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.

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Library News & Notes 10/30/09


Rowland Institute at Harvard
Library News & Notes
October 30, 2009

Quote of the Week

“The real point of honor is not to be always right. It is to dare to propose new ideas.” P.G. de Gennes
(Source: materion)

Internet Sites of the Week


E-Books: Formats and Future
See also: The E-Reader Explosion: A Cheat Sheet
(Source: inkyelbows)

Is Book Sharing Really a Threat to Publishing?
(Source: Digital Koans)

Latest battle in book price wars

A Look at the Vook

Making your bookshelves Google searchable

(Source: Erika McNeil)

Most People Use the Web to Talk to People Nearby

Safari Books Online 6.0: A Cloud Library as an alternate model for ebooks
(Source: John Dupuis)

Serving Literature by the Tweet
(Source: nytimesbooks)

Why you probably should NOT buy an e-reader this year

(Source: Library Web)

Computers and Internet

The Apple Momentum
(Source: Eric Rumsey)

Augmented Reality Shows Funding Near You
(Source: John Reaves)

Become a PowerPoint Power User
(Seen on Twitter: “Power corrupts, and PowerPoint corrupts absolutely.”

Celebrating 40 years of the net
(Source: ScienceSoWhat)

Compile Software from Source Code

Create an RSS Feed for any website
(Source: Robin Good)

EFF opens the “Takedown Hall of Shame”

Firefox 3.5.4 closes security holes

Five Things You Should Know About Upgrading From XP to Windows 7
See also: Hasta la Vista, baby: Ars reviews Windows 7
See also: Lifehacker’s Complete Guide to Windows 7
(Source: Beyond the Black Stump)

Google’s Eric Schmidt on What the Web Will Look Like in 5 Years
(Source: Sharon Hayes)

Helping Grandpa Get His Tech On
(Source: Teri Vogel)

How to Carry Your Office on a Stick (USB Flash Drive)

iPhone 3GS vs Droid: How Do They Really Stack Up?
(Source: Om Malik)

Netbooks Are Only Part of The Solution

The one where we invent the best search engine ever

Time Travel with Augmented Reality
(Source: twitt_AR)

When the Internet Over Reacts

Why open clouds are more important than open phones

5 Ways to Get Free Tech Advice Online
(Source: Beyond the Black Stump


Parting Glance: Roy DeCarava, 1919-2009


Allston shouldn’t suffer on Harvard’s account

Are College E-Mail Addresses on the Way Out?

Did Harvard Sell At the Bottom?
(Source: Harvard in the News)

Dreams of Better Schools

Faculty of Arts and Sciences Reports Unexpected Surplus

(Source: HarvardTweets)

Hip Hop Law
(Source: Peter Scott)

Inequality goes to college
(Source: Chronicle of Higher Education)

Is Your ‘Fiscal Crisis’ Real?

The Kids Are All Right

Most College Students To Take Classes Online by 2014

New Law To Help University Finances

On hiring

Queer Student Groups Seek Unity

Steady as She Goes? Three Generations of Students through the Science and Engineering Pipeline

(Source: DocuTicker)


Google Music Search goes live
(Source: raduboncea)

Google Rolls Out New Custom Search Features, Including Wikipedia Integration
(Source: Robin Good)

Google’s new Social Search surprisingly useful

If you’re Googled and the search results are zero, do you exist?

New Google Maps GPS for smartphones spooks competitors

Opinion: Proposed Google book settlement leaves libraries’ rights in question
(Source: Digital Koans)

The Untapped Potential of Google Earth

Why Google Should Fear the Social Web

(Source: Om Malik)

11 years of Google squished into 2 minutes
(Source: digicmb)


Harvard Halloween Shopping, Uncovered

Science activities for Halloween!

Top 10 Halloween Movies

Where do ghosts come from?

12 Awesome Social Media Halloween Pumpkin Carvings
(Source: HarvardSocial)

25 of the Scariest Science Experiments Ever Conducted
(Source: Tweed)

Health and Medicine

Age and Aging

Covering Health Issues
For journalists, but good general health information
(Source: Donna Cohen)

Forty Years’ War: A Place Where Cancer Is the Norm

Health Care Might Be Ripe for Cloud Computing

Medical Education Evaluated With Twitter
(Source: BoraZ)

OpenTable for Docs Expands to D.C., Other Cities

Over 400 Hospitals use Social Media
(Source: laikas)

Treating H1N1: the innovation behind the science
See also: A Song to Thwart the Flu

A TRIP Down Database Lane: A Talk With Jon Brassey
“Turning reseach into practice” – evidence-based medicine

Visiting your doctor online is a virtual reality
(Source: John Reaves)


The Accessibility Parodox
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

Best of ResourceShelf
(Source: Jane Dysart)

Columbia and Cornell Libraries Announce ‘Radical’ Partnership

Do Law Schools Still Need Academic Law Librarians to Support Faculty Scholarship in This New Cash-Strapped Digital Age?

Faculty Voices Library Unease

How to Print a Document at the COD Library While Avoiding the Zombie Horde
(Source: amndw2)

How To Track Your Library’s Social Media Stats
(Source: Xuemei)

IL2009: Information Overload is the Devil

Library 101
(Source: Erika McNeil)

Library 101 and Getting Deeply Local: videos

Mass cuts state aid to libraries
(Source: taxonomylady

Micro Interactions, Conversations, & Customers: Sweet Tweet Strategies

Moving Beyond Citation Analysis: How Surveys and Interviews Enhance, Enrich, and Expand Your Research Findings

(Source: ALA_ACRL)

My own personal “Chemistry Week”
(Source: Bonnie Swoger)

People Sleeping in Libraries
(Source: srharris19)

Review Almost 5000 Tweets from Internet Librarian 2009

School chooses Kindle; are libraries for the history ‘books’?
(Source: Sarah Kirby)

those people you hate at the library

Life, Family, Work, Money

Any Mini Mentoring Manifestoes Out There?
See also: Old Mentoring Model Replaced by Reciprocal Relationship
See also: Related articles
(Source: thehrgoddess)

Asperger’s at work: Why I’m difficult in meetings
(Source: Sloan Work & Family Research Network)

Clothing design, sales and swaps find a home online

Do you keep postponing necessary change?
(Source: thehrgoddess)

Don’t Forget To Use the Phone

The Fashionable Academic
(Source: modernscientist)

From Biologist to Life Coach

Get Started Tips to Navigate Post-Recession, Pre-Recovery Flexible Downsizing
(Source: Sloan Work & Family Research Network)

Getting It Wrong: Surprising Tips on How to Learn

Getting Started with Disruptive Business Design

Group of Popular Girls Reduces Nation to Tears
(Source: Chris Fike)

How to Stop “Mean Girls” in the Workplace
(Source: MassWomen)

How to work a conference, even before it starts
(Source: MassWomen)

Kierkegaard on the Couch
(Source: Steve Silberman)

The Massachusetts Economy – What’s Next?

