Christina's LIS Rant

Archives for December, 2009

SUMMARY: With this notice, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) within the Executive Office of the President, requests input from the community regarding enhancing public access to archived publications resulting from research funded by Federal science and technology agencies. This RFI will be active from December 10, 2009 to January 7, 2010. Respondents…

Should we talk about disciplines?

In “common parlance” we throw around chemistry, biology, physics, and all, sort of throwing off the diversity within these disciplines. Gosh, in my comps I answered (or attempted to answer) a question about how useful it was to talk about “scientists” and non-scientists. Going the other way, I’ll frequently discuss “research areas” or “invisible colleges”…

12-month meme for 2009

Getting this from Drugmonkey – the first line from the first post of each month this year. Looks like I should pay attention to having snappy first lines! The first half of the year is all about preparing for my comprehensive exams and the second half of the year is all about recovering from taking…

In a recent post on openness and sharing in chemistry, I briefly touched on proximity to industry. This is actually somewhat nuanced and a few research studies have looked into it. As I mentioned Birnholtz, in his dissertation [1] and subsequent JASIST article [2] describes proximity to industry as both/either being funded by a commercial…

ASME- the American Society of Mechanical Engineers – has a series of journals that are heavily used by mechanical, aerospace, and even civil engineers. Most engineering schools have these all the way back.  So in the past couple of weeks libraries all over the country have realized that, all of a sudden they don’t have…