Friday, December 16, 2005

Chemistry Blog Recommendations

A week or so ago, I asked for recommendations for chemistry blogs people thought worth reading from CHMINF-L. I was surprised by how few I received. Perhaps the holidays and end-of-term pressures kept people from replying. However, here is the summary:

From one person I received: - "Chemistry is not a world unto itself. It is woven firmly into the fabric of the rest of the world, and various fields, from literature to archeology, thread their way through the chemist's text." - From my Aggregator: mainly Chemistry but also other branches of Science, Education and Technology

From a second this:

That is all. Can I assume chemistry is not as prolific in the blogosphere as librarianship? If anyone knows of other recommended chemistry (organic and polymer in particular), send them along.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

CBC - Canada Votes 2006 - Quizzes, Games and Cartoons

CBC - Canada Votes 2006 - Quizzes, Games and Cartoons: " has partnered with 80Soft to bring you a free, limited edition version of Prime Minister Forever - Canada 2006. It's a sophisticated strategy game that simulates all aspects of a federal election. Rebuilt from the 2004 edition, the goal is simple for major parties like the Liberals and Conservatives: win enough seats to form the next government. The latest release for 2006 also allows candidates from smaller parties, such as the Bloc Qu?b?cois and the Green party, to achieve specific goals without winning the election. As a player, you are responsible for all aspects of your candidate's election strategy, including advertising, fundraising, speeches, spinning the news and recruiting supporters. Players select their party of choice. Each candidate has varying levels of experience and familiarity with the issues. These can impact their performance and how voters perceive them."

Holmes On Homes -- the contractors

Not library related, but definately a reference source.

Since I own a home in the area Mike Holmes works in (Oakville, Mississauga, Toronto Ontario) this show scares me to death. I have been keeping a list of contractors he uses and was thrilled to see this page added to his web site.

If you are not aware of the show, Mike Holmes fixes the messes made by other contractors. Scary messes, terrifying messes, unsafe and stupid messes.

Wednesday, December 7, 2005

Well wadda ya know -- Canadian Intellectual Property Office will send speakers

The Bank of Speakers initiative was launched on April 26, 2004, as part of World Intellectual Property Day. It is a collaborative effort of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office and the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, the association of professionals concerned with patents, trade-marks, copyrights and industrial designs.

Both organizations have joined forces to work on cross-marketing endeavours and to deliver educational IP presentations.

More precisely, to whom is this initiative targeted?

This initiative is targeted to public and private sector organizations, including business service centres, professional associations, colleges, universities and libraries, who would like to organize workshops

Blogging Section of SLA-IT has a blog

The Information Technology Division of SLA created the Blogging Section in June 2005. Its purpose is to provide a forum for members to exchange information on the technologies and applications of blogs and RSS. Central to this section is the development of blogs by and for information professionals and their customers, including design, development, structure, delivery, and promotion. This section monitors and reports on emerging new technologies and offers education and training on their effective use, implementation and management. ">Blogging Section of SLA-IT

Tuesday, December 6, 2005

Patent sanity is pending - Los Angeles Times

Patent sanity is pending - Los Angeles Times: "Patent sanity is pending

PATENT LAWS MAY BE AN inventor's best friend, giving someone with a groundbreaking idea the means to capitalize on it. But on many levels, the U.S. patent system is profoundly flawed. Too many patents are issued for 'innovations' that are obvious, vague or already in wide use. Too many patent holders try to extend their claims to devices and services that weren't even contemplated when the patents were granted. And it's a difficult, costly exercise to overturn a questionable patent after it has been awarded."

To catch a spy: Anti-spyware tools reviewed

To catch a spy: Anti-spyware tools reviewed: ZDNet Australia: Reviews: Software: Security/Antivirus: "To catch a spy: Anti-spyware tools reviewed"

Since I seem to have WinFixer on my machine at home, I am trying any and all spyware, malware, etc. removers. It is annoying to say the least. Anyone know how to remove WinFixer forever, please let me know.

Nascent -- the newest addition to my BlogRoll

It has been going for a month:

Kicking off

Welcome to Nascent, a blog from Nature Publishing Group's Web Publishing team.

Our mission is to apply web technologies in new ways that promote the discovery and dissemination of scientific knowledge. Along with colleagues from other parts of Nature (some of whom will also be blogging here from time to time), we are the people who brought you Connotea and the Nature Podcast. We also work on several scientific database-oriented services such as the Signaling Gateway and the Cell Migration Gateway.

But those are just the beginning, and we will be writing here about further projects as they progress. We will also be commenting on various other things at the interface between web technology and science that happen to capture our interest.

As each member of the team makes his or her first post, we will try to introduce ourselves, so let me kick off. I'm Timo Hannay and I manage Nature's Web Publishing department. I'm a neurophysiologist by training, and now a web geek and publisher by profession. I'm currently based in London and have previously worked in Japan and the US. I'm into the films of Hayao Miyazaki and the music of Shiina Ringo. You can find out more about me from this list of links in Connotea.

We look forward to sharing our thoughts, and hearing back from you, either in comments left on this blog or by email (to nascent at Let the fun begin...

Thursday, December 1, 2005

New Data Mining and Visualization tool from Thomson Scientific

New Data Mining and Visualization tool from Thomson Scientific Answers the Problem of Information Overload - Thomson Scientific: "Thomson Data Analyzer provides an easy way to analyze trends, profile competitors, avoid or uncover patent and copyright infringement, and identify strategic development opportunities in information from a wide variety of Thomson Scientific databases including:

value-added patent records from Derwent World Patents Index? and Patents Citation Index?

full-text patent documents from Delphion?, MicroPatent PatentWeb? and Aureka?

current and retrospective multidisciplinary journal information from Web of Science? and INSPEC, via ISI Web of KnowledgeSM "

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Swets Information Services - Serial Price Increase Report

Swets Information Services - Serial Price Increase Report: "Serial Price Increase Report

Do you have information about annual serials price increases?

You can find out all about annual price increases in Swets' Serials Price Increase Report #2 2006."

Desk Set

The title referred to the staff of the Research and Reference Department of a major television network. Miss Booth (and later, Miss Hepburn) starred as head librarian, Bunny Watson, who suddenly finds her happy existence threatened by the computer age.

While the storyline itself was fictional, everyone in 1950s broadcasting knew that the character of Bunny Watson was based on Agnes Law. Beginning in the early 1950s, Dorothy recalled, a young man from Philadelphia kept coming to the library, asking to use our research facilities. Agnes allowed him to come in and was later a little surprised to learn that it was our staff and Agnes herself that he was researching. The young man turned out to be William Marchant, author of The Desk Set. When Agnes found out, she was thrilled.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Marketing Corporate Libraries

How to Market

A challenge for any corporate librarian is keeping the library's customers aware of all the services the library offers. A successful librarian needs to continuously market library services and competencies. For many people, librarians included, "selling" their services or competencies is not a comfortable idea. However, if corporate librarians do not blow their own horns, library services may only be appreciated by a few. Marketing is often defined as promotion, but in fact promotion is only one of many management techniques that are included under the blanket term of marketing. Marketing includes "determining market niches, defining products and services, setting prices, promoting services, and building good public relations. (Olson & Moseman) A savvy librarian, realizing that marketing library services is the same as providing good customer service, will create and follow a marketing plan to avoid some common library marketing pitfalls.

