Entries for November 2006

November 30, 2006

Citing Blogs with RefWorks

RefWorks allows you to enter an RSS feed into your personal collection from the "search" menu. I knew this function was available and have recommended it to people that monitor journal table of contents.

RSS4Lib pointed out
another use that I had not thought of. You can use the same function to import blog entries or other website information into RefWorks. If you have ever cited a website, you know it can be a pain. You need to know things like when was it accessed, when was it created, and the URL. RefWorks saves all that information for you. Just pick your citation format and let RefWorks do all the work.

RefWorks is available to the Case community, and the links are available at the bottom of the Research Databases page.

[VIA: RSS4Lib: Citing Blogs with Refworks]

November 29, 2006

Google Answers Being Shut down

Google has announced the Google Answers will no longer be accepting questions. By the end of the year, new answers will no longer be accepted as well. It appears with the goal of focusing on searching and innovation, this 4+ year old research project has stopped creating new ideas.

Not Heard Often - Google Makes a Subtraction

Google has announced the Google Answers will no longer be accepting questions. By the end of the year, new answers will no longer be accepted as well. It appears with the goal of focusing on searching and innovation, this 4+ year old research project has stopped creating new ideas.

November 28, 2006

Library 2.0 Accepted by Wikipedia Users

I mentioned a couple of days ago that "Library 2.0" was marked for deletion from Wikipedia. People spoke up and it will remain in Wikipedia. The couple of "delete" votes were based in the dislike for the 2.0 marketing of everything and not specifically about the concept of Library 2.0.

Continue reading "Library 2.0 Accepted by Wikipedia Users"

Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Website Downtime

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) website (http://www.rsc.org) will be unavailable on Saturday 2 December 2006 from 09.00 to 17.00 GMT for essential maintenance.

The RSC apologises for any inconvenience that this downtime may cause.

Customer Services
Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK

November 26, 2006

Do Wikipedians Believe in Library 2.0

Someone has nominated Library 2.0 for deletion from Wikipedia. He believes it does not belong because it is a term "coined by a blogger and used by bloggers". Everyone that has voted so far as pointed out that the term is used in professional literature, conference programs, classes in graduate school, Masters/PhD papers, etc. Go vote and express your opinion.

I wonder what this person's experience with libraries is?

Thank you to David Lee King for pointing this out.

November 24, 2006

Topology - Entire Editorial Board Resigns

Several sources, such as the ACRLog, have announced that all the members of the editorial board of the mathematics journal Topology have resigned due to the pricing policy of its publisher Elsevier.

We have heard other reports like this over the last few years, and may see more actions like this in the future as journal prices climb quicker than the money available for their purchase.

Case has access to Topology through the OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center.

November 23, 2006

Fourth Joint Sheffield Conference on Chemoinformatics: Call for Papers

The Chemical Structure Association Trust and the Molecular Graphics and Modelling Society announce their Fourth Joint Sheffield Conference on Chemoinformatics. The conference will be held in The Octagon Centre and the Stephenson and Tapton Halls of Residence, University of Sheffield, UK, from 18th-20th June 2007.

Offers of papers are welcomed in all aspects of chemoinformatics.
Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • High-Throughput Screening, including: assay quality control; design of screening collections; systems based design
  • Virtual Screening including, including: docking and pharmacophore analysis, similarity and clustering methods; machine learning
  • Computational Methods for Lead Identification and Optimisation including: modelling and structure-activity methods; structure-based design; ADMET prediction
  • New Algorithms and Technologies including: data mining; searching methods; distributed processing; data handling and visualisation;
  • Case Histories, incorporating practical experience of any of the above
The programme will have space for ca. two dozen oral presentations, and there will also be extensive opportunities for poster presentations. Authors wishing to submit a paper should send a title and abstract (minimum 500 words) by 31st January 2007 to cheminf2007@sheffield.ac.uk, stating whether they wish to be considered for an oral or for a poster presentation.

Submissions will be selected as either oral contributions or posters by the Organising Committee, with notification of acceptance by 28th February 2007. In selecting papers for oral presentation, the Committee will seek to achieve a balance between the various areas of the subject and between new methodologies and successful applications of existing techniques.

