Libraries

Eroding Library Role?

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If libraries do not seriously rethink their role in the lives of researchers, they could come to be seen more as resource purchasers than as research collaborators, according to a report released today by the nonprofit group Ithaka S+R.

Embedded Librarians

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BALTIMORE — Nancy Roderer is one for bold predictions. As a library consultant in the 1980s, Roderer predicted that all academic journals would be electronic by the mid-1990s.

A decade into the 21st century, Roderer’s opinion might now be considered prescient, if a bit off on the timing. It may have taken a little longer than she predicted, but every relevant academic journal now publishes an electronic version, and many journals only publish in the digital format.

The Librarian's Crystal Ball

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Colleges with lucrative online arms will get their nonprofit statuses revoked! All library functions will be outsourced! Campuses will be replaced by temporary versions in rented spaces that are built and disassembled at the beginning of each term! Scholarship will become more efficacious than ever before -- or will stagnate entirely!

Welcome to the future -- or, rather, to a series of many of possible “futures” posited in a new study released this month by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

Movie Clips and Copyright

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If the words “sweeping new exemptions to the anti-circumvention provisions of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act” make you want whoop for joy and join a conga line, you just might be a fair use advocate — one who wants professors and students to be able to decrypt and excerpt copyrighted video content for lectures and class projects. Since Monday, a lot of advocates have been dancing.

Egg on Its Interface

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Criticism from librarians prompts JSTOR to promise changes to its recently redesigned database portal.

The Value of Libraries

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As tighter belts lead to closer scrutiny, an academic library group tries to help academic libraries articulate why they are valuable.

A Truly Bookless Library

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The new engineering and technology library at U. of Texas at San Antonio holds no printed volumes -- a realization of a goal many libraries have set as a vision for the future.

Libraries Make it Personal

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Some colleges look to put a face on the library by assigning undergraduates "personal librarians."

Searching For Better Research Habits

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Teaching students how to do Google-style research might not be as harmful to research habits as the alternative.

To Library, or Not to Library

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In age of expansion, community colleges debate whether branch campuses need reference and technology collections.

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