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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)…

Or maybe it’s personal information management FAIL! – If you’re sensitive to the difference. In other words keeping or not, organizing, retrieving, and re-using information things. I have no desktop search. I have no desktop search at work because the only one I could get has been emasculated – it’s prevented from searching e-mail or…

More on Geobloggers

Anne Jefferson from Highly Allochthonous pointed me to a new essay from Geoscientist Online, the member magazine of the Geological Society (UK). That essay points both to the survey of women geobloggers (previously mentioned here) and a survey done by Lutz Geissler, Robert Huber, and Callan Bentley. (probably haven’t mentioned before). In the Geoscientist essay…

Mixed methods are always attractive, but many researchers give up because each method typically requires some epistemology which often conflicts with the epistemology of other methods. When mixed methods are done, they are often done in sequence. For example, qualitative work to understand enough about a phenomenon to develop a survey or interviewing survey respondents …

I was happy to see that the authors published this article in PlosOne. I was following their work a while ago, but had lost track (plus, when asked, the last author implied that they had moved on to new projects). So here’s the citation and then I’ll summarize and comment. Divoli, A., Wooldridge, M., &…

V. brief post. Jonathan Rochkind points out that a lot of libraries are doing mobile sites and things, but he questions if they actually have a reason to think that these services are needed and will be used or if they are just creating these things because they’re cool. Please read his post, and let…

I’m on a sub-sub committee to evaluate evaluation of consideration of adding a new recommender system to our discovery tools across my parent institution’s libraries. The system costs money and programmer time (which we’re very short on), but more importantly, there’s a real estate issue, we already offer some similar tools, and even if the…

This was originally posted 1/9/2009 on my old blog. Due to popular demand (well 3 requests ), this is a commentary and additional information for my conference paper and presentation: Pikas, C. K. (2008). Detecting Communities in Science Blogs. Paper presented at eScience ’08. IEEE Fourth International Conference on eScience, 2008. Indianapolis. 95-102. doi:10.1109/eScience.2008.30 (available…

Sometimes you have to just let go and release something to the wild. I have mentioned on a few occasions a qualitative study I did prior to the network study. To be honest, I think I actually did it in the Fall of 2007 ?! I thought (and was encouraged to believe) that I could…

Back when I was working at the public library, I used to do the “introduction to the internet” classes. These were typically at 9 – before the library opened- and so attracted stay at home moms and retirees. Attendees usually picked things up pretty quickly. For one thing, they admitted not knowing how anything worked…