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  • Reminder Library Survey

    April 23, 2019

    Dear Library users, two weeks ago we have sent you an invitation to participate in a user survey with the aim to get a better understanding of your usage of the various services of the Library. If you already filled out the questionnaire, we like to thank you for that. If you did not yet fill out the questionnaire, may we kindly ask you to do this? The survey centers around three key questions: how do you use the Peace Palace Library?, which services of the library do you use?, what are your information needs? Filling out the online questionnaire will take 5 to 10 minutes of your time.

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  • Library Survey

    April 9, 2019

    Dear Library users,

    The Peace Palace Library is carrying out a user survey with the aim to get a better understanding of its users and their usage of the various services of the Library. The survey centers around three key questions: how do you use the Peace Palace Library?, which services of the library do you use?, what are your information needs? Filling out the online questionnaire will take 5 to 10 minutes of your time. Please, help us improve our services!

    Kind regards, the PPL Staff

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  • Google Books and Fair Use

    October 23, 2015

    On the 16th of October 2015, the United States Court of Appels for the Second Circuit made clear that Google Books is legal. The Court ruled for Google against the Authors Guild, a professional group of
    published writers which had alleged that Google Library Project and Google Books project infringed their copyrights. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the appeals Court considered four factors of the US copyright law.

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  • Libraries: the Value of Just in Case, Not Just in Time

    August 21, 2015

    I am using the blog this time to explain my anxiety that society risks losing too much as the materialism of ‘value’ replaces the experience of centuries of unquantifiable practice and purpose. It is my concern that too many libraries are under threat from the bean counters. Libraries have always existed as places for the ‘just in case’ event, providing the go-to location when you want sustenance of the mind in some way – knowledge, leisure, curiosity, information, entertainment. However the world is in thrall to the ‘just in time’ mentality of financial wunderkinds who do not value those ‘old fashioned’ concepts, looking instead at the pragmatic usability of everything, seeing a book that lives on a shelf and is only taken off once a year, or once a decade, as an unnecessary encumbrance, not earning its space in a world where everything has to be costed, to be accountable for its existence.

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