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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 12/4/09


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.

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

Tweeting Harvard librarians and libraries


A recent Crimson article discussed the popularity of the Harvard Twitter feed, as well as sampling some tweets from people on campus. No Harvard librarians mentioned, nor did a recent panel (convened by Harvard’s ABCD – Social Media User’s Group) include any librarians as speakers. There are several of us Harvard librarians and libraries on Twitter, however, and this post highlights some that are known to me. (A comprehensive listing and stream of Harvard tweeters was set up by David J Malan’s CS50 course.) (Harvard affiliates can add their Twitter accounts to this site.)

George Clark, Environmental Research Librarian at Lamont Library, posts about environmental issues, sustainability, alternative energy and government information. He also penned an article on environmental research using Twitter for Environment magazine.

Michelle Pearse, Librarian for Open Access Initiatives & Scholarly Communication at Harvard Law School Library writes about open access publishing (particularly in law and related fields,) new publishing formats and initiatives, and new technology. Michelle organized the Harvard Open Access Week events on October 19 and 23 and live tweeted them.

Berkman co-director and Harvard Law School Library Director John Palfrey, author of Digital Natives, among other works, tweets on youth and social media and intellectual property concerns in the digital environment, as well as events at the Law Library and Berkman. (Also see John’s blog (for discussions longer than 140 characters.)

Widener Library‘s Head of Resource Sharing, Tom Bruno, shares links and commentary on library-related topics such as the future of libraries and new formats such as e-books, as well as documenting the evolution of his serial novel Confessions of a Gourmand, and bemoaning Red Sox losses.

Kennedy School librarian Abby Clobridge tweets about libraries, education and the online world, software and social networking questions.

Loeb Music Library, Kennedy School Library, and the Harvard Law School Library all have Twitter feeds, through which they share information on new resources and events of interest to their communities. Librarians and libraries also answer questions posted within their user group, post queries themselves, and have either set up Twitter lists of individuals with shared interests or have been included in such lists.

Follow me @notinmy.

Library News & Notes 10/23/09


Rowland Institute at Harvard
Library News & Notes
October 23, 2009

Internet Sites of the Week


Academic Libraries, Publishers, and Digital Books

Amazon, Wal-Mart battling over book pricing

See also: Get more out of your Amazon shopping experience

Are We on the Verge of an E-book Explosion?
(Source: Erika McNeil)

Brains, books, and the future of print
(Source: Bohyun Kim)

Building a Netflix for Books
(Source: Digital Koans)

HathiTrust Launching Full-Text Library

Hey, Google: Check out this ultra-fast book scanner
(Source: Digital Koans)
See also: Do It Yourself Book Scanning
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

How e-Books Could Smarten Up Kids and Stretch Library Dollars

(Source: Amy Kearns)

In some classrooms, books are a thing of the past
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

Internet Archive’s BookServer could ‘dominate’ Amazon

Is Barnes & Noble’s Nook a Kindle killer?
(Source: Erika McNeil)
See also: Barnes and Noble Nook gets a reception fit for a king

The one with the publisher’s e-book strategy
(Source: Library Web)

Scans of Google Books with fingers in them

What Is the Best Book Your Book Club Has Read?

Why E-Books are Hot and Getting Hotter

Why Google will Win Books Settlement & Why that’s a Good Thing
(Source: Eric Rumsey)

Computers and Internet

The Answer Factory: Fast, Disposable, and Profitable as Hell
(Source: griffey)

Best MP3 players for audiobooks
(Source: Library Web)

Bringing the Internet to the Wilderness

Building a brain inside a supercomputer

Cloud computing and the big rethink: Part 5
See also: Legal Implications of Cloud Computing – Part Two (Privacy and the Cloud)
(Source: beSpacific)

Domain Name Theft and Where is the Literature?

