Thursday, November 17, 2011

Google Scholar Citations Open To All

Google made it open to public will change the new trends in academic profiling systems (institutional or personal). Google Scholar Citations challenges other competitors such as ResearcherID, Mendeley etc. Google Scholar citations uses their own citation metrics and fetches citation data not only from journal articles, conference proceedings from publishers platforms, but also from institutional and digital repositories, with full-text links. Anyone can now track his or her citations via Google Scholar. The free citation service is “a simple way for authors to compute their citation metrics and track them over time,” the company said. Google Scholar has the advantage relative to Web of Science or Scopus, since it is freely available.

This service has been in limited release but now is open to everyone.Try it out. Very easy. Link to Announcement, and how to use

Google Scholar citations also receiving criticism. Read some of them from this link

My sample profile can be seen here

Thursday, October 13, 2011

IFLA Conference in San Juan, (Puerto Rico) USA

I have attended the "World Library and Information Congress and 77th General Conference and Assembly" of International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) at San Juan, Puerti Rico (USA) during 12-18 August 2011. You can read the proceedings and papers from program site.

I have been elected to the Standing committee of IFLA Acquisition Colection Development Section and attended its tw
o important meetings. See a group photo here. I am standing 4th from left, with other members of this committee comes from around the world. (Click on the photo for a better view). I have been involved with IFLA since 2002, when I received IFLA-OCLC fellowship. I was previously a Standing Committee member for IFLA Academic research Libraries Section (2004-2009).

ACD Watch

I will be contributing regular column called "ACD Watch" to the IFLA Acquisition Collection Development Section newsletter. Here is the abstract of that post.

Please read all issues from here
–by J.K. Vijayakumar
1. TERMS: Techniques for electronic resource management
Jill Emery, Collection Development Librarian at Portland State University, and Graham Stone, Information Resources Manager at the University of Huddersfield, through their blog called TERMS: Techniques for ER Management are trying to research around workflow management at the various stages in the life cycle of electronic resources. They will add a new TERM every 2 weeks for interested people to review and comment on each of them. They also encourage any suggestions and tips from your workplace experiences. In this way they hope to crowd source TERMS through open peer commentary with a view to providing a first definitive draft in early 2012. Their plan to keep the TERMS blog live after this date so that TERMS will become a reference point to those who are new to e-resource management and for those who may want to implement its recommendations of best practice.
Source: UKSG Mailing List message sent on 09/14/2011 by Graham Stone from URL:
2. eBook subscription services – are libraries screwed?
Sue Polanka collected several news reports and worrying that, library lending services might be in trouble after the new style of eBooks subscription services, announced by famous Amazon and Macmillan’s new entrant Afictionado etc. Blogger says “I worry about the library perspective because many people who can afford an eBook reader can probably afford a $79 annual subscription for Amazon Prime as well” (and forget libraries!).
3. OCLC and OhioLINK report on book usage patterns in academic libraries
This report is based on a joint study to better understand the usage patterns of books in academic libraries and support further research in these areas. Study incorporated usage data from 2007-2008, was limited to books and manuscripts because these materials typically circulate, and circulation is a significant element in evaluating collections. Our long espoused belief that 80 percent of a library’s circulation is driven by approximately 20 percent of the collection (80/20 rule) is contradicts in this study where it is found that, 80 percent of the circulation is driven by just 6 percent of the collection.
Source: OhioLINK Collection Building Task Force, Julia Gammon and Edward T. O’Neill. 2011. OhioLINK OCLC Collection and Circulation Analysis Project 2011. Dublin, Ohio: OCLC Research. URL:
4. Patron Driven Acquisitions (Demand-Driven Acquisition)
In her blog entry, Amrita Mckinney from Qatar University includes few articles, some blog posts on the subject, and links to vendors (that I know of) providing PDA models.
Source: Qatar Libraries Special Interest Group Blog URL:

5. Academic E-books – The Shifting Landscape
Leslie Lees, the VP of Content Development for ebrary discussed changes that are occurring with e-books and implications for libraries and their users in InfoViews blog, in 5 series of entries. He says “E-books have brought a sea of new challenges to the fore, but there is also an opportunity for libraries, publishers, and the academy to enhance research capabilities and experiences by using data to enrich selection choices, business models and publication strategies for the benefit of all”.
6. Propositions about the future of academic collections
John M. Jackson in his blog, describes the current and future state of collection development as a paradigm shift: from ownership to access, individual use to social use, content management to knowledge management. This 3 part blog entry ends with Ranganathan’s fifth law “library is a growing organism” and like any organism, it adapts to its environment or it risks extinction.
Dr. J. K. Vijayakumar is a member of IFLA Acquisition and Collection Development Standing Committee (2011-15). He is Science and Technology Specialist Librarian at King Abdullah University of Science & Technology in Saudi Arabia.

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Two More conferences

e-Society-2012 will be held in Berlin (Germany) during 10-13 March 2012.

WWW/Internet 2011 will be held in Rio de Janeiro, (Brazil) during 5 - 8 November 2011.