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Archive June 2012

Inaugural Issue of Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication Released!

Wednesday, 27 June 2012 4:29:23 p.m.

The inaugural issue of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication (JLSC) is now available featuring open access, peer-reviewed research, about library-led scholarly communication initiatives, online publishing and digital projects. Journal content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license. The journal is a not-for-profit endeavour, published by Pacific University Library. In support of open and equitable opportunities for authors, JLSC does not charge article submission or publication fees.
 
 
Go to source: http://jlsc-pub.org/jlsc/.

Challenges of 21st-Century Research Library Collections

Wednesday, 27 June 2012 4:29:23 p.m.

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has announced a new briefing paper for research library directors, "21st-Century Collections: Calibration of Investment and Collaborative Action."
 
The paper is the work of the ARL 21st-Century Research Library Collections Task Force, co-chaired by Deborah Jakubs, Rita DiGiallonardo Holloway University Librarian and Vice Provost for Library Affairs at Duke University, and Thomas Leonard, Kenneth and Dorothy Hill University Librarian at the University of California Berkeley. ARL staff support to the task force included Visiting Program Officer Christine Avery, Head of the University College Libraries and Collection Development Coordinator for Commonwealth Campus Libraries at Penn State University.
 
Go to source: http://www.arl.org/news/pr/21sttfreport-17may12.shtml

Connect, Collaborate, and Communicate: A Report from the Value of Academic Libraries Summits

Wednesday, 27 June 2012 4:29:23 p.m.

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has released a white paper, “Connect, Collaborate, and Communicate: A Report from the Value of Academic Libraries Summits,” which reports on two invitational summits supported by a National Leadership Collaborative Planning Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
 
As part of ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries Initiative, a multiyear project designed to assist academic librarians in demonstrating library value, ACRL joined with three partners – the Association for Institutional Research, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the Council of Independent Colleges – to sponsor two national summits. The summits convened senior librarians, chief academic administrators and institutional researchers from 22 postsecondary institutions for discussions about library impact. Fifteen representatives from higher education organizations, associations and accreditation bodies also participated in the summit discussions and presentations and facilitated small group work.

Go to source: http://www.ala.org/news/pr?id=10690

 

Science and Technology Undergraduate Students' Use of the Internet, Cell Phones and Social Networking Sites to Access Library Information

Wednesday, 27 June 2012 4:29:23 p.m.

Many academic libraries and publishers have developed mobile-optimized versions of their web sites and catalogs. Almost all database vendors and major journal publishers have provided a way to connect to their resources via the Internet and the mobile web. In light of this pervasive use of the Internet, mobile devices and social networking, this study examines the habits of 290 science and technology students to identify whether they use this technology for library-related activities.
 
Even though there are widespread uses of the Internet, cell phones, and social networking, this study found that the majority of the students surveyed do not readily identify them as a means to access library-provided databases, the library catalog or to retrieve full-text journal articles on demand or on the go.
 
Go to source: http://www.istl.org/12-spring/refereed3.html

Public sector saves 28 million through open access.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012 4:29:23 p.m.

Open Access to published scholarly research offers significant benefits to the UK, according to two reports released today by the UK Open Access Implementation Group.
 
The UK public sector already saves £28.6 million by using open access.  The reports make it clear that both the public sector and the voluntary sector would see further direct and indirect benefits from increased access to UK higher education research publications.
 
Go to source: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/news/stories/2012/04/openaccess.aspx

The Learning Space Toolkit

Wednesday, 27 June 2012 4:29:23 p.m.

The Learning Space Toolkit enables you to envision needs for space, technology, and services and then plan for how best to meet those needs. The Roadmap section provides the schedule and activities needed to plan and implement learning spaces to help orchestrate the planning process so that learners are better supported and space, technology, and services are effective.

Go to source: http://learningspacetoolkit.org/

Key Issues for e-Resource Collection Development: A Guide for Libraries

Wednesday, 27 June 2012 4:29:23 p.m.

The purpose of this Guide is to help develop an awareness of the key issues that every library will need to consider and address in developing an e-portfolio. The Guide is not intended to be exhaustive, but is written to provide a reasonable and informed introduction to the wide range of issues presented by electronic resources.
 
A guide that addresses an evolving subject area, such as electronic resources, requires updates. Thus, updates to this Guide at appropriate intervals, as determined by the Standing Committee of the IFLA Acquisition and Collection Development Section, will replace the previous edition on IFLANet.The current document is simply a snapshot of best practices at this point in time.

Go to source:
http://www.ifla.org/en/publications/key-issues-for-e-resource-collection-development-a-guide-for-libraries

Peculiarities of Digitising Materials from the Collections of the National Academy of Sciences, Armenia

Wednesday, 27 June 2012 4:29:23 p.m.

Early writing which first appeared as cuneiform protocols and then emerged in manuscript form and as printed materials is currently entering a new stage in its development – in the form of electronic publications.
 
The Internet has drastically changed our understanding of access to library resources, to publication schemas, and has introduced brand new ways of information delivery. And as a result, the present situation could be described as a continuous increase in the amount of material being published only in electronic form, together with wide-scale conversion of paper-based material to digital formats. And this tendency will only intensify in the coming decades, covering more and more geographical areas, countries and language groups. More and more librarians, image-processing specialists, and metadata creators will be involved in this process. Information Science specialists will develop and propose new algorithms for e-resource description, information discovery and retrieval.

Go to source:
http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/print/issue68/hopkinson-zargaryan

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