MmIT journal pricing – 2012

After debate in our committee meetings and a serious review of our finances, MMIT Group has decided to make MmIT Journal electronic only from 2012, due to economic pressures. However, we have been able to keep our journal price to £70 pa for institutional subscribers which is great at a time when the latest Swets Serials Price Increase Report http://bit.ly/w0Olrv shows that the average price increase of UK serials for 2012 is 4.71%.  In line with going fully electronic, we are also now thrilled to be able to offer IP access as well as continuing to offer the username/password option.

If you’d like to subscribe or have any queries, contact Catherine Dhanjal, Managing Editor, MmIT Journal on catherine.dhanjal@theansweruk.com

MmIT journal November issue now available

The November issue of the Group journal is now available online.

To log in with your normal Cilip website user name and password, visit: http://www.cilip.org.uk/get-involved/special-interest-groups/multimedia/journal/pages/journalcurrentissue.aspx. If you need a reminder of your Cilip password/user name, contact Cilip or catherine.dhanjal@theansweruk.com

This issue covers news, book and product reviews, tech-round up plus features.

Our special feature focus on ‘open’ includes articles on open source library management systems; open source referencing tool Mendeley; open access institutional repositories; and open linked data for archives and libraries.

Other features cover image processing; confusing council websites; report from Umbrella 2011 conference; a new code for cloud computing; and a preview of EDGE2012 conference in Edinburgh (plus discount code and the chance to win a free place!).
For an upcoming issue we are planning a retrospective/futuristic theme, looking at how technology developments in libraries, education and the arts have evolved over the last decades. If you feel inspired to write an article for us on this theme, please contact the editor, catherine.dhanjal@theansweruk.com.

August issue of the MmIT journal now available

The August issue of the Group journal is now available online, members can access it via the CILIP website.

This issue covers news, book and product reviews, tech-round up plus features. Features include hacking, location-based services such as Facebook Places, Second Life for learning, cloud computing, Greek vs international search engines, augmented reality, the information web vs the social web, and a case study on how Edinburgh Libraries’ integrated use of social media has helped the library service to regain its sex appeal.

May issue of the MMIT journal now available

Multimedia Information & Technology vol 37 no 2 is now available to members and subscribers.

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MmIT May 2011 issue

News, reviews and features include:

  • special focus on apps & mobile devices
  • LMS-VLE integration
  • libraries providing information via video conference
  • WebCite – archive web materials for referencing

If you wish to receive a print copy, the price for UK MMIT Group members is just £17/pa (£24 overseas).

Our August issue will have a special focus on technical innovations such as mashed libraries, APIs, Foursquare and Facebook places and we would welcome proposals for articles and case studies for this issue as soon as possible, with a copy deadline of start July. Editor – Catherine Dhanjal. Catherine.dhanjal@theansweruk.com or 01883 650434.

Visit the journal website for more information.

Heading towards web scale discovery- from the journals

The latest issue of Library Technology Reports looks at Web Scale Discovery services and there’s an interview with the author, Jason Vaughan, on the ALAtechsource.org blog. Together these provide a pretty decent overview of the current status of web scale delivery systems and why these might just be the library systems of the future.

For now though, there’s still a lot being said about next-generation catalogues. In the latest issue of Information Technology and Libraries, the University of Illinois looks at the Usability of the VuFind Next-Generation Online Catalog, while Library Resources & Technical Services includes a case study looking at  Creating an Un-Library Catalog using a lightweight content management system.

1. These articles are available via the CILIP subscription to Proquest Library Science.

Technology and the librarian skillset – from the journals

A few publications [1] have recently tackled the hot topic of the changing librarian skillset (and you can see our previous discussion on this subject here).

In Computers in Libraries , Loretta Gharst argues that rather than usurping the role of the librarian, technology “exponentially increased the librarian’s ability to provide library services” including technical, circulation and reference services.

Meanwhile in Online, Walt Crawford looks at the pressure on library and information professionals to keep up with all manner of gadget and new technology (the TechMusts!) and whether this is sustainable or even necessary. TechNos and TechMusts discusses the proliferation of blog posts providing extensive computing competencies lists and challenges this approach.

The latest issue of Library Management (a special issue from the ALSR 2010 conference) has various articles exploring the shift in the role of the academic librarian. Unfortunately this is not currently available online due to a 1 year embargo but you can view the presentations from the conference held at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

1. These are available via the CILIP subscription to Proquest Library Science.

Multimedia Information & Technology vol 36 no 4 is now available

MmIT journal Nov 2010

Our special focus is on academic libraries with features on bringing history to life through eBooks; archaeological resource online; MMIT Group’s seminar on social networking; libraries and the virtual learning environment (VLE); Moodle open source VLE.

