Sunday, November 30, 2008

Tech Therapy: Episode 36 - The Future of College Libraries

Tech Therapists Scott Carlson and Warren Arbogast discuss what college libraries mean to campuses, the buildings' changing aesthetics, and how they will be designed for future use.

Treadmills? And Showers? Oh My ... [:-)

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CHE: Young Librarians, Talkin' 'Bout Their Generation

Up-and-comers discuss what will change and what needs to change

Chronicle of Higher Education / Information Technology / Volume 54, Issue 8, Page A28


Most people are familiar with the stereotype of librarians. They are twenty- or thirtysomethings, with tattoos, cat's-eye glasses, and vintage clothes, schmoozing with famous authors, and playing DJ at parties in Brooklyn.


Whether young librarians are hip or dowdy doesn't matter. What matters is what they think about the future of the library, particularly at academic institutions.

Libraries are facing a series of immense challenges: the explosion of information, a rapidly changing technological environment, shrinking budgets, pitched battles over copyright, a new world of information literacy, and continuing deficiencies in old-fashioned literacy.


This month The Chronicle contacted eight librarians under 40 and asked them a series of questions about the future of their profession, including: [snip]

What is the future of the book? / Will there be a reference desk — yes or no? / What information services will be performed by libraries in the future, and what information services will be performed by companies and nonprofit groups? / Should the relationship between libraries and publishers change? If so, how? / Does the library profession need to diversify and draw from different populations? / What is one thing that libraries are doing right, and one thing that libraries are doing wrong? / How well did your library-science education prepare you for the field today? / What will the academic library look like in the future?

Here is what they said ………….................................


Companion Audio Interviews: Young Librarians Discuss the Future of Their Profession


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

LIFE Photo Archive Hosted by Google

BLOGS / The Channel Wire / November 19, 2008

Google Resurrects Life Magazine Images

Google has opened up the Life magazine photo archives, launching an online photo gallery that offers millions of pictures that have gone unviewed for decades.


Google launched the service on Tuesday as part of its image search function, starting with roughly two million photos stretching from the 1750s to today. Google added that it plans to enter all 10 million images from Life's photo library so that they can be viewed by anyone with an Internet connection. That's a boon, considering Life has said that more than 95 percent of its photo archive has never been publicly viewed or published in the magazine
"This effort to bring offline images online was inspired by our mission to organize all the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful," Google software engineer Paco Galanes wrote on Google's blog. Galanes continued: "This collection of newly digitized images includes photos and etchings produced and owned by Life dating all the way back to the 1750s."

Life was established as a magazine in 1883 and eventually ceased publication in 2006.

Along with displaying the images online, Google said they can be printed for free as long as they are not being used to make money. Life's parent company, Time Warner, however, plans to sell high-resolution prints of the work though


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Monday, November 17, 2008

TRAIL: Technical Reports Archives and Image Library

TRAIL is a Greater Western Library Alliance initiative lead by the University of Arizona in collaboration with the Center for Research Libraries and other interested supporting agencies to identify, digitize, archive, and provide persistent and unrestricted access to federal technical reports issued prior to 1975.

Project Rationale: Technical reports are a means of communicating the progress of research in fields of technology and science; they are used to communicate information for technical development throughout industry and throughout research institutions contributing to the continued development and growth of science and technology. These reports are highly detailed and contain valuable information serving specialized audiences of researchers. While availability and access to more recent (1994-current) technical report literature has greatly improved with delivery via the Internet, legacy technical report documents remain elusive to researchers. Most large research libraries across the country have sizeable collections of federally funded technical research reports—frequently a million or more reports ranging from several pages to several hundred pages. However, these collections, particularly legacy collections, are often difficult to identify and locate ... .