Further details of the conference, including registration information and opportunities for sponsorship and participation in the conference exhibition will follow later in the year, and will be posted at the conference website.

[VIA: CHMINF-L listserv]

November 22, 2006

S.O.S. Mathematics - Free Math Review Material

S.O.S. MATHematics is your free resource for math review material from Algebra to Differential Equations.

The perfect study site for high school, college students and adult learners. Get help to do your homework, refresh your memory, prepare for a test...

Browse our more than 2,500 Math pages filled with short and easy-to-understand explanations. Click on one of the following subject areas: Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus, Differential Equations, Complex Variables, Matrix Algebra, or Mathematical Tables.

[VIA: The Scout Report -- Volume 12, Number 26]

November 21, 2006

Potentially Overwhelmed in 50 Minutes

Did you catch the SirsiDynix Institute Web Seminar on November 14, 2006, by Stephen Abram?

If you are on extensive note taker, you better listen to Stephen Abram with a group of colleagues, because you will never keep pace. He is not a PowerPoint slide reader and will give you plenty of real world examples. I love his presentation delivery as you will never leave the edge of your seat. I am a true multitasker, especially during meetings or conferences. Abram is one person that keeps you engaged, and he is one of a few people that keeps me from reading one of my hundred RSS feeds or other tasks when he is presenting.

Stephen Abram, Vice President Innovations at SirsiDynix, covered 25 technologies in 50 minutes (see slides). You should also see his related blog posts were he listed weblinks to all the technologies he mentioned and provided a link to a Best of the Best Web 2.0 Sites page.

If you have never had a chance to hear Stephen speak, it is well worth your time. He always is on top of the current status and the potential future of technology and libraries. He usually has at least one "watch for this" or surprise up his sleeve. For example, he mentioned that Dell was holding their first virtual press conference from within Second Life, before their traditional press conference. That is way cool! It follows the lead of Reuters who set up an office in Second Life.

Exploding Laptop Battery Demonstration

Here is a video created by some people that wanted to demonstrate the danger of an exploding laptop battery. I would not want this occurring in my lap. Reminds up to backup our data as well.

November 20, 2006

LEADS from LAMA - Official Launch

I have hinted several times in the past that LAMA was trying to become Web 2.0 friendly. Here is the announcement for one of the first attempts. I have helped to develop LEADS from LAMA blog, which will replace the email-delivered LEADS from LAMA newsletter.

LEADS will feature the same content that appeared in the e-newsletter:
LAMA news and information about ALA and other organizations of interest to LAMA members; including awards, conferences, important dates and deadlines and other resources. The blog format will permit news to be published more rapidly and to be available through RSS feeds. Readers may comment on entries, and submit items for posting.

Look for more Web 2.0 goodies from ALA LAMA in the near future. (HINT: We are looking to collect stories, pictures, and comments about the first 50 years of LAMA. Just imagine the Web 2.0 tools we might utilize in this undertaking.)

Exploring Non-Electronic Games from within a Virtual Environment

I love the different approaches people have been taking to use Second Life in collaboration and exploration.

National Games Week
, which celebrates and promotes non-electronic games, is from November 19-25, 2006. The Second Life Library is hosting a variety of events.

Celebrate National Games Week with the Second Life Library. All events are open to the public, will be held on Info Island, and recorded for later listening. The Schedule is in SL time/ Pacific Standard Time:

