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Vol. 24, No. 1, 2013

Coming Together of National Library and National Archives: The Singapore Experience
ABSTRACTThis paper shares the journey of the National Library Board (NLB) of Singapore in exploring the synergies between the National Archives of Singapore and the NLB. It also outlines the plans made so far in achieving synergy between the two institutions...
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Centre for Blind and Visually Impaired People at the National Library of Serbia
ABSTRACTThe paper considers library services for print disabled patrons at the National Library of Serbia (NLS) and in Serbian public libraries. It describes the establishment of the NLS Centre for Blind and Visually Impaired People and gives details...
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Library Development in Uzbekistan: Progress and Problems since the Dissolution of the USSR
ABSTRACTThe paper is a report on the development and current state of libraries and information services in Uzbekistan. It was initially prepared as background for a project supported by the European Commission's TEMPUS programme that provided technical...
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News Round-Up
GeneralWSIS prizeEIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) has won a Project Prize for excellence in implementation of World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) outcomes to achieve an inclusive and development-oriented information society. The award...
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Introduction to Information Science
Bawden, D. and Robinson, L. Introduction to Information Science London: Facet, 2012. 351pp. ISBN 978-1-85604-810-1. £49.95David and Lyn's preface to this book identifies their aim as being 'to describe in outline, and to set into context, all of the...
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Information Resource Description: Creating and Managing Metadata
Hider, Philip. Information Resource Description: Creating and Managing Metadata London: Facet Publishing, 2012. 288 pp. ISBN 978-1-85604-667-1. £49.95Hider effectively integrates a consideration of the nature of metadata with a narrative about its management....
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Contemporary Library Architecture: A Planning and Design Guide
Worpole, Ken. Contemporary Library Architecture: A Planning and Design Guide London: Routledge, 2013. 216 pp. ISBN 978-0-415-59230-7 (paperback), 978-0-415-59229-1 (hardback). £39.99, £105.00'A city with a great library is a great city.' This inscription...
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Whose Etifeddiaeth? the National Library of Wales and Its New Policy on Copyright and Digitized Collections
ABSTRACTIn April 2012, the National Library of Wales decided that it would cease to claim ownership of copyright in its digitized collections. The decision was based on an appraisal of the legal argument and its position in relation to its public mission....
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Vol. 23, No. 3, 2012

Editors' Introduction
This special issue of Alexandria comprises a collection of essays dedicated to, and written in honour of, Dame Lynne Brindley, who stepped down as Chief Executive of the British Library in 2012 after twelve years in that role.Dame Lynne Brindley was...
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'Don't Give Me Passion, Give Me Cataloguers': Lynne Brindley and the Art of the Possible
ABSTRACTThis article provides a personal appreciation of Lynne Brindley's overarching professional contribution during her distinguished career written from a UK perspective. In particular the article focuses on her contribution to the Joint Funding...
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US West Coast Perspective on Lynne Brindley's Career
ABSTRACTThis article provides a personal appreciation of Lynne Brindley's over-arching professional contribution during her distinguished career written from a US West Coast perspective. The author tracks the major waypoints in the arc of Brindley's...
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Lynne, Leadership and Libraries
ABSTRACTAs Lynne Brindley leaves the profession for fresh challenges, the author argues it is timely to inspect critically the health of our leadership pipeline. Her legacy surely dictates that we should now seriously address the leadership vacuum in...
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Scholarly Communication, 1971 to 2013. A Brindley Snapshot
ABSTRACTThis chapter attempts a snapshot of the dramatic changes impacting on scholarly information access and delivery in the last forty years through the prism of Lynne Brindley's career. This was a period in which historical practices of information...
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'The Engagement Is Announced ...': Collaborative Ventures between the British Library and the Higher Education Sector
ABSTRACTFollowing the appointment of Lynne Brindley as Chief Executive of the British Library - the first professionally-qualified librarian to lead that institution - a new spirit of collaboration between the BL and UK Higher Education libraries was...
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Lynne Brindley and the Follett Committee and Its Inheritance
ABSTRACTLynne Brindley was a member of The Joint Funding Councils' Libraries Review Group, which was chaired by Professor Brian Follett and tasked in 1992 with undertaking a review of the UK's Higher Education library system, and she chaired the Follett...
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Note on Lynne Brindley
A Festschrift honours a person for their contributions to the academic world. It tends to be used at the end of an eminent career but in the case of this volume - devoted to Lynne Brindley - that would be premature since in March 2013 it was announced...
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The JISC
ABSTRACTJISC, the Joint Information Systems Committee, was started in 1993 to serve the needs of the newly expanded UK Higher Education (HE) sector. This article describes how JISC supported the universities' information needs by exploiting the potential...
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Lynne Brindley and the Digital Preservation Agenda
ABSTRACTLynne Brindley was one of the UK's leading players in the digital preservation arena. This article dedicated to Brindley argues that if selection models for collaborative digital preservation are to have any chance of being effective, then there...
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Defining a National Library in a Digital World: Dame Lynne Brindley at the British Library
ABSTRACTThe period of Dame Lynne Brindley's tenure as Chief Executive of the British Library was an era when national libraries had first seriously to address the question of how to define a national library in the digital world. The article describes...
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Vol. 23, No. 2, 2012