Pilot Project: The Pilot Project currently contains the following report series: NBS Monograph Series. Major contributions to the technical literature on various subjects related to the National Bureau of Standards and published between 1959 and 1982. These detailed reports include materials data, mathematical functions, time series, diffraction patterns, measurements, standards, methods and much more. Most of the data provided is from direct measurements. This series of technical reports is highly referenced with more than 2000 citations found in Web of Science alone. [snip]


Committee Roster (By Institution)

Sinai Wood / Baylor University /
Michael Culbertson /Colorado State University /
Marie Waltz / College and Research Libraries /
Jim Dildine / GWLA Program Officer /
Alice Trussell / Kansas State University /
John Phillips / Oklahoma State University /
Esther Crawford / Rice University /
Maliaca Oxnam (Chair) / University of Arizona /
Patricia Kirkwood / University of Arkansas /
Margaret Jobe / University of Colorado, Boulder /
Martha Chantiny / University of Hawaii at Manoa /
Dan Barkley / University of New Mexico /
Daureen Nesdill / University of Utah /
Mel DeSart / University of Washington /

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Transforming NTIS with a National Technical Reports Library

Early in 2009, the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) will launch a new program, the NTIS National Technical Reports Library (NTRL), to increase and improve its utility to users. NTRL, the definitive technical reports collection, will guarantee libraries and technical information professionals easy access and perpetual availability to the full text of documents from NTIS’ comprehensive collection of federally-funded technical reports. NTIS acquires, indexes, abstracts, and archives the largest collection of U.S. government-sponsored technical reports in existence. The NTRL will be a resource for scientific discovery and will be accessible and usable to the widest possible audience, including through IP Access. Access will require a subscription, priced to enable NTIS to recover its costs.

The NTRL Library will provide access to bibliographic records plus full text content from the desktop, making broader dissemination possible. It will focus on timeliness, comprehensiveness and current awareness by providing access to libraries. It will also allow free web search of titles from the NTIS website.

  • NTRL Collection Development will:
  • Focus on technical reports
  • Guarantee perpetual availability
  • Support document version control
  • Aim for full text retrieval
  • Increase historical depth
  • Increased subject coverage

Donald H. Hagen
Associate Director
Office of Product and Program Management
National Technical Information Service
U.S. Department of Commerce

703-605-6142 / 703-888-9538 (cell)



ACRL Guide Libraries & the Google Library Project Settlement

A Guide for the Perplexed: Libraries & the Google Library Project Settlement

On October 28, 2008, after several years of legal wrangling, Google, the Association of American Publishers (AAP), and the Authors Guild reached a settlement agreement concerning Google’s scanning of copyrighted works. The scanning of these works has been done in cooperation with research libraries throughout the United States. The settlement agreement requires court approval by the presiding judge in the U.S. District Court in New York because the case was brought as a class action suit on behalf of selected copyright owners.

In large part, the settlement focuses on in-copyright books that are not commercially available. Public domain works fall outside of the settlement and owners of commercially available, in-copyright books created prior to January 5, 2009, may opt-out of the settlement or opt-in to other terms with Google. As a part of the settlement agreement, Google will fund the establishment of the Book Rights Registry. The Registry, jointly run by authors and publishers, will collect and distribute royalties including an up-front payment by Google of $45 million. Users will have several new opportunities to access scanned books, both free and fee-based, via public and university libraries and through institutional subscriptions for academic, corporate, and government libraries and organizations.



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C&RL News: Introducing Creative Commons to Librarians, Faculty, and Students

The Beauty of "Some Rights Reserved": Introducing Creative Commons to Librarians, Faculty, and Students

College & Research Library News / November 2008 /Vol. 69, No. 10 / Molly Kleinman

These are difficult times when it comes to copyright on campus. Big music companies are suing fans, publishers are suing librarians, and the principle of “fair use” is under siege everywhere. Litigation-happy content holders have fostered a climate of fear in which every student is a music pirate and every professor a book thief. While I don’t doubt that there is some copyright infringement happening on university campuses, the bigger problem by far is the chilling effect of all these lawsuits and “copyright awareness campaigns.”

