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Library News & Notes 1/22/10


Rowland Institute at Harvard
Library News & Notes
January 22, 2010

This is the final issue of Library News & Notes. I am grateful to have served as librarian in the Rowland Institute these past twelve years. The science keeps getting better and better. Thank you.

Quotes of the week

There is no way unless you’re dead, and even then there is still a question, that you’re not going to offend somebody. There’s always someone that’s going to get offended over something that somebody does. -Frank Zappa

Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes you got to spill the news … – Sonic Youth “Winner’s Blues”

Internet Sites of the Week


E-books bibliography
(Source: Anna Akerberg)

E-readers: the compatibility conundrum

How Copyright has Banished Millions of Books to History’s Scrapheap
(Source: Eric Rumsey)

The Writing on the Wall for Independents

Computers and Internet

Dewey Music: A Tool to Browse and Search the Millions of Tracks in the Internet Archive Music Library

Doing Real Time Search? Watch Your Word Order

Five for Friday (Five4Five) #1: A Casual Roundup of the Best Online Research Tools

(Source: Roy Kenagy)

How is the Internet changing the way you think?
(Source: bibliothekarin)

Logan airport planning free wi-fi rollout
See also: Passive Aggressive Wi-Fi Hotspots
(Source: A Cup of Jo)

PDFmyURL Generates PDFs from Any Web Address
(Source: Beyond the Black Stump)

for remote PC troubleshooting
(Source: Internet Legal Research Weekly)

Thoughts on To-Do Lists & Personal Information Management (PIM)

Tweaking an old router to extend a wireless network

5 Google Wave Search Tips for Research, Trends & Tracking
(Source: Pandia Search Engine News)


Bite-Size Marketing
(Source: The ‘M’ Word – Marketing Libraries)

Bridging the Silos: Creating sustainable research infrastructure with implications for digital scholarship
(Source: Bill Mayer)

The Condition of U.S. Libraries: Trends, 1999-2009
(Source: beSpacific)

Cornell Library Proposes New Model to Keep arXiv Going

Discovering Primary Source Material

(Source: markemoran)

Finding American Treasures With The New Archivist
(Source: ResourceShelf)

The Full Spectrum Librarian
(Source: SonjaandLibrary)

Harvard Library Twitter feed
(Source: Gloria Korsman)

Library Efforts to Index, Preserve and Catalog Blogs, Websites, Email Archives, Cyber Resources (summary)

Library IPhone apps – a short list

Library Related Conferences

Most Interesting Libraries of the World
(Source: bibliothekarin)

Science Online 2010: Scientists and librarians

Stop Freaking Out and Head to the Library!
Or, to quote @oodja, “1999 called. It wants its business model back.”

Why Libraries Exist
(Source: Christina Pikas)

yes, and…
(Source: sharon370)
See also: think in other categories

Scholarly Communication

LaTex Search Tool (beta)
Springer lit search w/LaTex strings
(Source: Robin Dasler)

Open and Evolving Scholarship

Very quick note on things that are used but not cited

Web of Conferences

Science and Technology

The Back-Channel of Science
(Source: John Dupuis)

Blogs you should be reading
women in sci-tech

Gathering clouds and a sequencing storm

How Soon Was Now?

Nano-Scale Robot Arm Moves Atoms With 100% Accuracy

Powering the national labs as engines of discovery

The Promise and Peril of Big Data
(Source: The Scout Report)

Science and Engineering Indicators 2010

(Source: Docuticker)

Small rise for US postdocs

A tale of two qubits: how quantum computers work

Time Crunch for Female Scientists: They Do More Housework Than Men

Tying Light in Knots

When science asks, what if
(Source: Science in the News)

Social Networks

Gary’s Social Media Count
(Source: Joseph Esposito)

How to Stop Boring Your Readers To Sleep

(Source: kbloemendaal)

7 Lessons for Better Networking with Social Media

(Sources: Library Web and Ellyssa Kroski)

That’s Life

Eight Tips for Maintaining Friendships

It Is Who You Know and Who Knows You

The Slow Issue
(Source: sustainable)

We’re taking Xavier home with us

Library News & Notes 1/8/10


Rowland Institute at Harvard
Library News & Notes
January 8, 2010

Happy New Year and New Decade

“How are things? Just as they are.”

Rowland News

Shriram Ramanathan, leader of the Oxides Research Group, is the editor of the recently published Thin Film Metal Oxides. Congratulations, Shriram!

Harvard Libraries News

Kathryn Allamong Jacob, curator of manuscripts at the Schlesinger Library, published King of the Lobby:
The Life and Times of Sam Ward, Man-About-Washington in the Gilded Age
. Congratulations, Kathryn!

Internet Sites of the Week


From Spotify to Bookify: how playlists could revolutionize the books market
(Source: Library Web

Pico Iyer on the tyranny of the moment

(Source: Roy Kenagy)

There’s More to Publishing Than Meets the Screen
(Source: JosephJEsposito)

A year of books

Computers and Internet

Google Nexus One review roundup
See also: Nexus One vs Droid vs iPhone [Comparison Chart]
(Source: The Proverbial Lone Wolf Librarian)

PayPal vs Fake PayPal: Can You Tell the Difference?
(Source: nahumg)

Thanks Technology
(Source: Paul Steinbrueck)

5 Reasons Why RSS Readers Still Rock
(Source: Michael Sauers)


Academic Library Learning Network

(Source: David Osterbur)

Accessing library catalogue & databases on your Mobile phone

Do Librarians Really Do That?
(Source: Shamsha Damani)

Harvard Hacks Away at its Priceless Libraries
(Source: HarvardNews)

In Praise of Public Libraries

Reasons for College Students to Use Libraries

Scholarly Legitimacy
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

Social Media, Libraries, and Web 2.0: How American Libraries are Using New Tools for Public Relations
(Source: New Jersey Library Association)

7 arguments for building new libraries

(Source: ALDirect)

10 Librarian Blogs To Read in 2010


Finding Happiness in Helping Those Who Have Less

How to Lower Your Cable Bill Now?

How to Protect Yourself From Identity Theft
(Source: Stephen’s Lighthouse)

Man Unable To Wear Nice Clothes Without Everyone Asking Questions

Peacefully Adrift as the Mississippi River Just Rolls Along

Scholarly Publishing

Should Copyright of Academic Works Be Abolished?

(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

Unheard Voices: Institutional Repository End-Users
(Source: ResourceShelf

Why Hasn’t Scientific Publishing Been Disrupted Already?

(Source: Joseph J. Esposito)

Who will pay for the arXiv?
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

Science and Technology

Academic research, DOE facilities are buoyed by recovery act

Accept Defeat: The Neuroscience of Screwing Up
(Source: Brad Pierce)

The Blueprints Database
(Source: Beyond the Black Stump)

biological wiki comparison
(Source: phylogenomics)

Cherry Murray seeks impact for next-generation global leadership

A Decade in Computational Structural Biology
(Source: Bradley Pallen)

Science networking

An Experiment on Prediction Markets in Science

How the Scientist Got His Ideas

How to Train the Aging Brain
(Source: CommonHealth)

logbook: the shortest report

The Nature of Cell Science

Postdockin’ in the free world

Resuscitating industrial research without monopoly money

Social Networking

How to: Build a Social Media Cheat Sheet for Any Topic
(Source: Xuemei)

How To Create the Perfect Facebook Fan Page
(Source: Xuemei)

How to Teach With Google Wave

Why Twitter Will Endure
(Source: Roy Kenagy)

10 Ways to Use Speed Networking in Your Job Search
(Source: Alexis S. Kim)

“think in other categories”


An interesting post shown to me yesterday is Kibbe and Klepper’s “EHRs for a Small Planet.” They borrow Rene Dubos’s “small planet” concept (Evidently, Dubos also first said “think globally, act locally) and underline five suggestions for the implementation of electronic health records on a small, manageble, measurable scale. Among their suggestions are: “Define success with local health and health care problems in mind;” use existing technology; concentrate on “the smallest unit of care delivery, with a focus on connectivity and communications; ” consider people’s desire for personal connections in using technology; and that “data – the message – is deliverable regardless of the sending or receiving applications, and independent of the network or transport layer that carries it.”

