Posts Tagged ‘Librarians’
According a study provided by an OA european publisher.
“The survey revealed high levels of awareness of OA – 95% of the respondents stated they were very or quite familiar with the OA model. Librarians highlight a number of benefits of OA publishing models:
- Ease of access to content
- Increased visibility, usage and impact for authors
- Improved sharing and collaboration
- Improved public engagement with research
- Broad benefits for society of improved access to research
- Improved return on investment for funders of research
- 78% of respondents support OA publishing, with only 5.5% stating they oppose the model.
- 95% believe OA is already delivering benefits, or will do in the future.
Librarians did express some concern about OA publishing models. In particular that the charges levied by publishers would create a barrier for authors with limited access to funding, while opening up the potential for ‘vanity’ publishing for those with funds.”
The full article:
Skelton, Val. How OA is changing the role of librarians, Information Today Europe, 5th of July 2012, Available from: http://www.infotoday.eu/Articles/Editorial/Featured-Articles/How-OA-is-changing-the-role-of-librarians-83586.aspx [Accessed 9th July 2012]
A great article in Bio-ITWorld:
“…many life science organizations—Pfizer and Genentech are just two recent examples—have cut back or eliminated their library research staff, believing the myth that everything is free on the Internet. Many more are experimenting with outsourcing research librarian services to India or China—producing unsatisfactory and low quality work. (…)
Making the right decisions based on insightful analysis of the most relevant data can make a critical difference in companies whose futures rely on new product development. (…)
(Librarians) can execute these complex searches in sophisticated databases, where the relevant information is extracted from “noisy” irrelevant content. (…)
If your organization is willing to subject all of your investment of time, funding, and hard work to the vagaries of risk and failure, then surfing through oceans of un-vetted information on the Internet is fine. But if you want to vastly improve your chances of success, whether it be identifying a lucrative research area or achieving regulatory approval, then it is time to urgently rethink your stale image of the trusted research librarian.”
Ben-Shir, Rya & Feng, Alexander. Reevaluating the role of the research librarian. Bio-ITWorld, Posted on September 27, 2011.
Based on 1,108 professional and personal blogs (Library and Information Science related) indexed by LibWorm, this study tends to show that adoption of FaceBook and Twitter has a negative effect on blogs production.
The importance of blogs, however, has been affected by the arrival of new tools for social networking (e.g., Facebook and Twitter), which now rival blogs as primary communications media tools on the Internet.
Once blogs were at the core of social networks, but now the Web 2.0 conversation has fragmented, with general interest shifting away from blogs in favor of other platforms. Indeed, the bloggers themselves are the ones who, as early adopters, have popularized the newer applications.
Libraries and information centers have been especially active in the creation and management of blogs as part of a communications strategy for offering new services for their patrons
The results obtained show a loss of significance for blogs as a communications medium for the LIS community, as indicated by the closure of blogs and the reduction in gross number of posts being published. These losses have been constant and steady and have affected all the blog types studied, personal and corporate.
These figures could merely be showing that bloggers have been migrating to other services and applications that are increasing in usage, specifically Twitter and Facebook.
In all cases the corporate blogs presented values thatwere significantly lower than personal blogs and only blogs of academic or public libraries had figures of any significance, demonstrating that success and visibility in the blogosphere is closely linked to personal initiative.
The decline in personal blogs is less pronounced than in corporate, and productivity and visibility patterns in both categories show that personal blogs are more active and have greater impact than corporate blogs. A small core collection of blogs, a reference group for the LIS community, seems to persist despite the general decline.
Torres-Salinas, D., et al., State of the library and information science blogosphere after social networks boom: A metric approach, Library & Information Science Research (2011), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lisr.2010.08.001
This paper deals with how a library got used with SharePoint 2007.
- “The problem with SP is getting started“
- “SP isn’t an “install and go” program“: trainings are required
- Nice integration with the Office suite
- Single sign-on for whatever
- You push information to grups using permissions
- Each user automatically gets “MySite”
- “It’s pretty clear that SP can do some cool stuff“
- “SP is a lot like a Swiss Army Knife. It can do a ton of different things...”
- “We’ve found that people who love SharePoint also love talking about SharePoint” !!!
- “Start small but think big“
- “Plan ahead for unexpected growth”
- “Make sure the infrastructure and organization of your SP instance is extensible and flexible“
Ennis, Lisa E. & Tims, Randy S. Harnessing the power of SharePoint for Library applications. Computers in Libraries, Vol.30, N°5, June 2010. pp6-13. Online: