Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Visual mapping of knowledge

RedNova News--Mapping Scientific Knowledge in Diagram Form

Software is used for concept mapping. Free download is available.

-original link from SciTech Daily

Thursday, May 26, 2005

New Product Announcement-->Science Direct Encyclopedias

Comprehensive coordination chemistry II: from biology to nanotechnology
  • Comprehensive Coordination Chemistry II (CCC II) presents a very detailed study of this core scientific discipline within Inorganic Chemistry. Its aim is to give both the specialist and non-specialist chemist, in academia and industrial and government laboratories, a clear overview of the major developments in coordination chemistry since the early 1980s
Comprehensive composite materials
  • Covers key aspects of naturally occurring and synthetic composite materials. Also covers smart materials as they relate to composites, including process monitoring, embedded sensors and actuators, and damage detection
Encyclopedia of applied plant sciences
  • The Encyclopedia of Applied Plant Sciences is a comprehensive yet succinct publication that covers the application of current advantages in the biological sciences so both academic and corporate researchers can produce sustainable, safe food, feed and food ingredients, and renewable raw materials.
This important work also covers continuing advances in the application of knowledge in ecology and plant pathology, genetics, physiology, biochemistry and biotechnology, as well as the ethical issues surrounding controversial techniques available to modern plant science.
Encyclopedia of atmospheric sciences
  • It presents a fully structured exposition of the core knowledge of atmospheric sciences, with special attention to applied aspects, especially of predictability and reliability of data compilation. The scope of the work ranges from spectroscopy of atmospheric particles to weather prediction.
Encyclopedia of biological chemistry
  • This compilation of more than 500 different entries encompasses all aspects of biochemistry, as well as the extensions of this subject into the related fields of molecular biology, cell biology, genetics and biophysics.
Encyclopedia of biodiversity
  • Major themes of the work include the evolution of biodiversity, systems for classifying and defining biodiversity, ecological patterns and theories of biodiversity, and an assessment of contemporary patterns and trends in biodiversity.
Encyclopedia of energy
  • This important work contains a selection of additional material including a chronology of energy-related developments, an annotated bibliography of reference works and data sources, a directory of energy-related organizations, and a selection of reference tables including: measurement systems; common units and their definitions; and energy and power conversion factors.
Encyclopedia of food microbiology
  • Each article in the encyclopedia is approximately 4000 words in length and contains tables, line drawings, black-and-white photographs, and electron micrographs, where appropriate.
Encyclopedia of forest sciences
  • Taking an international approach, the work covers developing forest science techniques together with vital basic information on the important elements of forestry. Relevant biology and ecology, different types of forestry, scientific names of trees and shrubs and the applied, economic and social aspects of forest management are all included.
Encyclopedia of genetics
  • At over 1,700 entries this is the largest reference work on genetics currently available with complete, up-to-date information. Articles range from short definitions, succinct summaries and biographies, to indepth reviews alphabetically arranged on all topics from Abortive Transduction to Zygotic Lethal Gene.
Encyclopedia of human nutrition
  • The Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition is a credible, wealth of information in the field of human nutrition. The work includes extensive material put together by a team of experts focusing on clinical nutrition, dietary management, gastrointestinal and liver diseases, genomics, nutritional impact of genetically modified food and nutrient gene interactions.
Encyclopedia of immunology
  • This is a distillation of current immunological knowledge covering cellular, molecular, biochemical, genetic and technical aspects of the subject. It also provides information on related areas, including microbiology, virology and parasitology. Entries are included on all diseases affecting the immune system (HIV and primary and secondary immunodeficiencies), and autoimmune diseases (insulin dependent diabetes, mellitus, myasthenia gravis and rheumatoid arthritis). Other topics covered include the immune response to bacterial, viral and parasitic infections, and the therapeutic manipulation of the immune system.
Encyclopedia of information systems
  • The Encyclopedia of Information Systems provides essential answers to questions increasingly asked by people in all walks of life. People can no longer claim that information about computer viruses, for example, is unimportant to their work, or that advances in speech recognition and encryption will leave them unaffected. The encyclopedia is therefore more useful than one might suspect to people well beyond the walls of information systems departments. Offering both general and technical information about major elements, issues, opinions, and key studies, as well as cross-references to related subjects, it captures the dynamic growth and complexity unique to our era.
Encyclopedia of materials
  • Covers all of materials science and technology, focussing on the following areas:
Functional Phenomena; Structural Phenomena; Fundamental Core Theory; Structural Materials; Polymers and Materials Chemistry; Functional Materials
Encyclopedia of separation science
  • Separation Science is the science of separating mixtures into their components and identifying the nature of these components. It covers virtually every area of the hard sciences, from chemistry, biology, medicine, pharmacy, clinical chemistry, petroleum, cosmetic, nuclear, food, agrochemical, brewing and winemaking industry and environmental sciences.
Encyclopedia of soils in the environment
  • Concise articles surveying specific aspects of soils (soil genesis, soil chemistry and mineralogy, soil physics and hydrology, and soil biology) will be complemented by articles covering cross-disciplinary aspects, such as the role of soils in ecology, the history of soil utilization for agricultural and engineering purposes, and soils in relation to the remediation of pollution and the mitigation of global climate change.
Encyclopedia of spectroscopy and spectrometry
  • The Encyclopedia of Spectroscopy and Spectrometry provides authoritative and comprehensive coverage of the whole topic of spectroscopy, from theory to applications. Short articles, each covering one aspect of spectroscopy, provide the professional spectroscopist working in academia or industry with the essential facts and background on areas of spectroscopy peripheral to their own. Each article is flagged as to which area of spectroscopy it covers ("Mass Spectroscopy", "Magnetic Resonance", etc.) and whether it covers theory, methods and instrumentation, or applications.
Encyclopedia of virology
  • The material covers biological, molecular, and medical topics concerning viruses in animals, plants, bacteria, and insects.

