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International Survey of Academic Library Data Curation Practices – 2013 Study with Results from 30 Major Universities]

“Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “International Survey of Academic Library Data Curation Practices” report to their offering. “International Survey of Academic Library Data Curation Practices” This survey looks closely at the data curation practices of a sample of research-oriented universities largely from the USA, the UK, Australia and Scandinavia but also including India, South Africa and other countries. The study looks at how major universities are assisting faculty in developing data curation and management plans for large scale data projects, largely in the sciences and social sciences, often as pre-conditions for major grants. The report looks at which departments of universities are shouldering the data curation burden, the personnel involved in the efforts, the costs involved, types of software used, difficulties in procuring scientific experiment logs and other hard to obtain information, types of training offered to faculty, and other issues in large scale data management.” (via Business Wire)

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Library’s series highlights food and the library of the future

“The library has traditionally served as a warehouse of content — a place for gathering and storing information, for research and study, and for daydreaming between the stacks. The Temple University Libraries’ fall 2013 Beyond the Page public program series entitled “Gather Around the Table,” which examines food topics through various lenses, builds upon this role, showcasing a “21st century library” that functions as the center of cultural community and intellectual life.” (via Temple University News)

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Cornell Fine Arts Library Set to Expand With $6-Million Gift

“The Fine Arts Library at Cornell will be expanded thanks to a $6-million gift from architect Mui Ho ’62, B. Arch ’66.  Though sketches of the planned expansion have not yet been drawn, the gift will transform the Fine Arts Library into a “state-of-the-art” research center, study space and archive of visual resources, according to Kent Kleinman, dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning. “We have a vision of a modern and important arts library that will be a place for students to congregate. It’s an ambitious plan, but we are determined to do it right and make it a wonderful place to study,” Kleinman said.” (via The Cornell Daily Sun)

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Library hours cut as university spending shrinks

“While more than 1,000 students have signed online petitions and liked Facebook pages, calling for the restoration of the USF Tampa Library hours to its 24/5 schedule, different departments across the university are discussing who should pay for the additional funds it takes to keep the Library open in a time of financial shrinking. The Library’s reduced hours, now open from 7:30 a.m. until midnight on Mondays through Thursdays and until 6 p.m. on Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and from noon to midnight on Sundays, are part of the financial belt-tightening students will begin to feel as the university embarks on its plans to become more financially sound.” (via University of South Florida)

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Library and Repository Communities Join Together to Identify New Competencies for Academic Librarians

“The Association of Research Libraries ARL, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries CARL, the Confederation of Open Access Repositories COAR, and the Association of European Research Libraries LIBER are pleased to announce the launch of a Joint Task Force on Librarians’ Competencies in Support of E-Research and Scholarly Communication. Rapid changes in technology and associated shifts in research and scholarly communications are profoundly changing the role of libraries in the 21st century. The emergence of e-research, for example, is bringing about new ways of doing science across the globe, compelling libraries to adopt new services, such as assisting with the development of research data management plans, hosting collaborative virtual research environments, managing institutional repositories, and disseminating research outputs through open access mechanisms. These novel services require a range of new skills and expertise within the library community as well as a shift in organizational models for libraries.”

via ARL)

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University libraries look to reduce licensing costs

“College students likely spend hundreds of thousands of dollars extra per year on buying rights for digital versions of readings to which they have free access. Some college and university libraries have been attempting to rein in the duplicative charges, which stem from journal articles and other assigned readings that students are told to buy for class even though the material is freely available to them through library holdings. Stanford University, for instance, found that more than $100,000 was being spent, mostly by students, on course materials that could be found in the 1,200 databases the university spends millions of dollars to make available.” (via Inside Higher Ed)

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Library futures: Nipissing University, Canada

“The Harris Learning Library is somewhat unique in that it serves the needs of a university and a college. Technology continues to bring rapid change to libraries in general and this library in particular: thousands of digitised resources are conveniently and instantly accessible to users regardless of their physical location, traditional library approaches are questioned, services evolve, and budget priorities shift. The need for information may not have changed significantly for users, but technology influences user preferences for how, when, what, where, and why they access information and library services.” (via Guardian Professional)

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ARL Releases RLI 282 on Library Budgets, Journal Bundles, Reference Staffing

“ARL has published Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 282, which features articles on ARL library budgets over the past two years, subscriptions to journal collections from large publishers, and the impact of the changing roles of librarians on reference staffing. A pre-publication version of the article about journal bundles was released earlier this year.” (via ARL)

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College Libraries Transition to High Tech Learning Centers

“The old-fashioned campus library that ­focused ­primarily on storing books, journals and ­periodicals has evolved. In its place: open spaces for ­collaborative learning, whiteboards for taking notes and sharing ideas, and plenty of technology. Books are still vitally important, but the many media options available now enhance learning and engage students, many of whom need help from the latest ­technology to better enjoy reading and writing their own stories.” (via EdTech Magazine)

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Publishing frontiers: The library reboot

“Around the world, university libraries are racing to reinvent themselves to keep up with rapid transformations in twenty-first-century scholarship. They still do a brisk business in purchasing books, licensing access to academic journals and providing study spaces and research training for students. And libraries are increasingly helping teachers to develop courses and adopt new technologies. But for working scientists, who can now browse scientific literature online without leaving their desks, much of this activity goes unseen. For many, libraries seem to be relics that no longer serve their needs.” (via Nature)

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