A league table of journals

The Australian government is revising its research assessment system, and is in the process of setting up ERA, Excellence in Research for Australia. This new system was an early commitment of the Labor Government elected in November of last year, and is replacing the Research Quality Framework (RQF) which the previous Government had started to …

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Mid August news round up

Because it’s Friday (and because I have a cold!), this is just a round up of bits I’ve been meaning to blog about. They are piling up, and I figure it’s better to get out even a little bit on each, rather than try to find the time to blog about each one in depth. …

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Measuring, in special collections

Following the Digitization and the Humanities Symposium, Jennifer Schaffner and I wrote a brief report, The Impact of Digitizing Special Collections on Teaching and Scholarship: Reflections on a Symposium about Digitization and the Humanities (PDF — 10 pages). The report acts as a summary of the symposium, and also gives some calls to action. One …

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Benchmarking Network Performance: Measures and Behaviors

Over the last year, Günter and Ricky have been examining models of collaboration across the cultural heritage community, working with RLG partners to identify the most significant obstacles and incentives to effective library-archive-museum partnerships. This is part of a program of work exploring cross-domain convergence in organizational structures and service requirements. Günter has reported on …

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Discovery AND Selection = Elsewhere

This slide caused the most discussion and comment during my presentation at the AALL workshop about which I posted previously. I return to it here for a few reasons. Some of these assertions have attained meme status. In particular I’ve noticed that Roy’s characterization of searching and finding (which he’s been saying since at least …

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LC and Flickr – 3 months later

We had the good fortune today to talk to Helena Zinkham, Michelle Springer and some additional staff members from the 12 people team at LC which worked on the LC-Flickr project. We were also joined by George Oates, who shepherded the collaboration from the Flickr side. The conversation highlighted a number of interesting facets of …

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More Consensus; Less Controversy

A graduate student in history from UIUC told an audience of archivists at SAA that, because she begins her research on the web, she wants to know all the collections we have, and what we archivists did to them. Historians have not abandoned material archives, rather they are instilling a critical analysis of primary sources. …

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Millennials – again and again

I have one trailing anecdote and observation from my attendance at the recent American Association of Law Libraries annual meeting based on the session Multitasking Millenials: Blessing or Curse?. The session was intended to analyze the types of conflicts that can result with multitasking law students and new associates and create specific strategies to minimize …

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A wonderful specimen of a user!

We’re always on the look-out for this mystical creature called “the user,” and I am exited to report a public sighting: for a good hour during the Bibliographic Control Working Group public meeting, we had a superb specimen right in front of us. Dr. Timothy Burke, an Associate Professor in the Department of History at …

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Let’s do the numbers…

DISCLAIMER: Only trust a statistic you’ve faked yourself! Well, I didn’t fake it, but I did make a mistake in the list of domains – the data I had originally pulled and posted on 11-28 did not reflect a 3 months period, as I had claimed, but a 15 months period. Turns out that the …

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