Academic journal article Alexandria

Editorial

Academic journal article Alexandria

Editorial

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A number of countries have merged their National Library and National Archives. For instance, Library and Archives Canada was established in 2004 through the merger of the National Library and the National Archives. In 2011, the National Library of New Zealand was integrated into the Department of Internal Affairs alongside Archives New Zealand. In this issue of Alexandria, Ngian Lek Chok describes the situation in Singapore, where the National Archives of Singapore was transferred from the National Heritage Board to the National Libraries Board in November 2012. She provides details of how the transfer was implemented.

Dafydd Tudur discusses how the National Library of Wales has changed its policy on copyright and digitized collections. In 2010, a blogger who wished to display images of the first book published in the Welsh language was taken aback to find that the Library held the rights to the images. The Library has now ceased to claim ownership of copyright in its digitized collections. Income from image licensing has not been affected by the new policy as most is generated by publishers and broadcasters who require images of much higher resolution than those shown on the Library's website. Such versions will continue to be subject to fees and licence terms. The Library is focusing on realizing the full potential of its collections, for example by proactively sharing digitized collections on third-party websites and participating in collaborative projects involving its collections. …

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