Category Archives: Libraries


Elsevier Wins $15 Million in Copyright Suit Against Piracy Sites

A federal court has ruled in favor of one of the world’s largest science publishers in its lawsuit against websites that provide free, pirated access to millions of scholarly-journal articles, reported on Thursday.

In a judgment handed down this week, Judge Robert W. Sweet of the U.S. District Court in New York City ruled for the company, Elsevier, in the absence of any representatives of the defendants, which include Sci-Hub, LibGen, and related sites, and awarded the publisher $15 m…


Supreme Court Won’t Hear Challenge to Google Books Project

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a legal challenge by the Authors Guild, which argued that the Google Books project to scan about 20 million books for an online library violated copyright law, Reuters reported on Monday.

The Authors Guild began its legal battle with Google Books in 2005, saying the online service violated copyright law because Google profited while authors went without pay.

In October 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Google’s program was pr…


Authors Guild Takes Google Books Challenge to Supreme Court

The Authors Guild has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the organization’s decade-long challenge to Google’s Books program, which the guild says violates copyright law by making money for the online-search giant without providing any compensation to the books’ authors.

The case dates to 2005, and was most recently before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which ruled last October that Google’s scanning of books and use of their texts was protected by the fair-use provisions …


University Slashes Thousands of Journal Subscriptions, Spurring Faculty Fears

[Updated (12/8/2015, 2:39 p.m.) with a statement from the university.]

Faculty members are crying foul over Memorial University of Newfoundland’s decision to eliminate thousands of journal subscriptions next year to cut costs. CBC News reports the institution will stop its subscriptions to about 2,500 of the approximately 80,000 journals it receives starting in January.

The university’s head librarian, Lorraine Busby, told CBC News that the library simply does not have enough money to maintain t…


Obama Reportedly Chooses U. of Chicago to Host His Library and Museum

President Obama has selected the University of Chicago to host his presidential library and museum, people who spoke on condition of anonymity have told numerous news outlets, including The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune.

While there has been no official confirmation of the decision, the Tribune reported that Chicago’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel, who previously served as Mr. Obama’s chief of staff and who led the lobbying effort to bring the library to the city, was expected to make the ann…


U. of Ark. Library Draws Scrutiny Over Treatment of Conservative News Site

The University of Arkansas’s library has suspended the research privileges of a conservative news website, the Washington Free Beacon, and has drawn criticism for the decision. The Free Beacon said its suspension followed its publication of an article about Hillary Clinton’s 1975 defense of a man who was accused of raping a 12-year-old girl. The article drew on audio recordings from the library’s special collections, which the website published.

The Free Beacon said it had received a letter from…


New York Public Library Abandons Plan to Revamp Its Research Flagship

The New York Public Library has abandoned a controversial plan to turn its research flagship on 42nd Street into a circulating library and send the research volumes now held in stacks under its main reading room to an off-site location, The New York Times reported.

Among the factors influencing the decision are a report that indicated the renovation would cost more than expected, a new mayor who was skeptical of the project, and public opposition, including lawsuits.

The library for years had de…


Education Dept.’s Biennial Report Examines State of Academic Libraries

Academic libraries lent about 10.5 million documents to other libraries in the 2012 fiscal year and borrowed some 9.8 million from their peers and commercial services during the same period, according to report released on Friday by the National Center for Education Statistics, the Education Department’s statistical arm.

Those totals are lower than what the NCES reported in its previous survey of academic libraries, which reported the lending of 11.2 million documents and the borrowing of 10.2 m…