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Friday, 29 May 2009

Links of interest 29/5/09 (with added cat)

Mosman Library, NSW, is running a "Mosman Library vs That Search Engine" challenge where the library e-collection is pitted against Google and free e-resources. Each librarian has 45 minutes to research, then 45 minutes to write up their search strategy and answer; then the public can vote on who's given the best answers (and explain why they made that choice). So far they're on day 4 of 5 rounds.

S92A of the Copyright Act is coming back - the government will begin a review to amend the controversial section that was repealed earlier this year thanks to Creative Freedom NZ protests.

Mary Ellen Bates writes about resisting budget cuts:
"the next time the library budget was cut, the first thing I eliminated was the popular daily news digest. I announced to all the readers why it was being "suspended", and asked for their comments on whether this service should be re-funded. Sure enough, it didn't take long before I had the budget restored. It's not a pretty process, but neither is eating into the behind-the-scenes budget and not allowing library clients to see the impact of the lost funding." has been launched in the USA "to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government."

VUW library and student association are holding a joint fundraiser for the library cat, which underwent expensive surgery for diabetes.