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Recommended in a book!

Mar 04 2014 Published by under Admin

What a pleasant surprise!

I was just glancing through:

Fosmire, M. (2013). Sudden selector's guide to physics resources. Chicago: ALA. Available online at:

When I saw this:

Christina Pikas,
Christina’s LIS Rant

An outspoken and knowledgeable SLA PAM member, Pikas is a force of nature, and her blog provides commentary on scholarly communication, science librarianship, conference summaries, and life as a doctoral student

More incentive to keep posting, and keep talking about science librarianship :)

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Ye newe Guest Blogge is up!

Feb 13 2011 Published by under Admin

Some great contributions from some very good bloggers around the web will be at The first contribution is already up - check it out!

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Feed should be ok now

Sep 08 2010 Published by under Admin

With the re-direct there were some issues. The feed that you get if you click on the button in the upper right should now work and should give the full post. Please let me know if that isn't the case.

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Conservation mode

Sep 01 2010 Published by under Admin

We're putting scientopia basically in to conservation mode to conserve resources until we get hosting issues squared away. So we'll have no commenting on new posts for a bit. If you'd like to send me an e-mail at cpikas {at} gmail {dot} com or comment on posts on friendfeed, that would be appreciated.

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One Week Anniversary

Aug 09 2010 Published by under Admin, [Etc]

It's been a busy and exciting week here on Scientopia! Lots of new features just in this week (rotating quotes, polling, and the sharing thing at the bottom are the most recent). There were some minor bumps along the way but I think we're all set now.

I've ordered my Scientopia swag (and you can, too).

I was going to try to post more often - particularly for the first week - and I'm happy with my posting rate. Just in case you're in Christina overload, never fear, I'll probably slow down a bit from now on. It has actually been much easier than I expected because there have been so many interesting things going on.

When John and I first got to ScienceBlogs we asked what the readers wanted to know. I'll ask again now - what would you like to know about library and information science? My experience and expertise is basically orthogonal to Dorothea's so if it's in her realm, I'll pass it off to her.

So Happy Anniversary and many happy returns!

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Settling in stuff

Aug 04 2010 Published by under Admin, [Etc]

We're still working out a few bugs, thanks for your patience.

  • Comments are now appearing on this blog unmoderated - after I figured out how to do that. Some of my fellow Scientopians intend to take their comments off of moderation but haven't yet ( a few are on vacation or are doing field work or are at funerals so give them a bit of time)
  • The feed is coming out only with a summary even though it's set to provide the full text. This impacts a few of us. fixed
  • There are no categories showing on individual posts.fixed

There are probably a few more things - but as you can see, they're fairly minor, just in conveniences.  Please bear with us and our one overworked technical person! If there's something else that you see causing problems, please let us know.  Thanks!

Edited to correct the name of our site - thanks Carol!

Edited again to reflect how much work has been done - please do keep pointing out anything that you'd like to see done differently.

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Oh Hai! Welcome to my new home!

Aug 02 2010 Published by under Admin

You found me! I'm so excited to be joining this great community. As we go you'll hear more about how we were founded and our vision. Most importantly, we have common purposes, policies, ways to encourage sociability, and best of all, usability. Do these sound familiar? Yep, they're some of the things recommended in the Preece online communities book [*]

Why am I here? Well, I like having my blog to be in a community, but frankly, I'm somewhat uncomfortable with a for-profit type deal. This is a co-operative. Here, I'm among great company, have tech support (all voluntary from the fabulous MarkCC), and have you all.  Plus, I get all of the standard benefits of blogging - personal information management, practice writing, communication within and outside of my field, to network, etc.

I've been blogging since 2004 and I cover various areas of librarianship, information science, and the information industry. Within information science, I have pretty broad interests from information behavior to information retrieval. I'm also interested in science & technology studies (or whatever STS stands for), computer supported collaborative work, and online communities.

[*] Preece, J. (2000). Online communities : designing usability, supporting sociability. New York: Wiley.

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Broke something last night - all fixed now

Jul 16 2010 Published by under Admin

The comments made last night weren't showing up - I think I've fixed that now. Sorry for any inconvenience!

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Got a question?

May 11 2010 Published by under Admin

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Someone around here is bound to have an answer! Ask a scibling is back, see this post:
Feel free to ask any library or information questions, too.

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Random admin stuff

Mar 06 2010 Published by under Admin

I haven't been a great team player recently, so this post catches up on some things going on in the world recently. These are in no particular order.

  • The USA Science and Engineering Festival is coming up in the Fall. ScienceBlogs is the official blogging partner and there’s a blog here to talk about the preparations. This is one reason why it’s cool to live near DC – I get to go and wave the flag. (hm. mpow should have some representation, too)
  • 3/14 is fast approaching and there will be a pie bake off. My pies are notoriously tasty but ugly. Unfortunately, you’ll be judging them on looks not taste so I’ll see what I can do.
  • Elsewhere, Nature Blogs has updated their platform – and it’s gorgeous!
  • The National Academies have a communication award with serious cash as a prize. People interested in communicating science with the public should make some nominations.
  • A couple of excellent conferences lately with video and slides posted on line. In particular, check out the Science Commons Symposium which was held in Redmond, Washington on February 20th.
  • The new version of Mendeley is out with lots of cool updates. One of the neatest things is the collaborative pdf annotation with highlighting and sticky notes.
  • There is a lot of discussion about ebooks now – this requires a post of its own – it’s not clear if there’s really anything new at all or if it’s just more of the same bemoaning discovery, use, DRM, platforms, etc. The Highwire survey(pdf) is an example. The CrossRef discussion on The Scholarly Kitchen is another.

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