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From now till Dec. 15th, you can read over 4500 Palgrave Macmillan ebooks (or try to) via the new ebook platform, Palgrave Connect. Please send feedback here.

Palgrave Connect brings together [a] rich backlist and new titles in eight subject areas [economics & finance, political & international studies, history, literature & performing arts, business & management, social & cultural studies, language & linguistics, religion & philosophy] to offer libraries exceptional range and quality of research in digital format.” -Palgrave Connect website

Nominations are now open for the 2011 UBC Library Innovative Dissemination of Research Award. Established by the Library in 2010, this Award focuses on new and innovative ways of communicating and disseminating knowledge.  The Award honours UBC faculty, staff and students who are expanding the boundaries of research through the creative use of new tools [...]

Please fill out the survey at www.tinyurl.com/Renosurvey

Please fill out the survey at www.tinyurl.com/Renosurvey

Students have always faced distractions and time-wasters. But computers and cellphones, and the constant stream of stimuli they offer, pose a profound new challenge to focusing and learning.

Click here to read the full article.

HC240 .C4845 2010 Dimitris N. Chorafas, The Business of Europe is Politics: Business Opportunity, Economic Nationalism and the Decaying Atlantic Alliance (Farnham: Ashgate Pub., 2010). K380 .C65 2010 (LC) Richard Collier, Men, Law and Gender: Essays on the ‘Man’ of Law (Milton Park: Routledge, 2010). K3585 .K97 2010 (LC) Douglas A. Kysar, Regulating from Nowhere: [...]

Putting Google to the Test in Translation An article posted in the March 9, 2010 issue of the New York Times compares how well Google Translate, Yahoo Babel Fish and Microsoft Bing Translator compare against the skills of a human translator. Google has poured resources into improving its automatic translation service. Some of these systems [...]

Nominations Now Open: The 2011 UBC Library Innovative Dissemination of Research Award

UBC Library is once again seeking nominations for its annual Innovative Dissemination of Research Award. Established in 2010, this award honours those whose creative use of new tools and technologies enhance the ways that research is disseminated.

All UBC faculty, staff and students are eligible. The recipient will be announced at the Celebrate Research Week Gala event in March 2011. Nominations will be accepted from November 15 to December 7, 2010.  All award applicants/nominees are encouraged to deposit their materials in cIRcle, if possible.

You can find out more information on the nomination process and the award program here.

Above excerpt in italics is courtesy of the UBC Library News blog – http://blogs.ubc.ca/librarynews/2010/11/18/2011-innovative-dissemination-of-research-award/

A great new open access resource provides access to all the World Development Reports since 1978.  Users can set up an individual account for bookmarking reports, saving chapters, and making notes, etc.  The press release below provides further information:

“A new online, open access, collection of all World Development Reports since 1978 was launched today by the World Bank. The Complete World Development Report Online, which allows users to easily access and search across these World Bank annual flagship publications, is free and open to the public and may be accessed at

http://wdronline.worldbank.org

For over thirty years, the annual WDR has provided a window on development economics to a broad international readership. The report has served as one of the principal vehicles for encapsulating the World Bank’s knowledge of and policy recommendations on key global development trends. From agriculture and the environment to economic growth and international trade, the WDR has tracked theoretical and empirical findings as well as policies in the field of international development.

The robust search engine of The Complete World Development Report Online optimizes search both across and within all WDRs with the click of a button. In addition, the background papers upon which the most recent reports were drawn are also available.

A free optional individual user account allows users to take advantage of tools such as bookmarking and saving selected chapters or reports, saving searches, and taking notes. A custom eBook feature lets users select chapters from multiple reports for future reference, sharing with colleagues, or creating course packets. The custom eBooks may also be downloaded, printed, or easily shared through social networking sites. In addition, the site features quick links to World Bank open databases, RSS feeds, new content alerts, and COUNTER-compliant usage statistics for librarians. “

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