British YouTube video illustrating “churnalism” (media articles based on press releases) with examples of how some fake press releases made it into mainstream media. By Churnalism.com (promotes their churnalism detection extension for Chrome and Firefox). (Shared on the ili-l listserv by Maryke Barber).
Infographic illustrating how “content mills” work based on one example. Shows how content (matching web search terms) is written for the internet to generate ad sales. (Also shared on the ili-l listserv by Maryke Barber).
… following criticism of [DOAJ’s] quality-control checks, the website is asking all of the journals in its directory to reapply on the basis of stricter criteria. It hopes the move will weed out ‘predatory journals’: those that profess to publish research openly, often charging fees, but that are either outright scams or do not provide the services a scientist would expect, such as a minimal standard of peer review or permanent archiving …
“Scholar Metrics provide an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications.” On June 26th, Google released the 2014 version of Scholar Metrics. “This release is based on citations from all articles that were indexed in Google Scholar as of mid-June 2013 and covers articles published in 2009–2013.” More info on Google Scholar Blog. Be sure to click on the categories and sub-categories on the left menu to drill down by discipline.
You can also get journal citation metrics from Scopus (library subscription database of scholarly articles).
Click on Browse Sources to see a list by subject (some categories are very broad) – you can rank by SJR or SNIP, but only within each letter of the alphabet. You can also click on Analyze Journals and get metrics for a specific journal and compare with up to 10 journals you select. See a brief demo here. More tutorials are available on Scopus.
LIS Workshop: Library Services & Resources at Middlebury
Wed, 5/28, 2:00 – 3:00 pm Davis Family Library 105 Computing Lab (lower level)
We’ll introduce you to library services and resources available to Midd users and show you how to search MIDCAT, the library catalog, and Summon (our “search everything” tool) to discover resources like books, articles, films, eBooks, audiobooks, and more. Learn how to access news and popular magazines online as well as find online resources aimed at all ages.
Website Maintenance Work Session
Thu, 5/29, 1:00 – 2:30 pm Davis Family Library 105 Computing Lab (lower level)
Do you maintain a website in Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki (wiki), or Moodle? Bring your work to this session and we’ll have staff on-hand to help you with any questions as you update or create your site. This is not a formal workshop; we will answer questions and problems as they come up. Work sessions will be staffed on a rotating basis by representatives from each of the following areas: Web Application Development, Curricular Technology, and User Services.
Can scholarly publishing evolve beyond the pdf? “…includes a brief history of digital publishing, and a look at how PDF and HTML have evolved. In spite of significant usability improvements, rich linking, and supporting information in HTML full-text articles, researchers still choose PDF over HTML 65% of the time.”
The allure of the print book “… But when I touched that physical book again for the first time in years, it was like the moment you hear a nostalgic song on the radio and are instantly lost in it. The feeling of a print book, with its rough paper and thick spine, is an absorbing and pleasurable experience — sometimes more so than reading on a device. …”
Validation – What happens when garage attendant meets DMV photographer. Watch this if you need a smile or holiday pick-me-upper. Yes this is work related – recommended by Middlebury’s Dale Carnegie trainer.
“DPLA Bookshelf lets the user scroll a visual representation of a bookshelf… When a user of the DPLA site searches for books, the results are displayed as books on a bookshelf; the shelf is shown as a vertical stack so that the titles and authors are more easily readable on their spines. The width of the book represents the actual height of the physical book, and its thickness represents its page count. The spine is colored with one of ten depths of blue to “heatmap” how relevant the work is to the reader’s search.” Follow the announcement link to learn more.
3D Printing is a hot topic, but have you heard of 3D scanning? Lucky for us – the Smithsonian has, and has been busy scanning several artifacts that you can now view online! Their 3D exploration tool is in Beta so they are looking for feedback and bug reports. Load time is a little slow – but it’s worth it! (Check out the Woolly Mammoth!)
Screen shot of Smithsonian X 3D of a Woolly Mammoth
Curious about how 3D scanning works? Check out the video below.
The Wilson Media Lab in the Library offers many multimedia tools that can be used to build infographics. Digital Media Tutors are available Sunday – Thursday from 1 pm – 1 am and on Fridays from 1 pm – 7 pm to assist users interested in using these tools.