Funeral Webcasting Is Alive and Well

The Future of Supercomputers is Optical

Holyoke data center project targeted for 2011 completion

How the Internet is Changing the Way We Will Watch TV

Intel Explains How an Internet Addiction Can Offend Everyone This Holiday Season

Merging Video with Maps
(Source: ResourceShelf)

Microsoft’s Bing adds Twitter search (update: Google will too)
See also: Bing is bringing Twitter search to you
(Source: Danny Sullivan)

Migrate to Windows 7–Slowly
See also: Figure Out Which Windows 7 Edition Has the Features You Need
(Source: lifehacker)
See also: The Six “Wow” Features of Windows 7

Missing Links: The Enduring Web
(Source: Library Web)

New Google Music Service Launch Imminent

Newslink Founders Launch “YouTube for business”

No elder left behind: Researchers say designers can help close tech gap

Online places to find public-domain multimedia

Researchers Find Way to Reduce Energy Used by Computer Processors

Search User Interfaces
(Source: beSpacific)

Stinky Teddy “Real-Time Gossip Powered Search”
(Source: msauers)

Super-Sized Memory Could Fit Into Tiny Chips
(Source: mullam)

This Just In: The Mobile Web Isn’t the PC Web

(Source: libraryfuture)

We’re All Fact Checkers Now

What’s Next In Augmented Reality?
(Source: twitt_AR)

Wolfram Alpha’s Second Act

Why Are Web Sites So Confusing?

Win An Internet Flame War

The World Wide Web project
(Source: thenextwomen)

5 Web Office Considerations: Beyond the Buzz


A Brief History of Black Education in America

But I Don’t Want to Teach My Students How to Use Technology

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for OpenCourseWare
(Source: Paul T. Jackson)

Colleges with the Highest Total Student Cost
“Harvard is practically a bargain”
(Source: HVClub)

Facebook Apps for Education

Finances Put HMS Programs On Hold

Harvard Alumni Seek Disclosure of Bonus Retractions
(Source: Harvard in the News)

Harvard president: school adjusting to tight times

See also: Harvard may alter some expansion plans
See also: Harvard’s Annual Financial Report Fully Details 2009 Losses

Higher Education Is Increasingly Class Stratified
(Source: blendedlib)

How Good Is Windows 7 for Colleges?

In Hard Times, It Pays to Increase Benefits, Colleges Are Advised

Literally Doomed
(Source: Condensed Concepts)

Microsoft’s Vision for Higher Ed and Lecture Capture

Mostly bad news for educational fair use

Online Education’s Great Unknowns

Remotely There

Screen Reading and Print Reading

SEAS Dean Charts Course

tinkering schools for kids and adults

University Sues Student Blogger

The Writing Center at Harvard University
(Source: The Scout Report)

25 Tools: A Toolbox for Learning Professionals 2009
(Source: Xuemei)

Health and Medicine

Brigham and Women’s names new president

Comparative Effectiveness Research About to Hit Prime Time

Diagnosis: What Doctors Are Missing

Electronic records, boosted by stimulus, rush hospitals into unchartered territory

How to use Google Wave in Healthcare

(Source: laikas)

How will medicine and its regulation adapt to the information age?
(Source: Rebecca Skloot)

More Hospitals Are Using Video to Connect Patients With Specialists Far Away, Speeding Treatment
(Source: Diane Williams)

Reflections on the Current H1N1 Flu


Blogging: An opportunity for librarians to communicate, participate and collaborate on a global scale
See also: Libraries Blog Survey
(Source: joeyanne)
See also: Defining blogs and blogging
(Source: BoraZ)

Competitive Intelligence – A Selective Resource Guide – Updated and Revised
(Source: beSpacific)

Cory Doctorow at Internet Librarian International 2009

(Source: Cory Doctorow)

Does the chance of finding a job increase or decrease depending on where you get your degree?

Finding the Phoenix: Feathers, Flight & the Future of Libraries
(Source: Library Web)

GSLIScast – Audio Content from the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

How to Interpret PubMed Queries and Why It Matters

Inventing the Future of Librarianship

(Source: libraryfuture)

Libraries and Web 2.0
(Source: Library Web)

Libraries to Enrich Lives in 12 U.S. Communities Through Expansion of Digital Access

(Source: Bill Mayer)

Library helps memoirists capture their experiences
(Source: Sarah Kirby)

More Libraries and Librarians Get Creative on YouTube

(Source: Xuemei)

Open Access Week: Profile of Sarah Shreeves

(Source: Next Generation Science)

Open, social and linked – what do current Web trends tell us about the future of digital libraries?
(Source: aabibliographer)

The Role of Libraries in Emerging Models of Scholarly Communication
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

STELLA! Science, Technology & Engineering Library Leaders in Action!
(Source: BoraZ)

Top 100 Jobs Where Librarians/Information Professionals Can Help
(Source: Eric Rumsey)

Useful Twitter Searches
(Source: Mary Ellen Bates)

Using social media in libraries
(Source: Library Web)

