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Enhancing Discoverability of Book Content

Implementation of a thoughtful smart content strategy is seen to be critical for content providers today. During his presentation at the Hot Spot Professional&Scientific Information (Hall 4.2) at the recently concluded Frankfurt Book Fair, Rich Kobel, Assistant Vice President of Business Development at Scope e-Knowledge Center, argued that academic books have not enjoyed much visibility online, indicating that books are largely still packaged as a whole with little or no visibility for chapter level content. This lack of discoverability results in poor citations, lack of recognition and frustrated authors.
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Partnering to Publish: Innovative Roles for Societies, Institutions, Presses, and Libraries

(arl.org): As the skills and infrastructure needed to sustain scholarly communication change in the electronic age, many organizations are reevaluating their publishing strategies. Smaller societies and institutions are finding it increasingly difficult to meet the demands of their authors to link research data with publications, repurpose content in new ways online, or push the boundaries of intellectual property to mix and mash-up. Librarians, meanwhile, are extending their skills to organize and preserve data, support XML workflows, and build deep understandings of digital rights and permissions. .
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Web 2.0 and the Study of History Through a Living Learning Community

(youtube.com): This presentation describes a project at the University of Oregon which helps students to understand the uses of primary source materials, and also to think about their own roles as creators of such materials, and as prospective contributors to the collective social record. Technology comes into play, of course, but is very much in the background in some sense. It seems the ideas here can be readily adapted and used by a wide range of institutions. If you are not familiar with this project, the video of this presentation is worth watching.
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Supporting Research Dissemination

(oclc.org): Preliminary results from a new study into researcher dissemination behaviors were reported at this session. This builds on work done in Scotland funded by JISC in which we have participated, and provides evidence of faculty preferences for "disseminating" their research outputs in ways other than via traditional journal or monograph publication. Discussion included the effectiveness of the institutional or subject repository, and other venues, for dissemination purposes, and the differences that emerge across scholarly disciplines.
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"Online Catalogs: What Users and Librarians Want"

(eprints.rclis.org): Online Catalogs: What Users and Librarians Want summarizes findings from research conducted by OCLC on what constitutes quality in library online catalogs from both end users and librarians' points of view. In 2008, OCLC conducted focus groups, administered a pop-up survey on WorldCat.org - OCLC's freely available end user interface on the Web - and conducted a Web-based survey of librarians worldwide. The findings indicate, among other things, that although library catalogs are often thought of as discovery tools, the catalog's delivery-related information is just as important to end users.
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