Boing Boing: Coffee table with integrated book-shelves like hanging files

Boing Boing: Coffee table with integrated book-shelves like hanging files: "Coffee table with integrated book-shelves like hanging files
This Turkish coffee table has integrated bookshelves beneath sliding surfaces; the books slot into vertical slots, like hanging files. Ingenious! Link (via Cribcandy) "

but i actually like the other one better:

New Storage System May Make All DVDs Obsolete

New Storage System May Make All DVDs Obsolete

Threatening to make both competing high-definition DVD systems, Blu-Ray and HD DVD, quickly obsolete, a holographic storage system that can store up to 300GB on a single disc is expected to hit the market by this time next year, Britain's New Scientist magazine is reporting in its current issue. The magazine noted that the technology behind it could eventually be developed to store up to 1.6 terabytes on a disk, the equivalent of 300 DVDs. Moreover, it noted, the system employs a laser light unit that allows information to be transferred in a single flash, thereby lowering production costs. The system is being developed jointly by InPhase Technologies and Hitachi

Friday, November 25, 2005

Meetings this week

Two meetings this week:

Monday - CFUW Oakville - The speaker was Lisa Rochon, architecture columnist/critic for The Globe and Mail. Her national column 'Cityspace' explores the complex fabric of the Canadian city - its public spaces, its trophy buildings and its contextual architecture. She travels regularly for her column in Canada and abroad and has written extensively about the redevelopment of the World Trade Center in New York. She has recently released a book "Up North". She spoke on the Canadian-ness of our architecture.

Wednesday - SLA Toronto Chapter West Programming - The speaker was Helen Katz, Manager, Research and Information Services, Ontario Ministry of Finance. Helen spoke on "Business Research for the Non-Business Librarian". Being a chemistry librarian I learned about a number of sources I had not considered before. The turnout for the meeting was good -- quite a few people we had not met before.

Canadian Book Exchange Centre

Canadian Book Exchange Centre: "The Canadian Book Exchange Centre (CBEC) helps Canadian libraries help each other. A resource-sharing service provided by Library and Archives Canada, CBEC is a redistribution centre, a clearing house that arranges for the exchange of publications deemed surplus by one library but needed by another. The Centre ensures that the nation's collective surplus holdings are accessible to all, keeps material in circulation and provides an efficient, practical method of using libraries' excess materials to help fill each other's collection requirements. Currently, the publications made available by the Centre are free of charge, but participating libraries must pay shipping charges whether they send or receive materials."

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Searching for Grey Literature

UBC Library: Subject Page - Searching for Grey Literature: "Subject Resources for Searching for Grey Literature

Grey literature is defined as ... 'information produced on all levels of government, academia, business and industry in electronic and print formats not controlled by commercial publishing' ie. where publishing is not the primary activity of the producing body.' (ICGL Luxembourg definition, 1997 - Expanded in New York, 2004)

Grey (or gray) literature has historically been difficult to identify and obtain. There are two reasons for this problem: 1) much of the grey literature is unindexed or unpublished (often both); and 2) it is often locked deep within the 'hidden or invisible' web, and unsearchable. However, as grey literature becomes easier to find in the emerging era of open access, its importance is likely to increase. This guide is meant to provide some assistance to those in scholarly environments wishing to extend their research to this important literature.

Start your search for grey literature by browsing relevant government or institutional websites directly. Increasingly, institutional repositories (IRs) - such as the University of Toronto TSpace - place faculty publications freely-accessible online. Much of this material is indexed by Google Scholar and Scirus. For systematic reviews of the literature, several search engines that crawl different portions of the Web should be searched as 'one-stop searching' does not (yet) exist. "

Clam Chowder: Mini-rant: IT Departments as a barrier-- Why?

Clam Chowder: Mini-rant: IT Departments as a barrier-- Why?

perfectly put!!!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Hugh Sidey Dies

Iowa-Born Journalist Hugh Sidey Dies: "Iowa-Born Journalist Hugh Sidey Dies

DES MOINES -- Native Iowan High Sidey died of a heart attack in Paris.

Sidey was born in Greenfield, Iowa, in 1927 and grew up working on his father's weekly newspaper. After serving in World War II, Sidey obtained a journalism degree from Iowa State College, and worked for newspapers in Omaha, Neb., and Council Bluffs.

He then joined Time Magazine, where he wrote a column titled 'The Presidency' that ran for the past four decades. The columns, which were personal portraits of U.S. presidents, ended in 1996. Sidey was known for having unusual access to presidents, beginning with President John F. Kennedy, whom he interviewed during a White House swim. Sidey also served as Time's White House correspondent and its Washington Bureau Chief. He also wrote or contributed to seven books.

Hugh Sidey was 78 years old. "

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Chemical Synonyms Database

ETC Spills Technology Databases, Chemical Synonyms Database: This database is used to find synonyms of a chemical name and to find the standard IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) name for that chemical.

Type in parts or all of a chemical name you are looking for. Many chemicals have very long chemical names, for these it will be easier to type in only parts of the name that will suffice to identify it and similar chemicals."

377 databases publicly accessible on Government of Canada Web sites

Online Weekly Checklist: "Canadian federal government databases accessible through the Internet (2005).

3rd edition

This is the 3rd edition of the bibliography of online Canadian federal government databases, replacing the 2nd edition published in 2001. This current edition lists 377 databases publicly accessible on Government of Canada Web sites. Some of these databases require user registration.

This edition contains entries from the previous edition that have been reviewed and verified as well as databases that have appeared since the previous edition.

All databases listed were available on the Internet as of September 7, 2005."

Monday, November 14, 2005 | New research says chilly feet can bring on a cold | New research says chilly feet can bring on a cold | New research says chilly feet can bring on a cold: "New research says chilly feet can bring on a cold News Staff
If your mother always warned you to wrap up warm to avoid catching a cold, it appears she may have been right all along.
British scientists say they have proof that a drop in body temperature can kickstart viruses which lie dormant in people during the cold season, from October to March."

What's next??? spilled salt really does cause bad luck?? Someone really is walking on my grave when I get a shiver??? Cats really do suck the breath out of babies??? An itchy palm really does mean I will be getting money soon????

Friday, November 11, 2005

Today @ PC World - Send Yourself an E-mail in 20 Years

Today @ PC World - Send Yourself an E-mail in 20 Years: "Send Yourself an E-mail in 20 Years

The most entertaining artifact at my 20-year high school reunion was the unearthed time capsule containing dozens of paper scraps decorated with the scrawls of teenagers finally freed from the confines of classrooms, and facing adulthood for the first time. How about sending yourself an e-mail that you won't receive for 20 years? That's the idea behind Forbes Magazine and Yahoo's e-mail time capsule.

You have until November 30 to compose an e-mail snapshot of your life. You can choose to receive it next year, if you wish. But I'm opting for the 20-year return--just in time for my 40-year high school reunion. To read the story behind the project, click here.

What will you tell yourself in the future? "

Inspec� Now Back to 1898

What's New on Dialog - Issue 2, 2005: " Century of Engineering Indexed: Inspec? Now Back to 1898

As library space becomes a premium, print copies of early abstracts journals are becoming scarce. To overcome this, Inspec digitized the entire collection of Science Abstracts Journals (back to volume one) dating from 1898 to 1968.

An archival backfile has been produced containing:

The original value-added indexing and classifications

Enhancements in the form of the nearest equivalent current Inspec Thesaurus Terms and Inspec Classification Codes

Conference proceedings, books, journals, reports and dissertations

Longer abstracts than today varying in length from half a page to several pages including diagrams and complex mathematical proof because hard copy originals were less accessible

Dialog Implementation

On Dialog, the archive has been loaded into a separate file?File 202."

Index Chemicus Comes to Dialog

What's New on Dialog - Issue 2, 2005: "Index Chemicus Comes to Dialog

Index Chemicus (File 302), a text- and substructure-searchable database covering the world?s leading organic chemistry journals, reports over 200,000 new compounds each year, with coverage of over one million structures published in the literature since 1991."

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Household Products Database: Health and Safety Information on Household Products

Household Products Database: Health and Safety Information on Household Products: "Health & Safety Information on Household Products

What's under your kitchen sink, in your garage, in your bathroom, and on the shelves in your laundry room? Learn more about what's in these products, about potential health effects, and about safety and handling.