What can libraries learn from retail?
(Source: Library Web)

What Libraries Should Know Before Creating a Facebook Page – Libraries & Facebook Update 2

Life, Money, Work and Family

deal finder, delivery service, budget helper, etc.
(Source: Daily Worth)

Car-free getaways around NYC

(Source: Manhattan User’s Guide)

Child Care Resource Center
(Source: Neat New Stuff on the Net)

Conference Do’s and Don’t’s

Fall Maintenance Tips for Your Home
(Source: Neat New Stuff on the Net)

Female Farmers
(Source: modernscientist)

Find quality recipes

Forbes Entrepreneurial Stories of Women in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s
(Source: UKRC)

Free meeting spaces crop up in Greater Boston

How Can Young Women Develop a Leadership Style?
(Source: MassWomen)

How Skype Is Changing the Job Interview
(Source: Maxine Clarke)

How Smart Leaders Talk About Time
(Source: The 99 Percent)

How to Deliver Bad News to a Group

How to Find Holiday Jobs
(Source: MassWomen)

“I am a (blank), and I sometimes put my career before my family”
(Source: Manisha Thakor)

The improvised life
(Source: Manhattan User’s Guide)

In connections, face to face still counts

Job Searching on the Job

Manhattan Street Corners
(Source: Manhattan User’s Guide)

Massachusetts lost 110,200 jobs during the past year
Minimalist Travel: What’s in My Suitcase
(Source: thegoodhuman)

Personal Online Portfolios
(Source: Tom Nielsen)

Practice “Radical Financial Clarity”

Report details extra problems women face in military careers
(Source: Sloan Work & Family Network)

The rise of the virtual workspace
(Source: Matthew Fraser)

Separate Yourself from Your Stuff
See also: What Our Stuff Says about Us
(Source: ScienceSoWhat)

Set the Employment Blender to ‘Liquify’

So You Want to Start a Startup? 5 Places to Start

The State of the American Woman

Stop the Clock

Taking a closer look at women’s networking

Tough Questions for Financial Planners

(Source: Manisha Thakor)

Tuesday at 3pm Is the Most Agreeable Meeting Time
(Source: The 99 Percent)

“A Woman’s Nation” Demands Workplace Flexibility
(Source: Sloan Work & Family Research Network)

Why So Few Doctoral-Student Parents?

Who’s in a Starring Role, Who’s in a Walk-On Role? All of Us
(Source: Gretchen Rubin)

Woot! 23 Million Employed by Women-Owned Businesses
(Source: Sloan Work & Family Research Network)

6 Ways To Look At Negative Feedback
(Source: taxonomylady)

10 TV Shows You Have to Watch to Understand the World

14 Who-Knew? Uses for Your Microwave

500 years of portraits of women in three minutes

(Source: MassWomen)

Scholarly Publishing

Assessing Open Access
(Source: Digital Koans)

The Depot
for authors w/out an institutional repository

Institutional Repository Bibliography
(Source: Digital Koans)

The Next-Gen Repository: Part I

(Source: Roy Tennant)

Open Access and Vanity Publishing
(Source: Joe Esposito)

Open access: are publishers ‘double dipping’?
(Source: dullhunk)

Open Access Week: a researcher’s perspective
(Source: BLugger)

Open Access Week event at Harvard Law 10/19/09: Q & A

Recommendations on RSS Feeds for Scholarly Publishers
(Source: Maxine Clarke)

Who Should Pay? Does Open Access Mean Free Access
(Source: Eric Rumsey)

Yale students call for OA
(Source: BoraZ)

10 websites to help you keep up-to-date with scholarly journal contents
(Source: libram)

Science and Technology

AMSER Science Reader Monthly
(Source: The Scout Report)

BBC Wildlife Finder
(Source: Neat New Stuff on the Net)

The Best BlackBerry Accessories

The Biology of Memory: A Forty-Year Perspective
(Source: brown2020)

(Source: The Scout Report)

Electrons reveal DNA without destroying it

FiO: Notes from the Crucible
“On scientific research and academic conferences”
(Source: lsmarshall)

Four locals among PopSci’s ‘Ten Young Geniuses’

The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

From Web 2.0 to the Global Database
(Source: Timo Hannay)

Gender Schemas Affect Women in Science, Says Expert

Going mobile
scientists and mobile technology

Gornick: “Things get better and better”

GoWeb: a semantic search engine for the life science web

The Growth of Citizen Science
(Source: Jay Rosen)

