Tag Archives: scholarly communications

Building an E-Book Collection


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Amanda Jacobs Foust, former Electronic Services Librarian for Marin County Free Library, provides a 50 minute presentation on how to build and develop and e-book collection.

Slides (PDF)

Handout (PDF)


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Peer Review: A Guide


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For folks who are new to a scholarly discipline, a term that you’ll soon learn is “peer review”. Something that is both a bane and blessing to higher education. But first, what is peer review? Or, what does it at least aspire to be? A good answer can be found here.

But where did peer review come from? A good answer can be found here.

Once you’ve begin to publish, the opportunity for you to become a reviewer will arise. So, should you review? If you choose to do so, how? Good advice about how to be a good reviewer can be found here and here.


Access for you, and access for you, and access for you…

On September 5th, 2011, Alexandra Elbakyan, a researcher from Kazakhstan, created Sci-Hub, a website that bypasses journal paywalls, illegally providing access to nearly every scientific paper ever published immediately to anyone who wants it. The website works in two stages, firstly by attempting to download a copy from the LibGen database of pirated content, which opened its doors to academic papers in 2012 and now contains over 48 million scientific papers. The ingenious part of the system is that if LibGen does not already have a copy of the paper, Sci-hub bypasses the journal paywall in real time by using access keys donated by academics lucky enough to study at institutions with an adequate range of subscriptions. This allows Sci-Hub to route the user straight to the paper through publishers such as JSTOR, Springer, Sage, and Elsevier. After delivering the paper to the user within seconds, Sci-Hub donates a copy of the paper to LibGen for good measure, where it will be stored forever, accessible by everyone and anyone. Read the rest.