Research Without Borders

By Chris Banks | Dec 28, 2011

At the time of writing, Chris was University Librarian and Director of the Library & Historic Collections at the University of Aberdeen.

In recent decades, some borders defining traditional disciplinary research activities have been dissolving. Indeed, the borders between some disciplines have increasingly dissolved. As these boundaries blur or melt, research libraries have to respond to these changes.

Various members of the publishing and research community are collaborating to develop an open, independent identification system for scholarly authors which would become the industry standard. ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) aims to create a central registry of unique identifiers for individual researchers and an open and transparent linking mechanism between ORCID and other current author ID schemes.

As China is opening its doors to foreign higher-education providers, international educational cooperation programs of various levels have been approved by the Chinese government. The most historic one was the opening of a Sino-Foreign cooperative university, the University of Nottingham Ningbo, China, in 2004, which was the first of its kind approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.

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.


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.