Academic Libraries

On-line dissertation sales

A Story
from The
Chicago Tribune
talks about new a new company called \"contentville\"
that is selling dissertations online, much to the suprise
of some of the authors. Raises some big questions on
IP and copywright.

\"Dissertations are going to be one of our
interesting product categories,\" said Matthew Sappern,
vice president of marketing for Contentville. \"They\'re
holding their own quite well. We\'re happy the product is
moving.\" -- Read More

Journal Costs are Rising...Who is to blame?!

Here is an interesting article from the Tribune Review. The cost of scholarly journals is rising, along with the amount of works being published in them, and libraries can\'t keep up. Some blame the \"Publish or Perish\" syndrome, which may not necessarily produce the best quality of work.\"We\'re trying to take a look at the incentives that drive scholarly publishing,\" said John Vaughn, executive vice president of the Association of American Universities. The incentives should focus more on the quality of the work, the contribution it makes to the discipline, and less on a simple count of the number of publications.\" -- Read More

Needed: Radical Change in the Role of Publishing

The Chronicle has a interesting Article on how expensive journals have become. Libraries are being overwhelmed by the rising costs and number of journals. Less money is being spent on books, hurting scholoars chances of being published.

\"every faculty member gets a list of journals that are going to be discontinued at their campus library -- this happens once or twice a year on every campus.\" Said Daryle H. Busch, president of the American Chemical Society -- Read More

Research Libraries on their way out?

Zdnet has this lengthy and interesting article about copyright and its effect on research libraries. In addition, are research libraries \"virtually\" kicking themselves out of businnes. \"As is so often the case when established industries meet the Internet, there is a paradox here: The libraries\' rush into digital technologies may be a sprint toward their demise. At the very least, a monumental transformation seems inevitable. Yet, there is no turning back.\" -- Read More

Digital emulation, preservation or migration

R Hadden Writes :


\"Risk Management of Digital Information: A File Format Investigation.\" by Gregory W. Lawrence et al. It is impossible today to guarantee the longevity and legibility of digital information for even one human generation. The choices are: to physically preserve the format, to emulate the data, or to migrate the digital data. All these choices have risks.


You can see the PDF file at Clir.org -- Read More

Old books of Importance

R Hannden writes : \"An old work by Archimedes is
now a new work. An unique copy of a long-lost treatise
on mathematics by Archimedes has been discovered.
The 10th century manuscript, entitled \"Method,\" had
been erased and used as a prayer book for 12th
century monks, who preserved the work through the
centuries until it was re-discovered in 1881, then lost
again until only recently. Read the strange and
fascinating history of this curious and unique book in
the article by Reviel Netz, \"The Origins of Mathematical
Physics: New Light on an Old Question.\" Physics
Today, volume 53, number 6, pages 32-37, or available
online at: aip.org

Pay Off Gone Bad

Yahoo! News has a rather depressing Story on a mac cover-up at Harvard. Intel forced the school to cover and shut off all the iMacs when they were in the Science Center doing an exhibit.

\"We like to maintain the facilities for students ... [but we were] asked in a way that we couldn\'t say no.\" Steen said he brought down the curtain on the iMacs \"only after multiple requests and great reluctance.\"

So Why does this matter? -- Read More

Arts in Space

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has commissioned the New York firm Asymptote Architects to design and implement a new Guggenheim Museum in cyberspace. The first phase of the Guggenheim Virtual Museum will be launched at the end of 1999 as part of a three-year initiative to construct an entirely new museum facility. The structure will be an ongoing work in process, with new sections added as older sections are renovated. The project will consist of navigable three-dimensional spatial entities accessible on the Internet as well as real-time interactive components installed at the various Guggenheim locations. Check it out at guggenheim.org

Adopt a Book

A story from the Guardian in the UK, Outlines an interesting new plan to enlist the public in the battle against mold and worms.

\"The library wants members of the public to commemorate a person\'s birth year or celebrate a birth, wedding anniversary or retirement by adopting a tome. \" -- Read More

New Web Site From Harvard Business School

Sarah Jane Johnston writes \"HBS Working Knowledge, a Web site designed to meet the information needs of Harvard Business School alumni, is available to the general business and academic communities at http://hbsworkingknowledge.hbs.edu. The site brings together timely business information and research from the intellectual capital of Harvard Business School and other highly regarded sources. -- Read More

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