Archives for March, 2011

If you’re in the Greater Toronto Area next Tuesday, please drop by and see Michael talk. I’m thrilled that my library is co-sponsoring such a fantastic event! Presented by: Janusz A. Kozinski – Dean, Faculty of Science and Engineering The Division of Natural Science The Steacie Science and Engineering Library Location: Paul A. Delaney Gallery,…

A terrific new opportunity at my institution. I’m not in the reporting department or on the search committee, but I can answer general questions about York and the environment. My email is jdupuis at yorku dot ca. Position Rank: Full Time Tenure Stream – Assistant Librarian Discipline/Field: Digital Humanities Librarian Home Faculty: Libraries Home Department/Area/Division:…

This is about the symposium upcoming at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, The Future of the Academic Library. The symposium is co-presented by Library Journal and McMaster. It was announced on Twitter this past Sunday and there was a bit of a Twitter-storm about the conference as quite a few people (myself included) thought the…

Stealthy zombie vampire librarians

And I mean zombie vampire in the best way, as a comment on how hard it seems to be to kill my Stealth Librarianship Manifesto. It’s even been translated into French! (Merci, MarlĂ©ne!) For a post I mostly wrote in an hour of white hot typing from midnight to 1 a.m. some weeknight when I…

Over on the Tor.com blog, mysterious librarian blogger RuthX tells us the story of how she created a free ebook (downloaded!) with all the public domain stories that were published by noted horror author H.P. Lovecraft. In the course of compiling the book, she was able to analyze the word usage patterns of the famously…

I saw this just after I published my previous post and think it really encompasses what I’d like to say to HarperCollins and its fellow travelers. This is from The Capitalist’s Paradox by Umair Haque. So here’s my question: Does what you’re doing have a point — one that matters to people, society, nature, and…

Over the last week or so a huge issue has sprung up in the library and publishing world, which I touch on in my eBook Users’ Bill of Rights post. The publisher HarperCollins has restricting the number of checkouts an ebook version of one of their books can have before the library needs to pay…

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (TILoHL) by Rebecca Skloot was far and away the top science book of the year in my Best Science Books 2010: The top books of the year post from last month. In that post I took all the Best Science Books 2010 posts and tallied up the books with…

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