Anti-open access bill dead on arrival...

Mar 2, 2012 by

Just a quick link to a well-written post about the Research Works Act debacle, by Rebecca Trager of Chemistry World. Isn’t it interesting to learn that one of the major backers of the RWA, mega-commercial publisher Elsevier, abandoned its support of the bill just hours before it’s dropped in the...

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Ithaka S+R Library Survey 2010 Findings...

Apr 11, 2011 by

I had promised myself I would read the Ithaka S+R Library 2010 survey findings this week-end, especially because of the results concerning the choice of e-book format over print, but that was not meant to be. I will still read it; however I also intend to listen in to the planned free webinars for the coming weeks. I thought those might be of interest to others too. April 13, 2011 12:00 – 1:00 pm (EDT) Ithaka S+R Library Survey 2010 Webinar: Academic Library Services and Strategy April 20, 2011 12:00-1:00 pm (EDT) Ithaka S+R Library Survey 2010: Academic Library Collections April 27, 2011 10AM-11AM EDT Ithaka S+R Library Survey 2010 Webinar: For Non-US Academic...

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Physical Science and Engineering Library closing at UC Davis...

Sep 3, 2009 by

Just a bit of sad news, the University of California – Davis decided to close down its Physical Science and Engineering Library. Budget cuts are said to be the reason behind the decision. 400,000 items will be moved to other campus libraries as well as other institutions. The library will close by 2011. The decision doesn’t seem to be favored by all librarians and students. I’d be curious to know the faculty’s reactions. And the actual future use of the...

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Another library flash mob

May 1, 2009 by

I linked a few months ago to a flash mob at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. More recently, several hundreds of students tried to enter the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga library during finals week. Two nights ago, it the was the William T. Young Library at the University of Kentucky to be visited by, depending of what you read, 300 to 1500 students. Knowing the building, basically a large 6-storied tube, the noise must have been deafening. Is this a increasing trend or is it more covered by the media? While I think the students have good intentions, the possibility of injury is present (crowd surfing, jumping off the building like at UTC). And, how does the event ends? At UNC, the crowd seemed to disperse rapidly on its own. At UTC, security...

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Ada Lovelace Day

Mar 24, 2009 by

Today, March 24th, is Ada Lovelace Day. It is an international day that wants to draw attention to women excelling in technology. I would like to highlight two women here that I admire for their technological skills. I also have the pleasure of knowing them personally and, bonus, they’re librarians! Jill Hurst-Wahl is an expert on digitization and social web tools like Second Life. She has her own consulting firm, Hurst Associates and is a faculty member at Syracuse University at the School of Information Studies. She blogs at Digitization 101. Stacey Greenwell is an expert on information/learning commons. She is the Universtiy of Kentucky’s Information Commons “Hub” librarian and a former IT support professional. She blogs at The Uncommon Commons. With these spotlights, I do not wish to undermine all the other women...

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NewsShow app installed

Feb 6, 2009 by

I’ve added the Google NewsShow app for a spin (right hand column, below the cloud). Let’s see what it comes up with. Not surprinsgly, I specified keywords that have to do with academic/university libraries. Thanks to my DH for his help with the...

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