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Open Access Encyclopedias

In the age of Google and Wikipedia, can higher education create online reference works that are free, scholarly, and economically viable?

Serving the Laptopless Student

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While many students have their own laptops, computer labs are growing on some campuses.

Text Generation

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Will the decision of many college libraries to encourage students to text queries from their phones cheapen the research process, or rescue it?

'Orphan' Tug of War

Another deadline has passed for filing commentary on the pending settlement between Google and major associations of American authors and publishers over Google Book Search, the controversial project that aims to scan millions of books into a searchable electronic database.

Frenemies of Facebook -- II

A new viral marketing campaign rubs some college officials the wrong way.

Highlighting E-Readers

Colleges release analyses of major experiments with Kindles -- and find students use less paper with the devices, but want better note-taking ability.

Encouraging Open Access

U. of Rochester thinks it has a model that could breathe life into anemic institutional repositories -- a problem that has undermined open-access movement for years.

Fighting a Copyright Charge

UCLA says it will start streaming videos on course Web sites again -- despite legal threats from an educational media trade group.

Open Courseware in the Liberal Arts

Saint Michael's College thinks persuading its faculty to use free courseware from peer institutions could improve its liberal arts curriculum.

Uphill Battle on Digital Preservation

WASHINGTON — In a report released in February, 17 librarians, scientists, and technologists spent 116 pages detailing the challenges of preserving culturally valuable digital artifacts. But at a symposium held Thursday to discuss the findings, it was perhaps Derek Law, chair of JISC Advance, a British advocate for technology in higher education, who articulated the problem most succinctly:

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