Blog posts compiling the Best Science Books lists 2013 have begun on John Dupuis' Confession of a Science Librarian blog. I find these good sources for reading and gifting thoughout the year. Enjoy!
If you haven't registered for ITeach 2014, it's time to put this on your calendar. Register for Jan. 9 Teaching Symposium.
Some AV materials are now available from some MOBIUS libraries. In addition to borrowing books from other MOBIUS libraries, WU students, faculty, and staff can request DVDs, CDs, audiobooks and other AV materials from participating institutions for a 10-day loan period. As part of the agreement, WU will also be loaning some of our AV materials to others. You request AV materials from MOBIUS the same way you do books. The local borrowing period for our AV materials has increased to 14 days. So you can check out DVDs, etc., owned by WU Libraries for two weeks now!
Don't miss Math Dept. Chair David Wright's 13-minute podcast in the People, Places and Ideas series: Musical Mathematics.
American Mathematical Society on Facebook posts very interesting and useful things, such as, what's new from the AMS Bookstore, meeting info, links to blog posts, and more. If you use Facebook, I strongly recommend you "Like" the AMS site so you get updates.
I recently saw this paper in a collection from Topics and Issues in Electronic Publishing, Klaus Kaiser,Steven Krantz, Bernd Wegner (Eds.) Joint Mathematics Meeting Special Session, San Diego, January, 2013: The Brave New World Of Open Access & Creative Commons: A Humanistic Experiment In Mathematical Publishing, by Gizem Karaali. I hadn't heard of this journal before so I went ahead and added it to the Math eJournals list:
Journal of Humanistic Mathematics | open access. (2011 - )
4 AMS journals now offer Article-level Social Sharing Metrics (altmetrics) on their sites. It's pretty easy to get this date on arXiv posts also. Just install the Almetric bookmarklet, go to the arXiv record and then click on the almetric.it bookmark for a quick report. I'm not sure anyone has really figured out how to use and compare these data yet, but most researchers agree that Journal Impact Factor has big problems when used to assess research (example Declaration on Research Assessment), so it is probably worthwhile to put alternative metrics on your radar.
I read the Retraction Watch blog to learn about problems in publishing and how they are handled. I don't see very many math papers retracted so thought I'd share this one: No, math prof, Google isn’t a proper literature search (and don’t plagiarize your dead mentor).
I continue to post on the Scholarly Communications @ WU blog. You might want to check out the posts from November there:
- Interesting news related to scholarly publishing and open access, Nov. 2013
- Google Book scanning is fair use and more on copyright
- Follow-up on Bohannon "sting"