I’d like to consider these in light of my experience working in libraries.

1. Defining success locally connotates direct interaction with patrons and getting to know their needs, from the individual to the community (may include demographics, education-level, facility with technology, cultural competence, sensitivity to persons w/disabilities.) I’m able to do this in my current environment, working with the scientists at the Rowland Institute at Harvard. For example, one group I know studies bacterial motion. By getting to know their projects, I learn their interests may extend to forces on cells, communities of cells, statistical physics and mechanics, and microscopy and related instrumentation. What a patron requested once, they may like something similar or analogous to it in the future. Amazon, among others, really exploits this well with suggested purchases based on what similar buyers read and like, customer reviews and lists, and we have seen similar execution with communities such as LibraryThing and GoodReads. So I meet my patrons, share anything that may contribute (alerting the user to new books, papers, news stories, blog posts, etc.) and accept feedback and see what works. I apply this method to all the labs I serve and I maintain that this can be applied elsewhere. I have to engage with my patrons and demonstrate my commitment and my usefulness. What if there is no answer? It may be, as some say, “contented silence.” Or, maybe I can take the lesson from my college days. A professor was on the street and a student passed him and they greeted each other. “I came by your office the other day and you weren’t there, ” the kid said. “So what?” replied the professor. “You stopped trying?”

2. By “using existing technology, ” Kibbe and Klepper urge consideration of what’s available to us now, as opposed to investing in expensive EHR technology, software and hardware. Yes, we librarians need to keep current with new applications (such as databases and social networking) and see that our libraries are up-to-date with computer hardware and software. At the same, the barrier for adopting technology and getting a lot of computing power is lower than it ever has been. But using existing technology reminds me of Edwin Land‘s thinking, that the problem can be solved with the materials in the room at the time. And, with a certain amount of time and patience, alternatives appear. The expensive textbook the patron wants is not available; but maybe there are similar books which would fill the need, or maybe even an article, with all the databases at our reach in many academic and public libraries. One of my LIS professors emphasized to me that sometimes the article or the paper contains the essentials, the kernel, which would take longer to find in a book. This gentleman also drilled into me the concept “there’s a literature there to help you,” and that it’s unlikely that a problem hasn’t been experienced, written about and even solved by someone before me.

3. “The smallest unit of care delivery with a focus on connectivity and communications.” To care seems to me the essence of service provision. I am reminded of when my ex and I were flying to Minneapolis for the holidays and our flight was cancelled. Travellers were scrambling for alternatives. An irate older woman, listening to a flight attendant list her options, sputtered “I don’t care, ” to which the other replied “Well, I don’t care, either, Ma’am.” And sometimes, the problem may not be solved and it may appear that for some individuals the systems we have just don’t work. However, I have to be equal to every encounter with a patron, and if I don’t know the answer, ask for help, take the time to consider alternatives while considering the other person’s time. Sometimes, people have said to me “Sorry for disturbing you.” Sadly, many among us may think they’re coming to a busy office, rather than a library, and that the employees are very busy and not to be interrupted. (My mother, a reference librarian for more than thirty years, always kept a sign which read “please interrupt me.” For me, this means engaging with the individual now and thinking what might this person need and what can be done. And I am engaging with library users more (if not almost entirely) through email, and maybe I will through social networks. Many librarians consider Twitter and Facebook a waste of time. I need to be there because my current and potential patrons may be there, and while I’m there I am exposed to information about libraries and technology that I might not have learned about otherwise. And I have helped and been helped by people I would never have known otherwise. My world has expanded through social networks where as before it was so small. Nevertheless, there is nothing like the face-to-face, listening and responding encounter now, which makes the library a place worth seeking.

4. “Recognize that what sustains most information technologies is people’s desire to connect with one another.” Kippe and Klopper state that current EHR technology does nothing to alleviate barriers of communication among providers and nurses and between providers and patients. So what are the barriers of communication between my patrons and me? Kippe and Klepper add:

EHRs that can share data, information, and connect the experience of patients, caregivers and doctors more directly are much more likely to be utilized at the community level than EHRs that in essence capture and remove data, isolating them and their potential social uses in faraway databases that no one can get into.

What might that mean for libraries, service and interaction with patrons? Could it mean getting rid of arcane systems like LC, Dewey and MARC and adopting a more social experience for the user who could rank and recommend materials through the online catalog? Could it extend to Facebook pages, groups, Google waves, games, sharing among patron communities local and remote and sharing and collaboration between libraries to “save the time of the user” and supply the information to whomever needs it at that moment in time? (Kippe and Klopper mention the success of health social websites, that they are closing the “”collaboration gap” between patient and provider, or even patient and patient. Stephen Abram and others surely have thought more deeply about this than I am at the moment. And while we want a system that will serve the greatest number of people, it is the individual encounters between patron and librarian that make up my life – now. That’s my work. William James, in the Varieties of Religious Experience, spoke of the scholars who were not interested in individual religious experience but who rather demanded a God “who does a wholesale and not a retail business.” However, James went on to show, taking theology rather than one’s own individual experience, was like looking at the menu rather than having the meal. So it is with serving the patron in the moment, and we may never meet again or there may no acknowledgement. I keep on, this is what I do. It’s now.

5. Finally, Kippe and Klopper stress that the information can get where it’s going, that the sender and the recipient can both be served and accomplish what’s needed, regardless of the specific software/hardware or particular system. “[D]ata – the message – is deliverable regardless of the sending or receiving applications, and independent of the network or transport layer that carries it.” They go on to talk about the barriers to information sharing that would result if EHRs, for example, are kept behind “”walled gardens,” such that hospitals using different platforms can’t communicate with each other. Interoperability is key. Likewise, maybe a patron shouldn’t have to learn a new system just to use a library or access information. This could be the promise of open access, open data, social sharing, and a levelling of such barriers and an enhancement of communication and our lives.

I don’t remember where I heard the phrase “think in other categories, ” but Kippe and Klopper’s lucid proposals can be applied in other settings, with similar goals and potentially similar outcomes.

Library News & Notes 12/18/09


Rowland Institute at Harvard
Library News & Notes
December 18, 2009

Note: this is the last LNN for the calendar year. The next issue will be posted on January 8, 2010. Happy Holidays to one and all.

Quotes of the Week

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” ―Martin Luther King Jr.
(Source: Real Simple)

“Libraries: Unlike banks, we are still lending” – unknown
(Source: oodja)


Easy and Inexpensive Mechanics of Creating Your First E-book

The Future of E-Books

How to Destroy the Book
(Source: The Shifted Librarian)

Legal Battles Over E-Book Rights to Older Books
(Source: Matthew Fraser)

Open Content Alliance (OCA) vs. Google Books: OCA as superior network and better fit for an emerging global public sphere
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)
See also: Libraries Ask For Oversight Of Google Books Product
(Source: Bernie Sloan)

Preserving business models
(Source: Joseph J. Esposito)

Random House unveils book-excerpt sharing on Facebook
(Source: Library Web)

Women’s 2009 Books Enjoyed a Banner Year
See also: 8 Awesome Books By Women: An ’00s Virtual Bookshelf

Computers and Internet

Automated to Death

Clean Up and Revive Your Bloated, Sluggish Mac

Deep Web Research 2010
(Source: beSpacific)

A Deluge of Data Shapes a New Era in Computing
(Source: Michael T. Peper)

Google Collaborates with D-Wave on Possible Quantum Image Search

How to create a bootable Windows 7 USB flash drive

How to stream your next event live for free in 4 easy steps
(Source: The Shifted Librarian)

If web services were vintage paperbacks

PC Holiday Gift Guide

Send Large Files Of Any Size: Guide To The Best Tools And Services To Transfer Large Files
(Source: Internet Legal Research Weekly)

Slaves of the feed – This is not the realtime we’ve been looking for
(Source: Hacker News)
See also: Why We Don’t Care About Information Overload
(Source: MLx)

TeuxDeux: a simple online to-do list manager
(Source: Beyond the Black Stump)

The Top 10 Gadgets of Decade; Will the Data These Devices Hold Be Accessible in Another 10 Years?

The War for the Web

Wave Federation: Building An Open Network

YouTube unveils most-watched, most-searched list for 2009

100+ Sites to Download Everything Online
(Source: Lone Wolf Librarian)


Have the learners leapfrogged the teachers?
(Source: Library Web)

How to Prepare Your College for an Uncertain Digital Future

The Purposes of Learning Technology

Ten Steps to Successful Teaching
(Source: Hacker News)

Libraries and Archives

The All-Digital Library? Not Quite Yet

The Collaborative Imperative: Special Collections in the Digital Age
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

A Collaborative Learning Experiment: Top Ten Customer Service Skills for Library Staff

Cornell University Library Partners with the Internet Archive
(Source: ResourceShelf)

Daguerreotypes at Harvard
(Source: Jan Merrill-Oldham)

E-Books in the Sciences: If We Buy It Will They Use It

Electronic Scientific Data & Literature Aggregation: A Review for Librarians

How to Read Scientific Research Articles: A Hands-On Classroom Exercise

Librarians: The Secret to Narrative History

Rebecca says “librarians helped make my book possible to write” and “librarians rock!”
(Source: BoraZ)

Managing free and open access electronic resources
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

Of Moore and Magic
(Source: Librarian of Fortune)

Provost Addresses Library Changes

Question: What’s the biggest dead-end you ever hit in your research where you suddenly, unexpectedly found a way forward?
(Source: ResourceShelf)

Resource of the Week: A Freebie for Info Pros from ebrary

Search engine use behavior of students and faculty: User perceptions and implications for future research
(Source: ResourceShelf)

A Season of Change: How Science Librarians Can Remain Relevant with Open Access and Scholarly Communications Initiatives

Text Message Reference: Is It Effective?
(Source: Library Web)

Widening your Nets, Decentralizing your Web Services

Life, Family, Work and Money

Alphabet Updated With 15 Exciting New Replacement Letters

Career Victories

Ditch the Resume; Make a Chart Instead

The Encyclopedia of Counterintuitive Thought
(Source: The 99 Percent)

How Do You Say No?

How Remarkable Women Lead

(Source: HarvardNews)

How to measure product/market fit
(Source: Hacker News)

Job Hunting During the Holidays

A Long, Elaborate History Of Time
(Source: Randy Reichardt
Managing to Learn: The Discussion

Online Privacy and Reputation in Job Hunting

Performance Reviews that Energize

That Hobby Looks Like a Lot of Work

Underrated career skill: Asking questions

What Would a Fashionable Academic Wear to a Job Interview?
(Source: Fashionable Academics)

5 Ways to Do Less and Accomplish More

(Source: Girlie Girl Army)

Scholarly Publishing

Author Identification Systems
See also: Credit where credit is due

Citemine: preparations for the publish:filter revolution have begun

Dramatic Growth of Open Access

How do I feel about open-access journals? The president wants to know
(Source: BoraZ)

Open Access Encyclopedias
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

Open Their Eyes: How the Open Access Movement has Changed the Scholarly Publishing World for Academics
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

Scholars Seek Better Metrics for Assessing Research Productivity
See also: Another idea from the scholarly evaluation metrics workshop

Should Editors Influence Journal Impact Factors?
(Source: Joseph J. Esposito)

Snappy answers to stupid questions: an evidence-based framework for responding to peer-review feedback
(Source: laikas)

Sustaining On-line Research Resources
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

Timeline of a scientific article

(Source: BoraZ)

Science and Technology

Alice’s adventures in algebra: Wonderland solved
(Source: Liz Bryson)

Apollo: Reflections and Lessons

Atomic spins measure ultracold temperatures

The best books of 2009
New Scientist weighs in

A Christmas Reading List
(Source: Boing Boing)

Creating Citizen Scientists
(Source: Science in the News)

Did You Hear the One About the Former Scientist?

Evolution Going Great, Reports Trilobite

In which priorities clash

Laser Stretches 167 Miles

New NIH forms raise concerns
(Source: Science in the News)

Rain or Shine? Computer Models How Brain Cells Reach a Decision

Science-themed cookies for all your holiday baking needs

Scientists Crack ‘Entire Genetic Code’ of Cancer
(Source: Science in the News)

Slowed light breaks record

Lene Hau‘s latest breakthrough

Strange Physical Theory Proved After Nearly 40 Years
“growing the community of girls and women in science, technology and mathematics”
(Source: Under The Microscope)

Striking Out On Your Own

Talks that go pear shaped…

Top 9 organizations women in science should consider joining

Social Networking

Complete History of Social Networking
(Source: Matthew Fraser)

Conference Information: Managing Before, During and After

Facebook Suggests You Lie, Break Its Own Terms Of Service To Keep Your Privacy

A futurist’s view of the “next big thing” in social media

Six scientific steps to social media success

Tweet, Tweet, Retweet: Conversational Aspects of Retweeting on Twitter
(Source: ResourceShelf)

Twitter Is a Boon, But with a Catch
(Source: NAE Spotlight on Engineering, Technology, and Policy)

9 Tips for Enriching Your Presentations With Social Media
(Source: CyberlandGal)

Library News & Notes 12/11/09


Rowland Institute at Harvard
Library News & Notes
December 10, 2009

Quote of the week

“What a man hears he may doubt, what he sees he may possibly doubt, but what he does himself he cannot doubt.”
Seaman Knapp, as quoted in Atul Gawande, Testing, Testing: The health-care bill has no master plan for curbing costs. Is that a bad thing?

Rowland News

The upper surface of an Escherichia coli swarm is stationary
A new paper from the Berg lab, where they “deposited MgO smoke particles on the top surface of an E. coli swarm near its advancing edge, where cells move in a single layer, and then followed the motion of the particles by dark-field microscopy and the motion of the underlying cells by phase-contrast microscopy.”

