Upcoming classes: Two upcoming Twitter classes. For more information see http://wulibraries.doattend.com/.
Science publishing: Open access must enable open use, by Cameron Neylon. Nature 492, 348–349 (20 December 2012) doi:10.1038/492348a
MeSH 2013 updates: What do Lunch, Long Untranslated RNA, and Electronic Noise have in common? They are among over 300 new and changed descriptors added to PubMed/Medline. You can skim them all from What's New for 2013 MeSH.
PubMed filter sidebar: The new arrangement of filters in PubMed is documented nicely in PubMed Help: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK3827/#pubmedhelp.Filters
New blog site from science writers: Phenomena is a "science salon" hosted by National Geographic magazine. I have found many of these posts fascinating and all very well written. A timely example is Hidden Gems of 2012, by Ed Yong. There are 4 blogs so far: Only Human by Virginia Hughes, Laelaps by Brian Switek, Not Exactly Rocket Science by Ed Yong, and The Loom by Carl Zimmer. Thanks to John Dupuis's post for the tip!
Wikipedia as a ‘miniature classroom for yourself’ about experiences of a student in Joan Strassmann’s Behavioral Ecology course, fall 2012.
These two posts a few days apart made me think about the importance of being able to tell the story of research, both to funders and to the public. I hope you find them interesting also. How can I write an excellent Broader Impacts section?, by Joan Strassmann and SciComm Matters Because … the Future Depends On It, by science writer Matt Shipman.
If you use mobile devices for reading, you may be interested in these two posts: BioMed Central now publishes in ePUB format | The PubReader View: A New Way to Read Articles in PMC. I expect we will continue to see more alternatives to PDF available.