Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Just Imagine

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Just Imagine

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It doesn't take a monumental leap to innovate-it just takes a little thinking outside the box. It just takes a little getting out of the day-to-day routine and rising above the workload to see the potential, as the authors in this month's issue so clearly demonstrate.

For Robert Waldstein, the challenge was to digitize his organization's publications archive. The optical character recognition (OCR) was a mess, until he wrote a little bit of code to improve it. That's innovation. And he'll share the code with you for free-that's innovative too.

For many scientists, their claim to fame has rested on how many times their works were formally cited by others. But in a rapidly changing world, that takes too long. In this issue, Marc Vinyard assesses whether altmetrics-innovative alternative forms of assessing research impact-are just as effective.

And talk about innovation: This issue puts the spotlight on Texas A&M University-Commerce Libraries' new virtual reality learning lab, where students can tinker with everything from gasoline engines to human brains, without getting their hands dirty. …

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