The Process
(Source: Carol Phillips)

The “secret sauce” of networking
(Source: thehrgoddess)

Shrinking business: Recession boosts demand for counseling, but cuts ability to pay

Social Learning – Highlights
(Source: HarvardSocial)

Sweet Deals in the Square

Tame the Tween Texting Beast with a Great Parent/Child Contract

Toss Your Resume in the Trash and Tell Employers Your Story

‘Unfair or Deceptive’ Credit Card Practices Continue as Americans Wait for New Reforms to Take Effect

Using Layoff News to Find Job Openings

Will There Be Jobs For The Class Of 2010?
(Source: Heather Huhman)

Women’s Rights in the Human Rights System: the Past, Present and Future
See also: Ending gender inequality in the developing world: the moral battle of the 21st century?
(Source: New York Review of Books)

Work, unplugged: Connected to the office 24/7? Break free from the digital leash
(Source: Cali Williams Yost)

10 best jobs for college students
(Source: Heather Huhman)

13 questions to test potential companies are a good fit for you

(Source: Heather Huhman)

50 office-speak phrases you love to hate
(Source: Gretchen Rubin)

Scholarly Publishing

BU Digital Common
(Source: Peter Scott)

The DeepDyve Initiative: Something Innovative This Way Comes in Sci/Tech Publishing
(Source: Andrew Spong)

Haiku for “The Spirit of Open Access”
(Source: American Scientist Open Access Forum)

Medical Researchers Resort To File Sharing To Get Access To Journal Research
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

The Next-Gen Repository: Part II
(Source: DigitalKoans)

Open Access – Harvard’s success story with Robert Darnton
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

On Open Access
(Source: Grace Baynes)
See also: What is the (Real) Cost of Open Access?
See also: Will Open Access inhibit innovation?
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

Q&A Session With Five OA Publishers
(Source: SPARC Open Access Forum)

The Right to Information Access
(Source: Michael Furlough)

Scholarly Communications: Planning for the Integration of Liaison Librarian Roles
(Source: Digital Koans)

Throwing Open the Doors: Strategies and Implications for Open Access
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)


Advancing the laser: SPIE honors breakthroughs, applications, possibilities
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

African Science Feels the Pinch

Around the Schools: Harvard Medical School
New profile database, Catalyst, and Grant Central

Bacteria power micro-ratchet
Rowland’s Howard Berg is quoted.

Brain responds to human voice in one fifth of a second

Cellular secrets exposed in living color

A Conversation with Nobel Women
See also: Winners of women-in-life-sciences award announced

eCAT: Online electronic lab notebook for scientific research

Energy Dept. Aid for Scientists on the Edge

Fewer Scientists, Not More, Says a New Paper

A group of galaxies has been seen at a record distance from Earth

Head in the clouds: Re-imagining the experimental laboratory record for the web-based networked world

Innovation More Critical Than Ever
See also: Outlooks and issues for the biotechnology sector

Integrated Genome Browser software for distribution and exploration of genome-scale datasets

The Laboratory at Harvard
(Source: Harvard Gazette)

A Life Lived Backwards

The many hats of science

Nobels Prizes and Corporate Labs
(Source: genomepop)

The Open Laboratory 2009
(Source: BoraZ)

Physical scientists will apply laws of physics in cancer fight

Returning to Science

Science enters the age of Web 2.0
(Source: dullhunk)

SEAS grad student wins award for fuel cell research

(Source: Linda Turner Stern)

Scientists are first to observe the global motions of an enzyme copying DNA

Sensor to detect fear pheromone
(Source: raduboncea)

Ten Simple Rules Collection

UMass Boston Announces New “Science in a Changing World” Grad Program

4000 Years of Women in Science
See also: Women in Science (European Commission Research)
(Source: sciencegoddess)

Why Does Public Transport Not Arrive on Time? The Pervasiveness of Equal Headway Instability

(Source: BoraZ)

Social Networks

Avoid twitter cluelessness
(Source: HarvardSocial)

Be Wrong
(Source: careerdiva)

Brizzly makes Twitter a Breeze!
(Source: iBraryGuy)

Coming together for those who have split
(Source: Matthew Fraser)

Community Relations 2.0
(Source: Sametz)


Dynamic Sharing

Do We Really Need So Many Kinds of Social Media?

(Source: glambert)

Gartner Says 80 Per Cent of Enterprise Collaboration Platforms Will Primarily Be Based on Web 2.0 Techniques by 2013

God twitters creation
(Source: laikas)

Hacks hooked on Facebook

Historical Tweets
(Source: raduboncea)

How a Solo Gained More than 600 Facebook Fans for His Fledgling Firm
(Source: Kevin O’ Keefe)

How to control social media
(Source: The Shifted Librarian

How-To: Influence Influencers- Bloggers, Tweeters & Others

(Source: Library Web)

Hyping social media is a fad. Using social media is not
(Source: John Dupuis)

Lawyers warn: Bosses who ‘friend’ are begging to be sued
(Source: Law Librarian Blog)

New social network founded by HLS alum
(Source: HarvardSocial)

The Next Wave in Social Media
(Source: HarvardSocial)

Should You Be Tweeting?
Cell magazine interviews several tweeting scientists
(Source: girlscientist)

State of the Blogosphere 2009

Tweeting Back @ Harvard

Tweetply – Track popular tweets with a lot of replies
(Source: Sharon Hayes)

Twitter Lists You Should Follow
(Source: raduboncea)

Twitter Users Most Followed by the Web 2.0 Summit Crowd
(Source: refervescent)

What if Microsoft had invented Twitter?
(Source: laikas)

What’s the social semantic web?
(Source: EvidenceSoup)

Howard Berg quoted in PhysicsWeb article about bacteria motors powering ratchets


Howard Berg, leader of Rowland’s Bacterial Motility and Behavior Group, was quoted in a PhysicsWeb article “Bacteria power micro-ratchet.”

