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Scholars Use Social-Media Tools to Hold Online Academic Conference

"More than 100 researchers interested in the emerging field of the social history of computer programming are running what may be the first academic conference held entirely using Web 2.0 tools.

There have certainly been online conferences before, but the group's idea is to hold a limited-time online conversation using a bloglike network, Twitter, and Facebook. The leader of the conference, Mark C.
Marino, an assistant professor in the writing program at the University
of Southern California, said that he expected to attract only a few
graduate students but that he has been surprised to get a mix of
professors and students from around the world. "I literally could not
believe the stature of people who were coming to the table," he said in an interview."

Read the full article in the Chronicle of Higher Education at:
Scholars Use Social-Media Tools to Hold Online Academic Conference
http://chronicle.com/blogPost/Scholars-Use-Social-Media-T/21195/

Emerging Trends and Technologies in Libraries and Information Services Blog

The aim of the International Symposium on Emerging Trends and Technologies in Libraries and Information Services (ETTLIS-2010) is, once again, to bring researchers, academicians, business community and research scholars on a common platform to share their experiences, innovative ideas and research findings about the aspects of emerging trends and technologies in the field of knowledge resource centres and information services.

Access blog at: ETTLIS 2010 http://ettlis2010.ning.com/profiles/blog/list

Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR)

The aim of ROAR is to promote the development of open access by providing timely information about the growth and status of repositories throughout the world. Open access to research maximises research access and thereby also research impact, making research more productive and effective.

See also: ROAR Registry of Open Access Repositories Upgraded to Power of EPrints Functionality.

Source: Learn About the Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR), It Was Just Upgraded posted in Resourceshelf web site.

RSS feeds from Library Journal

Library Journal's headlines as soon as they are posted with LJ’s RSS feed.

These include:

Library Journal - Latest News
Library Journal - Academic Libraries
Library Journal - ALA Annual Conference News
Library Journal - Careers News and Features
Library Journal - Tenopir Online DB
and many more

See: See RSS feeds from Library Journal

Students' reflections on Library Research

In this section of Engineering Library Instruction blog, I have tried to capture how library instruction, consultations, and library resources have helped them to locate information they were looking for their assignments, projects and engineering design related information need.

See:
Students' reflections on Library Research
http://www.library.drexel.edu/blogs/engineeringlibraryinstruction/?cat=87

Engineering Library Instruction Blog:
http://www.library.drexel.edu/blogs/engineeringlibraryinstruction/

This blog now includes two new video tutorials:

What is Knovel? How can I access it? How can I keep updated with new features?
http://www.library.drexel.edu/blogs/engineeringlibraryinstruction/?p=583

How do I obtain an article from a citation found in Ei Compendex/INSPEC databases or (Engineering Village) when it is not available in full text?
http://www.library.drexel.edu/blogs/engineeringlibraryinstruction/?p=37

Digital Library of India

Access: Digital Library of India http://dli.iiit.ac.in/index.html
The MBP when completed will produce approximately 250 million pages or 500 billion characters of information. The storage requirements for the image files will be approximately 50 terabytes an order of magnitude larger than any publicly available information base. Creating and managing such a vast information base poses many technological challenges and provides a fertile test bed for innovative research in many areas (described below). The MBP is a multi-agency, multi-national effort that will require the database to be globally distributed. For location independent access, this globally distributed database should appear to be a virtual central database from any place around the world. Mirroring the database in several countries will ensure security and availability. The network speeds at the various nodes would be different. Research in distributed caching and active networks would be needed to ensure that the look and feel of the database is the same from any location.

See: Million Book Project http://dli.iiit.ac.in/

Jane Hart's Top 100 Tools for Learning 2009 as at 15 November 2009 - Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies

Jane Hart's Top 100 Tools for Learning 2009 as at 15 November 2009 - Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies

About Jane Hart:

Having previously set up a number of web portals, in 2007 Jane established the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies (C4LPT) - now one of the world's most-visited and most popular learning sites on the Web, with over 8,000 unique visitors a day. Here, you'll find, for instance, her Directory of Learning Tools containing over 3,000 entries, the Top 100 Tools for Learning and the Connexions Directory of Learning Professionals Online. She also offer a number of (free) resources and courses about Social Learning.

See: About Jane Hart: http://c4lpt.co.uk/jane.html for more details
Top 100 Tools for Learning 2009 : http://c4lpt.co.uk/recommended/index.html

See presentation of the Top 100 Tools. Yoou can also see the full list with links to pages with more information about each of the tools.
Individual contributions: http://c4lpt.co.uk/recommended/top10tools.html

2nd "International Symposium on Emerging Trends and Technologies for Libraries and Information Services (ETTLIS)” conference

2nd "International Symposium on Emerging Trends and Technologies for Libraries and Information Services (ETTLIS)” conference.