Apex Green Roofs – New England Eco-Roof Installation-The Rowland Institute at Harvard

Internet Sites of the Week


The End of Book Publishing As We Know It
(Source: inkyelbows)

Formula to detect an author’s literary ‘fingerprint’
(Source: bibliothekarin via ResourceShelf)

“Find free ebooks and compare ebook prices for the Kindle, iPhone, Nook, Sony Reader and more!”
(Source: Peter Scott’s Library Blog)

Is an e-book a book?
(Source: bibliothekarin)

Jeff Bezos on Kindle & e-Books

(Source: Om Malik)

Ode to Books, or Why E-Book Readers Will Never Replace Them
(Source: ResourceShelf)

Some Things I Like the Best and the Least About eBooks
(Source: ResourceShelf)

10 strangest books in English
(Source: Amanda McNeil)

Computers and Internet

An App for Those With Airport Time to Kill

Dreaming of EDU Apps

Firefox note-taking add-ons are Web supersaver

Flash flood: the (very short) story of YouTube
See also: Quiet Tube
removes comments and adds from YouTube videos
(Source: Technology Tidbits)

The future of WiFi: gigabit speeds and beyond

Germany pays to fix Microsoft users’ computers

Google Visual Search Coming To Android
(Source: vroblespac)

Google, Washington Post and N.Y. Times create news tool

Great expectation for cutting-edge tech firms

How fake sites trick search engines to hit the top

How Search Engines Cope With Real-Time Data

How to be the world’s greatest ISP

How to fit a pharmacist in your pocket

Optimism as Artificial Intelligence Pioneers Reunite

A periodic table of visualization methods
(Source: Stephen’s Lighthouse)
See also: Swimming in Data? Three Benefits of Visualization

(Source: aabibliographer)

“Readability is a browser bookmarklet (sort of like a bookmark on steroids).”
(Source: Christina Pikas)

Ready for a Web OS?

A review of the main reference management softwares
(Source: tweeterpeter)

Stephen Wolfram: ‘I’m an information pack rat’

The Top 10 Gadgets of the Decade; Will the Data These Devices Hold Be Accessible in Another 10 Years?

Top 10 RSS & Syndication Technologies of 2009
(Source: Xuemei)

Transfer VHS Tapes to DVD

The Virtual Private Library and Deep Web

What the Real-Time Web Can Deliver

When Google Runs Your Life
(Source: msauers)
See also: Search Me
(Source: Jill Lagerstrom)
See also: Google Magazine
(Source: Cassandra Eckhof)

When Real Time Is *Not* Fast Enough: The Intention Web
(Source: Lone Wolf Librarian)

WhoCrashed Explains Why Your Windows PC Crashed
(Source: Beyond the Black Stump)

Why Websites Are Lost (and How They’re Sometimes Found)
(Source: ResourceShelf)


Faculty Calls For Library Funding (Harvard Crimson)
See also: Weiss to guide Library Implementation Work Group

The Implications of Web 2.0 for Academic Libraries
(Source: Peter Scott’s Library Blog)
See also: Social media adoption, policy & development
(Source: shamsha)

Increasing Retention Rates in Minority Librarians Through Mentoring
(Source: Peter Scott’s Library Blog)

Jumping onto the Bandwagon: New Librarians Navigating the Science/Technology Librarianship
(Source: Peter Scott’s Library Blog)

Staffless “library” opens up in King County

The USA PATRIOT Act and academic libraries: An overview
(Source: twittbraries)

Life, Family, Work and Money

Group Creativity

The Hidden Business Cost of Mental Illness
(Source: Sloan Work & Family Research Network)

How to Never Be Late For Work or Anything Again
(Source: Beyond the Black Stump)

How To Research A Legal Problem: A guide for non attorneys

Internet resources on violence against women
(Source: twittbraries)

The New Bootstrapping

New Study Reveals Most Children Unrepentant Sociopaths

Thoughts on the Future of Work

Three Ways to Keep Your Ego in Check
(Source: Matthew Fraser)

Tis the Season for Acceptance

Scholarly Publishing

Digital Repositories : An investigation of best practices for content recruitment to academic digital repositories and the conditions for their livelihood
(Source: DigitalKoans)

Does Reviewing Your Peers Create Better Results Than Peer-Review?
(Source: Joseph J. Esposito)

”Free” Open Choice – beware of Greeks bearing gifts
(Source: Ingegerd Rabow)

Google Campus Talks?

How to Cite Twitter and Facebook
Source: Amanda Clay)

Hybrid OA journals: A progression or a destination?

(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

International Standard Name Identifier
(Source: Ahmed Hindawi)

Missing Web References — A Case Study of Five Scholarly Journals
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

Overcoming barriers: access to research information
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

Scholarly Communications must be Mobile
(Source: BoraZ)

What is the impact of discovery tools on researcher self-archiving behavior?
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)


Bohr-Einstein Debates
(Source: Ars Physica)

Calculating how to tell atoms where to send their photons

Caltech Archives Presents “50 Years of ‘Plenty of Room'”
(Source: Dana Roth)

The Circular Logic of the Universe

Funding science research as a sustained enterprise
See also: Science Matters: It pays to fund research
(Sources: sciencegoddess; Steve Silberman)

He Must Be Joking
(Source: Catharine Zivkovic)

History of Medicine: Online Syllabus Archive
(Source: ResourceShelf)

Hubble peers deeper than ever into the universe

Mental health issues for researchers

More on proximity to industry – and similar ideas

New Model of the Universe Says Past Crystallizes out of the Future
(Source: Steve Silberman)

New Project Promotes Virtual Science Labs, Despite Skepticism
Russian physics network
(Source: Lev Malov)

A scientist talks about requirements for social software for scientists

Scientists Create World’s Smallest Snowman

Should we talk about disciplines?

What impact do posters have on academic knowledge transfer? A pilot survey on author attitudes and experiences

Why Bother?
ACS has a social networking site

Social Networks

the “blog” of “unnecessary” quotation marks
(Source: Manhattan User’s Guide)

Facebook, Twitter and More: The New Rules of Social Networking
(Source: Sharon Hayes)

Faux Friendship
See also: Social networking is not killing friendship

HOW TO: Start and Run a Successful Twitter Chat
(Source: AAUW)

Is Social Media Worth Your Time?
(Source: nahumg)

Personal Learning Networks

A Tale of Three Conferences
(Source: Simon J. Bains)

Texting, tweeting ought to be viewed as GR8 teaching tools, scholar says

Twitter Really Works: Makes $6.5 Million in Sales for Dell

8 Tips For Managing a LinkedIn Group
(Source: Robin Good)

10 Ways Bloggers Can Use Twitter

Library News & Notes 12/4/09


Rowland Institute at Harvard
Library News & Notes
December 4, 2009

Quotes of the Week

“I have one small drop of knowing in my soul. Let it dissolve in your ocean.” ~Rumi
(Source: Lori Moreno)

“When you give yourself, you receive more than you give.” -Antoine De Saint-Exupery
(Source: justsocial)

Rowland News

A High-Throughput Screening Approach to Discovering Good Forms of Biologically Inspired Visual Representation

David Cox and colleagues demonstrate potential advances in computer “vision” using powerful information processing and video game technology combined with principles from molecular biology in this PLoS Computational Biology paper.
Internet Sites of the Week


Best books of 2009: fiction
A list by the Christian Science Monitor, with links to reviews
See also: Book reviewers on the Web
(Source: Maxine Clarke)

‘The Cusp of Every Bibliomaniac’s Dream’

Funny conversations between book dealer and customers
(Source: Boing Boing)

Future of book publishing is unknowable
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

In defense of books
Article about Robert Darnton in the Gazette
See also: Google and the New Digital Future

