State Library of NSW creating the largest collection of digitised newspapers in Australia

Over 4.5 million pages of historical newspapers are now fully searchable
online as part of the State Library of NSW’s major initiative funded by the NSW
State Government to fast track the digitisation of its entire newspaper
This first major milestone in the State Library’s extensive $22.4 million
digitisation program is providing local and global audiences with free online
access to over 250 NSW newspaper titles, with additional issues being
digitised and made available every week. …

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Practical Academic Librarianship: The International Journal of the SLA Academic Division vol. 4, no. 1, 2014

contents include:

Information Literacy in Open Courses
Crossing Disciplines, Creating Space: Using Drop-In Research Labs to Support an Interdisciplinary Research-Intensive Capstone Course

LAST COPY SERVICES: What are the opportunities and benefits of collaboration?

In late 2013 and early 2014, we spoke to library leaders in the UK and US, all of whom have an interest in ‘last copy’ services, to discuss how they operate in a consortial or national context and what benefits participating libraries hope to see

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Journal of library innovation vol 5, no. 1, 2014

contents include:

Open Education Resources: The New Paradigm in Academic Libraries

The Innovative Academic Library: Implementing a Marketing Orientation to Better Address User Needs and Improve Communication

An Ugly Weed: Innovative De-Selection to Address a Shelf Space Crisis

Educause Review May-June 2014

contents include:

The “Digital” Scholarship Disconnect

Either/Or? Both/And? Difficult Distinctions within the Digital Humanities

Post–Digital Humanities: Computation and Cultural Critique in the Arts and Humanities

Changing Models, Changing Emphases: The Evolution of Information Literacy featuring Trudi Jacobson & Tom Mackey



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The mechanics and reality of open access: presentations


The OA Landscape – an overview; Michael Jubb, Director, Research Information Network

The challenges of hybrid STM and HSS Open Access programmes and the transition from hybrid to full Open Access; Liz Ferguson, Publishing Solutions Director, Wiley-Blackwell

Open Access: what does the librarian/customer community need? John Norman, Director Centre for Applied Research in Educational Technologies, University of Cambridge

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A Policymaker’s Guide to Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS)

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are a new form of digital learning that has enthralled some, infuriated others, and changed the conversation about higher education in the U.S. and abroad. Lost in this polarizing debate is a clear assessment of how this new medium is actually affecting postsecondary education and how it could be used in the future.

In this paper, Andrew P. Kelly clarifies the debate around the purpose and potential of MOOCs. Kelly argues that MOOCs are neither a panacea nor a passing fad, and instead, can serve as a tool for enhancing higher education and career training if properly deployed….

source: Wired Campus

Canadian Researchers’ Publishing Attitudes and Behaviours

With the emergence of open access, publishers are facing a significant challenge in understanding the changing publishing environment and determining how best to serve their authors and readership. In turn, researchers have been presented with new decision criteria for evaluating research, and for selecting a journal for research dissemination.

As a not-for-profit scholarly publisher best known for our NRC Research Press journals, we are committed to meeting researchers’ needs and providing a viable, long-term Canadian science and technology publishing option. To help fulfill that mandate, we commissioned Phase 5, an independent research agency, to conduct an objective survey of Canadian researchers and draft a report of the findings.

Our aim was to give a voice to Canadian science researchers, to find out how they are consuming journal content and selecting a journal in which to publish their research in these changing times. We also wanted to share this information with our peers and stakeholders who operate within the Canadian publishing landscape. Well over 500 responses were received; we are thankful to all who participated in the survey. For each completed survey, $1 was donated to Youth Science Canada.

The survey questions were offered in both English and French. The full report is available in English and the key findings have been translated to French and can be read here.

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MOOCs: Expectations and Reality: Full Report May 2014

When Stanford’s Artificial Intelligence MOOC made headline news in 2011, one of the early predictions was that quality education at mass scale and at low cost was around the corner. Given our research center’s interest in the productivity of educational interventions, we have been watching for evidence that MOOCs are cost-effective in producing desirable educational outcomes compared to face-to-face experiences or other online interventions. While the MOOC phenomenon is not mature enough to afford conclusions on the question of long-term cost-effectiveness, this study serves as an exploration of the goals of institutions creating or adopting MOOCs and how these institutions define effectiveness of their MOOC initiatives. We assess the current evidence regarding whether and how these goals are being achieved and at what cost, and we review expectations regarding the role of MOOCs in education over the next five years….

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