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The strange case of academic libraries and e-books nobody reads

(teleread.org): Instead of focusing on books downloadable to e-readers or smart phones, academic libraries have created enormous databases of e-books that students and faculty members can be read only on computer screens. The result, as shown by studies like the JISC national ebooks observatory project, is that these collections are used almost exclusively for searching for information-scanning rather than reading. With a vigorous, searchable Google Books on the horizon, could academic libraries suddenly find themselves and their e-book collections completely bypassed by their students and faculty?
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Science fraud: Journal urges China to show 'integrity'

(physorg.com): Leading medical journal The Lancet on Friday urged China to tighten measures against scientific fraud after dozens of papers written by two teams of Chinese chemists were found to be faked. The call came after a specialist journal called Acta Crystallographica Section E uncovered extensive fraud in Chinese-authored papers that were published in 2007. The studies purported to announce the invention of at least 70 structures in crystallography, or the study of the arrangement of atoms in solids. Crystallography is a key tool in materials science.
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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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