I’m still recovering from the realization that summer is over and classes have started again, so I was pleased to see two humorous and somewhat contradictory postings on the Alcuin Society blogpage ” “But You Don’t Look Like a Librarian!” and “Are you Geeky Enough to be a Librarian. The first is by Guy Robertson who writes some interesting and funny articles for the Canadian Library Association journal Feliciter and the BCLA Reporter . . . [more]
Archive for ‘Legal Information’
I am getting old (and careless). I thought I knew most if not all of the law journals that were available online. In a recent post, I jokingly raised the need for Canada Law Book (CLB) to put its journals online. I have since found out that in fact a number of their journals are or will be online online. To wit:
Canadian Business Law Journal – on HeinOnline (Vols. 1-40: 1975-2004) and soon to also likely be available through CLB.
Criminal Law Quarterly – on CLB’s Criminal Spectrum product
Other CLB journal titles will also be digitized, likely soon, . . . [more]
Walt Crawford, an engaging and controversial voice in the library world, has just released an article characterizing blogs and other forms of grey literature as “the most compelling and worthwhile literature in the library field today.” Are blog entries and other kinds of ‘informal literature’ making inroads into academic evaluation, due to their currency and relevance? There are calls for such a change at the Carnegie Foundation, and more particularly at the NCSUE. In Canada the problem has been recognised, and recently a major step forward was taken. . . . [more]
This Press Release from last week (Feb. 8) announces the $25 million investment, and outlines two projects.
- The Digital Content Infrastructure for the Human and Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa will supply university researchers with access to a range of international materials.
- Synergies: The Canadian Information Network for Research in the Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Montreal aims to provide access to Canadian materials, including books, peer-reviewed articles, conference papers, theses, and other kinds of Grey Literature.
The second sevice described here, WebCites, looks interesting, especially considering SSHRC’s Knowledge Mobilization focus.
From the GreyLit list:
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Scopus Enriches Literature Research With PatentCites and WebCites Features PRNewswire, 27 September 2006
Scopus®, the world’s largest abstract and citation database of research information and quality Web sources, today announced the launch of two new features. PatentCites, released to customers on September 22nd, allows users to track how primary research is practically applied in patents. WebCites, which is to be launched shortly, is the first step towards enabling Scopus users to track the influence of peer reviewed research on web literature. Researchers
An interesting note on GL and Libraries…
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NLE ON BOARD AS AN ASSOCIATE MEMBER OF GREYNET AND CURRENT GL8 SPONSOR
GreyNet, 6 September 2006
The National Library of Education, a subsidiary of the U.S. Department of Education has become an Associate Member of GreyNet http://www.greynet.org and in so doing has returned to the GL-Conference Series as one of its main Sponsors. http://www.textrelease.com/textreleasehome/gl8sponsors.html.
The following is by guest blogger John Willinsky.
John is a Professor at the Department of Language and Literacy Education at UBC, and the Public Knowledge Project.
Michael Lines has asked Professor Willinsky to comment on the open access movement and the changing sense of what it means to publish in relation to scholarly inquiry.
Once there was a way to tell the grey literature from what had been clearly and cleanly published in black and white. It was all in the font and binding. For the better part of the twentieth century, the grey literature was typically . . . [more]
I have but two small tidbits to contribute to Grey Lit week. Institutional repositories and academic institutions were touched on earlier this week, but I would like to mention our own effort here at Dal Law. A source from our collection was mentioned several weeks back on Slaw, but the whole thing is here. This is a list of publications by members or graduate students here at the Faculty of Law. Preliminary talks amongst the interested parties at Dal have already occured to create a wider repository/electronic press across the entire university, but this is our own small . . . [more]
I’ll be interested to see what John has to say about how publishing is changing. Clearly, with Web 2.0, Library 2.0, and even Book 2.0, the changes are coming fast and thick. We’ve seen that a definition of GL is a moving target, and possibly the lines between GL and other forms of publishing, such as they are, will blur to the point that it will not be useful to distinguish. But announcing the demise of the publishing industry as we know it may be premature, as Slawers have noted.
I started this week thinking that one of . . . [more]
My favourite place for finding government publications and press releases which have disappeared from their respective department websites is the Ontario Legislative Library catalogue. One can run a simple search from the entry page: . . . [more]
Like many others, I’m learning a lot from our Grey Lit week. Thanks to everyone who’s contributed, and the outside expertise brought in by Michael Lines.
One topic that I’ve been thinking a lot about recently is the effective collection of presentation materials, including in-house presentation series, presentations for marketing purposes, and CLE. From internal training, to the re-purposing of marketing content, to networking and business development, there are so many different ways in which an organization can derive value from these collections. In terms of investing staff time, there should be little question, presentations can be some of . . . [more]
The following is by guest bloggers Jim Suderman and Hannelore Dekeyser.
Jim Suderman is a member of the Canadian research team in the UBC-based InterPARES 2 research project directed by Dr. Luciana DurantiHe has worked as an archivist for over twenty years in Manitoba and Ontario, and with electronic records for the past eight years. He is currently manager of records management services for the City of Toronto.
Hannelore Dekeyser is a legal researcher at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law & ICT (K.U.Leuven, Belgium) where she has been working on the legal aspects of digital archiving since 2002During this . . . [more]