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December 18, 2014

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1:19 PM | Best Science Books 2014: Wired
As you all have no doubt noticed over the years, I love highlighting the best science books every year via the various end of year lists that newspapers, web sites, etc. publish. I’ve done it so far in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. And here we are in 2014! As in previous years,…

December 17, 2014

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11:51 PM | We are Hiring a DMPTool Manager!
Do you love all things data management as much as we do? Then join our team! We are hiring a person to help manage the DMPTool, including development prioritization, promotion, outreach, and education. The position is funded for two years with the potential for an extension pending funding and budgets. You would be based in the amazing city […]
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8:51 PM | Best Science Books 2014: The Guardian
As you all have no doubt noticed over the years, I love highlighting the best science books every year via the various end of year lists that newspapers, web sites, etc. publish. I’ve done it so far in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. And here we are in 2014! As in previous years,…
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3:04 PM | Ebook Explosion
Seems like all the publishers and all the societies are trying to get into the eBook game. The newest announcement is from AAS (using IOP as a publisher). Considering the fact that a lot of these domains are not particularly known for monographs - like Computer Science and ACM's new ebook line - but instead […]

December 16, 2014

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7:00 AM | Reading Diary: Who We Are: Reflections on My Life and Canada by Elizabeth May
For those that don’t know, Elizabeth May is the leader of the Green Party of Canada and one of only two Greens in the Canadian Parliament — and the only one elected as a Green. As such, you would expect that she would be a strong advocate for democracy and the environment, willing to stand…

December 15, 2014

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4:46 PM | A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to the Candy Store
If you’re curious about what happened to the daily candy canes over the past few days, here’s the scoop. Starting TODAY, I’m the new Research Evaluation Analyst for the University of Massachusetts Center for Clinical and Translational Science. Yep, I’ve left my former position in the library and venture off into a new world. Since it’s […]
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1:34 PM | So long, Scientific American, and thanks for all the fish
The editors at Scientific American have decided to go in another direction with their blog network. As a result, our Information Culture blog will no longer be hosted on this network. We will... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

December 11, 2014

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7:16 PM | Candy Cane 11: Are we leaping (like the lords) to conclusions?
 December 11 - Managing Information and/or Managing Data I admit that I struggle greatly with how easily we librarians interchangeably use the terms information and data. I believe that there are significant differences between managing information and managing data. I also think that our history, professionally, is in the former more than the latter. That said, […]
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12:19 PM | Studio: sviluppata pelle sintetica capace di avvertire temperatura e pressione
Da sempre per i portatori di protesi alla mano, la possibilità di avvertire il calore o il freddo è stato un desiderio impossibile da realizzare. Ma forse le cose stanno cambiando, grazie alla ricerca condotta dall’università coreana di Seul. Lo…Read more →

December 10, 2014

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9:01 PM | Registration now open for 7th annual New England e-Science Symposium
Registration is now open for the 7th annual University of Massachusetts and New England Area Librarian e-Science Symposium, to be held on Thursday, April 9, 2014. For details and to register, visit the 2015 e-Science Symposium conference site.  Registration is …read more
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7:45 PM | Librarians: the original research data managers
Submitted by guest contributor Nancy Glassman, Assistant Director for Informatics, D. Samuel Gottesman Library, Albert Einstein College of Medicine In conjunction with Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Faculty Development Program I lead an introduction to research data management workshop. Attendees …read more
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3:19 PM | On the 10th Day of Candy Canes…
 December 10 - Teaching Online Yesterday was the last official day of classes at the University of Rhode Island, thus it marked the “official” end of my first semester as an adjunct professor. I still have grades to do, of course, but the instruction part is over. It was really a great experience and I so […]

December 09, 2014

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3:00 PM | Candy Cane No. 9!
 December 9 - Go, Libraries, Go! I love a mobile library, a bookmobile, and biblioburros! Several years ago, my neighbor introduced me to the Mobile Library Mystery Series by the Northern Ireland author, Ian Sansom. The Case of the Missing Books got me hooked! I love the Little Free Library movement and book trading posts. I loved James […]
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12:47 PM | Best Science Books 2014: NBC News
As you all have no doubt noticed over the years, I love highlighting the best science books every year via the various end of year lists that newspapers, web sites, etc. publish. I’ve done it so far in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. And here we are in 2014! As in previous years,…

