Wednesday, January 25, 2006

IRs & Open Access from ALA

1. Check out this group: Code4lib. It's an organization for people interested in programming for libraries. They are having a conference in Oregon soon.

2. Here's an interesting sort-of library-oriented blog from one of the speakers I heard:

3. Several sessions mentioned COUNTER:
The use of online information resources is growing rapidly. It is widely agreed by producers and purchasers of information that the use of these resources should be measured in a more consistent way. Librarians want to understand better how the information they buy from a variety of sources is being used; publishers want to know how the information products they disseminate are being accessed. An essential requirement to meet these objectives is an agreed international set of standards and protocols governing the recording and exchange of online usage data. The COUNTER Codes of Practice provide these standards and protocols and are published in full on this website.
4. Somebody mentioned a new concept: "Search fatigue."
5. Another IR software we should look at is ContentDM:
6. This is SUSHI, the Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI).
7. One IR person recommended finding out the number of academic journals published on this campus, or scholarly journals whose editor is a professor on this campus.
8. The SHERPA ( web site compiles author rights statements. In their words: SHERPA is investigating issues in the future of scholarly communication and publishing. In particular, it is developing open-access institutional repositories in a number of research universities. These eprint repositories or archives facilitate the worldwide rapid and efficient dissemination of research findings.
9. A woman who runs an IR at Oregon said their IR really took off when they started using it to archive the various newsletters that were produced across campus. She also said that faculty who assigned students to write papers for the IR found that the students wrote much better quality papers when they knew it would be mounted there.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Social Science Statistics repository

Another oa-discipline based repository established in 1962(!) at Univ of Mich.

Membership is needed to get at ALL the datasets. Member list at

Libraries cannot be members, only institutions. Info at and this about the complete online access to datasets (

It's in the adi, under criminal justice and criminology, statistics and sociology.

ICPSR (University of Michigan Institute for Social Research) The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) maintains and provides access to an archive of social science data for research and instruction, and offers training in quantitative methods to facilitate effective data use. Some datasets are available to the public.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Digital Rights Management: A Guide for Librarians

I'm not sure I'll get through this, but this is a decent reference for Digital Rights Management.