Archives for August, 2013

Choosing Real-World Impact Over Impact Factor Practicing Freedom in the Digital Library Dandelions, Prestige, and the Measure of Scholars Programmers insist: “Everybody” does not need to learn to code Digital Decay by Bruce Sterling New York Public Library Rethinks Design CIOs Wear Second Hat (ie. head of small colleges libraries too) Can’t Buy Us Love:…

One of the highlights of the year for me is the Lane Anderson Award shortlist announcement. From their website: The Lane Anderson Award honours the very best science writing in Canada today, both in the adult and young-reader categories. Each award will be determined on the relevance of its content to the importance of science…

I have a son who’s starting his second 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 find…

Darryl Cunningham’s How to Fake a Moon Landing: Exposing the Myths of Science Denial is a bit different from most of the graphic novels I’ve reviewed in this space. Most of the earlier books I’ve reviewed have been biographical or historical in nature with the more expository ones at least having some fictional narrative wrapped…

I’m Not Your Sweetheart (& interesting counterpoint) Library and Repository Communities Join Together to Identify New Competencies for Academic Librarians How to Scuttle a Scholarly Communication Initiative Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders? Anonymous asked: Have you personally received crap for being a Mover and Shaker, or are you taking statements against the…

Newsbiscuit is my favourite humour site and has been for a while. The dry British humour combined with OTT story ideas is irresistible. And speaking of irresistible, I just love this one: Disappointment for scientists as new super-computer fails to go mad Scientists at Mal-Tech University, Wisconsin have expressed their immense disappointment at the failure…

An update on reading and reviewing

I’ve been mostly on vacation for the last little while so I’ve fallen a bit behind on writing the book reviews I feature here on the blog fairly regularly. In fact, there might even be a few books that, ahem, have been sitting around read and unreviewed for perhaps even longer than the last month…

Wanted: Nonlibrarian Librarians Image, Public Perception, and Lego Librarians I’m Not Your Sweetheart Why your librarian is a superhero Are the Boomers Ruining Libraries? Hurtling Towards Relevance The Long Suffering Librarian Self-Censorship in Libraryland How to Answer “So You Need a Degree to Do That?” Yes, Virginia, it matters which library school you go to…

Friday Fun: Print Dead At 1,803

Sometimes The Onion just nails it. I don’t have to say how funny/happy/sad/conflicted/overjoyed/suicidal/smug/ your average librarian is going to find this one. Print Dead At 1,803 Reaction to print’s tragic demise was overwhelming, with countless individuals within the publishing sector left reeling at its death. “I’m in absolute shock right now,” said Charles Townsend, CEO…

Albert’s Ideas helped build spaceships and satellites that travel to the moon and beyond. His thinking helped us understand our universe as no one ever had before. But still, Albert left us many big questions. Questions that scientists are working on today. Questions that someday you may answer…by wondering, thinking and imagining. So ends the…

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