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. http://www.code4lib.org/

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

3. Several sessions mentioned COUNTER:
http://www.projectcounter.org/
About 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:
http://contentdm.com/
6.
http://www.library.cornell.edu/cts/elicensestudy/ermi2/sushi/ 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 (
http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/) 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.

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