Academic Libraries

Mendeley's Open API Approach Is On Course To Disrupt Academic Publishing

TechCrunch: Mendeley’s ecosystem has now produced over 240 research apps drawing on open data from its database under a Creative Commons license. Those generate more than 100 million API calls to Mendeley’s database per month. While Elsevier now has around 100 third-party apps using its platform, it’s clear Mendeley is winning in the apps stakes.

The information fueling this ecosystem is being produced by the scientific community itself, putting a social layer over each document and producing anonymised real-time information about the academic status, field of research, current interests, location of, and keywords generated by its readers. The applications can cover research collaboration, measurement, visualisation, semantic markup, and discovery.

NYU Library Imprisons Students in a Video Game to Stop Them from Killing Themselves

I doubt I'll post anything with a better headline this week... Big ups to Gawker for that one. New York University has enclosed the atrium of the school's main academic library with randomly perforated aluminum screens, in an effort to curb suicides while completely mindfucking the NYU population, reports The New York Times' City Room.

How should academic libraries communicate their own value?

How should academic libraries communicate their own value? Libraries are not synonymous for a 'large undergraduate study hall'. Instead, they can provide vital support to research and teaching roles, says Stephen Barr

Hip Hop Legend and Pioneer DJ Afrika Bambaataa Appointed Visiting Scholar at Cornell University

Cornell University Library’s Hip Hop Collection has Announced Cornell University Library’s Hip Hop Collection is honored to announce the appointment of DJ Afrika Bambaataa as a visiting scholar for a three-year term.

Bambaataa will visit Cornell’s campus in Ithaca, NY for several days each year to meet with classes, talk to student and community groups, and perform.

This is the first faculty appointment for a hip hop pioneer and legend at a major university.

Cornell University Library is the home of the largest national archive on hip hop culture, documenting its birth and growth by preserving thousands of recordings, flyers, photographs, and other artifacts.

Details and updates, such as schedules, photos, and events will be posted on this space.

[Thanks Ken!]

A customisable current awareness service with a super-admin-user

Introducing an exciting new opportunity from JournalTOCs for creating effective, low-effort, low-cost, customisable current awareness services of scholarly journal articles for researchers and academics.

http://roddymacleod.wordpress.com/2012/08/14/youll-like-this-a-lot-a-customisable-current-aw...

Texas A&M Libraries Film The Research Games

Need to read The Art of War? At Texas A&M’s libraries, the odds are ever in your favor. The library’s new orientation and marketing video is a ‘tribute’ to the bestselling YA book The Hunger Games and its movie adaptation.

The article contains clips of the video. Take a look and let us know what you think of them in the comments. Good? Bad? Cheesy? Awesome? Let us know what you think.

Full article here.

Library World Records is back online

The website for Library World Records, the Guinness Book of World Records for libraries and books is now back online.

Library World Records is fascinating book first published in 2004 after research work began on the book in 2002. The book was further extensively updated in a second edition in December 2009. Library World Records provides hundreds of intriguing and comprehensive facts about ancient and modern books, manuscripts and libraries around the world.

A much bigger brand new 3rd edition of the book is being researched at the moment and further details of this brand new edition will be revealed on this website around winter 2012.

Link:
http://www.lwrw.org.uk/Page1.htm

Godfrey
BSc, MSc.
London, Britain.

At Libraries, Quiet Makes a Comeback

The buzzing of smartphones, the clacking of computer keys, the chatter of study groups: Academic libraries aren't the quiet temples to scholarship they used to be. Personal portable technology takes some of the blame. So does the current pedagogical emphasis on group work. In response to students' devices and habits, many libraries have installed coffee shops and embraced the learning-commons model of design, creating wired spaces where groups can gather and plug in.

At Least He Didn't Mention The Library...

With the publication of the Freeh report relative to the child abuse scandal at The Pennsylvania State University, Chicago Sun-Times columnist Rick Morrisey is calling for the outright physical destruction of many campus monuments to coach Joe Paterno. Not mentioned in the piece by Morrisey is Paterno Library on-campus which otherwise bears the coach's name.

What Faculty Expect vs What We Think Students Need: The academic library quandary

Jenica Rogers, on her blog Attempting Elegance, has a compelling essay today entitled "Killing Fear, Part 1: The Problem." After discussing the changing expectations of students, the changing attitudes of librarians, and the undeniable policy and service shifts in academic libraries, she discusses revealing findings about what faculty still think it is a library should be doing. It boils down to teaching and facilitating information seeking behavior vs buying and archiving materials. 

Her conclusion:

Put simply, there’s a contradiction between these faculty expectations and emergent and clearly evident trends in information, libraries, and our future. This particular stakeholder group seems to want the very traditional services and roles that others are pointing out are now part of a legacy model.

An interesting read, and I look forward to the presumed Part 2.

 (Updated to fix link to original article. - aw)

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