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Archive March 2011

IATUL Conference 2011, May 29 - June 2, 2011 in Warsaw

Tuesday, 29 March 2011 5:12:09 p.m.

It's not too late to register for this great conference at

"Libraries for An Open Environment: strategies, technologies and partnerships" to be held on May 29 - June 2, 2011 in Warsaw (Poland).

The globalization of higher education, new models of scholarly communication, methods of archiving research and educational resources and technological developments to improve access to the world knowledge - all this calls for changes at universities and within the academic environment. The university library plays a significant role in implementing the new university strategy.

The conference focuses on:

Open Scholarly Communication, Open Access,
Blended Learning and E-learning,
Open Resources for Higher Education
Repositories and Digital Libraries
Improving librarian skills

It will be the opportunity to share experiences, discuss the recent developments and future perspectives.

Come to Warsaw to take part in the IATUL Conference to exchange views and learn how to improve library partnerships within the university and between the libraries - members of IATUL. This will be the time for professional and social meetings, a unique chance to visit Warsaw and taste the Polish culture and cuisine, experience the hospitality of Polish people.

The Value of Libraries for Research and Researchers

Tuesday, 29 March 2011 5:11:21 p.m.

This jointly commissioned RLUK and RIN report presents the findings of a systematic study of the value of the services that libraries in the UK provide to researchers, and of the contributions that libraries from a wide range of institutions make to institutional research performance. The aim of the report was to identify the key characteristics of library provision to support research in successful UK universities and departments. Libraries have changed and are changing, developing new roles and services. The findings are summarised in the form of map which sets out the key characteristics and behaviours of libraries, and the links between them and the performance of individual researchers and institutions. The detailed findings are thus presented in the form of ten stories – summarised in the map - about the different kinds of value that libraries provide in supporting both individual researchers and the research performance of their host institutions.

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Perceptions of Libraries, 2010: Context and Community

Tuesday, 29 March 2011 5:09:35 p.m.

OCLC's newest membership report, Perceptions of Libraries, 2010, a sequel to the 2005 Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources, is now available. The new report provides updated information and new insights into information consumers and their online habits, preferences, and perceptions. Particular attention was paid to how the current economic downturn has affected the information-seeking behaviors and how those changes are reflected in the use and perception of libraries.

This OCLC membership report explores:

• Technological and economic shifts since 2005
• Lifestyle changes Americans have made during the recession, including increased use of the library and other online resources
• How a negative change to employment status impacts use and perceptions of the library
• Perceptions of libraries and information resources based on life stage

The report is based on U.S. data from an online survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of OCLC. OCLC analyzed and summarized the results in order to produce this report.

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Embedded librarianship in the research context: Navigating new waters

Tuesday, 29 March 2011 5:08:14 p.m.

As librarians seek to redefine themselves, the model of embedded librarianship is generating interest as an effective means of applying the knowledge and skills of librarians towards the information challenges of the digital age. Embedded librarianship takes a librarian out of the context of the traditional library and places him or her in an “on-site” setting or situation that enables close coordination and collaboration with researchers or teaching faculty.

The idea behind the embedded librarianship model is to enable librarians to demonstrate their expertise as information specialists and to apply this expertise in ways that will have a direct and deep impact on the research, teaching, or other work being done.

Through embedded librarianship, librarians move from a supporting role into partnerships with their clientele, enabling librarians to develop stronger connections and relationships with those they serve.

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E-journals: their use, value and impact - final report

Tuesday, 29 March 2011 5:06:43 p.m.

This two-part report takes in-depth look at how researchers in the UK use electronic journals, the value they bring to universities and research institutions and the contribution they make to research productivity, quality and outcomes.

Journal publishers began to provide online access to full-text scholarly articles in the late 1990s, triggering a revolution in the scholarly communications process. A very high proportion of journal articles are now available online 96 per cent of journal titles in science, technology and medicine, and 86 per cent of titles in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

It’s clear that e-journals have given researchers an unprecedented level and convenience of access to knowledge in scholarly articles, but what effect have they had on the ways in which researchers seek information? Do they provide good value for money to higher education libraries and what are the wider benefits for universities and research institutions?

Our Phase One report examines how researchers interact with journal websites and whether enhanced access to journal articles has led to greater productivity, research quality and other outcomes. It finds that researchers are savvy when it comes to using e-journals, finding the information they need quickly and efficiently, and that higher spending on e-journals is linked to better research outcomes.

Based on an analysis of log files from journal websites and data from libraries in ten universities and research institutions, our report starts to build a clear picture of how e-journals are shaping the information landscape a picture that we’ll add to as our research in this area continues.

The aim in the Phase Two report was to test and examine the reasons underlying the behaviours which were identified in Phase One.

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Science and Technology Resources on the Internet: Essential Readings in e-Science

Tuesday, 29 March 2011 5:05:16 p.m.

The amount of data that scientists produce continues to increase every year. People are needed to handle, preserve, describe, and organize that data, and, because many of these tasks are similar to what librarians have done with publications for centuries, it makes sense that librarians would have a role in the emerging task of managing scientific data. It is the purpose of this paper to give librarians a core set of readings to turn to in order to begin learning about this new task in our field; to help us, as individuals and as a profession, understand what our roles will be in the area of "e-Science."

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ROI 2020: How valuable can libraries become?

Tuesday, 29 March 2011 5:03:31 p.m.

 In the current economic climate, every dollar spent in support of libraries—whether public, academic, school or special libraries—is being more closely scrutinized than ever. In these circumstances, value calculations and Return on Investment (ROI) tools can provide powerful arguments for continued funding. In most cases, a snapshot of the value that your library provides will necessarily look backward, taking into account current services and resources. But are there ways to calculate value going forward? In an information landscape that seemingly changes from day to day, a view of your library’s future value may be an important consideration for budgetary analysis and planning.

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The Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 2010

Tuesday, 29 March 2011 5:01:47 p.m.

The Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 2010 presents over 3,800 selected English-language articles, books, and other textual sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet. It covers digital copyright, digital libraries, digital preservation, digital rights management, digital repositories, economic issues, electronic books and texts, electronic serials, license agreements, metadata, publisher issues, open access, and other related topics. Most sources have been published from 1990 through 2010. Many references have links to freely available copies of included works.

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