Entries for February 2007

February 27, 2007

What You Post Today Can Get You Fired Later

Here is another example of a person forgetting that the Internet is open to the world and you cannot take back you email once you hit send. In this case, it was a city worker forwarding political cartoons using a work computer. After being forwarded several times among other people, it was forwarded to the local newspaper as an example of government waste. What do you think - 6 month of investigation or weeks of secret interviews and computer filtering? No, the paper had it in less than 6 hours of the email starting its circulation.

UPDATE: Link fixed on March 5, 2007.

February 25, 2007

Top Ten, no really, Top 33 Reasons Libraries are Important

If you get a chance, check out the post by Will Sherman about 33 reasons librarians are still extremely important. He discusses the major differences between library resources and the Internet. He talks about the extras a librarian brings to research. He even highlights the future of library initiatives, or the library 2.0 to come from our many libraries. He concludes by describing libraries and librarians as "guides and guideposts".

This article may be too long to convince a parent, teacher, student, or other library user to read it. But, it provides some great talking points for information professionals to develop their elevator speech about what they do or where libraries excel.

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 February 26th
  • February 26 (Monday): 12pm-4pm
  • February 27 (Tuesday): None Scheduled
  • February 28 (Wednesday): 1pm-4pm
  • March 1 (Thursday): 8am-12pm
  • March 2 (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

February 24, 2007

CSA Trust - Winter Newsletter

The Chemical Structure Association (CSA) Trust has published its winter Newsletter, which is freely available to all at http://csa-trust.org.

The Chemical Structure Association Trust (CSA Trust) is an internationally recognized, registered charity which promotes education, research and development in the field of storage, processing and retrieval of information about chemical structures, reactions and compounds. Many students and researchers world-wide, who work in this area, have benefited from the Trust Awards and Grants programmes to further their research work.

February 23, 2007

UK PubMed Central Launched

The British Library Press Release
UK PubMed Central Launched
9 January, 2007

From today scientists will be able to access a vast collection of biomedical research and to submit their own published results for inclusion in a new online resource. Based on a model currently used by the US National Institute of Health, UK PubMed Central (UKPMC) will provide free access to a permanent online archive of peer-reviewed research papers in the medical and life sciences. See: www.ukpmc.ac.uk.

See also PubMed Central (PMC), the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature.

February 22, 2007

RefWorks Training for Engineering

If you are a Case faculty member, researcher, or a student in engineering or other sciences and want to learn how to organize your research better, the Kelvin Smith Library offers just the tool for you! RefWorks is a web-based tool used to store and manage citations, create bibliographies, and create in-text references. The RefWorks trainer will be presenting in Nord Hall 516 from 2pm-3:30pm on February 27th, and she will specifically be focusing on using RefWorks with the various engineering resources the library has made available. Please RSVP to Brian Gray (bcg8@case.edu).

Rexa - Computer Science Literature

Rexa is a digital library and search engine covering the computer science research literature and the people who create it. Rexa aims to facilitate research progress and collaboration by providing efficient browsing, search, associations and analysis among papers, people, organizations, venues and research communities.

  • Keyword search on over 7 million papers (mostly in computer science)
  • Cross-linked pages for papers, authors, topics and NSF grants
  • Browsing by citations, authors, topics, co-authors, cited authors, citing authors; (find who cites you most by clicking "Citing authors" on your home page)
  • Web-2.0-style "tagging" to bookmark papers
  • Automatically-gathered contact info and photos of author's faces
  • Analysis of research topics, their impact, and how they relate
Check out the FAQ for more information.

Descriptions pulled from About Rexa and Rexa FAQ.

Rexa blog also provides more information and highlights additional resources.

February 21, 2007

100 Million Web Sites on the Internet

Netcraft reported in November of 2006 that the Internet contains over 100 million web sites. It estimated a doubling of the number of sites since May of 2004.

IEEE Spectrum - The Firefox Kid

In November of 2006, IEEE Spectrum interviewed Blake Ross, founder of Firefox. The article explores the early years of Ross (if a 20 year old has early years) and looks at his next project: Parakey - a "web operating system that can do everything an OS can do".

February 20, 2007

Cell Broadband Engine (Cell/B.E.) Challenge

IBM is pleased to announce an excellent opportunity for you to put your skills to the test and allow innovation to take the lead!

You can participate in this contest whether you have little or no Cell/B.E. Processor experience, some understanding of the techology, or have mastered this subject for some time now.

What you really need is the drive and competitive spirit to expand your mind, learn about this cutting edge technology, and show off your coding prowess. With some hard work and dedication, you could win some great cash prizes!

Learn more about the contest.