New enhancements to Knovel

Knovel K-News

Go to the newsletter for more information on changs that took effect June 1st.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Changes to Hein On Line

Note from Hein Online, references to two new books (I confess I didn't know that Hein Online carried historic monographs, this is worth checking out for supporting social and political history)

The two new books were
Bibliography of the English Colonial Treaties with the American Indians including a Synopsis of each Treaty
Treaties Defeated by the Senate

Dear HeinOnline subscribers,

Listed below you will find the latest release (nearly 82,000 pages) of new content that has just been added to HeinOnline.

The free Cataloging Aid has been updated to reflect the new titles.

In addition, this release includes something new to HeinOnline. For the first time, we have included links to several "electronic-only" journals. Within HeinOnline, we have indexed the article title and article author. When conducting a search by author or title within the Law Journal Library, you may receive a result for an author or an article that is part of one of the electronic journals. We have included links to the journal's website for your convenience.

Here is a sample search that displays the "e-only" journal links:

Go to the HeinOnline search screen within the Law Journal Library
and enter the name "Donohue" in the author search field. You will get results for all instances in which "Donohue" is the author, including four results that appear in Duke Law & Technology Review. You'll notice that these four results are in a darker blue color to distinguish them as being content that is external to the content in HeinOnline.

Here is a sample search result:

Askanazi, Jennifer; Caplan, Glen; Descoteau, Dianne; Donohue, Kelly; Glasser, Darin; Graham, Justin Fate of Napster: Digital Downloading Faces an Uphill Battle, The
1. 2001 Duke L. & Tech. Rev. 0013
Content external to HeinOnline

The following "electronic-only" journals have now been indexed in

Duke Law & Technology Review
Santa Clara Journal of International Law
Federal Courts Law Review

Back to the latest release, the following new journals are available:

Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy Vols. 1977-29 (1977-2004)

Canadian Law Libraries Vols. 1970-14 (1970-1989)

Connecticut Insurance Law Journal Vols. 1-10 (1995-2004)

Duke Law & Technology Review (electronic Journal) 2001-2005

Federal Courts Law Review (electronic Journal) 1998-2005

Federal Law Review Vols. 22-32 (1993-2004)

Health Lawyer (ABA) Vols. 1-15 (1982-2003)

Indigenous Law Journal at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law Vols. 1-3 (2002-2004)

Juvenile and Family Court Journal Vols. 38-54 (1987-2003)

Law School Bulletin Vols. 1-11 (1929-1946)

Litigation (ABA)Vols. 1-4 (1975-1978)

QLR Vols. 1-22 (1980-2003)

Santa Clara Journal of International Law (electronic Journal)Vols. 1-3 (2003-2005)

Urban Lawyer (ABA) Vols. 1-36 (1969-2004)

Two new monographs have also been added to the Treaties and Agreements Library

Bibliography of the English Colonial Treaties with the American Indians including a Synopsis of each Treaty
Author: DePuy, Henry F. Originally Published: Lenox Club; 1917

This work identifies and lists a brief synopsis of the many treaties entered into between the American Indians and the English colonies. The treaties contained within this work are original sources of information of some of the most important events connected with the settlement of the United States and its land titles.

