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4S Day Two

Today was a little better. To be honest, it’s probably just that I was a bit more tolerant after I slept in a couple of hours before showing up in the middle of the second session. I started out in: Scientific Practices in Research and in Learning: Cyberinfrastructure Meets Cyberlearning chaired by Christine Borgman from…

4S Day One

It’s always strange to go to a conference outside of your own primary research area. This conference had a lot of historians and philosophers as well as social scientists in every other category including media studies and information science. I was in a couple sessions in which the presenter read from a marked up paper,…

I hope to be blogging this meeting over the course of the next few days. Last STS meeting I attended computer note-taking was completely frowned upon but hopefully this one will be more modern. I’ll be talking tomorrow in session 070. Scientific Communication, (4:00 to 6:00 pm, but I’m guessing my 20 minutes will be…

(I’m posting things from my old blog while I’m on a much-needed vacation) This originally appeared December 21, 2007 Implications of newer models of popularization of science for science library collection development* When we look at science communication – communication about science or by scientists – we normally divide that into communication among scientists (scholarly…

(I’m posting some classics from my old blog while I’m on a much needed vacation) This originally appeared February 26, 2006 The reference interview in a scientific research setting: question pairs establish intellectual identity (This is thinking out loud stuff not approved scientific paper stuff ) In library school, we’re told that we don’t need…

(while I’m on a much-needed vacation, I’m re-posting some things from my old blog) This appeared January 5, 2007. On Weeding… Weeding, variously called “pruning”, de-selection, de-accessioning, collection management, is a vital part of maintaining a healthy, vibrant, welcoming library collection. It is the careful, thoughtful removal of items from the collection. Reasons for weeding…

I think sometimes the widget on the left side doesn’t work. Here’s the direct link to support one of the projects I’ve picked. I think these are some great things that will help students in my state, but if you don’t see anything here that floats your boat, please pick a project on one of…

A couple colleagues (Joe and Sara) wondered if support for the new name is divided between corporate and academic members. Actually, I’ve heard from folks from research labs (gov’t, private, and corporate) really who really hate the name, too. My take: it’s business researchers vs. science researchers. I think there are more fingers in the…

Defining blogs and blogging

Here are some ways to define the format/genre/communication channel… etc. I usually go back to Mortensen, Torill and Walker, Jill. (2002). Blogging thoughts: Personal publication as an online research tool. In A. Morrison ed. (Ed.), Researching ICTs in context (1 ed.) (pp. 249). Oslo, Norway: InterMedia University of Oslo, Norway. pdf online. That’s where I…

Cross-language information retrieval is an important research area with lots of activity. There are all kinds of elaborate algorithms and ways of doing it. There’s a lot of domain specificity and connotation kind of things that have been really improved in the past decade. Most people searching won’t really have the support of the fancy…