May 17, 2022

International Library Update: Recommendation Made to Close German National Library of Medicine (ZB Med); OA Update From China, Scotland Public Library Funding

1. Recommendation Made to Close German National Library of Medicine (ZB Med)

From a ZB Med Announcement:

The announcement that the Leibniz Association Senate has recommended terminating government and state funding for ZB MED – Leibniz Information Centre for Life Sciences has been met with shock and dismay. The news came in a press release issued by the Leibniz Association [English translation via Google Translate].

The justification for the decision is that ZB MED has not made sufficient progress toward tailoring its services to wide-ranging changes in the specialist information sector – even though it has clearly been successful in some areas.

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2. Update: Open Access and Open Research Data in China (via EIFL)

3. National Library Strategy Generates £1.4 Million for Scotland’s Public Libraries (via SLIC)


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