So I just learned that Proquest dumped hundreds of thousands of dissertations into Turnitin. I think this is evil. I also learned, poking around, that many ETDs have a "run it through Turnitin" step. I don't think libraries should be supporting a private corporation that relies on a dubious fair use claim to build their empire of badness.
Concerning this thread http://friendfeed.com/lsw..., I was thinking that the reason we want grad students to use the real databases is because of the controlled vocab. That it is often easier for peeps to find all of the best results if the student knows that the correct term is yyy instead of zzz. While we may teach them about thesauri and controlled
Yesterday, American Journal of Public Health emailed authors of *already published* articles to say that the journal's closed-access period has been extended from 2 years to 10 years, unless authors are willing to pony up $1000 (which the journal considers to be a "steeply discounted rate"). Uhhhh...ransom much?
common behavior? Summon results list - clicking on the title takes you to the full text not a page with more detailed citation information... is this typical for discovery services? This is how our new article search is and I find it weird.
You all gave me some great suggestions a while back about people in the library world who might be good candidates for CHE's 2013top-tech-innovators profiles.FYI, I wound up writing about Bethany Nowviskie: http://chronicle.com/article...
HBR and EBSCO shenanigans... "As of August 2013, some changes will be made to Harvard Business Review (HBR) article access for Business Source customers. This change will not affect institutions that have already purchased the expanded rights from Harvard Business Publishing."
We'll be looking as discovery layers here over the next little while. Experiences people have had at their own institutions or articles/resources/reviews of the various vendor products would be appreciated.
Question about eresource authentication at your library. Is it true at your workplace, all you need to do is to login to the campus wifi and you straight away have access to say sciencedirect.com without using say ezproxy? And for off campus you either use ezproxy or vpn? Getting lots of comments in survey that they want something like this.
Looking at 2,500 qualitative comments about library from 6k+ overall responses. Quite surprised at how many comments on problems that no longer exist months if not years ago, conclusion : many users don't realise things have changed even when issues are fixed and this despite saying they use the library website "Weekly" or "monthly".
Anyone using Innovative's Sierra - got any good helper documents for patrons? I am not fond of the few III provides. I will happily give you all due credit ('original handout from Acme PL' or whatever) if you'd allow me to borrow/edit them for our use? Thanks in advance.