Information in the Household Products Database is taken from a variety of publicly available sources, including brand-specific labels and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) prepared by manufacturers. "

Wednesday, November 9, 2005

ACS Directory of Graduate Education (DGR) -- online -- no charge

Welcome DGRWeb 2005: "The ACS Directory of Graduate Education (DGR) is the most comprehensive source of information on chemical research and researchers at universities in the U.S. and Canada.

NEW for 2005! DGRweb, the searchable, online version of the DGR is now available free of charge."

First seen on chminf-l Blog Blog: " Blog"

not much activity, but it is canadian. On his page is a free patent downloading utility. I have not downloaded it yet, but it looks interesting. It works from highlighted text either on a web page or in Word. It claims download US, European, PCT, Canadian, French, German and UK patents to your computer as a single PDF file at no charge.

ALA | ACRL announces enhanced access to College & Research Libraries

ALA | ACRL announces enhanced access to College & Research Libraries: "ACRL announces enhanced access to College & Research Libraries

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce that its scholarly research journal College & Research Libraries is available free of charge in PDF format on the ACRL website six months after publication. Retrospective issues now are available through volume 58 (1997)."

Monday, November 7, 2005

PubSub LinkRanks

InLinks are links to from feeds on other sites.
OutLinks are links from's feeds to other sites.
Entries are new and modified posts discovered in's feeds that are read by PubSub.
LinkRank is a measurement of how many feeds link to PubSub caculates a site's LinkRank on a daily basis, as well as its average LinkRank over the past 15, 30, and 60 days.

Index to Theses in Great Britain and Ireland

Index to Theses in Great Britain and Ireland: "A comprehensive listing of theses with abstracts accepted for higher degrees by universities in Great Britain and Ireland since 1716.

476,578 theses in collection; last updated 27 October 2005"

The Ultimate Star Trek Collection The Ultimate Star Trek Collection (1989): : "The Ultimate Star Trek Collection

DVD ~ William Shatner

Average Customer Review:

Release Date: November 15, 2005

Not Yet Released -- On Order

Here's the ultimate collection for the ultimate fan. This 212-disc behemoth encompasses five broadcast series and 10 feature films and is, with a few exceptions, all the Trek a Trekker could want. Start with the original series, which in 1966 set out to boldly go where no series had gone before,... "

Thursday, November 3, 2005

Google Print

Google Print: "What is Google Print?

Google's mission is to organize the world's information, but much of that information isn't yet online. Google Print aims to get it there by putting book content where you can find it most easily � right in your Google search results.

How does Google Print work?

Just do a search on the Google Print homepage. When we find a book whose content contains a match for your search terms, we'll link to it in your search results. Click a book title and you'll see the page of the book that has your search terms, along with other information about the book and 'Buy this Book' links to online bookstores (you can view the entirety of public domain books or, for books under copyright, just a few pages or in some cases, only the title�s bibliographic data and brief snippets). You can also search for more information within that specific book and find nearby libraries that have it. "

CISTI adds four Far Eastern library collections to catalogue

Knowledgespeak: "CISTI adds four Far Eastern library collections to catalogue - 03 Nov 2005

The Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI) has announced the addition of collections from four Far Eastern libraries to the CISTI Catalogue. The libraries include the Science and Technology Policy Research Information Center, Taiwan, Sunmedia Co., Japan, the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China and the Korea Institute of Scientific and Technical Information.

CISTI customers can now access all the four collections directly and more cost effectively. The collections added include over 10,000 STM journals, articles and reports. Clients can also use CISTI�s Direct Service delivery to order documents from the Far East collections.

The CISTI Catalogue, which comprises over 50,000 serial titles and over 800,000 books, reports and conference proceedings, allows its customers to easily search, access and order documents. An institute of the National Research Council of Canada, CISTI is one of the prime sources for information in the science, technology, medicine and engineering sector. NRC Research Press is the institute�s STM publishing arm."

--- from Knowledgespeak

Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Dr. Carol Tenopir - School of Information Sciences - University of Tennessee

I found Dr. Carol Tenopir's site today and found it full of information. Papers and survey's you can read online.

Carol Tenopir is a professor at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the Interim Director of the Center for Information Studies. Her areas of teaching and research include: information access and retrieval, electronic publishing, the information industry, online resources, and the impact of technology on reference librarians and scientists. She is the author of five books, including, Communication Patterns of Engineers, (IEEE/Wiley InterScience, 2004) with Donald W. King.

Dr. Tenopir has published over 200 journal articles, is a frequent speaker at professional conferences, and since 1983 has written the "Online Databases" column for Library Journal. She is the recipient of the 1993 Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award from the American Society for Information Science/Institute for Scientific Information and the 2000 ALISE Award for Teaching Excellence. She also received the 2002 American Society for Information Science & Technology, Research Award and the 2004 International Information Industry Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Tenopir holds a PhD degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois.

A Halloween Whoops

Other than the obvious (much shampooing, dishsoap, etc.) -- does anyone know how to get Petroleum Jelly (Vaseline) out of a 12 year old girls hair?

Monday, October 31, 2005

Inspec� Now Back to 1898

What's New on Dialog - Issue 2, 2005: " Century of Engineering Indexed: Inspec? Now Back to 1898
As library space becomes a premium, print copies of early abstracts journals are becoming scarce. To overcome this, Inspec digitized the entire collection of Science Abstracts Journals (back to volume one) dating from 1898 to 1968.
An archival backfile has been produced containing:
The original value-added indexing and classifications
Enhancements in the form of the nearest equivalent current Inspec Thesaurus Terms and Inspec Classification Codes
Conference proceedings, books, journals, reports and dissertations
Longer abstracts than today varying in length from half a page to several pages including diagrams and complex mathematical proof because hard copy originals were less accessible
Dialog Implementation
On Dialog, the archive has been loaded into a separate file?File 202."

CFUW Oakville - Paula Todd - CFUW-Oakville Scholarship Fundraiser

CFUW Oakville: "CFUW-Oakville Scholarship Fundraiser Luncheon -
Saturday, October 29, 2005

CFUW-Oakville is pleased to announce that Paula Todd, popular co-host of Studio 2, TV Ontario's current events program, and host and co-producer of "Person 2 Person with Paula Todd" will be Guest Speaker at a Luncheon Scholarship Fundraiser

I attended this event and had a great time. Paula Todd is a very nice, approachable, intelligent woman. I purchased the book and stayed up way too late last night reading it.

Another link to same event:

Oakville Beaver :

NASIGuide: Serial Holdings

NASIGuide: Serial Holdings: "NASIGuide: Serial Holdings

by Frieda Rosenberg

Head, Serials Cataloging

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

#3914 Davis Library, UNC-CH

Chapel Hill, NC 27514-8890


Edited by Betty Landesman and Lillian DeBlois

This guide is designed to serve libraries automating their local serial holdings, particularly those implementing the MARC21 Format for Holdings Data (MFHD). It also aims to help anyone who needs to understand the format. The Guide focuses on the functions of MARC coding in general serials control and display of information. Users may look at a range of options and alternatives provided in the Format, rather than single solutions. The hope is to design a guide that is easy to use. It may be useful to consult, as a reference, a more abbreviated Handbook to the most common fields, available at

The Guide is divided into parts:

Overview of automated holdings and the purposes of coding

Overview of the structure of a MARC21 Format for Holdings data record

Individual codes

Examples "

Numb3rs and mathematic education "Math Education Program

Welcome to the official 'We All Use Math Every Day' web site. Texas Instruments (TI) is leading this math education initiative based on the hit series 'NUMB3RS.' In partnership with CBS, and working in association with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), TI has created an educational outreach program promoting the many uses of mathematics and supporting math teaching. The program includes TI and NCTM-developed math education activities for teachers and students based on the 'NUMB3RS' TV show. The activities will be based on the mathematics presented in each episode. "

Friday, October 28, 2005

" provides links to the full-text content of over 7000 scholarly periodicals that anyone may access online for FREE. The issues which are available for free are indicated for each title below. The design of this site is optimized for users seeking specific articles for which they already have the citation. "

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

The McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Engineering

This is a free download right to your PC. It's yours to keep and use as soon as you receive it.