Visiting professor at Rowland: Jianhua Ren


Prof. Jianhua Ren from the University of the Pacific visits Joel Parks’s Trapped Ions Group this month. Ren’s work at Pacific includes mass spectrometry experiments on organic and biological molecules and she will assist the Parks group with their experiments on gas-phase biomolecules.

Newest Rowland Junior Fellows


Two new Junior Fellows joined us at Rowland this fall.

The Junior Fellows are selected from a pool of applicants each year. Scientists in physics, chemistry, biology, engineering and related fields are encouraged to apply. The fellows are supported by the Institute for five years.

Chris Richards launched the Propulsion Physiology Lab to explore the physiology of “swimming machines,” with frog mechanics as a model. Among his group’s activities is to design a robotic frog (“frobotics”.)

Yuki Sato leads the Applied Superfluidity Group, focusing on novel superfluid matter interferometry devices.

Both the Richards and Sato labs offer employment opportunities.

Rowland is accepting applications for new Junior Fellows through November 30, 2009. A FAQ is available.

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.

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Open Access Week event at Harvard Law 10/19/09


On Monday, October 19, in recognition of Open Access Week, a Question and Answer forum on Harvard’s involvement in OA was held at Harvard Law School. Stuart Shieber (professor of computer science and Director of Harvard’s Office of Scholarly Communication) and Peter Suber (Berkman fellow and author of “Open Access News”) hosted. Michelle Pearse, HLS Librarian for Scholarly Communication and Open Access Initiatives, moderated.

A question concerned the full impact of OA on library budgets. Prof. Shieber asked rhetorically what is the full cost of not implementing OA. He noted serial cost hyperinflation and dryly noted Stein’s Law (“If something can’t go on forever it will stop” – e.g. serials prices.) “Something … more sustainable” than the current scholarly publishing system is needed, Prof. Shieber continued, to avoid “meltdown.” The Harvard OA mandate aims to “solve the symptom,” that few can access scholarly literature, and enable “broad dissemination.” The cost of OA at Harvard, Prof. Shieber went on, is “relatively low” because the Office of Scholarly Communication pays it. (Prof. Shieber introduced the new program manager for OSC, Sue Kriegsman.) “The cost of Green OA,” where scholars post final version of a work as opposed to the publisher’s version, “is relatively inexpensive.” Fully implementing OA would require a new business model, the professor remarked. He noted that there are more than 4,000 OA journals listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals, but that relatively few of these are indexed by database vendors such as Thomson/ISI.

David Osterbur from the Countway Library of Medicine asked about situations where publishers charge authors for open access to their articles, but libraries see no reduction in cost for their subscriptions. Prof. Shieber reminded the audience that Harvard Open-Access Publication Equity (HOPE) Fund monies cannot be used to pay for non-OA or hybrid-OA journals (seeOSC’s page on HOPE.) Prof. Suber commented that some publishers such as Oxford University Press reduced subscription prices “in proportion” to use of the “author-pays” model. (Note: evidently fees will change.) He also pointed out that the Wellcome Trust asked for transparency in open access fees.

There was a question about economics and authors’ rights. A discussion followed on the role of scholarly societies. Professor Shieber noted, traditionally, scholarly societies support their activities through publishing fees. Are they getting less money from vendors? Prof. Suber noted that there are societies against OA and at the same time there are ~400 societies with ~450 journals.

In response to a question concerning encouraging scholars to publish in OA journals, Prof. Suber remarked “authors will always publish in the most prestigious journals.” Some of these will be OA or green OA, some no OA.
Prof. Shieber stated that OA initiatives at Harvard “multiply Harvard’s bargaining power.” He cited one partnership with the American Physical Society where Harvard authors (and the university) may republish works from APS publications provided that they link back to the original APS publication and APS retains the copyright. Prof. Suber added that Harvard’s OA policy is “inspiring similar university policies.”

Gosia Stergios, Knowledge and Systems Analyst at Harvard Business School Library, asked how depository outcomes can be measured. Prof. Sheiber replied that downloads are not a big concern at this point, but rather getting as much content and as many faculty participating as possible. He continued to say “Authors often conflate submiiting to the repository to distribution from the repository,” noted that the Office of Scholarly Communication can figure out rights for authors, and encouraged faculty to “just deposit,” and that works will at least be archived if not openly distributed.

Experience with OA issues at Harvard schools other than FAS were discussed. Michelle Pearse talked about her experience working with faculty from HLS and emphasized relationship-building and establishing the library as the go-to place for faculty to negotiate OA questions and issues.

Jody Blackwell of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government told the audience they were putting procedures in place for OA, and that the school publishes an annual faculty publications report. Mark Shelton, collection development librarian at Harvard’s Gutman Library, reported that he tracks faculty publications at HUGSE and there is an average of 75-80 per month. David Osterbur of HMS informed us that the medical school does not yet have an OA policy but they do have a publications repository. With 10,000 faculty at HMS, some 300 papers appear per week. Osterbur noted that the library is helping people meet the NIH depository requirements, and yet he said that only about 45% of HMS affiliates are depositing papers into PubMedCentral. Michelle Pearse added that she tracks faculty publications in HLS, and that many faculty are familiar with OA-type publishing because of the Social Sciences Research Network. She said that it is difficult to attract retrospective content to the repository because usually faculty do not have access to the published version or a preprint.

Gosia Stergios asked the panel about bibliometrics and studies that might show the impact of OA and non-OA work.
Prof. Shieber replied that the data is available for anyone to do these studies, but that it is “hard to believe” that an OA paper would be read less than a non-OA paper.

