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

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New Pew Releases New Numbers About eBook Reading, eReader Usage, and Library Use in Different Communities – Stephen's Lighthouse

New Pew Releases New Numbers About eBook Reading, eReader Usage, and Library Use in Different Communities – Stephen's Lighthouse | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

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http://www.infodocket.com/2012/12/20/pew-releases-new-numbers-about-ebook-reading-ereader-usage-and-library-use-in-different-communities/

 

A new report, Reading Habits in Different Communities was released by the Pew Internet and American Life Project today.

 

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What Does the Report Cover?

The General Reading Habits of AmericansE-reading Device OwnershipThe State of E-Book ReadingWhere and How Readers Get Their BooksLibrary Use Across CommunitiesDifferences Between Heavy, Light, and Non-book readers Across Community Type


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It seems most users are not even aware about the availability of e-books in their public libraries...

 

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New Pew Releases New Numbers About eBook Reading, eReader Usage, and Library Use in Different Communities – Stephen's Lighthouse

New Pew Releases New Numbers About eBook Reading, eReader Usage, and Library Use in Different Communities – Stephen's Lighthouse | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

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http://www.infodocket.com/2012/12/20/pew-releases-new-numbers-about-ebook-reading-ereader-usage-and-library-use-in-different-communities/

 

A new report, Reading Habits in Different Communities was released by the Pew Internet and American Life Project today.

 

Direct to Summary/Full Text Report (HTML) ||| Direct to Full Text Report (PDF)

What Does the Report Cover?

The General Reading Habits of AmericansE-reading Device OwnershipThe State of E-Book ReadingWhere and How Readers Get Their BooksLibrary Use Across CommunitiesDifferences Between Heavy, Light, and Non-book readers Across Community Type


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, December 21, 2012 1:13 AM

It seems most users are not even aware about the availability of e-books in their public libraries...

 

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Digital archives: Don't let copyright block data mining - Nature.com

Digital archives: Don't let copyright block data miningNature.comAdvances in computer technology combined with the availability of digital archives are allowing humanities scholars to do what biologists, physicists and economists have been doing...

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Libraries, Telecentres, Cybercafes and Public Access to ICT: International Comparisons - Eldis

Authors: R. Gomez; IGI global 
Published: 2012

 

"The goal of this document is to portray the landscape of users and uses of public access to computers and the Internet in developing countries around the world. In 2007-2010, the Technology & Social Change Group at the University of Washington conducted a ground-breaking study in 25 countries, the Landscape Study, to better understand who uses information and communication technologies (ICT) in public access venues and how. Each country conducted a discrete section of the study and shared a report. All the data was then collated and analyzed. This book attempts to put all the pieces together in order to make comparisons and cross-references for further research."

 

Full text:

http://faculty.washington.edu/rgomez/publications/2012%20full%20book,%20libraries,%20telecenters%20and%20cybercafes.pdf

 


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Academic Research Tool and PDF Reference Manager: ReadCube

Academic Research Tool and PDF Reference Manager: ReadCube | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Readcube is a free download software (PC and Mac) which allows you to automatically update, organize, annotate, index and search-through your collection of PDF documents.

 

This is a great tool for anyone doing serious research in any field, whether inside or outside the official academic and scientific sectors. The key benefit of using this tool is its ability to auto-organize and enhance your existing PDF library and to help you find related documents, while appropriately linking all authors and reference notes within each paper.

 

Key features include:

 

- PDF import and auto-indexing

- Author, title and and source-journal auto-identification

 

- Search and view abstracts from Google Scholar and PubMed

 

- Get daily article recommendations based on your research interests + the contents of your library

 

- Create in-line comments and directly highlight key phrases

 

- Find automatically citations for any article in your library

 

- Login integration with your university or institution so you can download articles from its library without logging in separately

 

 

To get a better idea of ReadCube can do, please check the video on this page: http://www.readcube.com/enhancedpdf

 

Free to use.

 

Live Demo of ReadCube Web Reader: http://www.readcube.com/reader/10.1038/nature10414

 

Features: http://www.readcube.com/#features

 

Download: http://www.readcube.com/#download

 

More info: http://www.readcube.com/

 

 

 

 


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Data Curation as Digital Preservation of Documents and Electronic Artifacts: Key Reference Resources

Data Curation as Digital Preservation of Documents and Electronic Artifacts: Key Reference Resources | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Data (or Digital) Curation, is an academic/scientific discipline dedicated to preserve, organize and collect digital documents and other electronic artifacts for archival, re-use and repurposing objectives.

 

Check: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_curation and

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_curation

 

The importance of Data Curation can be easily underestimated as it may appear, to the casual viewer, as an arid, tedious document archival job.

 

In reality, Digital Curation efforts are of great value to the preservation of important cultural documents and data for future researchers who will want to access, in some organized way, the data-information-artifacts of our time. In addition, the data curation practices and guidelines developed by academic and research institutions can also be of value and inspiration to other types of curation work, that may adopt, emulate or innovate upon them.

