Monthly Archives: February 2009

London networks

Librarians are great ones for forming networks and groups, and for holding meetings. We seem to be highly motivated to share experience with others (i.e. show off), discuss key professional issues (gossip) and learn from our peers (feign interest in … Continue reading

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A different kind of text mining

Not everything we hold in libraries is ready for disposal yet. With unpublished material (i.e. archives) you know that you have pretty much the only copy that exists, or possibly one of only two or three copies. Archives are being … Continue reading

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UK Research Reserve

The UK Research Reserve (UKRR) sounds a bit like a Dad’s Army of retired researchers ready to be pressed into service in time of dire emergency – Your laboratory needs you!. But in reality UKRR is much duller: an attempt … Continue reading

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Patently social

Peer review is one of those old chestnuts that people never seem to tire of discussing. Does it work? What is it? Do we like it? Can it be improved? Do we need it? Why won’t it just go away? … Continue reading

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UK PubMedCentral

I went to another meeting today about UK PubMedCentral . For the first time I began to feel a bit excited about the resource this project is building. Whenever I hear the phrase “one-stop shop” I groan inwardly. Since bibliographic … Continue reading

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Never let it be said that science isn’t a good career move

From the DIUS website : The Football Association has today confirmed Ian Watmore as its new Chief Executive. Mr Watmore is currently Permanent Secretary at the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS). He will take up his new post … Continue reading

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Evolution and art

I’ve been struggling to think of something to say about Darwin or evolution. And then, walking down to the coffee area, I passed this sculpture that I pass every day and thought – aha! Example 10, by Emily Wardill (2003). … Continue reading

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Darwin in the library

You probably have too much to read about Darwin already, but as a Librarian I feel strangely obligated to burden you with still more reading material on this topic. So here are a few bits and pieces. I make no … Continue reading

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Art and evolution

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Interesting bibliometric newsletter

A colleague sent me the latest issue of Research Trends – a bi-monthly newsletter from Elsevier with short features on bibliometrics. Cynics might say it was a thinly veiled marketing ploy to help embed their Scopus database as a worthy … Continue reading

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