Old Book Covers and their Stories: The medieval parchments on two Tycho Brahe First-Editions

By Jakob Povl Holck og Steffen Hope

The authors of the article analyze two medieval manuscript fragments, attached to the binding of Tycho Brahe’s Epistolarum astronomicarum libri (1596, Rara L 31, University Library of Southern Denmark) and De nova stella (1573, J.1, Karen Brahes Bibliotek, Roskilde Kloster/Roskilde Bibliotekerne) respectively. [In danish] … Continue reading Continue reading

Dishonesty will enhance your academic career

By Charlotte Wien and Kjeld Møller Pedersen

A counting-weighing regime has been established at the universities. It almost encourages ethically questionable optimization strategies for researchers, it undermines the integrity of research, and it is taking place increasingly. We hope that this heralds a much needed paradigm shift in academia. A shift where the overly simplified quantitative methods used for calculating the quantity and quality of research which has gained more and more momentum in the academic world over the last 15-20 years are abandoned. Because it remains a fact that the value of a researcher cannot be measured solely on the number of publications and citations. [In danish] … Continue reading Continue reading

Fragmented publishing: a large-scale study of health science

By Mette Brandt Eriksen, Tove Faber Frandsen, David Mortan Grøne Hammer & Janne Buck Christensen

The study, Fragmented publishing: a large-scale study of health science aimed at investigating, if there is a tendency of an increased number of publications per study in a large dataset from health science over time. The prevalence of fragmented publishing, where authors expand the number of publications by e.g. salami slicing, is a known phenomenon. Splitting data or results into several publications is in general considered a questionable research practice. … Continue reading Continue reading

Literature search as a part of evidence based practice: Covering competencies, behavior and needs among nurses from Odense University Hospital

By Berit Elisabeth Alving, Anne Lee, Mette Bøg Horup & Lars Thrysøe

In 2017-2018, a questionnaire survey was conducted among nurses employed at Odense University Hospital (OUH) with the aim of identifying information search competencies, behavior and needs, to qualify future services from the University Library of Southern Denmark. One third of more than 4,000 nurses employed at OUH were included in the study, which is considered representative of nurses employed at OUH. [In Danish] … Continue reading Continue reading

Making Tycho Brahe’s Sky Accessible to Future Astronomers

By Bertil F. Dorch, Jakob Povl Holck, Kaare Lund Rasmussen & Majken Brahe Ellegaard Christensen

Can we make a copy of Tycho’s “De Nova Stella” that can in fact survive a nova? At first, this may seem at best a nerdish, if not distinctly foolish question. However, it is also both a technological and a philosophical question: in fact, answering questions like this is linked to both technical, physical and sociological problems related to the long-term preservation and curation of objects from current and past civilizations. … Continue reading Continue reading

Digitizing musical cultural heritage in SDUB Special Collections

By Anne Helle Jespersen

The Special Collections at SDUB are unique with regard to music. This paper, presented at the 2018 IAML Congress (The International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres), will present aspects of digitization of music as cultural heritage i.e. unique jazz artefacts and photographs in The Jazz Collections and original music manuscripts written during the 100 years period 1560-1660 and contained in The Herlufholm Collections. … Continue reading Continue reading

New technologies and the Herlufsholm Special Collection

By Jakob Povl Holck

Is it possible to apply modern optical quality control technologies from the food industry to the advanced analysis of text fragments in old book covers? This was recently put to the test as the Danish company Newtec Engineering in Odense volunteered to help the University Library of Southern Denmark with advanced hyper and multispectral imagery – an endeavor that should lead to the reading and identification of “rare bites” of 16th century prints. As a rule, fragments of all sorts of materials, including medieval manuscript pieces, were used by the bookbinders of the time to reinforce book covers. [In Danish] … Continue reading Continue reading

Value for Money

By Else Marie Hansen & Thomas Kaarsted

Two general tendencies both point to a positive connection between grades, library use and students’ finishing their study. First: the students doing their Master’s degree who get high grades (10 or 12) tend to use printed and electronic materials to a greater extent than those who get lower grades. This tendency fits in with an international pattern. Secondly: there are clear differences in the use of library materials between the five faculties. Master’s students from the Humanities use the printed materials at the Library to the greatest extent. Master’s students from the Faculty of Health are those who use the electronic resources most. If we look more closely at the Faculty of Health, the survey shows that the Master’s students who got the highest possible mark (12) used the printed materials at the Library least of all students. [In danish] … Continue reading Continue reading

A New Trend in Media and Library Collaboration within Citizen Science? The Case of ‘A Healthier Funen’

By Thomas Kaarsted

Beginning in 2017 three major institutions on the island of Funen, Denmark, collaborated on a Citizen Science project: “A Healthier Funen” (AHF). The partners were a university, a university hospital and a regional broadcaster. The project invokes citizens to vote for the allocation of research funding. In the case study presented here, we analyze the Citizen Science aspects of AHF and the roles of libraries as collaborators, we examine the results and the reach of the project, and we argue that this strand of Citizen Science could be a possible new trend for Library, Faculty and media collaboration. … Continue reading Continue reading

The PICO model as search strategy tool

By Mette Brandt Eriksen & Tove Faber Fransen

The systematic review The impact of patient, intervention, comparison, outcome (PICO) as a search strategy tool on literature search quality: a systematic review aimed to determine, if the widely used conceptualizing model, PICO (patient, intervention, comparison, outcome) affects the quality of a literature search, when used as a search strategy tool. The PICO model is often used to structure research questions that forms the basis for e.g. systematic reviews and in addition as a tool to develop search strategies. There are, however, no studies that have investigated, if the PICO model improves the quality of literature searches. … Continue reading Continue reading