Archives for May, 2011

Twitterers of the world. We’ve all heard the questions. The murmurs. The doubts and whispers. “Twitter is a waste of time,” they say. “People are just talking about what they ate for breakfast, or what their dog is doing.” “No good can come of it, no way to spend work time, turning us all into…

Books I’d like to read

A very, very long time since I’ve done one of these… For your reading and collection development pleasure: The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick In a sense, The Information is a book about everything, from words themselves to talking drums, writing and lexicography, early attempts at an analytical engine, the…

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 Both of those blogs have now been largely superseded by or merged into this one.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…

Yep, the promised Rapture from this past weekend didn’t materialize. Or more precisely, I didn’t de-materialize and ascend into heaven this past weekend. I don’t know about you, but I was pretty pissed. Disappointed that I wasn’t able to join all my childhood pets at the left hand of god. Or whatever. Anyways, I totally…

Don’t discard the librarians?

A very nice article by Ian Brown in this past Saturday’s Globe and Mail, Don’t discard the librarians. He very nicely summarizes the recent library/librarian angst that’s been free-flowing around the media and blogosphere over the last little while. The world of librarians was thrown into a tizzy this week – it doesn’t take much…

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 Both of those blogs have now been largely superseded by or merged into this one.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…

One of the reason I love the Cronk News so much is that sometimes I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at one of their stories. This is definitely one of those cases. Oh, higher ed, you poor, poor deluded little dear. Take a gander and read the whole article: SUNC Appoints Twelve Efficiency…

So, here’s the story. A week or so ago, McMaster University Librarian Jeff Trzeciak gave an invited presentation at Penn State, tasked by the organizers to be controversial. To say the least, he succeeded. Perhaps the most controversial idea in the presentation was that he would basically no longer hire librarians for his organization, only…

From the University of Toronto Academic Librarians’ blog: In response to McMaster University and their Library’s recent treatment of their academic librarians and the notable gender imbalance at the May 17 conference at McMaster University (given that 80% of librarians are women), entitled “The Future of Academic Libraries” and which does not include McMaster University…

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…

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