Helping to Unravel the Hidden Web of Neuroscience Information

(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

How Bill Gates is turning the tables in favour of young researchers
(Source: TimesScience)

I’d like to teach the world to blog
(Source: BoraZ)

Increasing NIH funding means jobs and reputation for New England

Innovation via genetic ‘googling’
(Source: Nature)

Intelligence Explained: Tracking & understanding complex connections within the brain
(Source: brown2020)

Medline/PubMed revisited: new, semantic tools to explore the biomedical literature
(Source: Laurel Graham)

Memory and Brain Systems: 1969–2009

Milestones in Light Microscopy

NERM 09 session on Chemistry on the Web

New Neurological Evidence That the Internet Makes People Smarter

New works of science nonfiction

Physicists are discovering ways to build rogue waves out of light
(Source: lsmarshall)

Questions, questions, questions

Researchers Bring Avatars and People Together for Virtual Meetings in Physical Spaces

Safety Song: musical number about lab safety

Science Papers That Interest You
(Source: library_zone)

Scientists announce planet bounty
(Source: sciencegoddess)

Scientists get the measure of how weather shapes our body clocks
(Source: ScienceSoWhat)

Selected Internet Resources in Science and Technology (Science Reference Services, Library of Congress)
(Source: Xuemei)

Seeds of collaboration

Ten Technologies You Can’t Afford to Ignore
(Source: Library Web)

Timewarp: How your brain creates the fourth dimension

See also: A head of time
(Source: MITNews)

Top 10 Boston tech community locales

TV Moving Closer to Mobile Phones and the Web

(Source: Bill Ives)
See also: Digital TVs competing with PCs as media hubs

Volunteering Computers for Science

(Source: Diane Williams)

Why Women Drop Maths
(Source: Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted))
See also: Math Geek Mom: Women in Science and Math

Windfall warning
(Source: bmahersciwriter)
See also: The Science of Spending Stimulus Money Wisely
(Source: Steve Silberman)
See also: Stimulus funds provide research boost

Work Group Sees Challenges in Electronic Exchange of Lab Data

5 New Technologies That Will Change Everything
(Source: twitt_AR)

10 tips for techies: How to network effectively

50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

Social Networks

Community is the new content

Eight billion minutes spent on Facebook daily

“Faceanimals helps you connect and share with the animals in your life.”
(Source: Phil Bradley)

Facebook for scientists gets millions in funding
See also: National Network of Scientists to Transform Biomedical Research
(Source: krafft)
See also: Scientists Still Not Joining Social Networks

(Source: modernscientist)

Foursquare, a Social Network Site, Puts Users Face to Face
(Source: Matthew Fraser)

Google Wave – first Meh, then Wow!
See also: What problems does Google Wave solve?

(Sources: oodja; Publish2NYT Technology)
See also: Google Wave: Best New Tool or a Waste of Time?
(Source: Roy Tennant)
See also: Google Wave And The Dawn Of Passive-Aggressive Communication
(Source: Gosia Stergios)

Hoaxes Highlight Accountability Issues with Real-Time Web
See also: How to spot a hoax Twitter account – a case study
(Source: careerdiva)

How Local Businesses Can Benefit From Mobile Social Networks
(Source: The Shifted Librarian)

How to Extract Your Contacts from LinkedIn and Facebook
(Source: hrouda)

How to Market an Offline Event Online
(Source: Library Web)

How to use LinkedIn to find a job
(Source: Robin Good)

Linden Lab CEO on Second Life’s growth, future
(Source: HBSmktg)

Microblogging v. Blogging: Complimentary or mutually exclusive?

New Network for Chinese Researchers

Oh Crap. My Parents Joined Facebook
(Source: Howard Rheingold)

Sneak peek at Strings: A social tracker with a twist

Social media strategy: How I Became an Expert in Three Days

Social Network Use in the Office Could Spur Better Enterprise Technology

Tech Addictions: Email and Texting Top Social Media in Gen Y [Study]

The Three Faces of Social Media
(Source: Library Web)

Three Tweets for the Web
(Sources: Timo Hannay; Library Web)

Top 5 Twitter Trends to Watch Right Now: Twitter’s future looking brighter
(Source: BrianLibrarian)

Twitter and Status Updates
(Source: beSpacific)

The Twitter Book
(Source: Diane Williams)

