Academic librarians are not just concerned with books and journals. There is a growing range of resources —content and tools— which their patrons need. The need to evaluate market and audience, to source and prepare the most appropriate content and user-interface and evaluate usage: these are common requirements for both academic and commercial propositions. Someone has to pay and justify the expenditure.
Free online registration is now open for the Strand Symposium on Digital Scholarship and ePublishing at King's College London on Thursday, 27 June 2013 08:45–17:30. Chaired by Anthony Watkinson, Creating Online Resources will feature presentations from Professor Carol Tenopir (Tennessee), David Nicholas (CIBER), Stuart Dunn and Richard Gartner (King's College) and Susan Whitfield of the British Library.
Librarians As Teachers 2013: Engaging learners in the digital age, is the title of a conference organised by the Academic and Research Libraries Group of CILIP at University of Warwick on 13 June 2013. It will include a presentation by David Nicholas of CIBER Research on the ways in which people learn and look for information in today’s digital world
Laptop, netbook, smartphone, tablet, e-book: the categories and form-factors remain in flux, but the consumption of mobile data is here to stay. Derived from a long-running study of Europeana.eu, this new publication from the CIBER team confirms that information-seeking behavior is platform-specific and the latest platforms will remodel the data consumer and the conduits they use.
Nicholas, D., Clark, D., Rowlands, I. and Jamali, H. R. (2013), Information on the go: A case study of Europeana mobile users. J. Am. Soc. Inf. Sci., 64: pp1311–1322. July 2013 doi: 10.1002/asi.22838
Adapting to disruptive technologies and creating value with people, platforms and information is the theme of Online Information 2013, London, 19–20 November. David Nicholas will be contibuting an analysis of "Information on the Go"— anywhere, anytime, any device".
Routledge has set a December publication date for a new collection in the Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies series: Information Science edited by David Nicholas and Eti Herman. In four volumes and over seventeen-hundred pages, this opus presents information science as a crucial site for scholarly exploration.
‘If you don’t recognise the author, be careful; if you don’t recognise the institution be even more careful, and if you don’t recognise the journal, it's definitely not worth looking at’.
The Trust project is a 15 month study of academic research and publishing funded by the Sloan Foundation. On 25 April Dave Nicholas and Anthony Watkinson were able to give some early insights from this research to publishers Taylor & Francis at their global editorial strategy meeting. Download Trust and authority in scholarly communications
Not so long ago libraries banned the mobile, now that mobile is the library.
The second great digital transition— mobile data, will be the theme of David Nicholas' keynote at Information Science in an Age of Change an ISKO conference at the Institute of Information and Book Studies, University of Warsaw on 15–16 April 2013. ppt
Dave Nicholas was in Trondheim for the BIBSYS User Meeting on 12–13 March 2013. Lecture notes from his presentation on Tuesday 12 March are now online: ‘Information seeking and reading behaviour of the virtual researcher’ and also the presentation for the temamøte on Wednesday: ‘How? can? the library meet the needs of the virtual researcher: cultural and practical steps’.
Will the small-town local library soon be an anachronism? “Access to broadband is considered more important than the purchase of new books” say David Nicholas and Tom Dobrowolski of the University of Warsaw in The Future of Libraries. Book culture is based on erudition and knowledge but information technology is remote and algorithmic. What do the the young users of Wikipedia know of Diderot and d'Alembert?
David Nicholas will be speaking to the Scottish Parliament on the subject of information seeking, sharing and reading behaviour of researchers on Tuesday 12 February.
Talking to the Elephant in the Room is the title for the final session of the pre-conference day of APE 2013 in Berlin on 28 January.
A two-hour discussion with the audience, moderated by Regine Reincke and Bas Straub with Support from Anthony Watkinson, CIBER Research, Newbury
Interactive with Facebook and Twitter. Questions in advance!
The theme for the main conference on Tuesday and Wednesday 29–30 January is The Funding of Publishing. Changes and Consequences for Science and Society.
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