Here's a thought-provoking talk given by Simone Kortekaas of Utrecht University Library in the Netherlands at this year's UKSG conference. In it, she talks about how they decided to do away with their discovery tool and steer users to Google Scholar, Web of Science, and Scopus. Utrecht appears to be a science-heavy institution. The title is a bit off, as they do still run their traditional catalogue for now, but still, their statistics showed their users were using tools other than those built by the library, so that's where they focused their efforts. Think you could get away with this at your school? Where are YOUR users actually starting their research?
Thanks for the link Heather!
A couple of altmetrics related updates. The Scholarly Kitchen has a great writeup on EBSCO's recent acquisition of Plum Analytics, and an announcement from a couple weeks ago that Springer is now sharing data from Altmetric on SpringerLink. It'll be an interesting year in this arena, don't you think?
From time to time I find myself wondering what module a given Drupal site uses to perform some nifty action or another. A while back I found a tool that helps with that spy work for WordPress called simply What WordPress Theme is that? And then I finally found Drupal X-Ray, which does the same thing for Drupal sites.
Oh, and if you're not sure which CMS (Content Management System) you're looking at, try http://whatcms.org/
Yesterday, Google Scholar announced Scholar Library. This would initially appear to be a shot across the bow of Zotero and Mendeley and the like, but at this time Scholar Library doesn't allow you to *import* anything that you've found outside of Google Scholar. Still, it's an interesting move.
Also at this time, they still allow you to export citations found through Google Scholar into the reference manager of your choice, but if that disappears, watch out!
Yesterday a colleague passed on a link to a wonderfully thoughtful journal article: Knowledge Creation Platforms: The Next Step after Web-Scale Discovery, by Carl Grant, whom I am now following on Twitter.
In this piece, Carl brings us up to speed with a brief history of how technology has gotten us (libraries) to our current search boxes and strategies, and then suggests we've lost the war with Google, so we'd better start focusing on something better.
"How can we add such compelling value to the life of our users that they will reaach out to us first in some aspect of their daily work/life flows centering around knowledge?"
He then goes on to describe what he calls the Knowledge Creation Platform, and you should really go read the article yourself to learn what he has in mind.
My only beef is that the article seems to end a few pages early, without pointing out the final solution; what product do I install or buy that does this now?!? ;-)
I haven't had a chance to look through it at all, but was really pleased to learn about the new Alberta Open Data Portal, which,
...makes data the provincial government collects on behalf of citizens publicly available in machine readable formats with an open licence. This means there are no technical or legal restrictions for using the data.
By sharing this data, the Alberta government is increasing the transparency of government business, promoting economic opportunity and increasing citizen involvement in government.
The open data portal currently contains about 280 data sets. New data will be added to the site on an ongoing basis as departments identify what data is available and ensure it does not contain any personal or proprietary information. The public can also request data sets through the portal.
Also announced is a landing page for official Government of Alberta mobile apps. I'm less enamoured of the fact that money was spent to develop an app for Alberta Baby Names when funding for higher education in Alberta has been so recently and brutally slashed.
Thanks for the notice, Dani!
Serveral weeks ago as a result of a post by Michael Stephens I was introduced to this awesome page of usage visualizations at the Traverse Area District Library (Traverse City, MI). I had a great email exchange with the developer, Bill Rockwood, about how he put it together, and he's since posted a page outlining how it was built. Eventually, as time permits, Bill and his team will put the code up on GitHub for the rest of the world to use :-) Definitely worth a peek. Are you aware of any similar projects?
Just wanted to draw your attention to a great article I finally got around to reading: How Users Search the Library from a Single Search Box, May 2013 College & Research Libraries, vol. 74 no. 3 227-241. It's the story of how the search box at NCSU Libraries was developed, and word for word it pretty much mirrors why and how we built ours here at the U of Calgary.
1. What is the scope of the deal?
Elsevier has purchased Knovel in its entirety.
2. Were there multiple bidders?
Yes, there were several.
3. Why did Knovel investors decide to sell to Elsevier?
Knovel was not looking to sell and was aggressively investing in its business. We were approached by several potential acquirers because of the market’s growth potential and Knovel’s leading position. This presented an attractive opportunity to partner and grow the business much faster and more aggressively than we would on our own. Knovel investors and management believe that the partnership with Elsevier would benefit our customers, investors and employees to the greatest extent vs. other potential partners.