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Rory Litwin: Pressing Issues for Librarians | Library Babel Fish @insidehighered

Rory Litwin: Pressing Issues for Librarians | Library Babel Fish @insidehighered | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Changes to modes of information organization and access are getting most of the attention now, but I think if you want to look at the future of libraries you need to look at the future of everything else, and I think we have to admit that the demise of much of what we take for granted is a possibility in this century. Preservation should be the new priority." Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/library-babel-fish/rory-litwin-pressing-issues-librarians#ixzz320AA4jQi Inside Higher Ed

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A college librarian's take on the future of libraries, the positive influence of publishing and technology

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Smashwords: How Libraries Can Launch Community Publishing Initiatives with Self-Published Ebooks

Smashwords: How Libraries Can Launch Community Publishing Initiatives with Self-Published Ebooks | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Mark Coker: Libraries are uniquely qualified to orchestrate community resources and talent to help local writers become professional self-publishers. By holding seminars and classes, and by bringing local authors together face to face with readers and aspiring authors, libraries can help unleash the talent locked inside the minds and fingertips of their local community's writers.  They can also help ensure a steady future supply of library-friendly authors who will want to supply their ebooks to libraries.


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Great tools and tips for self-publishing at libraries!

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From a deluge of data, e-science tools bring knowledge

From a deluge of data, e-science tools bring knowledge | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Today, many scientific fields can be described as data-intensive disciplines, which turn raw data into information and then knowledge. If this sounds familiar it’s because this represents the late and influential computer scientist Jim Gray’s vision of the fourth research paradigm. Gray divided up the evolution of science into four periods or paradigms. One thousand years ago, science was experimental in nature, a few hundred years ago it became theoretical, a few decades ago it moved to a computational discipline, and today it’s data driven. Researchers are reliant on e-science tools to enable collaboration, federation, analysis, and exploration to address this data deluge, equal to about 1.2 zettabytes each year. If 11 ounces of coffee equaled one gigabyte, a zettabyte would be the same volume as the Great Wall of China. (...) - by Adrian Giordani, MyScienceWork blog, 27 november 2012


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"Today, many scientific fields can be described as data-intensive disciplines, which turn raw data into information and then knowledge. If this sounds familiar it’s because this represents the late and influential computer scientist Jim Gray’s vision of the fourth research paradigm. Gray divided up the evolution of science into four periods or paradigms. One thousand years ago, science was experimental in nature, a few hundred years ago it became theoretical, a few decades ago it moved to a computational discipline, and today it’s data driven. Researchers are reliant on e-science tools to enable collaboration, federation, analysis, and exploration to address this data deluge, equal to about 1.2 zettabytes each year. If 11 ounces of coffee equaled one gigabyte, a zettabyte would be the same volume as the Great Wall of China.

This article was originally published in International Science Grid This Week as “Enabling knowledge creation in data-driven science”
http://www.isgtw.org/feature/enabling-knowledge-creation-data-driven-science

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"To answer this problem [of data deluge], some are creating infrastructures and software that are set to radically transform the way scientific publishing is done, which has been little changed for centuries.

Research publishing 2.0

While a number of scientific institutes, European Commission-funded projects, and research communities work on establishing common data policies and open-access infrastructures to make research data more searchable, shareable, and citable, the life sciences are looking at data analysis and publishing approaches that move the computer to the data rather than moving the data to the computers"

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Sacramento library's book machine earns national honor - Sacramento Bee

Sacramento library's book machine earns national honor - Sacramento Bee | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Carlos Alcalá:

"Sacramento library's book machine earns national honor - Sacramento Bee

The Sacramento Public Library's innovative use of an Espresso Book Machine has been honored as one of the nation's top 10 library innovations for 2012."

"The Library's I Street Press, which was used to enable 600 writers to publish books on demand, was recognized last week by the Urban Libraries Council at the American Libraries Association conference in Anaheim.

The project has drawn authors of means from the Bay Area and at least one homeless poet from Loaves and Fishes, by virtue of its ability to print out professional-looking bound paperback books in about 15 minutes from digital files.

The library began using the machine in 2011, thanks to a State Library grant to purchase the $150,000 machine, the first of its model in California."

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/06/27/4594311/sacramento-librarys-book-machine.html#storylink=cpy

 

 

 

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Zines! | Unbound: Speculations on the Future of the Book

Zines! | Unbound: Speculations on the Future of the Book | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @laurareiner: Awewome post about zines and libraries by my awesome colleague Alana Kumbier: http://t.co/t33DYikq...

 

"When students come to the library to make zines in the Book Arts Lab, they discover one of our campus treasures: a workshop full of printing presses, wood and metal type, bookbinding tools and many other (less-spectacular) supplies for zine-making. And they meet our book arts director, Katherine McCanless Ruffin, who can serve as a teacher and guide for future adventures in self-publishing. Most importantly, when students make zines with us, they claim the library as a space for making and creating knowledge, texts, and community.