An Introduction to the Mechanics of Writing a World Famous E-book

The Lost Pleasure of Browsing

One Way to Improve Your Book Sales

Protect eBooks Or Trust Customers To Do The Right Thing?
(Source: bibliothekarin)
See also: What Does it Mean to “Buy” an E-book?
(Source: O’Reilly Radar)
See also: Ten Predictions For The E-Reader/E-Book Market In 2010
(Source: Lisa Carlucci)

The Scholars’ Catalog Project
(Source: ResourceShelf)

Stop, you’re killing me
A website for mystery lovers
(Source: FreePint)

Computers and Internet

ACM Names 47 Fellows for Innovations in Computing, Information Technology
(Source: Computational Complexity

Best Websites of the Decade

Choose an ISP

DEC may be gone, but it’s not forgotten

How to YouTube with Success
(Source: The Kept-Up Academic Librarian)

If you want to test a man’s character, give him power*point
(Source: Hacker News)

Music library disaster? How to rip songs from your iPod

New Technologies That Save Time & Money


PC World’s Top 10 How-To Videos

Programmer search engine
(Source: Hacker News)

Test Your Internet Connection Speed

Tools for Remote Collaboration and Interaction
(Source: The Distant Librarian)

Top 8 Disposable Email Address Services

Top 10 Semantic Web Products of 2009
(Source: Library Web)

Verizon Droid: A 60-second review

Where Google Goes From Here, Part 1
See also: Why Should You Care About Google Wave?
See also: 5 things you can only do on Google Wave
(Source: mistygirlph)
See also: New Chrome Browser: Fast, Safe and Simple
See also: Un-Google Yourself
(Source: Sharon Hayes)


Another reason data services need librarians
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

Bookkeeping: The right library reforms will preserve the health of Harvard’s collections

Catalyzing Collaboration: Seven New York City Libraries
(Source: Digital Koans)

Enhancing ur work
(Source: ALA_TechSource)

The future of bookstores is the…
(Source: Bonnie Swoger)

The Hyperlinked Library in Times of Change and Challenge

(Source: Librarian in Black)

Information Architecture Principles: Use in a Library Setting

Information Society
“This collection includes several thousand of articles and books on the information society, in various languages, freely available for download.”
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

“The Law of Stackable Hamsters”
(Source: Roy Kenagy)

Lessons Learned: How College Students Seek Information in the Digital Age
(Source: ResourceShelf)

Libraries and crowdsourcing – 6 examples
(Source: Library Web)

Libraries Consider Merging Despite Faculty Questions
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

More Cuts Coming to Yale University Library
(Source: ResourceShelf)

Networking: Overcoming Your Hesitation

Next-Gen Libraries Presentation
(Source: Library Web)

North American Institutions Most Frequently Represented in High-impact Library Journals
(Source: Peter Scott’s Library Blog)

Preserving the Library in the Digital Age
(Source: The Distant Librarian)

So you want to write about libraries?

Social Construction of Authorized Users in the Digital Age
(Source: ResourceShelf)

What is the Next Trend in Usage Statistics in Libraries?

(Source: schopfel)

Life, Family, Work and Money

America Without a Middle Class
(Source: beSpacific)

Be Prepared
List of questions compiled from an academic job search

Beat stage fright at work

Control is an Illusion You Need to Let Go

Eight Tips to Know If You’re Being Boring

‘Fear of fear’ can lead to depression

Find a Mentor/Role Model
(Source: masswomen)
“Find the most on-time flight between two airports or check how late your flight is on average, in good weather and bad, before you leave.”
(Source: beSpacific)
Forgiveness: Letting go of grudges and bitterness
(Source: MEDLINEPlus)

Former Polaroid owner found guilty of running Ponzi scheme

How to make small talk

How to Prepare for a Performance Review

How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others
(Source: Hacker News)

How to Stop Taking Things Personally

Leverage the advantages of being an introvert at work

‘Tis the Season for Better Credit

When to Confront Someone: The Rule of Three
(Source: HarvardBiz)

Scholarly Publishing

Best Thinking
“Open access publisher and syndicator of journal quality content”
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

The next generation of electronic journals: prospects and problems

(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

Online Journals and the Evolving Genre Ecosystem of Science
(Source: BoraZ)

Open access and the Google book settlement

Paying for open access? Institutional funding streams and OA publication charges

Peer review, data quality, and usage metrics
(Source: Open Access News)

(Source: Stevan Harnad)
When Scholarly Publishers Reduce Author Rights in the Face of Open Access Initiatives
(Source: mrgunn)

Science and Technology

Beating the diffraction-limit using CARS microscopy

BioKM: Cloud-based Research Knowledge Management
(Source: mrgunn)

The complicated history of simple scientific facts
(Source: konfigmaster)

Division of Condensed Matter Physics Image Gallery
(Source: Condensed Concepts)

Ground-Breaking Science: Very Old Papers Are Both Awesome and Hilarious
(Source: Hacker News)

Imaging Cell Biology

Major scientists with blogs

MIT Mad Scientists Say Corpse-Reanimation Still 10 Years Away

The most important letter in your scientific career?

The Mystery of Bosnia’s Ancient Pyramids
(Source: Science in the News)

Physics Model Determines Dynamics of Friends and Enemies

Playing tricks with the speed of light

THE question

Read the ad, answer the ad

Research at the Intersection of the Physical and Life Sciences

Science Matters: It pays to fund research
(Source: sciencegoddess)

Scientist takes aim at her longtime silent scourge
(Source: Cameron Partridge)

Scientists demonstrate multibeam, multi-functional lasers
(Source: HarvardNews)

SEAS, Murray engineer solutions to global problems

Splitting Time from Space—New Quantum Theory Topples Einstein’s Spacetime

The Value of New Scientific Communication Models for Chemistry
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)
See also: Are chemists really grinches?
(Source: phylogenomics)

Where Are the Female Scientists in Research Articles?
(Source: Under the Microscope)
See also: More PhDs for women

Why should anyone give credence to industry sponsored research?
(Source: Andrew Spong)

Wired for Sound
list of science podcasts
(Source: Maxine Clarke

Wizard at circuits, physics

You Choose
Advice on selecting grad students for a lab

Social Networking

The Anti-Social-Network Social Network

Are Facebook Groups the New Drug Interventions?

Avoiding Twitter Spam

How Social Media Completely Changed Overnight
(Source: konfigmaster)

“I Want To Use Twitter For My Conference”
(Source: Roy Tennant)

Jack Dorsey on Square, How It Works & Why It Disrupts
(Source: Hacker News)

“Google alerts for Twitter lists”
(Source: rstoup)

mentionmap – a Twitter visualization

(Source: Sharon Hayes)

Social media in learning examples
(Source: neiljohnford)

The Tao of Tweeting

Twitter May Breed Better Socializers

Library News & Notes 11/20/09


Rowland Institute at Harvard
Library News & Notes
November 20, 2009

Note: there will be no LNN next week. Happy Thanksgiving!

Quote of the Week

“To be one with the truth for just a moment, Is worth more than the world and life itself.” ~Rumi
(Source: Sharon Hayes)

Rowland news

Howard Berg has a review paper in the special issue of Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology, “From bacterial chemotaxis to cellular systems biology: a tribute to Dennis Bray.”


