Princeton U. Open Access Policy

The movement to make research freely available got a high-profile boost this week with the news that Princeton University’s faculty has unanimously adopted an open-access policy. “The principle of op...

Coming of Age: Charleston Observatory 2011

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Lifelong Digital Archive

Can’t resist since UNC-CH SILS is my alma mater. Students at SILS will get free data storage! It’s called LifeTime Library. So far 60 out of 160 students have signed up. This will “...

E-Textbook Devices Compared

Reader’s Choice: E-Textbook Devices Compared | Product Reviews | Wired.com Despite the increasing popularity of tablets like the iPad, standalone e-book readers still have a following.  This may surp...

What Students Don't Know

ERIAL, a  two-year, five-campus ethnographic study, reveals “how students view and use their campus libraries.”  The answers should surprise no one.  Students rarely see the “librarian as an academic...

Update Georgia State Fair Use Lawsuit

Last Round of Filings Made in Georgia State U. Fair-Use Lawsuit August 4, 2011, 12:06 pm The plaintiffs and the defendants in the fair-use lawsuit that has pitted three academic publishers against Ge...

Alison Mudditt and UC Press

Today’s Chronicle of HIgher Education has an article about the University of California Press and its new Director — Allison Mudditt — who we knew recently at SAGE! She is making so...

Paul Ginsparg's arXiv turns 20

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, the August 11 issue of Nature talks about arXiv which Mr. Ginsparg will step away from. In September, staff from the Cornell library will run the site....

Google Scholar Citations

Just back from a big Tenure and Promotion Retreat at the College of Charleston. Big in the discussions was peer review and citations. So, I was interested to read this recent blog post in the Chronic...

Caught My Eye, 19 July 2011

“It is not best that we should all think alike; it is a difference of opinion that makes horse races.” Mark Twain Journal-Ranking System Goes Down Under Weight of Controversy May 31, 2011. http...