Treaties Defeated by the Senate
Author: Holt, W. Stull
Originally Published: Baltimore; Johns Hopkins Press; 1933

Beginning with an examination of the Constitutional origin of the conflict between the President and the Senate regarding foreign relations, Holt goes on to discuss the legal and political aspects of U.S. treaty making from 1789 through the Versailles Treaty in 1919.

New Product Announcement--->International Financial Statistics Online

International Financial Statistics Online

IFS reports, for most countries of the world, current data needed in the analysis of problems of international payments and of inflation and deflation, i.e., data on exchange rates, international liquidity, international banking, money and banking, interest rates, prices, production, international transactions, government accounts, and national accounts.

The IFS database contains approximately 32,000 time series covering more than 200 countries and areas and includes all series appearing on the IFS Country Pages; exchange rate series for all Fund member countries, plus Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles; major Fund accounts series; and most other world, area, and country series from the IFS World Tables.

The IFS database contains time series data from 1948.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Project Muse Journal--->Hesperia


Hesperia is published quarterly by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

Founded in 1932 and devoted primarily to the timely publication of reports on projects sponsored by the School, Hesperia also welcomes submissions from all scholars working in the fields of Greek archaeology, art, epigraphy, history, and literature.

The geographic limits are those of the entire Greek world, with no chronological restrictions. Articles presenting primary research, interdisciplinary studies, theoretical discussions, and syntheses of topics and problems are all featured. Studies on the history and practice of archaeology and ethnography in the Mediterranean are also included.

Marquis who's who now includes historic biographies

Dear Valued Subscriber,

I am happy to inform you that, starting tonight (May 17th) at approximately 9pm Eastern Standard Time, your subscription to Marquis Who's Who on the Web will include approximately 70,000 digitized biographies from our Who Was Who in America print archive! This new addition to the database -- Who's Who in American History -- is included FREE with your subscription.

This is the first launch of our digitization initiative, and includes nearly 60% of the total 110,000 historical biographies that will be added by the end of this summer.

Because of the special nature of these biographies, we have made them searchable among the entire database, as well as through their own customized search screen that has search features unique to these historical biographies.

You will notice there are now three options for searching the Marquis Who's Who database:

1. Entire Database - this is the default search screen that opens upon log-in, and allows you to search every biography in our database, including the segments below.

2. Current Biographies - this search screen, which includes the same search features as the Entire Database screen, returns biographies of living people only, which have been included in our more recent publications. This database segment is intended for those who are interested in researching living people active in their careers.

3. Historical Biographies - this search screen allows you to search among only the most important (deceased) people in history - from Christopher Columbus to Ronald Reagan. This database segment encompasses all of our digitized biographies, as well as highly noteworthy people selected from our more recent publications. Again, because of the special nature of these historical figures, custom search features are available. You can search by Death Information (including year, place, and even events like the "Alamo").

A historical occupation search list is provided, with such occupations as "Activists & Reformers" and "Outlaws". Click on "Search Tips" on the left side to see sample Historical Searches to help you get the most out of your research.

UN commodity trade statistics database

UN commodity trade statistics database

UN Comtrade stands for United Nations Commodity Trade Statistics Database. Every year over 130 countries provide the United Nations Statistics Division with their annual international trade statistics, detailed by commodity and partner country.

These data are processed into a standard format with consistent coding and valuation. All values are converted into US dollars using exchange rates supplied by the countries, or derived from monthly market rates and volume of trade.
Quantities are, if provided by the country and if possible, converted into metric units. The data are then stored in a computerized data base system, called UN COMTRADE.

For many countries the data coverage starts as far back as 1962 and goes up to the most recent completed year.

New Product Announcement-->United Nations common database

United Nations common database

An important addition to our collection for anyone studying regional and international development or economics.

It contains more than eight million data elements in more than 300 statistical series. In most cases time series are available from 1970 or 1980 and many series are disaggregated to show underlying distributions.

Among the main data sources are the Statistics Division's own databases in merchandise trade, national accounts, demography and population, energy, status of women and industrial commodities production; and statistics from the Population Division, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs' Project Link, FAO, ILO, IMF, ITU, OECD, UNESCO, WHO, WIPO, World Bank and World Tourism Organization, among others.

