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Saturday 10 June 2006

  • Issue 7.6 of ACS' LiveWire newsletter - ACS, in the June issue of LiveWire, announces a special blog just for Baltimore SLA conference by ACS Publications Senior Account Manager and LiveWire Editor-at-Large Doug Storm and guest bloggers like Teri Vogel. Attendees that will go to the ACS...

Thursday 8 June 2006

  • World's first computer is 2000 years old? - A bronze mechanism of wheels and dials dating from 80 B.C., the "Antikythera Mechanism", is now thought to be a prediction tool for planetary motion. The mechanism was discovered on the wreck of a cargo ship in Greece in 1900....

Wednesday 10 May 2006

Wednesday 26 April 2006

  • More on the new IET - Some news from the new IET about titles and URL changes following the IEE and the IIE merger. See the full entry for details from an email sent by Michael McCabe, Marketing Manager - Publishing on various listserves....

Monday 24 April 2006

  • New organization for IEE and IIE - In late March, the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) and the Institution of Incorporated Engineers (IIE) formed a new organization, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). This change is said to bring no significant change in IEEE Xplore, apart...

Friday 18 November 2005

  • ISTL - Fall 2005 - The Fall 2005 issue of Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship is now available. The theme is "Facilities". Table of contents is available in the extended entry....

Thursday 6 October 2005

  • AIP hurricane-related help - The American Institute of Physics will furnish usernames and passwords valid through December 31, 2005 to researchers who have lost access as a result of hurricanes Katrina or Rita. Call 1-800-874-6383 or email [email protected] Librarians can also contact the AIP...

Monday 19 September 2005

  • CSA efforts to help Katrina victims - Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA) is taking several measures to help users displaced by Katrina. Among them: make CSA databases accessible to displaced users directly for up to 6 months through a registration process on the CSA website extend affected customer...

Friday 9 September 2005

  • APS offers help to Katrina affected members - The American Physical Society offers its help over the coming weeks and months as you seek to rebuild your departments, laboratories and workplaces. If we can assist you in any way in your efforts to recover from this devastating tragedy,...
  • IoP access following Katrina - The Institute of Physics offers login information to displaced hurricane victims: "(...) we have put systems into place to ensure that professors, researchers, librarians and students affected by this tragedy can gain access to all IOP journals for at least...
  • ASCE's Katrina website - The American Society of Civil Engineers has a full new section on Hurricane Katrina relief both for affected members and to inform its members and the public at-large. This section right now actually remplaces the normal homepage. Maybe more specifically...
  • IEEE-USA's response to Hurricane Katrina - IEEE-USA is taking steps to help in the recovery from Hurricane Katrina. Among others, the Society has announced it made a financial donation to the American Red Cross and will make available Professional Activities Committee (PACE) project funds to organized...
  • SIAM's response to Katrina - The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics will provide username/password access to every SIAM electronic journal to any faculty member, staff member, or student at any institution that has suffered damage. This username and password will be effective until December...

Tuesday 6 September 2005

  • ASCE page on hurricane-related issues - Jay Bhatt has reported on the usual newsgroups a useful page put up by the American Society of Civil Engineers on Hurricane Events Analysis, Response and Mitigation. It is comprised of published journal and magazine articles and proceedings papers and...

Saturday 3 September 2005

  • Elsevier's efforts for hurricane relief - Elsevier announced a donation to the American Red Cross and plans to match employee donations to the Red Cross and all eligible disaster relief organizations. Also, "in addition to ongoing financial aid in the ensuing weeks and months, Elsevier will...
  • AMS to give access to its products to displaced NO mathematicians - The American Mathematical Society is providing alternative access to MathSciNet and their journals to displaced mathematicians from the eight New Orleans universities (University of New Orleans, Tulane University, Loyola University, Xavier University of Louisiana, Southern University at New Orleans, Our...

Monday 18 April 2005

  • Landmark articles for auction - Of course I had to be away at a state conference while the Intel's $10 000 auction bid drama played out, but I can still refer to some interesting information that came out in the aftermath. if the original auction...

