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.


  1. Acetylene Torch Basics

    November 27, 2009 @ 3:12 am


    Google Wave Use Cases is best idea in this year.

  2. jorge

    December 1, 2009 @ 4:11 pm


    Under the open access philosophy, Redalyc looks forward to contribute to the scientific editorial work produced in and about Iberoamerica, making available for the students and researchers the content of more then 550 magazines from different knowledge areas.

  3. MMOG

    August 30, 2010 @ 7:57 am


    Thanks for the list of eBooks. It’s good to see so many social-media links.

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