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Older Adults and Social Media

(pewinternet.org): While social media use has grown dramatically across all age groups, older users have been especially enthusiastic over the past year about embracing new networking tools. Social networking use among internet users ages 50 and older nearly doubled-from 22% in April 2009 to 42% in May 2010. Young adults continue to be the heaviest users of social media, but their growth pales in comparison with recent gains made by older users.
   
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Libraries must remain free and open to all

(toledoblade.com): Some people think that public libraries are no longer relevant. They would reduce public funding of these long-standing institutions. These individuals don't see the necessity or profundity of Andrew Carnegie's words, "Open to All," which are carved and forever enshrined above the doorways of the numerous libraries built in the United States by the late industrialist and philanthropist. Nor do they view the $2-billion-plus in construction of new U.S. libraries in recent years as a priority. Perhaps these people see the new paradigm as paying for whatever information they need, from e-books, iPads, printed books, or mobile devices with Internet access. The attitude seems to be: If I don't need libraries, why should others? Why pay to keep them open Saturdays or Sundays or evenings - or at all?
   
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Research suggests that search engines could tap into users' need to be entertained

(technologyreview.in): Search engines are designed to help people get things done: find a local business, plan a vacation, or understand an unfamiliar concept. This focus is demonstrated by how search businesses measure their own performance--by how quickly a user find the page they were looking for. It's considered bad if someone clicks the back button to return to the search results.
   
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Testing Jan Velterop's Hunch About Green and Gold Open Access

(archivists.org): Velterop (2010) has conjectured that more articles are being made Open Access (OA) by publishing them in an OA journal ("Gold OA") than by publishing them in a conventional journal and self-archiving them ("Green OA"), even where self-archiving is mandatory. Of our sample of 11,801 articles published 2002-2008 by authors at four institutions that mandate self-archiving, 65.6% were self-archived, as required (63.2% Green only, 2.4% both Green and Gold). For 42,395 keyword-matched, non-mandated control articles, the percentage OA was 21.9% Green and 1.5% Gold. Velterop's conjecture is the wrongest of all precisely where OA is mandated..
   
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Editorials: To sign or not?

(the-scientist.com): Only a few major journals continue to print anonymous editorials representing a publication's point of view. Most opt instead to run articles signed by staff or outside experts -- and many in the scientific, medical and publishing communities say that's a good thing. Major scientific and medical journals have been moving away from the practice, but there are some hold outs -- such as Nature and The Lancet -- that continue to print unsigned editorials.
   
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