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Wednesday, 24th May 2006

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Professional Reading Shelf
International Federatation of Library Associations
Source: IFLA
A Selection of Papers to be Presented at World Library and Information Congress: 72nd IFLA General Conference #2
+ Directories of international repositories: research results and recommendations
+ Web accessibility: a review of research and initiatives
+ Information literacy as an emancipatory process directed to social inclusion in a knowledge society
+ Dynamic Transformation of the National Diet Library: From the Researcher's Library to the Library for All
+ Enabling Library and Information Skills: Foundations for Entering Students
+ Integrating Information Literacy in a First-Year University Course: A Case Study from Canada
See Also: Compilation #1
Scholarly Literature
Open Computation: Beyond Human-Reader-Centric Views of Scholarly Literatures
A new book chapter by Clifford Lynch to appear in Open Access: Key Strategic, Technical and Ecomomic Aspects, Neil Jacobs (Ed.), (Oxford: Chandos Publishing), Spring 2006. "...speculating about the interactions between the emerging technologies of text mining, licensing electronic scholarly journals, and open access."
Also available in PDF.
Medical Literature--Open Access
Source: Canadian Health Libraries Association 2006: Pearls of Wisdom (via E-LIS)
Open Access for the Medical Librarian
"The most important aspects of open access for the medical librarian are presented. Reasons for open access include access to research information, access to taxpayer-funded research, facilitation of evidence-based medicine, equity of access, promotion of author control, and controlling library costs. The two primary approaches to open access, via author self-archiving and open access publishing, are presented. Key open access policy developments are highlighted. Many of the major policy initiatives of the moment are from the research funders. From the researcher funders' point of view, open access means more research impact, more real-world impact when professionals can access the literature, and value is illustrated to the taxpayer, building support for further research funding. The world's largest medical research funders, including the U.S. National Institute of Health and the Wellcome Trust, have public access policies, and many more policies are in development. For example, two weeks ago the Federal Research Public Access Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate. One of the essential elements of open access policy is ensuring that researchers are required, not requested, to deposit works. In Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research has a policy in development called Access to Products of Research; public comments are due May 15, 2006. The dramatic growth of open access - over 2,220 journals in DOAJ, over 7.3 million items in an OAIster search - is discussed, as is the idea of new roles for librarians in an open access environment." Presentation; PDF (137 KB) or PowerPoint (80 KB).
See also: Bill demands free public access to science reports (Federal Computer Week)
Scholarly Publishing--Avian Influenza--
Source: Proceedings International Workshop on Webometrics, Informetrics and Scientometrics & Seventh COLLNET Meeting (via E-LIS)
Cooperation bibliogram of bird flu
"The published literature on Bird Flu, now a pandemic animal disease with a possible potential of evolving into a devastating human disease, was analysed primarily with respect of national and international cooperations and networks of authors and countries. The output of research-relevant papers is now around 150 per year and was less than 100 papers per year before 2003. The field is highly cooperative; nearly 90% of the articles have two or more authors. National extramural cooperation is around 50% since 1998, intramural cooperation shows a decreasing tendency and is now about 20%. Between 20% and 30% of the papers have been published in bi- or multinational cooperation. Observed and expected citation rates of international papers are twice as high as the citation rates of national papers. 47 countries are engaged in Bird Flu research, on top USA, followed by PEOPLES R CHINA, UK and JAPAN. These countries are also centers of country networks, but minor centers exist. An Asian local network with strong ties consisting of countries most affected by Bird Flu can be identified.. No strong direct connections exist between Europe and Asia; thus it seems necessary to intensify international cooperation. Author network show interesting cluster structures which must be studied in detail."
Full Paper (PDF; 1.27 MB)
Digital Archiving
Source: UKOLN
Material on Digital Archiving presentation available
"Slides are now available from the presentation entitled 'Digital Archiving' to the East Anglia Online User Group (EAOLUG) given by Maureen Pennock of UKOLN. The event, called 'Digital Archives and Records Management', took place at the Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, on 23 May 2006."
See Also: Archiving Web Site Resources : a Records Management View
Poster presented at the WWW 2006 conference, Edinburgh Scotland. Thanks to PADI for the news tip.

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