More like Google?

Jessamyn posts this, which seems relevant to one of my recent rants: as she puts it, the “Do we make the library more like Google, or make Google more like the library?” debate. She tracks this back to this post on It’s all good. And then, true to form, Jessamyn sums up in one sentence what it took me a very long post to not say very well: she boils.. Read More


A paper in Science Magazine: Underwater Bipedal Locomotion by Octopuses in Disguise. Also covered on NPR. It’s just too weird for words to watch these blobby creatures walk on two legs (tentacles?). Cthulhu fhtagn.


In teaching my undergrads to use literature databases, I use the analogy that bibliographies are a primitive form of hypertext: they’re a way for one document to reference related documents. Also, like hypertext, they’re uni-directional. This is actually a way for me to introduce students to Web of Science: bibliographies allow you to move backwards in time, but how do you move forwards in time? I get considerable mileage with.. Read More