Journals and the tainting of science

The main feature article in last week’s Times Higher, A threat to scientific communication: do academic journals pose a threat to the advancement of science?, by Zoë Corbyn, examines the scholarly journals system and asks some penetrating questions about dysfunctionality in the academy, at least in the UK. We are all aware of some troubling …

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Special collections and university rankings

The University of Leeds has made two prestigious acquisitions recently which have been deemed worthy of announcing from the university’s own news page. In early June, the university acquired the archive of Marks & Spencer, one of the UK’s most prestigious stores, which began its life in Leeds some 125 years ago (and has created …

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The scale of orphan relief

The phrase orphan works recalls the world of Oliver Twist, so perhaps it’s appropriate that JISC has just announced the publication of a UK report looking at the ‘orphan problem’ in UK libraries, museums and archives: In from the Cold: An assessment of the scope of ‘Orphan Works’ and its impact on the delivery of …

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Monster Mashathon

“From my laboratory in the castle east To the master bedroom where the vampires feast The ghouls all came from their humble abodes To get a jolt from my electrodes They did the mash They did the monster mash” – The Monster Mash, Bobby “Boris” Pickett We just wrapped up two days of heavy-duty geek-ery …

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Twinning libraries

The library of the Technische Universität München (TUM) has recently twinned itself with Thammasat University Library in Thailand. It provides a link to the Library Twinning Declaration from its home page: Thammasat University Thailand and Technische Universität München Modern academic libraries have a central role in providing information for study and research in a world …

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Creative space in the plural North

At 57° N, the University of Aberdeen can lay claim to being the most northerly of our RLG Partner institutions. Perhaps it is suitable, therefore, that the new library which is soon to be built there looks like a melting ice cube. Sarah Thomas, University Librarian at Oxford (51° N) gave a presentation on its …

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Libraries of the future, plurality and multi-scalarity

JISC and Oxford University Library Services hosted a meeting in Oxford on Thursday to mark the conclusion of JISC’s Libraries of the Future Campaign. The event took place in the afternoon, with a series of challengingly short presentations from a set of well-known librarians and commentators: Sarah Thomas, Bodley’s Librarian at Oxford; Chris Batt – …

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“From the library”

Richard Ovenden, Keeper of Special Collections and Associate Director of the Bodleian Library in Oxford, gave an OCLC Distinguished Seminar presentation in Dublin Ohio on Monday of last week. Merrilee has already blogged about it here. I notice that the webcast of the presentation is now available from the Distinguished Seminar Series page. He presented …

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