Archives for February, 2012

Best Science Books 2011: The Independent

Another list for your reading, gift-giving and collection development pleasure. Every year for the last bunch of years I’ve been linking to and posting about all the “year’s best sciencey books” lists that appear in various media outlets and shining a bit of light on the best of the year. All the previous 2011 lists…

Another list for your reading, gift-giving and collection development pleasure. Every year for the last bunch of years I’ve been linking to and posting about all the “year’s best sciencey books” lists that appear in various media outlets and shining a bit of light on the best of the year. All the previous 2011 lists…

Ok, so none of these realizations has actually ruined science fiction for me, but they are pretty funny nevertheless. 4 Realizations That Will Ruin Science Fiction for You #4. Sci-fi Needs a Straight Man Like a Laurel and Hardy Routine The bulk of the workload in writing science fiction/fantasy is creating your whole world from…

Come work instead of me! Below is a posting for a 3-year contractually limited appointment in my unit. I’m chair of the search committee, so feel free to ask away with any questions about the position. I’ll answer them to the best of my ability given the limitations of being on the committee. As it…

Walter Isaacson’s book on Apple founder & CEO Steve Jobs is a fairly long book. It’s not exactly a thriller either, especially since I know how it ends. As a result it took me a while to plow through it. I tended to read it in bursts of 40 or 50 pages over a few…

Best Science Books 2011: Cryptomundo

Another list for your reading, gift-giving and collection development pleasure. Every year for the last bunch of years I’ve been linking to and posting about all the “year’s best sciencey books” lists that appear in various media outlets and shining a bit of light on the best of the year. All the previous 2011 lists…

The End of Academic Library Circulation? Print on the Margins: Circulation Trends in Major Research Libraries Teens join Twitter to escape parents on Facebook: survey Teens slowly migrating to Twitter Academic E-Books: Innovation and Transition Is Facebook Really a Good Business? Who Does Google Think You Are? A tool tells users what the company infers…

Note: this post is superseded by: Around the Web: Research Works Act, Elsevier boycott & FRPAA. This post has superseded my previous post which focused solely on the Research Works Act. I have added some coverage of the Elsevier boycott which at least partially grew out of opposition to the RWA. I’m not attempting to…

College students will stick to paper books Open Access Collection (PLoS) A Vision for the Future of Scholarly Publishing How to Become A Social Media Influencer: Ten Small Steps The Declining Value of Subscription-based Abstracting and Indexing Services in the New Knowledge Dissemination Era Scholars Seek Better Ways to Track Impact Online Attempt to replicate…

Well, not me, exactly, but… Anyways, some ideas and experiences from someone out there in blogland who used to be a lawyer and somehow managed to think opening a bookstore was a good idea. 25 Things I Learned From Opening a Bookstore Here’s a chunk from the middle: 19. If you’re thinking of giving someone…

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