Christina's LIS Rant

Christina Pikas

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…

Featuring quotes by yours truly as well as our dear Dr Isis, Drugmonkey, and Bora Zivkovic. Kamalski, J. (2010). Blogging about science. Research Trends 17. Retrieved from http://www.info.scopus.com/researchtrends/archive/RT17/beh_dat_17.html .

Please consider completing this survey conducted by two professors at the University of Maryland iSchool. (you can opt in for aggregated results – should be interesting!)

Following ICWSM Remotely

Fourth International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media is being held right now in DC. Use both twitter hash tags: #icwsm2010 and #icwsm. The papers are online at: http://www.aaai.org/ocs/index.php/ICWSM/ICWSM10/schedConf/presentations.

My larger institution’s (so not my place of work, but our parent org’s) libraries had a fabulous get together Friday with a session on data curation. The speakers were: Clifford Lynch of the Coalition for Networked Information, Carole Palmer from UIUC, and Joel Bader from JHU and JHMI. I tweeted, but there wasn’t a hashtag,…

Here’s a quote from the Professional and Scholarly Publishing division of the Association of American Publishers’ response (pdf) to the FRPAA legislation (about): There is no need for federal agencies to replicate content on their own sites when web-linking approaches to publishers’ authoritative versions could serve better the same goal of public access. Acting on…

Revere of Effects Measure has a great post on expertise, authorship, and “real” names. At this point, after years and years of blogs it’s a shame this has to be said explicitly. The general points go like this: there are many legitimate reasons to be pseudonymous in authoring a blog. I describe some of these…

John Dupuis comments about a review of This Book is Overdue, saying that libraries’ roles in their institutions are not well understood by others in the institution because of inherent insularity in academe – silos, in effect. Drug Monkey basically sees the library as infrastructure. When I say infrastructure, I mean the SL Star (RIP)…