Archives for September, 2012

This past Thursday evening I was honoured to attend the awards ceremony for the 2011 Lane Anderson Award which celebrates the best science writing in Canada. The winners were announced at the end of the evening. This is from the press release, which doesn’t seem to be online yet: Toronto. 2thth September, 2012: The two…

Why do people go into science? Why do people go to work at scholarly societies? Why do people choose scholarly publishing as a career? Why do people choose a career at the intersection of those three vocations? There are cynical answers to those questions, for sure, and even the non-cynical need to put food on…

The current Conservative government of Canada isn’t too fond of Canadians having access to information. It’s inconvenient for them because I guess a well-informed citizenry would be more likely to call them on the various shenanigans they’ve been indulging in. A good general take on the situation is Allan Gregg’s recent speech, 1984 in 2012…

Reading Diary: Open Access by Peter Suber

Scholars who grew up with the internet are steadily replacing those that grew up without it. Scholars who expect to put everything they write online, who expect to find everything they need online, and who expect unlocked content that they may read, search, link, copy, cut/paste, crawl, print, and redistribute, are replacing those who never…

Competing with “Free,” Part One and Part Two (Re)Defining the Library, Part 1: Why?, Part 2: How? Smoking Gun on Sexism? (scientists are biased against women) What Libraries Should Be: A Values Proposition The matter of credit Report on the International Workshop on Contribution and Scholarly Attribution Please Stop The Social An Introvert’s Thoughts on…

One of my favourite events in the science calendar is always the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony, which was held last night in Cambridge, MA. For those that don’t know, the Ig Nobels celebrate the odd and unusual in scientific research, both genuine and not-quite. The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that first make people laugh,…

So you got a job with your prof: advice for undergrads Undergrad Herding The Great Geek Sexism Debate New York Public Library Shifts Plan for 5th Ave. Building New York Public Library Dials Back Plan to Move Books New York Public Library Board of Trustees Approves Construction of Additional Book Storage at Landmark 42nd Street…

Jenica Rogers is Director of Libraries at the State University of New York at Potsdam. Like so many institutions SUNY Potsdam subscribes to the suite of journals published by the American Chemical Society. Now, that’s always a challenge since the ACS prices their products very aggressively as well as pushing the envelope with annual price…

Before You Jump on the Bandwagon … (MOOCs) It’s not about skills (hiring the right people and letting them do their job) All is revealed: the real crisis on campus Crafting an Engaging Lecture MOOCs’ Missing Pieces MOOCs’ Contradictions Publishers Double Down (GSU copyright case) Doing DH versus Doing Digital Digital Textbooks Still Not Catching…

You know the old saying about the weather — everybody complains but nobody does anything about it! Well, the same can be said about climate change — everybody complains but nobody does anything about it. And that’s partly because of political gridlock, denial and inaction at the highest levels across numerous jurisdictions around the world.…

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