The Weakening Dollar’s Effect on Canadian Academic Libraries

The current weakness of the Canadian Dollar has had a negative effect on many industries in Canada who have seen their purchasing power drop to zilch.

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One industry particularly effected by the Dollar’s drop are Academic Libraries. Canadian Academic Libraries spend the majority of their acquisition budget (millions of dollars ) to purchase products and resources from American based vendors and publishers every year.

This means that a mere one-cent drop in the Dollar can result in $100,000 or more drop in what libraries can buy with their budget. Continue reading

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Are Library Catalogues going to be swallowed up by Discovery Tools?

The University of Western Ontario recently changed their Library Web Page so that the user can no longer search the Catalogue from the home page. Their Discovery Tool, Summon, is now the sole search bar and thus the primary tool for doing research at Western:



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A Brief History of Changes to Western University’s Library Webpage

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Western University recent launched a new, streamlined Library Home Page. This it what it looks like now: This is what the Library Webpage looked like just before the change: The multiple search tabs (Summon, Catalogue, and Course Reserves) have been removed and … Continue reading

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The Library Genesis project: The easiest way to find full-text articles online (illegally)?

I’ve always liked the idea of the “copy request” button as a way of getting free full-text articles from the authors of those articles. Stevan Harnad explains it:
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Relevancy Ranking in Discovery Services

Imagining an academic library without a discovery service (be it Ebsco, Summon, Primo…etc) has become practically impossible. Where else could you begin general keyword searches or article title searching? However, for smaller research libraries, discovery services are still have that new smell. The small library that I am working at is launching a discovery service very soon and I’ve been working to help get out the hijinks. And it’s been verryyy interesting.

Killing Print Circulation?

I was immediately blown away by the amount of “junk” you get in certain searches. You’re usually better off doing a google search and visiting some Wikipedia pages to learn about your topic and then come back and plug in some more specialized terms. The thing is when small libraries use a discovery service from a library service company, that company usually attaches a bunch of free databases on to the service to sweeten the deal. Unfortunately this can result in you having a lot of useless databases in your discovery service that just crowds out relevant results instead of providing access to more relevant results.

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Bibliaff: The company with the perfect niche within Small and Special Libraries

I got a real treat today. I got to meet Ghislain Grenier, one the creators and directors – along with his wife, Danielle Sauvageau – of the lending library service company, Bibliaff.

Bibliaff lends – as their website says — “business books” to libraries for libraries to lend out to their clients. But their collection is so much more then business books, with titles like Nudge and Freakonomics and authors like Oprah and Thomas King, it is essentially is a collection of popular and recent non-fiction titles.

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Google Scholar: Destroying good research or revolutionizing it?

Lately I have been looking promoting and setting up Google Scholar (GS) as a resource for clients. The process of getting GS to show “library links” to full-text of items in a library’s collection in GS search results is actually surprisingly easy. Just a matter of contacting your lin-resolver and asking them to set it up, and the Google-bots immediately begin to scour your page. A lot of libraries (Most university libraries, some government) already do this and GS requires the institution’s log-in to access the full text or it recognizes requested IP addresses and provides direct access. Continue reading

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