You are viewing a read-only archive of the Blogs.Harvard network. Learn more.

~ Archive for Weblogs ~

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)

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

Women networking though blogs


A Boston Globe article tells of several instances of women getting jobs through their blogs. (Source: Deborah Elizabeth Finn)

Update (10/22/09): Article on women’s networking in the Globe.

Aggregation of physics blogs


Mixed States is an aggregation of various blogs about physics and by
physicists.  Group blogs as well as those by individual scientists
abound.  Many are from the Quantum Diaries project that chronicled
the International Year of Physics (2005.)  (Source: Christina
Pikas via Science Library Pad)

On blogs and wikis in science


This Nature article explores some of the blogging and wiki efforts in
science and asks why more scientists haven’t adopted these new vehicles
of communication.  (Source: the Sci-tech Library Question)

LANL Library news blog


The Los Alamos National Laboratory Research Library has a blog, Research Library News. 

Seed magazine on physics blogs


A short piece on how discussions of experiments spread through the net.  (Source: Not
Even Wrong)

Blog software reviewed


This article considers Movable Type, WordPress, and Text Pattern.  (source: beSpacific)

A roundup of blogs covering Hurricane Katrina and aftermath


(Source: Daypop)

Log in