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RUSA reveals 2013 Outstanding Reference Sources List: Reference publications for small and medium-sized public and academic libraries | American Libraries Magazine

RUSA reveals 2013 Outstanding Reference Sources List: Reference publications for small and medium-sized public and academic libraries | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

SEATTLE - The most noteworthy reference titles published in 2012 have been named to the 2013 Outstanding References Sources List, an annual handpicked list from the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of ALA.

 

The 2013 winners are:

Biotechnology: In Context, edited by Brenda Wilmoth Lerner & K. Lee Lerner, Gale CengageDictionary of African Biography, edited by Emmanuel K Akyeampong and Henry Louis Gates Jr., Oxford University PressEncyclopedia of Housing, Second Edition, edited by Andrew T. Carswell, Sage PublicationsEncyclopedia of Peace Psychology, edited by Daniel J. Christie, Wiley-BlackwellEncyclopedia of Trauma: An Interdisciplinary Guide, edited by Charles R. Figley, Sage PublicationsEnslaved Women In America: An Encyclopedia, edited by Daina Ramey Berry and Deleso A. Alford, GreenwoodJapanese Philosophy: A Source Book, edited by James W. Heisig, et al, University of Hawaii PressLiterature of War, edited by Thomas Riggs, St. James Press/Gale CengagePresidents and Black America: A Documentary History, by Stephen A. Jones and Eric Freedman, Sage/CQ PressTypography Referenced: A Comprehensive Visual Guide to the Language, History, and Practice of Typography, edited by Allan Haley et al, Rockport PublishersWomen in American Politics: History and Milestones, by Doris Weatherford, Sage/CQ Press

 

 

Contact: Elizabeth Markel
RUSA, Conference Services (cs), Membership (mbrshp)


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, February 1, 2013 2:34 AM

Worth to look at when in a small and medium-sized public & academic library.

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The bookless library – Is that the future of libraries? | ePublish a Book

The bookless library – Is that the future of libraries? | ePublish a Book | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

"The bookless library is increasing a reality, staring in places meant to be the repository of knowledge, university libraries, and gaining ground outside academic grounds.
The New York Public Library is implementing its plan to move many of its books away from its main branch into offsite storage with 24-hour advance request required. Yet it is not the first library to do so. Opening the move was Kansas State University’s engineering school, which went bookless 12 years ago. The University of Texas at San Antonio ditched print for e-books and e-journals in 2010. Stanford University’s engineering school pruned 85 percent of its books last year. Drexel University opened a new library just last month with hardly a single print book – just rows and rows of computers. And Cornell recently announced a similar initiative." 

 

Read more: http://www.epublishabook.com/2012/08/31/the-bookless-library-is-that-the-future-of-libraries/#ixzz257b6gIeO


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Exploring new roles for libraries and mediating technologies in addressing the DIY mindset of library patrons > Slideshare

Presentation given at the American Library Association Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA. June 23, 2012.

 

by Bohyun Kim on Jun 20, 2012

"Presentation given at the American Library Association Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA. June 23, 2012.

Speaker: Bohyun Kim, Digital Access Librarian, Florida International University
Speaker: Jason Clark, Head of Digital Access and Web Services, Montana State University Libraries
Speaker: Patrick T. Colegrove, Head, DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library, University of Nevada, Reno"

More program details: http://ala12.scheduler.ala.org/m/node/806


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MOOCs and Librarians - Emerging Technologies - "Massive Open Online Courses"

MOOCs and Librarians - Emerging Technologies - "Massive Open Online Courses" | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

By Nancy Bellafante:

The Chronicle’s recent article on plagiarism accusations in Coursera courses kicked off my exploration into MOOCs and the role librarians can play. A recent RUSA post on Chasing Reference points to the lack of research assignments in MOOCs and the need for embedded librarians. Even though students enrolled in a MOOC do not typically have access to the parent institution’s fee-based library resources, information literacy and research skills can still be taught and are an important component in courses that ask students to explore complex issues and social problems. Simply providing students with a reading list is not going to teach them to be savvy information consumers who can effectively find authoritative information and critically evaluate sources. So, what’s our first step?

Librarians should  join a  MOOC.

 

Read more: http://www.library.drexel.edu/blogs/technologies/tag/edx/

 

 


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, December 24, 2012 1:37 AM

Free online classes the future of education > with a direct impact on librarians!

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Survey Finds Libraries Interested in Collaborating on Online Projects

Survey Finds Libraries Interested in Collaborating on Online Projects | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it
And while home pages are being archived, social media collections lag.

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Einstein's Complete Archives to Go Online for the First Time - PC Magazine

Einstein's Complete Archives to Go Online for the First Time - PC Magazine | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

By Damon Poeter:

"CBS NewsEinstein's Complete Archives to Go Online for the First Time" - 

PC Magazine

 

"Over the next several years, Albert Einstein's complete archives will be made available online by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, curator of the Noble Prize-winning physicist's volumes of private and professional correspondence, research notes, travel diaries, scientific writings, and more.
Einstein's archives include some 80,000 items that have only recently been "cataloged and enhanced with cross referencing technology," according to the Associated Press."

"Knowledge is not about hiding. It's about openness," Hebrew University president Menachem Ben Sasson told the news agency. Former university president Hanoch Gutfreund added: "More than anyone else, [Einstein] expressed his views on every agenda of mankind. Now we have a complete and full picture of that person."
With the help of a grant from the Polonsky Foundation UK, the organization that also assisted in the digitization of Isaac Newton's papers, curators have been "pulling never-before seen items" from a climate-controlled safe and readying them for distribution online as high-resolution images.
The university's new Einstein Archives Online portal, which debuted earlier this week, currently offers visitors about 2,000 documents representing Einstein's life through the year 1921. Subsequent additions to the site will fill out the papers bequeathed by the German Jewish physicist, born in 1879, to Hebrew University upon his death in 1955."


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