First held in 1974, World Environment Day (WED) is considered to be the largest global event for positive environmental action, with participation from over 143 countries. It takes place on 5th June each year and is a flagship campaign for driving change and raising awareness on emerging environmental issues, from climate change and wildlife crime, to resource consumption and marine pollution. This year's host country is Canada and the chosen theme is 'Connecting People to Nature – in the city and on the land, from the poles to the equator' which encourages us to consider our role within nature and how closely we depend on it.
It seems that in 2010 we have been finally witnessing the “tipping point” for e-books, with more and more libraries making a positive choice to purchase e-books instead of print editions. Do publishers’ business models make this migration easier for libraries to implement, or actually place obstacles in their way? E-book collections versus individual title selection; annual subscriptions versus one-time purchases; simultaneous users versus unlimited site-wide licensing; availability or not of online textbooks … We asked librarians from three very different institutions for their views. Read what they said and add your own opinions below.
In the West, we live in a world of information overload. At our fingertips we have instant access to a wealth of knowledge, and then some…We struggle to keep pace with rapidly developing technology but this is only a problem for the well heeled. In the developing world the story is starkly different.
How we can help bridge the ‘digital divide’, particularly with the use of mobile phones, was discussed in the final session of the CABI Global Summit entitled ‘Information and Communication (ICT’s) in agricultural development’
Dr Stephen Rudgard, Chief, WAICENT Capacity Building & Outreach, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), highlighted AGORA – Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture, which he referred to as the “jewel in the crown” of the FAO’s ICT programmes. AGORA is a partnership between the FAO and over 60 publishers, including CABI, and gives free access to over 1300 journals in agriculture and related fields to 107 eligible countries. There are over 200 institutions registered in 90 countries.