News Update:

BioMed Central, the world’s largest publisher of peer‑reviewed, open
access, research journals is pleased to announced that presentations
and Podcasts from BioMed Central’s recent colloquium entitled “Open
Access: How Can We Achieve Quality and Quantity?” are now available.

Held on February 8th in London, a range of leading authors,
researchers, funders, librarians and publishers came together at
the colloquium to examine the value of open access publishing.

To listen to podcasts from these and other speakers, visit:
http://www.biomedcentral.com/info/about/oacolloquium/

Flickr 101: Thursday, January 11, 2007, 10-11 a.m. or 2-3 p.m  MST

Flickr bills itself as the best way to “store, sort, search and share your photos online.” This one-hour session walks you through what you can do with the service and will give you plenty of ideas on how you can use Flickr to promote your library. This session also will use Flickr to introduce you to two of the hottest topics in librarianship today: social software and folksonomies.

An Introduction to Social Software,  Friday, January 26, 2007,  10-11 a.m. or 2-3 p.m MST
Social software is one of the hottest concepts on the Internet today. This one-hour presentation will introduce you to its components and show you examples of many of the most popular Web sites in this area. Learn about Flickr, del.icio.us and YouTube, just to name a few. No prior experience with any of these services is necessary to attend this session.

Register for sessions or view past archived sessions at: http://www.bcr.org/training/online/fff/index.html 

Speakers include Carl T. Bergstrom, Associate Professor of Biology, University of Washington; Ellen Finnie Duranceau, Scholarly Publishing and Licensing Consultant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and David Pershing, Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs, University of Utah.  Each will examine current and emerging public access policies and explore key opportunities and challenges facing libraries –  including what can be done to prepare for the transformation ahead.  The forum is followed by the ACRL Scholarly Communication Discussion Group on Sunday from 4:00 – 6:00PM, where there will be an open discussion of key issues that surface at the Forum.

The Forum will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2007, from 4:00 – 6:00PM in the Sheraton Seattle (Metropolitan B).  Press Release Here…

…it won’t affect print subscriptions, but it may impact our site license.  Read more from Peter Suber….

The Pew Internet & American Life Project released a report in late November entitled The Internet as a Resource for News and Information about Science, which describes where people are accessing information about scientific research. Twenty percent of all Americans turn first to the Internet (41% get their information from TV and only 14% for newspapers and magazines). For all home broadband users, however, the percentages for TV and Internet are equal. Not surprisingly, for home broadband users under the age of 30, 44% turn first to the Internet and only 32% first to TV.

Check out the report for additional demographic breakdowns and information on opinions about science and scientific research.

Peter Suber has a useful assessment of how the election results will impact Open Access…

Full Post at Open Access News 

Watch out ProQuest, Readex, and EBSCO, Google has unveiled a new service that will permit users to search citations of subscription and web news sources: Google News Archives Search.

The best coverage of this story appears in:

ACRLog: Next Wave in Google Migration
if:book: Google Launches Archival News Search
New York Times: Google to Offer Print Archives Search