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Everybody Has a Librarian Inside

What does a librarian do? "A Librarian is a person who develops procedures for organizing information and provides services which assist and instruct people in the most efficient and effective ways to identify, locate, access, and use information and resources (articles, books, magazines, etc.)".

Well - a librarian is most concerned with selecting and organizing information. But that is exactly what everybody in doing on web in a phenomenon called Folksonomy. A "folksonomy" is a collaboratively generated, open-ended labeling system that enables Internet users to categorize content such as Web pages, online photographs, and Web links. This is because everybody has a small Librarian embedded inside.

Google releases a free software called SketchUp.

Google releases a software called SketchUp. It is available in both free and commercial versions. "With just a few simple tools, you can create 3D models of houses, sheds, decks, home additions, woodworking projects - even space ships. And once you've built your models, you can place them in Google Earth, post them to the 3D Warehouse, or print hard copies".


Introduction to Informetrics

E-LIS - Introduction to Informetrics : quantitative methods in library, documentation and information science
Egghe, Leo and Rousseau, Ronald (1990) Introduction to Informetrics : quantitative methods in library, documentation and information science. Elsevier Science Publishers.


WebCite: "WebCite® is an archiving system for webreferences (cited webpages and websites), which can be used by authors, editors, and publishers of scholarly papers and books, to ensure that cited webmaterial will remain available to readers in the future. If cited webreferences in journal articles, books etc. are not archived, future readers may encounter a '404 File Not Found' error when clicking on a cited URL."

Library Access to Scholarship - Cites & Insights

I was going through a section of Cites & Insights 6, Number 7: May 2006 entitled Library Access to Scholarship . Apart from other things it highlights:

--OA Librarian, Open Access resources for librarians

--The impact of open access on library and information science (a research project). It’s a project proposal from Cheryl Knott Malone and Anita Coleman (both at the University of Arizona’s School of Information Resources and Library Science).

--College & Research Libraries will be freely available after a six-month embargo

--A group of librarians, college administrators, and scholars issued a call to action to preserve online scholarly journals, noting that such journals “could vanish into oblivion should publishers go out of business or face other calamities.”

--On April 10, the Public Access Working Group (an advisory panel to NIH) reaffirmed its support for strengthening of the NIH public access policy, calling for the policy to be mandatory and for the maximum embargo to be six months.

Online books at National Center for Biotechnology Information

Online books: Overview
In collaboration with authors and publishers, the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) is adapting biomedical books for the web.

What Is Web 2.0

O'Reilly Network: What Is Web 2.0

Some e-journals to follow

D-Lib Magazine

First Monday


Journal of Electronic Publishing

Journal of Digital Information

Information Research

26-Apr-2006 - Live presentations on the web!, a new site for making and sharing presentations on the web.

dPolls - Create polls and vote for free!

Personal webtop

goowy media home


Zimbra is an open source server and client technology for next-generation enterprise messaging and collaboration.

Internet Use by Researchers: a Study of Panjab University, Chandigarh

Preeti Mahajan of Panjab University conducted a survey to find the Internet use by researchers at Panjab University, Chandigarh.

She found differences within various subject domains. Researchers in the sciences were the most positive about the impact of the Internet. While 70% of the social science and only 20% of the humanities felt positive about the Internet and its impact.

Does this reflect  universality of Sciences and Local nature of Humanities?

Librarians' Duties: - BLOGS, WIKIs, WEBCASTS / PODCASTS, IM, RSS and WEB

What would be the duties of Next Generation Librarians?

Definitely it would include the following:

--Distribution of content via digital tools such as blogs and wikis for the library system website.

--Develop and deliver library instruction through podcasts and multimedia webcasts.

--Promote community via new technologies within the library and virtually via IM and other emerging communication mechanisms.

--Enhance Library's web presence with current content and methods for distribution such as RSS.

--Investigate and implement new technologies that may enhance the Library System's web presence.

Well, if you need some evidence to belief what I am talking about then visit the Wayne State University Library System requirements.



India - Video

Structure of Scientific Collaboration Networks in Scientometrics

E-LIS - The Structure of Scientific Collaboration Networks in Scientometrics

Virtual Learning Room

IFPRI - Learning for Institutional Innovation
International Food Policy Research Institute

Open Text Mining Interface

Nascent: Open Text Mining Interface

Physicians and Internet

The Krafty Librarian
Physicians Leaning More On Internet Technologies


Rojo - Stories from all feeds
With a FREE Rojo account you can read the RSS feeds of your choice. Choose from millions of feeds provided for free by large publishers and cutting edge bloggers.

