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Users of the ERIC database may have noticed that recently the PDFs for full text of theĀ ERIC Documents (those with ED numbers) have disappeared. Uploading the full text has been halted due to author permissions concerns by making these available online. From the ERIC site:

“We are seeking to restore access to documents as soon as possible. In order to restore access to ERIC, we have to check every document to see if it contains personally identifiable information. Due to the quality of many of the documents, a large portion of the search has to be done by hand. This is a large undertaking and we are in the process of hiring a team to help restore access in a fast and responsive manner. We hope to get this team in place by late September and releasing large numbers of ERIC documents by the end of October. We will continue to release documents after that point on a rolling basis.

To minimize the burden on our users, we will prioritize searching the documents that users request. If you would like to request a PDF to be returned online, please email ERICRequests@ed.gov with the record number (such as ED263102). Documents will be returned on a rolling basis and may take several weeks, but we are working as fast as possible.”

More information is available on this government webpage: http://www.eric.ed.gov/pdf_availability.html

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From Ambient Insight comes a report from a study they conducted about the growth of the electronic learning market. Will their predictions come true – and why – what are the implications for WSC – for academic libraries? Read this article by David Nagel from Campus Technology and see what college courses may look like within the next five years.

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