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How librarians can use Google Book Search

Steve Ostrem at Library Journal wrote a nice article on how librarians can use Google Book Search for reference, research and collection development. Particularly interesting, and new, is the “popular passages” search, the subject headings, the ability to clip and paste from public-domain works and the personalization options now offered via “My Library” with a [...]

by Catherine Lavallee-Welch [ Full Article ] March 31st, 2009 | Comments Off

Ada Lovelace Day

Today, March 24th, is Ada Lovelace Day. It is an international day that wants to draw attention to women excelling in technology. I would like to highlight two women here that I admire for their technological skills. I also have the pleasure of knowing them personally and, bonus, they’re librarians! Jill Hurst-Wahl is an expert [...]

2, 000 000th document in IEEE Xplore

Brian C Gray shared this morning that the IEEE Xplore database reached two million documents this month. The two millionth article loaded into IEEE Xplore is “Intelligent Packet Dropping for Optimal Energy-Delay Tradeoffs in Wireless Downlinks,” by Michael J. Neely from the University of Southern California. It appears in the March issue of IEEE Transactions [...]

by Catherine Lavallee-Welch [ Full Article ] March 19th, 2009 | Comments Off

Comments to libraries

I have seen two examples recently of libraries reaching out to their users to gather their comments. Concordia University Libraries, in Montréal, Qué is using a web form (?) to gather comments and publishes responses via a blog. Questions/comments and answers are coming at a good clip. The Libraries administration actually uses the comments to [...]

by Catherine Lavallee-Welch [ Full Article ] March 17th, 2009 | Comments Off

2009 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards

The American Institute of Architects selected eight recipients for the 2009 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards. For each winning library, I tried to link to the website and to project details, via the architects’ sites and/or via the Architectural Record, if available. Arabian Library, Scottsdale Public Library, Scottsdale, Arizona richard+bauer architecture, LLC about the project C.V. [...]

by Catherine Lavallee-Welch [ Full Article ] March 6th, 2009 | Comments Off

ARL Statement to scholarly publishers on the global economic crisis

A little late, but interesting reading, ARL published mid-February a statement to publishers regarding research libraries and the global economic crisis. The document lists a few of the effects the economic crisis has on research libraries: current and future -possibly permanent -budget cuts cancellation of ongoing commitments bigger preference of electronic over print shortening of [...]

by Catherine Lavallee-Welch [ Full Article ] March 6th, 2009 | Comments Off

Big changes for McGraw-Hill Digital Engineering Library

McGraw-Hill announced a major revision of its Digital Engineering Library. The new site will be called AccessEngineering and the URL (http://accessengineeringlibrary.com) will be activated March 9th 2009. The new site will offer new features and enhancements, including: New graphical user interface: state-of-the art functionality streamlines access to content and reader New taxonomy book view: the [...]

by Catherine Lavallee-Welch [ Full Article ] March 6th, 2009 | Comments Off

Going underground for scholarly content

Brian Scott Mathews over at The Ubiquitous Librarian made some very interesting looking into the underground market for academic materials via illegal file sharing sites like bit torrent. Apparently, his fictional research brought up big time reference titles like the CRC handbooks, the entire Referex engineering e-book collection, Harvard Business Cases, textbooks and tutti quanti. [...]

Harvard Libraries Provost calls for improved libraries

Harvard University Provost Steven E. Hyman created a committee charged with improving the efficiency of the university’s library system. Since Harvard’s creation in 1638, no less than 75 different units have been instituted and have evolved “organically”. Some branches are autonomous, other services are centralized. The desired outcome would be “recommendations to improve the strength [...]

by Catherine Lavallee-Welch [ Full Article ] March 4th, 2009 | Comments Off

Best Sci-Tech Books of 2008

Library Journal just published its list of best 2008 sci-tech books. Something for everyone. (Thanks John Dupuis for the heads-up)

by Catherine Lavallee-Welch [ Full Article ] March 4th, 2009 | Comments Off

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