Friday, 5 November 2010

Conversational openings with faculty about scholarly communication

In April, there was an online discussion about how to talk with faculty on your campus about scholarly communication issues, although not zo be sure where to start. In the discussion useful strategies are shown.

Nowadays, it is a core question how to reach faculty staff and students. The relevance of the library is depending on that. Just last week my boss asked me how I want to communicate with faculty in future. - I am trying different ways and I am still thinking about what the best way is. Furthermore it is difficult to answer, because it varies not only from department to department but from person to person (or at least from team to team)!

By the way - sorry that there was such a long term in which I did not whrite anything. Meanwhile I started to work in another institution and I was busy to learn so much new things!

Friday, 5 February 2010

Fairness hearing regarding Google Books settlement on the 18th of February

in 2 weeks On the 18th of February there will be a fairness hearing at the US Department of Justice. According to Norman Oder the settlement now faces the biggest challenges ever (for more details please have a look at

well, now there is a new development:
the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), in a long-awaited Statement of Interest, yesterday warned that the amended settlement still goes too far in giving Google advantages in distributing scanned books, as well as raising concerns about pricing (which has been one of the key issues raised by the library community).
For further information and an insight on the developments of this argument between the different parties please have a look at the recent "Library Journal"-article .

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Social Media News and Web Tips @ Mashable (The Social Media Guide), e.g. GoogleMaps' future use

I gathered the blog "Mashable : Social Media Guide" (thx to Pierre Suter via recherchenblog - also a blog with helpful information). This "Social Media Guide" comes up with Social Media News, really a huge amount of information to discover! is the world’s largest blog focused exclusively on Web 2.0 and Social Media news. With more than 12.5 million monthly pageviews, Mashable is the most prolific blog reviewing new Web sites and services, publishing breaking news on what’s new on the web and offering social media resources and guides.

In one of these blogpostings GoogleMaps-Mashups are presented. In another article Stan Schroeder gives us a hint what Google intends to do:
Google has been granted a patent named “Claiming Real Estate in Panoramic or 3D Mapping Environments for Advertising,” detailing “techniques for identifying groups of features in an online geographic view of a real property and replacing and/or augmenting the groups of features with advertisement.”
from goRumors you can read
You might remember that this is not the first time Google is introducing sponsored listings on Google Maps. Such ads are already available on generic map views. However, it appears that this will be the first time when these listings will also be made available on real estate listings.
Sounds Fascinating but this worries me in terms of how detailed this 3D Mapping would be (people, cars etc.) ...
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