The Federal Research Public Access Act (H.R. 5037) has been referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in the House of Representatives, where the Chairman is actively considering holding an open hearing on the bill. More information about the bill (FRPAA), which is the broadest proposal to ensure free online access to the results of the U.S. $60 billion annual investment in research, is online at http://www.taxpayeraccess.org/frpaa.
YOUR VOICE IS NEEDED! If you’re a constituent of one of the Members of this committee, please contact your Representative to encourage his or her co-sponsorship of the bill and support for the hearing. Action is requested as soon as possible and NO LATER THAN AUGUST 9. Act now through the ATA Action Center.
GPS may not always be the best or easiest option. Andrew Walsh reports on a project at the University of Huddersfield that uses QR codes to provide contextually sensitive information and training to students.
(The link is below, but you can also scan the QR code at the right to access the article from your mobile phone.)
Walsh A. 2010. QR Codes – using mobile phones to deliver library instruction and
help at the point of need. Journal of information literacy, 4(1), pp. 55-65
With the rise of smartphones that contain integrated GPS (Global Positioning System) chips, increasing numbers of devices are aware of their own location. For most libraries, however, taking advantage of this functionality to introduce services which “augment reality”, that is overlay physical reality with a virtual layer of information in users own devices, is unfeasible.
An easier alternative to full augmented reality is to use QR (Quick Response) codes in places that link to location or context appropriate information and resources, using information embedded in the codes that is translated and acted upon by a mobile device such as camera phone. QR (Quick Response) codes are matrix codes, like two dimensional bar codes, that are easily readable by the majority of camera phones using a freely downloadable or occasionally pre-installed application.
Within the library at the University of Huddersfield we have used QR codes to deliver context appropriate help and information to blur the boundaries between the physical and electronic world. We have developed mobile friendly resources to deliver information skills materials directly to our users at the point of need, linked by QR codes on printed materials and in appropriate locations in the physical library.
This article outlines the practical uses we have found for QR codes, gives preliminary results of how those have been received by our library users in our pilot study and highlights the reluctance of many students to engage with this technology, which may need further investigation. It also looks forward to the potential use of alternative technologies such as RFID to deliver similar types of information at the time and place of need that may not share similar barriers to entry with QR codes.
I visited the International Spy Museum while in Washington. It was a fun exhibit. I was most intrigued by their “Spy in the City” adventures.
Now see the city as a spy by taking a GPS-guided tour of DC and its neighborhoods. It’s your chance to explore the spy capital of the world, as we send you clues, codes, audio intercepts, and everything you need to complete your secret mission. Not to mention all the history, mystery and landmarks along the way. Whether you go as a group, or as your own undercover agent, it’s sightseeing like you’ve never seen.
Wouldn’t it be a fun digital library project to do a GPS-guided tour based on digital library content. Perhaps an adventure tour of Boston? Or, even a tour of campus….
The ACRL Progam presented by the Distance Learning Section and co-sponsored by the LITA Distance Learning Interest Group and the ACRL Scholarly Communications Committee provided both diversity of perspective and an excellent starting point for a conversation that continued throughout the conversation in various settings both formal and informal.
Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC, prepared slides with some interesting comparisons.
Public Access to Information
Open Access:An STM Journal Publisher’s Perspective
Open Access textbooks at Nove Southeastern
At the LITA Technology Trends session, Joan Frye Williams spoke about a shift toward a “creative economy” that seems to be a response or reaction to the current economic crisis. The model for a creative economy is highly individualized, small-business, entrepreneurial, frequently home-based, hyper-local , not the type of activity that is easily toppled, centrally or moved off-shore. Her comments reminded me of the recent “Unlocking the Undergraduate Experience Task Force Report statements on Expanding Undergraduate Opportunities for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Studies.
It is a behavior of learning—a set of principles, a mindset—crossing all disciplines that can be broadly defined as a directed application of innovation, in short, the method by which ideas receive a concrete reality.
Williams asserts that libraries are well-equipped to support this kind of learning. They provide a high bandwidth, media-rich environment that could be conducive to the “messiness” of the creative endeavor. She suggests, however, that this would have major implications for the workflow of libraries and force us to re-conceptualize the business we think we are in and the services we provide. Williams cautions that libraries often consider information discovery and transport the end of the story. Supporting creativity and innovation would require us to provide “studio” like space designed for an iterative process of innovation, with all its messiness. She urges libraries to “stop being the grocery store and start being the kitchen.”
Springer announced it’s new open access journal publishing program
I read this new ACRL publication on the trip to DC. Its a quick read but asks questions worth talking about.
Futures Thinking for Academic Librarians
by DJ Staley – 2010
ACRL Scholarly Communicafions and Government Relafions Specialist. JUNE 2010. FUTURES THINKING FOR ACADEMIC LIBRARIANS: HIGHER EDUCATION IN 2025 …
Just did the upgrade to WP 3.0. Went smoothly as the wp upgrades usually do. Now it is time to take it for a spin. I plan to post to the blog from ALA this weekend using the iPad. Should be fun!
Professor finds the number of articles viewed in research libraries falls right after the NCAA Tournament field is announced.
Verification of what librarians have suspected all along….
DURHAM, N.C. — Millions of Americans, including President Obama, fill out their “brackets” when the NCAA Tournament field is announced each March, but does that really affect their work? It certainly appears to, at least among a segment of the population who use research libraries, a Duke University professor has found.
Charles Clotfelter, Z. Smith Reynolds Professor of Public Policy at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy, used data from 78 research libraries in the U.S. to determine the number of articles viewed from February through April in 2006, 2007 and 2008. The number of articles viewed on Monday through Wednesday of those weeks averaged more than 1,000 a day per library.