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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The 2013 IATUL Conference will be held in Cape Town, South Africa from 14 - 18 April. The theme is "Doing it together: effective collaboration."
Papers and posters that will aid in sharing experiences and understanding of the effectiveness of collaboration in the following areas are welcome:
  • E-learning and beyond: transliteracy, blended learning, game based learning and academic social networks
  • E-science: local strategies and beyond – including research data management in libraries
  • Cloud computing: impact on library services and collaborative ventures, use and benefits for libraries, support for research, etc.
  • Libraries as collaborative hubs: for students and faculty, library and general academic support services
  • Inner university collaboration: library and faculty, library and student body, library support services, library building/refurbishment planning structures and marketing of library services
  • Library and their business partners: electronic data exchange, consortia, and more
  • ...
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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The NMC Horizon Report > 2012 K-12 Edition identifies mobile devices & apps and tablet computing as technologies expected to enter mainstream use in the first horizon of one year or less. Game-based learning and personal learning environments are seen in the second horizon of two to three years; and augmented reality and natural user interfaces emerged in the third horizon of four to five years.

The subject matter in this report was identified through a qualitative research process designed and conducted by the NMC that engages an international body of experts in education, technology, business, and other fields around a set of research questions designed to surface significant trends and challenges and to identify emerging technologies with a strong likelihood of adoption in pre-college education. The NMC Horizon Report > 2012 K-12 Edition details the areas in which these experts were in strong agreement.
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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Researchers of Tomorrow is the UK’s largest study to date on the research behaviour of Generation Y doctoral students (born between 1982 and 1994). JISC and the British Library jointly commissioned the three year study in 2009, which involved 17,000 doctoral students from 70 universities at various stages in the project.

Our research findings reveal:
  • Doctoral students are increasingly reliant on secondary research resources (eg journal articles, books), moving away from primary materials (eg primary archival material and large datasets).
  • Access to relevant resources is a major constraint for doctoral students’ progress. Authentication access and licence limitations to subscription-based resources, such as e-journals, are particularly problematic.
  • Open access and copyright appear to be a source of confusion for Generation Y doctoral students, rather than encouraging innovation and collaborative research.
  • This generation of doctoral students operate in an environment where their research behaviour does not use the full potential of innovative technology.
  • Doctoral students are insufficiently...
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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The July/August issue of D-Lib magazine is devoted to a single topic — making more effective use of traditional scientific publications. All of the eight articles this month have their origin at the 1st International Workshop on Mining Scientific Publications, held during JCDL 2012. The topics range from automatic metadata extraction for individual articles to automatically characterizing collections to automatic browsing hierarchy creation to innovative visualization techniques for navigating collections.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Key Takeaways
  • Without a valid, reliable way to collect data from various library and enterprise systems, it's difficult to quantitatively assert how a library adds value.
  • The University of Wollongong Library developed the Library Cube, a tailored database and reporting function that joins library usage data with student data, including demographic and academic performance information.
  • Analysis of the resulting data reveals a strong correlation between students' grades and use of information resources the library provides.
By providing access to information resources, academic libraries play a significant role in the student experience. To date, efforts to assess the impact of accessing library-owned or subscribed content have largely focused on satisfaction surveys, feedback, and "return on investment" projects such as contingent valuation. Although surveys and feedback systems provide data and information on a range of service elements, they are limited in their capacity to provide information and insight into the perceived value gained by engaging with the library — that is...
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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
NTU Engineering Library blog

Social media is very popular in Singapore. A high percentage of the 5 million inhabitants have Facebook accounts and use smartphones daily, particularly the younger generation in our schools and universities. Due to this huge social media following, our library at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) must have a presence there. If we want to influence our users, we need to be on the same playing field.


Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The British Government announced on 16 July 2012 that it has accepted the recommendations of the Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings, chaired by Dame Janet Finch. The RIN provided the secretariat and drafted the report Accessibility, sustainability, excellence: how to expand access to research publications, which was published on 18 June – the full report and its executive summary are attached below.  The report recommended a balanced programme of action to enable more people to read and use the publications arising from research, and to accelerate the progress towards a fully open access environment.

The report made clear that several different channels for communicating research results will remain important over the next few years. But it recommended a clear policy direction in the UK towards support for ‘Gold’ open access publishing, where publishers receive their revenues from authors rather than readers, and so research articles become freely accessible to everyone immediately upon publication. At the same time, the report recommended extensions to current licensing arrangements in the higher education, health...
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