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A Librarian's View of Ebook Acquisitions

(infotoday.com): Although they are a relatively small part of a library's budget, ebooks are being adopted by librarians, providing an alternative source of information to end users. Research done by Swets shows that ebooks constitute approximately 9% of total book expenditures, and that number is expected to double within the next 3 years. While this figure shows current interest and potential growth for ebooks, it also reveals that print books are still necessary. Nevertheless, there are a number of libraries adopting an "e-first" approach for books.
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Digital Curation Centre User Survey 2009: Highlights

(digitalcuration.blogspot.com): In 2009 DCC users were surveyed, repeating a similar survey carried out in 2006. Both surveys were publicised on the DCC website and via several mailing lists, principally the DCC-Associates and (in 2009) the JISC sponsored Research-Dataman list. In both surveys around 90% of respondents are familiar with the term 'digital curation' and regard it as a critical issue within their project or unit. More than two thirds indicate that their main reasons for curating and preserving digital information are its educational/research or historical value; in both years a minority cites other reasons. Similarly, the main obstacles are indicated as financial or staff resources, with around half also indicating lack of awareness or appropriate policies.
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The Age of Systems Is Dawning - How Can Information Providers Respond?

(scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org): When does a historical period end? When it's supplanted by another, subsuming trend, one that imposes irrelevancy because it creates a superordinate framework, a superstructure that pushes the prior historical period into becoming raw material. In the Information Age, crafts of editing, typography, writing, and storytelling became the raw materials for the mass media spread of these ideas - the manufacturing, distribution, and aggregation of information products that created billions of dollars of value.
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Self-Selected or Mandated, Open Access Increases Citation Impact for Higher Quality Research

(arxiv.org): Articles whose authors make them Open Access (OA) by self-archiving them online are cited significantly more than articles accessible only to subscribers. Some have suggested that this "OA Advantage" may not be causal but just a self-selection bias, because authors preferentially make higher-quality articles OA. To test this self-selective self-archiving was compared with mandatory self-archiving for a sample of 27,197 articles published 2002-2006 in 1,984 journals. The OA Advantage proved just as high for both.
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Illegal Trading Volume of Academic Papers Reaches 1b Yuan

(english.cri.cn): Trading academic papers has become big business in China. It has even evolved into an "industry chain" with an annual sales volume of one billion yuan last year, nearly 5.5 times the figure in 2007. The figure was released by a research team headed by Shen Yang, an associate professor with Wuhan University, which has focused on paper trading and illegal periodic publications for three years. According to their study, the annual quota of academic papers in China's legal periodicals stands at 2.48 million, yet as many as 11.8 million people are burdened with the task of publishing academic paper, mostly at least one per year.
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