The UNCDB is unique among large Web databases in providing for each series comprehensive footnotes and meta-information on sources and definitions. Because a true relational database underlies the Web interface, new data and meta-information are available to users as soon as they are entered.

JSTOR citation Search, preview available

Dear JSTOR Participant:

I am very happy to announce that a preview of the JSTOR Citation Search is now available.

Since the release of the new JSTOR search engine and interfaces in January 2005, many users have requested a simpler option for performing searches for authors and article titles. The Citation Search is intended to provide a quick and straightforward means of entering bibliographic data to conduct a search for known articles. Users may enter any combination of bibliographic data to try to locate an article. The search engine will first look for an exact match to the data entered into the form. If no exact match is found, the search engine will automatically identify the closest matches and will present them to the user.

The Citation Search Preview period will last for one month. During this time, we encourage you to send us your comments via the special feedback form that is linked to the Citation Search page. Your suggestions and questions will help us to prioritize changes and refinements for the final release of the feature. Work on the final version will begin after this one-month preview; however, the Citation Search (preview version) will remain available during the entire development period.

If you have any questions about the Citation Search or other questions about JSTOR, please contact JSTOR User Services at support@jstor.org.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Toward a Transparent Classroom

Toward a Transparent Classroom

Jefferson Flanders from New York University reflects on the impact of a wireless classroom on teaching. Students are now able to check facts, seek second opinions, and look for definitions in real time during his lectures.

-from Inside Higher Ed

ALA | Information Literacy Standards for Science and Technology

ALA | Information Literacy Standards for Science and Technology

-from ResourceShelf

Monday, May 16, 2005

Notes on emerging characteristics of information services

Lorcan Dempsey's weblog: The user interface that isn't

Another brief but insightful comment from Lorcan Dempsey. We're facing radical shifts in user expectations of technology, and this link provides a set of useful "boxes" for thinking about the future.

PS: try out the Live Plasma link--its cool!

-from Lorcan Dempsey's weblog

Thursday, May 12, 2005

New Product Announcement--->AccessMedicine


Wide ranging resource for clinical practice. Key features are

- library of core clinical texts
- educational resources including self tests
- drug information including herbal supplements
- patient education materials
- regular updating service

New Product Announcement--->Defining Gender 1450 - 1910

Defining Gender 1450 - 1910

Between 2003 and 2007 Adam Matthew Publications will bring together approximately 50,000 images of original documents relating to Gender Studies.

The images will be sourced from about ten different libraries and archives around the world, including a strong core of document images from the Bodleian Library, Oxford.

Each Section features thematic essays by leading scholars in the field of Gender Studies. The essays relate directly to the source material covered by the on-line publication with 30-50 hypertext links per essay to documentary evidence. The thematic essays introduce students to the material, suggest possible approaches, and place the documents within a broad historical, literary and cultural context.

Documents will be released in five sections with accompanying essays:

Section One: Conduct and Politeness (released)
Conduct and Politeness in the Early Modern Period, Dr David Turner, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Glamorgan
Conduct and Politeness in the Eighteenth Century, Dr Vivien Jones, Department of English, University of Leeds
Conduct and Politeness in the Nineteenth Century, Dr Ainslie Robinson, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Western Australia

Section Two: Domesticity and the family (released)
Domesticity and the Family in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, By Professor Toni Bowers, Department of English University of Pennsylvania
Masculinity and the Family in the Victorian Period, By Professor Christopher Kent Department of History
University of Saskatchewan
The Role of the Victorian Mother, By Dr Jane Long Centre for Women's Studies University of Western Australia
Gender, Sexuality and the Family: Women's Writing, Language and Readership in The Lady's Magazine, 1770-1832
By Dr Lisa O'Connell Department of English University of Queensland

Section III: Consumption and Leisure (Summer 2005)

Gender Issues and Consumer Behaviour in the Early Modern Period Dr Sara Mendelson, Arts and Science Programme, McMaster University
Gender, Shopping and Consumption in the Eighteenth Century Dr Claire Walsh, Department of History, University of Warwick
Gender, Shopping, Advertising and Consumer Culture in the Victorian Period Professor Erika Rappaport, Department of History, University of California at Santa Barbara
Sport, Masculinity, Leisure and Empire, c.1830-1910 Dr Patrick McDevitt, Department of History, SUNY-Buffalo
Cinema, Circus, Pantomime and Music Hall in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Professor Joss Marsh, Department of English, Indiana University