The Learning Resource Centre’s, Jaypee University of Information Technology Waknaghat (HP) India and Jaypee Institute of Information Technology University , Nodia UP India are organizing jointly “2nd "International Symposium on Emerging Trends and Technologies for Libraries and Information Services (ETTLIS)” to be held at JUIT Waknaghat, Himachal Pradesh, India during June 3-5, 2010.

SLA Asian Chapter http://units.sla.org/chapter/cas/ is also partnering with this conference.

URL: http://www.jiit.ac.in/jiit/ETTLIS/home.html

ETTLIS 2010 social Networking site
http://ettlis2010.ning.com/

The conference will also aim at further strengthen the academic collaboration and strategic alliance in development of libraries and information services in the digital era.

Since, we anticipate over 500 participants from around the globe, with a large proportion from Asia, this conference will play a critical role in supporting and development of the libraries particularly in developing countries.

We invite the submission of high-quality and original research papers and posters that have not been published earlier and also not under review for any another conference or journal. The submitted will be reviewed by a panel of experts on the basis of the originality of the work, the validity of the results, chosen methodology, writing quality etc on the themes proposed.

Themes are not limited to following: -- Read More

Noble Prize winner makes science fun for kids

An FSU professor has turned to video lessons and the Internet to revolutionize the way schoolchildren learn science and math. The three-minute video is one of hundreds that Kroto is collecting in a free digital database (http://geoset.fsu.edu/home.html) that represents a sort of YouTube, Google, Wikipedia hybrid for science, math and technology instruction.

See the full article at:
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/5min/story/1252477.html

Health Encyclopedia from Drexel University College of Medicine

Drexel University College of Medicine's new Health Encyclopedia is a user-friendly guide that puts facts, photos and multimedia of more than 3,000 diseases and conditions at your fingertips. Click your way through causes, symptoms and treatment options. Make a doctor's appointment with our Find A Physician search.

Access: Drexel University College of Medicine's new Health Encyclopedia

NIH - new Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool Expenditures and Results (RePORTER)

The CRISP system has been retired as of September 1, 2009 and replaced by the RePORT Expenditures and Results (RePORTER) module. CRISP will remain available until November 1, 2009 to allow users to transition, but CRISP support is no longer being provided. For questions regarding RePORTER, please contact the RePORT team. The NIH has released to the public a beta version of its new Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool Expenditures and Results (RePORTER) tool. This new tool retains all of the features of CRISP while providing additional query fields, hit lists that can be sorted and downloaded to Excel, NIH funding for each project (expenditures), and the publications and patents that have acknowledged support from each project (results). RePORTER also provides links to PubMed Central, PubMed, and the US Patent & Trademark Office Patent Full Text and Image Database for more information on research results. New features will be added to RePORTER in several releases throughout fiscal year 2010.

SEE: NIH - New Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool Expenditures and Results (RePORTER)

Using Web 2.0 Applications as Information Awareness Tools

As new academic research initiatives become increasingly interdisciplinary, it is imperative that science and engineering librarians develop and implement new approaches to the dissemination of library research tools and techniques. At Drexel University, several such initiatives have resulted in collaborative research in areas such as Nanomedicine, Engineering Cities, Plasma Medicine, Nanoscale Science and Technology, Microfluidics, and Bionanotechnology. In addition, Drexel's emphasis on team-based, interdisciplinary engineering design projects requires students to develop critical understanding of multidisciplinary engineering content. Faculty and students need to be aware of how to access information from a variety of resources that cover a broad spectrum of academic disciplines. How can Web 2.0 tools function as information awareness tools for faculty and students in an academic community?

Authors:

Authors: Bhatt, Jay
Denick, Dana
Chandra, Smita

See the full paper at:

Using Web 2.0 Applications as Information Awareness Tools for Science and Engineering Faculty and Students in Academic Institutions

Article: Sustainability Challenge for Academic Libraries

Article: Sustainability Challenge for Academic Libraries

Sustainability Challenge for Academic Libraries: Planning for the Future College and Research Libraries / Maria A. Jankowska & James Marcum

Preprint / Accepted for publication / College and Research Libraries / Expected Publication: March 2010 / 20 pp.

Abstract

There is growing concern that a variety of factors threaten the sustainability of academic libraries: developing and preserving print and digital collections, supplying and supporting rapidly changing technological and networking infrastructure, providing free services, maintaining growing costs of library buildings and lowering libraries‘ ecological footprint. This paper discusses the multi-dimensional issues of sustainability in academic libraries and identifies needs for designing an integrated framework for sustainable strategies in academic libraries. Additionally, the paper presents a synthesis of existing literature on the increasingly popular topic of 'green libraries' and prepares a background towards developing a framework for sustainable strategies in academic libraries.

For more details, please refer to 'Article: Sustainability Challenge for Academic Libraries' in 'The Green Library' Blog.

Libraries are a path to future -

In hard times, they have become centers of access to information, communities, and jobs.

