Thursday, 18 December 2008

New Librarians Symposium Links

A collection of links related to the New Librarians Symposium, held December 4-7 2008 in melbourne.
Vanessa Warren, Liz Badcock, Bess McArthur, Trevor Scaife, Katrina Dewis and Felix Wilson attended, and had a great time!

Conference homepage, with abstracts

Faceboook group for NLS

Flickr: a collection of images from the Symposium

Shanachie Tour

Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development Program

Athaneum Library

Mark Pesce's blog post 'The Alexandrine dilemma'

Sherman Young's blog 'The book is dead'

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Evidence Based Library Journal

I'm not sure if I'm the last person to discover this journal. On the off chance that I'm not I thought I should share it. Its called Evidence Based Library and Information Practice. Its peer reviewed and published by the University of Alberta Learning Services. Its definitely worth a look.

New current awareness tool

ticTocs is a free Table of Contents service

Here's what they say about it
  • ticTOCs is easy to use, and it's free.
  • Find 11,290 scholarly journal Table of Contents (TOCs) from 412 publishers.
  • View the latest TOC for each journal.
  • Link to the full text of 294,137 articles (where institutional or personal subscription allows).
  • Export TOC feeds to popular feedreaders.
  • Select and save journal titles to view future TOCs (Register to ensure your MyTOCs are permanently saved).
It might be a useful current awareness tool for those journals that are not indexed in a database that offers this serive, or for anyone who doesn't have access to databases post uni.

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Measuring the value of academic libraries

This article looks at a quantitative study (claimed to be the first of its kind) on the return on investment in an academic library in terms of grant funding across the institution. For the University of Illinois there was a return on investment of $4.38 for every dollar invested in the library...... pretty interesting for us given the research strength here at UTas.

The Library as Strategic Investment: Results of the Illinois Return on Investment Study

Friday, 12 December 2008

NLA Digital Newspapers - you can help

The National Library of Australia is digitising a significant collection of Australian newspapers, I wasn't aware that the PDFs of the articles are also run through an optical character recognition program and made available as text. However, the quality of the print is poor, and therefore the text conversion is unreadable, so the NLA allow you to edit and improve the text of articles as a way of contributing to the project.

Nice idea I thought, no login required but you can create an account if you want to keep track of what you have done, like Wikipedia, and you are contributing to the sum of human knowledge, in a small way.

Very 'Web 2.0'

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Google digitize magazine archives

Google are now digitizing archived and current magazines, searchable via Google Books.

See their media release here

Monday, 8 December 2008

You may be familiar with the Horizon report, produced by the New Media Consortium, which identifies and describes emerging technologies likely to have an impact on higher education.

They have just released a report specifically for Australia and New Zealand which identifies key trends, critical challenges and technologies to watch in the next 1-5 years. Each topic includes a description, a discussion of relevance to higher ed, examples of how it is being used and additional examples and readings.

It's at and it has a handy executive summary at the front.