As they produce their zines at the end of the semester, I’m proud that our students join a constellation of zine-makers, radical librarians, teachers and archivists, feminist scholars, and community arts organizers dedicated to this form of knowledge articulation, material-cultural production, creative work, and political action. And that they get their hands on some scrap paper, markers, glitter and glue in the process."

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INTERVIEW: Seth Godin on Libraries, Literary Agents and the Future of Book Publishing as We Know It | Digital Book World

INTERVIEW: Seth Godin on Libraries, Literary Agents and the Future of Book Publishing as We Know It | Digital Book World | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

jeff Rivera:

"He is arguably one of the most successful bloggers and thought-leaders of our time."

 

Rivera: "A number of publishers have pulled the plug on library editions of eBooks. Do you think that is a wise business decision and if not, how do you see it being a win-win scenario?

Seth Godin: "How incredibly silly. Libraries are like the radio for books. Not a money-maker for all, but a great way to spread an idea. I don’t think you can find a single author who suffered any damage at all because too many people took his book out of the library.

Ebooks for libraries need to be tweaked, not killed."

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This is one of my interviews with the amazing Seth Godin.

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Publishing in Discipline-Specific Open Access Journals: Opportunities and Outreach for Librarians | LJ INFOdocket

Publishing in Discipline-Specific Open Access Journals: Opportunities and Outreach for Librarians | LJ INFOdocket | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Gary Price:

 

The following article appears in the Vol 39 No 1 (2013) issue of The Journal of Academic Librarianship.  This special issue of JAL is devoted to open access. and is available at no charge.

Title

Publishing in Discipline-Specific Open Access Journals: Opportunities and Outreach for Librarians

 

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Open access (OA) journals promote the opportunity for peer-reviewed journal articles to be freely accessible. In recent years, the number of OA journals has exploded in all disciplines. Previous studies have identified print-based pedagogical discipline-specific journals outside the field of Library and Information Science (LIS) for librarians to consider as vehicles for publishing articles related to subject-based Information Literacy (IL). The present study explores the presence of discipline-specific pedagogical journals listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and presents a table of OA journals with their acceptance rates and review times. Pedagogical OA journals are highlighted as a potential opportunity for librarians to pro-actively reach out to faculty within a discipline and contribute towards the OA movement.


Full text: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=MiamiImageURL&_cid=272069&_user=10&_pii=S0099133312001760&_check=y&_origin=article&_zone=toolbar&_coverDate=2013-Jan-31&view=c&originContentFamily=serial&wchp=dGLzVlt-zSkWz&md5=25b1f0671652c3674fea4aa12b0093e1&pid=1-s2.0-S0099133312001760-main.pdf


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OA journals to consider for librarians in specific disciplines!!

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Librarians and Digital Rights Management, interview with Terry Plum, by Sasha Nyary

Librarians and Digital Rights Management, interview with Terry Plum, by Sasha Nyary | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
When it comes to digital rights, librarians can be awfully cranky—just look at the debate around HarperCollins ebooks. Librarian educator Terry Plum, Assistant Dean of Technology at the Simmons Graduate School of Library ...
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Librarian educator Terry Plum, Assistant Dean of Technology at the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science about "the basic issues of fair use and the first sale doctrine, which librarians have guarded and sanctified for decades and aren’t giving up without a fight."

 

Questions being answered:

 

"1. What do librarians want in this digital age?

 

2. What is the issue of fair use with regards librarians?

 

3. What does that mean for libraries?

 

4. The comparison about the book-to-ebook trend and the print-journal-to-ejournal process."

 

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EXTRA ETHER: eBooks Gone in 5 Years? | Hugh McGuire

EXTRA ETHER: eBooks Gone in 5 Years? | Hugh McGuire | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Porter Anderson:

The distinction between “the Internet” and “books” is arbitrary, and will disappear in 5 years. Start adjusting now"


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Embracing “Transmedia” at BEA2012

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Pinwheel: "The phrase was very popular, especially in the digital zone, at BookExpoAmerica this year. I wondered why I hadn't heard the term used more often? Apparently, I wasn't the only one" ...


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Libraries as Community Publishers: How to Turn the Tables, by Peter Brantley

Libraries as Community Publishers: How to Turn the Tables http://t.co/C1tYsCQO via @OUPAcademic #publishing #books...

 

"This is just one option among many possibilities available to public libraries. I am not naive about the need for a library publishing imprint to have at least a basic supporting staff at a time when budgets are tight. But it is at least within arms reach, and it provides opportunities for librarians to grow and engage in new services that have a stronger future than those dealing with analog culture. Having one foot in the community and one in the network, libraries can help define a new cultural commons."

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Enhanced E-books and the Future of Publishing

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The combination of text, video, and archival media is the perfect medium for the new Jacqueline Kennedy volume (Enhanced E-books and the Future of Publishing http://t.co/anNSL455 via...
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