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Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Is publishing academic books a dying trade? And if so, are free e-books from universities likely to deal the final blow?
 
The future of book publishing in general is hotly contested, but particularly so for university presses. Louise Adler, the head of Melbourne University Publishing recentlysuggested that the book industry is failing and university presses publishing “Open Access” – or free, reproducible – books are second rate publications which threaten intellectual property rights.

 
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http://theconversation.com/the-death-of-the-academic-book-and-the-path-to-open-access-19153

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
ARL has published a special issue on aligning, integrating, and mainstreaming special collections into broader library operations, guest edited by ARL visiting program officer Lisa Carter of the Ohio State University.
 
This issue of RLI includes six case studies from ARL member libraries that are incorporating special collections more holistically into library initiatives. The cases were selected by the ARL Working Group on Transforming Special Collections in the Digital Age after issuing a call for proposals in 2012. In an introduction to the issue, Lisa Carter provides an overview of themes that emerged from the case study submissions and she identifies areas for further investigation.
 
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Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Fit for Purpose is a collaborative research project that will recommend methods for effective business planning in research libraries. It recognizes first that there are opportunities for research libraries to respond to the turbulence in scholarly communications and a potential role in the management of the data supporting scholarly research. But these opportunities raise the risks of acting with limited knowledge of the longer-term costs of developing and sustaining new services. The goal of the project is to present a structured, disciplined approach for making decisions about creating and maintaining new services in research libraries. The structure described in the project output provides tools with which to determine whether and how to create a new service.

 
The concept “Fit for Purpose” evolved out of the team’s desire to put the new services into a framework that encourages the challenge of fundamental assumptions. In that spirit, the content of the core article recommendations will encourage professionals to rigorously review the suitability of a proposed service in terms of alignment with institutional mission and sustainability. In...
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Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Both the higher education and mainstream media tend to report on studies relating college students’ lack of openness to non-print textbooks. More research and experimentation in this area suggest student attitudes may be starting to change.
 
The return of the fall semester brought with it the usual barrage of student questions about textbook availability. Student after student marched to the reference desk in search of a textbook. For some, even an outdated edition would do. For many more, unfortunately, the search was futile. Academic libraries, they discovered, make a poor substitute for the campus bookstore. The high cost of commercial textbooks is a perennial source of financial pain for college students. The question is what can we do about it, and by “we” I mean academic librarians. I’ve previously shared some ideas for strategies that might be employed to offer free or no-cost learning material options for students. This might include the use of open educational resources or licensed library content. One argument in support of print textbooks is that students prefer it for reading and study. Student resistance to digital texts is shifting, and...
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Wednesday, October 30, 2013
By enabling data sharing between internal IT systems and between one organisation and another, APIs facilitate not only the dissemination of knowledge but also the design of innovative online services for students and staff.

By removing the need to repeat laborious data entry tasks, they save staff time and increase organisational efficiency.

 

APIs facilitate not only the dissemination of knowledge but also the design of innovative online services for students and staff.
 
This report explains these and other key benefits of APIs, demonstrates these benefits with case studies and contextualised examples, and suggests some steps to start using APIs both as a technology and as a business change methodology. The aim throughout is to highlight the key opportunities and challenges facing UK further and higher education organisations in achieving good practice for implementing APIs, and to provide real world case studies and actionable advice as to how to use APIs to further typical institutional goals. The writing is non-technical and is aimed at senior university and college managers.
 
 
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Wednesday, October 30, 2013
The five articles in our September/October issue were all presented at the 2nd International Workshop on Mining Scientific Publications, which was held in conjunction with JCDL 2013. We published a similar issue in 2012, which was well received, and are pleased to follow up with another set. Again, the articles cover a range of topics. Our guest editors, Knoth, Zdrahal, Freire, and Muhr, provide a brief introduction to the individual articles and to the issue as a whole and divide the articles into two categories: metadata extraction from articles and analysis of publication patterns to illuminate certain aspects of the larger research environment. We also have a conference report from Open Repositories 2013, which fits fairly nicely with the rest of the issue, as the theme of that conference, 'Use, Reuse, Reproduce' also addresses the topic that seems to be everywhere — the urgency of finding new approaches and new roles for existing players in the conduct of science as it relates to data collection and archiving, data use and reuse, and scientific publication.

 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Library Directors and Associate Directors are invited to attend the IATUL Leadership Academy, a workshop, which will be held at Windsor Hotel in Bangkok, 10 – 11 February 2014.

 
Professor Dr Claudia Peus and staff from the Executive Education Centre at Technische Universität München, supported by three experienced IATUL Library Directors, will conduct discussion sessions, provide management training and best practice examples specifically designed for a group of twenty Directors and Associate Directors.
 
Applications are invited from IATUL members and non-members. Non-members are encouraged to take up the offer of a one-year free IATUL membership which will be converted into an ordinary membership thereafter.
 
The registration fee is €500. UNESCO Scale of Assessment Band 2 countries may apply to the IATUL...
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