Stergios commented that interviews with HBS faculty revealed that they don’t care if the published piece of research is OA or not. She attributed this to much research appearing in working papers and other formats prior to publication in a journal. Prof. Shieber noted that these attitudes differ by discipline. Some faculty are Ok with the “submitted article,” such as on a preprint server like ArXiv. He said he wants ” to profit from peer review.”

Stergios asked a question about providing other publication services for faculty. Prof. Suber commented that there are other vehicles for publication besides books and journals. Subsequently, Pearch brought up interdisciplinary research Prof. Shieber mentioned the Harvard Catalyst program which may enable interdisciplinary collaboration. “Faculty might not know each other,” he remarked, that they may share research interests with faculty in other schools and centers. A social networking platform could be created on top of DASH, for instance, “integrating” repository data with “Harvard Catalyst profiles.” The resulting data could be “much broader than PubMed,” in that the “profile system will serve as a data-mining platform.”

A question about metadata and quality assurance issues was posed. Prof. Shieber talked about the DSpace software and that authority control will be part of the next version of DSpace. Pearce asked about controlled vocabulary. Prof. Shieber remarked that DASH is “not using authority control with keywords;” however, he informed us, the content is indexed by Google Scholar, enabling full text searching and retrieval.

Library News & Notes 10/16/09


Rowland Institute at Harvard
Library News & Notes
October 16, 2009

Quote of the week: “Keep your options open, baby! Don’t say yes, don’t say no, if you can say maybe.” – Edwin H. Land

Internet Sites of the Week


ALPSP Survey on Scholarly Book Publishing Practice – ‘First Findings’
(Source: SPARC Open Access Forum) Introduces Same-Day Delivery

Books: Get Them While They’re Hot

Does the Brain Like E-Books?
(Source: Steve Silberman)

Does Your Library Have a Vision on e-Books?

Five NEW Feminist Books Not to Be Missed

From Blogs to Books – A History of the Web in Print – Timeline
(Source: Publish2Technology NYT)

He not busy being born is busy dying
(Source: John Dupuis)

New E-Book Company to Focus on Older Titles

A Novel in a Year
pt. 1
pt. 2
pt. 3
pt. 4
(Source: inkyelbows)

Rare books from China to be digitized
(Source: Harvard in the News)

Remixing the Book
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

The slow rise of e-books
(Source: srharris19)

Subject: Our Marketing Plan
(Source: Steve Silberman)

Top 10 First Novels: 2009

Top 10 First Novels for Youth: 2009

Weird Kindle tricks: screensavers, screenshots, and games

Computers and Internet

Apps on my iPhone
(Source: Librarians Matter)
See also: 25 Items the iPhone Has Rendered Useless
(Source: digg tech_news)

Battle Of The Augmented Reality Apps: Urbanspoon, Layar, Wikitude, WhereMark & More
(Source: Danny Sullivan)

Berners-Lee ‘sorry’ for slashes

The Complete Guide to Video Blogging
(Source: Library Web)

Computers Faster Only for 75 More Years

Consumer Groups: Tell the Truth on Cell Phone, Internet Bills Renovates for Web 2.0

DOE to explore scientific cloud computing at Argonne, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories

Factual: Parting The Curtains Of The Invisible Web
(Source: Danny Sullivan)

Finding a Guide for Online Networking

Five More Search Tools You Should Know
(Source: Danny Sullivan)

Four different ways to sync your cellphone with the cloud
(Source: twittbraires)

How to blog everyday
(Source: Kevin O’Keefe)

hulu publisher tools
(Source: ResourceShelf) Tell the World Where You’ve Had Sex, Via Google Maps

Intel Then, Now, and Tomorrow

Is Augmented Reality Just the Beginning of the 3-D Revolution?
(Source: twitt_AR)

Linked Data Needs Links

Microsoft Windows 7 learns a lesson in usability

Metaphors of news at the Guardian
(Source: aabibliographer)

New Schemes for Powering Processors

Online tools for more productive blogging

Streams, Walls, and Feeds: Distributing Content Through Social Networks and Blogs
(Source: John Sack)

Transform any image into an interactive map with Umapper
(Source: Robin Good)

The Value Proposition of Netbooks Is Getting Overlooked

Why Email No Longer Rules
(Source: Bill Ives)
See also: Why Twitter and Facebook Will Never Kill E-mail

With Augmented Search, Xmark Sees New Service, Revenues
(Source: Om Malik)

16 Top Augmented Reality Business Models
(Source: The Shifted Librarian)

100 years of Big Content fearing technology—in its own words


Modernism and the little magazines
(Source: Arts & Letters Daily)

Securitate in all but name
(Source: Arts & Letters Daily)

Education (mostly Harvard)

A Year Later, a Texas University Says Giving Students iPhones Is an Academic Success

ConnectYard Widget Talks to Social Networking Sites from CMS

EthicShare: A Model for Virtual Research Communities

Expanding the Canon
(Source: NewMuse)

The future of college may be virtual

Going Backstage in Students’ Lives

Harvard’s Financial Report

See also: Q & A on Harvard’s financial report
(Source: Dean Michael D. Smith)

Harvard FML
(Source: HarvardTweets)

(Source: Harvard)

How to Cater a Roman Orgy

Is Hiring More Rational in the ‘Real World’?

Millennial Muddle: How Stereotyping Students Became an Industry
(Source: taxonomylady)

Naming Opportunities at Harvard Law School
(Source: Law Librarian Blog)

The New Literacy: Stanford study finds richness and complexity in students’ writing

Students Find Free Online Lectures Better Than What They’re Paying For
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

Students’ use of research content
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

Time Off for Good Behavior

18 and under – Texting, Surfing, Studying?


