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Education Dept.’s Biennial Report Examines State of Academic Libraries

“Academic libraries lent about 10.5 million documents to other libraries in the 2012 fiscal year and borrowed some 9.8 million from their peers and commercial services during the same period, according to report released on Friday by the National Center for Education Statistics, the Education Department’s statistical arm.” (via The Chronicle of Higher Education)

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Coherence at Scale and the Research Library of the Future

“The dilemmas that higher education library and IT professionals are now facing and the way we characterize them—centralizing or decentralizing—or the ways we distinguish between them—the library or the IT department—have very much to do with the origins of the modern research university and its growth and development in the period that many people call “the age of modernity.” In the mid-to-late nineteenth century, many people thought that the increasingly complex world that was emerging could be managed by reducing each problem to discrete parts and tasks. The library embodied this idea: the separation of spaces into distinct work areas and the development of library stacks, file drawers, and filing cabinets were closely linked with modern corporate techniques of classifying information and categorizing tasks. The birth of the silos that we often bemoan in our libraries, our colleges and universities, and other parts of our world seems to have begun in a moment when we thought that we could build a universal library, a vast research university, a giant corporation, and even a powerful nation-state by breaking up the work into discrete tasks.” (via EDUCAUSE)

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Library hours do not encourage academia

“An essential part of a university experience occurs at the library. It is a place of studying, of commiserating and of learning. Most of all, it offers students a quiet study environment. However, The University of Alabama’s libraries have variable hours that change with activities, especially with football. Gorgas Library, McLure Library and Bruno Business Library, for example, are almost always closed on home football Saturdays. Even the UA library with the most expansive hours, Rodgers Library, closes Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and opens on Sunday at 1 p.m. These hours encourage a culture of cramming and are a symptom of a university that does not emphasize academics first.” (via The Crimson White)

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UCSB Library Breaks Ground on First Expansion Project in 35 Years

“When undergraduates at UC Santa Barbara were asked in a recent survey where they spend most of their time on campus outside of class, the overwhelming majority named Davidson Library as their home away from home. It’s fitting, then, that UCSB on Tuesday celebrated the beginning of the first major expansion and renovation the library has seen in more than three decades. With shovels in hand, UCSB Chancellor Henry Yang, Executive Vice Chancellor Gene Lucas, university librarian Denise Stephens and others broke ground on the project that, when completed, will make the UCSB Library — and its 3 million volumes and myriad collections — an even more vital academic and cultural resource for the university and the Santa Barbara community.” (via Noozhawk)

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Consortial Book Circulation Patterns: The OCLC-OhioLINK Study

“The OhioLINK consortium and OCLC Research collected and analyzed circulation data for libraries within the consortium. The study, which examines the circulation of 28,475,701 items from over 100 academic libraries, is the largest and most diverse compilation of academic usage data for books ever collected.” (via ACRL)

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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.”

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