Ramblings, citations and "brainwaves" of a college librarian in Toronto. 475 square feet refers to the size of my home, not the size of my office or library.


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Not sure how they can do this legally, maybe they are claiming "fair use"..?


The latest attempt to take on the challenge of indexing the "deep", "hidden" or "grey web".

Confessions of a Science Librarian

  1. Ithaka’s 2006 Studies of Key Stakeholders in the Digital Transformation in Higher Education

  2. How Readers Navigate to Scholarly Content: Comparing the changing user
    behaviour between 2005 and 2008 and its impact on publisher web site design and function

  3. College Students' Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources

  4. Sharing, Privacy and Trust in Our Networked World

  5. Generations Online in 2009

  6. The Future of the Internet III

  7. Networked Workers: Most workers use the internet or email at their jobs, but they say these technologies are a mixed blessing for them

  8. Use of Cloud Computing Applications and Services
  9. 2009 Horizon Report

  10. Scholarly Information Practices in the Online Environment: Themes from the Literature and Implications for Library Service Development

  11. National Consultation on Access to Scientific Research Data

  12. Agenda for Developing E-Science in Research Libraries

  13. Sustainability and Revenue Models for Online Academic Resources

  14. Skills, Role & Career Structure of Data Scientists & Curators: Assessment of Current Practice & Future Needs

  15. Semantic Enrichment: The Key to Successful Knowledge Extraction from STM Literature

  16. No Brief Candle: Reconceiving Research Libraries for the 21st Century

  17. Preservation in the Age of Large-Scale Digitization
    A White Paper

  18. A Survey of Digital Humanities Centers in the United States

  19. Library as Place: Rethinking Roles, Rethinking Space

  20. Current Models of Digital Scholarly Communication: Results of an Investigation Conducted by Ithaka for the Association of Research Libraries

  21. The Next Generation of Academics: A Report on a Study Conducted at the University of Rochester

  22. Studying Students: The Undergraduate Research Project at the University of Rochester

  23. The ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2008

  24. Economic Implications of Alternative Scholarly Publishing Models: Exploring the costs and benefits

  25. More People, Not Just More Stuff: Developing a New Vision for Research Cyberinfrastructure

  26. Our Cultural Commonwealth: The report of the American Council of Learned Societies Commission on Cyberinfrastructure for the Humanities and Social Sciences

  27. Cyberinfrastructure for the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

  28. Transformational Times:. An Environmental Scan Prepared for the ARL Strategic Plan Review Task Force

  29. Finding Context: What Today’s College Students Say About Conducting Research in the Digital Age

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Academic Earth.org

see also: Researchchannel.org

Seems there is an aggregator for everything these days....

Clickstream Data Yields High-Resolution Maps of Science

Johan Bollen, Herbert Van de Sompel1, Aric Hagberg, Luis Bettencourt, Ryan Chute, Marko A. Rodriguez, Lyudmila Balakireva

Intricate maps of science have been created from citation data to visualize the structure of scientific activity. However, most scientific publications are now accessed online. Scholarly web portals record detailed log data at a scale that exceeds the number of all existing citations combined. Such log data is recorded immediately upon publication and keeps track of the sequences of user requests (clickstreams) that are issued by a variety of users across many different domains. Given these advantages of log datasets over citation data, we investigate whether they can produce high-resolution, more current maps of science.

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Typeface Derrived From Books

Amazon & iPhone have More Than 250 000 ebooks

seems ebooks are beginning to gain traction in North America. Amazon's Kindle is doing well, iPhone has a lot of titles, Chapters/Indigo has a big collection, all for sale of course. How many books does your library have available for download to PDA, iPhone, etc.? I'm guesing, not many. The question seems to be are publishers and traditional library vendors planning to let us hook our car to this train? or are we going to be passed by?

In today's IP environment, libraries would never have been able to emerge. If we get starved of content, we'll be seeing the Dodo sooner than later. Think about it...every week I see something the library used to be able to buy but no longer can due to technology barriers or licensing barriers.

By the end of 2009, tens of thousands of new books will be added to the approximately 6,000 items in Cornell's collection already available on Amazon. All of the books are in the public domain in the United States, and many are currently out of print.

"Although demand for online access to digital books has been growing, books as artifacts continue to have a real value," said Oya Rieger, associate university librarian for information technologies. "This initiative supports the reading and research patterns of users who prefer the affordances provided by physical
books - they support deep reading, underlining and writing comments in the margins. The Web is great for easy access and browsing, but because digital content can sometimes be ephemeral, physical books continue to serve as valuable reference sources on your shelf."

For a sample of the titles offered on Amazon, go to http://bookstore.library.cornell.edu, and check Amazon.com throughout the year to see new titles as they are added.

Gwen Glazer, Cornell

How to Back Up Your Google Cloud

By Jonathan Rochkind

"why content providers might increasingly prefer electronic versions to paper versions–users actually have fewer rights with them."

Association publications, pdf downloads, license forbids libraries from holding them. Not a great trend....

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