Libraries are in the technology industry, says Rick Anderson. “… When we talk publicly about technological change in libraries, it seems to me that it’s too often in one of two ways: either we’re patting ourselves on the back for being so ready to embrace it, or we’re talking about how a particular change is just a fad and really doesn’t really apply to us. But the information world has become, decisively and whether we like it or not, a technology industry. … Confusing the sacredness of ends with the sacredness of means is one symptom of a disease that could easily kill us. …”
Gates Foundation announces “world’s strongest policy on Open Access“. ‘from January 2015, researchers it funds must make open their resulting papers and underlying data-sets immediately upon publication — and must make that research available for commercial re-use. “We believe that published research resulting from our funding should be promptly and broadly disseminated,” the foundation states.’
Librarians as publishers. As an example – one of our own: Portulano (while the library may not be “a publisher” of this journal, certain library staff members provided instrumental support in making it accessible)
All About Those Books. The Mount Desert Island High School version of Meghan Trainor’s “All About The Bass.” (MDIHS has just 571 students!)
FSU Shooting Highlights the Need for Library Security. Library Journal article – “Early in the morning of November 20 a lone gunman opened fire in Florida State University’s (FSU) Strozier Library.” The library staff will be receiving training this month for how to handle such situations.
NEW! Moodle Users Listserv – This group is for Moodle teachers who would like to use an email forum to ask, answer, and share Moodle questions and tips. To join the list you can either visit http://sites.middlebury.edu/ct and use the sign up form in the right hand column, or send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org and include:
- subscribe in the subject field
- subscribe moodle-users in the text of the email
Alexander Street Drama brings together thousands of plays from Alexander Street’s individual full-text drama collections and makes them accessible and cross-searchable in a single package. It includes the complete content of:.
- Asian American Drama
- Black Drama
- Latino Literature
- North American Indian Drama
- North American Theatre Online (a reference collection)
- North American Women’s Drama
Everything is cross-searchable through the unified North American Theatre Online interface, with the results seamlessly integrated into one search result.
How tech is changing the way we think and what we think about – There are a myriad of arguments for and against the increased use of technology in everyday life. Futurists and technophiles encourage its use, sure that technology will welcome a new utopia, while luddites rail against the “destructive” nature of technology use.
The Next Wave of Tech Change | Self-Publishing & Libraries (from Library Journal)
Trust, Privacy, Big Data, and E-book readers “… the Amazon Kindle platform is as much a data ingest tool for providing end-user behavior data to Amazon as it is a sales platform for digital media content,…” … “It seems that counter to this trend, libraries and scholarly publishers are the exception to the rule. Whether our community will remain outliers and whether this status is a good thing or not over the long run, remains to be seen.”
Members of the Middlebury community have free access to the Computer Science Digital Library from the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) for two weeks, ending October 22, 2014.
Included in the CSDL are over a dozen journals, many “Transactions of the IEEE” and hundreds of conference proceedings.
You asked for it, we’re getting it! Many students, faculty, and staff members are asking for access to more streaming video, so the Middlebury Libraries are providing more and more of these options.
New for the sciences, from the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE), we now have subscribed access to:
- Science Education – 1 : a database of video instructions on General Laboratory Techniques, including the centrifuge, spectrophotometers, various aspects of microscopy, and more.
- Science Education – 2 : video instructions focused on Basic Methods in Cellular and Molecular Biology, including gel electrophoresis, polymerase chain reaction, the Western Blot, and more.
- JoVE Biology : a peer-reviewed journal of video protocols, procedures and methods.
For History, a trial through November 29th of American History in Video
Of general academic interest:
For the next thirty days, we can do a side-by-side comparison of the Criterion Collection from two different streaming platforms:
- Kanopy (trial access ends October 28th)
- Alexander Street Press (this trial is for 60 days, ending November 29th.)
In addition, we are now set up for “a la carte” purchasing of any of the films Kanopy has at www.kanopystreaming.com. If you see a film there that you think would be interesting to all campus users, suggest a purchase by email. Films we have purchased (or have trial access to) can be viewed at Middlebury’s own Kanopy site – http://middlebury.kanopystreaming.com
And don’t forget – Digitalia Film Library has films from around the world, as announced a couple of weeks ago.