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Perspective from the 2010 SSP Librarians Focus Group

(libraryjournal.com): One mistaken impression held by the publishers is that academic librarians are fairly free to cancel titles and discard the print backfiles. While cost and space constraints are certainly considerations in these decisions, the political challenges related to eliminating print-or even just moving it offsite-are considerable. Even though some forthcoming studies point to the economic advantages of eliminating print collections for electronic counterparts, a recent Inside Higher Ed article points out that the real barrier to savings may be student and faculty resistance to digital collections.
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The Convention Crashers

(nytimes.com): Convention industry insiders disdainfully call them "outboarders" - those vendors who set up shop in a hotel suite near a trade show site to promote their products. The industry sees the vendors as parasites who latch onto the host convention and reap the advantages of the often-considerable resources spent on organizing the show and drawing a crowd - without paying their share of the costs. The vendors, on the other hand, argue that they are suffering in the weak economy and that the rock-bottom rates offered by some hotels help them stretch their marketing budgets. Caught in the middle of this tug of war are the hotels, which are increasingly being asked to keep out the interlopers.
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Sharing and re-using catalogue records in a Web 2.0 world

(jisc.ac.uk): The internet has made sharing library catalogue records easier for libraries and users - but with it comes a new set of challenges surrounding the legal implications. A new JISC toolkit helps librarians navigate the legal minefield of making their catalogue records available to others. Web 2.0 applications such as LibraryThing have opened up new ways for people to share records for their books and other information resources and for libraries to make them available for indexing by Web search engines. The aim of the guidance is to enable librarians to take a risk management approach to making their catalogue records available for re-use and to audit their current legal position.
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IEEE Upgrades Its Xplore Digital Library

(infotoday.com): This year is already shaping up to be the year of the platform upgrade, as one web resource after another undergoes extensive redesign and re-engineering to enhance features and functionality. The latest upgrade announcement comes from IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engine), the largest technical professional association, which recently launched a 'substantial upgrade' to the IEEE Xplore digital library (http://ieeexplore.ieee.org). Xplore first launched online in 1998 and had its last major redesign back in 2005.
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Digital Books and Your Rights

(eff.org): The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has published 'Digital Books and Your Rights,' a checklist for readers considering buying into the digital book marketplace. Over the last few months, the universe of digital books has expanded dramatically, with products like Amazon's Kindle, Google Books, Internet Archive's Text Archive, Barnes and Noble's Nook, and Apple's upcoming iPad poised to revolutionise reading. But while this digital books revolution could make books more accessible than ever before, there are lingering questions about the future of reader privacy, consumers' rights, and potential censorship.
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