Library News & Notes 12/11/09

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

Quote of the week

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

Rowland News

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

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

Internet Sites of the Week


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

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

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

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

Jeff Bezos on Kindle & e-Books

(Source: Om Malik)

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

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

10 strangest books in English
(Source: Amanda McNeil)

Computers and Internet

An App for Those With Airport Time to Kill

Dreaming of EDU Apps

Firefox note-taking add-ons are Web supersaver

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

The future of WiFi: gigabit speeds and beyond

Germany pays to fix Microsoft users’ computers

Google Visual Search Coming To Android
(Source: vroblespac)

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

Great expectation for cutting-edge tech firms

How fake sites trick search engines to hit the top

How Search Engines Cope With Real-Time Data

How to be the world’s greatest ISP

How to fit a pharmacist in your pocket

Optimism as Artificial Intelligence Pioneers Reunite

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

(Source: aabibliographer)

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

Ready for a Web OS?

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

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

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

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

Transfer VHS Tapes to DVD

The Virtual Private Library and Deep Web

What the Real-Time Web Can Deliver

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Staffless “library” opens up in King County

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

Life, Family, Work and Money

Group Creativity

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

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

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

Internet resources on violence against women
(Source: twittbraries)

The New Bootstrapping

New Study Reveals Most Children Unrepentant Sociopaths

Thoughts on the Future of Work

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

Tis the Season for Acceptance

Scholarly Publishing

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

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

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

Google Campus Talks?

How to Cite Twitter and Facebook
Source: Amanda Clay)

Hybrid OA journals: A progression or a destination?

(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

International Standard Name Identifier
(Source: Ahmed Hindawi)

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

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

Scholarly Communications must be Mobile
(Source: BoraZ)

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


Bohr-Einstein Debates
(Source: Ars Physica)

Calculating how to tell atoms where to send their photons

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

The Circular Logic of the Universe

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

He Must Be Joking
(Source: Catharine Zivkovic)

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

Hubble peers deeper than ever into the universe

Mental health issues for researchers

More on proximity to industry – and similar ideas

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

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

A scientist talks about requirements for social software for scientists

Scientists Create World’s Smallest Snowman

Should we talk about disciplines?

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

Why Bother?
ACS has a social networking site

Social Networks

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

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

Faux Friendship
See also: Social networking is not killing friendship

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

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

Personal Learning Networks

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

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

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

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

10 Ways Bloggers Can Use Twitter

1 Comment

  1. Jony

    December 31, 2009 @ 3:28 pm


    Hey thanks a million, I love ebooks and reading and there’s nothing better than free stuff. I have to say my favorite for non fiction ebooks so far has been because they have both free downloads and visitor’s reviews – Thanks again!

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