Section IV: Education and Sensibility (Summer 2006)
Gender and Education in the Early Modern Period Dr Martyn Bennett, Department of History, Nottingham Trent University
The Education of Men and Women, c.1760-c.1912 Dr Sarah Winter, Department of English, University of Connecticut at Storrs

Section V: The Body (Summer 2007)

Gender, Midwifery and the Body in the Early Modern Period
Dr Elizabeth Harvey, Department of English, University of Toronto
The Mind and the Body, c.1650-1880 Dr Marie Mulvey-Roberts, School of English, University of West of England
Gender and the Body, c.1830-1910 Professor Jeanne Peterson, Departments of Gender Studies & History, Indiana University

The documents have been selected from a European perspective with an emphasis on British and European sources.

This project has been developed to encourage undergraduate work with rare primary documents. By using images of the texts rather than transcriptions, Defining Gender enables students to connect with the past with greater immediacy.

New Product Announcement--->Empire Online

Empire Online

Empire Online enables undergraduates, postgraduates, academics and researchers to explore colonial history, politics, culture and society. Published in five thematic sections over the next four years, it offers a fully searchable database of primary resources which can be easily integrated into classroom and online teaching.

Section I: Cultural Contact, 1492-1969
Examining cultural contacts throughout five centuries of Empire, from Columbus to decolonisation, Section I draws upon manuscript sources such as the diaries and eyewitness accounts of European travellers, correspondence and periodical literature. It includes evidence from native populations and indigenous tribes in Africa, India, Canada, Australia and the South Pacific.

• Cultural Contacts, c.1492-1763
by Dr Julian Martin, Department of History & Classics, University of Alberta

• Cultural Contacts, c.1763-1969
by Dr Jane Samson, Department of History & Classics, University of Alberta

• Economic aspects of Empire
by Professor Alan Frost, Department of History, La Trobe University

Section II: Literature and Empire
Section II includes important texts describing the outreach and impact of colonial endeavour. There are writings by both pro- and anti-imperial authors, by agents of empire, by controllers of empire, and by imperial subjects. This section embraces poetry, prose and drama, including:

- Mary Kingsley’s The Story of West Africa (London, 1899)
- H Haggard Rider’s King Solomon’s Mines (London, 1885)
- M L Dube’s Adventures of a Sepoy (Agra, 1892)
- R C Praed’s Australian Life: Black and White (London, 1885)
- J S Borlase’s Saved by Shadows and Perils amongst Papuans from Stirring Tales
of Colonial Adventure (London, 1894)
- Paramesvara G Pillai’s London and Paris Through Indian Spectacles (Madras, 1897)
- Dasa Nandalala’s Reminiscences of England and Australia (Calcutta, 1893)
- Mary French Sheldon’s Sultan to Sultan, adventures among the Masai and other tribes
of East Africa (London, 1892)

• Children's Adventure Stories & the ideals of Empire
by Professor Christopher Gordon-Craig, Department of English, University of Alberta

• Pioneering Indian Women's Writing in English
by Dr Chandani Lokugé, Department of English, Monash University

• Women, Gender, Politics and the Literature of Empire
by Professor Angela Woollacott, Department of History, MacQuarie University

• The Literature of Empire - Africa
by Professor Oyekan Owomoyela, Department of English, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Section III: The Visible Empire

Section III looks at all aspects of the Visible Empire, and provides photographs and illustrations (over 5% of the images in this section are in colour) that relate to the art, architecture, representations of indigenous peoples, landscapes and natural history of colonial territories throughout the world.

* Empire Marketing Board Posters from The National Archives
* A Collection of Colour Plates Illustrative of African Scenery and Animals by Samuel Daniell (London, 1804)
* Narrative of the Indian Revolt From its Outbreak to the Capture of Lucknow by Sir Colin Campbell: Illustrated with nearly two hundred engravings from authentic sketches (London, 1858)
* Report on the Indian Section of the Colonial and Indian Exhibition 1886, by J. R. Royle (London, 1887)
* England and India Being Impressions of Persons and Things, English and Indian, and Brief Notes of Visits to France, Switzerland, Italy, and Ceylon, by Lala Baijnath (Bombay, 1893)

• The Visible Empire and the Empire at Home, c.1750-1960
by Dr Antoinette Burton, Department of History, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign

• The Imperial Canvas: Art and Empire
by Dr Romita Ray, Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia

• The Great Exhibition: Art, Display and the British Empire
by Dr Jeffrey Auerbach, Department of History, California State University at Northridge

Section IV: Religion and Empire (Winter 2005 - 2006)

Section IV features material on missionary work, indigenous churches, and the annexation of existing local beliefs and customs. There are documents on different regions in India and Africa, and on work amongst the Native American Indians in Canada. The Maoris, Aborigines and other tribes are covered in records on Australasia and the South Pacific. What was the role of religion in helping to spread the Empire?

