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Archive August 2013

Workshop – Challenges of networking library services (Desafios de serviços de bibliotecas em rede)

Friday, 30 August 2013 11:11:59 a.m.

This IATUL workshop, aimed at Library Directors in Latin America, is being hosted by the Univesidade Federal De Santa Catarina Library, Brazil from 30 September - 1 October 2013.

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Open access to research publications reaching 'tipping point'

Friday, 30 August 2013 11:02:34 a.m.

The global shift towards making research findings available free of charge for readers—so-called 'open access'—was confirmed today in a study funded by the European Commission. This new research suggests that open access is reaching the tipping point, with around 50% of scientific papers published in 2011 now available for free. This is about twice the level estimated in previous studies, explained by a refined methodology and a wider definition of open access. The study also estimates that more than 40% of scientific peer reviewed articles published worldwide between 2004 and 2011 are now available online in open access form. The study looks at the EU and some neighbouring countries, as well as Brazil, Canada, Japan and United States of America.

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Practicing Freedom in the Digital Library: Reinventing Libraries

Friday, 30 August 2013 11:00:11 a.m.

When we were creating our first strategic plan at my library, we held some focus groups with faculty. One of them said something that still resonates with me: “It’s not about technology, it’s about pedagogy.” He thought we were paying attention to the wrong thing.
A decade later, when we were putting together a new strategic plan, I noticed that the word technology had essentially vanished from our discourse. It was assumed, like electricity, to be part of the infrastructure in which we teach and learn. It was so essential that it had seeped into everything else and disappeared.

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"Can't Buy Us Love:" Rick Anderson kicks off new Ithaka S+R Issue Briefs series

Friday, 30 August 2013 10:50:56 a.m.

The use of large, comprehensive collections of printed books and journals has seen a massive decline at North American research libraries in recent years—an effect of the shift in scholarly publishing from an analog and print-based model to a digital and networked one. However, during these past two decades of radical change and energetic response, I believe we have missed a much more important shift, one that poses a more direct and existential threat than the one posed by the move from print to online. We have failed to prepare for the emergence of a reality in which our very role as brokers, curators, and organizers has itself been fundamentally undermined.
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10 Academic Libraries From Around the World Profiled in the Guardian

Friday, 30 August 2013 10:48:39 a.m.

The Guardian provides a look at 10 academic libraries, including some IATUL members.
A representative from each institution is interviewed with the discussions focusing on the, “challenges they face, plans for the future, and their role in higher education.”

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U.S. Library Consortia: A snapshot of priorities & perspectives

Friday, 30 August 2013 10:46:16 a.m.

This new report details findings from a study OCLC conducted with U.S. library consortia in 2012 to learn about the demographic make-up of their groups, their strategic initiatives, their groups' challenges and top methods for communicating with their members.
Select key findings
Most U.S. library consortia:
· Have been in existence for more than 30 years
· Have more than 40 members
· Consider funding to be their top challenge
· Host in-person meetings and networking opportunities with members at least   several times a year
Just over 100 leaders of U.S. library consortia participated in the study.

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Institutional Altmetrics and Academic Libraries

Friday, 30 August 2013 10:44:13 a.m.

While the concept of altmetrics has matured considerably in the three years since the altemetrics manifesto was released, the idea of the “one”—that solo he or she who turns to altmetrics to filter or analyse a collection of sources—has remained largely consistent in the movement’s development. The result of this focus has been, on one hand, a positive growth in the number of altmetrics tools customized to the needs and products of individual users. On the other hand, proportionately little attention has been paid to date to the development of core altmetrics tools for scholars identified in the institutional aggregate. From the perspective of academic librarians—a professional group that has long championed the importance of scalable scholarly filters—this contrast is part of a larger challenge that altmetrics faces in the tenure–and–administration dominated world of higher education. In this article, we take a moment to examine a few ways in which altmetrics has begun to address the needs of institutions and, more specifically, the key roles that librarians can play as partners, liaisons, and advocates in such endeavours.


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Annual IATULWorkshop 2013

Tuesday, 6 August 2013 2:35:49 p.m.

The workshop will be held at the University of Oxford from 5-6 December 2013. The theme is 'Research Data Management: Finding our Role' and the call for papers closes on 31 August 2013.

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