BusinessWeek Takes an In-Depth Look at Google’s Search Quality Team

A Clinical Infusion of Google Wave
(Source: omowizard)

Google Begins Fixing Usenet Archive

Google Books is not a library
(Source: AtYourLibrary)

Google Books: Scanning the Future
(Source: beSpacific)

Google “Suggested Items” Tells a Story About Our Hopes, Fears, And Desires
(Source: omowizard)

Google to launch Google Editions platform

Google Wave: A Complete Guide
(Source: BoraZ)

Google Wave’s Best Use Cases

(Source: digg_technews)

Integrate Google Wave Into Your OS X System with Fluid
(Source: Kenley Neufeld)

It’s Just Fancy Talk

The psychology of Google Wave

(Source: hrouda)

Wave New World
(Source: Cassandra Eckhof)

5 Tips for Parenting with Google Wave

5 Ways Google Can Save You Money
(Source: Neat New Stuff on the Net)

Government and Law

Against Transparency
(Source: Harvard News)

Gov. Patrick: Three Mass. proposals for broadband stimulus funds

Governor Patrick creates Mass. STEM council

Law.Gov: A Proposed Registry and Repository of All Primary Legal Materials of the United States
(Source: beSpacific)

Patrick warns of 2,000 job cuts
(Sources: Cassandra Eckhof; Boston Business Journal)

To Do More With Less, Governments Go Digital

Who’s in Big Brother’s Database?

Health and Medicine

Body Computing Is a Glimmer of Hope in the Health-Care Chasm

Customer-Driven Medicine: How to Create a New Health Care System
(Source: DocuTicker)

A Doctor’s Advice On How To Read Health News (And Know Whether It’s Full of Crap)
(Source: Beyond the Black Stump)

Hospital Wait Times Delivered Via RSS Feeds

How Mindfulness Can Make for Better Doctors

Million Dollar Question: Who Owns Your Genetic Data?

Study: Majority Of ‘Calm Downs’ Ineffective

Top 15 Women in Pharma
(Source: Andrew Spong)

Using Simple Genome, Researchers Move Personalized Medicine Closer to Reality

Virginia Tech Receives NIH Grant for Infectious Disease Database

What Percentage of U.S. Adults Use Social Media for Health Care and Medical Purposes?

Libraries and Archives

College Library Directors Protest Huge Jump in ‘Scientific American’ Price
(Source: englib)

The evolution of Paul Courant reshapes a library
(Source: Bohyun Kim)

A Future Library Service?

Implementing a 23 Things Type Program at Your Library
(Source: Stephen’s Lighthouse)

Information-Seeking Behavior in the Digital Age: A Multi-disciplinary Study of Academic Researchers

(Source: Peter Scott’s Library Blog)

Librarians still have vital role in the Web 2.0 era
(Source: rightforyou)

Libraries and Transliteracy
(Source: Library Web)

Libraries Face Possible Changes (Harvard)

Library Locator iPhone Application
(Source: Bohyun Kim)

(Source: Bohyun Kim)

Orphan Works: Statement of Best Practices
(Source: twittbraires)

(Sources: roselovec; taxonomylady)

Technology Trends: Waxing and Waning
(Source: ALA Tech_Source)

UC Berkeley students stage library sit-in
(Source: The Kept-Up Academic Librarian)

The Unused Complexity of MARC

Wanted: Info Revolutionaries: an Info Pro Manifesto

Web Services for Underfunded and Understaffed libraries

Web 2.0, Web 3.0 – Where Will CERN Library Go?
(Source: Joe Kraus)

2009 SLA All Sciences Online Poster Session
(Sources: Irene S. Laursen and Catherine Lavalee-Welch)

Life, Work, Family and Money

Autumn scenes
(Source: Manhattan User’s Guide)

Best places to launch a small business

Book of Odds
(Source: Mass High Tech)

Building a Recession-Friendly Wardrobe
(Source: HarvardTweets)
See also: Guilt-Free Shopping
See also: Fashion Lessons for Graduate Students

Bully! Bully!

Dear Google Notebook

Decide to Say Sorry: The “Peace Process” for Growing Your Business

Failing bosses sabotage to boost ego

Five Burning Questions About How to Work With Headhunters

Getting Hired, Never a Picnic, Is Increasingly a Trial

Good employees work toward their strengths

Hallowe’en is Safe

Here’s where stimulus money is putting people to work

How to Defeat Burnout and Stay Motivated
(Source: The 99 Percent)

How to Find Lost Cats

How to Get Honest Feedback

An Incomplete Manifesto for Growth
(Source: Stephen’s Lighthouse)

IRA vs. 401K – What’s the Difference?

Job Interview Questions and Best Answers
(Source: careerdiva)

Jobs Wanted, Any Jobs at All

Motherhood After Tenure: furloughs and invisible work

The Natural Way To Clean Everything In Your House

Rethinking the Older Woman-Younger Man Relationship

ReturnMyPants Ensures You Get Loaned Items Back

SBA offers help to women business owners

Self-Promotion for Introverts®: Get Heard More. Even If You Talk Less

Seven Tips If You’re Chronically Late

Should Unemployed People Work for Free
(Source: webdoyenne)

Socially Responsible Investing Does Not Mean Lower Returns

Sustainability, The Complete Concept: Environment, Healthcare, and Economy

Top 5 Mistakes We Make Teaching Kids About Money

Top 10 Reminder Tools for Forgetful Minds
(Source: Beyond the Black Stump)

What it’s like to love someone with depression
(Source: omowizard)

When a Colleague’s Mistakes Affect You
(Source: Bohyun Kim)

Women mentor male bosses as Dell joins push to smash glass ceiling

Women Warriors: Supporting She ‘Who Has Borne the Battle’

4 Tips for de-Stressing Your Job Search
(Source: careerdiva)

7 Ways to Build & Maintain a Personal Network that Works for You
(Source: just_social)

14 Ways to Improve Your Body Language Today
(Source: Nik Karlil)

50 Ways to Never Waste Food Again
(Source: msauers)

Scholarly Publishing

Creative Commons: access and knowledge sharing
(Source: Xuemei)

Getting Yourself Out of the Business in Five Easy Steps
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers: The STM Report
(Source: Grace Baynes)

Measuring citations: calculations can vary widely
(Source: Jill Lagerstrom)

On the contribution of publishers

Open Access to Research Is Inevitable, Libraries Are Told
(Source: Bernie Sloan)

Open Access Week Event: Open Access at Harvard Q &A
(Source: Sue Kreigsman)

Right to Research Coalition
(Source: SPARC Open Access Forum)

SPARC Campus Open Access Advisory Group

Spinning the Science: Big Pharma’s Not Alone
(Source: Andrew Spong)

The 2009 STM Frankfurt Conference
(Source: Andrew Spong)

The Subscription Model Lives and Thrives
(Source: John Sack)

Science and Technology

Big-picture view of nanoscale

Cell Phone Stuck In 2-Year Contract With Local Man

The Chemistry of Information Addiction

Earth’s 10 least hospitable places for life
(Source: amcaffee)

An Electron Microscope For Your Home?

