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Christina's LIS Rant
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
  SLA2007: CS Roundtable
Computer Science Roundtable
Database
- duplication (no real worries here)
- tech problems (seems to only be safari for mac)

Serials issues
- marc records for LNCS?
- open access (through DOAJ to find), orphans from DOAJ
- mixed feelings about DOAJ (are they good journals)
- maybe not a lot of foreign language
- backlog of cataloging
- using the SFX a-z list, poor quality of subject categories, weird results in some categories
- using OSU web search to find databases

(libx.org – the Virginia Tech library toolbar has a right click to reload through proxy, I’m supposed to e-mail this to the list).

ACM
Beta.acm.org (sometime in August a new release, with a new interface, and implementing Endeca)
Guide to computing literature – doesn’t link out

eBooks
- with consortial deal, could we add on some things for individual sites?
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update: my battery died at this point in the notes so I have some hand written notes

Safari
- problems with MARC records
- for those with 3 year rolling access, delete old records and load fresh set
- with 3 year rolling, can lose access to course reserves mid semester
- ProQuest cataloging is now used, so higher quality records
- Videos will eventually be available as an add-on, but they're not ready (server wise) to support academic customers yet.

Books 24x7
- 15 minute timeout (globally)
- RSS feed for corporate edition in upper right hand corner

Print?
- many buy some print for high use titles in these services
- IDA is the only library present that makes an effort to maintain an archive of older IT books.

Getting IT dept to kick in?
- very difficult, for one library, they did at first, then dropped out so the library had to disappoint some customers and drop the subscription because they couldn't do it alone
- one librarian was very concerned about spending this much money on the non-scholarly literature. (I totally disagree in the case of these books, but anyway)

Should CS be in SciTech or PAM (or engineering or ...?)
- noone had any strong opinions at this meeting
- Parker will do a survey and report back for next year.

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This is my blog on library and information science. I'm into Sci/Tech libraries, special libraries, personal information management, sci/tech scholarly comms.... My name is Christina Pikas and I'm a librarian in a physics, astronomy, math, computer science, and engineering library. I'm also a doctoral student at Maryland. Any opinions expressed here are strictly my own and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer or CLIS. You may reach me via e-mail at cpikas {at} gmail {dot} com.

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