Scholars and students are afraid to do the one thing that copyright law has intended from the beginning: “Promote the Progress of Science and the Useful Arts”1 by creating new works and building on the works of those who came before. Every academic librarian knows at least one sad story about a professor who couldn’t include necessary illustrations in her book because her publisher was worried about a copyright lawsuit, or a digitization project that couldn’t get approved because the copyright status of the materials was uncertain.

Additional problems result from major changes to copyright law over the last 40 years. Until recently, creators had to register their copyrights to receive protection and mark their works with a properly formatted copyright notice or the work entered automatically into the public domain, where anybody was free to reuse it however they wished.

That all changed in 1978, when the United States dropped the registration requirement; since then, copyright automatically occurs the moment a work is “fixed in a tangible medium of expression.” Now, every new work is copyrighted—lecture notes, e-mails, snapshots, doodles, presentation slides. [snip]

Enter Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that created a set of simple, easy-to-understand copyright licenses. These licenses do two things: They allow creators to share their work easily, and they allow everyone to find work that is free to use without permission. The value of those two things is enormous. Before Creative Commons licenses, there was no easy way a creator could say, “Hey world! Go ahead and use my photographs, as long as you give me attribution.”


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Reference Librarian 2008, Vol. 49 Issue 2 Web 2.0 Articles


From The Latest Reference Librarian (49(2)) / 2008

[1] Text Messaging at Reference: A Preliminary Survey / Steven K. Profit

This article relates the results of a survey of academic libraries using text messaging as a means for delivering reference services. Information concerning the hardware, software, costs, staffing, hours of operation, service life, and patron use is presented.

Page Range: 129 - 134 / DOI: 10.1080/02763870802101328

[2] Second Life: A Tool for Reference and International Understanding / Christian van der Ven

The challenges that virtual reference staff volunteers in Second Life (SL) are facing are opportunities at the same time. There are a lot of differences between doing reference work in Real Life (RL/and in SL, but for the most part reference work in-world is quite the same as in the daily life of any reference specialist. In essence, that is. Of course new skills are needed, but this is just for now. In the end, working at a virtual reference desk, especially as one member on a team of international pioneers, is as exciting as it is new!

Page Range: 149 - 161 / DOI: 10.1080/02763870802101369

[3] Pencils Never Crash: The Thoughtful Integration of Technology for Reference Service / David C. Murray, Guest Columnist / iReference: Using Apple's iPhone as a Reference Tool

With eager buyers waiting in long lines to get one of their own, theiPhone burst onto the scene in the United States on June 29, 2007. Sincethen, Apple has garnered about 20% of the market for smart phones in itshome territory, despite the presence of the BlackBerry, Treo, and others.Aside from its unmatched industrial design and “coolness” factor, whatmakes the iPhone so special? And more importantly, are there ways wecould use it to deliver enhanced reference services? In this column, I’ll tryto answer these questions by sharing my experiences in putting the iPhone to the test as a reference device.

Page Range: 167 - 170 / DOI: 10.1080/02763870802101419

[4] Pending Friend Request: Reference Service Meets Online Social Networks / Kristina M. DeVoe, Column Editor / Choices Galore: Confirm, Deny, or Ignore

The growth and popularity of online social networking sites are undeniable. In the past few years, sites such as Facebook, MySpace, Ning, LinkedIn, Friendster, Flickr, Twitter, Second Life, and numerous others have burst onto the scene, capturing users’ attentions and imaginations.

Once the online destination of teenagers and college students, they have quickly become mainstream, shifting the demographic composition and the conversation. At their core, social networking sites allow users to increase and maintain personal interactions; people can find and interact with one another, share interests, make connections, and create content across multiple media forms.

