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New publication to advance the national conversation on the future of libraries

(ala.org): The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) has released the first of several policy briefs to be published in 2010 on the revolution in information technology and its implications for the future of libraries. The publication, titled Checking Out the Future: Perspectives from the Library Community on Information Technology and 21st-Century Libraries, explores how many library professionals are recognizing the need to evolve during the digital revolution and are driving adaptations designed to ensure that libraries remain an integral part of our society's commitment to education, equity, and access to information.
   
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CALL RELEASED: Podcast on jiscDEPO & jiscEXPO Call

(jiscinvolve.org): Yesterday the JISC Grant Funding Call 2/10 (Title: "Deposit of research outputs and Exposing digital content for education and research") was released on the JISC website. The two Strands in this Call are asking for separate sets of project bids. These two strands of projects will be separate in their project remits, however there is significance in our suggestion that the Web can and should act as the primary place where open content should reside. It is essential that both the process of deposit and then expose is as simple and as straightforward for the user as possible.
   
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Science data scandals put spotlight on info practices

(iwr.co.uk): Research scientists are being urged to collaborate with information professionals in a bid to repair science's tarnished image following a series of data scandals. If the scientific information base is to escape the intense scrutiny it has been subject to recently, scientists must improve data management, hone information gathering competencies, share data and manage the political agenda.
   
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(alphagalileo.org): How much carbon does your country emit - and where does it come from? Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) Professor Edgar Hertwich and colleague Glen Peters wanted to know the answer to that question -- and created a website to do so. Now, the article describing this website has won an Editor's Choice Award from a leading American scientific journal, Environmental Science and Technology.
   
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Inflibnet, a one-point source for quality research data

(thehindu.com): Over 150 universities have access to around 8,000 scholarly journals, obviating the need for individual subscription. Through e-consortium, the inflibnet (Information and Library Network) Centre, Ahmedabad, an Inter-University Centre of the University Grants Commission (UGC) has enabled over 150 universities across the country to access around 8,000 full text scholarly journals of which 4,000 are subscribed journals from leading international publishers. The e-resources cover almost all subject disciplines including arts, humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, chemical sciences, life sciences, computer sciences, mathematics and statistics.
   
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