Archives for November, 2009

Welcome to the latest feature here at Confessions of a Science Librarian — Music Mondays! My plan is to have a vaguely music-related post here most Mondays, somewhat in the vein of my Friday Fun posts, but probably not quite as regular. I’ll probably mix in short CD reviews, odd bits I’ve found on the…

The future of bookstores is the…

…present of public and academic libraries? What got me thinking along these lines most recently was the recent Clay Shirky blog post, Local Bookstores, Social Hubs, and Mutualization. It’s a pretty good post that puts a particular kind of physical retail into the context of current online retail and media shift realities. In the first…

Best Science Books 2009: The Globe 100

One of the most interesting lists every year is The Globe and Mail’s Globe 100, and this year is no exception. There’s relevant stuff all over the spectrum, from biography to history to graphic novels to popular science to the environment. In the print version, the categories are pretty basic: Canadian fiction, international fiction, poetry,…

From the most recent issue of Locus magazine, November 2009, talking about his most recent novel Makers: The people in Makers experience a world in which technology giveth and taketh away. They live through the fallacy of the record and movie industries: the idea that technology will go just far enough to help them and…

Friday Fun: Jackass driven development

Actually, not jackass, but asshole, but this is a family blog, at least as far as post titles are concerned. In any case, Scott Berkun’s Asshole driven development post on practices in the software industry from a couple of years ago is so true that it almost passes from being funny to being sad. Yes,…

Obviously, Strategy+Business is not going to be core science books, but I’ve always included social media, technology and innovation books in my very broad definition of science books. There are a couple of categories that have some very fine books on recommendation. Technology Stealing MySpace: The Battle to Control the Most Popular Website in America…

Best Science Books 2009: Library Journal

Unfortunately, LJ’s Best Books 2009: 31 Titles, Plus Best Genres & How-To doesn’t have a dedicated science section but there are a few good recommendations nevertheless. NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom by Graham Farmello The Age…

Friday Fun: Why we use cookbooks

I like to cook. I have a few standard, signature dishes where I more or less freestyle every time I make them — beef stew, chili, quesadillas, pasta sauce. I also like to try new things. For example, I’ll probably be making Tyler Hamilton’s lamb shank Irish stew this weekend. So yeah, the first time…

Librarians and social media engagement

Or, Twitter & blogs as ways of knowing, Part 2. A month or so ago, I poked a little gentle fun at social media extremists, basically exploring the idea that engaging online is the be-all and end-all of the library profession versus the idea that much of what we do online is peripheral to the…

Top 5 Must-Read Social Media Books

Sort of related to my ongoing series of Best Science Books 2009 lists, here’s a nice list of the top 5 social media books I found on Mashable, via Tara Hunt. They’re all 2009 books, after all. The list is from Steve Cunningham who interestingly frames the five books in terms of the lessons we…

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