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Aaron Tay
Library Analytics Manager, Singapore Management University.
Library Analytics Manager, Singapore Management University.
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5 services to help researchers find free full text instantly & a quick assessment of effectiveness
As open access takes hold, the ability to quickly find free versions of articles becomes more and more useful and important. So what are the best ways to do so? The scenario I address this time is this, you land on a journal article with a paywall. You don'...

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OpenRefine, & reconciliation services - learning the ropes
I've come to believe that learning how to search for and manipulate data will become the next "must-have" skill sets for academic librarians. As such, I've been trying to learn myself. One of the obvious tools to gain competency in is OpenRefine (formerly G...

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Librarian & fake news - Bayes, metaknowledge & epistemic humility
The recent rise in interest in fake news has given us librarians a reason to once again trumpet loudly the value of what we do in teaching information or media literacy. Librarians were quick to establish our turf by calling out articles that mention inform...

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4 different ways of measuring library eresource usage
How does one measure library eresources usage? This is a question I've bumped into numerous times recently in the course of my work whether it be trying to do correlation studies between student success and electronic usage , choosing the right metric for t...

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The open access aggregators challenge — how well do they identify free full text?
Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE) created by Bielefeld University Library in Bielefeld, Germany is probably one of the largest and most advanced aggregator of open access articles ( hitting over 100 million records ), others on roughly the same level ...

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Library Discovery and the Open Access challenge - Take 2
Earlier this year, over at medium , I blogged about the Library Discovery and the Open Access challenge  and asked librarians to consider how library discovery should react to the increasing pool of free material due to the inevitable rise of open access. A...

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Aggregating institutional repositories - A rethink
In recently months, I've become  increasingly concerned about the competition faced by individual siloed institutional repository versus bigger more centralised repositories like subject repositories and commercial competitors like ResearchGate . In a way t...

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5 reasons why library analytics is on the rise
Since I've joined my new institution more than a year ago, I've focused a lot on this thing called "library analytics". It's a new emerging field and books like " Library Analytics and Metrics, using data to drive decisions and services " , following by oth...

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Learning about proposed changes in copyright law - text data mining exceptions
Recently, a researcher I was talking to remarked to me that University staff can be jumpy around copyright questions and some would immediately duck for cover the moment they heard the word "copyright". I'm not that bad, but as a academic librarian my knowl...
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