Web 2.0 in Science

Nascent: Web 2.0 in Science

Coming Together around Library 2.0

Coming Together around Library 2.0: A Focus for Discussion and a Call to Arms

Fabulous Freebies (By Category) - 101 Fabulous Freebies

Taking ICT to Every Indian Village

What can ICT bring for the inhabitants of 600,000 Indian villages? How India is empowering the poor and marginalised citizens to participate in the emerging knowledge society? How will India provide voice to her millions of citizens? ‘Taking ICT to every Indian village: Opportunities and challenges”, attempts at answering such questions and exploring the complex interactions between ICT and society.


New Features in Scholar Google

In the Official Google Blog: Keeping up with recent research post highlights a new feature introduced by Scholar Google that will sort results according to "Recent Articles". According to another post now it would be possible to download citations [individual results] in EndNote / RefWorks / Refman and BibTex formats. One need to go to preferences and set a format.

These features are in right direction. However it would be better to have features like:

- Able to restrict set by "citated by" to give only those results that have been cited atleast N times.

- Able to download in various formats in batches rather than just single items.

- Able to download the results set in Spread Sheet formats.

Eprints and PKP software enhancements by DLIST


Library 2.0 Wiki


SciX Project Home
Open, self organising repository for scientific information exchange - SciX

ePublishing Toolkit


OpenReader Consortium - Home
OpenReader - Electronic text made easier for readers and publishers

Case studies in open access publishing

Intuitive Revelations: The Ubiquitous Reference Model

Employment News

Employment News is now available online.

New Cataloger

Self-Promotion Tips for New Librarians

Podcasting Wikispace

Open Access to Science in the Developing World


Take great notes

Pricing of journal papers 'impedes science progress'

Guardian Unlimited Business | | Brussels delivers blow to Reed Elsevier
Scientific research funded by the European taxpayer should be freely available to everyone over the internet, according to a European commission report - a blow to the lucrative scientific publishing operations of media groups such as Reed Elsevier and Germany's Springer.


Vyew - Free Web-Based Collaboration - - Free Web-Based Collaboration
Vyew is a free, web-based collaboration tool that provides a feature-rich meeting room with real-time, whiteboard functionality.


Bibster is a Java-based system which assists researchers in managing, searching, and sharing bibliographic metadata (e.g. from BibTeX files) in a peer-to-peer network.

A resource for scientists - First Author

First Author is a resource for scientists dedicated to innovations in, and debates surrounding, publishing scientific research.

This site brings together news from top journals, publishers, and funding and research bodies to keep you up-to-date with new publications, changes in policy and new resources.

Explore, Create and Remix Movies


Windows Live Academic - Beta

Windows Live Academic Home Page
Academic search enables you to search for peer reviewed journal articles contained in journal publisher portals and on the web in locations like citeseer.



Openomy is an online file system. You can store files on Openomy and access them from any computer. Openomy organizes files and users via tags (as opposed to folders).



Guaranteed public access to publicly-funded research

The European Commission has released its long-awaited report, Study on the Economic and Technical Evolution of the Scientific Publication Markets in Europe.

"The study confirms scientific journals as an essential channel for the dissemination of scientific knowledge. With large amounts of public money invested in research, it becomes increasingly important for publications reporting on that research to be accessible to as wide a public as possible.

The study therefore makes a number of recommendations for future action, including:

* Guaranteed public access to publicly-funded research, at the time of publication and also long-term
* A “level-playing field” so that different business models in publishing can compete fairly in the market
* Ranking scientific journals by quality, defined more widely than pure scientific excellence, but also taking into account factors such as management of copyright, search facilities and archiving
* Developing pricing strategies that promote competition in the journal market
* Scrutinising major mergers that may take place in this sector in the future
* Promoting the development of electronic publication, for example by eliminating unfavourable tax treatment of electronic publications and encouraging public funding and public-private partnerships to create digital archives in areas with little commercial investment."..

Access Principle

Dramatic Growth of Open Access

How to add RSS Autodiscovery to your site

GoPubMed - Ontology-based Literature Search Tool

GoPubMed is an Ontology-based literature search tool. It takes the query and submits it to PubMed. The references retrieved are then categorized using "Gene Ontology terms". Which is a hierarchical vocabulary for molecular biology covering cellular components, biological processes and molecular functions.