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Around the Apocalyptic Web: Why thinkpieces on STEM education are dangerous and more

Apr 02 2015 Published by under acad lib future, around the web

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Around the Web: Love in the time of austerity and other stories of library apocalypse

Mar 12 2015 Published by under acad lib future, around the web, librarianship

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Around the Web: What is the Internet of Things and other reports relevant to libraries and librarianship

Mar 11 2015 Published by under acad lib future, academia, around the web

I'm always interested in the present and future of libraries and higher education. There's a steady stream of reports from various organizations that are broadly relevant to the (mostly academic) library biz but they can be tough to keep track of. I thought I'd aggregate some of those here.

Of course I've very likely missed a few, so suggestions are welcome in the comments.

I've done a few similar posts recently here, here and here.

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Around the Web: Resources on vaccination, anti-vaccination and why people don't trust science

Feb 25 2015 Published by under around the web, Canada, public health

Welcome to my latest "liberation bibliography" project. This time around I'm gathering resources concerning the recent rather worrying trend towards people not vaccinating their children. In particular the last couple of months have seen multiple cases where vaccination has been in the news, from statements by politicians, outbreaks among hockey players and at amusement parks and many others. There's been an awful lot written about vaccines and their safety recently and my aim here is to gather some of the best information, both in terms of outlining the main events as well as some commentary seeking to give context and understanding to the issues.

I am plainly on the side of vaccination. Without hesitation. Both my children have been vaccinated. I got the flu shot for 2014-2015.

Of course, I'm not an epidemiologist, I'm not an expert on public health or vaccines. These are resources that look good to me, and while I don't necessarily agree with every word of every post I do believe that they present mostly valid information.

If you are an expert or are particularly knowledgeable in public health or vaccines and think that some of the items I've listed here are inappropriate for one reason or another, please let me know in the comments or jdupuis at yorku dot ca. I may remove the links or completely delete the entry, depending on the situation.

As usual, if there's anything particularly useful or inspirational, also please let me know in the comments or at jdupuis at yorku dot ca.

I think I have all the major recent strains of the ongoing vaccinations story, but if I've missed one please let me know and perhaps suggest a few links. I have thrown this one together a little more hastily than usual, so it might need a bit more audience participation.

I'm including both some general resources as well as sketching out an larger narrative. As I mentioned above, the main narrative has two kinds of posts, those that directly sketch out the details of the various vaccination-related stories of the last several months and those that seek to put the issues around the science of vaccines into a broader context. In other words, some posts that seek to understand and explore why people don't trust science.

My hope is that these resources will help promote honest, productive discussion about vaccines and their importance for public health. Please use them to educate yourself and as preparation for discussions with others.



General Resources


Main Narrative: Vaccines and trust in science in late 2014 and early 2015

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Around the Apocalyptic ScholComm Web: Why Science Journal Paywalls Have to Go

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Around the Web: An altmetrics reading list

I'm doing a presentation at this week's Ontario Library Association Super Conference on a case study of my Canadian War on Science work from an altmetrics perspective. In other words, looking at non-traditional ways of evaluating the scholarly and "real world" impact of a piece of research. Of course, in this case, the research output under examination is itself kind of non-traditional, but that just makes it more fun.

The Canadian War on Science post I'm using as the case study is here.

Here's the session description:

802F Altmetrics in Action: Documenting Cuts to Federal Government Science: An Altmetrics Case Study

The gold standard for measuring scholarly impact is journal article citations. In the online environment we can expand both the conception of scholarly output and how we measure their impact. Blog posts, downloads, page views, comments on blogs, Twitter or Reddit or Stumpleupon mentions, Facebook likes, Television, radio or newspaper interviews, online engagement from political leaders, speaking invitations: all are non-traditional measures of scholarly impact. This session will use a case study to explore the pros & cons of the new Altmetrics movement, taking a blog post documenting recent cuts in federal government science and analysing the various kinds of impact it has had beyond academia.

  1. Understand what Altmetrics are
  2. Understand what some pros and cons are of using Altmetrics to measure research impact
  3. Ways that academic librarians can use altmetrics to engage their campus communities.

Not surprisingly, I've been reading up on altmetrics and associated issues. Since it's something I already know a fair bit about, my reading hasn't perhaps been as systematic as it might be...but I still though it would be broadly helpful to share some of what I've been exploring.


Some companies & organizations involved:

And please do feel free to add any relevant items that I've missed in the comments.

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Around the ScholComm Web: Science Journals Have Passed Their Expiration Date, A Decade of Google Scholar and more

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Around the Apocalyptic Web: Against productivity, How to escape the age of mediocrity and more

Nov 14 2014 Published by under acad lib future, around the web

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Music Mondays: Gaga, Bennett, Bowie & Blue: The jazz conversation continues

Nov 10 2014 Published by under around the web, music

The fallout of the Great Sonny Rollins Jazz Satire Blowup of 2014 is still reverberating through the jazz community, prompting new uproars and bouncing off a surprising number of new jazz eruptions in the wider culture. Definitely interesting times to be a jazz fan, if not always for the right reasons.

Some cool stuff going on, see links below.

  • Tony Bennett teams up with Lady Gaga, of all people, to put out a duets album
  • David Bowie teams up with Maria Schneider on a song for his new greatest hits package
  • Annie Lennox doesn't team up with any famous jazz people for her new jazz standards album
  • The band Mostly Other People Do the Killing recorded a note-for-note recreation of Kind of Blue, to much consternation and comment.
  • Flying Lotus getting some attention for playing jazzy electronic music
  • Whiplash, a new movie about a young jazz drummer and his abusive teacher, is released to much comment
  • New John Coltrane & Bill Frisell releases that not everyone loved
  • Steve Coleman was name a McArthur Fellow!
  • Jazz is the Worst, twitter and blog.
  • And various other assorted bits and bobs

Who says jazz is dead? Seems like the conversation is still alive, the music is still popping up in the public consciousness, if not always in good ways, but it's there, making an impact, surprising, delighting and provoking people in new and unexpected ways.

And here's the continuing story of jazz, culture and jazz culture in 2014. Not comprehensive in its treatment as many of the recordings mentioned aboe have been extensively reviewed, but I tried to get a representative sample. There's lots to dig into.


As usual, if I've missed or forgotten anything, please let me know.

Of all of this recent stuff, in my opinion the David Bowie's Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) is by far the best pop/jazz collision, beating Gaga/Bennett and Annie Lennox quite handily. And of recent jazz recordings that I've encountered, the one that has impressed me the most is Canadian Molly Johnson's Because of Billy, her take on a bunch of Billie Holiday songs.

The next jazz-related project I'm thinking of is to perhaps pull together a bunch of the jazz is dead/jazz is not dead writings from the past decade or so and gather them together.

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Cool linky stuff for science undergrads (13): The rise of astrostatistics

Nov 05 2014 Published by under around the web, ugrad links

I have a son who's currently a third year physics undergrad and another son who's in first year philosophy. As you can imagine, I may occasionally pass along a link or two to them pointing to stuff on the web I think they might find particularly interesting or useful. Thinking on that fact, I surmised that perhaps other undergrad students might find those links interesting or useful as well. Hence, this series of posts here on the blog.

Since I'm a science librarian, the items I've chosen are mostly geared towards science undergrads (hence, the title of the series), but I hope many of them will be of broader interest.

The previous posts in this series are: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1.

Please feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments.

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