Monday, March 10, 2008

The annual Horizon Report describes the continuing work of the NMC’s Horizon Project, a research-oriented effort that seeks to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have considerable impact on teaching, learning, and creative expression within higher education. The fifth edition in this annual series is again a collaboration between NMC and ELI.

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Monday, March 10, 2008

International Association of Technological University Libraries (IATUL) has

been in the forefront of providing leadership to information professionals and

promoting science and Technology librarianship in today's changing library

landscape. The present article is an attempt to comprehend the present status of

IATUL and analyze the activities and contribution it has made to overcome the

range of challenges facing by tertiary level Technological libraries throughout

the world. The SWOT analysis method is used to assess the achievements of

IATUL, failures and ascertain constraints being faced in this internet age. The

author relied on web sites as well as ephemeral material such as minutes, annual

reports, newsletters, and memoranda to construct this article. Meeting and

Interview with IATUL present and past presidents and other office bearers of the

associations provided useful sources of information. It is also attempted to provide

relevant information for those...

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Friday, February 1, 2008

Soo Young Rieh et al

This article discusses how five key components of IRs – leaders, funding, content, contributors, and systems – are perceived by IR staff at academic institutions where IRs have been implemented, pilot-tested, and planned. Findings are based on the Census of Institutional Repositories in the United States carried out by the Making Institutional Repositories A Collaborative Learning Environment (MIRACLE) project at the University of Michigan with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) (Markey, Rieh, St. Jean, Kim, & Yakel, 2007). The discussion of IRs in this article focuses on a comparison across four categories of IR involvement: (1) no planning to date (NP); (2) planning only (PO); (3) planning and pilot-testing one or more IR systems (PPT), and; (4) public implementation of an IR system (IMP).

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D-Lib Magazine, November/December 2007

Friday, February 1, 2008

Bryan Sinclair

The idea of the information commons as a space for students to gather and work with technology has been with us for over a decade now. Carving out these areas has allowed many university libraries to remain relevant in the academic lives of students. Just as libraries have historically provided reading rooms for users to access and work with print collections, they now provide common spaces for them to access and work with digital collections. The information commons is a natural extension of the library's traditional mission in a wired world.

The information commons itself must adapt and evolve to meet changing expectations and technological capabilities. How well do these environments currently support social learning and promote collaborative work? To what extent do they employ flexible design and take advantage of wireless technology? Do they encourage creativity and discovery and inspire users? Do they offer services and features that students don't already have in campus residence halls and computer labs?

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Friday, February 1, 2008

Joan K. Lippincott

Higher education needs a new framework for promoting the value of information and technology skills for undergraduate and graduate students. This new focus should speak in a language that resonates with academic administrators, faculty, and students and that deemphasizes the jargon of information professionals. Many librarians and information technologists believe that acquiring information and technology literacy skills is an important part of a college student's education. However, despite reports and standards from groups such as the National Academies and the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), few institutions have implemented information or technology literacy educational components throughout the curriculum. The author recommends a framework that focuses on higher education's need to prepare students to be content creators within their disciplinary or professional specialties. 

Joan Lippincott will be a keynote speaker at the 2008 IATUL Conference in Auckland.

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Leo Waaijers

While Cream of Science (Keur der Wetenschap), Promise of Science and the HBO Knowledge Bank (HBO Kennisbank) are among the inspiring results of the DARE Programme for the period 2003-06, what is more important in the long run is the new infrastructure that enables Dutch Higher Education and research institutions to provide easy and reliable open access to research results and teaching material as quickly as possible. Such open access ought to be the standard in a knowledge-driven society, certainly if the material and data have been generated with public funding. Universities, scientists and scholars appear to agree entirely, given the success of the Open Access petition that the academic world has submitted to the European Commission.

Leo is a former Treasurer of IATUL.

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