Page Range: 179 - 181 DOI: 10.1080/02763870802101435

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Reinventing Science Librarianship: Models for the Future,October 2008 | Proceedings

Proceedings from the ARL / CNI Fall Forum / October 16-17, 2008 / Arlington, Virginia

E-Science: Trends, Transformations & Responses

Convener and Moderator: Wendy Lougee, University Librarian, McKnight Presidential Professor, University of Minnesota

E-Science: Trends, Transformations & Responses

Chris Greer, Director National Coordination Office (NCO) for the multiagency Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program

A Case Study in E-Science: Building Ecological Informatics Solutions for Multi-Decadal Research

William Michener, Research Professor (Biology) and Associate Director, Long-Term Ecological Research Network Office, University of New Mexico

Making a Quantum Leap to eResearch Support

Rick Luce Vice Provost and Director of University Libraries, Emory University Libraries

Data Curation: Issues and Challenges

Convener and Moderator: James Mullins Dean of Libraries, Purdue University

Transition or Transform? Repositioning the Library for the Petabyte Era

Liz Lyon, Director, UKOLN

Research and Data

Fran Berman Director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center, UC San Diego, and Co-chair Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access

Data Curation Issues and Challenges

Sayeed Choudhury Associate Dean of University Libraries and Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center, Johns Hopkins University

Data Curation Panel

Pam Bjornson , Director-General, Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information

Supporting Virtual Organizations

Convener and Moderator: Wendy Lougee University Librarian, McKnight Presidential Professor, University of Minnesota

The Coming Age of Virtual Organizations: The Early History and Future of Geographically Distributed Collaboration

Thomas A. Finholt, Director, Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work (CREW) and Research Professor & Associate Dean for Research and Innovation, School of Information, University of Michigan

Cyberinfrastructure for Discovery, Learning, and Engagement: The nanoHUB Experience

Mark Lundstrom Don and Carol Scifres Distinguished Professor, Director, Network for Computational Nanotechnology, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University

Reactor Panel: Supporting the Virtual Organization: A Role for Libraries?

Medha Devare Life Sciences and Bioinformatics Librarian, Mann Library, Cornell University

Reactor Panel: Supporting the Virtual Organization

D. Scott Brandt Associate Dean for Research, Purdue University Library

Lessons & New Roles: the Experience of Health Sciences Libraries

Convener and Moderator: Neil Rambo, Acting Associate Dean of University of Washington Libraries and Acting Director of the University of Washington Health Sciences Libraries

Linda Watson, President, Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries and Director, Health Sciences Libraries, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Betsy L. Humphreys, Deputy Director, National Library of Medicine

Education for New Roles

What does the science library/informatics professional need to know and be able to do?

Convener and Moderator: Betsy Wilson, Dean of University Libraries, University of Washington

Education for Cyberscholarship

Ron Larsen Dean and Professor, School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh

Reinventing Science Librarianship: Education for New Roles

Catherine Blake Assistant Professor, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Preparing e-Science Information Specialists: New Programs and Professionals

Carole L. Palmer, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Summary Reactor Panel

Convener and Moderator: Wendy Lougee, University Librarian, McKnight Presidential Professor, University of Minnesota

Carol Mandel, Dean of the Division of Libraries, New York University

Becky Lyon, Deputy Associate Director for Library Operations, National Library of Medicine

Neil Rambo, Acting Associate Dean of University of Washington Libraries and Acting Director of the University of Washington Health Sciences Libraries

Summation and Closing Observations

Clifford Lynch, Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information

Posters on Display

Fifteen libraries contributed fourteen posters for display at the forum to showcase their organizations’ work in science librarianship. The posters are described in three categories: Tools, Programs and Services, and Organizational Models.

LibQUAL+® in the Sciences

Highlights LibQUAL+® survey responses from faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates in science/math, engineering/computer science, and health sciences across 302 libraries (including 53 ARL libraries). Reports library users’ perceptions and expectations of service quality and information literacy outcomes, such as contribution of the library to advancing in a discipline. Also reports use of the library premises, Web site, and non-library information gateways. Notably, ratings of information literacy outcomes have risen since 2004 across all user groups.


Saturday, November 15, 2008

Reference Notes Blog Launched

The Reference Notes blog was formally established on
November 15 2008.

Reference Notes is devoted to providing profiles of significant or substantive developments and news of potential interest to Reference and Research Librarians worldwide.
Resources and sources of potential interest to the Iowa State University community will be a particular focus.