Thursday, September 30, 2004

Article-->Impact of open access articles

Do open access articles have more impact?
From the E-LIS e-prints archive.

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Website---->INFO CONNECT: Union Catalogs of the World.

INFO CONNECT: Union Catalogs of the World.
Listing of union catalogues worldwide.

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Search Engine update--->Clusty the Clustering Engine

Clusty the Clustering Engine
Try searching the term bears in Google and then in Clusty. Illustrates how clustering can be a great alternative to Googles page ranking system. Clustering may become an option we see more of in databases, and with big full text databases may be very useful.

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Report--->Canada's Ecological Footrpint Report

Also does breakdowns by municipality.

-from Docuticker

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Report--->Center for the Digital Future Identifies the 10 Major Trends Emerging in the Internet’s First Decade of Public Use

Center for the Digital Future Identifies the 10 Major Trends Emerging in the Internet’s First Decade of Public Use

An excerpt of findings re trust in internet based information.

• Although the Internet has become the most important source of current information for users, the initially high level of credibility of information on the Internet began to drop in the third year of the study, and declined even further in Year Four.

• The number of users who believe that only about half of the information on the Internet is accurate and reliable is growing and has now passed 40 percent of users for the first time.

• The study showed that most users trust information on the websites they visit regularly, and on pages created by established media and the government.

• Information pages posted by individuals have the lowest credibility: only 9.5 percent of users say information on those sites is reliable and accurate.

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Web Site--->Canadian Studies: A Guide to the Sources

Canadian Studies: A Guide to the Sources

"This bibliographic essay originally appeared as "Canadian Studies: A Core Collection," CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 35 (September 1997): 71-84, and since June 1999 has been regularly updated for the International Council for Canadian Studies World Wide Web Service. Reprinted with permission from CHOICE. Copyright © 1997-2004 by the American Library Association and the authors. All rights reserved. Comments and suggestions are welcome. [Latest update: 16 September 2004.]"

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Web Site--->Foreign Relations, 1964-1968, Volume XXXI, South and Central America; Mexico

Foreign Relations, 1964-1968, Volume XXXI, South and Central America; Mexico

"The volume features eleven bilateral and two regional compilations, demonstrating the breadth of the U.S. Government’s relations with the countries of South and Central America...."

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Web Site---> Cabinet Conclusions searchable in ArchiviaNet

Search Cabinet Conclusions papers in ArchiviaNet - Library and Archives Canada

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Blog--->ResourceShelf's DocuTicker

ResourceShelf's DocuTicker

Blog that announces new documents, reports etc. available on the web.

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Article----> Canada's Innovation Deficit

Canada's Innovation Deficit

I haven't read this yet, but though it might interest some.

"Michael Geist, Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law, University of Ottawa, has written a through-provoking and timely article in the Toronto Star about the innovation deficit in Canada

from STQL

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

30 second bunny movies (humour)

Angry Alien Productions

In case you need entertainment and only have 30 seconds. Not related to libraries in any way.

OCLC report on Information Format Trends

2004 Information Format Trends

A short update of the 2003 report. Looks at emerging trends including:
Social publishing (blogs)
Person to person exchange
Impact on academics
Contextual searching

Basic premise is that libraries need to pay attention to changing user behaviour, authenticity and provenance, tools for synthesizing knowledge.

New web site for employers and job seekers in the life sciences

Welcome to Adsumo: Your source for biotech, pharmaceutical, medical & academic research jobs

A joint venture of BioMed Central and The Scientist.

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ARLStatistics 2002-03: Research Library Trends

ARLStatistics 2002-03: Research Library Trends

A good read if you are interested in trends in measuring library quality.

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Indiana University opens second Information Commons

Library Journal - At Indiana University, Success of First Information Commons Leads to a Second

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Pick up a Portal - Lorcan Dempsey

CILIP | Pick up a Portal - Lorcan Dempsey

Dempsey looks at the different meanings of portal, and how libraries may need to change their approach to accomodate user behaviours.

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Friday, September 17, 2004

New JSTOR Titles

Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society
The Journal of Marketing
Journal of Marketing Research
The Journal of Religion
Religion and American Culture

NTRS: NASA Technical Reports Server

NTRS: NASA Technical Reports Server

The NASA Technical Report Server (NTRS) and provides students, educators, and the public access to NASA's technical literature.

NTRS also collects scientific and technical information from sites external to NASA to broaden the scope of information available to users.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

July August New books Report

I'm testing two new formats. Let me know if you have any comments.