  • Sunday November 19, 1:00PM - Mark Simmons: National Games Week Founder
    Interview via Skype
  • Monday November 20, 5:00PM - Nick deKunter: Making Educational Games
    Vice President of Muzzy Lane and Designer of Making History
    Opal presentation audio - http://www.opal-online.org - click on auditorium link on left to enter online audio room. Minimize that to hear audio and participate in Second Life.
  • Tuesday November 21, 4:00PM - James Stubbs from PLCMC
    board games and libraries
    Opal presentation audio - http://www.opal-online.org - click on auditorium link on left to enter online audio room. Minimize that to hear audio and participate in Second Life.
  • Wednesday November 22, 1:00PM - Virtual Bacon: Second Life Game Design Program Director of the Game & Simulation Department at DeVry University and owner of imagiLEARNING
    Working on PhD in Games and Learning
    jjamison at imagilearning.com
    Opal presentation talking about game addiction and people who play games - go to http://www.opal-online.org - click on auditorium link on left to enter online audio room.Opal presentation - go to http://www.opal-online.org - click on auditorium link on left to enter online audio room.
  • Friday November 24, TBD - Eiseldora Reisman: Relation Between Online Environments and Tabletop Games
    Opal presentation - go to http://www.opal-online.org - click on auditorium link on left to enter online audio room.
  • Friday November 24, 3PM - Paul Schwarzwalder: Game Design Q&A
    Opal presentation - go to http://www.opal-online.org - click on auditorium link on left to enter online audio room.
  • Friday November 24, 5:00 PM - Talon Lardner: Role Playing in Second Life
    Second Life Roleplayer , Avatar in World on Main Grid

November 15, 2006

MeeboMe and Instant Messaging

I have added a MeeboMe widget to my blog. If I am online and you want to talk about an entry, you can contact me virtually.

I am helping to teach several librarians at my library about the various IM applications and their uses. We are currently "playing" internally in order to explore the value IM may provide in a library setting to reference librarians. For me, it can be very valuable as I travel around campus offering library services from various locations.

I have used Trillian and am currently trying Meebo. I still need to look at Gaim. Does anyone else have instant messaging application they like that allows access to several networks at once?

What did you do for World Usability Day 2006

Over at my other blog, Are You 2.0 Yet?, I focus on topics related to Web 2.0 and its application in libraries.

I have posted about a local event I attended in support of World Usability Day 2006. It also allowed me a sneak peak into the Cleveland Art Museum during their big remodeling and expansion.

World Usability Day 2006

What did you do for World Usability Day on November 14, 2006?

I attended a session consisting of roundtable discussions on Web Accessibility, Web 2.0, User Research, Remote Usability Testing, Eye Tracking, Internal Usability Testing, Art and Usability, and Landing Page Usability with representatives from KeyBank, Intuit, Progressive Insurance, Ernst & Young, eMergent Marketing, Brulant, Kent State University (IAKM) and other northeast Ohio companies and universities.

It was hosted at the Cleveland Museum of Art, sponsored by KeyBank, and facilitated by the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the Usability Professionals Association (NEOUPA).

It was nice to explore what others were doing and have a combination of corporations, academics, and non-profits share in these discussions. KeyBank demonstrated their portable usability system that they use to record employee responses when using various web applications. Ernst & Young demonstrated how they use web conferencing software to allow employees from all over the world to participate in their usability studies. Someone demonstrated how using eye tracking software you can record where people look and how long they look at specific locations on your website. A speaker from Progressive discussed how Web 2.0 is changing expectations in usability and making attempts for standardization tougher. Another speaker explored designing websites with accessibility for those with disabilities. Kent State demonstrated their usability lab and related research.

RSS Reader Suggestions

In the past, I have suggested people try Pluck to read RSS feeds. I liked it because it had 3 access points: sidebar in Firefox, sidebar in IE, and a log-in web page. It saved my feeds and items, so I could access them from my regular computer or any system that I was using. I could store internal bookmarks of specific entries. It also cooperated with Outlook so I could email links directly to individuals that I thought would be interested.

The bad news...
The Pluck RSS Reader is being discontinued as of January 5, 2007. At that time, the server will be shutdown and unexported data will be lost.

I am now exploring new options.

I often suggest Bloglines to people that are new to RSS readers. It is very easy and free, but might lack the options for a "power user".

I am trying Rojo, which is another web-based reader. It is also free and you can try it without actually signing up.

In the past, I explored Attensa, which delivers RSS feeds directly into folders within Microsoft Outlook. That experimentation was short lived, as I already spend too much time in my email application.

Firefox and the new IE offer toolbar reading of feeds. I probably have more than 200 feeds I browse, so I do not use these tools much. I have one or two favorites that I have added to my Firefox toolbar.

