Articles

Understanding Information Trustworthiness in the Networked Information Ecosystem

Clifford A. Lynch, Coalition for Networked Information | Dec 28, 2011

As readers are confronted with an evergrowing and ever more overwhelming set of content offerings, accessible through an ever-multiplying set of channels and services, one hears a great deal of concern about the ability to identify “trustworthy” information. It’s clear that a key critical skill for the 21st century is the ability to assess the “trustworthiness” of information.

Creating a Library to Serve Patients and Their Partners

Gail Sorrough, University of California San Francisco | Dec 28, 2011

The UCSF Patient Health Library is a new library created in response to the demand from patients and their friends, family members and partners at UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion who wanted access to medical information.

COUNTER and SUSHI

Peter Shepherd, COUNTER | Dec 28, 2011

The question “What content can we trust?” has always been central to users of scholarly information and there is no simple answer to it.

Traditional indicators of trust have included the reputation of the author and the institute in which her or his research was done; the status of a journal in which an article appears; and the reputation of a particular publisher. More recently, citation data have become a popular, if overused, indicator, and now usage statistics have entered the frame.

Researcher Tools for Evaluating Trustworthiness

Carol Anne Meyer, CrossRef | Dec 28, 2011

Building on the authoritative scholarship of the past is a critical component of progress in academic study. How can researchers identify authoritative, trustworthy sources for their research?

CrossRef, the not-for-profit organization of publishers that makes reference linking in scholarly content possible, is creating tools to help researchers identify what content can be trusted. Two programs, CrossCheck Plagiarism Screening and the soon-to-bepiloted CrossMark program, address this need from different angles.

In July, in Geneva, Switzerland, the UN World Information Property Organization launched the “Access to Research for Development and Innovation” or aRDi initiative. Participating in the program along with other publishers, Elsevier is providing the content from 28 journals. Eventually aRDi will offer 150 journals made available by STM publishers.

During the 2009 SLA Annual Conference, Doyle Friskney, the associate vice president of information technology and the chief technology officer at the University of Kentucky, gave the talk "Commons, Chaos and Clouds in My CIs: Implications for Higher Education” about smartphones and cloud computing and ramifications in universities. Here, Doyle follows up on that talk and gives additional thoughts about how mobile access is changing the role of academic libraries.

 

Developing MD Consult Mobile

Mike Takats, Elsevier | Dec 29, 2011

MD Consult is the flagship online reference service from Elsevier’s Health Sciences division. Originally a joint venture between W.B. Saunders, Mosby and Lippincott, MD Consult brings reference books, journal articles, Clinics, drug monographs and patient handouts together into one convenient online service — delivering trusted medical information to help physicians make better treatment decisions and improve patient care. This fall we’re extending the service and launching MD Consult Mobile.

The Library in Your Pocket

Wan Wee Pin, National Library Board | Dec 29, 2011

While libraries have been inundated with talk of Web 2.0 technology, social media and the Internet, we’ve failed to notice the mobile revolution taking place. According to Taiwan's Market Intelligence Center (MIC), the number of global mobile users hit 2.3 billion in 2006 and will reach 3 billion by 2010.

Go Mobile

Lisa Carlucci Thomas, Yale University Library, Joe Murphy, Yale Science Libraries | Dec 29, 2011

Today's patrons expect information in the palm of the hand. Using cell phones as their primary interface, patrons expect university libraries to seamlessly meet their information needs on the go. Based on a poster we presented at the 2009 ALA Annual Conference, this article discusses leading strategies that innovative academic libraries are using to deliver services through mobile devices. As an example of how we walk the talk, through posting messages, images and slides to Twitter, Facebook and Flickr, we made our ALA poster mobile-accessible in real time.