Downloading Optimism
(Source: Boing Boing)

Interview with Boston Book Festival Participant Nicholas Negroponte
(Source: ResourceShelf)

Local Bookstores, Social Hubs, and Mutualization
(Source: Joe Esposito)

Revised Google Books Settlement
See also: Revised Google Settlement Offers Minor Changes on Antitrust Issue, No Response on Library Pricing
(Source: Bernie Sloan)
See also: Universities Add Their Own Search of Google Books
(Source: Michelle Pearse)
See also: Will Google survive Google Books?
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project
See also: Google’s Earth

Some Choice Book Blogs
(Source: Law Librarian Blog)

Why I’ll Never Buy a Kindle

Your Brain on Books

Computers and Internet

‘Augmented reality’ fuses your world and the Web

The dizzying ambition of Wolfram Alpha

Fixing E-Mail
(Source: NYT Technology Journalists)

Google’s Chrome OS is all about the Web

Hacker News
(Source: Jennifer Smith)

Internet meltdown unlikely

Microsoft Launches Pivot, A Radically New Visualization of Online Objects

New “Microformat” Could Change the Way We Read Online

New Web Site Makes Internet Time Traveling Easier

Online Maps: Everyman Offers New Directions
(Source: Cassandra Eckhof)

Only Disconnect
(Source: The 99 Percent)

Real-time newcomer Factery Labs finds you facts

Safe Mac Computing on an Unsafe Web
(Source: raduboncea

Search the real time web with LeapFish

SPDY: Google wants to speed up the web by ditching HTTP

A tale of two Diggs

What is Windows 7 Starter Edition?
See also: Migrating to Windows 7: Final Touches
See also: Running Windows 7 under OS X: Ars reviews VMware Fusion 3
See also: How To Change Default Programs In Windows
(Source: Beyond the Black Stump)
See also: Windows Clipboard Manager PasteCopy
(Source: Beyond the Black Stump)

Why Web widgets will invade your TV

Yahoo! Pipes: Relevant information on tap

7 Cloud Computing Myths Busted
(Source: raduboncea)
See also: Is Cloud Computing a Credible Solution for Education?


Academia vs. Business

FAS To Decrease Size of Faculty

Friends and Colleagues Search for a Missing Scholar, Philip Agre

Herc – Higher Education Recruitment Consortium | Academic Jobs

(Source: Angela Healy)

Learning’s online fate
(Source: Harvard in the News)

The MCZ at 150


E-Science Survey Preliminary Results and Resources Released
(Source: ResourceShelf)

From Widener to the Web

Harvard College Library YouTube Channel
(Source: Harvard Music Library)

Improving Library Services: Using Mashups

Library Terms That Users Understand
(Source: slait)

Mobile Access to E-Books at Yale
(Source: oodja)

New Librarianship

(Source: The Shifted Librarian)

Old Boston, New Ways
(Source: j’s scratchpad)

Quotes on the Value of Libraries
(Source: Library Web)

Reviving the Academic Library

This Book Is Overdue: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All by Marilyn Johnson
(Source: Library Web)

Life, Family, Work and Money

Caregiver Crunch: How To Find Affordable Care

Change Your Culture by Changing Your Stories
(Source: HarvardBiz)

Don’t be a snob about career advice

Duck! It’s the Holidays
(Source: Cassandra Eckhof)

How To Keep Track Of What You’ve Learnt
(Source: The 99 Percent)

How To Remember Things
(Source: The 99 Percent)

Social Networking Explodes As Job-Search Tool
(Source: ResourceShelf)

Social security

Study: Soft skills highly valued by employers
(Source: Heather Huhman)

Scholarly Publishing

Article-Level Metrics and the Evolution of Scientific Impact
(Source: Theo Bloom)

Bridging the DiGital Divide: A New Vendor in Town? Google Scholar Now Includes Case Law
(Source: beSpacific)

Elsevier Begins Pilot of Cutting-Edge Research Tool Named “Reflect” in the Journal Cell
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

Faculty Perspectives on Open Educational Resources and Open Access
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

Mendeley,, could be world’s largest online research paper database by early 2010
(Source: LibraryStuff

No Journal Access? Email the Author, Colleague
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

Participation Value and Shelf-Life for Journal Articles
(Source: tweeterpeter)


Revisiting OA Priorities
(Source: Stevan Harnad)

‘SciPlore MindMapping’ – A Tool for Creating Mind Maps Combined with PDF and Reference Management

Science and Technology

Academic Researchers’ Conflicts of Interest Go Unreported
(Source: Harvard in the News)

AIM problem lists
Unsolved math mysteries
(Source: Slashdot)

BioTorrents – a file sharing resource for scientists
(Source: phylogenomics)

Careering out of control
See also: Advice on a research career

Chempedia Lab
“A place to ask and answer questions about experimental chemistry.”
(Source: Christina Pikas)

Congress rejects most of Chu’s energy ‘Bell Lab-lets’

Effective Lab Skills: Managing People, Projects, and Money

Emerging shortages
“Some of the world’s fastest-growing economies are facing science and engineering workforce shortfalls.”

Family versus science

FutureGrid to provide platform for experimental computation

The Google Phone Is Very Real. And It’s Coming Soon
See also: Is There a Method in Cellphone Madness?

Making Science Sexy

Nature Medicine Classics Collection

New Brain Cells May Knock Out Old Memories

Next-generation sequencing data analysis

Open science at web-scale: Optimising participation and predictive potential
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

Physics, Astronomy Degree Production Is Up, Says AIP

Quantum potential

Record-Breaking Radio Astronomy Project to Measure Sky with Extreme Precision

Report: Fiber Optics Not A Real Thing

Ripples in space divide classical and quantum worlds

Research supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
(Source: Chronicle of Higher Education)

Seeking a Shorter Path to New Drugs

Sticker Shock

Stimulus grant to enhance arXiv e-preprints for scientists
(Source: tweeterpeter

Taking the plunge into the animated ocean

Twitter Lists of Health and Science
(Source: tweeterpeter)

The Unraveling of the Real 3D Mandelbulb
(Source: Mandelbulb)

The Virtual Lab Book
(Source: the Scout Report)

Social Media

Conference Humiliation: They’re Tweeting Behind Your Back
See also:
Tweckling Twitterfolk: Chronicle Readers React to the New World of Twitter Conference Humiliation

See also: Why your major academic conference doesn’t have (good, free) wireless internet
(Source: Karen Schneider)
See also: Life is a Conference (Oh Chum)
(Source: tweeterpeter)

Free Tools and Applications For More Efficient Online Interaction
(Source: beSpacific)

How Can Social Networks Become Smarter?

Magntize Helps You Build a Simple Social Media Business Card
(Source: Matthew Fraser)

The Nervous Breakdown
(Source: Lisa Moricoli-Latham)

Reputation enhancement redux

Top 5 Must-Read Social Media Books

(Source: HarvardSocial)

Tracking A Million Conversations
(Source: HBSmktg)

Twitter and the learning technology stream
(Source: tweeterpeter

We mean you no harm
(Source: ReadWriteWeb)

What makes a blog successful?

Wikis in the workplace: a practical introduction

YouTube to Help Sites Gather News Clips
(Source: Google News)

3 Flavors of Social Search: What to Expect

5 Impressive Real-Life Google Wave Use Cases
(Source: reffervescent)
See also: A Google Wave Cheat Sheet
(Source: shamsha)

10 Ways to Archive Your Tweets

New Books

November 14 -20, 2009

No new books received this week.

