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A new issue of Ariadne has appeared. It continues the recent repository theme with articles on the EU-wide Driver initiative and the centrally supported open access initiatives rolled out under the Dare program in the Netherlands.
I am often asked about differences between the library environments in the US and the UK, or Europe more widely.
A major factor is scale of course. The University of California alone has a bigger library system than many countries, for example. Another factor is the major role and influence of nationally coordinated and funded programs such as those described in the articles above.
(I discussed some of these issues in an Ariadne article a while ago.)