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Bookless libraries increase accessibility

Cushing Academy in Massachusetts gained national attention in September when it announced plans to replace its collection of more than 20,000 books with a massive electronic database. Carnegie Mellon has for years already been building its own "bookless library": "For the nearly 15 years I've been in the Carnegie Mellon Libraries, we've been working hard to provide the campus with what I think is a very realistic view of the library of the future. We are working towards a hybrid of an online and paper-based library," computer science librarian Missy Harvey explained…..
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Cuba: The Next Exchange Opportunity for American Scientists?

The fall of the Berlin Wall 20 years ago opened up many opportunities for scientists in Eastern Europe to travel to the West for study and research. In Cuba, the United States is playing catch-up, since Cuba already has normal diplomatic and economic relations with most other nations. But right now there's a delegation of American scientists and policy experts visiting Cuba, as reported last night by our colleagues at Science Insider.
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How Rankings and Reviews Help in Acquiring Scholarly Content

Library Journal's webcast, Acquiring Scholarly Content, placed two rating and ranking tools and methodologies squarely in the spotlight: Doody's Core Titles/Doody's Review Service and Eigenfactor.org. The webcast, sponsored by Ovid and Library Journal, provided an excellent exploration of these highly regarded resources used by libraries to make title and journal collection management decisions….
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State budget cuts threaten to isolate library collections

Libraries in Pennsylvania could suddenly seem a lot smaller if people can no longer order hard-to-find books or popular movies and music from public collections nationwide. Librarians and patrons say they fear free access to interlibrary loans and powerful computer databases will become the latest casualties…
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Building a Knowledge Society in the Arab World

Arab societies need nurturing institutions and supportive policies to achieve a significant boost in knowledge production and creation, according to the new Arab Knowledge Report 2009. The report, launched by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), maintains that reforms in areas like the media and information technologies…
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