Howard Berg commentary in journal special issue on bacterial chemotaxis


The most recent Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology features the theme “From bacterial chemotaxis to cellular systems biology,” in tribute to Dennis Bray. It includes Rowland’s Howard Berg‘s commentary The Gain Paradox.

Harvard affiliates follow this link.

Library News & Notes 11/13/09


Rowland Institute at Harvard
Library News & Notes
November 13, 2009

“A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere” – Groucho Marx
(Source: Cassandra Eckhof)

Internet Sites of the Week


Hate reading text online? There IS a better way…

How to Purchase Books Online for Less
(Source: hrouda)

Kindle readers beware – big Amazon is watching you read 1984
(Source: Liz Bryson)

Publishers and Booksellers Rally to Support eBooks and eReaders
(Source: Peter Scott)

Push-Button Books

The Second Generation of e-Book Readers is on the Way
(Source: Library Web)

Computers and Internet

The Age of the Informavore
(Source: Liz Bryson)

Clicker launches for all–watch it
Online video and TV directory
(Source: raduboncea)

Copyright overreach takes a world tour
(Source: lapsedluddite)
See also: A Call for Copyright Rebellion

Google Dashboard: Its unintended uses (and abuses)

Google: Free Wifi at Logan, other airports

Google Wave: Better than Twitter for Conference Chatter?
(Sources: Library Web; Ellyssa Kroski)
See also: Uncovering the meaning of Google Wave for publishers
(Source: TheOccasional)

A glut of Google can give you a virtual fever

Harvard’s Web Ecology Project
Part 1 and Part 2
(Source: BoraZ)

How to Read 622 RSS Feeds

It’s All Semantics: Searching for an Intuitive Internet That Knows What Is Said–And Meant
See also: The Rapid Evolution of Search
(Source: asu132

“Experience magazines online”
(Source: Bernie Sloan)

Marissa Mayer: The Visionary
(Source: NYT Technology Journalists)

Open and Save DOCX Files Without an Upgrade

QOTD: protocol-based time travel for the web

Rev The Engines: Bing Video Pulls In Hulu And YouTube

U.S. to speed up broadband plan

Where Are the Mile-High Hookups?

Wikipedia Bookshelf Project
(Source: Peter Scott)
See also: Wikipedia: How Accurate Is It?
See also: Edit This Page: Is it the end of Wikipedia?
(Source: Colleen McCaffrey)


In Case You Didn’t Know: Harvard Is In A Lot Of Movies

Queer Artist Speaks at Women’s Center


Bookless Libraries?

Bubbles, Panics & Crashes: A Century of Financial Crises, 1830s – 1930s
(Source: Laura Linard)

Climbing out of the “Ivory Tower”
(Source: Peter Scott)

How to be a person: Tips and tricks for virtual reference
(Source: Peter Scott)

In Face of Professors’ ‘Fury,’ Syracuse U. Library Will Keep Books on Shelves

Librarians and the Future of Work

Libraries and the future of search
(Source: Jacqueline Snider)

Libraries check out the eBook
(Source: ResourceShelf)

The Ripple Effect: Part 1 Extending the library’s reach
(Source: Peter Scott)

Rise Of The Web Librarian: An Elegant DMOZ Solution
(Source: Pandia Search World)

Support for the Research Process: An Academic Library Manifesto

(Source: Peter Scott)

University Libraries’ report issued

Report of the Task Force on University Libraries
(Source: Steven Hyman)

Web 2.0, Marketing and Libraries
See also: Web 2.0 and Libraries

Life, Family, Work and Money

Everyday Creativity

How to invest your 401(k)
See also: A 401k No-No

How to Write a Mission Statement that Isn’t Dumb
(Source: The 99 Percent

Over 50, and zero job offers
See also: Dealing with Age as an Older Job-Hunter

The Secret to Learning is Unlearning
(Source: Lone Wolf Librarian )

Self-Employed Retirement Magic

Top 10 Clever Fixes for Your Broken Stuff
(Source: Beyond the Black Stump)

Scholarly Publishing

European University Presses Fold, Consolidate in Economic Downturn
(Source: Michelle Pearse)

If It’s Broke, Fix It

Is Peer Review Broken?
(Source: Theo Bloom

Learning to share
(Source: Stevan Harnad)

Open Access Memberships: Are Libraries Paying Too Much?
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project

University Public-Access Mandates Are Good for Science

Science and Technology

Adding a Sixth Sense to Your Cellphone

Bad Decisions May Be Contagious

Cell size and scale
(Source: Boing Boing)

Choose From the Latest Sound Systems

Discovery launches science news Web site

A Dream Interpretation: Tuneups for the Brain

Emotions Influence Perception of Pain
(Source: psychcentral)

Federated Search – Don’t Get Caught Taking the Narrow View of What is Possible

info on cellular reception in different US locales
(Source: beSpacific)

A Laboratory for Mixing Art and Science

LED Galaxy Dress: The World’s Largest Wearable LED Display

Mimicking the building prowess of nature

New report calls for family-friendly policies in science

Preparing for Behavioral Interviews

Pushing light beyond its known limits
(Source: lsmarshall)

Radio Stories Feature Women with Disabilities in Science

Ranking scientists

The Science Behind ‘Stop Me If I’ve Told You This’

A Scientist’s Guide to Academic Etiquette

Sheila Widnall

Should you buy refurbished electronics?

Strength in science collaboration

Sympathy tips for Physicists

Tactics for Successful Grant Writing

Time to take gene therapy seriously

Want a Solution? Try Offering a Prize
(Source: Science in the News), the unique international platform for holding electronic conferences for scholars
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

Social Networks

How Twitter is Changing the Face of Media
(Source: libraryfuture)

I’m Innocent. Just Check My Status on Facebook

Social Networking and the New Me
(Source: Sharon Hayes)

(Source: Beyond the Black Stump

Twitter links to LinkedIn

How to make business travel manageable

New Books
Received November 7 – 13, 2009

Geometry of Quantum States
Bengtsson, Ingmar and Karol Zyckowski
(Cambridge, 2006)
QC 174.12 .B453 2006
Requested by M. Burns

Library News & Notes 11/6/09


Rowland Institute at Harvard
Library News & Notes
November 6, 2009

Quote of the Week

““The question once was, ‘What can a library be?’ Today the question is, ‘What can a library do?’ Formerly it was a question of resources, of number of books, of wealth, of material. Now, it is rather a question of effectiveness, of vitality, of influence in the community.”

—Springfield (Mass.) Public Library Director John Cotton Dana, 1898, in Chalmers Hadley, John Cotton Dana: A Sketch (Chicago: ALA, 1943), pp. 40–41.
(Source: Judith Seiss)

Also – from Highwire Press publishing symposium in DC (10/28/09 – OK, it’s last week): Question about open access rep at Harv – from publisher “Do the faculty like the policy that their bad version is published in Dash?”
(Source: Bill Mayer)

Also – A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere-Groucho Marx
(Source: CliftonWiens)

Internet Sites of the Week


Dream of a Universal Bookstore

E-Readers May Not Solve Publisher Woes Yet

E-readers: To be open or not to be open — that is the question
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

The Future of Reading
(Source: beSpacific)

Getting the best read on your smartphone
(Source: Library Web)

Harvard Square book stand back, despite lack of permit

Kindle for the Academic

Computers and Internet

Bend Your Browser: Customize Firefox 3.6

Combine search, bookmarks and RSS with 43 Marks

Convert Photos To PDF
(Source: Beyond … The Black Stump)

For Web Search, the Time Is Now
(Source: Library Stuff)

Google Goes Mobile

Google looking to grow in Cambridge’s Kendall Square
See also: Google CEO Schmidt: On tech, innovation, Google Wave and Maps Navigation
See also: Google Takes on the World
See also: Google’s new revenue stream: books and music
See also: Google providing better view of personal data

The Government Domain: A Handful of Classics
(Source: beSpacific)

Harvard students win mobile app contest

How To Charge Your Laptop
(Source: NYT Technology Journalists)

Listen, watch, read — computers search for meaning

MassTLC honoree Beranek traces a trail of tech and business achievement

More Tech for Older People

Now we know where we stand, and it’s about time
See also: GPS Is Destroying Your Brain

Revisiting Google Squared

Seven secrets of a Steve Jobs presentation

Startup lets you pick up dinner with the flip of a phone

Triple Boot Mac OS, XP, and Linux on a Mac

Ultimate jukebox is next step in net music

Where Next for Openness?

