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Archive November 2012

Content is King Among Consumers

Friday, 30 November 2012 10:50:25 a.m.

nRelate and Harris Interactive teamed up to take a closer look at consumers’ online content discovery behavior. The results of the Behavior Shift: Getting Content in Front of Consumers announced today showed most Americans are gravitating toward an exploratory, contextual information discovery process. So where are they finding the online content? A vast majority of Americans (76%) are clicking on links to related stories they’re already reading. Next to search results, these related links (often located at the bottom of an article and leading to a similar one) are the preferred method of discovering information online.
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Academic Libraries and Research Data Services: Current Practices and Plans for the Future

Friday, 30 November 2012 10:48:57 a.m.

This survey reports the findings of a cross section of academic libraries in the United States and Canada to provide a baseline assessment of the current state of and future plans for research data services in academic libraries. Recently the academic library community has identified data curation as one of the top ten trends in 2012. Some academic libraries are already engaged in these activities, and others are examining ways they can best provide a range of research data services. As science becomes more collaborative, data-intensive, and computational, academic researchers are faced with a range of data management needs. Combine these needs with funding directives that require data management planning, and there is both a need and an imperative for research data services in colleges and universities. Academic libraries may be ideal centers for research data service activities on campuses, providing unique opportunities for academic libraries to become even more active participants in the knowledge creation cycle in their institution.
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Beyond The Internet

Friday, 30 November 2012 10:47:28 a.m.

University libraries as they are now: “changed, changed utterly” as Yeats would say. Instead of bookshelves there are computer terminals in vast study areas, the few shelves that remain largely devoted to special collections. Instead of the army of library assistants checking out borrowed books and reshelving returned books there are professional librarians with newly-enhanced information and advisory roles; instead of local acquisition arrangements increasingly there are consortiums with neighbouring institutions, to ensure a networked approach to rapacious international subscription houses, and to preserve a common repository of physical copies of record.

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If You Build It, Will They Come? Library Learning Spaces and Technology

Friday, 30 November 2012 10:42:42 a.m.

Like many institutions, the Shapiro Library invested in a space renovation of its lobby to support student learning by fostering collaboration, offering technology-rich resources, and connecting to academic programs.

What wasn’t clear was why students failed to use the technology allowing them to plug in their laptops and project their work onto large screens for collaborative work.

The library lobby team began modeling use of the projection feature when advertising alone did not increase use of the new plug-and-project capability.

Although student use of projection technology in the lobby is increasing, progress is slow; simply getting the word out about these new learning space options continues to be the biggest hurdle.

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CORE: Three Access Levels to Underpin Open Access

Friday, 30 November 2012 10:41:17 a.m.

The last 10 years have seen a massive increase in the amount of Open Access publications in journals and institutional repositories. The open availability of large volumes of state-of-the-art knowledge online has the potential to provide huge savings and benefits in many fields. However, in order to fully leverage this knowledge, it is necessary to develop systems that (a) make it easy for users to discover and access this knowledge at the level of individual resources, (b) explore and analyse this knowledge at the level of collections of resources and (c) provide infrastructure and access to raw data in order to lower the barriers to the research and development of systems and services on top of this knowledge. In this paper, we argue why these requirements should be satisfied and show that current systems do not meet them. Consequently, we present the CORE (COnnecting REpositories) system, a large-scale Open Access aggregation, outlining its existing functionality and discussing the future technical development. We demonstrate how the system addresses the above needs and how it can be applied to the benefit of the whole ecosystem that includes institutional repositories, individuals, researchers, developers, funding bodies and governments.
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Berlin 10 Open Access Conference Recap

Friday, 30 November 2012 10:33:54 a.m.

As open access (OA) and other “open” movements become more part of the mainstream consciousness, conversations surrounding OA continue to evolve—moving from whether OA is a good approach to far more provocative questions such as, how do we move past the legacies of the print publication world and what is a journal in today’s environment? These questions and many others were raised at this year’s Berlin Open Access Conference, held in Stellenbosch, South Africa from Nov. 6-8, 2012. This year’s conference marks the first time the meeting was held in Africa, making it possible for strong turnout from throughout the continent—two-thirds of African countries were represented. The 270 delegates were from all over the world and represented a range of stakeholders—policymakers, researchers, research funders, publishers, higher education administrators, and librarians. Throughout presentations and discussions, participants were encouraged to think globally and take bold collective actions to advance the open agenda.
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