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access (in the first and second life) May 24, 2007

Posted by john wright in Uncategorized.

I’m pleased to be able to relate that my hand is healing well.

Nothing ever stands still in the world of research information – this week details of the UK Research Reserve (UKRR) Project were announced. The purpose of this project is to protect and enable access to low-use printed research journals. These kind of journals (often in niche areas and by small publishers) are at risk of disposal as space and cost pressures in HE libraries increase. The British Library will store and maintain printed copies of the identified journal titles, and provide quick and easy access to the material for researchers regardless of location. Researchers will have the choice of accessing journals in printed or electronic format.

There’s a lot of discussion at the moment about Second Life. It’s somewhere I haven’t yet had the pleasure of visiting (it’s on my ‘to do’ list), but apparently there are a lot of librarians hanging around on Infoisland, which has just celebrated it’s first anniversary. I’m not sure yet if there’s a bridge over to Infoisland or if you have to travel over by boat – either way surely there’s an issue of access? In the Second Life (as in the first) prime real estate in desirable areas would seem to be beyond the average library budget.

Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing. Werner von Braun



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