Opinion

Are open textbooks still on the way? And when will they arrive?

August 31, 2017

If you talk about Open Access to most university staff – teachers, researchers, students, librarians – they automatically think of OA journals with articles available without cost to the whole world, or of subscription-funded...Read more

Bonus+ Service Survey

August 14, 2017

During the next two weeks (14th– 25th August) we are seeking information about our free BONUS+ service and would appreciate it if you could fill out our questionnaire. If you are a distance student the questionnaire will be posted to you with...Read more

Wellington Campus Library: New Space, New (and old) Ways of Working

May 5, 2015

Craig Cherrie, Creative Arts & Industries Librarian at the Wellington Campus, reflects on the changes to the Wellington Campus Library: ​Half-a-semester on from the occupation of the full space of the ‘new’ Wellington Library, its timely...Read more

Editorial Boards, Editors-in-Chief and Identity Theft – A Cautionary Tale

November 14, 2013

I was asked last week to help a member of the Massey academic staff who had found that she appeared on the website of a journal that she had never heard of, listed as its Editor-in-Chief. Closer examination revealed that another Massey academic was...Read more

The thing about Google Scholar

September 13, 2013

I’m a fan of Google Scholar, no doubt about it. From a practical point of view you can’t go past it as a tool for finding documents by subject and, much as I prize and value our databases, if you restrict your searching to the traditional...Read more

Reflections on the H-Index

September 6, 2013

You can tell that an idea has become really well-known when senior management hears about it, and a few years ago I began receiving phone calls from heads of department along the lines of “I’m carrying out staff evaluations and suddenly people...Read more

The Death of Bibliometrics? Truth, Numbers and Things

September 4, 2013

The sad business of the American Academic and Scholarly Research Journal has come to a rather unexpected end. The journal is no more, having disappeared from the web along with its associated Research Center, and all record of it has disappeared...Read more

Altmetrics – What’s that all about?

August 30, 2013

Users of Symplectic will probably have noticed a little Altmetrics button next to the count of their citations. It will probably look a bit like this – If you’re lucky and your work has created some Internet and social media activity then...Read more

Scopus, you’re unravelling

August 19, 2013

The first part of this posting originally appeared on Library Out Loud on Tuesday 13 August. The posting was substantially updated this morning but was then taken off the site – fortunately we are now able to reinstate it. Some minor changes...Read more

UK Survey of Academics 2012

June 20, 2013

The recently published UK Survey of Academics 2012 jointly commissioned by Jisc and Research Libraries UK makes for some interesting reading for librarians and academics alike. Here are some of the highlights from the Executive Summary –...Read more

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