Archives for May, 2013

Challenge, don’t worship, the chiefs and high priestesses of science: If we don’t recognise the politics of science, we will just get played by those who do Confronting The Woo-Woos Head-On… 45% Fewer Professional Working Musicians Since 2002 Academics and universities must continue to develop open access alternatives to break the monopoly of large publishers…

Academic library existence at risk? The Myth and the Millennialism of “Disruptive Innovation” Fending off university-attacking zombies The online threat to the American professor Educational Hucksterism: Or, MOOCs are not an Educational Technology Laptop U: Has the future of college moved online? Libraries into career centres, campus residences into senior homes Embrace Moocs or face…

I have a son who’s just finished his first year as a physics undergrad. As you can imagine, I occasionally pass along a link or two to him pointing to stuff on the web I think he might find particularly interesting or useful. Thinking on that fact, I surmised that perhaps other science students might…

The Downside of Being Universally Liked 5 Reasons Libraries Will Fail – Published in 1864 (satire) What’s a Library? Can Information Professionals Afford Apprenticeships? A Thought Experiment Faculty Usage of Library Tools in a Learning Management System The bravery of librarians We Aim to Misbehave Librarians need bigger egos Beyond measure: Valuing libraries Riding the…

Someone shoot me if I ever use the term NP-complete in a sentence. Or at least if I ever use the term in a conversation with “civilians.” Such is the dilemma of reading and reviewing a wonderful book like Lance Fortnow’s The Golden Ticket: P, NP, and the Search for the Impossible. I’ll be tempted…

This is a brief chronology of the current Conservative Canadian government’s long campaign to undermine evidence-based scientific, environmental and technical decision-making. It is a government that is beholden to big business, particularly big oil, and that makes every attempt to shape public policy to that end. It is a government that fundamentally doesn’t believe in…

I have to admit — I’ve always been more of Star Trek fan rather than Star Wars. The Star Trek universe has always seemed more open, more diverse, with a lot more opportunities for telling different stories not just about the rebels versus the empire. It seems that Neil deGrasse Tyson agrees. “I’m old-school with…

Yes, We Should Talk About the MLS On Big Name Librarians The Loon’s job Why am I getting my MLIS? Because I have to. So You Think You Want to Be a Librarian? The Adjunctification of Academic Librarianship Your candidate pools Fork the Academy (github as a model for scholarly communcation) Massive (But Not Open)…

It’s been a very long time since I did a Music Monday of any variety, never mind of the Five songs I really love variety. So it’s fun to check in again and share what I’ve been obsessing over on my iPod and on Youtube lately. And oddly, some of these are repeats from earlier…

Now there’s a quote for you! Provocative in it’s shortsightedness and fairly ignorant of how the interplay between scientific discovery and commercialization/technology transfer works. Commercial products are engineered and developed out of basic scientific discoveries. So who said that? Sadly, it was the John McDougall, President of the National Research Council of Canada talking about…

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