Christina's LIS Rant

Archives for June, 2010

I’m very late in reviewing this book and there are a lot of very detailed reviews, but I thought I could add bit about the recording. I have my own signed copy of the print, but with work and school stuff, I don’t have time for personal reading. I was very happy to notice that…

Nick Carr, quoted by the Readablity folks here, talks about hyperlinks as distractions – part of how the web screws up our brains. I was just browsing (couldn’t possibly read this one from cover to cover) Nentwich (2003) and ran across the section, “Better match of traditional reading habits”. In this portion of the book,…

Yet again someone said to me in a meeting: librarians don’t like web 2.0, they always push back against it. Ok, so this clearly doesn’t describe all of the librarians I hang out with online or any of the ones I work with. My guess is that there are two things that really spawned this.…

New book club, sounds really cool…. but most importantly, the author has an MLS from Simmons!

Academic study?

Another brief observation. I was just reading a popular cooking/recipe magazine and they mentioned that the New York Board of Health did an “academic study” of the new nutrition labeling laws. ARGH. I don’t like calling scientific research “academic study” because to me that implies: 1) it’s academic – it’s a pursuit for it’s own…

Just about everyone coming back from the business meeting commented on the dire shape of the association’s financials. First, times are tough everywhere and association memberships are down across the board. Librarians are being furloughed so there’s no extra money there to pay for expenses if their organizations can’t. Second, there’s an elephant in the…

Besides watching this like the finals of Olympic hockey, I’ve been seriously impressed with the thoughtful and insightful commentary from a huge bunch of my libr* online contacts. Interesting stuff, too, from scientists and other folks interested in scholarly communication. About the confidentiality of the discussions…. Walt Crawford reminds us of various freedom of information…

Read this (pdf). So the UC system has been screaming – they are totally cutting budgets, people, everything… And NPG has decided to hike their subscription renewal prices by 400%. So if the offer doesn’t change, UC’s going to fight back, and it will hurt. Boy, will it hurt.

Inappropriate citations?

Kevin Zelnio of Deep Sea News tweeted the title of this piece and sent my mind going over the various theories of citation, what citations mean, studies showing how people cite without reading (pdf) (or at least propagate obvious citation errors), and also how people use things but don’t cite them in certain fields… I…

Many/most/all (?) scientists and engineers who have ever published anything anywhere are now being inundated with calls for papers (CFP). At least 3 have made it to my desk in the past month, forwarded from my colleagues who are curious and want to know more about the publisher. Two of these were precisely the same…