~ Archive for Libraries and Information ~

Article on movement of journals away from print to online


This article talks about the problems posed by the movement of print
publications to online, particularly how many publishers are not fully
equpped for this transition and how libraries and publishers can work
together for mutual sustainability. 

Harvard’s Ernst Mayr Library has an XML feed for its New Books list


On library digitization efforts


The “College library of tomorrow” talks about digitization efforts at
Stanford and MIT, among other places, including the former’s LOCKSS
project for harvesting journals for perpetual access, and the latter’s
DSpace repository.  (Source: The Virtual Chase)

In memory of Theo Greene


Theo Greene, librarian emerita of the Rowland Institute, passed away on
July 14.  She set up the Rowland Institute library in the early
1980s.  She was a chemist and wrote the text Protective Groups in
Organic Synthesis (2 editions, Wiley).  I remember Theo coming to
the library many times after she retired to look up citations in
Chemical Abstracts, particularly while she was revising her book.

More on Harvard-Google collaboration


Evidently there are potential copyright issues to be worked out … (Source: Open Access News)

New York Public Library posts digital collections


The NYPL has posted thousands of digital images from their collections,
including photographs, drawings, manuscripts, among other
phenomena.  Categories include Arts & Literature, Cities &
Buildings, Culture & Society, History & Geographyt, Industry
& Technology, Nature & Science, Printing & Graphics. 
(Source: Chronicle of Higher Education)

You can find a book by its color


at the New England School of Law library, that is, where they have
indexed their catalog entries according to spine color.  For
example, you can click on an aqua image and get a full listing of
books.  Also, their color swatches from their bindery are
included.  “It was red … and it had Wisconsin in the title…”
(Source: Library Link of the Day)

ALA lawyer on the INDUCE act


A lawyer for the American Library Association explains how the INDUCE
act could weaken libraries’ part in information dissemination and make
them more arbiters of copyright compliance, doing significant harm to
fair use. 

Guide to USA PATRIOT act and libraries


Good overview on how the USA PATRIOT act affects libraries. 
Includes the famous “FBI has not been here” signs.  Doesn’t
discuss recent defeat of attempts to amend the act, however,
particularly the section that affects library records.  (Source:
Library Juice)

article about libraries in the time of Google


seems to put libraries in a negative light, if you only read the first
paragraph or so.  But read on and see what kinds of work libraries
are doing in collaboration with Google and others to make their
research materials visible to online researchers. 

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