Video makers find audience on YouTube
(Source: mekeiser)
See also: We Watch More YouTube Videos than We Conduct Google Searches
(Source: Pandia Search World)

When Twitter Trumps E-mail

(Source: friendsofdave)

You Facebook, you tweet – now lifelog

You’re Probably on a Bunch of Twitter Lists and Don’t Even Know it

(Source: hrouda)
See also: Twitter Lists; Limitations, bugs, impact, and brilliance
(Source: BoraZ)


Building an Internet Presence to Enhance Your Author Platform

(Source: inkyelbows)

Escaping From the Garden of Meaning Over the Wall

(Source: Condensed Concepts)

Essential plot twists for writers

A Writing Revolution
(Source: Lisa Spiro)

Received October 17-23, 2009

No new books received this week.

These books will be displayed on the new books cart (near the newspaper and journals tables) for approximately one week. The person who requested the book has priority for checking it out during the first week.

Earlier editions of Library News and Notes are available

Library News & Notes 10/2/09


Rowland Institute at Harvard
Library News & Notes
October 2, 2009

Note: Author Lisa Moricoli-Latham (Harvard ’86) suggested that this weekly list be organized topically. While I’m partial to the element of surprise, it seemed worth a try. Thanks, Lisa.

Internet Sites of the Week

The Best Fiction of the Millennium (So Far): An Introduction
(Source: About Contemporary Literature)

Compare and Contrast eBook Readers with the e-Book-Reader-Guide
(Source: ResourceShelf)

Emergence of new business models
(Source: Thomas, EUI, Florence)

In-Depth Reviews of Four Scholarly e-Book Services
(Source: ResourceShelf)

My Living Nightmare Of Encouraging Kids To Read Is Over
(Source: Randy Reichardt)

The Next Gen E-Book Reader

Why the Digital Revolution is Missing the Big Picture
(Source: ResourceShelf)

Computers and Internet
Cloud computing and the big rethink: Part 1
See also: Cloud Computing: A collection of working papers
(Source: DocuTicker)
See also: Mist computing, even more carefree than the cloud

(Source: jdysart)

EtherPad: Realtime Collaborative Text Editing
(Source: Lisa Carlucci)

Internet Speeds Are Often Slower Than What Consumers Pay For, FCC Finds

Interview With Stefan Weitz – Putting the Bling Into Bing

New IRS Scam E-mail Could Be Costly

A New Search Engine for Finding Similar Web Sites
See also: Even More Services To Help Discover Similar Web Sites
(Source: Om Malik)

Ten Useful Examples of the Real-Time Web in Action

(Source: Robert Scoble)

Top 10 Underhyped Webapps
(Source: Internet Legal Research Weekly)

Three ways to save some cash and repair or upgrade your iPod

Wanted: Home Computers to Join in Research on Artificial Life
(Source: Science in the News)

Wikipedia alternatives: nine other ‘pedias’
(Source: Matthew Fraser)

Get it out in the open
(Source: libram)

“All Harvard feeds, all the time”
(Source: Harvard)
See also: Should You Give to Harvard?
(Source: Cassandra Eckhof)
See also: The ‘Veritas’ About Harvard
See also: Undervaluing Undergraduate Education?
(Source: HarvardNews)
See also: Budget Plans Proceed Slowly

Mentoring, Texas-Style

MIT Taking Student Blogs to Nth Degree
(Source: Matthew Fraser)

Judge Adjourns Hearing on Settlement of Google Book Search Dispute
See also: The Google Books Settlement: Who Is Filing and What Are They Saying?
(Source: ALA TechSource)
See also: My book is mine, not Google’s
See also: Save the Google Book Search Deal!

Google Scholar’s Ghost Authors, Lost Authors, and Other Problems
(Source: ResourceShelf)

Google Wave Protocols: Clearing the Confusion
(Source: glambert)

African Americans and the End of Slavery in Massachusetts
(Source: The Scout Report)

After Losing Users in Catalogs, Libraries Find Better Search Software
See also: The Library-Catalog Wars: ‘Chronicle’ Readers Weigh In

Bars on books jar Harvard students
(interesting comments section)
(Source: Cassandra Eckhof)

The information society: does it need the information professions?
(Source: Library Web)

Margaret Hodge plans home delivery system to rival Amazon
(Source: Erika McNeil)

New scheme makes ‘every library a local library’
“All libraries in UK are now public”
(Source: Erika McNeil)

What to Withdraw: Print Collections Management in the Wake of Digitization

10 Tips to Becoming an Effective Library Patron
(Source: LISNews)

Life, Work, Money, and Family
American Vice: Mapping the 7 Deadly Sins
(Source: Bibliosoph)

Are you E-gnoring me?