The general features explore Web 2.0 and local studies; Museum of London’s new online finance resources; interactive photo albums at the Museum of Wales; and blogging in public libraries.

Kate Lomax’s ‘Best of the Blog’ focuses on open source LMS, Twitter archives and start pages.

Our reviews and news sections include digital camera tips; metadata; virtual libraries; and BFI news.

Comments or contributions are welcomed. Please contact the Managing Editor, Catherine Dhanjal with article or news suggestions, or images of multimedia in use.

The journal is available to members from the CILIP MMIT group website.

If you have any problems logging-in, please contact Catherine. catherine.dhanjal@theansweruk.com Tel: +44 (0)1883 650434

Multimedia Information and Techology: journal news 12 May 2010

Multimedia Information and Techology: journal news 12 May 2010
– EU seeks administrators in field of librarianship/information science

– Netherlands Literary and Documentation Museum in The Hague installs interactive video screens

– Access PalgraveMacmillan for free in May

– Books for isolated communities in Africa

– CIPFA figures say childrens fiction is major growth area for UK libraries

– Anthony Beal wins CSG Information Literacy Award

– EU seeks administrators in field of librarianship/information science

– Netherlands Literary and Documentation Museum in The Hague installs interactive video screens

– Access PalgraveMacmillan for free in May

– Books for isolated communities in Africa

– CIPFA figures say childrens fiction is major growth area for UK libraries

– Anthony Beal wins CSG Information Literacy Award

1.EU seeks administrators in field of librarianship/information science

The European Personnel Selection Office of the EU has announced a recruitment competition for administrators in the field of librarianship/information science. Further details can be found in the relevant number of the Official Journal here:

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/JOHtml.do?uri=OJ:C:2010:110A:SOM:EN:HTML

2. Netherlands Literary and Documentation Museum in The Hague uses interactive video screens

A major refurbishment of the Letterkundig Museum, the Netherlands Literary and Documentation Museum in The Hague includes a total of 115 BrightSign units: 100 of them for LCD panels in the “Pantheon” gallery of writers, eight driving short-throw DLP projectors and seven for individual kiosk-style installations.

http://www.vhs-bv.nl

3. Access Palgrave Macmillan for free in May

Free online access to Palgrave Macmillan’s complete journals portfolio throughout May 2010.

Scholarly journals across the core disciplines of the humanities, the social sciences and business and management. Journals include:

• Journal of the Operational Research Society http://www.palgrave-journals.com/jors/

• Journal of International Business Studies http://www.palgrave-journals.com/jibs/

• IMF Staff Papers http://www.palgrave-journals.com/imfsp/

• Feminist Review http://www.palgrave-journals.com/fr/

This offer also provides access to the first issue of BioSocieties (http://www.palgrave-journals.com/biosoc/) published by Palgrave Macmillan and content from postmedieval (http://www.palgrave-journals.com/pmed/), launched by Palgrave Macmillan in 2010.

To set up the trial, visit: http://www.nature.com/libraries/site_licenses/free_trials.html

4. Books for isolated communities in Africa

Ian Stringer, a past chair of IFLA’s Mobile Section who was recently made an Honorary Fellow of CILIP for his services to mobile libraries at home and abroad, will be sharing his experience of the IFLA funded Caterpillar Project in South Africa, Burkino Faso and Ghana.

Caterpillar Book boxes have been designed to transport books to isolated communities in Africa, often providing communities with the only means of accessing books. Ian will speak about the pain and anguish, pleasure and joy in getting books to 200,000 readers in remote African areas.

9th June, 18.00 – 19.45, CILIP HQ. Book through: a.m.tyler@btinternet.com

5. CIPFA figures say childrens fiction is major growth area for UK libraries

The number of children’s fiction books lent has risen significantly in the latest UK library survey issued by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

The number of children’s fiction books lent rose by 6.1%, while new child fiction acquisitions increased by 8.8%. Children’s non-fiction lending rose by a smaller 0.7% with non-fiction acquisitions up by 3.3% in figures relating to 2008-09.

Meanwhile adult fiction lending fell by 0.1% and non-fiction by 1.8%, while adult fiction acquisitions fell by 3.4% and non-fiction by 4.3%.

The pattern of library usage continues to change, with the number of web visits to UK libraries increasing by 49% over the previous year, up from 76,192,000 to 113,489,000. Physical visits to libraries have decreased by 4.3% since 2004, down to 324,991,000 from 339,708,000.

See more at: http://www.cipfa.org.uk/press/press_show.cfm?news_id=60897

6.Anthony Beal wins CSG Information Literacy Award

Anthony Beal of West Cheshire College has won the CSG Information Literacy Award for the most inventive initiative in the sphere of information literacy. For full details, visit: http://www.lilacconference.com/dw/awards/index.html