McGraw-Hill Professional Books: "The McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Engineering

Digital Edition

By: McGraw-Hill

Software Application

ISBN: 0071462708

Derived from the world-renowned McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, Sixth Edition, this vital reference offers a wealth of essential information in a convenient, quick-find format. Whether you're a professional, a student, a writer, or a general reader with an interest in science, there is no better or more authoritative way to stay up-to-speed with the current language of the various branches of engineering or gain an understanding of their key ideas and concepts. "

Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

Academy of Television Arts & Sciences: "Welcome to the

Archive of American Television�

The Archive of American Television strives to preserve the rich history of television by videotaping interviews with the individuals who pioneered the medium.

We have rare, in-depth interviews with those behind the scenes as well as television's biggest stars including: news legends WALTER CRONKITE, DON HEWITT, and DAVID BRINKLEY, actors ALAN ALDA, OSSIE DAVIS, and MARY TYLER MOORE, writer/producers NORMAN LEAR, CARL REINER, and AARON SPELLING, and executives FRED SILVERMAN, SUMNER REDSTONE, and TED TURNER.

By utilizing cutting-edge technology, this Archive will be a digital encyclopedia of television, accessible worldwide by students, historians, and the public. In fact, the Archive has covered virtually every social, economic and cultural events of the 20th Century, which will be used to educate and inspire future generations.

Award winning producer-executives Grant A. Tinker, David L. Wolper, Dean Valentine, and Television Academy Foundation Chair Emeritus Thomas W. Sarnoff are guiding the project's success."

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

The EnerGuide for Houses Service and Grants

The EnerGuide for Houses Service and Grants: "What Is EnerGuide for Houses?

EnerGuide for Houses was created by the Government of Canada to help homeowners get independent, expert advice about the energy efficiency of their homes. Developed by the Office of Energy Efficiency of Natural Resources Canada in cooperation with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the program aims to develop a pool of qualified energy experts to help Canadians improve the energy efficiency of their houses. By reducing the energy used in our homes, we support Canada's goal of reducing the production of greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.

The EnerGuide for Houses evaluation service provides homeowners with information on energy-efficient improvements for their homes. Many service organizations across Canada offer this service. They can provide independent expert advice on the different systems of your home and what can be done to improve comfort and reduce energy bills. By assessing your home, an EnerGuide for Houses advisor can analyse how it uses energy and where energy is being wasted. "

We had this done and mostly heard what we already knew, but we now qualify for discounts on some improvements. We are waiting for the final report in the mail.

A Librarian's Guide to Etiquette:

A Librarian's Guide to Etiquette

Funny, very funny....perhaps I like it TOO much???

The Liberry ThinkTank

Wallowing in the Quagmire--The Liberry ThinkTank: "Think. Think. Think. How do you save a profession from its self? This blog is a Q and A format to generate discussion on the library world and the pervasive crappiness of it. How to overcome it? Is it possible? Or do those in power just feel complete happiness wallowing in the crappiness?"

Sunday, October 16, 2005 - Dynix Institute Web Seminar Series

Dynix Institute Web Seminar Series

Ulla de Stricker

Consultant, de Stricker Associates

So, You Want to be a Consultant?

October 26, 2005 | 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Pacific

Have you found yourself attracted to the notion of freedom and flexibility associated with working as a freelancer or consultant? Are you considering a phased-in retirement or a natural next step upon being downsized? Are you keen to experience the satisfaction of bringing hard earned experience to bear on multiple clients' projects? And ... are you wondering whether you have the stomach for not knowing where your next cheque is coming from?

there is also an archive of old presentations

Friday, October 14, 2005

Paper view technology

Paper view technology

Cheap, paper-thin TV screens that can be used in newspapers and magazines have been unveiled by German electronics giant Siemens.

The firm says the low production costs could see the magazine shelves in newsagents come alive with moving images vying for the customers' attention as they move along the aisle

Thursday, October 13, 2005

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who knew!!

Blogline subscriptions

the Interesting part is the lottery says United States but has all the Canadian provinces in the dropdown.

In the Public Interest: The Future of Canadian Copyright Law

Click on the chapters and download the pdf of the chapter.

From Grokster to Google, copyright has emerged as one of the Internet's most challenging legal issues. Once limited to a select group of scholars, copyright now captures front page headlines as millions of Canadians consider its impact on education, technology, communication, and culture.

As Canada embarks on a new round of digital copyright reform, this collection of 19 essays from Canada's leading copyright experts provides context and analysis of the latest reform proposals. Edited by Professor Michael Geist, an internationally-regarded authority on Internet and technology law, the collection reviews international copyright norms, assesses dozens of specific Bill C-60 provisions, and identifies potential future copyright reform initiatives. Completed immediately after the introduction of Bill C-60, this timely volume provides policy makers, lawyers, judges, educators, and interested Canadians with the tools and knowledge they need to participate in a copyright debate that will shape the future of the Internet, culture, and education in Canada. ">Irwin Law Inc. - Other Series - In the Public Interest: "In the Public Interest: The Future of Canadian Copyright Law

From Grokster to Google, copyright has emerged as one of the Internet's most challenging legal issues. Once limited to a select group of scholars, copyright now captures front page headlines as millions of Canadians consider its impact on education, technology, communication, and culture.

As Canada embarks on a new round of digital copyright reform, this collection of 19 essays from Canada's leading copyright experts provides context and analysis of the latest reform proposals. Edited by Professor Michael Geist, an internationally-regarded authority on Internet and technology law, the collection reviews international copyright norms, assesses dozens of specific Bill C-60 provisions, and identifies potential future copyright reform initiatives. Completed immediately after the introduction of Bill C-60, this timely volume provides policy makers, lawyers, judges, educators, and interested Canadians with the tools and knowledge they need to participate in a copyright debate that will shape the future of the Internet, culture, and education in Canada.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Google Librarian Center

Google Librarian Center: "Librarians and Google share a mission: to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. We support librarians like yourself who work each day to further that mission. This page is a first step toward improving and expanding that support. "

Friday, October 7, 2005

Scirus Partners with Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations, the World's Largest Theses and Dissertations Portal

AMSTERDAM, OCTOBER 5, 2005 - Elsevier today announced a landmark partnership between Scirus, its free science-specific search engine, and the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) to add the extensive collection of theses and dissertations of its member institutes to Scirus. In addition to indexing the content on, Scirus will power a search service on the repository's site. The service will ensure this content will be easier to find on both the NDLTD and Scirus websites. The launch of the service was announced this week in Sydney at NDLTD's annual conference ETD2005.

Wednesday, October 5, 2005

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2005

Chemistry 2005: "The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2005"

Yves Chauvin

Robert H. Grubbs

Richard R. Schrock

"for the development of the metathesis method in organic synthesis"

Tuesday, October 4, 2005



you just have to go see this.

then watch the series. or watch the series first.

Digital Home Canada - Digital Home Power Saving Tips

Digital Home Canada - Digital Home Power Saving Tips: "Computers and consumer electronics represent the fastest-growing use of electricity in North American homes today.

According to the US Environmental Protection agency, the average North American home has roughly 2 TVs, a VCR, a DVD player and 3 telephones. If these items were replaced by more efficient Energy Star models, it would save over 22 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions - the equivalent of taking over 1.6 million cars off the road.

Digital Home Canada looks at how you can save money, help the environment and learn more about two Canadian energy saving programs - Energuide and Energy Star. "

From Digital Home Canada --

Friday, September 30, 2005

Banned books

I found this list of banned books and marked how many I have read. I have read only 25%. I need to get some of these out of the library and get my score up higher!!!

1. Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz
2. Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite
3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
4. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
7. Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
8. Forever by Judy Blume
9. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
10. Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
11. Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
12. My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
13. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
14. The Giver by Lois Lowry
15. It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
16. Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine
17. A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
18. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
19. Sex by Madonna
20. Earth’s Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel
21. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
22. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
23. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
24. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
25. In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
26. The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard
27. The Witches by Roald Dahl
28. The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein
29. Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry
30. The Goats by Brock Cole
31. Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
32. Blubber by Judy Blume
33. Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
34. Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
35. We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier
36. Final Exit by Derek Humphry
37. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
38. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
39. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
40. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters by Lynda Madaras
41. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
42. Beloved by Toni Morrison
43. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
44. The Pigman by Paul Zindel
45. Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard
46. Deenie by Judy Blume
47. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
48. Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
49. The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar
50. Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat by Alvin Schwartz
51. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
52. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
53. Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
54. Asking About Sex and Growing Up by Joanna Cole
55. Cujo by Stephen King
56. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
57. The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell
58. Boys and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
59. Ordinary People by Judith Guest
60. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
61. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons by Lynda Madaras
62. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
63. Crazy Lady by Jane Conly
64. Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
65. Fade by Robert Cormier
66. Guess What? by Mem Fox
67. The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
68. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
69. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
70. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
71. Native Son by Richard Wright
72. Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women’s Fantasies by Nancy Friday
73. Curses, Hexes and Spells by Daniel Cohen
74. Jack by A.M. Homes
75. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
76. Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle
77. Carrie by Stephen King
78. Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
79. On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
80. Arizona Kid by Ron Koertge
81. Family Secrets by Norma Klein
82. Mommy Laid An Egg by Babette Cole
83. The Dead Zone by Stephen King
84. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
85. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
86. Always Running by Luis Rodriguez
87. Private Parts by Howard Stern
88. Where’s Waldo? by Martin Hanford
89. Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
90. Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman
91. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
92. Running Loose by Chris Crutcher
93. Sex Education by Jenny Davis
94. The Drowning of Stephen Jones by Bette Greene
95. Girls and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
96. How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
97. View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts
98. The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
99. The Terrorist by Caroline Cooney
100. Jump Ship to Freedom by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

Globetechnology: Lawyers call for hard look at pending copyright law

Globetechnology: Lawyers call for hard look at pending copyright law: "Parliament's bill updating copyright law to include digital media and the Internet is 'better than most,' says a new book by 19 law professors released today, but it's in desperate need of amending."

Large Canadian Roadside Attractions


As you travel across Canada, you may come across some large and interesting roadside attractions. Here's a growing collection of their photos

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Infosat offers Internet Service via satellite

Infosat Communications announced today the availability of a satellite-based high speed internet service that can reach web surfers anywhere in Canada.

Now all I have to do is buy that house in the country!!!

How to Save the World

How to Save the World: "The Psychology of Information, or Why We Don't Share Stuff"

Of all the blogs, articles, etc. I read, this one is by far the most thought provoking, relevant, and interesting.

Dave Pollard from his bio page "I'm a 52 year old idealist and writer who recently abandoned my well-paying job as Chief Knowledge Officer of a Big 4 accountancy because I couldn't live any longer being part of our society's problem instead of part of the solution. Before that I spent most of my career as an advisor to entrepreneurs. I write a weblog called How to Save the World and I'm in the process of writing three books:

The Cost of Not Knowing, a book on the failures and future of Knowledge Management,

Natural Enterprise, a do-it-yourself handbook about establishing your own satisfying, socially and environmentally responsible business in collaboration with people you really care about, and

The Only Life We Know, a visionary novel about the strange, diverse and surprisingly idyllic life on Earth after a future eco-collapse.

I recently established my own consultancy, called Meeting of Minds, to coach entrepreneurs how to create and operate their own businesses while avoiding the landmines that cause so many entrepreneurs to fail."

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Librarians Helping Canadian Genealogists Climb Family Trees

Librarians Helping Canadian Genealogists Climb Family Trees: "Librarians Helping Canadian Genealogists Climb Family Trees

This blog is a collaborative space for Librarians who assist family historians with their Canadian genealogical research. "

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Once you start it is hard to stop

I really thought I would do "better" on this one: My computer geek score is greater than 73% of all people in the world! How do you compare? Click here to find out!

But this one was not too bad: I am nerdier than 93% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!

I am only middlin' weird: What is your weird quotient? Click to find out!

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - -- Power to the people: Bloggers wield media punch

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - network: Darlene Fichter, a data librarian at the University of Saskatchewan and an expert on blogging, says the relationship between bloggers and mainstream media is fast becoming a more complicated one: "At first, mainstream media tended to discount blogs. On the other side, some bloggers have taken the idea that they're the new journalists. Somewhere in between those the truth lies. In 2005, we're asking what is a journalist? We wouldn't have asked that just a few short years ago."

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Encyclopedia of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry, Volumes 1-3

Readers of K-News have two weeks of open access to a select title or group of titles in each issue. This issue features a title from the Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Subject Area:

Encyclopedia of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry, Volumes 1-3 (c) 2001, Institute of Physics. This three-volume encyclopedia offers extensive coverage in the closely related areas of chemical physics and physical chemistry. Focusing on both disciplines as interrelated, the Encyclopedia contains a wide variety of information to meet the special research needs of the chemical physicist and the physical chemist and, thus, enables specialists in both fields to conduct interdisciplinary research. Features include definitions of the scope of each sub-discipline, and instructions on where to go for a more complete and detailed explanation. The Encyclopedia is also a helpful resource for graduate students because it gives a synopsis of the basics and an overview of the range of activities in which physical principles are applied to chemical problems.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

rethink(ip) - Worldwide Patent/Trademark/Copyright Office RSS feeds

rethink(ip) - Worldwide Patent/Trademark/Copyright Office RSS feeds: "WIPO:


US Copyright Office:

Switzerland: (German only) is a private collection of notices from EPO, WIPO, USPTO, German office, UK office and Switzerland"

from rethink(ip)

Google Talk

It is here. However, our firewall here blocks it.

Google Talk: " Talk and IM with your friends for free

They say talk is cheap. Google thinks it should be free. Google Talk enables you to call or send instant messages to your friends for free�anytime, anywhere in the world. Google Talk offers you:

Choice: Get in touch how and when you want to�over email, IM or a call

Quality: Talk through your computer but hear your friends as if they were in the same room

Convenience: Your Gmail contacts are pre-loaded into Google Talk so inviting or talking to your friends is just a click away

Google Talk is in beta and requires a Gmail username and password."

Friday, August 19, 2005

CopyNight -- Toronto

CopyNight is a monthly social gathering of people interested in restoring balance in copyright law. We meet over drinks once a month in many cities to discuss new developments and build social ties between artists, engineers, filmmakers, academics, lawyers, and many others.

CopyNight: "Toronto, Ontario

Fourth Tuesday of each month, 7:00 pm

C'est What, 67 Front St E (intersection of Church St and Front St) (map)

Hosted by Alexander Levy, toronto (at)

Join the Toronto mailing list

View past mailing list announcements "

If only i lived or worked in the city ;(

Monday, August 15, 2005

Wiley InterScience :: E-mail Validation -- NEW Policy

Wiley InterScience :: About Us :: E-mail Validation: "USER E-MAIL VALIDATION REQUIRED

Beginning August 15th 2005, Wiley InterScience will require individual users of the site, who access online subscriptions via a username and password, to update their registration information with a valid e-mail address in place of a self-selected username.