The consultant editors for this section are listed below, along with a brief introduction to their editorial essays:

• Religion & Empire at home and abroad
by Professor Andrew Porter, King’s College, University of London

• Religion and Missions in South Africa and the Pacific
by Dr Tony Ballantyne, Department of History, University of Otago

• Religion and Empire with special reference to South Africa and Canada
by Dr Elizabeth Elbourne, Department of History, McGill University

Section V: Race, Class and Colonialism (Winter 2006/2007)

• Cultural Encounters: Speke, Burton, and Victorian Exploration
by Dane Kennedy, Department of History, George Washington University

• From Emancipation to Resistance: Colour, Class & Colonialism, 1870-1914
by Doug Lorimer, Department of History, Wilfred Laurier University

• Race, Gender and the British Empire
by Dr Madhavi Kale, Department of History, Bryn Mawr College

New Product Announcement--->Foreign Broadcast Information Service electronic index

Foreign Broadcast Information Service electronic index 1975-1996

Our holdings for the Daily Reports are incomplete, so not everything indexed here is available in our collection.

The Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Electronic Index is an index to the Daily Reports issued by the U.S. Government. The Daily Reports include translated broadcasts, news agency transmissions, newspapers, periodicals, and government statements from nations around the world. They focus on political, economic, scientific, and cultural issues and events throughout the world.

The Index covers all regions included in the Daily Reports and reflects the changes that have occurred in them since 1975. The electronic Index merges the FBIS regions so that a researcher can retrieve citations to help locate information directly from a country and from other countries.

Asia and Pacific (AAP) 12/78 - 11/86
Central Eurasia (SOV) 01/92 - 09/96
Central Eurasia Report (USR) 01/92 - 12/94
China (CHI) 01/75 - 07/96
East Asia (EAS) 12/86 - 08/96
East Europe (EEU) 01/87 - 08/96
Eastern Europe (EEU) 09/78 - 12/86
Latin America (LAT) 11/78 - 07/96
Middle East and Africa (MEA) 11/78 - 05/87
Near East and South Asia (NES) 06/87 - 08/96
South Asia (SOA) 0 4/80 - 05/87
Soviet Union (SOV) 01/77 - 12/91
Sub-Saharan Africa (AFR) 12/78 - 08/96
West Europe (WEU) 01/87 - 08/96
Western Europe (WEU) 11/78 - 12/86

Research Study Reveals Dramatic Changes Among Information Consumers

2001 vs. 2005: Research Study Reveals Dramatic Changes Among Information Consumers - end users, information users

You'll need a spare $1,095 (US!) to read the entire report. I checked, doesn't look like there is an education discount.

"How have information users changed their behaviors over the past four years? This HotTopics draws from a new, intensified round of end-user research comprising more than 2,000 interviews to answer that question on many levels.

Comparing the new research with results from 2001 shows a number of remarkable trends: today's users are backing off a bit from self-service models and relying more on information intermediaries; users of all kinds are increasingly interested in competitive information; the time users spend gathering information has increased from 8 to 11 hours per average workweek, and that "gathering time" has also increased in relation to the time spent analyzing and applying it.

Another change in this period is a strong consolidation of search engine preferences around Google, compared to the six search engines that reached reasonable numbers in 2001. Discretionary spending for content is also down among end users, a trend that puts fee-based commercial vendors at risk compared to ad-based ones. T

his HotTopics identifies companies and business models that are benefiting from the various changes and trends.

It also includes a checklist of essential actions for commercial content providers, including customization of offerings; embedding content in user applications; measuring increased efficiency and ROI; focusing on user pain points such as price sensitivity; and continuing to track changing user needs as the pace of change continues to accelerate."

