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April 17, 2007

Researchers' use of Academic Libraries and their Services

Writing about web page http://www.rin.ac.uk/projects-list

The latest RIN report (April 2006) Researchers’ use of Academic Libraries and their Services deserves careful analysis. It is a survey contrasting the views of academic librarians and researchers on the subject of how academic libraries do actually support research and how researchers interact with academic libraries.

Even though the report highlights, among other things, the challenge of making library materials findable for research, it is a different report from the earlier one (November 2006) Researchers and Discovery Services: behaviour, perception and needs.

The survey provides an average among a mix of institutions with very different profiles and priorities (72% of librarians surveyed work for “pre-1992” institutions and 24% work for “post-1992” institutions). For this reason I would recommend to read the appendix before the report itself.


March 28, 2007

Copac launched its new interface

Writing about web page http://www.copac.ac.uk/

Today Copac launched its new interface . The database itself has been moved on to XML.

XML enables search and display in non-roman scripts, including Cyrillic, Arabic and Chinese. When searching do bear in mind, however, that the database is yet to accrue records in those scripts – the current records still are those in transliteration.

The new Copac interface supports RSS feeds, allowing you to set an alert for any particular search you have made. This is very welcome at a time when the Zetoc RSS feeds are only for the table of contents of a particular journal, but not for a keyword search across all indexed journals.

In addition Copac bibliographic records can now be downloaded/emailed also in these formats: BibTeX, BibTeXML, and XML MODS. There is also a user friendly Search History facility.

Note that the Home button is the “Copac” logo in the signature at the bottom of each page. Needless to say?


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