Essentials of Genetics: a guided introduction to many of the key concepts of genetics
(Source: Grace Baynes)
See also: How genetics works
(Source: Om Malik)

Giant Ribbon Discovered at the Edge of the Solar System

God Introduces New Bird

How video games are good for the brain
(Source: taxonomylady)

Illusions: What’s in a Face?

The (im)permanance of online biological resources
(Source: Theo Bloom)

Leaving academia for the freelance world has its rewards

Let’s Have An Awesome Time Publishing Science
(Source: BoraZ)

Losing America’s secret weapon
(Source: Steve Silberman)

Massively collaborative mathematics

Microbes as Computers
(Source: TheScientistLLC)

New journal from the Royal Society of Chemistry

A Nature news special

New Jersey Outshines Most Others in Solar Energy
(Source: Slashdot)
See also: Solar Living, Without Compromising on Lifestyle

New Wi-Fi technology to let gadgets talk directly
See also: Wi-fi ‘to get a whole lot easier’

On the future of scientific communication
(Source: BoraZ)

Open Research: The personal, the social, and the political
(Source: BLugger)

Parc overflowing with new ideas

Phones that rule on the Web

Polaroid Classic Instant Cameras to Make a Comeback
(Source: digg tech_news)

Recognition and Alleviation of Distress in Laboratory Animals

Respectfully Letting Data Die A Natural Death

Scans show learning ‘sculpts’ the brain’s connections
(Source: brown2020)

Schmidt fund to advance science through support for transformative technology
(Source: Steve Silberman)

Science Grrl: It’s been a busy month for science grrls!
See also: On Winning a Nobel Prize in Science
See also: Conversation with Beth Shapiro, biologist and MacArthur Fellow
See also: Do women have the brains to be great scientists?
(Source: sciencegoddess)
See also: National Medal of Science Winners

The Science of Slumber
See also: Top 10 Sleep Photos, Decided by You

Scientists do it in the lab—here’s how

Scientists on Twitter – SciencePond
(Source: Christina Pikas)

Sixty Symbols
(Source: The Scout Report)

Speaking of Speaking
See also: 10 Ways To Conquer Fear of Public Speaking
(Source: Beyond the Black Stump)

Stitching science together

Tell Me a Story of Science
(Sources: BoraZ and razoobe)

Training to Climb an Everest of Digital Data
(Source: Science in the News)

TVs of the (Near) Future

Two good reasons to always read the methods section of a scientific paper
(Source: modernscientist)

Using cellphones to change the world

Video camera that records at the speed of thought

The way things work (science funding)

We must revolutionize our communication of science to non-scientists
(Source: girlscientist)

We see problems, they see solutions

8 Ingenious Ways Animals Outsmart Predators
(Source: Bill Romanos)

50 Years of Space Exploration
(Source: sciencebase)

Social Networks

Bigola – Meta Search Tool Searching Digg, Twitter, Technorati, FriendFeed and YouTube

Cold turkey for a Facebook addict

The Democratization of Online Social Networks

The Evolving Uses of Twitter
(Source: Steve Silberman)

Facebook is no fad
“Social networking is a basic human need”
(Source: Stephen’s Lighthouse)

Five Essential Apps for Your Nonprofit’s Facebook Page
(Source: Librarian in Black)

The Five WORST Excuses for Not Using Twitter
(Source: Librarian in Black)

Gary’s Social Media Count
(Source: hrouda)

Gender Trouble in Web 2.0. Gender Perspectives on Social Network Sites, Wikis and Weblogs

How To Create Friends Lists on Facebook
(Source: Ellyssa Kroski)

HOW TO: Organize an Event on Facebook

(Source: Beyond the Black Stump)

In a Generation That Friends and Tweets, They Don’t

Politics and Twitter: Inside the Political Twittersphere + An In-Depth Look at the Twitter World

Popular Twitter Client TweetDeck Adds New Features
(Source: ResourceShelf)

Seniors finding social media exhilarating
(Source: libraryfuture)

Twitter’s becoming an important tool for job seekers and employers

Web 2.0 Collaboration Tools for the Next Generation of Public Service
(Source: John Reaves)

Where, How, and Why Harvard University Uses Twitter

Who Is On the Other End of Facebook?

7 Things You Should Know About Collaborative Annotation
(Source: ResourceShelf)

10 tools for presenting with Twitter
(Source: laikas)


Airlines Cook Up a New Batch of Fees
(Source: infodiva)

Airlines that charge fees lost more money than airlines that didn’t

Dark-Sided: 10 Hauntingly Beautiful Hotels, Homes, and Restaurants

Expect Delays: An Analysis of Air Travel Trends in the United States
(Source: DocuTicker)

The World’s Quietest Places

Received October 10 – 16, 2009

The Art of Being a Scientist
Sneider, Roel and Ken Larner
(Cambridge University Press, 2009)
Q 147 .S64 2009
Requested by G. Eastman

Cold Molecules: Theory, Experiment, Applications
Krems, Roman V., et al, editors
(CRC Press, 2009)
QC 794.6 .C6 C635 2009
Requested by A. Speck

Handbook of Single-Molecule Biophysics
Hinterdorfer, Peter and Antoine Van Oijen, editors
(Springer, 2009)
QH 505 .H36 2009
Requested by G. Eastman

A Physicist’s Guide to Mathematica, 2nd ed.
Tam, Patrick
(Elsevier/Academic Press, 2008)
QC 20.7 .E4 T36 2008
Requested by M. Burns

