September 14, 2005

Encourage Google to Stop Undermining Education

.: We've seen dozens if not hundreds of online petitions, but this one has the suppport of our local Academic Integrity Officer, and is worth forwarding to you for consideration. The message below explains the effort:

Please help encourage Google to stop undermining education through their policy of displaying ads that encourage plagiarism and academic fraud through the sale of pre-written and made to order term papers and essays especially when these ads are displayed on web sites that promote education.

Google shows ads all over the web promoting sites like these:
Examples of these ads can be found on Google's own site down the
right side of these pages: Google currently prohibits ads that promote alcohol, tobacco, weapons and other things ranging from miracle cures to license plate covers but they do NOT prohibit ads promoting plagiarism and academic fraud; such ads also appear on educational web sites with no way for the site to prevent it other than banning all Google ads.

Encourage Google to Stop Undermining Education

Google has responded to this petition in a way that leaves the door wide open for us to make a difference as their spokesperson said, 'We appreciate the comments made about our advertising which help to inform our future policy decisions.' Source: or 050902GooglePetitionUpdate.html

Also please note that these ads frequently (and ironically) appear over this petition as well because the petition hosting service uses Google ads.

This petition effort has just begun so please sign the petition, let Google know how you feel about this policy and help to spread the word by forwarding this message as you wish.

Thank you,
Jack Paulus

July 23, 2004

Love in the (SciTech) Library?

:: While somewhat outside the scope of STLQ, please permit me this small indulgence on behalf of an old friend.

Madeleine Lefebvre is the University Librarian at St Mary's University in Halifax NS. She is also Past President of the Canadian Library Association, and a professional actress, whose films include Jack Bull with John Cusack, my favorite actor (who also shares my birthdate). (Yes, she has an IMDb entry!) She is also a fellow graduate with me, of the U of Alberta 1978 MLS class. But enough about Madeleine! As a favour, she has asked me to help publicize a project on which she is working: a book for Scarecrow Press, entitled The Romance of Libraries. In her own words:

I am writing a book for Scarecrow Press, tentatively called The Romance of Libraries. This will be a collection of true stories of people who met and fell in love in a library setting, which could be a library, or library school, or other related locale.

I would love to hear from anyone with a story to tell. Names and some details of place may be changed on request to protect privacy. I don't need polished stories - just personal accounts that I may edit and weave together under chapter headings. Not all stories will necessarily have happy endings. Poignancy and/or humour is welcomed.

This project is garnering a lot of interest. The contributors of all stories used in the book will receive a signed copy when it is published in 2005. Please visit my website at

If you met your true love in a library, please let Madeleine know about it, and you could end up signing autographs at a bookstore someday soon! Good luck, Madeleine!

September 15, 2003

Virtual Museums and Public Understanding of Science and Culture

"This Web page offers a retrospective of a symposium held in May 2002 by The Nobel Foundation. "The purpose of the symposium was to explore how scientific and cultural institutions can use Internet and the new information technology to promote public understanding of science and culture." A brief recap of the event and a transcript of the panel discussion are provided online. Additionally, nearly twenty presentations and articles from keynote speakers can be downloaded. The presentations addressed many different topics, including basic justification for virtual museums, discipline-specific online exhibit design, and interactive virtual laboratories. " (From: The NSDL Scout Report for Math, Engineering, and Technology, v2, n18, 12 Sept 2003)

:: Today's website comes from the Science & Engineering Library at UC San Diego.

June 15, 2003

Report from NYC

Hello everyone. To let you know, I am still on vacation in NYC, following the SLA convention last week. Last night I saw La Boheme (amazing), and comedian Darrell Hammond (from SNL). New posts will appear in the last week of June. I've noticed the subject-related listservs are rather quiet these days. People may be recovering from SLA, and preparing for ALA/CLA.

June 5, 2003

Our Whereabouts

:: To let you know, Geoff and I are working at and attending the 2nd Evidence Based Librarianship Conference 2003, being held here in Edmonton on 5-6 June. On Saturday, June 7, we fly to NYC to attend SLA. There will be fewer postings during this time. To all who read our little blog, many thanks for stopping by, please continue to do so, and any feedback or suggestions are always welcome.

:: In the meantime, check this cool entry from Geoff's site. It's about a new glueless adhesive that one day might allow us to walk on ceilings.

May 30, 2003

Mixed-Bag Special 03.05.30

:: Thank you to Teri Vogel (William Russell Pullen Library, Georgia State University) for bringing to Randy's attention the following: The Chronicle of Higher Education's Colloquy Live for Wednesday, June 4th, 1:00 pm EST, is about Academic Blogging: "Do Web logs, or "blogs," contribute to academic discourse? What should academics who want to blog know about the medium?" Join in for what promises to be an interesting discussion. The June 6 issue of TCOHE also features the article, "Scholars Who Blog: The soapbox of the digital age draws a crowd of academics", by David Glenn. Teri mentioned that she is doing a poster session at SLA (see Tue at 11:30 am) on the Pullen Library science newsblog, and that she is using The (sci-tech) Library Question as one of her examples of a librarian-to-librarian blog. Thank you, Teri!

:: The latest issue of Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship in now available. Among the many interesting submissions:

ViFaTec Engineering Subject Gateway, reviewed by Thomas G. De Petro;
Hands-on Learning for Freshman Engineering Students, by Julie Arnold, Robert Kackley, and Stephen Fortune, University of Maryland;
Connecting Engineering Students with the Library: A Case Study in Active Learning, by Brian D. Quigley and Jean McKenzie, University of California, Berkeley;
Developing an Information Skills Curriculum for the Sciences, by Eleanor M. Smith, North Carolina State University

Continue reading "Mixed-Bag Special 03.05.30" »

May 21, 2003

Reviewing Science Reference Books for Library Journal

From STS-L (discussion listserv of STS): "Library Journal is looking for reviewers who write well and who have a strong background in the sciences. I especially need reviewers in the areas of science history, general science, biology, natural history, chemistry, astronomy, physics, engineering, and technology. If you are interested, please email me your resume and a brief writing sample."

If you are interested, please contact Wilda Williams, Senior Editor, Book Review, Library Journal:

May 8, 2003

Online Exhibitions at Linda Hall Library

Linda Hall Library features a number of great online exhibitions. Here's a sampling of their current offerings:

  • Centuries of Civil Engineering - "An Exhibition of rare books celebrating the heritage of civil engineering, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Ameican Society of Civil Engineers."

Continue reading "Online Exhibitions at Linda Hall Library" »

May 6, 2003

RSS channels for engineering, math and computing resources

"EEVL has recently announced three new RSS Channels which provide details of the latest additions to the EEVL catalogue in each main subject section (Engineering, Mathematics & Computing). RSS, which stands for RDF Site Summary, is a technology which allows headlines to be easily incorporated and shared between websites. It is possible to include an EEVL RSS 'channel' containing headlines onto your website simply by inserting a small snippet of code. For further details of how to utilize these channels see the Working with EEVL page."

April 29, 2003

The Librarian's Book Club

"The Librarian's Book Club is a group to read and discuss books that are about libraries and the library profession. Every month the Librarian's Book Club will select a new book to discuss. All you need to do is get yourself a copy of the current book and subscribe to the discussion list. Click on the book covers to learn more about the current selection. (Note: Although this book club discussion group is focused towards librarians, we welcome members that are not librarians.)" Currently in discussion is Richard M Stallman's Free Software, Free Society.

March 2, 2003

Test Entry

This is a test entry. I'm trying to fix coding inconsistencies on my regular site. I'm going to experiment with different style sheets and layouts.