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

Books/E-Books
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)

Education
Get it out in the open
(Source: libram)

HarvardNews
“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)

Google
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)

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

Libraries
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
(Source: LIBLICENSE-L)

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
 http://bit.ly/ibfjm

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)

Science
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)

NEW BOOKS
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

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.

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