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Universities too focused on research

(bbc.co.uk): Science Minister David Willetts has said the research-teaching balance has "gone wrong" in universities, after defending cuts to science research. Addressing vice chancellors, he said he was shocked by how little teaching was valued in lecturers' promotions..
   
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When is self-plagiarism ok?

(the-scientist.com): Some scientists and publishers argue that it's "unavoidable" for scientists to re-use portions of their own text (not images or data, of course) from previous papers, and doing so may even be good practice. But others disagree, including many journals -- who have retracted papers in response.
   
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Trends in the finances of UK higher education libraries: 1999-2009

(rin.ac.uk): The last decade has been a period of unprecedented change for university libraries. The rapid growth in numbers of students and staff across the higher education sector has been accompanied by the move to a substantially-digital environment, with some fundamental changes in how libraries and their users operate.
   
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Semantics and Analytics Unlock Value in Social and Online Content

(intelligent-enterprise.informationweek.com): Facebook, LinkedIn, Trip Advisor, and Twitter -- social media -- are almost incidental, replaceable tomorrow if another platform proves more attractive, powerful, and agile. (Think AOL and MySpace.) It's content that is king, the message delivered via the blog/e-mail/news/forum medium, generated by corporations and individual producers, traveling a two-way street between them and information-consumer audiences, who in turn comment, repost, and remix at will.
   
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E-Books: What a Librarian Wants

(chronicle.com): Many university presses are working hard to figure out how to be effective players in the e-book market. What do academic libraries want when it comes to e-books? Users have made their own shift toward digital materials. The University of Chicago Library recently did a survey of Chicago's graduate and professional students. Many respondents said they wanted more e-books.
   
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