Entries for December 2006

December 29, 2006

Meebo Shows Love for Librarians

Meebo recently shared that librarians were an expected user group that has been driving its growth. It appears some of the usage was from librarians that had tight restrictions for computer applications from within their organizations.

On November 15th, I announced the roll out MeeboMe on this blog and my other blog. I have been very pleased with the results. I already used instant messaging to stay in touch with friends, relatives, and close colleagues. Now with MeeboMe, I get direct and immediate interactions with people as they read my blog entries. Some people are not willing to post comments, but anonymous conversations provide a new option.

The Meebo staff is great as well. Within hours of me posting the MeeboMe widgets on both blogs, they contacted me to see if I had any problems. I talked with one of their employees about how I plan on using Meebo and what improvements I might imagine.

December 24, 2006

Updated Engineering Reading Room & Office Hours

For the Case community, I will be posting announcements and my office hours on my blog.

See the Engineering Reading Room web site for updates as they occur. You may also subscribe to a RSS feed that contains only information related to the Engineering Reading Room.



Engineering Librarian Office Hours (Nord Hall 510) - Week of December 25th
  • December 25 (Monday): University Holiday
  • December 26 (Tuesday): University Holiday
  • December 27 (Wednesday): By Appointment
  • December 28 (Thursday): By Appointment
  • December 29 (Friday): University Holiday

* Hours subject to change so watch web site or RSS feed .

* Appointments available for other times, see web site for contact information.




Engineering Reading Room (Nord Hall 508)

  • Open 24x7

  • Includes computer for searching library resources

  • Current journal issues for your viewing pleasure

  • Comfortable furniture available on 5th floor of Nord Hall

December 22, 2006

Public Library Ratings

I am glad to live in Ohio. In addition to the academic community being served by OhioLINK, we have wonderful public libraries. American Libraries (November 2006) published the ranking of public libraries, called Hennen's American Public Library Ratings (HAPLR). According to HAPLR, Ohio has taken over 20% of the top 10 slots in the various population categories since 1999. Again this year, Ohio was #1 in the state-by-state rankings, and had a score that more than doubled #50 Mississippi.

There are too many Ohio libraries to list them all in the rankings. Here are a few Northeast Ohio highlights from some of the categories:

  • Cuyahoga County Public Library #1 in over 1/2 million category
  • Lakewood, North Canton, and Twinsburg won their categories
  • Medina County, Euclid, Cleveland Heights-University Heights, and Wickliffe all in the top 5 in their categories

It is very exciting to see how well supported and used Ohio libraries are. For Ohio to have a score twice that of another state says librarians have a lot of work to do still in improving services for everyone.

December 19, 2006

Moon Base in the Future?

According to the National Geographic (December 4, 2006), a moon base has been announced by NASA. I hope Cleveland and institutions like NASA Glenn or Case benefit from these future research and Development opportunities.

December 18, 2006

Updated Engineering Reading Room & Office Hours

For the Case community, I will be posting announcements and my office hours on my blog.

See the Engineering Reading Room web site for updates as they occur. You may also subscribe to a RSS feed that contains only information related to the Engineering Reading Room.



Engineering Librarian Office Hours (Nord Hall 510) - Week of December 18th
  • December 18 (Monday): 12pm-4pm
  • December 19 (Tuesday): 8am-12pm
  • December 20 (Wednesday): By Appointment
  • December 21 (Thursday): By Appointment
  • December 22 (Friday): By Appointment

* Hours subject to change so watch web site or RSS feed .

* Appointments available for other times, see web site for contact information.




Engineering Reading Room (Nord Hall 508)

  • Open 24x7

  • Includes computer for searching library resources

  • Current journal issues for your viewing pleasure

  • Comfortable furniture available on 5th floor of Nord Hall

December 15, 2006

National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science

The University of Buffalo's National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science exists to promote and distribute materials to support using case studies in science education. It is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The website contains links to:

  • Science education journals provided by category, such as mathematics or engineering
  • Related websites
  • Case ideas
  • Directory of instructors
  • Assessment materials
  • Case study collection
  • Instructional materials
  • Conference highlights

In addition, one of the co-directors is the Associate Librarian of the Science and Engineering Library of the University of Buffalo.

[VIA: The Scout Report -- Volume 12, Number 28]

December 14, 2006

More ALA 2.0 Goodness

The ALA staff has opened up their offices to the online world. Check out the ALA staff Flickr account for a view of the headquarters and the various activities. They are getting ready for the holidays, Midwinter, and getting their groove down with a little Dance Dance Revolution.