Friday 11 March 2005

  • Los Alamos National Lab Library best digital library in the world - Interesting piece of news: the Research Library at the Los Alamos National Laboratory has been named "the best science research digital library in the world" following a review by the library's External Advisory Board. But I wonder, and this is...

Wednesday 26 January 2005

  • Engineers Week - Engineers Week is coming soon, from February 20th to the 26th. Is your library/information center doing anything special for the occasion? At work here, we are putting up our annual exhibit, this time on Wireless and Mobile Computing....

Wednesday 19 January 2005

  • Burndy Library moving? - Bob Michaelson posted on relevant newsgroups today about the possible move of the Burndy Library and the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology after being associated with MIT since 1992. Among the interested for the new site...

Tuesday 28 December 2004

  • Water damage in UNew Mexico - The Centennial Science and Engineering Library at the University of New Mexico suffered severe water damage over the Christmas week-end due to bursting pipes. Camila A. Alire, Dean of Library Services, expects that the renovation and restoration of both building...

Saturday 11 December 2004

  • CAS sues Google over the use of "scholar" - CAS's complaint is over trademark infringement and unfair competition. Why? "Google Scholar" sounds a lot like "SciFinder Scholar", one of CAS's products....

Monday 7 June 2004

  • And talking about socializing... - ... Christina Pikas is blogging on her own blog beside me right now... Hey, small world... I am having a good time here!...
  • Drinkin' in the PAM suite - John Dupuis here...Enjoying the atmosphere at SLA. One of the most important functions at any professional conference is networking, and that is certainly the case here. One of my favourite things at conferences is meeting with fellow librarians and especailly...

Friday 26 March 2004

  • Mark your calendars shrimp lovers! - So, OK, NASA found some evidence of the past presence of seawater on Mars. That's great and all. But now, Long John's Silver is making good on its promise of offering every American a free Giant Shrimp if said evidence...

Wednesday 10 March 2004

  • New Faces of Engineering - In honor of National Engineers Week, February 22nd to the 28th, the engineering community is recognizing its up-and-coming personalities....

Tuesday 16 December 2003

  • Journal articles ghostwriters - An article about ghostwriters employed in the pharmaceutical industry was published in the Observer on December 7th. Articles are then published under doctors' and researchers' names....

Thursday 20 November 2003

  • Taylor & Francis to acquire Marcel Dekker - Publisher Taylor & Francis has announced that it has struck a deal to buy publisher Marcel Dekker, Inc. Taylor & Francis have recently acquired Swets & Zeitlinger Publishers, CRC Press, and Frank Cass....

Friday 31 October 2003

  • NMS recipients - The White House announced the names of eight scientists and engineers who will receive the National Medal of Science for 2002 in a ceremony on November 6. Recipients are: Leo L. Beranek (engineering), John I Brauman (organic and physical chemistry),...
  • More solar flares - The solar flares are still going on. Any problems where you are?...

Saturday 11 October 2003

  • Nobel Prizes - The Nobel Prize winners have been announced: - in Chemistry, Peter Agre (USA) "for discoveries concerning channels in cell membranes" and "for the discovery of water channels" along with Roderick MacKinnon (USA) "for structural and mechanistic studies of ion channels"...

Monday 29 September 2003

  • Space cannibalism - Our Milky Way galaxy is having our galactic neighbor, the Sagittarius galaxy, for lunch. The December 20 issue of the Astrophysical Journal will have more details....

Friday 26 September 2003

  • 2003 Engineering SLA Librarian of the Year - A bit of old news but it had escaped my attention (my apologies): the 2003 Engineering Librarian of the Year Award was presented Charles Wenger, Dean of Library Services at the Archbishop Alemany Library, Dominican University of California. Among his...

Friday 18 July 2003

  • BioMed Central in the UK - A deal has been struck between the United Kingdom high education authorities and BioMed Central. The article-processing fees will be waived for UK researchers to encourage them to publish the results of their research in open-access journals....