HTML Version
This version has a navigation bar at the bottom, so you can click through different subjects. Use the scroll bar to move left and right so you can see all the different topics.

You can copy and paste the url to send this version to researchers.

Excel sortable by fund number
This is an Excel version of the entire file. You can use this one to sort by call number, title or fund. The Title, Call Number, and Location information is preformatted for easy cut and paste.

Changes to Grove Art Online

Allows users to customize searches with combinations from five major subject categories:

Art and Art Forms
Time Periods
Styles and Cultures.

For example, users can create a list of all articles in Grove Art Online related to Italian sculptors of the Renaissance, or view all articles pertaining to photography in the twentieth-century

Grove Art Online begins a new art image program to illustrate important
articles with key images in art history.

Users can find illustrations for major works of art in articles such as: African
American Art, Cassatt, Delacroix, Michelangelo, and more. The integrated
images will be accessible from within the body of the article and from the
Illustrations tab in the relevant articles.

Grove Art Online will continue to direct users to a variety of online image
resources including Art Resource, Bridgeman Art Library, and links to museums
and galleries.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Reminder of YBP selection lists

YBP selection lists

Reminder that YBP does many different subject specific selection lists. The link above will take you to the Academic Essentials page, but other tools are listed in the left hand column.

Example of University of Alberta Subject Newsletters

Library News: Subject Newsletters

Article: Medical journals to require clinical trial registration

Medical journals to require clinical trial registration

Eleven prestigious medical journals around the world have announced a new strategy intended to force drug companies to disclose more information about clinical trials.

Monday, September 13, 2004

Automated Web Cataloging

Short outline of LC's automated cataloguing assistant.

Web Cataloging Assistant (the "webcat assistant") is an outgrowth of BEAT’s Web Access to Publications in Series project and evolved from the experiences the team gained in providing access at the individual monograph level for selected series. BEAT has now started to use a more automated approach to this work. Using programming developed by a team member it is now possible for a cataloger to effect the creation of a MARC record that is automatically added to the LC database. A cataloger subsequently enhances the cataloging data. The capability greatly reduces manual aspects of the project and allows catalogers to concentrate on the intellectual work.

Article critiquing personality tests including Myers-Briggs

Against Types

It always cheers me up when I read something that confirms my own prejudices.

Friday, September 10, 2004

New Product---> Clase and Periodica

Clase and Periodica

Index of Latin American journals in the sciences and humanities. Combines CLASE (Citas Latinoamericanas en Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades), which indexes documents published in Latin American journals specializing in the social sciences and humanities (over 1,200 sources) and PERIODICA, which covers journals specializing in science and technology (over 1,400 sources).

Offers access to more than 300,000 bibliographic citations from documents published in 2,600 scholarly journals published in the Spanish, Portuguese, French and English languages.

Contains information from articles, essays, book reviews, monographs, conference proceedings, technical reports, interviews and brief notes published in journals edited in 24 different countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as from publications that focus on Pan-American issues.

Life as a library researcher

Short article by a researcher for the Oxford English Dictionary.

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New Product--->Health and Psychosocial Instruments

Health and Psychosocial Instruments features material on unpublished information-gathering tools for clinicians that are discussed in journal articles, such as questionnaires, interview schedules, tests, checklists, rating and other scales, coding schemes, and projective techniques.

Over 2/3 of the tools are in medical and nursing areas such pain measurement, quality of life assessment, and drug efficacy evaluation.

Economic Intelligence Unit Information added to ABI Inform Global

EIU ViewsWire covers the critical aspects of global business.

* Country alerts offering briefings on key market developments around the world

* Country views for timely assessments and forecasts of changing market country updates, consensus currency, interest and equity forecasts, country forecast and risk summaries

* Country background covering facts and figures on local market and regulatory environments, including country fact sheets, economic indicators, trade, tax and foreign exchange regulations, and weekly interest rates.

Project Muse-->Steinbeck Studies Journal

Steinbeck Studies is the authorized publication on the life and works fo John Steinbeck.

It publishes scholarly articles, essays, photographs, notes, book and performance review, and contemporary references about the author.

Manuscripts are subject to blind peer review. Steinbeck Studies is issued twice yearly and includes a membership in the Steinbeck Society. Members will be informed of panels at the American Literature Association as well as events sponsored by the Center for Steinbeck Studies and the National Steinbeck Center.

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Looking for Good Art: Web Resources and Image Databases, Part 1

by David Mattison
Access Archivist, British Columbia Archives, Royal BC Museum Corporation