C&RL News – December 2008

C&RL News - December 2008The December 2008 issue of C&RL News is now available online and in the mail. The current era of electronic publishing impacts academic and research libraries in a myriad of ways. Scholarly research has moved from searching multiple volumes of paper indexes and dusty bound periodicals to aggregated online databases and full-text article access. Keeping faculty and students up to date on journal literature has also moved from print title lists and reading rooms to the online world. Derik A. Badman and Lianne Hartman describe how Temple University and Gwynedd-Mercy College are using new technologies, such as RSS and Yahoo! Pipes, as tools in “Developing current awareness services.”

Negotiating licensing agreements to provide access to electronic resources can be a daunting task. In this month’s Scholarly Communication column, “Breaking the bottleneck,” Clinton K. Chamberlain provides an overview of SERU, a new initiative to streamline the licensing process for both librarians and publishers. Of course the old ways of researching can still have value as an instructional tool, as Mary Murray and John Mumford describe in their article “Periodical indexes on the edge of time.”

Make sure to take a look at all of the other great articles and columns, including ideas for “greening” your library, Internet Resources on “African American cultural collections and museums,” and ways to extend your natural and cultural experience during your visit to the ACRL 14th National Conference in Seattle. Thanks for reading the News!


Developing current awareness services – Derik A. Badman and Lianne Hartman
Periodical indexes on the edge of time – Mary Murray and John Mumford
ACRL Midwinter meetings in Denver (Conference Circuit)
Extend your experience (ACRL National Conference) – Andrea Kueter, Jane Carlin, Lori Ricigliano, Donna Bachmann, and Peggy Firman
It’s not easy being green (The Way I See It) – Megan Coder
African American cultural collections and museums (Internet Resources) – Karla Y. Davis
Breaking the bottleneck (Scholarly Communication) – Clinton K. Chamberlain


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