If for some reason you wanted to buy my book for someone for the holidays, if you order it through Lulu before 12/10 you can get free shipping with the code FREESHIP. And Our Bodies Ourselves and I make more money that way. Laura Crossett's Books and Publications Spotlight - http://www.lulu.com/spotlig...
Today the data librarian and I taught a 1.5 hour-long session on data management to grad students and postdocs who were required to be there to fulfill RCR requirements, and who were mostly *not* going to be dealing with data (which we only found out the day before). It was like 4 math people, 6 theoretical physics, and 3 semantic linguistics.
Adventures in late night virtual ref: 23 chats in 2.5 hours, including one where exactly what the patron needed happened to be an obscure Pinterest board linked to items in our catalog that I created last winter as part of a collection development project for my boss. Most meant-for-me question ever.
I am helping a student with research on how toilet paper contributes to deforestation, and you would not believe the fun headline writers are having with this: "Forests Being Wiped Out" or "Not a Square to Spare" or "Roll With the Changes".
I've done my share of instruction-related kvetching, so I just wanted to say the 2 grad students I worked w/ the other day were a joy. Interested, enthusiastic, hard-working. They even thought our resources were "cool." :-)
PubMed Commons? First I'd heard? http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedc... "a system that enables researchers to share their opinions about scientific publications. Researchers can comment on any publication indexed by PubMed, and read the comments of others"
So that thing where you have a Brilliant Idea and then people let you do it and other people agree to take part? And then suddenly you realise oh wait that means now I have to actually facilitate this panel discussion of researchers talking about their experiences with open access, and also probably come up with a title for it? So that's happening.