Archive for January, 2013

Mendeley makes a Deal

January 18, 2013

Currently open bibliographic management tool and all-around scientific community fave Mendeley is likely to be purchased by publishing heavy weight Elsevier, according to this article from TechCrunch.  Everyone has a price, right? Apparently Mendeley’s is around 100 million.

Trout Unlimited Supports Local Libraries

January 14, 2013

On Jan 8, 2013, Doug Pullan, Secretary of the Central Alberta Chapter of Trout Unlimited Canada, presented donations to Kristine Plastow from Red Deer College Library and Ron Sheppard from Parkland Regional Library.

This is the third year that this chapter has provided funds to purchase books and DVDs that focus on fish, fish habitat and the surrounding riparian areas. The value of this year’s donation was $1500. The books that were approved by the chapter’s executive committee were tailored towards people of all ages as well as college level reference texts. The chapter has received encouraging feedback from the libraries indicating people are more concerned about our water resources and are looking at good stewardship in a different light.  The Central Alberta Chapter believes education is an important part of the mission and goals of Trout Unlimited Canada and will continue with further financial contributions to local libraries in the future.

Photo: Kristine Plastow (RDC Library), Doug Pullan (TUC’s Central Alberta Chapter), Ron Sheppard (PRL)

TU donation 2013


JSTOR Offering (limited) Free Access to Journal Archive

January 11, 2013

JSTOR’s Register & Read program launched this week, in an effort to make JSTOR’s archive of scholarly material more open to researchers without (expensive) institutional or personal access. The program gives those who register the opportunity to access 3 articles every 2 weeks at no charge, from 1200 participating journals. Could this be the first step to a policy re-think by the Information Gatekeepers of scholarly publishing? To learn more, see the article from Inside Higher Ed. No longer an RDC student, faculty, or staff member? There are still many scholarly resources available online for you to use for your research. Check out RDC’s Open Access LibGuide for images, media, and scholarly material, available freely online.  

2012 in review

January 8, 2013

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 5 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.