Editorial
As the technological landscape changes with ever-increasing rapidity, libraries are faced with growing challenges. While new developments offer exciting opportunities for enhanced services, libraries are having to cope with previously unknown problems.Europeana...
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Europeana: Digital Access to Europe's Cultural Heritage
ABSTRACTEuropeana is a web-based portal that enables people to explore the digital resources of Europe's museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections. It promotes discovery and networking opportunities in a multilingual space where users...
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National Implementations of Legal Deposit
ABSTRACTIn 201 1, the Conference of Directors of National Libraries commissioned the authors to undertake an international survey of its membership:* to establish the current state of legal deposit, or equivalent arrangements in all national libraries...
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Social Media in Libraries: It's like, Complicated
ABSTRACTThis article considers how some major libraries across the world are using social media platforms. Libraries have engaged with the 'household brands' familiar to us all regardless of geographic location or language although thenuse of the platforms...
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The 2012 Global RFID Survey
ABSTRACTIn the absence of any official audit, Library RFID Ltd has, at the invitation of the former Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), been running an annual survey to determine the extent and direction of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)...
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Revolutionary Libraries: Building Collections and Promoting Research about the January 25th Uprising in Egypt
ABSTRACTThis paper describes the efforts made by the American University in Cairo's (AUC) Library to preserve the history and scholarship of the January 25th Revolution. In direct response to the uprising, AUC imagined University on the Square: Documenting...
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News Round-Up
GeneralA new report indicates that innovative approaches from mobile hardware and applications developers are helping connect people with disabilities to information and communication technology. Making Mobile Phones and Services Accessible for Persons...
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British Librarianship and Information Work 2006-2010
Bowman, J.H. (ed.). British librariansbip and information work 2006-2010 London: published by the Editor via www.lulu.com, 2012. 454 pp. ISBN 978-1-4716-8352-7. £32.00It is more than 80 years since the first volume of The Year's Work in Librariansbip...
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Library Codes of Ethics Worldwide: An Anthology
Gçbolys, Zdzislaw and Tomaszczyk, Jacek. Library Codes of Ethics Worldwide; An Anthology1 Berlin: Simon Verlag für Bibliothekswesen, 2012. 267 pp. ISBN 978-3-940862-24-2. euro26.00The history of codes of ethics for librarians goes back to the beginning...
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The No-Nonsense Guide to Legal Issues in Web 2.0 and Cloud Computing
Oppenheim, Charles. The No-Nonsense Guide to Legal Issues in Web 2.0 and Cloud Computing London: Facet, 2012. 134 pp. ISBN 978-1-85604-804-0. £49.95With no formal training in law or the legal implications of the digital information economy, I approached...
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Vol. 23, No. 1, 2012

A New Team for Alexandria
This is the first issue of Alexandria from a new editorial team. We would like to pay tribute to Ian McGowan and Adrienne Muir, who stepped down after volume 22, having edited the journal since 2003. We will continue Alexandria in the style and tone...
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300 Years of the BNE: It's Yours
BIBLIOTECA NACIONAL DE ESPAÑAABSTRACTThe National Library of Spain, Biblioteca Nacional de España (BNE), is celebrating its tercentenary from December 2011 until December 2012. This article outlines the history of the Library since its foundation by...
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The National Library of New Zealand: The New Generation National Library Strategy
ABSTRACTIn 2006 the National Library of New Zealand (NLNZ) began a major initiative to reposition itself as a modern, agile and relevant contributor to the cultural, social and economic life of New Zealand. Since 2010 our main Wellington building has...
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The National Library of Luxembourg
ABSTRACTThe origins of the National Library of Luxembourg (Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg, BnL) date back to 1798. This article provides an historical overview, outlines the core missions and describes the collections. Because several languages...
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IFLA Centre for Arabic Speaking Libraries: An Update
ABSTRACTThe IFLA Centre for Arabic Speaking Libraries (IFLA-CASL) was set up in 2007. This article provides an update to a paper published in Alexandria in 2009. Since that time, IFLA-CASL has continued its work translating documentation about the IFLA...
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The Library and Transparency
ABSTRACTIn an attempt to assess the role of libraries as contributors to the freedom of (official) information published in Alexandria in 2001, Sturges examined both the definition of freedom of information and the actual role of libraries in providing...
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Libraries as Publishers: Turning the Page?
ABSTRACTThis article seeks to provide a general review of the publishing activities of some major libraries across the world. At a time when the publishing industry is experiencing profound challenges to its established business models and traditional...
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Government Information Management in the 21st Century: International Perspectives
Garvin, Peggy (ed.). Government Information Management in the list Century: international perspectives Farnham: Ashgate, 2011. 244 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4094-0206-0. £55It matters greatly that information professionals be involved in the management of government...
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News Round-Up
GeneralPrinciples of EngagementThe IFLA Governing Board has endorsed Principles of Engagement in library-related activities in times of crisis, conflict or disaster. The Principles are part of IFLA's Key Initiatives 2011-2012 programme: Cultural Heritage...
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University Libraries and Digital Learning Environments
Dale, Penny, Beard, Jill and Holland, Matt (eds). University Libraries and Digital Learning Environments Farnham: Ashgate, 2011. 304 pp. ISBN: 978-0-7546-7957-8. £60Readers of University Libraries and Digital Learning Environments may assume, from its...
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Practical Cataloguing: AACR, RDA and MARC 21
Welsh, Anne and Batley, Sue. Practical cataloguing: AACR, RDA and MARC 21 London: Facet, 2012. 217 pp. ISBN 978-1-85604-695-4. £44.95'This book was written', the authors tell us in the acknowledgements section, 'at a time of flux in international cataloguing...
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Information Literacy beyond Library 2.0
Godwin, Peter and Parker, Jo (eds). Information literacy beyond Library 2.0 London: Facet , 2012. 268 pp. ISBN 978-1-85604-762-3. £49.95Those who have attended any of Peter Godwin's presentations will know him to be a witty and entertaining speaker with...
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