Academic Libraries

How to Succeed in Publishing Without Really Trying

By the time the libraries realize how badly they’re in hock to you, their faculty will depend on all your journals, and the libraries will have no choice but to cough up the money for your extortionate fees.

But you’re losing sleep when libraries complain about your journals’ prices. Relax. Librarians are whiners. All fuss and bother; no action.
What are they going to do? Cancel the journals you acquired? Imagine the hue and cry from the faculty who rely on them. Most librarians won’t contemplate such action, devoted as they are (poor, well-meaning saps) to the needs of faculty and students. You think they’ll band together with other libraries and mount a boycott? If they can’t bring themselves to disappoint faculty and students at their own institutions, how can they imagine disappointing those they serve at multiple institutions?
I suppose it is theoretically possible that the Association of Research Libraries or the Association of College and Research Libraries (yes, they are two different institutions, thus making my point about libraries’ inability to coordinate on this or any other movement) might someday make noise about a boycott. If so, just make some noise in return about the unfortunate possibility of a lawsuit alleging restraint of trade.

Online Workshops a Growing Opportunity for Professional Development

Press Release from Library Juice Academy

Online Workshops a Growing Opportunity for Professional Development

August 23, Los Angeles:

Conference attendance is a major professional development activity for academic librarians, but tight budgets and a desire for greener alternatives to air travel are leading many librarians to participate in more local regional conferences, and and in online workshops and courses. Local and regional conferences give librarians an opportunity to network with other professionals in their geographic area, while online workshops provide the benefit of focused educational opportunities, often allowing librarians to participate as their schedules allow, and often earning Continuing Education Units. Continuing education opportunities for academic librarians are sometimes provided by academic LIS programs and by ALA's divisions, but as the market for online workshops has grown, a growing need has emerged for more diverse course offerings.

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.

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.

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