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Open Access week and arXiv

It is Open Access week, and I am excited to learn about  this aspect of librarianship especially because it is related to e-science, one  of my major interests.  Open Access is defined as free access to scholarly articles and journals through the  internet.  For open access week, Bird library at Syracuse  University hosted a discussion … Continue reading

Ebooks

Last week, I attended UNYSLA’s fall conference ebooks and Libraries: Success All Around at the Inn complete here in Syracuse.  It was my first library conference, and I am thankful to the UNYSLA for putting together the event, giving the attendees networking time, packing it with knowledgeable speakers, and making it affordable for students.  While … Continue reading

Failure

The link to David Lankes lecture was posted in the Linkedin ALA group and many, including myself, found it extremely inspirational (as well as entertaining). My first thought to the video was “Wow”, that is what I want to do. I want my job, my personal mission and my professional mission to be part of … Continue reading

Tailoring My Google Results, Impact on Librarians?

Professor Jill Hurst-Wahl posted this video on the implications of customized search on Google.  Google tailors search results based on what it thinks the searcher will find the most interesting.  This means two people can search for the same topic, but receive drastically different results.  I agree that there must be a balance and that … Continue reading

Clifford Lynch and e-science

I was fortunate to be able to attend the fascinating lecture on the changing landscape of scholarship by Clifford Lynch last week at Syracuse University. Dr. Lynch is an impressive figure; he earned his doctorate in computer science from the University of California Berkeley, spent 18 years at the University of California Office of the … Continue reading

$16.00 Muffins

A colleague posted a newspaper article covering the Inspector General’s report outlining the extravagant spending on conferences by the Department of Justice (DOJ).  This included spending “$16 on each of the 250 muffins served at an August 2009 legal conference in Washington” and $600,000 for events planning for five conferences.(Allen, 2011)    In fact, the DOJ’s … Continue reading

Identity

It is only my second week of library school, and it appears Librarianship is having an identity crises!  As a new librarian who is still learning and developing, it is somewhat premature for me to have a crisis.  While it does provide my generation of librarian students the advantage of an atmosphere ripe for questioning … Continue reading

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