Archives for May, 2009

More on social networking

I’d like to pick up a little where I left off in my last posting on social networking. In that post, I was highlighting a post by Wayne Bivens-Tatum on how he prefers to interact in online environments. Or more precisely, how he prefers not to get too deeply involved. Wayne’s points are well thought-out…

Bookgasm is a great site that reviews a lot of fun reading in all kinds of genres. As the name indicates, they don’t necessarily take themselves too seriously either. About a month ago they had a post on Paper or Plastic?: The Books vs. Kindle Showdown that is absolutely hilarious. It’s a 10 item smackdown…

Every year starting in November or so, I start to highlight various “year’s best science books” lists I find around the web. Typically, one of the last is the long list for the Royal Society Prize for Science Books. Since it’s a juried award, they need time to actually read the darn things. Yes, I…

My Job in 10 Years — The Book

Yes, the book. My Job in 10 Years: The Future of Academic Libraries. To rewind a bit, the story begins this past January. I did a little off-the-cuff post on how libraries could model their web presences on commercial book-related sites like Tor.com or the Globe & Mail Books site. It ended up being surprisingly…

For those of you new to Confessions of a Science Librarian, I’ve been publishing various lists of books and reports/white papers for the last little while. The reports and books explore various ideas, issues and trends that I think will be important in the development of academic libraries over the next several years and range…

My last Friday Fun post at the old home was a list of five hard rock songs that I really love. I enjoyed doing that list so much, I thought I’d do it again this time, but with a focus on the blues. I’m a Criminal by Paul Reddick + The Sidemen. This song totally…

Another librarian in the house!

Go on over and visit ScienceBlogs’ newest librarian blogger: Christina Pikas at Christina’s LIS Rant.

Apparently, there are thousands of librarians that read ScienceBlogs. No surprisingly, the ScienceBlogs brain trust wants to know why. In particular, they are looking to gather some information about what librarians hope to get out of reading the site. The question is: how does the content on ScienceBlogs help you in your role as a…

Lots of great articles in this issue! Pretty well every one is worth checking out: Percentile-Based Journal Impact Factors: A Neglected Collection Development Metric by A. Ben Wagner, University at Buffalo A Subject Librarian’s Guide to Collaborating on e-Science Projects by Jeremy R. Garritano and Jake R. Carlson, Purdue University What Engineering Sophomores Know and…

As we race headlong into a future full of opportunities for online social networking, as we try and build systems to engage students, scientists, librarians or others, we have to remember one thing. When we build these systems, we need to build them for everyone. Not just the coolest and most technophilic. We have to…

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