Asking the better question
(Source: The 99 Percent)

The Best Approach for Avoiding Zombies

Boston ranks as 9th-largest economy in U.S.

The Death of Multitasking and Rebirth of Unitasking
(Source: NikKArlil)
See also

Every Person in New York
(Source: Manhattan User’s Guide)

How to Beat Information Overload
(Source: ResourceShelf)

How to Work a Conference

Looking beyond loans: Where to find financing now

Number of Top Rated Businesses for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Workers Jumps Despite Tough Economy

Older Workers: Employment and Retirement Trends
(Source: Sloan Work & Family Network)

Recognizing red flags: Signs of workplace stress

Religious life won’t be the same after downturn

Run a Remote Meeting

Thinking Literally
(Source: Newswise)

Understanding the Anxious Mind

The Upside of Recessions
(Source: Science in the News)

Vacation v. Stress
(Source: Nature News)

40 Books About Sexuality That You Have to Read

Scholarly Publishing
Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity: Mistaking intent for action?
(Source: Stevan Harnad)

Data producers deserve citation credit

Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

Worldwide Use and Impact of the NASA Astrophysics Data System Digital Library
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

A brief guide to DNA sequencing

A Different Sort of Stimulus Plan at the NSF

Elsevier Unveils New Grant-Finding Service

Researchers unravel brain’s wiring to understand memory

Science Education

Social tagging in the life sciences: characterizing a new metadata resource for bioinformatics

Stay focused
(Source: dullhunk)

Why We Really Want to Go Back to the Moon

Winners of the 2009 Ig Nobel Awards

Social Networks
Available All The Time: Etiquette for the Social Networking Age
(Sources: Shirl Kennedy, Matthew Fraser)

Court order served over Twitter

Facebook: The New Classroom Commons?

Man’s Facebook Status Given Book Deal
(Source: Rebecca Skloot)

My boss fired me, then ‘friended’ me

Social networks, blogs grab bigger share of Web

5 apps get you tweeting from the desktop

20 FaceBooks Tip/tricks
(Source: justsocial)

Received September 26 – Oct. 2, 2009

Molecular Biology of the Cell, 5th ed.
Alberts, Bruce, et al, editors
(Garland Science, 2008)
QH 581.2 .M64 2008
Requested by G. Eastman

The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom
Farmelo, Graham
(Basic Books, 2009)
QC 16 .D57 F37 2009
Requested by G. Eastman

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Library News & Notes 9/25/09


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Library News & Notes
September 25, 2009

Internet Sites of the Week

(Source: Library Juice)

Academic and Public Library Collaboration
(Source: Joe Kraus)

Access to Government Information In the United States
(Source: Law Librarian Blog)

The Aggressive Online Search
On job seekers’ knowledge of institutions via the web

American English Dialect Recordings
(Source: ResourceShelf)

Around Academic Libraries, New Cuts and Charges
(Source: Digital Koans)

The Art of Written Persuasion: Part V – Improve Your Vocabulary, Improve Your Success
(Source: beSpacific)

Article-Level Download Metrics—What Are They Good For?

Asking library users to leave if they have H1N1

Augmented Reality Goes 3D, Gets Even More Awesome
(Source: libraryfuture)

The Awesomeness Manifesto
(Source: The 99 Percent)

Because I Am a Girl: The State of the World’s Girls 2009
(Source: Salon)
See also: How We Sabotage Young Girls

Beena Kalisky, L’Oreal USA Fellow, offers tips for mothers in science

Before Choosing an E-Book, Pondering the Format
See also: What Is It About e-Readers?

Best Technology Companies to Work For

Blogging Continues to Help Business
(Source: jdysart)

Bored? Goby helps you find things to do

“Born in the Recession”: A look at business survival stories from past recessions

Boston Book Festival
(Source: Newtonville Books)

Buddhist leader calls video games ’emotional therapy’

Can Amazon Be the Wal-Mart of the Web?

