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ACRL 2011: A Rallying Cry for Leadership and Risk Taking in the Copyright Wars

(libraryjournal.com): Two papers presented at the recent 2011 Association of College and Research Libraries Conference in Philadelphia drove home the shaky use and understanding of copyright law on university campuses. Domestic court cases and the increasing role of international organizations are having a chilling effect on the willingness of librarians, faculty, and students to use fair use for education and research.
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Going beyond the textbook: The need to integrate open access primary literature into the Chemistry curriculum

(7thspace.com): Unrestricted, open access to scholarly scientific literature provides an opportunity for chemistry educators to go beyond the textbook, introducing students to the real work of scientists. Despite the best efforts of textbook authors to provide information about recent research results, textbooks are not a substitute for learning to use the primary literature.
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Android, Windows Phone will top smartphone OS sales in 2015, Gartner says

(computerworld.com): Android will dominate global smartphone operating system sales over the next four years, while Windows Phone-based Nokia devices will displace other platforms to surge to second place in 2015, Gartner said in a recently issued forecast. The latest Gartner forecast also shows the Apple's iPhone OS will drop to third behind the Windows Phone software in 2015, while Research in Motion's will dip to the fourth spot that year. IDC has forecast the same overall 2015 rankings.
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A glimpse of the archives of the future

(physorg.com): How does an archivist understand the relationship among billions of documents or search for a single record in a sea of data? With the proliferation of digital records, the task of the archivist has grown more complex. This problem is especially acute for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the government agency responsible for managing and preserving the nation's historical records.
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Heading for the Open Road: costs and benefits of transitions in scholarly communications

(wellcome.ac.uk): Heading for the Open Road', a new report commissioned by the Research Information Network and other funders, including the Trust, supports this approach. It discusses a number of scenarios and suggests that the "Gold" scenario - the model in which author-side payments are levied to enable immediate open access to the published article - has the potential to achieve the highest benefit-cost ratio while lowering the UK's net costs for scholarly communication. It is also the only model that is considered to be fully sustainable.
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