Citation Management Software Survey

Do you use software to manage your citations for research papers? Like RefWorks, Zotero, Mendeley, EndNote? 

We want to hear from you! Fill out our Citation Management Software survey for a chance to win a $25 giftcard to UBC Bookstore. 

Take the survey now.

UBC Library offers instruction and online tutorials for using citation management software. The survey results will help us determine which software is being used, and how the Library can best offer support and instruction. 

Survey closes May 25. For further information or posters, contact Library Communications.

The B.C. government says it will scrap an $89-million software program to track elementary- and high-school students’ attendance and marks after a consultant’s report concluded the software needs to be replaced.The province says schools will have to use the program until a new system is brought in, by about 2014.

Introduced more than six years ago, the B.C. Student Information System, better known as BCeSIS, has faced a host of complaints, including that it was expensive for cash-strapped school districts and unreliable. Last year, the system had a provincewide crash in the first week of school.

A $250,000 review of the system by Gartner Inc. said that BCeSIS is not meeting the needs of the province and schools. The review concluded the system was not generally user-friendly, didn’t provide satisfactory reports and data analysis, and would be more difficult to service and upgrade as it got older. The software was created specifically for the province, but the consultant has suggested B.C. now buy existing software. Vancouver school board chairwoman Patti Bacchus said she would like to see a new system in place sooner than 2014.

Click here to read the entire Vancouver Sun article.

We in Library Systems are just as excited as anyone else by the possibilities of the new Apple iPad and how it might be used in the Library by users and staff. Naming issues aside, it’s a nifty new interface. But is isn’t the only one. We are working to provide a method for receiving and evaluating requests for new technology (hardware or software) so that we can make informed decisions about the costs, support, maintenance, usability, and, ultimately, the success of anything new. We’d love to hear your ideas or comments.

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