This new policy is designed to help improve security and reduce account duplication. Requiring an e-mail address as a login has become widely standard practice among many high-profile commercial websites. "

The Official Road Map of Ontario

The Official Road Map of Ontario: "The Official Road Map of Ontario

We are pleased to offer you this web version of one of our most popular publications - the Official Road Map of Ontario - which the ministry has been proudly producing, in paper version, since 1923.

All maps are posted in PDF format, which requires the free Adobe Acrobat Reader plug-in (version 3 and up). To view individual maps, click on Northern Ontario Index or Southern Ontario Index, and then click on the area you would like to view. You can also click on the appropriate letter below to find the map of your city, town, village or community."

Monday, August 8, 2005


NAA: Presstime magazine: "Researchers, and a number of newspaper publishers, have for years dreamed of replacing the humble newspaper with a single, ultra-portable electronic device that readers could use to download the day's headlines. Widespread implementation would, among other benefits, do away with the need for newsprint, ink, presses, mailroom equipment and distribution costs more than half of a publisher-s operating expenses. "

Wednesday, August 3, 2005

New RSS -- Conference Board of Canada

The Conference Board of Canada has very recently added a RSS feed for their new reports. (The e-Library contains over 950 research documents, use the tools on the left-hand side of the screen to browse and search our collection. Listed below is recently released research.)

About The Conference Board of Canada

We are:

  • We are a not-for-profit Canadian organization that takes a business-like approach to its operations.
  • Objective and non-partisan. We do not lobby for specific interests.
    Funded exclusively through the fees we charge for services to the private and public sectors.
  • Experts in running conferences but also at conducting, publishing and disseminating research, helping people network, developing individual leadership skills and building organizational capacity.
  • Specialists in economic trends, as well as organizational performance and public policy issues.
  • Not a government department or agency, although we are often hired to provide services for all levels of government.
  • Independent from, but affiliated with, The Conference Board, Inc. of New York, which serves some 2,500 companies in 60 nations and has offices in Brussels and Hong Kong.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

wikiHow - The How-To Manual That Anyone Can Write or Edit

wikiHow - The How-To Manual That Anyone Can Write or Edit: "wikiHow is a collaborative writing project to build the world's largest how-to manual. With your contributions, we can create a free resource that helps people by offering clear, concise solutions to the problems of everyday life."


Knowledgespeak: "About the Newsletter

Stay informed by subscribing to Knowledgespeak newsletter, the STM industry's daily intelligence resource. Knowledgespeak newsletter will be delivered to your inbox everyday, free of charge. See a sample newsletter.

Knowledgespeak newsletter includes latest news updates on

STM industry events

Business news: mergers, acquisitions, partnerships and strategies

Major deals, contracts and partnerships

New products / services announcements and updates in publishing

Alternative publishing initiatives / business models Research findings, expert analysis and insights

New entrants in the business, performances of existing players

key management changes of companies in the STM domain"

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Architect Studio 3D, from the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust

Architect Studio 3D, from the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust

The great American architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed hundreds of houses throughout his long and distinguished career. Each home was uniquely fashioned to meet the needs of its owners and the particular qualities of its location. Wright inspired a generation of architects. Are you one of them? On this Web site, you can design a house, walk through it in 3D, and then share it with the world. You can also learn more about architecture, past and present, and explore Frank Lloyd Wright's life and work.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Standard Checklist Criteria For Business Recovery

FEMA: Purpose of Standard Checklist Criteria For Business Recovery: "Standard Checklist Criteria For Business Recovery

The intent of this 'Checklist' is to provide a means of creating a 'Business Recovery' manual for your business. The manual would be used by you in the event that you had to execute a recovery of you business due to a natural or man-made disaster. This 'Checklist' can be used by manufactures, corporate offices, retailers, utilities or any organization where a sizeable number of people work or gather.

Whether you operate from a high-rise building or an industrial complex; whether you own, rent or lease your property; whether you are a large or small company; the contents of this checklist will apply.

To begin, you needn�t have in-depth knowledge of emergency management. What you need is the authority to create a plan and a commitment from the chief executive officer or principal(s) of your company to make emergency management part of you company culture.

If you already have a plan, use this 'Checklist' as a resource to apply business controls to the plan, if needed, or to assess the overall readiness and maintenance of your plan documentation."

CLA 2005 ~ June 15 - 18, 2005 (Calgary, Alberta)

CLA 2005 ~ June 15 - 18, 2005 (Calgary, Alberta): "CLA 2005 Resource Centre

Whether you were unable to be with us in Calgary or you want to access some of the resources made available by the conference presenters...this is the place for you! In this special post-conference section, you will find various items related to the 2005 CLA Conference. A number of our speakers have provided copies from their sessions that include things such as Microsoft PowerPoint Shows, handouts, resource lists, etc. "

CRL - Foreign Doctoral Dissertations

CRL - Foreign Doctoral Dissertations: "CRL has more than 750,000 uncataloged foreign doctoral dissertations, of which approximately 20,000 are included in this database. Not finding a match does not mean CRL does not hold the dissertation, so if you do not find the title you seek here, it is recommended that you search the CRL catalog. If the title does not appear in the database or the catalog, contact CRL directly to inquire if it is held."

Friday, July 15, 2005

RSS News Feeds for U.S. Pregrant Patent Publications

RSS News Feeds for U.S. Pregrant Patent Publications

From their site: "Paterra, Inc. is pleased to provide classification-based RSS news feeds for U.S. pregrant patent publications.

This service is free. No registration is required.

These feeds are updated weekly.

RSS news feeds can be set up for each U.S. patent classification starting at the top subclass level or for each IPC class starting at the main group level. To find a news feed, expand your desired class then click on the number of the desired subclass."

Monday, July 4, 2005

more SLA postal cards -- very late

Received today:

OVID "Join Ovid at the 2005 Special Libraries Associatin Annual Conference June 5-7, 2005"
NTIS "Stop by our SLA booth"

both sent International Serface (sic) Airlift -- U.S. Postage Paid Jamaica, NY 11431 Permit no. 9083

JYBE - Join Your Browser with Everyone

JYBE - Join Your Browser with Everyone

My lastest experiment

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

National Consultation on Access to Scientific Research Data

In mid-June, an expert Task Force, appointed by the National Research Council Canada (NRC),

came together in Ottawa to plan a national Forum as the focus of the National Consultation on

Access to Scientific Research Data (NCASRD). The Forum brought together more than seventy

leaders Canada-wide in research, data management, administration, intellectual property and other

important areas.

This Report is a comprehensive review of the issues, opportunities and challenges identified at the

Forum, complemented by a selection of the supporting documents presented as Appendices.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Segway | Concept Centaur

Segway | Concept Centaur: "

Like the mythical half-horse, half-man of Greek lore, Concept Centaur combines the best of several technologies to create an innovative whole. The result of exploration by Segway LLC's product development team, Concept Centaur will challenge the way you think about four-wheeled transportation.

From time to time Segway's product development team devotes days, or even weeks, to creating new product concepts with the goal of finding a prince among frogs. It's a product exploration process they call 'frog kissing.' During this time, engineers and designers are encouraged to use any available materials in a very short time frame to prove a concept will work.

Recently, the product development team demonstrated that Concept Centaur was a prince�a concept that passed this initial feasibility test, but is not yet ready to become a product. Concept Centaur demonstrates Segway's continued commitment to breakthrough innovation and the innumerable possibilities for the future of personal transportation. "

Blogger Help : How do I post pictures?

Blogger Help : How do I post pictures?: "How do I post pictures?

The image icon in the post editor's toolbar will allow any users (with blogs on BlogSpot or published via FTP) to upload images to their blogs: "

Reading And Buying Books For Pleasure - 2005 National Survey -- Canada

Executive Summary - Reading And Buying Books For Pleasure - 2005 National Survey

This national telephone survey was carried out between January 5 and January 31, 2005, and was based on a random sample of 1,963 Canadians 16 years of age and older, including an oversample of respondents from minority official-language communities.

