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I would like to see each of our libraries create their own or collaborate on a guide. We can create as many guides as we want. So that means we can have individual library guides, subject guides, regional guides, etc. Your guide can be customized for your library with your own banner and there are some great bells and whistles included in our subscription. I will be working on the code for a system-wide footer that tells everyone that the pooled fund made these guides possible for it’s members.
Let’s get to work and get some real value out of this for our patrons (and make our jobs easier)!
SLA 2014 in Vancouver, B.C. is closer than you think. Please contact us for travel approval letters and registration. Earlybird is best! The MoDOT policy for foreign travel is to use the current State Department per diem rates. See the link below for Canada, and note that Vancouver has two seasons.
U.S. Department of State January 2014 Per Diem Rates for Canada
From this month’s Library Journal.
How do you judge how much a scientific study or academic article has been used? You can see how frequently it’s cited, but since researchers and academics read and are influenced by plenty of things that don’t get formally checked in their work, that doesn’t tell the whole story. Researcher Philip Davis is trying to provide some new answers to that question by taking a look at ‘usage half-life,’ in an effort to learn more about the academic publishing life cycle.
Usage half-life is an estimate of how long it takes group of articles published in an online journal to reach one half of the number of downloads that they will ever have. Davis hopes the metric can contribute to the continuing conversation surrounding journal access, by giving everyone from librarians to policy makers a reliable, evidence-based tool for determining how journals are used by students, professors, and researchers. “The formation of good science policy should be guided by scientific evidence,” Davis told Library Journal. “Not speculation, and certainly not wishful thinking.”
New Study Identifies Half-Life of Journal Articles.
We’ve been talking about this for a while. OCLC calls this “collective collections”:
…the shift from local provisioning of library collections and services to increased reliance on cooperative infrastructure, collective collections, shared technology platforms, and “above-the-institution” management strategies.
OCLC Research work analyzing system-wide print library services and collections documented in new report.
Infographics take advantage of our visual intelligence. So when they are done well they allow us to make sense of a large amount of information quickly.
We Have Entered The Golden Age of Visual Storytelling | Psychology Today.
Here is an interesting article on publishers, researchers and copyright – from a librarian’s perspective. It’s pretty funny, definitely contains a hint of snark, but it’s packed with facts on what happens when you sign away your rights to your research. This isn’t only a warning to academics and universities, it’s pertinent information for all researchers.
AASHTO is 99 years old today! The pooled fund is proud to have the AASHTO Library as a partner and our esteemed colleague, Bob Cullen as an ex officio TAC member.
Have a look at their website as they prepare for the centennial in 2014.
AASHTO 100th Anniversary Website.