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Christina's LIS Rant
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
  SLA2008: CS Roundtable
Ebooks as textbooks
- Knovel and CRC books - can be used... one librarian who's been using these has had complaints from students that they can't find anything within the ebooks - need to print the whole thing.
- tried that for a chemistry class and they did not like it - they wanted print - maybe needs to be introduced lower
- maybe ebrary - so you can highlight and make notes?
- maybe if a book to read linearly instead of jumping back and forth
- synthesis lectures as course assignments? (and Springer) allow use in coursepacks - multiple users are allowed whereas systems that only allow a few users don't work for courseworks.

Federated search for ebooks?
OSU is within Ohiolink where they load things locally. -- user limit is a big deal with federated searching.

Lecture Notes in CS - online - how to publicize?
- engineering toolbar within firefox (Ohio University - see his poster session) to get to these.
- I suspect links from google aren't going to LNCS - from my experience
- SpringerLink's horrid search

my question - mushing together books and articles
- not a problem for some - categorizes things
- separate category or quick set
- worldcat local does this and it's a mess (but maybe non-libraries are ok with that)

ACM search engine improvements
- no reps, again!
- have a library advisory board - but haven't called on them for 2 years
- communications of the acm - relaunching - mostly staff steered in the past, but trying to get more to perspectives by experts on research instead of unsolicited manuscripts. less papers on MIS.
- for the author profiles, authors really need to add information to their profiles to make it more useful
- tell them we need to get links out from the acm guide to computing literature (open linking for link resolvers)

Errors in databases
- good experience w/IEEE, Inspec, WoS, ScienceDirect
- bad experience w/acm
- need proper contact for editorial feedback

- problems with Inspec on Ovid and resolver not working right
- international journal of high performance computing - moved to Sage - Sage photoshopped the cover image!!!!!

Parker's study of where to put CS

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Two questions Christina --

"OSU is within Ohiolink where they load things locally. -- user limit is a big deal with federated searching." ... could you clarify this? I understand the part where OSU is part of OhioLINK and we load ebooks locally (using the California Digital Library's XTF software). I'm not sure how (if at all) that relates to the second part about user limits.

Also, I'm finding that librarians looking at e-textbooks are few and far between. Do you remember who at SLA was talking about them? (If you are a librarian looking at e-textbooks, please get in touch with me!)
 
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OSU can easily do a reasonable federated search across various ebooks and research databases. They have been reluctant to add in Safari because it will occupy their few seats... I seem to recall this being a problem for other databases with concurrent seat limitations. I think many federated searches are set to skip those.

I don't know precisely who -- but maybe they read this.
 
Thank you, Christine. The additional about adding Safari Books Online to a metasearch certainly makes sense. And I do hope that others interested in e-textbooks will contact me.
 
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