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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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OCLC Ingests OAIster: Pearls to Follow

At the beginning of this year, OCLC agreed to take over the running of the venerable open access service OAIster (www.oaister.org) from the University of Michigan, which had run it since it began in 2002. At the end of October, OCLC announced that it had completed the transition. The WorldCat.org service now includes all the OAIster records. Users of the old OAIster.org site will now be automatically shifted over…
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