The Robertson Library at the University of Prince Edward Island recently embarked on a comprehensive development program for the stewardship of information resources in the three primary academic “landscapes”: administration, learning and research. This session presents UPEI’s experience developing a collaborative research environment using the open source Drupal and Fedora systems as the two primary components, including technical details of how the two systems were integrated. A comparison of our “Repository Redux” approach with more traditional models for institutional repositories, which have not always met with the anticipated success, will be discussed. The session will also touch on aspects of capacity building and staff development at a small academic institution which are enabled by the use of open source applications.
About Mark Leggott:
Mark Leggott is University Librarian at the University of Prince Edward Island and is actively engaged in the development of a number of initiatives designed to transform services provided by academic libraries. He is an avid supporter of open source software, having created an open source project and participated in a number of others. He has been a developer and courseware designer and has taught at a number of universities, including the development of a number of online courses. Mark is also an avid blogger – http://loomware.typepad.com/

RefWorks has released its latest update. Full information is found here . Some of the new features include:

1. Write-N-Cite III for Windows with Offline Capabilities (Beta) (coming in mid-February 2008)

Windows users can now write and format a paper completely offline with this new version of Write-N-Cite. More information can be found here

2. Improved APA Bibliography Formatting

RefWorks is the first to automatically detect whether a reference has a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) or other electronic information and print the appropriate information in your bibliography when an APA output style is selected – meeting the new APA guidelines.

3. Automated Marking of Duplicate References for Deletion

When using the Exact Match or Close Match duplicate detection features, RefWorks now pre-selects (marks) for deletion the newest duplicate reference.

4. Deleted References Folder

References deleted from your account are now automatically stored for 30 days in the Deleted References folder. This folder is accessible by selecting Folders, View, Deleted References from the toolbar.

For all the information, be sure to read the full release notes for January 2008.

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