April 17, 2015

2:16 PM | XKCD is so me and my coding
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April 16, 2015

2:53 PM | Full Speed Ahead
“Make your mistakes, take your chances, look silly, but keep on going. Don’t freeze up.” ~ Thomas Wolfe, You Can’t Go Home Again I came out of an 8 o’clock meeting on Monday morning with the thought, “Well, at least I still have the whole week ahead for things to improve.” They didn’t. Not really. Not until […]

April 14, 2015

5:45 PM | Reading Diary: Zombies & Calculus by Colin Adams
Colin Adams’s Zombies & Calculus is one of the coolest, funniest, most creative science books I’ve read in a very long time. What’s interesting about that statement is that we’re not talking a non-fiction book here. We’re talking a novel. Yes, a novel. Zombies & Calculus is pure fiction. Fortunately. Now I’m a big fan…

April 13, 2015

8:54 PM | Lane Anderson Award for Canadian science books: Call for submissions
As long-time readers of this blog with know, I’m a huge supporter of science books. One of my definite soft spots is the annual Lane Anderson Award for the best Canadian science book in both adult and young adult categories. As such I’ll point out that the submission deadline for the 2014 award is fast…
6:48 PM | Big Data and the Collaborative Web Shaping NIH’s Vision and Future Programs
Submitted by guest contributor, Katie Houk, Health & Life Sciences Librarian, San Diego State University I’d like to recap and present a few of my thoughts on the first presentation of the 7th Annual e-Science Symposium, but first I need …read more

April 12, 2015

5:46 AM | Straddling the fan-girl critical thinker divide, while trying not to be not-even-wrong
Working on the tougher bits of my dissertation now (defense is really scheduled, finally), and trying to come to terms with my relationship with the science blogosphere and twitterverse (or whatever). Some other articles - and one was particularly cringeworthy - on the topic have been in the not-even-wrong category. It's like someone trying to […]

April 11, 2015

2:29 AM | Why FriendFeed Rocked
If you're a librarian or into open access or scholarly communication, at some point you've probably heard of FriendFeed. The service closed today after seven years and it was kind of like the final episode of Cheers or MASH. It had been acquired by Facebook a while ago and development had stopped. Reliability was down. […]

April 10, 2015

5:23 PM | Culture is what people do
As I mentioned before, I’m in the middle of a busy, busy period of travel and talking — not as busy as many of you are all the time, but much busier than I usually am.  I just finished up one of the events I was most looking forward too – a week of talking to FYE faculty […]
3:34 PM | Do you REALLY want it all?
There’s a billboard across the street from my office building, promoting the hospital that’s affiliated with the medical school where I work. It features a friendly looking young woman with the words above her head, “I want it all.” The implication, of course, is that the medical center can meet all of the health needs […]

April 07, 2015

4:55 PM | ACRL 2015: Sounds familiar
This was my first ACRL national conference, but will hopefully not be my last. Attendees really were spoilt for choice at this conference – there were far too many sessions on a wide variety of topics to do justice to …read more

April 06, 2015

5:12 AM | Reading Diary: AsapSCIENCE: Answers to the World’s Weirdest Questions, Most Persistent Rumors, and Unexplained Phenomena by Mitchell Moffit and Greg Brown
Imagine a world where two guys, graduates of the University of Guelph, a mid-sized university in southern Ontario, are able to parlay a series of funny and cool whiteboard-style science explanation YouTube videos into a global science communication empire. Without even “forgetting” to give credit to science illustrators in the process. Don’t imagine too hard,…

April 03, 2015

6:11 PM | An Inside View of the OSTP Memo Responses on Research Data Management
Submitted by guest contributor, Jonathan Petters, data management consultant in Johns Hopkins Data Management Services. Prior to Hopkins, Jon was a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the Department of Energy’s Office of Science.  Before that he did atmospheric …read more

April 02, 2015

11:23 AM | Around the Apocalyptic Web: Why thinkpieces on STEM education are dangerous and more
Why America’s obsession with STEM education is dangerous Science Is Essentially Human; Or Why Better STEM Education Isn’t A Threat Why thinkpieces on STEM education are dangerous STEM and the “Liberal Education” STEM Education Promotes Critical Thinking and Creativity: A Response to Fareed Zakaria Pearson admits to monitoring students’ social media use during its online…
3:39 AM | Which are the bestest? Top articles from a diverse organization - part 1
In which Christina goes into the weeds, yet not really thoroughly enough... anyhoo. So MPOW is approaching an anniversary and we're looking at retrospectives of all sorts. What are the top articles we've published in the literature? What do you mean by top? Ok, so let's say that top means most cited - just for […]

April 01, 2015

11:00 AM | My new job: Owner and publisher of the International Journal of Usability, Systems and Technology
I really appreciate how all my Internet friends have followed me from major career announcement to major career announcement over the last few years. From my job at Elsevier all the way to last year’s temporary detour as Chief Advisor on Science Libraries for the Government of Canada! The last few years sure have been…

March 31, 2015

7:04 PM | New Data Requirements and How To Meet Them
Around the time when I started this blog in 2013, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) decreed that all major federal funders would soon have to require data management plans and data sharing from their grantees. … Continue reading →
11:53 AM | Another dissertation on science blogs
Any readers interested in my work (and you'd probably have to be following me for a while to even know what that is), will probably be interested in that of Paige Brown Jarreau. She's a PhD Candidate at LSU and is defending any day now. She did a massive set of interviews and a survey […]
5:48 AM | Some perspective on “predatory” open access journals
Predatory open access journals seem to be a hot topic these days. In fact, there seems to be kind of a moral panic surrounding them. I would like to counter the admittedly shocking and scary stories around that moral panic by pointing out that perhaps we shouldn’t be worrying so much about a fairly small…

March 27, 2015

6:40 PM | Turning the Tables
Earlier today, a very nice first year medical student came by my office and apologetically asked me if I could tell her where the offices of our Institutional Review Board people are. I don’t work in the library anymore, you might recall, and now my office sits in a maze of other offices on the […]
5:40 AM | Reading Diary: Graphic novel catchup: Laika, Neurocomic, In Real Life and The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change
Here’s a bunch of graphic novels I’ve read in the last while that are well worth your time reading and acquiring for your library! Abadzis, Nick. Laika. New York: First Second, 2007. 208pp. ISBN-13: 978-1596431010 Laika by Nick Abadzis in a fantastic graphic novel recounting the life of the first dog in space, the Russian…
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