Christina's LIS Rant

Archives for January, 2010

There’s a lot of discussion about women in STEM and business and the barriers they face (justifiably so!), but what about men in the “female professions”? Do they face the same glass ceiling? It turns out that there’s a classic paper on this that coined the term, “glass escalator.” It is somewhat classic, so I…

What if we lost them as students?

I’ve only been a college student and grad student at one institution and I have to confess, the library treats students as second class citizens. Particularly technical services. When I mentioned in a sociology class that I am a librarian, a whole bunch of grad students piled on with complaints about interlibrary loan. One guy…

Librarians & Scientists: YMMV

Dorothea Salo reports that the scientists she spoke with at Science Online 2010 did not get why she was there or even why librarians would be interested in science communication. For some reason, I didn’t get that so much, if at all, this year at this venue. Not that I haven’t gotten that in the…

Dr Free-ride, Sheril Kirshenbaum, and Isis the Scientist SK – definition of civility at your site – if you want children to feel welcome, for example. You have to set the tone. Some topics seem more important to be civil about. F-r – politeness or is it being a decent human – in philosophical circles…

Led by Maria Droujkova and Blake Stacey. We started with a pretty basic discussion of how to show math on the web. I use the math sandbox on mediawiki and use a png. B recommends replacemath.js http://mathcache.appspot.com/static/docs.html – it also provides an alt tag that has the LaTeX in it. Sitmo – LaTeX equation editor…

scio10: Geosciences 2.0+

Jacqueline Floyd and Chris Rowan JF studied spreading centers off of Galapagos. When she did her PhD hard to get data – but she did ask for and get some, wrote a paper that ended up on the front page of Science. Now, data is widely available, but there’s almost too much, so more effort…

scio10: Protocols: Gov’t 2.0

Anil Dash (first employee at SixApart (movabletype), long time blogger). Milestone – there’s a blog on the White House website. Made statement that federal gov’t interest and use of new media – most interesting startup 2009. So then he set out to make it true. Gov’t picks experts, brings them in, listens to them for…

This is a session by Stephanie Willen Brown and Dorothea Salo . They started with a bunch of questions. About half the room was librarians, of the others split between affiliated with an institution and not. Where do you go for full text? Google, Google Scholar. Does that work? Sometimes – if not quick if…

scio10: Science in the Cloud

John Hogenesch, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology – Penn School of Med gene-at-a-time is giving way to genome wide – larger datasets, collaborative research last year more added to genebank than all previous years combined (wow!) – exceeds Moore’s law. Academia responds by buying storage and clusters – but you need great IT staff – and…

scio10: podcasting in science

part deux (actually this is the regular conference session) This is the session on Saturday morning at 9. Moderated by Deepak Singh (coast to coast bio) and Kiki Sanford. What is podcasting? audio or video plus subscription plus portability. Some of the podcasters have gone away from calling things podcasts – they call them “shows”.…