Archives for July, 2011

Trust me, I really tried to come up with a cool, funny title for this post. Anyways… We have a new reference assistant starting here next week. As somewhat typical for such a position, the new staff member has a science subject background rather than a library background. In this case, Maps/GIS. So I thought…

The world of fantasy genre fiction is finally happy this week. An incredibly long-awaited event has finally taken place. George R.R. Martin’s A Dance with Dragons, fifth book in the epic A Song of Ice and Fire series has finally been published. With over five years since the last one, with much grumbling from the…

The latest D-Lib has a bunch of really interesting articles: Services for Academic Libraries in the New Era by Michalis Gerolimos and Rania Konsta Digital Librarianship & Social Media: the Digital Library as Conversation Facilitator Article by Robert A. Schrier Building a Sustainable Institutional Repository by Chenying Li, Mingjie Han, Chongyang Hong, Yan Wang, Yanqing…

As usual, a wealth of interesting articles in the latest ISTL: Faculty of 1000 and VIVO: Invisible Colleges and Team Science by John Carey, City University of New York E-book Usage among Chemists, Biochemists and Biologists: Findings of a Survey and Interviews by Yuening Zhang and Roger Beckman, Indiana University, Bloomington Look Beyond Textbooks: Information…

A few weeks ago I answered the daily thought leadership countdown questions that were posed by the TEDxLibrariansTO conference. I enjoyed the process, forcing myself to respond to thoughtful and interesting questions every day, even on busy challenging days where I wouldn’t normally make an effort to find the time for blogging. However, since they…

I chose this one more for the humourous title of the post since the content itself is very seriously intentioned. I almost see this as a double sequel to both the social media evilness post and to some of my recent ramblings on thought leadership. The post in question is We Don’t Need No Steenkin’…

Yet another science blogging community. The more the merrier. We’ve had another quiet period in the science blogging universe these last couple of months. It seems that the rapid evolution that kicked off with the founding of Scientopia in the wake of Pepsigate is continuing. And this is the big one: Scientific American Blogs. This…

On fake civility

Libraryland is sometimes plagued with a civility problem. We disagree but we want to be nice about it. But sometimes, being nice isn’t a great way to express disagreement. Life and the world is messy and unkind and difficult. And sometimes our commitment to our ideas and passionate disagreements need to reflect that. But the…

You would think what with me being Canadian and all and this being the day after Canada Day, I’d somehow try and find the energy to hunt up a nice piece of Canadian humour to highlight in my weekly Friday Fun feature. We Canadians are pretty funny, after all. I guess it’s even more Canadian…

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