Christina's LIS Rant

Archives for October, 2009

I’m a librarian dammit

My primary professional society, SLA, has been going through this big “align in 2009″ business. They’ve decided we need a new name because CEOs of corporations don’t understand what librarians do. So here it is: Association for Strategic Knowledge Professionalswhich will go by ASKpro rrrrright. So now people know exactly what we do. Oh I…

This was in an earlier EOS (pdf, not available online for institutional subscribers so I found this by flipping through the print!) – number 32 of this year from 11 August. They’re trying what Nature tried and dropped and what EGU has been fairly successful with in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics – although neither gathered/s…

Is it possible or even desirable to have one search interface that serves every need? I have about 10 minutes to write this placeholder of a post. Hopefully, I’ll get the opportunity to revisit this topic near and dear to my heart later. I’ve often railed against naive librarians and administrators who insist we need…

Quick takes

While I’m trying to get back on my blogging feet, here are some quick takes on things happening in library land: The kerfuffle about the institutional subscription price of Scientific American continues. For those of you joining the discussion late, Nature Publishing Group is now integrating it into the Nature journals web site, offering a…

OT: Still very frustrated

I still am not online on my own computer at home so I’m not able to add posts as I’d like. Please bear with me!

OT: Can’t win for losing

So my faithful little laptop has now died. It’s 4 years old and hasn’t really been treated all that gently. (my father-in-law just poured his drink in it a couple of weeks ago). I’m faced with the choice of buying new or repairing. It was purchased through the University of Maryland’s student program with 4…

As I’ve mentioned, science libraries are very much in financial trouble just as their parent institutions and other organizations are right now. There have been many calls for publishers to hold the line on price increases and some have done so. Some, like SPIE, have decreased prices -yay them! Others, like a chemistry database that…

No, not mis-giving. In fact, there will be no misgivings if you give to any of the projects I’ve selected or any of the other projects on Donor’s Choose. A little background. DonorsChoose.org is a way that you can safely give a little or a lot of money to help teachers in the classroom. The…

Whoa, sorry for the time off!

Update2 (10/2/2009): and I’m back, and typing in the right box this time. yay! posts to come this weekend.