(Source: Joe Esposito)

Challenges for automatically extracting molecular interactions from full-text articles

Chemical Information in Scirus and BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine)

Classic computers on the danger list

A Clip-and-Save Renaissance as More Consumers Use Coupons
(Source: livingwithless)

College Bookstores Hope to Turn Their Web Sites Into E-Book Portals

College for $99 a month
See also: Getting an Education on the Internet
(Source: BoraZ)

Conflict of Interest in Medical Research, Education, and Practice

Curiosity, Ingenuity and Styrofoam Science

Data repositories: the next new wave
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)


“DBpedia is a community effort to extract structured information from Wikipedia and to make this information available on the web.”
(Source: Peter Scott’s Library Blog)

Debate Flaring Over Grants for Research

Download Free Reference Guides for Popular Apps

A Dozen Newspaper Survival Tips for Academic Librarians
(Source: Xuemei)

Empirical Study of Data Sharing by Authors Publishing in PLoS Journals
(Source: Open Access News)

Entrepreneurs: Born or made? Ken Morse, Paul Sagan discuss

Facebook doesn’t kill friendships, people do

Fantastic Photos of our Solar System
(Source: Boing Boing)

Federal Science and Engineering Support to Universities, Colleges, and Nonprofit Institutions: FY 2007
(Source: DocuTicker)

Five ways that is a trendsetter

A follow-up to the story on the Cushing Academy Library Abandoning Books
(Source: glambert)

For better social news times, make it the Twitter Times
(Source: BoraZ)

Fotopedia – the world’s first collaborative photo encyclopedia
(Source: beSpacific)

From Mac Portable to MacBook Pro: 20 years of Apple laptops

Futures Thinking: The Basics

Get To Work : Helping librarians find new ways to assist jobseekers
(Source: infodiva)

The GigaOM Guide to the Net Neutrality
(Source: Om Malik)
See also: Net neutrality: FCC proposes three new rules

Google lets you custom-print millions of books
(Source: Harvard in the News)

Google This: 5 Reasons to Switch to Bing
(Source: Pandia Search World)

Google Unveils Tool to Annotate Web Sites
See also: Google Sidewiki — A First Look

The Grass Is Greener at Harvard
(Source: Harvard in the News)

High costs can make open records seem closed
(Source: Boston Business Journal)

How Bad Papers Get Published in Good Journals
(Source: BoraZ)

How Doctors Are Using Social Media
(Source: laikas)

How scientists think: Fostering creativity in problem solving

How students use Google Books
(Source: Eric Rumsey)

How to choose a good scientific problem
See also: Materials for nurturing scientists

How to Write a Novel Using the Web
(Source: Ellyssa Kroski)

If You Need to Work Better, Maybe Try Working Less
(Source: careerdiva)

Images of women in STEM fields
(Source: BoraZ)

In a World of Social Networks, What is the Future of Television?
(Source: Henry Jenkins)

In Hard Times, Harvard Takes a Hard Look at 30 Shades of Crimson
See also: Harvard Libraries Need to Pull It Together, Says Their President
(Source: Karen G. Schneider)

In praise of a new science of learning
See also: From Baby Scientists to a Science of Social Learning

The Kindle Problem

Lab trips foster collegiality

Launched in Great Depression, Jackson Labs now thrives

Libraries of the Future
(Source: Robert Michaelson)
See also: Academic Digital Libraries of the Future: An Environment Scan
(Source: Stephen’s Lighthouse)
See also: Libraries need librarians
(Source: Laurel Graham)

Library Cloud Atlas: A Guide to Cloud Computing and Storage
(Source: Digital Koans)

Linked data as the future of scientific publishing
(Source: Andrew Spong)

Majority of Workers Still Hide Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity at Work
(Source: DocuTicker)

Making Academic Conferences Short and Sweet

Mass Digitization of Books: Open Content Alliance is the right approach
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

Mass. ‘average’ in gender-pay disparity

Mass. ignorant of photonics’ role in state

Meeting your users where they are

Minority Students Needed in Math and Science to Combat ‘Brain Drain,’ Professors Say

More Time Requested in Google Book Scanning Case
See also: Boston Library Consortium Responds to Google Book Settlement
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)
See also: DOJ Filing on Google Book Setttlement
(Source: ResourceShelf)
See also: Google Books’ Latest Foe: The Justice Dept.
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)
See also: Google Book settlement: Alternatives and alterations
(Source: ALA TechSource)

Nadir Of Western Civilization To Be Reached This Friday At 3:32 P.M
See also: The Four Horsemen send their regrets

Nature Precedings: a Fusion of Science 2.0, Open Science, Research 2.0 and Social Networking