The primary purpose of the survey was to provide a detailed statistical picture of the habits of Canadians with respect to buying and reading books for pleasure, as well as to update the findings of Reading in Canada 1991, undertaken by Ekos on behalf of Canadian Heritage.

Sunday, June 19, 2005




These 'chapters' were written by students in CLIS 724 (Special Libraries and Information Centers) at the University of South Carolina College of Library and Information Science over the period 1999-2004.. Their assignment was to produce a chapter in a class-produced practical handbook on the management of special libraries and information centers. These chapters are written from the perspective of the beginning special librarian and are intended to provide basic 'how-to' instructions on dealing with the issue or problem addressed. Additional chapters will be produced by students in other classes and will be posted here.

These chapters are the intellectual property of the authors. The authors have granted permission for copying and downloading for individual and professional use by special librarians. However, any additional use of these materials in any published form (including re-publication on the Web) must be by permission of the authors. Most of the authors have included an e-mail address for contact purposes but if that does not work then you may contact me, Robert V. Williams, Professor at: and I will be in touch with the authors. "

Friday, June 17, 2005

Internet Scout NSDL Report for Math, Engineering, and Technology is no more :( -- Confessions of a Science Librarian

Confessions of a Science Librarian: "Internet Scout Project Says Goodbye to NSDL Scout Reports

Dear Reader,

With this edition, the Internet Scout Project ends the NSDL Report for Math, Engineering, and Technology after four years of publication. We are very excited about our newest NSF National Science Digital Library-funded effort, the Applied Mathematics and Science Education Repository (AMSER), a new four-year project that will link community and technical colleges to online applied math and science resources via a web portal and complimentary services. Our goal is to make AMSER-- -- the same kind of high-quality source of information about online resources that the NSDL Scout Reports have been."

From John Dupius' blog. I read that report just this morning and did not read this part. I checked the site and they do not have any rss feeds for anything let alone new resources. I send them an email asking if they were considering such a thing.

thanks John for bringing this to my attention

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Science Research Portal

Science Research Portal - Search Page: "Deep Web Technologies is proud to present - a free, publicly available web portal allowing access to numerous scientific journals and public science databases. It allows students, teachers, professors, researchers, and the general public to access pertinent science information quickly and easily. "

found via June 17 NeatNew and ExLibris from Marylaine Block

Science Library Pad: SLA2005 - post-a-palooza - 229 postings

Science Library Pad: SLA2005 - post-a-palooza - 229 postings: "Carolyne boggles my mind with..."

I'm famous now!!

thanks Richard!

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

2005 SLA Toronto - Knovel Presentations

2005 SLA Toronto - Knovel Presentations: "Special Libraries Association (SLA) 2005 Annual Conference

June 5-8, 2005, Toronto, Ontario

Mon, June 6 - Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition Contributed Papers Session (11:30 am to 1 pm)

William Woishnis, Knovel Co-founder & Chairman of the Board

Presentation: 'Food Chemicals Codex, the Next Generation Interactivity'"


Open Access to 7 Years of SVC Technical Conference Proceedings from Knovel

Readers of K-News have two weeks of open access to a select title or group of titles in each issue. This issue features seven years of conference proceedings from the Society of Vacuum Coaters (SVC), available in the Semiconductors & Electronics Subject Area:

SVC - 41st-47th Annual Technical Conference Proceedings (c)1998-2004, Society of Vacuum Coaters. The SVC is a nonprofit professional and educational organization, dedicated to the development of equipment and processes for high-volume production of coatings using vacuum-based processes. Proceedings volumes published by the SVC contain manuscripts presented at the Annual Technical Conference. These serialized volumes provide views of specialized topics and frequently offer comprehensive overviews of rapidly developing areas, such as vacuum web coating, process control and instrumentation, optical coating, plasma processing, tribological and wear coating, decorative and functional coating, large area coating, and emerging technologies. Its unique industrial focus targets the processing engineer and technician, end-user, equipment manufacturer, and the materials supplier.

Mary Ellen Bates - Speeches -- 6 of them at SLA 2005

Mary Ellen Bates - Speeches: "June 2005, 'Fee vs. Free and Beyond: Convincing Your Boss That Quality Counts' half-day continuing education workshop, Special Libraries Association annual conference, Toronto, Canada

June 2005, 'The Next Information Revolution, and Our Role as Revolutionaries' Special Libraries Association annual conference, Toronto, Canada

June 2005, 'One Dot Shopping: Finding Government Statistics on the Web and Having Fun Doing It' Special Libraries Association annual conference, Toronto, Canada

June 2005, 'But I Don't Like to Market Myself!' Special Libraries Association annual conference, Toronto, Canada

June 2005, 'Mining the NEW Web For Information: RSS Feeds, Blogs, Social Networks and More' Special Libraries Association annual conference, Toronto, Canada

June 2005, '60 Tips in 90 Minutes' Special Libraries Association annual conference, Toronto, Canada "

All the SLA 2005 I could find

All the SLA 2005 I could find

After hunting around and finding and then losing SLA 2005 blog postings I decided to put them all here. Enjoy.

229 posts I have found and marked already and a few more I have found but the system is causing problems today so I cannot link them yet.

If you know of others, please let me know.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Received in the mail today (June 14)

"Come to booth ### to see what is new with #######!"

"Please register online by Thursday June 2nd"

OK, I know the mail can be slow between the US of A and Canada, but really!

I also received today the May 2005 SciTech News telling me all about the conference sessions available from the divisions.

Friday, June 10, 2005 A tribute to one of Silicon Valley's most influential and forgotten researchers at Xerox Parc event A tribute to one of Silicon Valley's most influential and forgotten researchers at Xerox Parc event: "The place to be Wednesday evening was at Xerox PARC, for a reunion of the seminal Homebrew Computer Club and a tribute to a man that history has tried to forget, or at least relegate to a minor role: Doug Engelbart.

Mr Engelbart is usually remembered simply as the inventor of the computer mouse. But dozens of computer pioneers stood up Wednesday to acknowledge his much larger role, as one of the most profound and influential thinkers of their time. "

Connie Crosby: Establishing a Weblog on Your Organization's Intranet -- SLA 2005

Thanks Connie... this was a session I wanted to go to but had other commitments.

Establishing a Weblog on Your Organization's Intranet

Thursday, June 9, 2005

Interesting things learned at exhibits and interesting booths visited:

Interesting things learned at exhibits and interesting booths visited (in no order whatsoever):

CISTI is in the process of creating (with Sirsi) a Competitive Technical Intelligence Portal
The best for sci-tech document delivery!!!

Knovel –
They take the reference books, and then make the data in them accessible and usable online with interactive charts and tables and graphs.

Dialog –
P DialogLink 5 has some new features I was unaware of as I have not used DialogLink since it was in version 2 J The one feature which really caught my attention was the customized reporting. (and it is free)
P Chemical structure searching on Dialog – DialogLink has some interesting structure searching features. We use SciFinder, so this is just me keeping an eye on the market

Engineering Village 2 –
Since some of our research is heading back towards physics and away from pure chemistry, I was looking for something to supplement our existing resources. This deserves a look (and a trial)

Minesoft –
I had never heard of this company before, but they have interesting offerings and are competing against Delphion.

UMI Proquest –
They had a new digital scanner they were demonstrating. Since much of our archival journal material is on microfilm, I keep a file for scanners in case ours dies. –
We are already a client but it was nice to see them there.

Special issues –
They track and find industrial and trade magazine special issues not generally available in the big commercial databases.

British Library –
A digital page turning demo. The page turning of antiquarian books was done by actually filming the curator turning the pages. The pages turn differently each time. You just drag your finger on the screen. Very cool.

Global Securities Information
Not my usual information need, but they showed me their stuff and let me look into some companies I was interested in. Thanks
Paterra –
Translations of Japanese patents quickly and online. Worth further investigation.