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 10/9/09


Rowland Institute at Harvard
Library News & Notes
October 9, 2009

Quote of the week: “I need to use my most important investigative tool: my library card.” – Detective Robert Goren, aka “Turtleman,” Law & Order Criminal Intent

Internet Sites of the Week


Buy a Scholarly Book
(Source: Digital Koans)

Curling Up With Hybrid Books, Videos Included
(Source: ResourceShelf)

How Apple Can Dominate the Education Market With the iTablet
(Source: Erika McNeil)

On the Smell of Old Books

Reading Detectives
(Source: Library Web)

Robert Darnton: Reading, Now and Then
(Source: srharris19)

Will Books Be Napsterized?
(Source: Gerry McKiernan)

Computers and Internet

Blogger marks 10 year milestone

College technology ‘catching up’ with students
(Source: Erika McNeil)

Everyday life, online: U.S. college students’ use of the Internet
(Source: Peter Scott’s Library Blog)

HotPrints Launches Totally Free Photo-Book Printing

How to Create & Broadcast a Podcast With Garageband
(Source: Robin Good)

Is cloud computing the Hotel California of tech?
See also: Study: Amazon and Google rule the cloud
See also: Forget Google and Amazon, the DoD Shows Off What a Real Cloud Platform Can Do

Mapping Languages in the United States and More Research Tools
(Source: ResourceShelf)

New Computer Graphics Systems Give Reality a Convincing Makeover

Online Writing Tips: Interviewing for the Web 101

PBS and NPR Add to Trove of Free Online Lectures

Print Publishers May Create a “Hulu for Magazines”
(Source: Matthew Fraser)

Real-Time Search Engines Compared
(Source: Ellyssa Kroski)

Ruby on Rails workshop for women
(Source: Jessica Baumgart)

Serendipity Of Search
(Source: Publish2Technology NYT)

(Source: Boing Boing)

Trove of Hotmail Passwords Posted Online

Where’s My iPod Made? SourceMap Has the Answer
(Source: Publish2Technology NYT)

Why Blog?
(Source: ResearchBlogs)

A Windows to Help You Forget

48 Year-Old Blogger Has Gone 9 Years Without Spending Money


Struggling Museum Now Allowing Patrons to Touch Paintings

Ten biggest magazines closing in 2009
(Source: ResourceShelf)

Education (mostly Harvard)

Cracks in the Future
(Source: Diane Williams)

Harvard buys Updike archive

Harvard, Resentment, Legacies, Class Size, Etc.

Leaner Times at Harvard: No Cookies
(Source: Cassandra Eckhof)

Thomas M. Menino: Harvard must build housing on Allston site


Advantage Google
(Source: Digital Koans)

An Army vs. Google Books
(Source: Eric Rumsey)

Google adds even more search options
See also: BusinessWeek Dives Deep Into Google’s Search Quality
(Source: ResourceShelf)

Google Apps: A Long Road Ahead

Google Book & Internet Archive Tips
(Source: srharris19)

The Google Book Project- What Effect Will It Have On Your Library?
(Source: Anna Laura Brown)

Google Claims to Be the Lone Defender of Orphans; not lone, not defender
(Source: Eric Rumsey)

Google Wave 101
(Source: Robin Good)
See also: What is Google Wave
See also: VIDEO: Google Wave Gets Explained
(Source: Bibliosoph)
See also: Could Google Wave Replace Course Management Systems?
(Source: lapsedluddite)
See also: Will Google’s Wave Replace E-Mail & Facebook?
(Source: Andrew Spong)
See also: The first google wave search you should do
(Source: Tim O’Reilly)
See also: The Point You’re Missing About Google Wave
(Source: laikas)

Google’s Abandoned Library of 700 Million Titles

(Source: ResourceShelf)

A Library to Last Forever
(Source: ResourceShelf)

November deadline for new Google Books deal

Health and Medicine

Adding Health Advice to Online Medical Records
(Source: brown2020)

An agenda for personalized medicine

Eldercare and aging: Online information for librarians and caregivers

Fall Allergies and How to Avoid Them
(Source: Harvard Medical School)

The Future of Healthcare Is Social
(Source: BoraZ)

H1N1 Flu Self-Evaluation
(Source: rachel_w)

(Source: Gosia Stergios)
See also: Emerging Consensus to Create a ‘Health Internet’ With Broad Consumer Engagement
See also: NHIN: the New Health Network?
See also: The Health Information Technology Platform Meeting
(Source: ITdotHealth)

Mind Body Stress Management Program for Parents of Behaviorally Challenging Children
(I recommend this – excellent teacher, great course materials, highly useful. GE)

Must-Read Health Blogs
(Source: Andrew Spong)

NLM’s Pillbox, a new pill identification system
(Source: laikas)

Power to the patients

Start-Ups Aim to Transform Visits to the Doctor
(Source: libraryfuture)


Cambridge cops: Public safety trumps transparency

Gov. seeks measures to close budget gap


The Agent of Library Instruction
(Source: Information Wants to Be Free)
See also: Who should teach library instruction?

The blended librarian in the learning commons: New skills for the blended library

The college library in the 21st century: Reconfiguring space for learning and engagement

Decreasing budgets and increasing costs – working with faculty to mitigate the damage
(Source: Bonnie Swoger)

The Dewey Dilemma
(Source: David Weinberger; see )

Discoverability .. a report that’s worth a look

Educate Don’t Alienate
(Source: Librarian in Black)

How Personal Should a Library Be in Social Media?

