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Archive October 2008

Libraries of the Future

Friday, 31 October 2008 11:30:25 a.m.

Editor Elspeth Hyams describes how ‘a number of academic libraries are making headlines for moving books out to make more space for people.’ She goes on to describe how JISC provides ‘not only an increasingly streamlined technical infrastructure, but also content, central support and advisory services…JISC is an agent of transformational change across UK higher education as a whole.’

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JISC survey reveals how librarians view the future

Friday, 31 October 2008 11:01:36 a.m.

In a data-rich future, senior academic librarians believe that managing and promoting e-Resources and e-Content will be their main challenges. These are the conclusions of a newly published JISC survey of 300 key library and Learning Resource Centre (LRC) staff across 284 HE and FE institutions. The findings complement those of SCONUL’s recent Top Concerns 2008 research.

The shift away from print to a dependence on e-Resources raises questions such as how to manage the volume of material, how users can access it and how libraries and LRCs can provide or promote such resources. It also highlights financial issues such as potential funding sources for the increasing amounts of new technology, electronic materials and subscriptions likely to be needed by the learning institutions of the future

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What's in our in-trays? The SCONUL Top Concerns Survey 2008

Friday, 31 October 2008 10:59:35 a.m.

The fourth survey of SCONUL members’ top concerns took place during the first two weeks of April 2008. As in the previous year, the 2008 Top Concerns survey used the e-inform web survey platform from Priority Research Ltd. SCONUL is grateful to Priority Research Ltd for their continuing support in this area. As well as giving an interesting snapshot of SCONUL directors’ current concerns, the Top Concerns survey is also used to prioritise SCONUL strategies to ensure that these match all members’ interests.

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Education at a Glance 2008: OECD Indicators.

Friday, 31 October 2008 10:33:09 a.m.

Across OECD countries, governments are seeking policies to make education more effective while searching for additional resources to meet the increasing demand for education. The 2008 edition of Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators enables countries to see themselves in the light of other countries’ performance. It provides a rich, comparable and up-to-date array of indicators on the performance of education systems and represents the consensus of professional thinking on how to measure the current state of education internationally. The indicators look at who participates in education, what is spent on it and how education systems operate and at the results achieved. The latter includes indicators on a wide range of outcomes, from comparisons of students’ performance in key subject areas to the impact of education on earnings.

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Proceedings of AUQF2008: Quality & Standards in Higher Education: Making a Difference.

Friday, 31 October 2008 10:28:39 a.m.

AUQA’s Occasional Publications (AOP) Series provides a vehicle for the publication of research and reflection on quality assurance and quality enhancement in higher education, with an emphasis on topics of relevance to Australia. The Series includes conference proceedings, themed collections of articles, special issues, reports and monographs.

Aims of the Series are to:
• contribute to the enhancement of quality practices and quality assurance in Australian higher education (wherever offered) and internationally
• provide a means for sharing insights, research and analysis that is responsive to identified or emerging needs of quality facilitators in higher education
• stimulate discussion and reflection on directions, evolution and progress in quality improvement relevant to higher education and external quality assurance agencies
• explore the breadth and diversity of approaches to quality assurance in Australian higher education
• provide substantial scholarly contributions to the literature on quality assurance in higher education that would otherwise not be available to a wide audience

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Long-term Preservation Strategies - new ALPSP report

Friday, 31 October 2008 10:21:48 a.m.

One of the most important issues facing publishers and their library customers is long-term preservation of digital content. More and more scholarly content is published electronically with an increasing amount 'born digital' with no print counterpart. This dramatic increase in electronic scholarly resources raises important questions about rights and responsibilities relating to long-term preservation.

Against this background, ALPSP undertook a survey of its members to enhance awareness of long-term digital preservation issues and to establish the nature and extent of strategies that they have planned. 

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