperative OCLC and International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has awarded the IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program for 2018, which supports librarians and information science professionals...

Library of Congress to scale back Twitter archive

10 January 2018
In the US, the Library of Congress will scale back its approach to collecting every message posted on Twitter, reports the Australian Financial Review. The Library of Congress had collected...

Report shows 105 UK libraries closed last year

12 December 2017
In the UK, a report by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has found 105 libraries closed in the UK last year, with £66m (A$117m) slashed from...

Pullman, Gaiman back UK school library campaign

29 November 2017
In the UK, authors Philip Pullman, Neil Gaiman and Malorie Blackman are among more than 150 book industry figures who are supporting a campaign to halt the decline of libraries...

NYPL unveils US$317m ‘masterplan’

22 November 2017
In the US, the New York Public Library (NYPL) has unveiled the US$317m (A$418m) ‘masterplan’ for its flagship Stephen A Schwarzman Building, reports Publishers Weekly. The library said the plan...

Scotland trials national ‘One Card’ program

22 November 2017
Scotland has launched a trial of a ‘One Card’ program in Scottish libraries, reports the Bookseller. Five councils are taking part in the six-month pilot program, which will be extended...