General Chemistry Online

Dr. Fred Senese of the Deparment of Chemistry at Frostburg State University has created an online guide to everything about general chemistry. General Chemistry Online includes:

  • Common compound library
  • Notes and guides for first semester general chemistry
  • Flash-based modeling kits
  • Articles
  • Tutorials
  • Simulations
  • Quizzes
  • Survival guide
  • FAQs

[VIA: The Scout Report -- Volume 12, Number 31]

December 13, 2006

AZoM.com (The A to Z of Materials)

AZoM.com (the A to Z of Materials) provides various information sources for engineers that use advanced materials. First, they provide free access to AZojomo - The "AZo Journal of Materials Online". From the front page, users have access to a search engine, material property search, and recent news stories (including RSS feeds). Many other links to books, events, and other resources also exist.

[About Us]

AZoM.com (the A to Z of Materials) was formed with the primary aim of increasing the use of Advanced Materials by the engineering and design community worldwide. Over 21 million engineers now use the Internet as part of their daily lives, yet the vast majority of them are still unaware what can be achieved by the use of advanced ceramics, novel metallic alloys or state of the art composites.

The aim of AZoM is to become the primary materials information source for the engineering and design community worldwide. It also aims to be the primary publicist of news, views and developments within the materials science community. However, unlike many other materials related organizations AZoM is totally focused on the needs of the end users of materials. To achieve this aim, all of the educational, informative and news content on AZoM is easy to access and search and is provided on a free of charge, no subscription, no charge per article, totally free basis.

[VIA: Journal of Jay, LISNews, August 15, 2006]

December 12, 2006

Web 2.0 Does not Mix Well with Driving

Here is an example of one negative component that has been created by the younger generations, technology, and/or the desire to always be connected.

According to the Seattle Times (December 6, 2006), a BlackBerry user caused a multiple car accident during rush hour. The article points out that all the emphasis put on phone use in cars has not been directed towards other communication devices yet.

At least the man could immediately email his insurance information to everyone.

[VIA: CNET News.com, December 6, 2006]

Book on MySpace for Parents

MySpace Unraveled: A Parent's Guide to Teen Social Networking from the Directors of BlogSafety.com
by Larry Magid, AnneCollier
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Pub Date: August 02, 2006
Print ISBN-10: 0-321-48018-X
Print ISBN-13: 978-0-321-48018-7
Pages: 192

I found this book from my library's Safari e-Books subscription. It looks like a great source for parents, or others with regular contact with children such as teachers or librarians.

Topics include:

  • Basics of online social networking.
  • How children are using MySpace.
  • Positive and negative aspects of social networking sites.
  • Internet safety for kids.
  • How to communicate with children about what they are doing online.
  • What parental controls are available and how to use them.
It does provide other information about MySpace as well, such as manipulating the html for various improvements and customizations.

You may want to check out the chapter called "Where do we go from here?" that addresses the changing nature of the web with respect to the newest generation. It ends with a fictional story about a girl called Susan. I love the point this section of the books is making.

By far her most effective safeguard, though, is Susan's growing proficiency in fine-tuning a filter that works infinitely better than anything we or her parents could possibly install on her PC. This filter is the software running on the computer between her ears—her own developing critical thinking skills and her ability to make appropriate decisions.
Right on!

Case BME Professor Wins World Technology Award

P. Hunter Peckham, professor of biomedical engineering, recently received the 2006 World Technology Award for Health and Medicine. His research focuses on functional restoration of paralyzed arms in individuals with spinal cord injury.

The World Technology Network (WTN) is a global meeting ground, a virtual think tank, and an elite club whose members are all focused on the business and science of bringing important emerging technologies of all types (from biotech to new materials, from IT to new energy sources) into reality. The WTN's membership is comprised of approximately 1000 members from more than 60 countries, judged by their peers to be the most innovative in the technology world.

[VIA: Case Daily, December 1, 2006]

The Future of Information @ Case - Digital Case

Have you explored Digital Case?

Digital Case is Case Western Reserve University's digital library, which archives, preserves and disseminates the intellectual output of research at Case in electronic formats, as well as collections of historical library materials that have been digitized. With Digital Case, the Kelvin Smith Library assumes an active role in the scholarly communication process, providing expertise in the form of a set of services for access, distribution and long-term preservation of Case's collective intellectual product.

After two years of development, Digital Case opened for business on August 22, 2006 with its first public release. In the first release digital collections that have been scattered throughout the Kelvin Smith Library web site are combined into the new Digital Case user interface, allowing for browsing, full-text searching, display and manipulation of images, downloadable PDF files for digitized books and more. The Digital Case team at KSL is working actively with faculty to collect research materials and other publications from schools and departments for long-term preservation in Digital Case.

