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This is my blog on library and information science. I'm into Sci/Tech libraries, special libraries, personal information management, sci/tech scholarly comms... I'm a librarian in a physics, astronomy, math, computer science, and engineering library. I'm also a doctoral student at Maryland. Any opinions expressed here are strictly my own and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer or graduate school.
We’ve been hearing a lot about how hard it is to get a tenure track job – arguably harder even than it was during other economic recessions. We’ve also been hearing about how the age of NIH PIs is going up. I guess the age at first award is going up as well as the [...]... Read more »
Stroebe, W. (2010) The graying of academia: Will it reduce scientific productivity?. American Psychologist, 65(7), 660-673. DOI: 10.1037/a0021086
Review of a JASIST article looking at selection of information sources: co-workers or electronic resources.... Read more »
Yuan, Y., Rickard, L., Xia, L., & Scherer, C. (2010) The interplay between interpersonal and electronic resources in knowledge seeking among co-located and distributed employees. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. DOI: 10.1002/asi.21472
The authors thesis is that the only mandatory communication of results is in peer reviewed journal articles. Scientists aren't required to do other communicating and often leave communication to the public to the media. They ask if is this is adequate given the very low percentage of scientific articles that ever make it into the press, particularly in areas outside of health and medicine, and also given the fact that for everyone out of formal education, the media is their primary source of sci........ Read more »
Suleski, J., & Ibaraki, M. (2010) Scientists are talking, but mostly to each other: a quantitative analysis of research represented in mass media. Public Understanding of Science, 19(1), 115-125. DOI: 10.1177/0963662508096776
This article is in early view at JASIST. It looks like it comes from the author's dissertation. It isn't terribly earth-shattering, but it's well done, it provides more evidence, and there are definitely some implications for library/IR manager practice. Here's the citation: Kim, J. (2010). Faculty self-archiving: Motivations and barriers Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology DOI: 10.1002/asi.21336 The author went through a complicated process to identify 1,5........ Read more »
Kevin Zelnio of Deep Sea News tweeted the title of this piece and sent my mind going over the various theories of citation, what citations mean, studies showing how people cite without reading (pdf) (or at least propagate obvious citation errors), and also how people use things but don't cite them in certain fields... I was also thinking, I know what inappropriate touching is, but what's inappropriate citing? So let's take a look at the article: Todd, P., Guest, J., Lu, J., & Chou, L........ Read more »
Todd, P., Guest, J., Lu, J., & Chou, L. (2010) One in four citations in marine biology papers is inappropriate. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 299-303. DOI: 10.3354/meps08587
Mixed methods are always attractive, but many researchers give up because each method typically requires some epistemology which often conflicts with the epistemology of other methods. When mixed methods are done, they are often done in sequence. For example, qualitative work to understand enough about a phenomenon to develop a survey or interviewing survey respondents to get richer information about their responses. Network methods are neither quantitative* nor qualitative and it's n........ Read more »
Velden, T., Haque, A., & Lagoze, C. (2010) A new approach to analyzing patterns of collaboration in co-authorship networks: mesoscopic analysis and interpretation. Scientometrics. DOI: 10.1007/s11192-010-0224-6
I was happy to see that the authors published this article in PlosOne. I was following their work a while ago, but had lost track (plus, when asked, the last author implied that they had moved on to new projects). So here's the citation and then I'll summarize and comment. Divoli, A., Wooldridge, M., & Hearst, M. (2010). Full Text and Figure Display Improves Bioscience Literature Search PLoS ONE, 5 (4) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0009619 The authors created a prototype information system tha........ Read more »
Divoli, A., Wooldridge, M., & Hearst, M. (2010) Full Text and Figure Display Improves Bioscience Literature Search. PLoS ONE, 5(4). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0009619
Myths abound about how scientists do not talk with the media or communicate with the public and if they do so, it is only because they are required to by funders' "broader impact" requirements. The evidence, however, does not support this view. This article is another in a series of communications based on a multi-national study of how scientists in several fields communicate with the media. (you might have seen  or ). This article only uses data from US scientists who were re........ Read more »
Dunwoody, S., Brossard, D., . (2009) Socialization or rewards? Predicting U.S. scientist-media interactions. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 86(2), 299-314. info:/
This post reviews a fairly recent article that examines the experiences of black men in nursing and asks whether they experience the "glass escalator" effect or if the work is racialized as well as gendered.
As requested by some fellow Sciblings, I recently blogged about an older article* that coined the term glass escalator. In my post I was uncertain about how the findings from the study were viewed by experts familiar with that body of work. In the comments, Kris D, who identifies........ Read more »
Wingfield, A. (2009) Racializing the Glass Escalator: Reconsidering Men's Experiences with Women's Work. Gender , 23(1), 5-26. DOI: 10.1177/0891243208323054
In most of the discussions of using usage as a metric of scholarly impact, the example of the clinician is given. The example goes that medical articles might be heavily used and indeed have a huge impact on practice (saving lives), but be uncited. There are other fields that have practitioners who pull from the literature, but do not contribute to it. So it was with interest that I read this new article by the MacRoberts: MacRoberts, M., & MacRoberts, B. (2009). Problems of citatio........ Read more »
MacRoberts, M., & MacRoberts, B. (2009) Problems of citation analysis: A study of uncited and seldom-cited influences. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 1-12. DOI: 10.1002/asi.21228
So often we hear of large studies like the GSS being used for attitudes towards science. We also hear the results of science achievement metrics and are disappointed. This article provides a great mix between generalizable quantitative understanding gained through use of a validated instrument and more individualized understanding gained through qualitative research using a critical feminist lens. The authors choose this sequential mixed-methods approach to attend to "questioning how to meet the........ Read more »
Buck, G., Cook, K., Quigley, C., Eastwood, J., & Lucas, Y. (2009) Profiles of Urban, Low SES, African American Girls' Attitudes Toward Science: A Sequential Explanatory Mixed Methods Study. Journal of Mixed Methods Research. DOI: 10.1177/1558689809341797
If you've read my blog at all, you probably know I'm a Taylor (1962,
In fact, in a recent post
I talked about going from a visceral need to a compromised
need. This is a central idea in library science. So when I
saw this article in my feeds today, I had to pounce on it:
J. (in press). Compromised need and the label effect: An examination of
claims and evidence Journal
of the American Society for Information Science and Technology,
1-6 DOI: 10........ Read more »
Nicolaisen, J. (2009) Compromised need and the label effect: An examination of claims and evidence. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 1-6. DOI: 10.1002/asi.21129
What a grand post title, but actually, what I mean is slightly more like: the meaning of citations: what Garfield said he means in a bunch of articles vs. what people say he means and even worse what people do with his work, plus some commentary on a review chapter.Today I read the whole Nicolaisen[*] article which I just browsed earlier (ok, so it's been A LOT longer than I intended). This is not a review of how to *do* citation analysis, that's included in the several ARIST chapters on bibl........ Read more »
Jeppe Nicolaisen. (2007) Citation Analysis. Annual Review of Information Science and Technology, 609-641.
A long strange trip - reading about citations in Ange. Chem. then tried to find reference, then got only to the TOC page, so then started browsing and ran across...Hjørland's readers digest version of classification theory (thank you! everyone go read the whole thing, it's short and I'll wait):Hjørland, B.(2008). Core classification theory: a reply to Szostak. JDoc 64, 333-342: DOI:10.1108/00220410810867560 findI know next to nothing about classification theory (so M........ Read more »
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