-original link from ResourceShelf

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

New JSTOR titles

Dear JSTOR Participant,
We are pleased to announce that eleven new titles have been added to the JSTOR archive. Participants in the Arts & Sciences III Collection, the Arts & Sciences Complement, and the Biological Sciences Collection will be able to access the new content immediately.
New Content: Vol. 1, no. 1 – Vol. 49, no. 12 (1951-1999)
Publisher: American Institute of Biological Sciences

Buddhist-Christian Studies
New Content: Vol. 1 – Vol. 21 (1981-2001)
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press

The Condor
New Content: Vol. 1, no. 1 – Vol. 101, no. 4 (1899-1999)
Publisher: Cooper Ornithological Society

New Content: Vol. 1, no. 1 – Vol. 18, no. 4 (1960-1977);
Vol. 1, no. 1 – Vol. 22, no. 4 (1978-1999)
Publisher: Estuarine Research Federation

Journal of Mammalogy
New Content: Vol. 1, no. 1 – Vol. 80, no. 4 (1919-1999)
Publisher: American Society of Mammalogists

Journal of Paleontology
New Content: Vol. 1, no. 1 – Vol. 74, no. 6 (1927-2000)
Publisher: SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology and Paleontological Society

Memoir (The Paleontological Society)
New Content: Vols. 1 – 53 (1968-2000)
Publisher: Paleontological Society

Modern Judaism
New Content: Vol. 1, no. 1 – Vol. 19, no. 3 (1981-1999)
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Near Eastern Archaeology
New Content: Vol. 1, no. 1 – Vol. 64, no. 4 (1938-2001)
Publisher: The American Schools of Oriental Research

Paleontological Monograph
New Content: Vols. 1-2 (1978-1980)
Publisher: SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology

New Content: Vol. 1, no. 1 – Vol. 50, no. 4 (1951-2001)
Publisher: International Association for Plant Taxonomy (IAPT)

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Review of Google Scholar in Charleston Advisor

Review of Google Scholar

A cautionary review pointing out some of the content shortcomings of Google Scholar, while still acknowledging its promise and usability. Some comparison of Google Scholar vs MetaFind, Innovative Interfaces' meta searching tool.

New Issue of "Resource Sharing & Information Networks" focuses on Library collaboration with other units on campus


Introduction: Cooperation Within Institutions
William Miller

The Embedded Librarian: Strategic Campus Collaborations
Barbara I. Dewey

Reflections on Collaborative Teaching of Science Information Literacy and Science Writing Plans, Processes and Pratfalls
Debbie Huerta, Victoria McMillan

Teaching Centers, Libraries, and Benefits to Both
Joni E. Warner, Nancy H. Seamans

A Blueprint for Progress: Collaborating with Faculty to Integrate Information Literacy into the Curriculum at Purdue University
Alexius Smith Macklin, Michael Fosmire

Collaboration in Collection Management: A Convergence of Education and Practice
Margaret Beecher Maurer, Don A. Wicks

Reeling 'Em in: How to Draw Teaching Faculty into Collaborative Relationships
Melissa Moore

Formal and Informal Structures for Collaboration on a Campus-Wide Information Literacy Program
Jordana M.Y. Shane

A Campus-Wide Role for an Information Literacy Committee
Trudi E. Jacobson, Carol Anne Germain

Talking Toward Techno-Pedagogy: IT and Librarian Collaboration-Rethinking Our Roles
Juliet Habjan Boisselle, Susan Fliss, Lori S. Mestre, Fred Zinn

Collaborating to Create the Right Space for the Right Time
Jill McKinstry

New Library Facilities: Opportunities for Collaboration
Joan Lippincott

Digital Preservation of These and Dissertations Through Collaboration
Gail McMillan

Cooperative Dimensions of a Digitization Project
Andrew Adarykov

Using the Assessment Cycle as a Tool for Collaboration
Christie Flynn, Debra Gilchrist, Lynn A. Olson

Sharing Technology for a Joint-Use Library
Richard F. Woods

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

BioMed Central adds Google Scholar links

BioMed Central Update

"BioMed Central has started adding links to Google Scholar from BMC articles that are more than a month old. The links run GS searches for articles linking to the BMC article. For example, when you visit this BMC article by Paul Spellman and Gerald Rubin (Journal of Biology, 1, 5, 2002), you'll find the GS link in the lefthand sidebar, along with links to the article's references, related articles in PubMed, and citations from BMC. Clicking on the GS link pulls up 99 articles that cite the Spellman and Rubin article."

-links from Open Access News