Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Next METRO Science Librarians SIG Meeting set for October 6

The METRO Science Librarians SIG meeting set for the afternoon of Monday October 6 is titled:

Retraction Watch at Four -- What Retractions Tell Us About the Failures (and Successes) of Scholarly Publishing

The speaker is Adam Marcus the managing editor of Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News and Anesthesiology News. His freelance articles have appeared in Science, The Economist, The Christian Science Monitor, The Scientist, Birder’s World,, and many other publications and web sites.

For further information and instructions on how to register, please go to

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Reference Librarians Must Face Ingratitude

Reference librarians often must face ingratitude by patrons.   I have worked with patrons that are most appreciative of the services I provide to them in my 35 years in this profession.  Academic librarians are responsible to serve the students, faculty, and staff of their respective institutions.  I have received few requests from businesses in the local community in recent years.

Last week one of my colleagues left me a message that F.S. asked for assistance from the chemistry librarian.  I was away from the office for a few days, so I phoned him back yesterday and asked what he wanted.  He had a relatively complicated question about sugar cane bagasse.

I spent about an hour on his query and sent my results to him via e-mail with suggestions on how he could pursue his research further.  He never responded to me.  Don’t I deserve a “thank you” for doing work “beyond the call of duty”?  He is not part of my university’s community and I was certainly not under any obligation to him.  He would have to pay an information consultant big bucks for this service.

All in a days work.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Accepted for Publication!

I got some good news. I collaborated on the following paper with Selenay Aytac: Publication Patterns of Science, Technology, and Medical Librarians: Review of the 2008-2012 Published Research. It was just accepted for publications in Science and Technology Libraries. It is much different than my thousands of blog entries, tweets, and Facebook posts.  Thank you Selena for working on this project with me for over a year.  Sometimes perserverance pays off.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thank You Mayor DiBlasio and Borough President Katz

I am glad we have two elected officials who did the right thing by firing 8 members of the Board of Trustees of Queens Library.  This entire episode with Thomas Galante was a digrace to taxpayers who have supported the Queens Library for years.  Funds should be used to purchase resources and equpment to support the mission of the library.  Their librarians and support staff should be paid at the same level as other similar employees in NYC.

Article in Queeens Courier

Monday, July 7, 2014

Reconnecting with a Former Colleague Through a Listserv Posting

In recent years I have reconnected with old friends and colleagues, but today for the first time I reconnected with a colleague through a listserv posting.  I recently joined the College Librarians listserv and found a posting by Patricia.  As I have mentioned in this blog before, I worked at the Science and Technology Division of NYPL from 1983-1990.  Near the end of my tenure there Patricia worked in the division as an intern.

She had posted about using the Wikipedia as a teaching tool.  I referred her to one of my colleagues who teaches a class at NJIT where students expand on a stub in the Wikipedia.

Patricia worked in medical libraries for some time and now works in a New York City high school library.  She was glad that I remembered her and the nickname she used back then.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Another Disgrace from the Queens Public Library

I guess I am using this blog as a way to criticize other libraries.  A report in the Daily News states that the Board of Trustees will fire Director Thomas Galante and give him a consulting job that pays $800,000.  Thae article states the Public Advocate Letitia James is trying to get New York State Attorney Gerneral Eric Schneiderman to join her in getting a court injunction to block this.

It is a shame that public libraries cry that they don't have money for resources and to keep the libraries open, but they have big bucks to give to a crook like Galante.  The Queens Library also has a reputation for paying low salaries.  Why should people donate when their money is being wasted?

Friday, June 13, 2014

Our Paper Was Rejected for Publication

For over a year I have been working with a collaborator at Long Island University in writing a paper.  I have really spent a lot of work over that time in analyzing the library science literature.  We have spoken over the phone several times and have met a few times to discuss the paper.

About two months ago we submitted the paper to the Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST).  Yesterday I received an e-mail from the editors stating that the paper was rejected for publication.  They said that only 37% of the submitted papers are accepted.  We also received detail criticism of the paper.

Yesterday I started to revise the paper based on the suggestions made by the reviewers.  Since my collaborator is on vacation, I will have to wait to discuss our strategy for resubmitting it.  We have put too much work into it and will revise and submit to another journal.

If I had to apply for tenure, I would have been much more upset over this rejection.  I will just move forward by revising the paper and resubmitting it.  We all learn from our mistakes.