If you are interested in learning more about Data/Digital Curation and in identifying the key organizations in this space, here is a good shortlist for you, thanks to the kind work of Kevin "the Librarian" Read:

 

University of Arizona – Digital Information Management
University of Illinois – Data Curation Education Program
University of North Carolina – DigCCurr University of Virginia – Scientific Data Consulting

Digital Curation Centre Digital Curation Exchange International Journal of Digital Curation Purdue-UIUC Data Curation Profiles Project

 

 

Useful. 7/10

 

Source: http://kevinthelibrarian.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/an-introduction-to-the-data-curation-lifecycle-model-where-do-librarians-fit-in/

 

 

 


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Epiphany: TEI is Scholarship | Inside Higher Ed

Epiphany: TEI is Scholarship | Inside Higher Ed | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

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In-depth Guide To Content Creation [With Infographic]

In-depth Guide To Content Creation [With Infographic] | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it
How can you make creating high quality, shareable content easier? What processes can you follow to minimise the time you spend researching and thinking and maximise the time you spend creating and sharing your content?

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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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New Pew Releases New Numbers About eBook Reading, eReader Usage, and Library Use in Different Communities – Stephen's Lighthouse

New Pew Releases New Numbers About eBook Reading, eReader Usage, and Library Use in Different Communities – Stephen's Lighthouse | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

Via Gary Price at LJ InfoDocket

 

http://www.infodocket.com/2012/12/20/pew-releases-new-numbers-about-ebook-reading-ereader-usage-and-library-use-in-different-communities/

 

A new report, Reading Habits in Different Communities was released by the Pew Internet and American Life Project today.

 

Direct to Summary/Full Text Report (HTML) ||| Direct to Full Text Report (PDF)

What Does the Report Cover?

The General Reading Habits of AmericansE-reading Device OwnershipThe State of E-Book ReadingWhere and How Readers Get Their BooksLibrary Use Across CommunitiesDifferences Between Heavy, Light, and Non-book readers Across Community Type


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It seems most users are not even aware about the availability of e-books in their public libraries...

 

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What Can Libraries Learn from New User (and Non-User!) E-Reading Data from the Pew Internet - Slideshare Project? | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

"At the Library 2.012 worldwide virtual conference, Pew Internet Research Analyst Kathryn Zickuhr and ALA Program Director Larra Clark will discuss key findings from these reports—including a brand new analysis focused on younger Americans' reading preferences and library use habits. The session also will explore immediate practical implications for U.S. public libraries."

 

Slideshare here: http://www.slideshare.net/PewInternet/what-can-libraries-learn-from-new-user-and-nonuserereading-data-from-the-pew-internet-project

 


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Handbook of social media for researchers and supervisors - www.vitae.ac.uk/policy-practice

Handbook of social media for researchers and supervisors - www.vitae.ac.uk/policy-practice | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it
Vitae is committed to enhancing the quality and output of the research base in the United Kingdom, through supporting the training and development of world-class researchers.

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August Inspiration: Neat Projects in the Digital Humanities

August Inspiration: Neat Projects in the Digital Humanities | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

[...] With the help of advanced visualization techniques, Mapping the Republic of Letters, led by a team of students and professors at Stanford, literally "maps" the Republic of Letters by plotting the geographic data for the senders and receivers of correspondences. The project pulls from the Electronic Enlightenment database, an archive of more than 55,000 letters and documents exchanged between 6,400 correspondents, and maps the geographic origin and destination of the correspondence. [...]


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Lectures from Digital Humanities 2012: Recorded and Online

http://lecture2go.uni-hamburg.de/l2gos. If you weren't able to attend the Digital Humanities 2012 conference in Hamburg this week, you can still watch all of the lectures which are being recorded and posted immediately.

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The new European Library goes live!

The European Library offers services and facilities of direct relevance to research communities in Europe and beyond.

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Download handbook of research on educational communications and technology

Download handbook of research on educational communications and technology | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it
handbook of research on educational communications and technology. Downloads of the latest free software.

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How to Improve Your Rankings with Semantic Keyword Research

How to Improve Your Rankings with Semantic Keyword Research | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

An all in one. It's really an extraordinary item for doing the right things to improve your ranking. If you have a blog with great articles, but not many visitors, apply the ideas in this article, it'll help you for sure. [note mg]

 

Think about semantic keyword research to help you focus your content and and improve your rankings.

 

From Google’s Panda, Search Plus Your World and Venice updates, in the last year alone the SEO landscape has changed. And while that means your SEO strategy will change, too, there is one thing that remains the same…keywords.

 

Keywords remain important to your content and link strategies.

 

But there is one change coming down the Google pipeline that will change keywords…semantic search technology and the human element.

 

What is semantic search?

Basically, semantic search is technology that tries to determine what users mean when they type in a certain keyword.

 

They explore the semantics of those words…or the meaning behind them.

 

For example, if someone typed in “laptop” do they mean:

That they want to buy a laptop? Have one repaired? Upgraded? Are they even talking about a computer, but something entirely different?


In the real world most people don’t search with one keyword…additional keywords give additional clues.

 

Read more: http://mz.cm/J9nABP


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