Archives for November, 2010

The Future and/of the Research Library The real reason (climate) scientists don’t want to release their code Scientific Data Consulting Group Preserving science: what to do with raw research material? What are libraries for and are they worth it? An Open Letter to Wired Magazine (Criticism of recent “Boobs” cover.) Puzzled by Patron-Driven Acquisitions Do…

I have a whole pile of science-y book reviews on two of my older blogs, here and here. Both of those blogs have now been largely superseded by or merged into this one. So I’m going to be slowly moving the relevant reviews over here. I’ll mostly be doing the posts one or two per…

I have a whole pile of science-y book reviews on two of my older blogs, here and here. Both of those blogs have now been largely superseded by or merged into this one. So I’m going to be slowly moving the relevant reviews over here. I’ll mostly be doing the posts one or two per…

Ah, The Cronk. The higher ed gift that just keeps on giving. Here it is: Student Found Assessed to Death in Campus Bathroom Stall. The University of West Kansas has prided itself on its excessive commitment to outcomes assessment. Chang’s parents have accused the college of going too far with its efforts to measure everything.…

Selling ourselves (short) (attracting students to CS) Online Behavior Tracking and Privacy: 7 Worst Case Scenarios Feedback loops in eBook success Is Twitter Killing You? The Rise of the ‘Edupunk’ When Social Media Is Irrelevant The Digital Natives / Digital Immigrants Distinction Is Dead, Or At Least Dying All I needed to know about, well,…

Another list for your reading and collection development perusal, this time from Publisher’s Weekly: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot About a Mountain by John D’Agata The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee Yellow Dirt: An American Story of a Poisoned Land and a People Betrayed by…

It has begun. The annual year’s best science books posting orgy! Every year for the past 4 or 5 years I’ve been linking to and posting about all the “year’s best books” lists that appear in various media outlets and highlighting the science books that are mentioned. From the beginning it’s been a pretty popular…

Warning: I generally don’t post about religion/atheism/new atheism or any of those similar topics. I also don’t generally post about my own views on such subjects. This post clearly will be breaking those habits. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Now on to the review proper… First of all, let’s get the elephant in the…

York University Computer Science & Engineering professor Anestis Toptsis was kind enough recently to invite me to speak to his CSE 3000 Professional Practice in Computing class. He gave me two lecture sessions this term, one to talk about library-ish stuff. In other words, what third year students need to know about finding conference and…

The Cronk News is an endless supply of silly, higher ed-mocking fun. I just can’t get enough: Hoarders Ruins Doctoral Student’s Life. “She’s been working so hard on her dissertation,” said Dowling. “Her office wasn’t fit for human consumption. I don’t know how she could focus or get any work done in that room. I…

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