How To Customize Your Library Facebook Page
(Source: Ellyssa Kroski)

Library Access to Scholarship
(Source: Digital Koans)

LJ’s Bubble Room blogger identifies 13 cultural shifts libraries can turn into opportunities to reach patrons
(Source: Library Journal)

New Project Launched to Support Libraries’ Outreach to the Struggling Workforce
(Source: Peter Scott’s Library Blog)

Our Evanescent Culture and the Awesome Duty of Librarians

Things That Keep Us Up At Night
(Source: srharris19)

Ugly battle has librarians in Oak Brook turning to Teamsters

(Source: Boing Boing)

Web 2.0: What Comes Next? Using This Knowledge And Preparing For The New Wave of Web Technology
(Source: Xuemei)

Life, Work, Family and Money

Are Your Best Female Employees a Flight Risk?
(Source: taxonomylady)

Changing Careers: 5 Steps to Moving Beyond Single Industry Experience
(Source: AtYourLibrary)

Credit Union Credit Cards – A Prudent Alternative

Facebook Activities Haunting Job Seekers
(Source: careerdiva)

For Americans, Plastic Buys Less Abroad

The High Price of Being a Gay Couple
(Source: roselovec)

How to Stop Buying Clothes You Never Wear
(Source: Beyond the Black Stump)

In praise of verbal ‘turn signals’

One nagging thing you still don’t understand about yourself
(Source: Boing Boing)

Poll: More Americans plan to work past retirement age

Sunsets from around the world
(Source: laikas)

Turn performance review into enlightened encounter

When Your Man (or Woman) Gets Laid Off
(Source: Manisha Thakor)

Wholesome Guide to Misbehaving

Work-Search Scams on the Rise in Recession
(Source: careerdiva)

13 Fantastic Female Personal Development Bloggers
(Source: lifeisawesome)

21 Secrets to Save on Travel
(Source: Internet Legal Research Weekly)

40 inspirational speeches in two minutes
(Source: webdoyenne)

Scholarly Publishing

“web 2.0 scholarly communication tool”
(Source: SPARC Open Access Forum)

Cross-linking between repositories
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

Few tips on conducting a literature review

Income models for Open Access: An overview of current practice
(Source: SPARC Open Access Forum)

Journal Cost-Effective Index for Legal Periodicals

Journal pricing in these hard times: are publishers listening? OpenSearch
(Source: Nascent)

Open access bill stalls in Congress
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

Reviewers Prefer Positive Findings

Ten challenges for open-access journals
(Source: SPARC Open Access Forum)

What’s the opposite of a phyrric victory? Lessons learned from an open access defeat
(Source: Sarah Shreeves)

Where to publish your paper?
(Source: grrlscientist)

Science and Technology

An Artist’s Secrets? Projection and Photoluminescence
(Source: lsmarshall)

The Big Microbe Knit
(Source: scientistlady)

An emotional response: Using computers to analyse sentiments
(Source: Science in the News)

Are you asleep? Exploring the mind’s twilight zone

Big Splash in Bug-Splatter Research

Communicating person to person through the power of thought alone
(Source: brown2020)

Communicating Science: Giving Talks
(Source: razoobe)
See also

Data on Federal Research and Development Investments: A Pathway to Modernization

The eScience Revolution: Rensselaer Researchers to Create Semantic Web Platforms for Massive Scientific Collaboration
(Source: ResourceShelf)

The Elements of Humanity: a Fascination with Science and Technology
(Source: Tim O’Reilly)

Evolution of the Cell Phone
(Source: digg_technews)
See also: Survey: Bostonians value cell phones over sex

Failed takeoff leaves entrepreneurs with orphaned IP

Gallery: Science Confirms the Obvious
(Source: sciencegoddess)

Gender Differences at Critical Transitions in the Careers of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Faculty

How Nonsense Sharpens the Intellect
(Source: newswise)

Human Genetics 2009

iLabs: Revolutionizing High School Science

Inside the Nobel Prize: How a CCD Works

Introduction to Scientific Filmmaking
(Source: phylogenomics)

Key for Future Investment: Researchers’ Response to America’s Recovery Act

A look inside
“Scientists have deciphered 3-D structure of the human genome”

Mass High Tech, Women to Watch 2009

MHT names record number of ‘tech citizens’

Mixed Signals
others see us differently than we see ourselves

NFL Scientists Postulate Theoretical Down Before First Down

Out of your head: Leaving the body behind

Petite Pictures: The 20 Microscopic Photo Competition Prizewinners

Peter’s Digital Reference Shelf: Scitation
(Source: ResourceShelf)

The Recession’s Silver Lining
IEEE Spectrum on the semiconductor industry

Reproducibility of Computational Science

Research points to potential chink in cancer’s armor

Resting-state brain networks are stable
(Source: stevesilberman)

Rethinking the Shape of Everyday Life
(Source: BoraZ)

Right Stuff, Wrong Sex: NASA’s Lost Female Astronauts

Science’s answer to the Backstreet Boys

The Self-Control Costs of Moral Flexibility
(Source: HarvardResearch)

A Spot at the Bench

Startup Bootcamp
(Source: Jessica Baumgart)

Text Messaging Shows Promise as a Survey Tool

Unrevealed Analysis Weakens Claim of AIDS Vaccine “Success”
(Source: Science in the News)

The Un-Scientific Method: or, how good science becomes bad press
(Source: Open Access Tracking Project)

Unstoppable Killing Machine Out Of Toner

What is relevant to my research now?
(Source: BoraZ)

10 Things to Know About Wireless Power
(Source: Om Malik)

Social Networks

Does Twitter Work As a Music Discovery Engine, Too?
(Source: Om Malik)

Gaydar: Facebook friendships expose sexual orientation
(Source: Peter Scott’s Library Blog)

Gen-F Scientists Ignoring Social Networking
(Source: sciencebase)
See also: Academics and Web 2.0

The History and Evolution of Social Media

HOW TO: Manage a Facebook Group
(Source: Robin Good)

It’s Time to Hide the Noise
(Source: Rebecca Skloot)

Loore – Finding People Within Social Networks and Directories

NeighborGoods: Craigslist for Your Neighborhood
(Source: Om Malik)

The Sum of All Tweets: Evaluating the Valuation

Using Twitter at Events & Conferences: Best Practices
(Source: Eric Rumsey)

Ways to Integrate Facebook With Your Blog
(Source: Ellyssa Kroski)

Women Rule the Social Web
(Source: Lisa Carlucci)

Zuckerberg: How Facebook’s Culture Helps Us Build Amazing Things

(Source: Robin Good)

3 Great Social Media Policies to Steal From

(Source: Matthew Fraser)

Received October 3 -9, 2009

No new books received this week.

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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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