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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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China to double science communicators by 2020

(scidev.net): China will double its number of science communicators to four million by 2020, according to the Chinese Association for Science and Technology. The association will train and support professional communicators to work in rural areas and museums
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Peer reviewers swamped, so extras get the heave-ho

(timeshighereducation.co.uk): A biomedical journal has sparked debate about transparency and the limits of peer review after announcing that it will no longer accept extra material submitted with academic papers. Until now, in common with many scientific journals, The Journal of Neuroscience has hosted supplementary material - additional content that can accompany published articles - on its website. But John Maunsell, the journal's editor-in-chief, says the volume of this content has grown exponentially since it was first accepted in 2003 and is rapidly approaching the size of extra articles.
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