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February 28, 2013 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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IFLA Launches Resources for eLending in Libraries

IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) launched a new set of resources relating to ebooks and libraries. Providing access to ebooks is one of the most pressing issues facing libraries right now. Public libraries, in particular, are dealing with implications of rapidly changing business and access models. IFLA had previously issued a background paper on eLending in April 2012. In October 2012, IFLA commissioned an independent consultant, Civic Agenda, to prepare a "thinkpiece" to inform discussion at a meeting of experts from the library and publishing sector. This meeting took place over 3 days at IFLA headquarters in The Hague in November 2012. The recently released "IFLA Principles for Library eLending" report is the outcome of the meeting, and the contribution of the experts in The Hague was crucial to their drafting. The document was endorsed by the IFLA Governing Board in February 2013. The ‘thinkpiece’ is a standalone document, and is not IFLA policy.

At the site, there are links to existing campaigns on ebooks and further details on how to get involved in IFLA’s work on the issue. The plan is to build on these resources during 2013 and expand the amount of information available. IFLA will hold a 1-day program on ebooks in libraries at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in Singapore in August 2013.

Source: IFLA

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