The use of e-journals and research outcomes: Are they related?

Michael Jubb, Research Information Network | Dec 27, 2011

The Research Information Network (RIN), in collaboration with the Centre for Information Behaviour and the Evaluation of Research (CIBER) at University College London, has been investigating the use, value and impact of e-journals in the UK for the past couple of years. We've shown a rapid rise in usage across UK universities, as well as notable differences in patterns of use in different subject areas and different institutions. But one of the most interesting features of the analysis investigates relationships between levels of usage and research performance.

Usage Statistics in French Universities

Chérifa Boukacem-Zeghmouri ,Université de Lille 3 | Dec 27, 2011

To meet the needs of researchers and other library users, librarians must analyze data from a multitude of sources, including usage reports. Usage reports illuminate the who, what, when and where of access to electronic resources, allowing librarians to make more informed decisions about how to best serve their user communities.

Every day librarians solve a multitude of challenges to get their users the best information and resources to address specific needs in a timely manner. But what if certain solutions take more resources than you have on hand or an expertise that is not readily available? An app on SciVerse might be the answer.

Elsevier launched the Apps for Library Idea Challenge to engage the global librarian community in a discussion about real user problems and generate ideas for apps that can solve them.

At a conference, on the subway, in line for coffee — you never know where you or your users might want to access digital resources.

With SciVerse Mobile Applications, articles, abstracts and other content of interest are available whenever and wherever you want. SciVerse ScienceDirect and Scopus users can now search for and download peer-reviewed journal articles on their handheld devices. They can also identify and introduce themselves to published peers, researchers and professors they meet by finding profile information instantly.

Make It Mobile

By Willie Miller, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis | Dec 27, 2011

Mobile app shows location of available computers.

IUPUI University Library is committed to connecting users with information in transformative and accessible platforms. One such platform is the mobile website, UL Mobile, which offers streamlined interfaces to:

Best Practices for Government Libraries

Marie Kaddell, LexisNexis | Dec 27, 2011

Each spring, Best Practices for Government Libraries puts out its call for submissions, and government librarians — along with others who have something of interest to share with that community — get writing. As the Senior Information Professional for Government at LexisNexis, I am constantly learning about innovative and noteworthy efforts in government library environments. Best Practices showcases those efforts and facilitates the exchange of information about significant initiatives and innovations in federal, state, local, military and court libraries.

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) provides several robust resources for librarians interested in honing their marketing efforts. The site links to both current and foundational materials, containing core concepts of marketing that will help academic/research librarians.

Marketing @ your library

Highlights include:

In developing countries, libraries are often a hub of activity not only for information resources and services, but also for building foundational skills and knowledge within various user groups. With funding from an Elsevier Foundation grant, the Learning Resource Center (LRC) at Thai Nguyen University was able to substantially boost Vietnamese scholarship and scientific, technical and medical information exchange for scholars in Thai Nguyen Province and the north mountainous area of Vietnam.

Libraries that make the effort to support faculty members early in their careers have the best opportunity to cultivate lifelong library advocates and supporters. Three Finnish libraries made great progress in that initial cultivation by hosting, in partnership with Elsevier, very successful author seminars in mid-April.

More than 200 young scientists attended the seminars in each location - Aalto University, University of Helsinki and the University of Eastern Finland. After a short introduction by the host library, Executive Publisher Jaap van Harten spoke about: