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The case of the vanishing taxonomists

(theglobeandmail.com): Just as our planet's organisms have begun dying off, the scientists who classify them have also begun to decline. This could have dire implications. Taxonomy faces a staggering enterprise. In the 250 years since Carl Linnaeus invented the system of classification still in wide use, about 1.9 million plants and animals have been identified. The latest estimates put this number at a 10th of what's actually out there - just counting macro-organisms. On the micro side, there could be 100 million species.
   
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Transformation of a traditional library service into a Learning Commons

(conferences.alia.org.au): Libraries are spoilt for choice as each technological advance seems to open up exciting and boundless possibilities. Latterly, the development of intelligent mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads have raised the prospect of providing access to learning tasks and materials with a flexibility which would have seemed magical a few short year ago. Library planners everywhere are now pondering how best to engage with these new technologies.
   
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Dark Data - Increasing Transparency And Access To Raw Research

(science20.com): The sharing, preservation and reuse of data has become an increasingly important element of modern scientific research, but even though granting agencies like the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) naturally embrace data sharing, resistance from parts of the scientific community has continued to block scientific progress and valuable research data over the world is kept under lock and key or hidden away in lab drawers, forcing time and cost of unnecessary duplication.
   
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Bloggers vs. JSTOR: Complaints Provoke Interface Tweaks

(libraryjournal.com): Capping a controversy that recently became the talk of the blogs, ITHAKA, the not-for-profit organization behind the journal archive JSTOR, has rolled back one feature of JSTOR's recent interface update. JSTOR's new default settings were set in such a way that searches automatically included results from every journal in the JSTOR collection, instead of only the modules to which a given library subscribes. At small libraries, this meant many results would not provide full text; furthermore, the new interface wouldn't support OpenURL links to direct patrons to free full-text versions..
   
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Beijing International Book Fair looks at the future of the printed book

(english.peopledaily.com.cn): One of the main topics of discussion at last week's 17th Beijing International Book Fair was not whether the printed book was dead - for some that was a given - but whether publishers might be about to die with it. Among the stands of the world's publishing elite at the city's exhibition center, many believed the answer to that question might come from China itself.
   
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