Christina's LIS Rant

Archives for August, 2009

So often we hear of large studies like the GSS being used for attitudes towards science. We also hear the results of science achievement metrics and are disappointed. This article provides a great mix between generalizable quantitative understanding gained through use of a validated instrument and more individualized understanding gained through qualitative research using a…

DOI! D!O!I! D-O-I! D.O.I.!

I love the DOI. It’s the best thing since sliced bread. Actually, it’s better than sliced bread – I can slice my own bread – but I can’t do what DOIs do so easily. If you’ve been living under a rock for a while, you might not know that a DOI is a document object…

Librarian Basics: Indexes

See: Book of Trogool, The Humble Index. http://scienceblogs.com/bookoftrogool/2009/08/the_humble_index.php Excellent (luckily Dorothea’s and my expertises are almost completely orthogonal ) BTW: any half decent librarian who knows her reference collection can answer a lot of fact-type questions faster with the right books with decent indexes than with the major search engine. Yay, indexers! oops! Broken link…

In case you can’t read this screenshot of an e-mail (source, via), I’ll quote it for you: “Are you on a first name basis with the librarian? If so, chances are, you’re spending too much time at the library. What you need is fast, reliable research you can access right in your office. An all…

On one side, there are some who say the future of scholarly communication in science is databases – or, rather, more or less shared and curated data sets. Some of the folks in this crowd go farther to say that science is a continuous stream and people should be able to comment on and point…

Dr. Free-Ride answers the question about what credentials are needed to become a philosopher. It’s interesting to note, actually, that in library schools – places where one goes to study to become a librarian – folks might have a PhD in just about anything. From education to computer science to anything starting with information (systems/studies/science/technology/management)…

I’ve used a citation managers/ bibliographic managers for years – ever since I came to my current job in which I do in-depth literature searching for scientists and engineers. I report my results as an annotated bibliography with analysis. To do this I need to search a bunch of research databases and compile the results…

Here are some things academic libraries are doing to cope. The primary caveat is that I have less experience in this area (my research lab is affiliated with a university, but we’re different). I have heard a lot about this from my colleagues in my professional association and online. I would be happy to be…

Why Friendfeed’s acquisition by Facebook concerns this user. The title is an imitation of Walt’s Monday, old, and insufficiently paranoid. I love friendfeed. It’s really the porous boundaries between the groups that really does it. You get to know people because things they share/post are “liked” by people you know and trust. I’ve been introduced…

Now that I’m not scared to look at my responses…  This one doesn’t look so bad, so I’m sharing.  Please do keep in mind that this was written in 2 hours, by a tired person, with tired fingers! — Christina K. Pikas Comps Information Retrieval (Minor) July 20, 2009 Question F2: Design an information retrieval…