Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Thursday, July 19, 2007

The Programme Committee invites proposals for papers and posters for the 29th Annual IATUL Conference to be held in Auckland, New Zealand from 21 -24 April 2008.

The Conference theme is Digital Discovery: Strategies and Solutions

The sub-themes to be considered for contributions are:

National Digital Strategies

Developing e-infrastructure for research discovery

Using Web 2.0 for learning discovery

Many countries have developed digital strategies. For example the New Zealand government Digital Strategy ( ) is about creating "a digital future for all New Zealanders, using the power of information and communications technology". IATUL libraries play a vital part in the success of national and international strategies by contributing to digital discovery in their own institutions. Papers discussing the implementation of global and national strategies to provide local solutions will be welcome.

Important Dates

26 September 2007 Abstracts for papers and posters due to Programme Committee

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

How are institutional repositories (IRs) to preserve the digital content for which they accept responsibility? Until now, much emphasis has been placed on the role of repository software. Two of these software applications, notably DSpace [2] and Fedora [3], have promoted support for preservation as a key feature. In contrast, the first software designed for IRs, EPrints [4], has until now offered less explicit support for preservation. In truth, reliance on repository software alone will not be sufficient: "it seems obvious that no existing software application could serve on its own as a trustworthy preservation system. Preservation is the act of physically and intellectually protecting and technically stabilizing the transmission of the content and context of electronic records across space and time, in order to produce copies of those records that people can reasonably judge to be authentic. To accomplish this, the preservation system requires natural and juridical people, institutions, applications, infrastructure, and procedures." (Wilczek and Glick 2006)

Go to Source

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Ten years ago, a small Mountain View, California company rolled out a plain search box and a new computer algorithm to help people find information. In the month of January 2007, more than 3.9 billion searches were performed on Google, which held a commanding 72 percent of the global search market, according to Nielsen//NetRatings and Enquisite Software.

In addition, more than 255 million people worldwide used a search engine—81 percent of the global Internet population—and the audience for search grew more than 10 percent, outpacing the growth of the Internet itself.

Clearly, it’s fair to say that Google, along with a host of other Internet search engines, have fundamentally changed the relationship between humanity and knowledge, says John Battelle, entrepreneur, journalist, professor and author of The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture. “Search is the new interface to knowledge,” he says. “All of a sudden, the world is quite literally at your feet—or rather your fingertips.”

So powerful is Google’s impact that in 2006, Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary and the Oxford English Dictionary...

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Friday, May 11, 2007

NZLIMJ Vol. 50 Issue 2, April 2007

New Zealand Library & Information Management Journal - Nga Pūrongo

The NZ Library & Information Management Journal is published by LIANZA with support from Victoria University of Wellington and is intended as a national forum on library and information management issues in New Zealand. It is not limited to a specific information sector or to articles of a particular type; rather, the content seeks to reflect the wide-ranging interests and needs of information professionals in New Zealand.

NZLIMJ is published in an online format biannually and hosted on the LIANZA website. Print editions of the Journal are distributed to all current LIANZA members. 

NZLIMJ Vol. 50 Issue 2, April 2007

Friday, May 11, 2007

The Research Impact of Open Access Journal Articles

The availability of scientific and intellectual works freely through scientists’ personal web sites, digital university archives or through the electronic print (eprint) archives of major scientific institutions has radically changed the process of scientific communication within the last decade. The “Open Access” (OA) initiative is having a tremendous impact upon the scientific communication process, which is largely based on publishing in scientific periodicals. This exploratory paper investigates the research impact of OA articles across the subject disciplines. The research impact of OA articles as measured by the number of citations varies from discipline to discipline. OA articles in Biology and Economics had the highest research impact. OA articles in hard, urban, and convergent fields such as Physics, Mathematics, and Chemical Engineering did not necessarily get cited most often.

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