Over the last 6 years, Monash University has revitalized its research strategy to position the university to contribute to Australia and the international community through focusing on solutions for issues of local and global consequence. During that time, the university’s research funding has increased by approximately 80% and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students by more than 30%.

Talking with David Shumaker About Mentoring Librarians

Dana Weber, Elsevier | Dec 28, 2011

David Shumaker, a clinical associate professor and the director of the Information Commons at the School of Library and Information Science at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, won SLA’s 2009 Vormelker Award for mentoring library and information science students. As this issue’s theme is “Supporting Early Career Researchers,” we’ve asked David to share some comments about his work and any wisdom he may have for information professionals in the early stages of their careers.

Users spend a lot of time following article links to download PDFs and then saving and renaming them individually. With the Document Download Manager, available on Elsevier's ScienceDirect platform, you can download and rename PDFs in seconds.
In 2008, when the Document Download Manager launched, it was compatible with only a few browsers. But the list of compatible browsers has expanded, so that the service is today available for researchers using any of a good number of browsers.

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.

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.

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.