Christina's LIS Rant

Archives for June, 2009

If you’ve read my blog at all, you probably know I’m a Taylor (1962, 1968) groupie. In fact, in a recent post I talked about going from a visceral need to a compromised need.  This is a central idea in library science. So when I saw this article in my feeds today, I had to pounce on…

I have great post titles and topics in my head, but much less time to blog! (quick review: I work 40-50 hours/week, sometimes work 4 hours on Sunday afternoons, am a doctoral student preparing for comprehensive exams in mid-July, am married with a house, a old cat (in kidney failure – which creates clean up…

This is the first in a series discussing things that librarians do.  Stephanie Willen Brown pointed me to this hilarious video from UT Arlington. Actually, the other librarian’s reference interview isn’t the model of perfection, either, but we’ll talk about that. The purpose of a reference interview is for the librarian to understand the patron’s…

Welcome, Walt!

I’m so pleased that Walt Crawford has joined us as SciBlings! I’ve read Cites & Insights (sometimes people tease him by calling it Sites & Incites, but I don’t recommend you try that) and his old blog for years as well as a few of his books. I’m a real fan. Yay us!

test entry – please ignore

(I can’t find anything wrong on the back end for previous post so let’s see if this one is broken, too) update 1.2.3 3.2.1 test complete. error fixed, or so i believe.

SLA 2009 Preview

SLA is the Special Libraries Association – it’s really my home professional organization.  I often go to basically 3 conferences in my profession: SLA, ASIS&T, and Computers In Libraries.  You come back from SLA and you want to buy something. You come back from ASIS&T and you want to study something or just think about…

This post serves a few purposes.  First, Bill Hooker questioned Crotty’s assertion about the importance of patents to university researchers [*]. Bill also posted a nice summary of AUTM’s statistics (later in DrugMonkey’s comment stream there were other discussions of biotech spinoffs).  There are certainly some patents that could make you obscenely wealthy, but these…

From via Caveat Lector. Position Statement From University Press Directors on Free Access to Scholarly Journal Articles: 1. The undersigned university press directors support the dissemination of scholarly research as broadly as possible. 2. We support the free access to scientific, technical, and medical journal articles no later than 12 months after publication. We understand…

This is the 5th of the test essays in preparation for comps.  This question was posed by my advisor.  I opened it and went, “wow.” It’s sort of like the perfect storm of question.  When I first finished it, I thought I did really well, but now it seems less than completely satisfying.  So here’s…

Please check out and comment on John’s post on Looking for Ideas for the Information Science Channel. So far: Information policy including open access, intellectual property, and gov’t openness Information visualization Information architecture Publisher/publishing funding models: subscriptions, page charges, article charges Information search strategies Citations – importance of (for attribution? as a proxy for “quality”?…