What We’re Reading — Week of April 18, 2011

Like, Share, Discover: Facebook For Scientists : NPR This is more like “what we’re listening to” but I was struck by how ResearchGate has all of the characteristics necessary for a successful scholarly hub (including financial backing) (Merrilee) Lester Bangs’ Basement: What it means to have all music instantly available. – By Bill Wyman – …

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What We’re Reading — Week of April 11, 2011

Lower Costs and Better Care for Neediest Patients : The New Yorker Open data plus big data analysis to produce a health care heatmap finds the “worst of the worst” patients. 324 admissions in five years. (Michalko) The End of Content Ownership | Lance Ulanoff | PCMag.com Then again, I recently heard at a meeting, …

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Libraries and reorganisations

Lorcan Dempsey has often pointed out that a university library is the creature of its parent institution. This is most certainly true, and is a reason why – though we can think of ourselves as a ‘sector’ – we are certainly not all alike. I worked at the University of Edinburgh before joining OCLC Research …

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FutureCast!

Details about the first gathering of the OCLC Research Library Partnership are now online. FutureCast will help us collectively imagine the future environment that will impact our work: higher education, electronic publishing, and consumer technology. I think of this as a “think up” exercise — research libraries do not exist in a vacuum, and when …

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OCLC Research Library Partnership – a word about intent

I’m just returning from an OCLC board meeting and the Global Council meeting that followed it. OCLC Research was given some nice support by the board in the launch of the OCLC Research Library Partnership (all of the trustees representing libraries have already affiliated or are positively inclined) and there was a recognition that it …

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CNI slakes all appetites

CNI Briefings are such a great opportunity to see old friends meet new friends and get smarter — all at breakneck speed. I treasure the opportunities to get updates on familiar topics and to be exposed to newer initiatives. The sessions are pitched at a perfect level to get current in an efficient way. Merrilee …

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What We’re Reading — Week of April 4, 2011

Irish coffee: S.F. elixir on brink of extinction A parable, beautifully told by Warren Hinckle, about the perils of not sharing. For some reason it made me think of the Kindle and DRM. (Bruce) A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing: JA Konrath Interviews Barry Eisler Pretty extraordinary conversation about how professional authors can make a substantial …

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