December 11, 2006

Case Student to Present at International Conference on Applications of Lasers and Electro-Optics

David Poerschke, junior materials science major, received SOURCE travel funding to present his poster at the 25th International Congress on Applications of Lasers and Electro-Optics (ICALEO) held October 30 to November 2 in Scottsdale, Ariz. His research mentor is David Schwam, research associate professor of materials science and engineering.

ICALEO is for anyone interested in laser materials processing from the basic understanding of the interaction between a laser beam and a material, to those interested in how a process can be integrated and optimized for an application. Laser Institute of America's goal for ICALEO is to bring both academic and industrial people together who may benefit from laser technology. This includes end-users and scientists as well as engineers and technicians engaged in developing laser technology.

[VIA: Case Daily, November 29, 2006]

Go-Geo

Go-Geo! is a tool designed to help you find details about geo-spatial datasets and related resources within Great Britain tertiary education and beyond.

[About Go-Geo!]

Go-Geo! is an online resource discovery tool which allows for the identification and retrieval of records describing the content, quality, condition and other characteristics of geospatial data that exist with UK tertiary education and beyond. The portal supports geospatial searching by interactive map, grid co-ordinates and place name, as well as the more traditional topic or keyword forms of searching. The portal is a key component of the UK academic Spatial Data Infrastructure.

Go-Geo! has been a cooperative effort between EDINA National Data Centre, University of Edinburgh, and the UK Data Archive, University of Essex.

December 09, 2006

Updated Engineering Reading Room & Office Hours

For the Case community, I will be posting announcements and my office hours on my blog.

See the Engineering Reading Room web site for updates as they occur. You may also subscribe to a RSS feed that contains only information related to the Engineering Reading Room.



Engineering Librarian Office Hours (Nord Hall 510) - Week of December 11th
  • December 11 (Monday): None Scheduled
  • December 12 (Tuesday): 8am-12pm
  • December 13 (Wednesday): 12pm-4pm
  • December 14 (Thursday): 8am-12pm
  • December 15 (Friday): 12pm-4pm

* Hours subject to change so watch web site or RSS feed .

* Appointments available for other times, see web site for contact information.




Engineering Reading Room (Nord Hall 508)

  • Open 24x7

  • Includes computer for searching library resources

  • Current journal issues for your viewing pleasure

  • Comfortable furniture available on 5th floor of Nord Hall

December 08, 2006

Money for Portable Fuel Cells

The Plain Dealer (November 15, 2006) reports that NorTech has distributed $1 million in grant money, includings funds to Case.

The Wright Fuel Cell Group will receive $150,000 to build portable fuel cells created with Ohio-made products. Case Western Reserve University, Graf-Tech, HydroGen, Contained Energy, Northeast Hydrogen and Chemsultants are part of the fuel cell group.

[VIA: Case Daily, November 15, 2006]

December 07, 2006

Do you Think of Ohio for Fuel Cells?

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer (November 12, 2006), millions of research money has been focused into Ohio's fuel cell research programs.

[VIA: Case Daily, November 13, 2006]

December 06, 2006

SOURCE Funds Case Students to Present Research

Several undergraduate students recently received SOURCE (Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors) travel funding to present their research at national conferences, including:

[VIA: Case Daily, November 9, 2006]

December 04, 2006

Updated Engineering Reading Room & Office Hours

For the Case community, I will be posting announcements and my office hours on my blog.

See the Engineering Reading Room web site for updates as they occur. You may also subscribe to a RSS feed that contains only information related to the Engineering Reading Room.



Engineering Librarian Office Hours (Nord Hall 510) - Week of December 4th
  • December 4 (Monday): 12pm-4pm
  • December 5 (Tuesday): None Scheduled
  • December 6 (Wednesday): 2pm-4pm
  • December 7 (Thursday): 8am-12pm
  • December 8 (Friday): OFF

* Hours subject to change so watch web site or RSS feed .

* Appointments available for other times, see web site for contact information.




Engineering Reading Room (Nord Hall 508)

  • Open 24x7

  • Includes computer for searching library resources

  • Cuurent journal issues for your viewing pleasure

  • Comfortable furniture available on 5th floor of Nord Hall

December 03, 2006

Case Math Student Wins Travel Award

Rachel Hageman, a math graduate student, has received one of 10 national Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) travel awards to present her research at the national meeting of the American Mathematical Society in January 2007, in New Orleans. Professor Daniela Calvetti is her academic adviser.

[VIA: Case Daily, October 19, 2006]