Serials Solutions –
They should have had a bigger booth. As a solo librarian I don't have time to track down each change of an online title's url nor do I want to worry about ordering documents in journals we have access to through Factiva or Proquest. Serials Solution tracks this for me and it is reasonably priced for my size of collection.

Vivisimo –
Somehow I missed this booth. Must have been when the ice cream arrived J I had intended to visit and see their product in action.

Powell's – favourite used bookstore. Did not have time to visit when I was last in Portland but will make time on my next trip.

A house made entirely of books

Livio De Marchi: "Can you imagine a house made out of books? A house in which even the table, the chairs and the bed seem to have been made of pages to turn and bound covers? You might say that this is a dream turned into reality by Livio De Marchi! "

WatchThatPage - Monitor web pages extract new information

WatchThatPage - Monitor web pages extract new information: "Monitor pages, extract new information

WatchThatPage is a service that enables you to automatically collect new information from your favorite pages on the Internet. You select which pages to monitor, and WatchThatPage will find which pages have changed, and collect all the new content for you. The new information is presented to you in an email and/or a personal web page. You can specify when the changes will be collected, so they are fresh when you want to read them. The service is free!"

Wednesday, June 8, 2005

What Do Your Customers Really, Really Want?

What Do Your Customers Really, Really Want?: "What Do Your Customers Really, Really Want?

by Sherri Dorfman

June 7, 2005

Most businesses these days are under pressure to differentiate their products and services to attract new business. Although customers can play an important role in helping companies define their differentiation, a surprising number of businesses decide to skip this important customer research and launch offerings based on what 'we think our customers want.' "

Tuesday, June 7, 2005

Contributed papers session

Contributed papers session

I hope they put these online like the Nashville committee did. The papers I saw were very interesting but not well attended. (I have the handouts if anyone cannot get a copy from another source)

Mueller, Britt "Information seeking behavior of engineers in the corporate environment: implications for information delivery" (Qualcomm, San Diego, Calif.)

Olszewski, Larry and Lynn S. Connaway "What in the world: leveraging corporate assets for internal and external use" (OCLC, Dublin, Ohio)

Augustyniak, Rebecca "The Information professional's role in creating business management systems" (Center for Information, Training, and Evaluation Services, Florida State University, Tallahassee)

Makani, Joyline "It's the attention economy: librarians pay attention" (Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS)

The amount and variety of give-aways this year is astonishing. The kids (big and small) are amazed. My favourite so far is the pop-up book light, however I did win a USB memory stick from the British Library in a draw. I still hope for one of the many many iPods.

note added later: seems that this is called swag (or schwag). This is a term I had never heard before, but my mother knew what it meant!

Click University

does anyone else think that the logo for Click University looks like the Hooters logo??

Gary Price - the newest and the best from the one who knows

Gary Price - the newest and the best from the one who knows
Tuesday, Jun 07, 2005
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Toronto Convention Ctr

Gary will be presenting another fast-paced tour of the Web. Come learn about the latest resources and techniques on the ever expanding web. He is sure to include specialized databases and web sources you have not seen and more ways to locate the information you need.

I went. The room was plenty big enough. Some people were on the floor at the back but only because they did not want to pass infront of a lot of people to get to a seat in the middle of a row.
They said they had 300 handouts. They were gone early.

But the room was big and cool.

The presentation is all online at

so I left and went to the contributed papers session down the hall.

Marketing Intangibles and Tangibles: Selling Information Services/ Luncheon

Marketing Intangibles and Tangibles: Selling Information Services/ Luncheon
Tuesday, Jun 07, 2005
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

An analyst from Outsell Inc. will present the company’s advice on creating the message and delivery format for selling the value of information services to potential clients. Niche marketing principles are important here.

Mary Corcoran from outsell presented this topic after a nice, if crowded, lunch of chicken, rice, and vegetables.

Need to move our products from intangible to tangible
1.5% of time spend on marketing (for a solo = 15 min/week)
See for info on Marketing 101 and Marketing 301. Many of her slides are from these programmes.

Some points I wrote down:
 each product needs a product manager to promote and drive the product
 a portal on te intranet is either a partner or a competitor
 must have all products, presentations, etc. consistant across the function
 know who you are – strategic assessmenet
 know your customers or taret market – segment the market and understand needs
 move from idea of what the library is to how it will help users
 only 30% of any population is a library user
 target the non-users and find out what they need from te li rary
 ask people where they are currently getting their information
 ask them how long it takes them
 ask them what their biggest issues are
 there is a trend back to intermediaries for searching (I have personally noticed this in my work at Xerox)
 calculate cost per user. Try to reduce it by getting more users
 satisfaction with a product is not loyalty
 ask if they would recommend it to others

read book "selling the invisible"

Bill Buxton at Keynote session SLA Tuesday June 7, 2005

Tuesday Keynote - Bill Buxton

Traffic was not as bad as I thougt it would be getting in from the 'burbs to downtown Toronto (I never do this at rush hour) so I actually made it to Bill Buxton's keynote talk. Very interesting to listen to, but hard to explain to someone who was not there. Perhaps I had not had enough coffee. A few key and interesting points I did retain:
 He is a student of the work of Kranzberg
 We all need to understand the larger impact of introducing new technology
 Good ideas are everywhere, implementing them takes as much or more creativity and hard work
 By definition information informs
 Recommends the "Historical Atlas of Canada" as a present for a parent, then you can inherit it later
 Need to move information and technology to a human centric perspective

Monday, June 6, 2005

Monday June 6, 2005 at SLA

Monday June 6, 2005 at SLA

Six Sigma

Presenter Jean-Marie Cote
He is a Master Black Belt working for PACCAR

Six Sigma – A strategic tool

Historical background
Developed at Motorola (1987)
GE (1985) – turning point

They have not all been successful. Implementation is the issue, not the programme.

Has many names:
 Six Sigma – driving business excellence
 Operations excellence
 Lean manufacturing
 Lean operations
 Lean six sigma
 High impact Kaisen

1. close understanding of customer needs and wants
2. design led use of facts, data and statistical analysis
3. diligent approach to problem solving

Six Sigma takes time. It is not a quick fix.

- statistical measure of performance
- rigorous analytic appr4oaqc for
o process variation reduction
o complex prpblem solving
o waste reduction
- a philosophy that higher quality results in
o increased efficiency
o business excellence
o enhanced customer satisfaction

It is NOT
- just statistics
- a rigid mechanical approach – it can be flexigle and can be adjusted
- not a panacea – not suited for all situations
- magic

need all the rigt people and must be top down (ie supported by all levels of management)

driving excellence
define – measure – analyze – improve/design – control/validate

project selection is key
- in line with business strategy
- target customers
- add value

Baseline must be understood
Must be able to measure
Definable goals
Reasonable boundaries

As project progresses you refine and redefine project]map the process and identify non value added activities (NVA)
Take time to accurately define the defect

Soft tools

Process map (IPO)
Cause and effect matrix (QFD)
- what and how
- what customer wants and how delivered
Cause and effect diagrams (Fishbone)
- what we think is driving the issue
Waste elimination
- value stream map
- process flow
- spaghetti diagram
Pareto and time charts

Input and output characteristics
Input and output characteristics must be characterized and weighted in relation to goal
Critical characteristics must be measures
# of characteristics must be manageable

Focus on the process not the people until y ou know the process is robust. After that training can be addressed.

Low hanging fruit
Non value added steops – get rid of them
All steps need to add value
There are some necessary NVA – legal, EH&S, etc.

Analyze phase

Use information to create knowledge
Draw conclusions
 find root cause not symptoms
 propose options

options mean change. Change means impact on someone. Change may involve investment.

Up to this point you have control and responsibility. After this point someone else may be responsible.

Foresee impact of changes

Loop back regularly to revise process