Feeding an ORCID: Libraries encourage researchers to register for the new identifier

Colleen DeLory, Editor Library Connect Newsletter | Jan 30, 2013

Library Connect shares the experience of two librarians in promoting and implementing ORCID at their institutions. With ORCID, short for the Open Researcher and Contributor ID repository, researchers can register online for a unique identifier (ID). This facilitates full and correct attribution of their research activities and outputs.

Does cinnamon smell as good during summertime as in December?

Are you ready for some drastic measures to keep your tree fresh?

Have you considered how many spins occur in the dreidel game?

Our colleagues at ScienceDirect selected a handful of holiday articles to share with our readers.

Astronomy librarians connect with users and advance their agenda at global astronomical conference

Marsha Bishop, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Robert J. Hanisch, Space Telescope Science Institute | Oct 24, 2012

How can librarians and scientists gain a deeper understanding of each other’s needs and challenges? That thought lay behind the establishment of a special librarians working group within the International Astronomical Union (IAU) General Assembly, a triennial gathering of astronomers from around the world.

Research now within reach

Ylann Schemm, Elsevier Foundation | Oct 30, 2012

As a pediatrician at Kathmandu’s Shree Birendra Hospital, Arun Neopane is a voracious consumer of journal papers. Previously, the hospital was desperately short of the up-to-date medical literature that he and other doctors need to maintain and upgrade their skills and knowledge. As is the case in other low-income countries, university libraries and research organizations in Nepal do not have the budgets to pay for peer-reviewed journals.

In 2011, the University of South Australia (UniSA) implemented a digital strategy driving massive increases in e-book purchasing. This change is amplified by the building of a new primarily digital Learning Centre at our City West Campus — a move that requires the City West collection to be capped at 100,000 volumes. In June, I shared UniSA’s perspective on e-books and their integration in my presentation at the ANZ eBooks Library Exchange Forum sponsored by Elsevier Asia-Pacific.

Find more than 100 video tutorials for librarians and library users to assist in mastering a range of Elsevier products on the TrainingDesk website. With its new interface, tutorials and other training resources are now easier to discover and include within your information literacy curriculum.

Resources, such as downloadable tip sheets, are free to access and share via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn, and even to embed on library sites.

NUS Libraries experiments with Web conferencing software for instruction

By Aaron Tay, National University of Singapore | Oct 30, 2012

Principal Librarian Wong Kah Wei preparing for her WebEx sessions.

National University of Singapore (NUS) Libraries started using Web conferencing software to conduct information literacy sessions in August 2011. The library had previously recorded physical sessions — archived webcasts or prerecorded videos using software such as Camtasia. With Web conferencing software, we are able to host “live” sessions, allowing online questions and interaction through polls and chats.

Tips for creating and sharing instructional videos

By Chad F. Boeninger, Ohio University | Oct 30, 2012

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Each semester I visit business classes to teach students how to use the incredible array of research tools and databases. I show them how to find information on such diverse (and fun) topics as industry ratios for the restaurant industry, market research reports for the popcorn industry, or demographic information of NASCAR fans. Thorough business research requires the use of a variety of complex databases, making it extremely challenging for students to become expert researchers in a one-hour session.

Maliaca Oxnam, Associate Librarian at the University of Arizona, is the winner of the first annual Elsevier Library Connect Charleston Conference Award for first time presenters. A member of the University of Arizona Scholarly Publishing and Data Management Team, Oxnam was selected by committee in a blind judging for her session entitled “Moving Technical Reports Forward: New Roles for Libraries & Librarians”; she is one of four co-presenters.

Engineering librarians play a vital role in Engineering Village evolution

Colleen DeLory, Editor Library Connect Newsletter | Oct 12, 2012

There’s a saying that the squeaky wheel gets the oil. In the case of the recent Engineering Village (EV) update, this could be restated as the forthright librarian acquires the ability to reorder the facets. But action-reaction doesn’t begin to describe the ongoing partnership among librarians and Elsevier’s product managers.