Critical Analysis of Law and the New Interdisciplinarity

Critical Analysis of Law: An International & Interdisciplinary Law Review reflects a broadly contextual approach to legal scholarship animated by the idea of bilateral interdisciplinary engagement set out in the CAL minifesto.

CAL aims to serve as an international forum for cutting-edge interdisciplinary research in and on law, by scholars from law and other disciplines.

College and research libraries May 2014

contents include:

  • Craig Gibson and  Trudi E. Jacobson; Informing and Extending the Draft ACRL Information Literacy Framework for Higher Education: An Overview and Avenues for Research
  • Anthony S. Chow and Rebecca A. Croxton; A Usability Evaluation of Academic Virtual Reference Services
  • Jingfeng Xia and Minglu Wang; Competencies and Responsibilities of Social Science Data Librarians: An Analysis of Job Descriptions


Children (ISSN 2227-9067) is an international open access journal dedicated to the streamlined yet scientifically rigorous dissemination of peer-reviewed science related to childhood health and disease in developed and developing countries.The publication will focus on sharing clinical, epidemiological, translational and basic science research relevant to children’s health .

Moreover, the aim of the publication is to be a vehicle to highlight under-represented pediatric disciplines, to emphasize interdisciplinary research and to disseminate advances in knowledge in global child health

Tiananmen Square, 1989
On April 15, 1989, Hu Yaobang, the ousted General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, died in Beijing. Thousands of ordinary people went to Tiananmen Square to mourn for his death. The college students in universities in Beijing soon turned mourning into a grassroots movement that called for political reform. They requested that the government officials’ corruption be stopped, the freedom of speech be truly guaranteed by the law, and so on. This event spread to many cities in China and abroad as well and lasted for more than a month. The event ended abruptly with government’s killing of hundreds of ordinary citizens on June 4.

During the event, thousands of media professionals and ordinary citizens recorded the happenings with their cameras. Nevertheless, the images that have survived the time are relatively few. Most of these high-resolution photographs have been exhibited for the very first time because, 25 years ago, the Chinese government confiscated cameras and film to identify and arrest people. A quarter of a century later, many ordinary people, whose faces were accidentally recorded in the pictures, may want to show their bravery to their children. This history has been intentionally obliterated by the Chinese government from the younger generations to the point that many young people in China have no recollection of what happened in Beijing in the spring/summer of 1989. These photographs will serve as a reminder of numerous ordinary Beijing citizens’ bravery and are exhibited in memory of those who died for their dreams.

This collection includes over 400 black and white photographs taken Dr. Edgar Huang, a faculty member from the IU School of Informatics and Computing on the Indianapolis campus. He was then a university instructor and a documentary photographer in Beijing. He traveled almost every day to different university campuses, different locations in Beijing, especially Tiananmen Square to record with his Nikon F3 all the exciting and sad moments. “Thanks to my beloved late wife, Lily Sun, who brought the negatives to the United States in 1994,” Huang said, “these photographs are now possible to be exhibited to the public.”

source: INFODocket

Free, downloadable images from Te Papa’s collections

A few weeks ago we released an updated version of Collections Online, making images bigger, search results clearer, and easier to use regardless of what device you are using. Today we are extremely happy to let you know about our latest development; over 30,000 images downloadable, for free, in the highest resolution we have them. You can search for and download them at Collections Online.

source: INFODocket

Improving discoverability of digitised collections

Research carried out among the UK’s academic community during 2012 found that 40% of researchers kicked off their project with a trawl through the internet for material, while only 2% preferred to make a visit to a physical library space. That’s a huge change in a relatively short period, fuelled by the sheer richness of the digital content that is now potentially available online.



Video: Course Readings in the LMS

A new video of a project briefing session from CNI’s spring 2014 meeting is now available:

Course Readings In Learning Management Systems

Eric Frierson (EBSCO) & Michael Waugh (LSU)

Video of the presentation is now online at and

Session Description:

The Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) protocol provides opportunities for third parties (libraries or library vendors) to create immersive experiences for a variety of learning management systems (LMS) (e.g., Blackboard, Canvas, D2L, Moodle, Sakai). EBSCO, a provider of library databases and discovery services, has created an LTI-compliant tool that allows course instructors to build assigned reading lists without ever leaving the LMS. This talk includes a brief explanation of the LTI protocol (for those interested in building LTI tools), demonstration of how the EDS Reading List tool makes use of it to the benefit of course instructors, and discussion of how this technology can help libraries add value to the teaching and learning experience.

source; CNI announce

The Open Textbook Cookbook

n November last year, a team of academics, librarians and students got together to hack a media studies textbook – in a weekend.

The textbook was published online earlier this year as an open textbook under a Creative Commons Attribution licence, and is available at no cost for educators and students to use. The licence also enables anyone to share, adapt and rewrite the textbook, as long as credit is given to the original creators.

Achieving this over a weekend was obviously an extraordinarily ambitious project – and like any extraordinarily ambitious project, it didn’t always go according to plan.

Happily, the project team, led by Erika Pearson, Bernard Madill, Richard White and Simon Hart at the University of Otago, decided from the beginning to assiduously document the process of hacking the textbook.

The team have now published the Cookbook, a “discussion on the process, pitfalls and successes of hacking an open textbook.”

The Cookbook walks readers through the texthack process, and outlines some of the issues that the team faced, including finding local open materials to embed and locating appropriate infrastructure.

Despite these difficulties, the Cookbook’s authors conclude that the “curation of this text, and the hack process that drove it, was deeply worthwhile and a highly valuable experience that led to a useful and important output for both those who wrote it and the students and classes that continue to use it.”

The Cookbook itself has the potential to help open textbook projects around the world.

source: Simon Hart


History in the Making: A History of the People of the United States of America to 1877

Catherine Locks Sarah K. Mergel, PhD Pamela Thomas Roseman, PhD Tamara Spike, PhD

History in the Making: A History of the People of the United States of America to 1877 is a downloadable, free-to-use textbook licensed under a CC-BY-SA 3.0 unported license.

This textbook examines U.S. History from before European Contact through Reconstruction, while focusing on the people and their history.

source: INFODocket

MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching Vol. 10, No. 1, March 2014 on MOOCs


Challenges to Research in MOOCs; Helene Fournier, Rita Kop, and Guillaume Durand

MOOC Pedagogy: Gleaning Good Practice from Existing MOOCs;  Maha Bali

Strategies for Creating a Community of Inquiry through Online Asynchronous Discussions; Aimee deNoyelles, Janet Zydney, and Baiyun Chen

source: Information Literacy Weblog