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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…

Besides watching this like the finals of Olympic hockey, I’ve been seriously impressed with the thoughtful and insightful commentary from a huge bunch of my libr* online contacts. Interesting stuff, too, from scientists and other folks interested in scholarly communication. About the confidentiality of the discussions…. Walt Crawford reminds us of various freedom of information…

Read this (pdf). So the UC system has been screaming – they are totally cutting budgets, people, everything… And NPG has decided to hike their subscription renewal prices by 400%. So if the offer doesn’t change, UC’s going to fight back, and it will hurt. Boy, will it hurt.

Linking to a must read

I ♥♥♥ this essay by Barbara Fister: Washington, We Have a Problem at Library Journal. Go read it.

Quick evil empire round-up

I expect D to have a more thorough take (she always does!), but there’s finally a more widespread outcry against Ebsco. A few of us commented about the exclusive rights to magazines and closing access to Ageline. There was also (rightfully) a kerfuffle about deep linking to HBS articles. Now we hear from Meredith Farkas…

These are a continuation of my notes. This portion has been transcribed from my scribble – I was sitting on stage for the second half of the day so live blogging didn’t really seem appropriate If there is something wrong, not malicious, just bad handwriting. Diane Harley, Senior Researcher and Director, Higher Education in…

I attended this one day pre-conference session on February 3, 2010. I got here after the first group of speakers, unfortunately, due in part to #snOMG and part to parking confusion. Barbara Kline Pope on Free at the National Academies Press Mission is to disseminate books from National Academies while being completely self sustaining.…

In the past few years a number of large electronic resources have gone through rather dramatic interface changes – mostly for the better, mostly desperately needed. Some typical things added are faceted presentation of search results, more personalization options, better ways to save and share items, cleaner design, green. I don’t know why but everyone…

One of the open problems in article level metrics is how to automate, quantify, and describe the exposure an article has had in popular science pieces in newspapers and general science magazines. Peter Binfield (PLoS) and Alexis-Michel Mugabushaka. (European Research Council) both brought this up at the NSF Workshop I attended yesterday. I agree that…

SUMMARY: With this notice, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) within the Executive Office of the President, requests input from the community regarding enhancing public access to archived publications resulting from research funded by Federal science and technology agencies. This RFI will be active from December 10, 2009 to January 7, 2010. Respondents…