April 30, 2008
Students not so web wise after all--national contest
April 24, 2008
RSS Feed Selection
The slides from today's Infopoint meeting are now online.
If you want more resources beyond those listed in the slides, feel free to explore these two link collections.
April 21, 2008
New ISI Web of Knowledge Features
How Cellphones Change the Way People Learn
Interview with a UM connection
Rich Ling argues that cellphones strengthen ties with users’ close friends and family, but might also narrow people’s understanding of the world by limiting interactions with strangers. Mr. Ling is an adjunct research scientist at the University of Michigan and a research scientist for Telenor, a Norwegian telecommunications company. He’s author of a new book, New Tech, New Ties: How Mobile Communication Is Reshaping Social Cohesion (MIT Press, 2008).
Because life is not all about work,
here's a link to my favorite blog, doriegreenspan.com, which focuses on what's really important in life--food. There's a great new book out, Hello Cupcake!, with amazing ideas on decorating cupcakes. You don't have to cook or bake to enjoy this, although you will need a sense of humor. Too much fun!
April 20, 2008
New Look for PubMed Search Results Page
NLM® is introducing new PubMed searching and display changes in the coming weeks. To begin with, the blue sidebar menu is being removed from the Summary results screens to provide space for forthcoming features. Users will be able to access the sidebar from the PubMed homepage.
April 18, 2008
Research and Scholarly Productivity Rankings
Interesting readings and rankings from Science Watch: Red-Hot Research Papers of 2007 and Chronicle of Higher Ed: Top Research Universities Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index
April 11, 2008
LC New Online Exhibit (from Wired Campus- Chronicle)
April 11, 2008
Library of Congress to Open New Online Exhibit
The Library of Congress is scheduled to open a new interactive Web site on Saturday, as a companion to a high-tech exhibit designed to give visitors a close-up view of some of the institution’s treasures.
A copy of the Gutenberg Bible, for instance, is in a glass case at the library, but the new Web site will let users flip through the book and zoom in on its pages virtually. An article in Ars Technica points out that the exhibit is the result of a $3-million gift from Microsoft to promote the use of the company’s latest multimedia platform, called Silverlight. The exhibit sounds like a theme park ride — it’s called The Library of Congress Experience.
The library has offered digital versions of its collections for years, of course. In fact, The Chronicle described one of its first efforts to do so back in 1994 — back when the Web was in its infancy. But the latest exhibit suggests that digitized copies of historical items can use updating as technology improves. —Jeffrey R. Young
Posted on Friday April 11, 2008 | Permalink
April 07, 2008
April 7, 2008
Research Libraries Embrace Publishing
Research libraries are “rapidly developing publishing services,” according to a report released in March by the Association of Research Libraries.
The report states that by late 2007, 43 percent of 80 research libraries surveyed were publishing some kind of content—usually journals—and another 21 percent were planning to get into publishing. Only 36 percent of respondents said they were not active in publishing. Scholars and researchers’ desire to have their work featured online, not just in print, is one factor pushing libraries into publishing, the report states. —Andrea L. Foster
Posted on Monday April 7, 2008 | Permalink |
Essay on Guest Speakers
A professor who invited a visiting writer to class envisioned a stimulating dialogue, not awkward silences. What went wrong?
April 03, 2008
New Features on OvidSP
Earlier this week, a few new features were added to OvidSP, including, most significantly, some beefed up RSS capabilities and a results page that doesn't 'jump' as annoyingly as it once did. Now, if only they'll do away with the 'OvidSP Tip' box (it loads much too slowly, I say!)...