I am currently using BlogBridge that is a stand alone application. Since I am often getting emails, phone calls, and in-person visits to help people with using our library's resources, I prefer the stand alone application. It allows me to open Firefox or IE quickly to help a library user, without potentially losing what I was working on.

November 10, 2006

New Purchase - Encyclopedia of Biostatistics Online

The Encyclopedia of Biostatistics (2nd Ed.) offers the definitive reference to support the development and use of statistical methods for addressing the problems and critical issues that confront scientists, practitioners and policy makers engaged in the life and medical sciences. With the growing importance and application of biostatistics, reflected in the increasing number of statisticians employed in the pharmaceutical industry, healthcare sector and medical schools, this new edition will find widespread application in basic medical science; the planning, financing and distribution of health care; and the measurement of health care status and progress in the population.

The Encyclopedia now includes many contributions that focus on the rapid growth of bioinformatics and its pivotal role in studying the human genome.

  • Expanded and enhanced coverage of key topics including bioinformatics, clinical trials, computation, genetics, and Bayesian methods and applications
  • Containing over 1300 articles, 182 entirely new to this edition, with more than 300 revised and updated to reflect current research and developments
  • All encompassed in 8 extensively cross-referenced volumes
The Case community has access to the Encyclopedia of Biostatistics through the Research Database list. Eventually it will also appear in the library catalog.

Case Mathematics Professor Speaks in Spain

Stanislaw Szarek, professor of mathematics at Case, was a recent invited lecturer at the International Congress of Mathematics in Madrid, Spain.

[VIA: CASE DAILY, October 17, 2006]

November 09, 2006

New Librarian at KSL

Mark Eddy has joined the university community as a social services librarian at Kelvin Smith Library, specializing in history and political science. Eddy has a master's in library and information science from Kent State University and a Ph.D. in the history of science from the University of Oklahoma.

Speaker - Looking Ahead to Professional Life

The Graduate Student Senate, the Academic Careers in Engineering and Sciences (ACES) program, and the Career Center invite graduate students to attend the ACES Speaker Series "Looking Ahead to Professional Life: Leadership, Gender and Diversity" at 5 p.m., November 14, in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. The panel discussion will focus on institutional transformation, personal responsibility, and the student's role. Diana Bilimoria, associate professor, Weatherhead School of Management, Cather Simpson, associate professor, chemistry department, and Cyrus Taylor, interim dean, College of Arts and Sciences, and physics professor, will speak. Beverages and refreshments will be served.

[VIA: CASE DAILY, November 07, 2006]

November 08, 2006

My 2.0 Developments

At the last ALA Annual, I accepted the responsibility of serving as the Web Coordinator for ALA LAMA. I coordinate efforts with various other content organizers by making sure templates are used correctly, that training is provided as needed, and acting as a sounding board as needed. I also have been challenged with helping LAMA's leadership utilize Web 2.0 technologies and principles to meet the needs of users.

While not officially announced yet, the new services are being developed. Take a peak at the ALA blogs to see the future of LAMA on the web. Both blogs are still being developed, so watch for a formal announcement in the near future.

Following ALA Library 2.0, I developed the teaching bug. This fall semester I have been teaching LIBS100 (Introduction to Information Literacy and Research) at Bryant & Stratton College in downtown Cleveland. The curriculum committee at Kent State University School of Library & Information Science has accepted my proposal to teach a Web 2.0 in Libraries 2-day workshop. I will post more details here as the details are finalized. I am very excited that my alma mater recognizes the need to prepare the newest librarians in this area.

The Wiki has been Googlized

Will the Wiki go mainstream now that Google has bought JotSpot? Read more about the Google and JotSpot relationship.

November 05, 2006

RIBMS: Research at the Interface of the Biological and Mathematical Sciences

A new initiative funded by the National Science Foundation will pave the way for undergraduates to get involved in the growing field of mathematical sciences becoming an indispensable part of breakthroughs in the biological sciences. Case's Research at the Interface of the Biological and Mathematical Sciences will provide opportunities for math, statistics and biology majors to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries, mentored by interdisciplinary teams of faculty. Further information is available at http://www.case.edu/artsci/ribms/ribms.html. Application deadline is November 8.

[VIA: CASE DAILY, October 30, 2006]