Some implications of "digital" for scholarly writing and publishing

Category: libraries

An AI toolkit we can all use

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Now that artificial intelligence (AI) tools are widely used across academic publishing, how can we make informed assessments of these utilities? One problem is that new utilities appear almost weekly. It’s challenging for any academic to keep up with what is …

Along came Google … and what happened next

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This is the story of a tragedy: a step forward for the academic community that was resisted and then blocked. It’s difficult to imagine, but Along Came Google (Princeton, 2021) is as gripping as any thriller – except for the conclusion.…

The Fiesole Retreat 2022: The role of the library

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National Library of Greece, Athens (photo by Georgios Liakopoulos)

What are libraries for? If you are going to have a public discussion, why not start with the big questions, and that question came up repeatedly at the 2022 Fiesole Retreat, the …

How to make research more successful

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OCLC have published an interesting-sounding report. The full title of this report is: Social Interoperability in Research Support: Cross-Campus Partnerships and the University Research Enterprise, a bit of a mouthful. The term “social interoperability” is defined as “the creation and …

Discovering content in academic libraries

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When you use an academic library catalogue, what are you actually searching?

The graphic shows the main search screen of Cambridge University Library, called iDiscover (actually powered by Primo). The user is presented with, as you might expect, a simple search …

Machine Learning and Libraries

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Library of Congress [public domain]

I was interested to see a new report, Machine Learning + Libraries, commissioned by the Library of Congress. Actually, the report is from LC Labs, a team in the Library Digital Strategy Directorate, so it …

The Trouble with Triples : using linked data for library collections

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A new publication from OCLC outlines progress on the use of linked data for research archives and special collections. There is a list of 21 members of the relevant OCLC linked data review group, so this publication looks to represent a …

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