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York University Computer Science & Engineering professor Anestis Toptsis was kind enough recently to invite me to speak to his CSE 3000 Professional Practice in Computing class. He gave me two lecture sessions this term, one to talk about library-ish stuff. In other words, what third year students need to know about finding conference and…

Following up on my first post a while back, All aboard the York University Space Elevator!, the York University Earth and Space Science and Engineering research team of Raj Seth, Brendan Quine and George Zhu have published another paper, this time in The Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, Feasibility of 20 km Free-Standing Inflatable…

Another terrific issue. I’m going to list everything but the book & database reviews & reports so as not to clutter the post too much. Five Voices, Two Perspectives: Integrating Student Librarians into a Science and Engineering Library by Eugene Barsky, Aleteia Greenwood, Samantha Sinanan, Lindsay Tripp, and Lindsay Willson, University of British Columbia Collection…

Here’s a pretty exciting opportunity at my institution. Although not a science library position per se, there will be ample opportunity to work with science and engineering faculty and students. Position Rank: Full Time Tenure Stream – Assistant Librarian Discipline/Field: GIS and Map Librarian Home Faculty: Libraries Home Department/Area/Division: Map Library Affiliation/Union: YUFA Position Start…

Ah, The Onion. A true repository of snark and snideitude But as the winter lingered, Spirit began producing thousands of pages of sometimes rambling and dubious data, ranging from complaints that the Martian surface was made up almost entirely of the same basalt, to long-winded rants questioning the exorbitant cost and scientific relevance of the…

There’s a massive libraryland industry organized around figuring out what students want from us in terms of space, collections, services, etc. We survey, observe and focus group them to death. And that’s great and incredibly valuable. But sometimes I think we might have a tendency to see what we want when we’re observing and they…

During my winter blogging break, I thought I’d repost of few of my “greatest hits” from my old blog, just so you all wouldn’t miss me so much. This one is from September 24, 2007. This post follows up on my initial 2007 post which I reposted yesterday. It’s worth noting that the blog has…

During my winter blogging break, I thought I’d repost of few of my “greatest hits” from my old blog, just so you all wouldn’t miss me so much. This one is from September 24, 2007. It’s my initial thoughts about the blog I’ve been using to post my IL session notes. It’s worth noting that…

I don’t usually talk about local York stuff here, but I’d like to make an exception for the event we had last week (Tuesday, November 3rd) here at my library, The Steacie Science & Engineering Library. The event is called YorkWrites and it’s sponsored jointly by the Libraries and the Bookstore. Essentially, it’s a big…

TVOntario has produced a very fine documentary based on the life of geometer Donald Coxeter, who lived in Toronto and worked at the University of Toronto for many years. It’s called The Man Who Saved Geometry and is based on the book by Siobhan Roberts, King of Infinite Space: Donald Coxeter, the Man Who Saved…

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