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Archive November 2014

Game Changers: Education and Information Technologies

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 4:09:10 p.m.

Education changes lives and societies, but can we sustain the current model? New models and new technologies allow us to rethink many of the premises of education—location and time, credits and credentials, knowledge creation and sharing.

Game Changers: Education and Information Technologies is a collection of chapters and case studies contributed by college and university presidents, provosts, faculty, and other stakeholders. Institutions are finding new ways of achieving higher education’s mission without being crippled by constraints or overpowered by greater expectations.

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10 Most Highly Ranked Presentations at LIBER 2014

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 4:05:18 p.m.

Library professionals from across Europe presented at LIBER’s 2014 Annual Conference in Riga, Latvia.

Following the conference, we asked delegates for their opinions about the conference in general, and on each presentation. Using this feedback, we came up with a list of the 10 most highly rated presentations from LIBER 2014.

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Making It Real: 3D Printing as a Library Service

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 4:02:10 p.m.

The New Media Consortium (NMC) and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) have repeatedly identified 3D printing as an important development in educational technology, most recently forecasting a mere two to three years before widespread adoption. What will that mean for higher education and society? How will such services impact practices of higher education and potentially learning itself? What can those tasked with provisioning such services expect and plan for?

In early 2012, the DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), became one of the first academic libraries in the United States to provide 3D printing and scanning support as a library service explicitly available to all UNR students, faculty, and staff, as well as the public. Following a successful launch, the services were quickly adopted as a key component of the library's support of UNR's learning, teaching, and research missions.

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The Future Now: Canada's Libraries, Archives, and Public Memory

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 4:00:16 p.m.

Since the 1950s debate has raged about the impact of new technologies on print culture in the broadest sense and on the publishing industry, libraries, and archives in particular. Succinctly put, “The Death of the Book” has been both proclaimed and denied. Meanwhile, notions of what constitutes a library or an archive have been challenged and transformed by new communications competencies and needs. In response to these realities, the Royal Society of Canada is establishing an Expert Panel on “The Future Now: Canada's Libraries, Archives, and Public Memory”.

Section on Academic Libraries begins on p93.

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The Social, Political and Legal Aspects of Text and Data Mining (TDM)

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 3:58:35 p.m.

The ideas of textual or data mining (TDM) and subsequent analysis go back hundreds if not thousands of years. Originally carried out manually, textual and data analysis has long been a tool which has enabled new insights to be drawn from text corpora. However, for the potential benefits of TDM to be unlocked, a number of non-technological barriers need to be overcome. These include legal uncertainty resulting from complicated copyright, database rights and licensing, the fact that some publishers are not currently embracing the opportunities TDM offers the academic community, and a lack of awareness of TDM among many academics, alongside a skills gap.

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IATUL 2015: Call for Papers & Posters

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 3:53:16 p.m.

36th Annual IATUL Conference in Hannover, Germany,
5 - 9 July 2015

The IATUL 2015 Programme Committee invites proposals for papers and posters which should reflect the conference theme:

"Strategic Partnerships for Access and Discovery"

The information business has always been about a network of partners working together in library arenas, rather than individual libraries working in isolation. It is abundantly clear that such collaborations are of great strategic importance, especially when it comes to making access to scientific information easier and faster than ever before – for the benefit of scientific community.

We are looking for speakers with projects and activities at the cutting edge of current developments, who reveal what direction library strategy, management and practice may take and highlight collaborations which have the users in focus.

Deadline: 12th January 2015.

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Travel Grants for the IATUL Conference

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 3:50:52 p.m.

To encourage global participation the IATUL Travel Grant programme provides financial assistance to library and/or information professionals from developing countries to attend the annual IATUL Conference. Five IATUL travel grants will be awarded to first-time attendees of this conference. Applications are encouraged from librarians at any institution that is an IATUL member or would qualify for IATUL membership. When applying for a Travel Grant, please remember that English is the official language of the organization and its annual conference.

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