Monthly Archive for January, 2013

ALCTS Web Course: Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Acquisitions!

ALCTS Web Course: Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Acquisitions Session: February 25 – March 22, 2013 This four-week online course provides an overview of acquiring, providing access to, administering, supporting, and monitoring access to electronic resources. Gives a basic background in electronic resource acquisitions including product trials, licensing, purchasing methods, and […]

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Are Libaries Seizing Control of their Future?

You Have Two, Maybe Three Years… Peter Brantley Library Journal, December 14, 2012 Brantley writes: “For all the recent attention on e-book lending in the U.S., the problem of libraries being denied access to e-books crosses borders.  At a small, invitation-only meeting convened late last month in the Netherlands by […]

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It’s Just About Knowledge, You Idiot!

Newspapers no more, and online you realize it’s about knowledge Anne Summers The Sydney Morning Herald, January 10, 2013 The former authority of the front page is close to extinct, killed off by the 24-hour news cycle and the use of arresting colour photos and graphics. Once print ends and […]

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Journal Articles Liberated and Beyond

  To Make Open Access Work, We Need to Do More Than Liberate Journal Articles Dan Cohen Wired, January 15, 2013 In the days since the tragedy of Aaron Swartz’s suicide, many academics have been posting open-access PDFs of their research. It’s an act of solidarity with Swartz’s crusade to liberate (in most […]

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HathiTrust Riches Unlocked?

  Unlocking the Riches of HathiTrust American Libraries, January 16, 2013 It’s a whole new world for digital access, a round table of fair-use experts agree. The constitutionality of digital fair use was upheld this past October, when US District Court Judge Harold Baer summarily dismissed the Authors Guild’s year-old […]

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Public Libraries Role In The Making

Why Public Libraries Matter: And How They Can Do More David Vinjamuri Forbes, January 16, 2013 This article is the second in a two-part series on libraries and their role in the marketing and readership of books.  The first part focused on the current dispute between libraries and publishers.  This […]

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Open Courses And The Future of Universities

How open courses are changing the modern university Anita Singh and Howard Adelman University Affairs, January 16, 2013 Ira Basen recently pointed out that the current postsecondary structure is too expensive, too restrictive, and too inaccessible for the needs of the contemporary world and its potential students. Recent decisions of […]

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