The Newman Report: a 2020 Vision for Public Libraries
(Source: scilib)

Not Just ‘That Blind Person’
(Source: Lynne Carvahlo Adamian)

On Being a Scientist

Open Access
The CILIP West Midlands journal features a section on professional development using web 2.0 tools
(Source: Joeyanne Libraryanne)

Open Letter on Open Access

Open PhD – An experiment in higher learning
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

Our New Etiquette Column: Internet Protocol (New York Times)

Post-Medium Publishing
(Source: Tim O’Reilly)

Project ‘Gaydar’
“At MIT, an experiment identifies which students are gay, raising new questions about online privacy.”
(Source: neasist)

Quantum computers are coming – just don’t ask when

Real Copyright Reform
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

The Real-Time Web Is Leaving Google Behind
(Source: Publish2Technology NYT)
See also: Search Wars — With Bing, Twitter and Facebook, There’s More to Searching Google
See also: Real time indexing in Google

Search Beilstein, Gmelin, and Patents
See a review of Reaxys

Region a strong player in travel websites
(Source: Boston Business Journal)

Researchers unravel brain’s wiring to understand memory
(Source: brown2020)

RIT Trades Invention Rights for Research Dollars and Says You Should, Too

Robert Darnton talk at Columbia University – “Google, Libraries, and the Digital Future”
(Source: Digital Koans)

The ROI Case for Web 2.0
(Source: Matthew Fraser)

Rowland Institute at Harvard Junior Fellows Program 2010

Science and the Internet
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

Science, Art, and Technology (Art Institute of Chicago)
(Source: The Scout Report)

Science 2.0 Review: ePernicus

Senate Bill Defends Reader Privacy by Regulating Surveillance
(Source: American Libraries)

Shopping Week with Students Stylists

Six Tips for Coping with the Fact that You’ve Forgotten Someone’s Name

(Source: Neat New Stuff on the Net)

Sponsor a scientist, online

Social Media make a difference

Social Media Policies from 80+ Organizations
(Source: Ellyssa Kroski)

The Story of Google Maps and Google Wave
(Source: Michael Nielsen)

Study: Medical school students post unprofessional content online

Supercomputers Often Run Outdated Software

Taming Your Digital Distractions

Taxachusetts’ ranks 36th in tax-burden study

Technology shouldn’t change basic communication skills

There is no single future for scientific journals
(Source: Blugger)

Through the lens of time
What happened to Polaroid’s collections of photographs?

The Times They Are a Changin’

Treat Your Meetings to a Little QA

A turning point in the struggle against cancer

Twitter After Dark: What should or shouldn’t I Tweet on?
(Source: glambert)

The Ultimate Gated Communities

The Ultimate Productivity Blog
(Source: Michael Nielsen)

U.N. agencies say AIDS vaccine results promising

Visions of data

Wallwisher – Words That Stick
(Source: Marcus Zillman)

Want to read all about it online? It may cost you

(Source: Danny Sullivan)

Washington Post Launches Comedy Web Series Based on Celebrity Tweets
(Source: Matthew Fraser)

What Does It Mean to Be a Science Librarian 2.0?

What’s Next: Create the Life You Want
(Source: Neat New Stuff on the Net)
See also: How to find the right job for you
(Source: PDPro)

What’s Privacy in the Age of Facebook

What’s the Best Way to Find Love Using Tech?

(Source: Om Malik)
See also: Gelato brings real-time search to online dating

When interviews feel like a first date
(Source: livingwithless)

Where is NEH Money Going? New Web Site Has Answers

Where To Upload And Share PowerPoint Presentations: Guide To The Best Online Services
(Source: Robin Good)

Which scientists can you trust?
(Source: BoraZ)

Why Fall Colors Are Different in U.S. (reddish) and Europe (yellowish)
(Source: sciencegoddess)

Why more women don’t get MBAs

Wikipedia reaches a crisis stage (maybe)

(Source: Joe Esposito)
See also: A wikipedia bibliography
(Source: amcunningham)
See also: What the MSM Gets Wrong About Wikipedia

Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering

(Source: Frank Vollmer)

You and Your Research
(Source: BoraZ)

You Want Me To Do WHAT? Lessons Learned from Mary Ellen Bates and the Special Library Trenches

5 Industry Collusions We’d Like to Throw Down a Black Hole

Received September 19 -25, 2009

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