August 06, 2014

12:44 AM | John Oliver as an Instruction Librarian
I’ve been a big John Oliver fan from his time at the Daily Show and his weekly podcast with Andy Zaltzman, The Bugle, but I never knew just how effective he could be as an instruction librarian. Just watch this video below as he carefully examines the emerging media form of native advertisements and the problems […]

August 05, 2014

2:31 PM | Data Dictionaries
Recently, I was reading through Christie Bahlai’s excellent roundup of spreadsheet best practices when I started thinking about documenting spreadsheets. You see, best practices say that spreadsheets should contain only one large data table with short variable names at the top … Continue reading →

August 04, 2014

3:31 PM | NECDMC goes to Las Vegas: ALA 2014 and ‘Dry Heat/Blue Legs’
Submitted by Regina Fisher Raboin, Data Management Services Group Coordinator,  Science Research & Instruction Librarian, Tisch Library, Tufts University You know the oft-quoted phrase, “Whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”? Well, I did hear this line many, many times …read more

August 01, 2014

7:39 PM | Again with curiosity (Library Instruction West 2014)
So, not only was this conference in Portland but it was also awesome.  Thanks one more time to Joan Petit, Sara Thompson, and the rest of the conference committee who put on such a great event. Marijuana Legalization Papers Got You Down?  You Won’t Believe What We Did About It! Hannah Gascho Rempel & Anne-Marie […]
5:33 PM | Tempesta solare: cosa fare per non essere impreparati
Prima o poi arriverà, anche se è impossibile stabilire quando: una super tempesta solare capace di mettere in ginocchio linee elettriche, provocando estesi blackout, e di mandare in tilt i satelliti Gps e quelli per le telecomunicazioni. Ne sono convinti i ricercatori…Read more →
12:07 PM | John Scalzi (sort of) on the relationship between libraries and publishers
In a recent post on his Whatever blog, science fiction writer John Scalzi makes some very fine points related to the ongoing controversy surrounding the way Amazon treats various publishers and how this affects authors. He makes great points throughout the post and with a little tweaking we can very easily apply his remarks to…

July 31, 2014

5:06 PM | Mom always said: Clean as you go
But do we listen? Not so much. Turns out MPOW (a division of a larger institution) has not deleted *any* borrower records since we merged into the larger institution's catalog maybe 10 years ago. We used to have our own catalog back in the day. No idea how much we maintained that stuff either - […]
3:22 PM | High Hanging Fruit: On ETDs and Data
By Andrew Creamer, Scientific Data Management Specialist, Brown University Library Six years ago Ubogu and Sayed (2008) conducted a survey of members of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) about their handling of ETDs and their associated …read more
4:06 AM | Practice & the tenure question
I feel odd weighing in here, because I have actively not joined the conversation on twitter.  Between a conference, putting one project to bed and ramping another one up – I knew that I would not be able to keep up there so I consciously stayed away.  And I also knew that I needed some […]

July 30, 2014

7:15 PM | LuBeC 2014: a Lucca si parla di Beni culturali, Tecnologia e Turismo
LuBeC del decennale si svolgerà a Lucca, al Real Collegio, dal 9 all’11 ottobre, e sarà Beni Culturali – Tecnologia – Turismo. Europa, giovani, lavoro e terzo settore. Come ogni anno la manifestazione sarà incentrata sul tema della valorizzazione dei…Read more →

July 28, 2014

4:23 PM | All of the Data that’s Fit to Collect
My graduate thesis in exercise physiology involved answering a research question that required collecting an awful lot of data before I had enough for analysis. I was comparing muscle fatigue in males and females, and in order to do this I had to find enough male-female pairs that matched for muscle volume. I took skin […]
1:56 PM | A Library School Student’s Reflections on Science Boot Camp
Submitted by Simmons GSLIS student Jennifer Chaput, recipient of the 2014 Science Boot Camp Fellows scholarship. As a new library science student, I was intrigued when I heard about Science Boot Camp, and am grateful that I was able to …read more
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