Columbia University Libraries Joins HathiTrust

The Columbia University Libraries has become the newest member of HathiTrust (www.hathitrust.org), a shared repository for the digitized content from academic and research libraries. The Libraries plans to contribute public domain volumes digitized through its partnerships with Google, Microsoft and the Internet Archive.

Launched in 2008 and housed at the University of Michigan, the HathiTrust currently includes the member libraries of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation(CIC) the University of California system, and the University of Virginia.

Hathi serves a dual role. First, ...

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Simple media maintenance using the multifunctional Biblio Mobile StaffStation

The new portable hand reader is clearly more than just a further development of the familiar BiblioWand models. The new Biblio Mobile StaffStation is in fact a user-oriented, multifunctional and extremely lightweight device which, in conjunction with a laptop, can be used for media maintenance as well as offering a whole range of additional features. The very high reading speed is particularly striking: the device can reliably detect up to 500 shelved media in one minute. This is an outstanding ...

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Simple media maintenance using the multifunctional Biblio Mobile StaffStation

Bibliotheca RFID Library Systems has successfully establishes itself as a provider of next-generation RFID technologies. Impressive presentations Bibliotheca RFID Library Systems this year, 98-th of the German Conference of Librarians in Erfurt, made clear to all that with its comprehensive presentation of the numerous product innovations and innovations in RFID technology, Bibliotheca confirmed its position as a leader in innovative technologies. An absolute highlight was a demonstration of next-generation software BiblioCockpit. New tailor-made to order software with unlimited choice of ...

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Development of bibliometric indicators of research quality

The United Kingdom, through the Higher Education Funding Council for England, has worked since 2005 to reform the evaluation of research, known as the RAE (Research Assessment Exercise). The latest study, published in a report in September 2008, sought to analyze and deploy a database containing all academic and publications submitted to evaluation committees during fiscal 2001. Commissioned by HEFCE and conducted by the Center for the Study of Science and Technology ...

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Towards adaptive information systems: individual differences and hypermedia

Sherry Yu-Hua Chen and Nigel J. Ford

1. Introduction

Hypermedia, which is a combination of multimedia and hypertext, is distinguishable from traditional computer assisted learning (CAL) by the node-and-link structure inherent to the organisation of information and the fact that it is also based on integrated media (Heller, 1992). Compared with alternative tools, hypermedia in the learning environment has been associated with a number of potential benefits.

2. Potential Benefits For Learning

Hypermedia systems possess a number of characteristics ...

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US Library of Congress’ Digital Collection One of World’s Largest

The U.S. Library of Congress is well known for being the world’s largest library. That is, in the traditional, paper format. Now, the library is on the way to hosting the largest digital collection in the world with more than 700 terabytes of data.

Converting holdings to a digital format

LibraryOfCongresswebServersThis is the new look of the U.S. Library of Congress: blinking lights, lots of cables and an ocean of digital information with ...

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A new partnership promotes Sony Reader for borrowing eBooks in public libraries

sony-reader-prs-5002The eBook format is is moving forward quickly – more online stores, more devices, more readers. And now it’s penetrating a place that until lately was almost exclusively associated only with physical books – the library.

Sony, developer of the Sony Reader Digital Book, has partnered up with OverDrive, the leading global digital distributor of eBooks and audiobooks to libraries, to offer readers an easier way to borrow e-books from the library. ...

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Hazel Hall and Science Research Coalition

Library and Information Science Research Coalition was a three year project established in 2009 and funded by British Library, Joint Information Systems Committee, Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and Research Information Network.

The LIS Research Coalition is administered by a Board of Directors which has a representative of every member organization. Professor Hazel Hall was appointed to execute the strategies of Coalition in August 2009. She was in the Coalition as a part-time secondment, while still upholding her position ...

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Silence is golden to librarians and booksellers.

That’s one of several concerns librarians have with a provision in the USA Patriot Act, passed by Congress last year in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. It gives the FBI authority to search library and bookstore circulation records and, where applicable, Internet user records, in an investigation of international terrorism or for other intelligence probes.

Unlike most search warrants, the FBI doesn’t have to show evidence of wrongdoing or that ...

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