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Added: Please note the date this post was published on. After a couple of years of implementing some really amazing and progressive change at Elsevier, I’ve decided to refocus some of my advisory efforts over the next few years. As a result, I’ll be taking on a senior advisory role for the Government of Canada.…

I’m always interested in the present and future of libraries. There’s a steady stream of reports from various organizations that are broadly relevant to the (mostly academic) library biz but they can be tough to keep track of. I thought I’d aggregate some of those here. Of course I’ve very likely missed a few, so…

York University mathematician and civil rights activist Lee Lorch died February 28, 2014 at the age of 98. A few years ago I posted on the 2007 Joint Mathematics Meetings in New Orleans Lee Lorch where Lee was awarded the Yueh-Gin Gung and Charles Y. Hu Award for Distinguished Service to Mathematics. The citation read:…

Trope or fact? Technology creates more jobs than it destroys Will robots steal our jobs? The humble loom suggests not. The technology and jobs debate raises complex questions Chasing Entertainment Thinking the unthinkable: a library without a catalogue You’re not going to read this The OPAC is Dead Concordia rethinking its downtown library Libraries are…

Open Science for undergrads!

Earlier this week I was invited (er, invited myself, really) to give a talk to a class of first year computer science students about open access and open science. Sadly, there was a partial snow day that day and I was unable to actually give the talk. Which is too bad, because I’ve done similar…

I’ll be at Science Online Together for the next few days. I missed last year so I’m really looking forward to getting back into the Science Online swing of things. As is occasionally my habit, I’ll be listing here some attendees that are either Canadian, librarians or, in a few select cases, both. I’m adding…

I have a son who’s in the middle of 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…

I love science, I love science fiction. The common misconception about science fiction in particular is that it is somehow about the future, about predicting and describing it. Same with science, in a slightly different way. Science (and technology…) should be about inventing the best gizmos to make life the easiest and most pleasant. In…

Welcome to the rebooted science interview series here at Confessions of a Science Librarian! The previous incarnation mostly concentrated on people in the broadly defined scholarly communications community, like Mark Patterson of eLife, Peter Binfield and Jason Hoyt of PeerJ or author Michael Nielsen. The series has been extremely irregular for the last few years…

Many of my readers may recall that back in October I published a post announcing the Draft Open Access Policy consultation process launched by the Canadian Tri-Councils — Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council, Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council and Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The deadline for submissions was December 13th. Since the…

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