Moss is the new Negroponte

Press release from the Media Lab: Moss appointed Media Lab director A seasoned entrepreneur and technology executive, [Frank] Moss has spent the last 25 years building a diverse set of companies that are on the leading edge of technology — from startups to large public companies, from high tech to biotech. With Moss’s appointment, Media Lab co-founder Nicholas Negroponte will step down as chairman to concentrate on One Laptop per.. Read More

Open Peer Review

Thanks to Monica for passing this along: A New Model for Peer Review? Peer Reviewers Comments are Open for All to See in New Biology Journal, from the Issues in Scholarly Communication blog BioMed Central has launched Biology Direct, a new online open access journal with a novel system of peer review. The journal will operate completely open peer review, with named peer reviewers’ reports published alongside each article. The.. Read More

Controversial? Depends on who you ask.

An interesting side-by-side comparison of coverage of the same event in two different venues: U. of Michigan President Defends Library’s Role in Controversial Google Scanning Project, from the Chronicle …a speech to scholarly-book publishers …participation in the controversial Google Library Project is “a legal, ethical, and a noble endeavor.” “The Google book project is a remarkable opportunity — and a natural evolution — for a university whose mission is to.. Read More

Faster Granting

NIH Program Seeks to Speed Grant Process for New Applicants, from the Chronicle The National Institutes of Health has announced a pilot program designed to expedite the grant process for young scientists who have never won an award from the agency. If successful, the NIH might extend the revised procedure to all investigators, who often complain about delays. Well that certainly would be a good thing. Maybe if this program.. Read More

Scholary Communications Librarian jobs

Carol Tobin tried to comment on my recent Interesting job posting at Duke posting, but for reasons unknown authimage was giving her grief. So here’s her comment, promoted to the status of actual post. Actually Duke is just getting on board with position that they have had at NCState for a number of years and that we have had planned for years at Chapel Hill. It finally got funded for.. Read More

Special Collection Oddities

‘What’s the Most Unusual Item in Your Special Collections?’, from the Chronicle I’m particularly fond of the pasta poetry: The University of Chicago has, among other odd items, a limited-edition book of poetry printed on a raw pasta noodle — “alas, becoming more brittle by the year,” writes Alice Schreyer, director of special collections. Wilson Library runs Treasure Tours once a month. I’ve gone on 2 of these tours now,.. Read More

Interesting job posting at Duke

This job just got posted to the Duke Library Jobs page: Scholarly Communication Officer (Term Appointment) The Scholarly Communication Officer will coordinate scholarly communication activities for Duke University by providing leadership and educating the university community about intellectual property issues and their impact on the nature and conduct of scholarly inquiry and instruction. Required: ALA-accredited MLS or J.D. or equivalent combination of relevant academic preparation and experience. It’s interesting to.. Read More

Dedication of the Bostock Library

The Perkins Project at Duke has involved building an extension onto Perkins, the newly-opened Bostock Library. There are some inaugural events coming up: The Opening of the Bostock Library and the Karl and Mary Ellen von der Heyden Pavilion, October 17 through 22 Dedication of the Bostock Library and the Karl and Mary Ellen von der Heyden Pavilion, Friday, 11 November 2005

Sustaining Humanities Scholarship in the Digital Age

You are cordially invited to attend a series of public lectures centered on the theme: “Sustaining Humanities Scholarship in the Digital Age: the Future of the Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri.” The purpose of the events is to explore the special challenges and opportunities of preserving long-term access to digital resources for humanities scholarship. All events will take place in the Rare Book Room, William R. Perkins Library. This program.. Read More

Listserv archive badness

When Hitting Reply Means Forever, from the Chronicle This is a slightly old (August 23) but very sobering article about the dangers of conducting important business via email & listservs. It’s amazing the things people write, when they (should) know that everyone & their uncle will be able to see it. One colleague — someone who has grown to be a friend and whom I respect a great deal as.. Read More