Thursday 5 June 2003

  • Acquisitions in the publishing world - A proposed acquisition risks to create another monolithic publisher, trailing the heels of Elsevier Science. The two equity firms that acquired Kluwer Academic Publishers in January, Candover and Cinven, now want to buy BertelsmannSpringer. They intend to merge Kluwer and...

Friday 9 May 2003

  • SLA HQ for sale? - An Open Forum to discuss the potential sale of the SLA headquarters building will be held on Tuesday, May 20, 10:00am at the SLA headquarters conference room, 1700 18th Street NW, Washington, DC. For RSVP....

Monday 5 May 2003

  • ALA in Toronto - ALA has confirmed that its annual conference will take place in Toronto this year, in conjunction with the Canadian Library Association's conference....

Wednesday 30 April 2003

  • Governmentwide e-grant site to debut this fall - The federal government expects to have a single Web site for posting information on all available grants by October 2003. It would involve some 26 federal department and agencies that distribute $400 billion in federal grants annually....

Wednesday 23 April 2003

  • "If it contains carbon, we can do it." - Discover Magazine is an interesting magazine indeed, but this article really catches the eye. Thermal depolymerization will transform 100 pounds of plastic bottles into 70 pounds of oil, 16 pounds of gas, 6 pounds of carbon solids and 8 pounds...

Saturday 29 March 2003

  • Profits for Elsevier - 2002 has been profitable for Reed-Elsevier. Their reported 2002 net profit went up 43% from the previous year to reach $288.9 million, up 43% from GBP 126 million the previous year. Revenue climbed 10%. What is the secret of their...

Saturday 22 March 2003

  • Science Festival for girls at Linda Hall - On April 26, the Linda Hall Library, along with other organizations, will host the Sally Ride-UMKC Science Festival for 5th to 8th grade girls. The message of the festival is that women can succeed in science. A total of 36...

Wednesday 19 February 2003

  • Self-censoring - Nature's editorial - You will find on the FOS Forum, Nature's forthcoming editorial on their decision to censor their journals in fear of bioterrorism....
  • Self-censoring by science journals - This is from the Washington Post but you will find it elsewhere too: Editors of 32 publications and scientific associations have agreed to edit the papers they publish in a way that would delete details that might help terrorists make...

Tuesday 4 February 2003

  • USA Patriot Act - The ALA Council approved the following resolution on the USA Patriot Act. Here is one article on the subject by Diana Lynne in the WorldNetDaily....

Wednesday 22 January 2003

  • Save the Libraries Rally - If you are in the Philadephia area this Friday January 24th, for the Mid-Winter conference or not, consider participating in ALA's Save America's Libraries rally. The rendez-vous point is at Room 108A, at the Philadelphia Convention Center, 12-1PM....

Friday 10 January 2003

  • National Engineers Week - The National Engineers Week is coming up February 16th to the 22nd. Is your library doing anything?...

Friday 20 December 2002

  • AI collection burns down - A fire destroyed an extensive collection devoted to Artificial Intelligence at the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh on December 7th, along with the library building and equipments. The collection contained some 5,000 books, 800 journals and 35,000...

Monday 9 December 2002

  • FirstGov for Science - Fourteen scientific and technical information organizations from 10 major science agencies have announced last week the creation of FirstGov for Science, a gateway to reliable information to federal scientific information. Technical reports, journal citations, databases, Federal web sites, and fact...

Monday 2 December 2002

  • Fraudulent science - What are information providers and users to do when scientific work is found fraudulent? Science has retracted papers it has published from Bell Labs scientist Jan Hendrik Schön. But other points of access to the Schön's work remains. See an...

Friday 22 November 2002

  • Kluwer Academic Publishers sold - The publisher of Kluwer Academic Publishers (KAP) announced its sale to a London-based private equity funds firm, Candover and Cinven. KAP publishes about approximately 675 scientific and technical journal titles and the Kluwer Online electronic platform. It seems that Candover...

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