By Amy Dougherty

"A recently released report by the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board, "Help Wanted: Knowledge Workers Needed," included a stunning statistic: Almost 50 percent of the citizens of Philadelphia lack the basic skills needed to perform in a knowledge-based economy. Given that, our state and city leaders have shown a remarkable lack of vision in threatening to reduce library services.

We need to enlarge our workforce by teaching workers the skills that will enable them and the city to make the transition to the new economy. And the infrastructure to do so already exists in our libraries.

Recent data show that Americans are flocking to local libraries, often waiting in long lines for help and computer time. They are searching for employment, job-training information, and, if they are able, rewriting their resumes. Librarians are the new career counselors, sometimes taking the brunt of patrons' frustrations and fears in these turbulent times."

Read the full Commentary from the Philadelphia Inquirer at:

Libraries are a path to future

PBS Creates Library of Digital Resources Targeted to Classroom Use

PBS Creates Library of Digital Resources Targeted to Classroom Use

"In an effort to make its vast collection of digital educational resources available for in-class use, PBS has announced the launch of the PBS Digital Learning Library, a comprehensive source of digital video, still images, audio, games, and interactive simulations for teachers to use to augment their lessons. PBS made the announcement at last week's National Education Computing Conference (NECC) in Washington, DC."

Read the full article at:

PBS Creates Library of Digital Resources Targeted to Classroom Use

See also:

"Today, a number of local PBS stations are offering digital education services featuring public media content, such as Teachers Domain and Thinkport."

Introducing the PBS Digital Learning Library

Teachersdomain

Engineering

Wind, Solar Could Play Bigger Roles in Future US Energy Mix

Wind, Solar Could Play Bigger Roles in Future US Energy Mix

By Rosanne Skirble
Washington, D.C.
26 June 2009

U.S. climate change legislation now before Congress would mandate that by 2020, 15 to 20 percent of the nation's electricity supply would come from renewable sources like wind and solar.

Currently wind and solar contribute only about 2 percent, with hydropower providing an additional 6 percent.

The new report examines the potential of wind and solar electricity in the United States
Can these renewable sources meet the nation's energy needs? A new report from the Pew Center on Global Climate Change finds that wind and solar can be a major source of electricity in the United States.

Please read the whole artilcle at:

Wind, Solar Could Play Bigger Roles in Future US Energy Mix

Using Web 2.0 Applications as Information Awareness Tools for Engineering Faculty and Students

Using Web 2.0 applications as Information Awareness tools for Engineering faculty and students

The past few years have seen several new technological initiatives at Drexel University in interdisciplinary fields such as Nanomedicine, Engineering Cities, Drug Delivery, Plasma Medicine, Nanoscale Science and Technology, Microfluidics, and Bionanotechnology. These technological initiatives require faculty and students to work together in groups in a collaborative fashion. This has motivated librarians to experiment with new ways of reaching out to faculty and students. Drexel's emphasis on team based engineering design projects requires students to develop critical understanding of engineering subject areas. Developing awareness about the core electronic resources such as IEEE Xplore, Knovel, Web of Knowledge, Science Direct and Engineering Village is crucial in successfully undergoing research and completing assignments in their classes. -- Read More

Google Introduces Public Data Search Feature

"Google announced a new search feature that makes it easy to find and compare public data from sources. In the first launch, the data are produced and published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau's Population Division. There are statistics for prices of cookies, CO2 emissions, asthma frequency, high school graduation rates, bakers' salaries, number of wildfires, and the list goes on.

For example, go to Google.com and type in [unemployment rate] or [population] followed by a U.S. state or county; you will see the most recent estimates and then get an interactive chart that lets you add and remove data for different geographical areas. Users can customize the graphs and share them with others."

Read the full article in the latest issue of the Weekly News Diget from Information Today at: Google Introduces Public Data Search Feature

Library of the future: $24-million Darien Library opens Saturday

Library of the future: $24-million Darien Library opens Saturday

"It’s not just the construction and design that make this a library of the future — the building itself is impressive — but the attitude and new vision led by director Louise Berry. The Dewey Decimal system we grew up with is replaced by books organized by subject. There is no librarian stuck behind a desk to check out your books and media because there are four self-check-out stations allowing librarians to be among the stacks helping and talking to you.

***See a slide show of your new library***
http://www.acorn-online.com/multimedia/flash/darien.html#id=album-533&num=1

The $24-million library opens to the public on Saturday with a 10 a.m. ribbon cutting followed by tours of the four-level building on the corner of the Post Road and Hecker Avenue. There will be special events for children and door prizes."

Read the full article at:
Library of the future: $24-million Darien Library opens Saturday

Books fly off shelves as library use soars

"People are flocking to Deschutes County libraries, and officials say the slumping economy may be bringing them business. From July through November, patrons checked out about 10 percent more books and other items compared with the same period last year."

Read the full article at:

Books fly off shelves as library use soars

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