[VIA: Case Daily - February 20, 2007]

March of the Librarians

Did you see the YouTube video about the 2007 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle? March of the Librarians documents the other side of the happenings.

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Lets go Case Students - Win the Knovel University Challenge

Knovel University Challenge kicks off its spring 2007 season on February 5th and will run through April 5th. The University Challenge provides students the opportunity to master their research and analysis skills while competing for 9 prizes. This year's winners will receive a $1500 scholarship or 1 of 8 iPod Shuffles. The University Challenge, now in its third season, is open to students of hard sciences, mathematics and technology-related courses of study at universities with access to Knovel Library or Knovel K-Essentials.

To participate in the Spring University Challenge, go to http://www.info.knovel.com/challenge/.

Ohio Note:
In Fall of 2006, a University of Cincinnati student won a 30G Video iPod.

February 19, 2007

Abandoned Blogs - Drawback of Web 2.0?

Gartner, a technology analysis firm, estimates that 200 million blogs are abandoned worldwide. It also predicts a peak of 100 million active blogs in 2007. (Source: American Library, February 2007, p.18)

This is one drawback that libraries, information professionals, and Internet users will have to accept or overcome. With this new push for user-created information, also comes user apathy over the long term.

Larry Page to Scientists

CNet News.com shares a image of Larry Page, co-founder of Google, speaking to the scientists at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). CNET reported that Page told the scientists to "market them (scientific studies) better and make them readily accessible to the world".

Book Being Introduced for the First Time

Imagine introducing a library resource or Internet tool for the first time. Now, how might you introduce a book. Check out this funny video.

UPDATE: Video was removed from YouTube.

Case Professor to Run a National Science Foundation Research Center

Anne Hiltner, a macromolecular science professor at Case, will lead a National Science Foundation (NSF) research center, called the Center for Layered Polymeric Systems. Read more about Hiltner and the center from the Plain Dealer article and the Case press release.

[VIA: The Plain Dealer, Sunday, February 11, 2007]

February 18, 2007

National Engineers Week @ Case

Case School of Engineering is observing the 56th annual National Engineers Week, a celebration of engineering's impact on society, February 18-23. This year's theme, "Imagine," will focus on innovation and design using engineering principles.

Various events, including:

  • Case Engineering Festival
  • Guided tours for visitors
  • High School Lego Robot Competition
  • Model Bridge Building Contest
  • Battery-Powered Car Contest
In addition, the Midwest Biomedical Conference, an all-day conference designed to bring together students and practitioners of biomedical engineering and the life sciences for panel discussions, technical sessions and informed extended exchange of ideas important to the future of biomedical engineering in the Midwest, will be held on Friday, February 23, at 8 a.m. in Thwing Center.

For more details, see the E-Week schedule.

[VIA: Case News Center, February 15, 2007]

February 17, 2007

ALA's Washington Office Hosts Its 1st Second Life Event


The ALA Washington Office hosted its first virtual event in Second Life. Over 60 people attended.

David Lankes from Syracuse University presented his paper entitled “Participatory Networks: Libraries as Conversations”. See the post on the InfoIsland blog for more information, including links to a video and a transcript. Also, see the Participatory Networks website for additional information.

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Student Travel Grants Available for Industrial Electronics Symposium

The 2007 IEEE Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE) will be granting nine scholarships of $500 each for students who wish to attend ISIE between 4-7 June 2007. The purpose of ISIE is to provide a forum for presentation and discussion of state-of-the-art industrial electronics and related areas. Students seeking travel grants must be active student members of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, should reside outside of Vigo, Spain, where the conference is taking place. Applicants must also have a paper that has been accepted at ISIE and will be presenting it. Applications are due on 9 March 2007. For more information, visit: http://www.dte.uvigo.es/isie2007/studentstravelgrant.php

Middlebury College Bans Wikipedia

The Middlebury College history department has adopted a policy to ban the use of Wikipedia as a citation in student papers.

My hope is that this policy includes an instruction component so students know how to best use Wikipedia and locate alternatives.

What if Academic Libraries Ceased to Exist?

Lynn Scott Cochrane, Director of Libraries at Denison University, shares several scenarios that demonstrate why "not everything is available free on the web." This is a great read for anyone that thinks the Internet holds all the answers, or if you do not know (or cannot explain) how libraries and the Internet complement each other.

[VIA: EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 42, no. 1 (January/February 2007): 6–7]

February 16, 2007

User Annotation of Videos - Very Web 2.0

The other day I posted a YouTube video called Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us.

The author has went Web 2.0 to the extreme. If you watch the same video from a website called mojiti, you get to add you own comments.

Video: Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us

Want to summarize Web 2.0 in under 5 minutes - this YouTube video does just that.

