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What We Don't Know We Don't Know

(papers.ssrn.com): Do you read everything in your field today? Do you even know what everything means any more? Readers of scholarly research are faced with an overabundance of information due to interdisciplinary subject areas, access to research at earlier and multiple stages, and simply more research from more scholars. My simple definition of innovation is the ability to create new things by being exposed to a broader and deeper set of existing things, but broader and deeper have their limits. There is no substitute for reading and truly comprehending a specific article, but there aren't enough hours in the day to read everything. We need better tools to know what research we need to read. We need to know what we don't know.
   
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E-readers: The Wave Of the Future?

(kmvt.com): It seems like every new technological innovation is called the wave of the future. While lots of people think electronic books are all the rage, in some cases they're harder to get than ordinary ink and paper books. In the last year, people have checked out more than half a million items from the twin falls public library, everything from magazines and newspapers to CDs and DVDs as well as books, of course. But, now people are buying e-readers which can store more than three thousand books in a small electronic device about the size of a thin book.
   
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Information Professionals Playing Expanding Role in Biomedical Research

(sla.org): Biomedical librarians are increasingly acting as researchers and authors as well, according to interviews with over a dozen information professionals who are active in biomedical research projects. Through a research project funded by SLA, Betsy Rolland and Emily Glenn sat down with 14 fellow biomedical librarians to find answers to several key questions. The pair wanted to know how information professionals' traditional skills are being applied in non-traditional ways and how the biomedical research process can be or is being improved through targeted interventions and consultations from librarians.
   
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Measuring Library Value and Return on Investment (ROI) (Lib-Value) Videos Now Available

(arl.org): The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released video recordings of the Lib-Value Workshop at the Gelman Library of George Washington University on June 26, 2010. The workshop was hosted to bring awareness of the current state of the art on methods related to Measuring Library Value and Return on Investment (ROI) in academic libraries. Interested parties were engaged with a review of methodologies developed and applied to date and informed of the expanding understanding of how we can measure, describe and articulate the value of libraries in today's competitive environment.
   
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Copyright fees take schools to tech tipping point

(montrealgazette.com): While technology has become a core part of the educational process, it has often been treated as a complement -- rather than a replacement -- for traditional educational materials. Libraries still spend hundreds of millions of dollars on physical books and journals, some professors still generate paper-based coursepacks, and the schools themselves still pay millions of dollars in copying licensing fees.
   
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