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This article is in early view at JASIST. It looks like it comes from the author’s dissertation. It isn’t terribly earth-shattering, but it’s well done, it provides more evidence, and there are definitely some implications for library/IR manager practice. Here’s the citation: Kim, J. (2010). Faculty self-archiving: Motivations and barriers Journal of the American Society…

And why we should care. Gary Price of the Resource Shelf pointed to a news story today, that Ebsco has acquired two more research databases: Criminal Justice Abstracts and Communications Abstracts. For those of you who haven’t been following, Ebsco has recently acquired Ageline (it is now not available for free), NetLibrary, research databases from…

The announcement is dated January 6, 2010, but the report itself is dated July 2010. In any case it’s new to me, so I thought I would run through some interesting points. Here’s the citation (as much as I can tell): Proctor,R., Williams,R. & Stewart, J. (2010). If you build it, will they come? How…

One of the anti-PLOSone arguments is that its acceptance rate is too high at about 70%. Since I had my RK Merton compendium open to this article, I thought I would quote some bits to backup my argument that the anti-PLOSone folks are completely full of crap on this point.  Here’s the citation: Zuckerman, H.,…

  How do zombies seek and use information?  What are their information needs? Their information needs primarily consist of finding brains. They pretty much search by geographic proximity and pattern matching. The type of browsing they do doesn’t seem to be well supported by information systems.   How should a reference interview with a Zombie…

Nick Carr, quoted by the Readablity folks here, talks about hyperlinks as distractions – part of how the web screws up our brains. I was just browsing (couldn’t possibly read this one from cover to cover) Nentwich (2003) and ran across the section, “Better match of traditional reading habits”. In this portion of the book,…

Following ICWSM Remotely

Fourth International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media is being held right now in DC. Use both twitter hash tags: #icwsm2010 and #icwsm. The papers are online at: http://www.aaai.org/ocs/index.php/ICWSM/ICWSM10/schedConf/presentations.

My larger institution’s (so not my place of work, but our parent org’s) libraries had a fabulous get together Friday with a session on data curation. The speakers were: Clifford Lynch of the Coalition for Networked Information, Carole Palmer from UIUC, and Joel Bader from JHU and JHMI. I tweeted, but there wasn’t a hashtag,…

Here’s a quote from the Professional and Scholarly Publishing division of the Association of American Publishers’ response (pdf) to the FRPAA legislation (about): There is no need for federal agencies to replicate content on their own sites when web-linking approaches to publishers’ authoritative versions could serve better the same goal of public access. Acting on…

Revere of Effects Measure has a great post on expertise, authorship, and “real” names. At this point, after years and years of blogs it’s a shame this has to be said explicitly. The general points go like this: there are many legitimate reasons to be pseudonymous in authoring a blog. I describe some of these…