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    I am the owner and managing director of Information Automation Limited (IAL), a company that specialises in research, consultancy and training for the information profession. We are particularly interested in all forms of electronic information resources (e-journals, e-books, etc) and I teach a course in electronic publishing at the Department of Information Studies in Aberystwyth. Drilling down still further(!), my interests centre on the quality and evaluation of electronic information, and in the thinking that underpins activities in library and information science.
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    Monday, August 28, 2006

    Publishers sell - libraries buy!

    Richard Charkin (Macmillan) is to attend the September annual conference of National Acqusitions Group, and in preparation says (Chark Blog) that he is "keeping my ears open for library relevant material". I wonder what he will make of the coincidence of the MLA Better Stock, Better Libraries, which according to their press release,
    "outlines a national library purchasing model. The new procurement arrangements, which maintain local accountability for stock selection, would mean better availability and more efficient management of stock, more flexibility to meet local needs and reduced unit costs of stock"
    and the article in The Bookseller by Katherine Rushton, which - according to Tim Coates' Good Library Blog - says that the public library service is "severely over-staffed" ... and that money could be better spent, particuarly on books.

    At least Mr Charkin has a positive spin on libraries:
    "Working with libraries seems to me an essential part of a publisher's support for authors and for dissemination of information as freely as possible. In the midst of the tectonic shake-up of our industry it is vital that the library and librarians remain at the heart of what we do."

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