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Peer Review vs. Peer Ranking: Dynamic vs Passive Filtration

(openaccess.eprints.org): Chen&Konstan's (C&K) paper, "Conference Paper Selectivity and Impact" is interesting, though somewhat limited because it is based only on computer science and has fuller data on conference papers than on journal papers. The finding is that papers from highly selective conferences are cited as much as (or even more than) papers from certain journals. Journals of course also differ among themselves in quality and acceptance rates.
   
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FDA to Communicate Safety Monitoring Activities to Consumers and Health Care Professionals

(fda.gov): The US Food and Drug Administration has unveiled a new source of information for patients and health care professionals on the safety of recently approved drugs and biologics. Summaries of FDA safety analyses on recently approved products will now be periodically prepared and posted on FDA's website along with a brief discussion of the steps FDA is taking to address any identified safety issues.
   
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IMLS Awards More Than $22.6 Million in Librarian Recruitment and Education Grants

(imls.gov): The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today awarded 38 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grants totaling $22,623,984. These grants provide scholarships for students in master's and doctoral programs in library and information science, support the research of early career faculty in graduate schools of library and information science, and provide continuing education opportunities to enhance the skills of practitioners in libraries and archives. Some of the projects in this year's awards will help to boost libraries' efforts to help the unemployed find work; support libraries in rural communities; expand relationships between libraries, museums, and archives; and strengthen the skills of library staffs in the Pacific territories.
   
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E-Book Sales Grew in April, But More Slowly

(publishers.org): Book sales tracked by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) for the month of April increased by 24.8% percent in April to $629.8 million and were up by 11.8 percent for the year through April. E-book sales jumped up 127.4 percent for the month ($27.4 million), reflecting an increase of 217.3 percent for the year-to-date.
   
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The catalog is out of the box

(oclc.org): For hundreds of years, metadata was kept in a box. Literally. A wooden box, filled with paper cards. Libraries cataloged for one reason: to be able to find resources on a shelf. Today, though, we're seeing a growing importance placed on metadata management activities. In an increasingly information-driven world, good metadata is the key to more than finding the right item.
   
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