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Learning to navigate the library an invaluable skill

(miscellanynews.com): With midterms over and paper-writing season well underway, a study by Project Information Literacy and sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation has been released that examines how undergraduates use information resources in their research. The study is based on a survey of 8,000 students on 25 campuses, and describes what to many of you may be a familiar state of affairs: a feeling of bewilderment as you look out upon a seemingly formless and fathomless sea of information and wonder how to begin.
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Libraries reinvent themselves to stay relevant

(vancouversun.com): In the struggle to stay relevant - and ultimately to stay open - libraries are reinventing themselves in ways unimaginable even a few years ago, preparing for a future in which most materials can be checked out and read from a home computer, smart phone or electronic reading device. University and public libraries are rushing to push as much material as they can onto the Web, so patrons can peruse genealogical records, historical maps or rare volumes without leaving home.
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Shared Access and Reuse of Publicly Funded Scientific Data

(eprints.org): The scientific community generates increasingly vast amounts of publicly funded digital data and information, and disseminates much of it online. The public investment in the production and management of such data resources in the United States alone is estimated to be several billions of dollars. Research communities within the United States and throughout the world have adopted different policies regarding whether or not to require publication of publicly funded data, how the research data and information created by individuals and projects are to be made available, and the terms under which that material may be reused by other parties. At the same time, there appears to be a broad recognition in both the public and private sectors of the importance of broad access to and reuse of publicly funded scientific data, not only for other researchers, but for the economy and society at large.
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Information Explosion Poses Major Challenge

(mybroadband.co.za): As government regulations and legislation become more stringent and data is required to be retained for longer periods of time, organisations are struggling to manage the explosion of information emanating from their various business divisions.That's the opinion of Kevin Dees, Professional Services Manager of EMC Southern Africa, who says there is a marked tendency for companies to store all their data on one tier.
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Saving Our Data from Digital Decay

(scientificcomputing.com): The pace of change in the world of technology is so rapid that applications as well as media technology have only short life spans and archived data has to be migrated at frequent intervals on to new data carriers and into new file formats to maintain its integrity. For instance, data that once might have been held on magnetic tape or floppy disks is unreadable on today's equipment and CD-ROMs and other media will go the same route in the future. With this point in mind, Steffen Schilke of the Gemeinsame IT-Stelle der hessischen Justiz in Frankfurt am Main in Germany and Andreas Rauber of the Department of Software Technology and Interactive Systems, Vienna University of Technology, in Austria discuss how e-government archives might be safely stored using an alternative to digital media: the microfilm format beloved of spy fiction.
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