February 16, 2018

Archives for September 2010

H.W. Wilson adds mobile interface with text-to-speech; ebrary Academic Complete exceeds 50,000 titles; Dialog teams with WIPO to offer free patent access; and more.

By Josh Hadro H.W. Wilson has launched a WilsonWeb Mobile interface for smartphones and other mobile devices. The service is free for WilsonWeb subscribers and includes a text-to-speech converter, article translations into 13 languages, emailing of search results, and more (also see Cheryl LaGuardia’s blog post for details on free access to the mobile interface […]


By Josh Hadro Featured people in academic libraries William Crowe has retired from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, where he had been Dean of Libraries, Vice Chancellor for Information Services, and Head of Spencer Research Library. For the past three years, he had been a Special Assistant to the current Dean of Libraries, Lorraine Haricombe. […]

7 Lessons Learned in Less Than a Minute #2

Here’s Lesson #2 in my Lessons Learned. This one focuses on the challenge of how bringing in the rigor of marketing can mean a loss for those people who may not get to do the “fun” stuff — making posters and writing copy — any more.

Best Sellers in Computer Science

By Bette-Lee Fox December 2009 to date as identified by YBP Library Services 1) Tuning of Place: Sociable Spaces and Pervasive Digital Media Coyne, Richard MIT Press 2010. ISBN 9780262013918. $35 2) Natural Computing: DNA, Quantum Bits, and the Future of Smart Machines Shasha, Dennis W.W. Norton 2010. ISBN 9780393336832. $16.95 3) Social Computing and […]

What Is To Be Done? | Peer to Peer Review

By Barbara Fister, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN Wondering how to COPE with author fees and other monsters. As a recovering Russian Literature major, I often ask myself chto delat’? It’s the title of a novel by Nikolai Chernyshevsky, and the translation is What Is To Be Done? I have to admit it’s one […]

Dropout Factories | From the Bell Tower

By Steven Bell, Associate University Librarian, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA A look at the ugly side of higher education When the U.S. News & World Report rankings are published, as they were a few weeks ago, our nation focuses on the great universities of our nation. Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and others are a testament to […]

Is Ereader Adoption Causing an Ereadership Gap?

Some ereader numbers worth considering came out this morning from a polling firm called Harris Interactive. The survey claims, among other things, that one in ten Americans uses an ereader (is that different than owning an ereader?), and that folks with ereaders are buying a lot more books. A couple of thoughts: First of all, […]

7 Lessons Learned in Less Than a Minute: #1

I thought I’d start a series of seven lessons I have learned in heading up marketing for a library — and each one is less than a minute! First less: Support at the top. Watch and enjoy!

Cornell, Columbia 2CUL Program Takes Another Step Toward Collaborative Collection Development

By Norman Oder Resource-sharing agreement begins with combined support of the Slavic and East European collections at both institutions. Nearly a year ago, the libraries at Columbia University, New York City, and Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, announced a collaborative project known as 2CUL (http://2cul.org/) for collection development, technical services, technological infrastructure and more. (2CUL is […]

Declining Student Study Time Is Our Problem, Too | From the Bell Tower

By Steven Bell, Associate University Librarian, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA Librarians can help make student research more challenging and more rewarding My campus has two recreation facilities. One is designated for the faculty only—for those who want to avoid those pesky student interruptions during a workout session. The other is open to everyone, and that’s […]