Friday, May 30, 2008

John MacColl

RLG Programs became part of OCLC in the summer of 2006. In November of last year, RLG Programs announced the appointment of a European Director, John MacColl. This article explains the rationale behind the combination of RLG with the OCLC Office of Research, and describes the work programme of the new Programs and Research Group. It argues for co-operation as the necessary response to the challenges presented to research libraries as the Web changes the way researchers work, and it lays out a new programme dedicated to research outputs, which will have significant European Partner involvement.

Go to Source: http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue55/maccoll/

Friday, May 30, 2008

An eight-page special supplement is published in the Guardian newspaper today that examines the achievements of academic libraries in the UK, assesses current challenges and looks at how these might shape the future of our university libraries.

SCONUL members contributed to articles about a wide range of issues including library design, open access, and digital archiving including personal reflections from SCONUL Chair Anne Bell and other members on how technology has changed the role of the librarian in recent years.

In a lead article, editor Stephen Hoare says that academic libraries are rising to the challenges of changing user needs and finding new means of searching and navigating information.

The supplement also looks forward, and the editor comments, 'changing faster than at any time in their history. Information technology, online databases, and catalogues and digitised archives have put the library back at the heart of teaching, learning and academic research on campus.' Toby Bainton, SCONUL secretary adds that he sees libraries taking on a much more central, in-house publishing role in making the universities own research available.

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Friday, May 30, 2008

Diane Harley, Sarah Earl-Novell, Sophia Krzys Acord, Shannon Lawrence, and C. Judson King.

The Center for Studies in Higher Education, with generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is conducting research to understand the needs and desires of faculty for in-progress scholarly communication (i.e., forms of communication employed as research is being executed) as well as archival publication. In the interest of developing a deeper understanding of how and why scholars do what they do to advance their fields as well as their careers, our approach focuses on fine-grained analyses of faculty values and behaviors throughout the scholarly communication lifecycle, including sharing, collaborating, publishing, and engaging with the public. Well into our second year, we have posted a draft interim report describing some of our early results and impressions based on the responses of more than 150 interviewees in the fields of astrophysics, archaeology, biology, economics, history, music, and political science.

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http://cshe.berkeley.edu/publications/publications.php?id=...

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Friday, May 30, 2008

Margaret Henty

The growing capacity of ICT to contribute to research of all kinds has excited researchers the world over as they invent new ways of conducting research and enjoy the benefits of bigger and more sophisticated computers and communications systems to support measurement, analysis, collaboration and publishing. The expanding rate of ICT development is matched by the numbers of people wanting to join in this funfest, by growth in the amount of data being generated, and by demands for new and improved hardware, software, networks, and data storage. Governments and research funders, too, are keen to exploit the potential for new discoveries which may bring societal benefits and a return on their financial investment.

Go to source: http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue55/henty/

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

To meet the requirements of patrons, modern libraries have created an international information network. By sharing knowledge and experience, and cooperating in complex projects to meet new challenges, librarianship can help considerably to constantly improve our knowledge infrastructure, and find new ways to efficiently navigate the global information highway.

To support the international community of scientific and technological university libraries in creating urgently required synergies, the International Association of Scientific and Technological University Libraries (IATUL) has established the IATUL Library Twinning Initiative.

Within the framework of the IATUL Library Twinning Initiative, member libraries are encouraged to form close and long term bonds of mutual cooperation and support, by joint ventures and by setting up an efficient communication infrastructure for the exchange of experience through electronic means and personal meetings.

Go to source: IATUL Twinning Initiative

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