December 08, 2014

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5:02 PM | ACRL Digital Curation Interest Group Call for Proposals
The following announcement is posted on behalf of the ACRL Digital Curation Interest Group Team. The ACRL Digital Curation Interest Group is looking for proposals for our Spring Webinars and for ALA Annual 2015.   The group would like to host …read more
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4:12 PM | RDAP15 Call for Proposals
RDAP15, the sixth annual Research Data Access and Preservation Summit, is accepting proposals (max. 300 words) for panels, interactive posters, lightning talks, and discussion tables. Themes for RDAP15 were selected by this year’s planning committee with input from previous years’ …read more
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4:07 PM | Candy Canes 6, 7, and 8!
 December 6 - Share and Share Alike! One of the best characteristics of our profession is sharing. Librarians share things freely and openly. Unfortunately, I’m as guilty as anyone in too often forgetting this fact. Libraries, library organizations, and the like are GREAT places to find archives of useful materials. One of these is the archives […]
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12:39 PM | Best Science Books 2014: The Washington Post
As you all have no doubt noticed over the years, I love highlighting the best science books every year via the various end of year lists that newspapers, web sites, etc. publish. I’ve done it so far in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. And here we are in 2014! As in previous years,…

December 05, 2014

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4:00 PM | Candy Cane Countdown: Day 5
 December 5 - If you can’t beat ‘em, at least show them how to Google better! We librarians have our love-hate relationship with Google, for sure, but truth be told, we all know that it actually does provide a valuable service in many situations. No, it’s not the first spot I want to see a medical […]
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12:21 PM | Best Science Books 2014: Physics World
As you all have no doubt noticed over the years, I love highlighting the best science books every year via the various end of year lists that newspapers, web sites, etc. publish. I’ve done it so far in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. And here we are in 2014! As in previous years,…

December 04, 2014

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6:19 PM | Candy Cane Countdown: Day 4
Here we are at Day 4, folks. Doesn’t it feel like yesterday was just Day 1? Heh…  December 4 - Humanizing Medicine My great friend and colleague, Brandy King (of Knowledge Linking) sent me a nice email, after reading yesterday’s post, telling me that she love the countdown idea. I told her to feel free to […]
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12:53 PM | Best Science Books 2014: Library Journal
As you all have no doubt noticed over the years, I love highlighting the best science books every year via the various end of year lists that newspapers, web sites, etc. publish. I’ve done it so far in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. And here we are in 2014! As in previous years,…

December 03, 2014

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8:49 PM | Candy Cane Countdown (Days 1 – 3)
When I was young, my brother and I each had a “candy cane countdown” calendar to help us count the days until Christmas. It was a long strip of red felt, with 25 pieces of bright green yarn attached, to which my mother tied a candy cane. The last candy cane, Number 25, was a […]
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12:40 PM | Best Science Books 2014: New York Times 100 Notable Books
As you all have no doubt noticed over the years, I love highlighting the best science books every year via the various end of year lists that newspapers, web sites, etc. publish. I’ve done it so far in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. And here we are in 2014! As in previous years,…

December 02, 2014

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4:11 PM | Metadata Services for Research Data Management Call for Presentations
The ALCTS interest group of ALA has issued a Call for Presentations for the program “Metadata Services for Research Data Management” that will be held during the ALCTS Virtual Preconference “Planning for the Evolving Role of Metadata Librarians”, that will …read more
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3:58 PM | Laurea ad honorem in Scienza dei Materiali a Enrico Albizzati
Il 3 febbraio 2015 l’Università di Milano-Bicocca assegnerà a Enrico Albizzati la laurea magistrale Honoris Causa in Scienza dei materiali. Nell’occasione saranno consegnati gli “Innovation Grants Bicocca 2014”, istituiti per premiare la capacità di trasferimento sul territorio dei risultati della ricerca universitaria.Read more →
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3:28 PM | Is Nature’s “free to view” program a step back for open access?
News articles about scientific research often have misleading headlines meant to grab readers. News articles about scientific publishing are rarely subject to the same forces simply because... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:48 PM | Best Science Books 2014: Financial Times
As you all have no doubt noticed over the years, I love highlighting the best science books every year via the various end of year lists that newspapers, web sites, etc. publish. I’ve done it so far in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. And here we are in 2014! As in previous years,…

December 01, 2014

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1:58 PM | Evolving Scholarly Record and the Evolving Stewardship Ecosystem – Workshop Series
OCLC is sponsoring a series of workshops that build upon the framework presented in its recent research report The Evolving Scholarly Record. Workshops will be held in Washington, DC, Chicago, San Francisco, and Amsterdam. Seating is limited so you are …read more
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1:37 PM | Best Science Books 2014: Brain Pickings
As you all have no doubt noticed over the years, I love highlighting the best science books every year via the various end of year lists that newspapers, web sites, etc. publish. I’ve done it so far in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. And here we are in 2014! As in previous years,…
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