Articles

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.

Funding Innovation

Jay Katzen, Elsevier | Dec 29, 2011

One of our primary goals as a publisher and information solutions provider is to enable advancement in research. Doing that effectively requires that we not only understand and anticipate researchers’ fundamental needs and behaviors, but that we find innovativeways to improve theirworkflows.

The [first] chart shows absolute growth in research between 1996 and 2008, comparing non-Research4Life countries (countries not eligible due to their per capita income or Gross National Income), Band 1 countries (eligible with less than $1,250 GNI) and Band 2 countries (eligible with $1,251 to $3,500 GNI). The [second] chart shows the rise in article output in four countries that participated in Research4Life (Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Bulgaria), compared to Japan, which did not.

The most difficult part of getting published is finding an idea about which you and your colleagues are concerned, and presenting it in a way that makes your thoughts on the subject clear, cogent, and persuasive. If you have already written something up for presentation, you may be well on your way to publication in a professional or scholarly journal. That said, there are some points to remember to help make your journey to publication a smooth one.

From Stronghold to Threshold

By Chris Banks | Dec 30, 2011

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

Five Questions with Professor Lai Maosheng

Lai Maosheng, Peking University | Dec 30, 2011

1. How have you seen the role of librarians change?

To gain information to help us better understand our librarian customers, Elsevier marketing colleagues recently surveyed academic librarians regarding their changing roles. From the more than 6,000 email addresses worldwide to which we sent the survey invitation, we received 441 replies.

Many librarians have experienced the pain of losing access to online journal content when it changes from one publisher to another. Often librarians are not even aware that journals are moving publisher until they hear from angry users. Other problems encountered after journal transfers include losing access to archives, differing access rights and establishing correct subscription information.

TrainingDesk Flash

Susannah Megow, Elsevier's TrainingDesk | Dec 30, 2011

A: The Scopus Affiliation Search allows you to easily monitor your institute’s research output and changing research trends.

Thrive Rather Than Survive

Kathy Brown, North Carolina State University Libraries | Dec 30, 2011

The depth and extent of the current economic downturn have affected all of us in both our professional and personal lives. Strategic thinking and careful planning are absolutely critical when the focus is on surviving rather than thriving. To a certain extent, this is not a new scenario for libraries. We have always had to plan carefully. Even in the best of times, we’ve rarely experienced the luxury of having enough resources to match what we hoped to achieve with our services, collections and staff.