Christina's LIS Rant


So there I was… merrily blogging along for 5 years… when all of the sudden… the borg needs librarians (and who doesn’t?).

Please allow me to introduce myself. I am a librarian in a university-affiliated research lab. Our lab does mostly physical sciences and engineering. My favorite things to research go BOOM or WHOOSH! I wrote a long post on what librarians do, but what you need to know about me, is that I do in-depth literature searching and I’m embedded in some teams. In-depth means that I might work 40 hours or so on something and the completed product is an annotated bibliography, with analysis, and maybe some visualizations of the scientometric sort.

I’m also a doctoral student at Maryland. I’m done coursework and am prepping for my comprehensive exams. I’m done most of the reading and re-reading, so I’m trying out ideas in the form of essays. You can check some of these out on my old blog and I’ll plan to put some up here. The areas for my exams are: communication and information transfer, science and technology studies, computer mediated communication, information retrieval, and research methods.

A little bit of background – I got my BS in Physics from Maryland – a long time ago. I was then a commissioned officer in the US Navy and served first as the gunnery officer on USS O’BANNON (DD-987) and then as facilities manager at the Navy Historical Center.

Along the way I worked at a dot-com web-hosting company, in reference at a public library where I still sub about one Sunday a month, and as a librarian at an EPA analytical chemistry lab.

I blog about libraries, librarians, finding information, scientific information, how scientists find, select, keep, re-find, use, and share information, and about supporting scientific work. I’m actually into engineering as well, which is quite different, but also very interesting!


  1. #1 John Dupuis
    May 22, 2009

    Yay, Christina! Welcome to ScienceBlogs!

  2. #2 Carol Hutchins
    May 22, 2009

    Looks good. Is the old one closed down?

  3. #3 Christina Pikas
    May 22, 2009

    @Carol – I might post there from time to time, but the vast majority of my posting will be here. I’ll leave comments open on the old one, because some of the posts on “the literature” get noticed long after they were written.

  4. #4 Coturnix
    May 22, 2009

    Welcome to the Family!

  5. #5 PalMD
    May 22, 2009

    Yea!!! Welcome!

  6. #6 Tom
    May 22, 2009

    Congratulations! It’s so cool that ScienceBlogs sees the value of including librarians.

  7. #7 mp3 indir
    May 23, 2009

    It is really great.

  8. #8 DJ
    May 23, 2009

    Welcome! Glad to see a fellow Navy vet getting all successful-like. 🙂

  9. #9 Lab Cat
    May 23, 2009

    Congratulations on your arrival to scienceblogs.

  10. #10 ScienceWoman
    May 28, 2009

    Welcome! And good luck on your exams.

  11. #11 Clay Fink
    May 29, 2009

    Congratulations! This is great.

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