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Archives for May, 2009

Then I have the job for you. If you are a scientist, but you want to get out of the lab, want to have a little more variety in your life, like helping people and finding information, but still want to use your science degree and be part of the scientific enterprise, then you might…

Sunday morning I was all set to do another essay – just had to pick a question source and question – when my mother in law called to say she would be stopping by at about the same time I would be finishing up the 2 hour window, leaving no time for emergency house cleaning…

See what a “test essay” is in the introduction to my previous essay. This is a question another doctoral student was assigned. The question asked for a lot of details, so nothing is covered very thoroughly. I did only minor editing just now, and those edits are marked with []. The question: “A large firm…

SSP09: Wrap up of day two

Seems like I was at the wrong session at the wrong time – I missed Bilder’s comments and others that have traveled widely on twitter. Search for #ssp09. The opening keynote today was by the current head of ARL, the Association of Research Libraries, Dr Charles B. Lowry.  ARL includes123 major research libraries from the…

SSP09: Wrap up of day one

I wasn’t complete sure what to expect with this conference. There were some old acquaintances from the society publishers who spend a lot of time with the Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics Division at the Special Libraries Association (Hi Tony! Hi Terry!). I also spoke with a representative of IMLS, some other librarians, and Victor from Mendeley. Some sessions…

Re-architecting Science: A Vision for STM in the 21st Century by Adam Bly Opening Keynote, May 28, 2009 – this is live blogged, basically notes on what he said… analysis to follow. Where the world is today, where science is, at a high level.. Need to solve problems using a systems approach.  Study of epidemics…

It’s right up the street, there are discounts for librarians, several sessions talk about collaborations between libraries and publishers (we’ll see), and lots of interesting stuff. This page has the program. I probably won’t live blog, but I’ll certainly post some summaries and wrap up information. No doubt I’ll be tweeting, too (@cpikas, #ssp09)

This is the third in a series of test essays I’m doing to prepare for my comprehensive exams.  The questions for these essays come from 3 places: ones I’ve made up based on my readings, ones assigned to previous doctoral students, and ones my advisor makes up based on my readings.  I’m assuming the advisor…

What happens when you cross the streams? Or, norms in online communities, how journal commenting is different, and waving the flag on potential issues when aggregating web comments with journal articles. There have been a couple of interesting discussions on friendfeed recently about commenting on journal sites vs. commenting elsewhere and about commenting anonymously, with…

Here in the United States, it’s Memorial Day. This is a day set aside to remember and be thankful for the sacrifices of the men and women who gave their lives for our country and way of life. So, thank you! And thank you to all of the wounded veterans for your sacrifice. And thank…