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Library Technology Collaborative Applauds Innovators

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Library Technology Collaborative Applauds Innovators

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Earlier this year, IGI Global unveiled a hefty initiative that was designed to promote the collection of electronic resources available to academic librarians. Less than 6 months old, the Library Technology Collaborative is still gaining momentum and getting plenty of attention.

The goal of the collaborative is to provide a networking platform so educators, researchers, students, and library patrons can share and educate colleagues about e-resources from academic libraries worldwide. Discovering and learning about these academic e-resources is especially important to foster the understanding "that the Google Search Engines have not replaced academic libraries' vast technology resources," according to Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, campaign co-chair.

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"This campaign is designed to be utilized as a tool for the betterment of both the academic library and publisher communities, in [an] effort to support global economic growth and enhance innovative thinking," according to the collaborative's mission statement.

And the userbase is continuing to grow, says Katy Peters, assistant director of electronic databases at IGI Global. "Feedback has been wonderful," she says, adding that librarians are asking to join the advisory board to support the library perspective. "The more expert input the better," she says. "We're expanding for a more global approach."

In June, IGI Global announced the winners of the first annual Library Technology Excellence Award, which ties into the Library Technology Collaborative. Chia-Wen Tsai from Ming Chuan University in Taiwan won first place for promoting the use of library technologies in the academic setting, which he outlined in his paper titled "Enhancing Computing Skills of Low-Achieving Students via Online Learning: Web-Based Teaching Methods Involving Problem-Based Learning and Self-Regulated Learning. …

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