August 12, 2014

3:29 PM | Opening for Science Collections Librarian at Tufts University
The Tisch Library at Tufts University, has recently announced a job opportunity for a Science Collections Librarian. For further details:  
2:25 PM | Application deadline for OpenCon 2014 is August 25th
OpenCon 2014 will be held in Washington DC November 15-17th. This workshop is geared to students of all levels, early career researchers, and young professionals in fields related to scholarly and scientific research (e.g. librarians, professional advocates, etc.). OpenCon 2014′s …read more
12:51 PM | Developing a for-credit course on data management
Submitted by Sarah Wright, Life Sciences Librarian for Research at Cornell University’s Albert R. Mann Library We all know that instruction is a major part of librarians’ jobs, but more specialized instruction opportunities, like educating students about data and research …read more

August 11, 2014

11:54 AM | Fragile knowledge of coding and software craftsmanship
To continue the ongoing discussion, I think my concerns and experiences with informal education in coding (and perhaps formal education offered to those not being groomed into being software engineers or developers) fall into two piles: fragile knowledge and craftsmanship. Fragile knowledge. Feynman (yes, I know) described fragile knowledge of physics as learning by rote […]

August 08, 2014

9:08 PM | What I want/need in a programming class
Abigail Goben (Hedgehog Librarian) has a recent blog post discussing some of the shortcomings she's identified in the various coding courses she's taken online and the self-study she has done. I think my view overlaps hers but is not the same. Instead of try to compare and contrast, I'll say what I've seen and what […]
7:09 PM | This, That, and a Bit of The Other Thing
I like to make the cards that I give to people. Yes, I too often give in and buy the prefabricated ones, but even then, I try very hard to pick ones out that are blank inside, not substituting anyone else’s words for my own. I like the handmade touch. I have a small box […]
5:00 PM | Friday Fun: McAfee unveils first homeopathic antivirus software
Ah, News Biscuit. You’ve nailed this one. What’s next? Homeopathic dishwasher detergent? In any case, enjoy a taste but make sure you read the whole thing. It’s very funny! McAfee unveils first homeopathic antivirus software “Our customers are increasingly demanding Anti-Virus software that has no discernible effect on the performance of their laptops and other…
11:44 AM | Reading Diary: Wizards, Aliens, and Starships: Physics and Math in Fantasy and Science Fiction by Charles L. Adler
Only rarely in my life as a reviewer do I get books that seem to be absolutely perfectly suited for me. This is certainly the case with Charles L. Adler’s Wizards, Aliens, and Starships: Physics and Math in Fantasy and Science Fiction, a book that combines my love for science and my love for science…

August 06, 2014

8:48 PM | The bad news is “AAAS Names New Science Publisher”, the good news is Walt Crawford’s Open Access Trilogy
It seems that the American Association for the Advancement of Science has just announced the new publisher of it’s flagship family of Science journals: AAAS CEO Alan I. Leshner today announced the appointment of Kent Anderson, a past president of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SPP), to serve as Publisher of the Science family of…
6:14 PM | The results are nice, but what I really need to know is HOW you did it
For the past few days I’ve been at the 2014 Library Assessment Conference in Seattle, WA. It has been a great conference and I’ve got tons to think about and lots to do when I get back to work. As I listen to all of the presentations one of the biggest things that strikes me […]
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…
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