ATG Hot Topics of the Week – 2/9/14

by | Feb 9, 2014 | 0 comments

Erin's libguides picBy Erin Gallagher, Electronic Resources & Serials Librarian, Rollins College

It’s a drizzly, prehistoric morning here in Central Florida as I embark on my first week of Hot Topics.  Let us set the tone with “In the Library”, a poem by former Poet Laureate and delightful speaker Charles Simic.  He gets it. 

Scientists and researchers may have reached their threshold for consuming scholarly articles.  We are spending less time examining lengthy articles and more time skimming a proliferation of digital information morsels, challenging traditional assumptions on information seeking.

Four more publishers have signed on to preserve e-journal content with digital archive giant Portico.  Of particular interest is e-journal Library Resources & Technical Services, the research journal of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS).  

Publishing leviathan Elsevier has opened their massive collection of online journal articles to text-mining, though with some limitations and license considerations.  With national governments and other scholarly publishers joining the conversation, researchers are guardedly optimistic that this will lead to ease of functionality in this growing research practice.  How might libraries lean in on these conversations and benefit from data mining in our own research?

Duke University Press has partnered with Highwire Press to launch their new platform for searching and accessing their ebook content.  eDuke Books includes over 1,600 titles in their Scholarly Collection.  Along with the usual bells and whistles, the platform includes some nifty additions like social sharing and recommendations for further reading.

In case anyone has ignored their listservs this week, there has been some enlightening dialogue among scholarly communication experts surrounding authors rights to various versions of their works.  The original post by Kevin Smith at Duke University and the subsequent response by Charles Oppenheim are worth a read, regardless of where your thoughts align.

And on a merry note, The Guardian reports that a rare example of Jane Austen’s handwriting was found in a first edition of her memoirs.  At a time when physical handwriting (and cursive in particular) is viewed by many as an antiquated and dwindling practice, this small discovery may warm the hearts of not only Austen appreciators, but lovers of the written word in general. 

 (This is Erin’s inaugural post as our new “Hot Topics” contributor. She follows in the rather large footsteps of Jonathan Harwell who did such a marvelous job in keeping us up-to-date on all the fast breaking issues facing libraries and librarianship. After reading Erin’s first post I’m sure that you agree, she is more than up to the job.)


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