False reports on the Internet are having an ever greater effect on political attitudes and thus endangering democratic processes. In the battle against fake news it is libraries in particular that can play an important role.
ECJ ruling on e-books “Libraries are allowed to lend e-books”
Up to now, e-books could not be lent by libraries as are printed books because they do not fall under the lending right. This could change after the ruling of the European Court of Justice, says the librarian and jurist Gabriele Beger.
Profession: Librarian Technical brilliance and social responsibility
Data librarian, media manager and agent of integration: the remit of a librarian is more multifarious than ever. With such different demands, can the librarian still have a unified professional profile at all?
Archiving Internet Content For a new logic of collecting
Any item published in Germany must be sent to the German National Library. Since 2006 this has also applied to publications on the internet. Yet this is still problematic, says jurist and librarian Eric Steinhauer.
Methods of motivating visitors You and your smartphone on a voyage of discovery
From the classic guided tour to the virtual paper chase – to arouse the interest of the users in their collections and provide a contemporary learning environment, more and more libraries are relying these days on digital tools.
Archiving of Computer Games A Cultural Heritage Worth Protecting
We are running the risk of losing a part of our computer games heritage forever, because data storage devices and consoles are getting old. This is where libraries and museums can step in to relieve the situation.
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Long-term digital archiving “The legal framework has to change”
Digitalization puts libraries, museums and archives before new challenges. In order to preserve our cultural heritage, we need new strategies, says the jurist Paul Klimpel.
Open Access “The goal is complete transformation.”
Publication fees are climbing and the changeover of scientific and scholarly articles to Open Access is still proceeding slowly. Angela Holzer of the German Research Foundation (DFG) explains why Open Access is nevertheless worth the effort.
Looted Cultural Assets “We are running out of time”
Six German libraries set up a dedicated database that would allow them to combine research into looted cultural assets in their collections. Tracking down the previous owners requires some serious detective work.
The licensing of electronic media still confronts academic libraries with major challenges. These are easier to cope with when the libraries are organized in an alliance, yet a satisfactory solution is still not in sight.
The digitalisation has changed our approach to research and publishing. However, this often conflicts with licensing and copyright restrictions. Academic libraries such as the Zentralbibliothek für Wirtschaftswissenschaften have to do something about this, but how?
The German library system Diverse. Cooperative. Endangered?
With eight thousand libraries, ranging from small local branches right up to the country’s national library, the German library system is impressive for its diversity. All the same, tight budgets and a lack of national structures are making their presence felt.
Digital Archives Inventory Build-Up with E-Preferred Strategy
The advance of digitalisation has changed our approach to research and publishing. However, this often conflicts with licensing and copyright restrictions. Academic libraries such as the ZBW (German Library of Economics) have to do something about this.
Virtual Reality Testing Labs for New Technologies
At the Game Science Centre in Berlin, visitors can take a look at the future and try out what will be shaping our everyday lives in the years to come – for example, virtual reality. The new technologies are also interesting for libraries.
Open Access 2020 “A Transformation of the Scientific Journal Market”
In March 2016 a new Open Access Initiative was launched, to ensure that scientific literature is available online free of charge. Frank Sander, Head of the Max Planck Digital Library, explains the objectives of OA 2020 in this interview.
Libraries have enormous collections of data storage media. The aim of the EMiL project is to ensure that they can still be accessed even after decades of technical progress. Tobias Steinke and Nathalie Lubetzki, both working at the German National Library, explain how this will be achieved.
Libraries as Sharing Partners Anything but Old-Fashioned
In libraries knowledge and things have been exchanged from time immemorial. They are part of the share economy, even if many are unaware of this. But the “sharing” trend places libraries before a new challenge.
Libraries as Publishers More Than Just Grey Literature
Above all the research libraries themselves are becoming more and more active in the field of publishing. The way has been paved for this by the ongoing process of digitalisation that has opened up new vistas for the publishers.
Can libraries be used outside normal opening hours? With the “Open Library” concept it is possible. In Germany a pilot project has been in operation in Hamburg since December 2014. The model may serve as inspiration for similar projects across the country.
Culture of Welcoming Library Services for Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Arriving in a new country with a different culture and language confronts all refugees with a challenge. To make their arrival easier, libraries in Germany offer many different services and so contribute to a culture of welcoming.
E-Learning in Public Libraries Borrow Your Education Online
Due to the ongoing process of digitalisation public libraries are being faced with new challenges. They are now reacting to the ever-changing needs of information-seekers with various ranges of e-learning programs.
One in five Europeans has problems understanding the world of words around them. The European Literacy Policy Network now intends to devise models to promote successful reading and writing in all age groups.
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Linked Open Data Bibliographic data on the Internet
In our interview, Adrian Pohl outlines the opportunities which arise when bibliographic data are made openly and freely available. At the central university library of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Architecturally speaking, Stuttgart’s new city library is a real eye-catcher. More importantly it is a striking endorsement in an era of digitization of the physical – as opposed to the virtual – library.
No-cost access to digital media any time, anywhere – that’s the idea behind online lending. More than 300 libraries in Germany are already offering this Internet-based service. The way forward, or a bit of technical tomfoolery?
A lot of libraries in Germany are run by one librarian. Jürgen Plieninger of the German Association of Information and Library Professionals reports on the difficulties and opportunities that this entails.
WorldCat is the world’s largest library catalogue. This central database contains information about printed and digital publications in more than 470 languages. A portrait of an extraordinary research and cataloguing tool.
B3Kat, the union catalogue of the Bavarian Library Network and the Cooperative Library Network Berlin-Brandenburg, contains descriptions of more than 23 million media and is available in the form of linked open data.
The library of Wildau Technical University of Applied Sciences is developing technologies of the future for its users. It has now received the “Library of the Year 2012” award for its innovative spirit.
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Digitizing protected work “Copyright law is making life difficult for libraries”
The copyright legislation is making it increasingly difficult for libraries to fulfil their mandates. Arne Upmeier believes in clear applicable regulations.