Academic Earth: Online Video Lectures

Thousands Of Video Lectures From The World’s Top Scholars

Academic Earth (http://academicearth.org/) is an organization founded with the goal of giving everyone on earth access to a world-class education.

As more and more high quality educational content becomes available online for free, we ask ourselves, what are the real barriers to achieving a world class education? At Academic Earth, we are working to identify these barriers and find innovative ways to use technology to increase the ease of learning.

We are building a user-friendly educational ecosystem that will give internet users around the world the ability to easily find, interact with, and learn from full video courses and lectures from the world’s leading scholars. Our goal is to bring the best content together in one place and create an environment that in which that content is remarkably easy to use and in which user contributions make existing content increasingly valuable.

We invite those who share our passion to explore our website, participate in our online community, and help us continue to find new ways to make learning easier for everyone.

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New update service for journals

Keeping up-to-date with the scholarly literature just became much easier, thanks to a new service called ticTOCs – Journal Tables of Contents Service. http://www.tictocs.ac.uk

ticTOCs is a new scholarly journal tables of contents (TOCs) service. It’s free, its easy to use, and it provides access to the most recent tables of contents of over 11,000 scholarly journals from more than 400 publishers. It helps scholars, researchers, academics and anyone else keep up-to-date with what’s being published in the most recent issues of journals on almost any subject. Using ticTOCs, you can find journals of interest by title, subject or publisher, view the latest TOC, link through to the full text of over 250,000 articles (where institutional or personal subscriptions, or Open Access, allow), and save selected journals to MyTOCs so that you can view future TOCs (free registration is required if you want to permanently save your MyTOCs). ticTOCs also makes it easy to export selected TOC RSS feeds to popular feedreaders such as Google Reader and Bloglines, and in addition you can import article citations into RefWorks (where institutional or personal subscriptions allow). You select TOCs by ticking those of interest – thousands of TOCs, within a tick or two (hence the name ticTOCs). ticTOCs has been funded under the JISC Users & Innovations programme , and has been developed by an international consortium consisting of the University of Liverpool Library (lead), Heriot-Watt University, CrossRef, ProQuest, Emerald, RefWorks, MIMAS, Cranfield University, Institute of Physics, SAGE Publishers, Inderscience Publishers, DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals), Open J-Gate, and Intute. For the full press release, please see: http://tictocsnews.wordpress.com/2008/12/11/scholarly-journals-new-free- service-makes-keeping-up-to-date-easy/

InfoSci Relaunch

We are shortly going to re-launch the College of Science’s library blog (InfoSci). This will be used for library service announcements which we wouldn’t usually send out via mass email, and it will also give access to an FAQ section and information about the Academic Liaison Team for Science. It also allows relevant updates to be stored and tagged by subject on the blog, so that you don’t have to keep them in your inbox and can search for updates . We’ll be showcasing this at the ‘Meet your ALT’ event on Thursday the 5th of February (2-4pm) at Clifton.