See also: State of open source software at 25

Where to Download the Latest Windows 7 Drivers

Windows 7 Pins – Pin and Unpin in Windows 7

Windows 7: What You Should Know About XP Mode

50 Common Mac Problems Solved
(Source: Sharon Hayes)


Another Reason to Dislike Harvard Alums

A day in the life of President Faust
See also: Leadership Without a Secret Code
(Source: Harvard in the News)

Harvard Kennedy School: Social Media, Blogs and RSS
(Source: Kennedy_School)

Harvard to become largest institutional buyer of wind power in New England

Harvard Women’s Soccer earns 9th Ivy title!
(Source: HVClub)

How to Talk Like an Intellectual

Minority Students Earned Greater Number of Academic Degrees in Fiscal Year 2006

15 Questions with Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

45: 45: 10
Research Teaching Service ratios

Health and Medicine

Global Library of Women’s Medicine
(Source: Internet Resources Newsletter)

Healthcare’s Google-Facebook-Twitter Platform
(Source: amcunningham

Hospitals Make Slow Progress in Harnessing the ‘Social’ Aspects of Social Media

Privacy is Contextual

(Source: omowizard)


Collaborating in the Clouds: Selecting Tools

From the Stacks
Interview with Lisa Johnston, science librarian at University of Minnesota
(Source: Kristine Fowler)

Have a Very Merry Library Christmas!
(Source: Library Web)

Internet Librarian 2009: Librarians Get Enterprising

Internet Librarian wrap up

Is There a Future for Special Libraries?

Library Camp: How to Run an Unconference at Your Library

(Source: Stephen’s Lighthouse)

Living Digital: The Future of Information and the Role of the Library
(Source: Pamela Bluh)

New Laws
Featuring “the 5 laws of library catalogs for the 21st century”
(Source: Stephen’s Lighthouse)

New library should make Cambridge feel proud

NIH Library AllPlus Search Demo
(Source: kowalskibob)

Public libraries and the Internet 2008-2009: Issues, implications, and challenges
(Source: Peter Scott’s Library Blog)

Public Libraries Step Into Job-Search Niche

Purpose, Values and All That Jazz
(Source: Peter Scott’s Library Blog)

Rare Books Don’t Always Live in Glass Cases
(Source: ResourceShelf)

Sacred Cows

Save the Books

Shanachie interview with the Librarian in Black

SLA Recognizes Five Early-Career Information Professionals as Rising Stars

Sneaking the social web into your library

Social Media Metrics

A Space to Collaborate

Surviving in the New Information Ecology
See also: Neither Black Nor White, but Survival
(Source: Eric Rumsey

Tweeting Harvard librarians and libraries

Web 2.0 for library patrons

Life, Family, Work, Money

Actively cultivate champions to advance your success

Bank Notes: a collection of Bank Robbery Notes
(Source: Boing Boing)

Brother Blue dead at 88; Was storyteller to generations
He was a fixture in Harvard Square and admired my daughter’s blue eyes when she was a baby.

Effective communications take employees from survive to thrive

Facebook your way to a new job?

FAQ: Should I buy that extended warranty?

Find the VALUE in formalizing informal mentoring

First, be honest about what you want

How Do I Make My Resume Stick?

How to Be Assertive Without Being Arrogant
(Source: Beyond … The Black Stump)

i wanted wings

Need a Job? Talk to a Stranger
(Source: ACM Career News)

Neurodiversity & The Workforce (Asperger’s)

Race, Politics and American Media

Rethinking Laundry in the 21st Century
(Source: Cassandra Eckhof)

Retirement Revised
“Retirement planning, retirement investing and retirement jobs”
(Source: Neat New Stuff on the Net)

(Source: Boing Boing)

Staying Connected After a Layoff

Tools of the Travel Trade

Women, Peace and Security: Challenges Ahead

10 Tried-and-True Tips for Switching Industries
(Source: ACM Career News)

12 keys to becoming a power networker

50 job interview questions and answers: How you never should but always wanted to answer them
(Source: Sharon Hayes)

Scholarly Publishing

AAU Scholarly Publishing Roundtable Status Report
(Source: Ann Okerson)

Buying PDFs: truth and consequences
(Source: Open Access News)

Cloud Computing and Repositories: Fedorazon: Final Report

The End of Impact Factors as a Measure of Research Quality

Knowledge as a public good

The last stand of non-open access scholarly journal publishers
(Source: Andrew Spong)

Open Access Week – Interview with Peter Suber

(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

What’s the future of OA?
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)


The Benefits of Investments in Basic Research

Career resilience

Chemistry in Second Life
(Source: Useful Chemistry)

Courting Generation Y

Down But Not Out

Frontiers in Crystalline Matter: From Discovery to Technology

How to Reject a Paper: Advice from a Chain Letter

The importance of stupidity in scientific research (and in writing)
(Source: ccziv)

Industry support of academic life science research may be dropping

License to Wonder

The New Science of Temptation
(Source: Science in the News)

New wrinkle in old approach
Harvard SEAS researchers gain new insights about glass formation

Open Source Science? Or Distributed Science?
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

Posted Science and Engineering Jobs Continued to Decline in October

Shunning science for higher-paying careers

Stop selling out science to commerce

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Social Networking

An Application to Help Scrub Those Regrettable Photos From Facebook

Getting political on social network sites: Exploring online political discourse on Facebook
(Source: Peter Scott’s Library Blog)

Google’s Twitter Algorithm
(Source: HarvardSocial

The Greatest Generation (of Networkers)
(Source: John Palfrey)

How to Avoid Malware on Facebook and Twitter: 8 Best Practices
(Source: raduboncea)

How To Rip Video From Facebook

(Source: Robin Good)

How to Think Of Blog Posts
(Source: GeekGirlCamp

HOW TO: Use Twitter Lists
See also: Twitter Lists – No RSS Feed?? No Problem!!
(Source: glambert)

A Look At NASA’s Social Media Program
(Source: Sharon Hayes)

Mob Rule! How Users Took Over Twitter
(Source: raduboncea)

The one where we launch TWOOTER!

(Source: Library Web)

manage all social network profiles in one place
(Source: I want to)

Protect Your Kids from Profanity-Laden YouTube Comments

Six Social Media Trends for 2010

Social Isolation and New Technology
(Source: beSpacific)

Transform the business’s image through social media

Tweetajob: A new service to help people find work via Twitter

7 Things You Should Know About Google Wave
(Source: Xuemei)

14 social media lessons we can all learn
(Source: Sharon Hayes)

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