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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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Science Package Addresses Access to Federally-Funded Research, Scientific Collections

(ombwatch.org): The House today approved the Senate's amendments to the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act (HR 5116). The bill now heads to President Obama for his signature. Among a variety of science-related topics, the COMPETES reauthorization contains two provisions about public access to federal science. The first provisions directs the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to create an interagency working group to coordinate public access to and preservation of data and publications generated by federally-funded research. Currently, policies about data and publications vary widely among federal funding agencies. The working group is tasked with establishing priorities for such policies and reporting back to Congress in one year.
   
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Africa has the scientific creativity but lacks support

(blogs.openaccesscentral.com): While UK science budgets may be facing cuts, the latest budget rounds in many African countries such as Tanzania and Kenya have made pledges to science and innovation in an effort to increase its own domestic scientific research landscape. Articles published in BMC International Health and Human Rights has identified 25 'stagnant technologies' languishing in African health-research institutions. These articles draw on the experiences of authorities, researchers and entrepreneurs in Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda where, despite a growing body of research exists, Africa is struggling to develop these local discoveries into drugs and other health-care inventions..
   
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