According to IT World, an EU court has ruled that European libraries may digitize books and make them available at electronic reading points without obtaining permission first from the copyright holder.
The EU Copyright Directive has an option specifically for publically accessible libraries that allows them this right to digitize books.
"The right of libraries to communicate, by dedicated terminals, the works they hold in their collections would risk being rendered largely meaningless, or indeed ineffective, if they did not have an ancillary right to digitize the works in question," the court said.
However, this right does not extend to allowing users to print out the books or save them to a device. This sort of copying is not allowed for in the exception.
PewResearch released the results of their latest study today that looked at how people aged 16-30 use libraries and books compared to those over 30. Many people believe that Millennials are not using libraries in the same way, that young children are turning away from them, and that reading too is falling off.
Here are some of the major findings. You can head to their website to read more.
- Millennials use lots of technology but also say at a higher rate than those over 30 that not all of the important information is available online.
- 43% of Millennials have read a book on a daily basis, a rate similar to older adults.
- Millennials are just as likely as their elders to have used a library in the last year and even more likely to have used a library website.
A lot of librarians can talk positively about the importance of the Summer Reading Program at our libraries. We talk about the “summer slide” and how public libraries fill a gap particularly for children at risk.
I’m not sure all libraries though have a way to talk about why reading is important for children beyond just knowing that it is. An article in PsychCentral written by a Children’s Therapist gives some great and more broad reasons that children need books:
1. Improves kids’ ability to manage potentially stressful life events
2. Increases feelings of recognition and management
3. Enhances relationships
4. Calms and strengthens the mind
5. Improves self-confidence
And honestly, these are the same benefits that adults will find if they start reading more. I love having deeper reasons like this to talk about with people who think that reading is dead, that we just need connectivity to the Internet and all human knowledge is there. Books are different, and these reasons are part of our story about why that is.