STOP THE BRITISH LIBRARY, FREE ACCESS NOW!


Subject: STOP THE BRITISH LIBRARY, FREE ACCESS NOW!
From: Hannele Koivunen (hannele.koivunen@minedu.fi )
Date: pe 05 heinš† 1996 - 08:48:41 EEST


I think that this message should interest the ecup-list subscribers. I think
that the British Library has taken a very serious step concerning the future
development of libraries in the information society. This issue is really
worth of discussion.

Hannele Koivunen
hannele.koivunen@minedu.fi

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>Date: Fri, 5 Jul 1996 00:21:43 +0200
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>From: newo@madrid.idec.es (owen fisher)
>Subject: STOP THE BRITISH LIBRARY, FREE ACCESS NOW!
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>Dear ISOP list members,
>
>As this is my first message to the list, I would like to thank ISOP for
>providing this very important service. I hope it becomes one of the most
>important and emblematic devices on the Internet in terms of electronic
>democrary.
>
>The real motive for my contacting you is that recently, I discovered that
>the British Library charges a fee for on-line users (except university
>ISPs), to access to their catalogues! I believe this policy to be contrary
>to the spirit of the information age as well as to the very definition of
>what a public library's function is! The policy also sets an alarming
>precedence, as I am under the impression that The British Library is the
>only national library on-line that charges fees to the general public. (The
>only rates that should be going up are modem baude rates!)
>
>I would like to solicit your help in denouncing this policy. The
>effectiveness of pressure put forth by colleagues would be great.
>
>The British Library may be reached via email:
>
>portico@bl.uk
>
>the URL is:
>
>http://www.bl.uk
>
>There are questions here that not only effect the tax payers of the United
>Kingdom but, also the European Union in terms of reciprocity, the
>Commonwealth, and indeed the entire world.
>
>I look forward to reading your replies as to how to get them to rectify this
>situation.
>
>Sincerely,
>
>Owen J. Fisher
>
>
>
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