Even better check out the same video using a website called mojiti. It allows a user to annotate and comment within the video. The author of the original video posted it and said give me your thoughts. How Web 2.0 of him/her!

ALA's Collection of Web 2.0 Resources

ALA has created a wiki that highlights all the online tools that have been created by ALA and its members. The Read Write Connect wiki allows a user quick access to a variety of web 2.0 tools, such as wikis, blogs, podcasts, videos, RSS feeds, social network, and virtual worlds.

Google Snippets Still Illegal in Belgium

The Library Journal has reported that a Belgian court upheld the earlier ruling that Google "snippets" of Belgian newspapers in Google News violated Belgian copyright laws.

[VIA: Library Journal Academic Newswire, February 15, 2007]

February 15, 2007

The Raymond F. Boyer Lecture Series - Department of Macromolecular Science & Engineering

Case faculty, staff, and students checkout the Spring Semester 2007 schedule for The Raymond F. Boyer Lecture Series - Department of Macromolecular Science & Engineering.

Download the PDF file

What is Web 2.0?

This video demonstrates Web 2.0 in under 5 minutes.

What if Academic Libraries Ceased to Exist?

Lynn Scott Cochrane, Director of Libraries at Denison University, shares several scenarios that demonstrate why "not everything is available free on the web." This is a great read for anyone that thinks the Internet holds all the answers, or if you do not know (or cannot explain) how libraries and the Internet complement each other.

[VIA: EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 42, no. 1 (January/February 2007): 6–7]

February 14, 2007

Give a child a video game -- and maybe a job

Make sure you check out this article about video games to prepare children for technology in the workforce.

Give a child a video game -- and maybe a job
By Lisa Baertlein

LOS ANGELES, Jan 11 (Reuters Life!) - Mathematics, science and video games? A U.S. university professor is urging schools to consider using video games as tools to better prepare children for the work force.
(Update on February 15, 2006: Link fixed.)

February 13, 2007

Engineering Student Town Hall Meeting

Student Town Hall Meeting

All engineering students are invited to join newly appointed CSE Dean Norman Tien.

Thursday, February 15
Noon-1 p.m.
Nord 310
Lunch will be provided

Sponsored by the Case Alumni Association.

U.S. Patents - 2006 in Review

Michael White at The Patent Librarian's Notebook summarized the results of 2006 in U.S. patents. He says 2006 was a record-breaking year for patents and pre-grant publications.

February 11, 2007

Microsoft: RSS Usage Survey Results

Microsoft Research Asia conducted a survey about RSS feeds. Some highlights from the 1354 responses:

  • Bloglines accounted for 18% of the readers
  • Over 30% subscribe to over 100 feeds
  • Over 80% had blogs but only 44% updated them regularly
See more details from the Microsoft results site, even though they have not issued a formal analysis.

February 07, 2007

Who Said Scientists are No Longer Using Books?

You often hear discussions that book usage is decreasing. Or more specifically in science and engineering, that no one uses books anymore. These stats for my library were recently shared with me that show science and technology (Q and T) book usage is NOT dead, and actually represents a large piece of the usage pie.



February 05, 2007

Pimp my Book Cart

The results of the Pimp My Book Cart are in and the winners demonstrate Library 2.0 in action. The winner was Pink Cadillac by Katie George and the teens of the Miller Branch Library in Elliot City, MD. YES, users participated in this library contest. Way to go!

February 04, 2007

Second Life Cheaper than Marriage Counseling

Here is an interesting take on Second Life that I would have never thought of.

A lot of people who want to explore different possibilities, they can now do it in Second Life instead of, say, leaving their wife — fulfilling some other fantasy. Why not experiment? I think Second Life will save marriages.
This was a quote during an interview conducted within Second Life. See Wired News blog for more information and links to the actual interview.

February 02, 2007

Midwest Biomedical Engineering Conference

The Case School of Engineering is hosting the Midwest Biomedical Engineering Conference on February 23. Online registration, abstract submission, and resume submission are now open. All abstracts and resumes must be submitted by February 9. For more information, go to http://www.mbecconference.org/.

From website:

MBEC 2007: "Showcasing the future of biomedical engineering"

The Midwest Biomedical Engineering Conference (MBEC) 2007 is designed to bring together students & practitioners of Biomedical Engineering and the Life Sciences for panel discussions, technical sessions, and informal extended exchange of ideas important to the future of Biomedical Engineering in the Midwest. Some conference highlights include:

  • Assisting participants in planning their academic and industrial careers
  • Introducing companies to the wealth of intellectual prowess rooted in the Midwest
  • Exposing participants to innovative research in biomedical engineering and allied areas
MBEC 2007 is hosted by Case Western Reserve University. All universities are welcome to attend.
[VIA: Case Daily - February 02, 2007]

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