(chronicle.com): Don't de-accession those print materials yet. The digital research library is not quite ready for prime time, according to Lisa Spiro, director of the Digital Media Center at Rice University, and Geneva Henry, executive diretor of Rice's Center for Digital Scholarship.To find out, Ms. Spiro and Ms. Henry did case studies of several libraries founded since 2000, including facilities at the University of California at Merced, Olin College, Soka University of America, California State University-Channel Islands, and New York University's Abu Dhabi campus. Signs of the digital shift are everywhere. E-resources expenditures "are only going up," Ms. Henry said. In 2008, research libraries spent a median of 53 percent of 2008 acquisitions budgets on e-resources. However, as demonstrated by a recent flap at Syracuse University over plans.
(law.ed.ac.uk): While the number and variety of academic journals are increasing, the number of influential stakeholders in the field of academic publishing is decreasing. It is believed that in this environment, simultaneously crowded and restricting, the role and value of open access online publishing is being marginalised. Given this concern, a number of journals that use the open access model of publishing met at the University of Edinburgh in August 2009.
(nytimes.com): The government is increasingly monitoring Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites for tax delinquents, copyright infringers and political protesters. A public interest group has filed a lawsuit to learn more about this monitoring, in the hope of starting a national discussion and modifying privacy laws as necessary for the online era.
(archopht.ama-assn.org): The Special Library Association is celebrating its centennial in 2009 by recognising the essential partnership between information producers and information managers, ie, special librarians. The Biomedical and Life Sciences Division (DBIO) of the Special Library Association decided to mark the occasion by conducting a poll of its 686 members of record to identify the 100 most influential journals in biology and medicine for the last 100 years. The resulting list is impressive. These titles represent the must-have literature of medicine and the life sciences. Of course, it is a bit dodgy to describe them all as the most influential journals "over the last 100 years." The journal Molecular and Cellular Proteomics, for example, was founded in 2002, making it influential during only 7 of the last 100 years.
(newmanpr.com): In the wake of the sudden closure of Editor&Publisher and Kirkus Reviews magazines, it's a good time to try and get a handle on just how poorly the U.S. publishing industry is doing. According to Crain's New York Business, quoting MediaFinder.com, some 367 U.S periodicals shut down in 2009 and 64 went online-only. Meanwhile, 247 magazines launched during '09. Both closures and launches cam primarily in regional publishing titles. Crain's notes that as bad as that news is, the pace of decline has slowed. In 2008, 526 U.S. magazines closed, while in '07, 573 shut down. The pace of launches also is declining, however. In 2008, there were 342 magazine launches in the U.S. In 2007, there were 411.