My remarks at the Toronto March for Science

Many thanks to the organizers of this past weekend’s March on Science here in Toronto. They invited me to be part of the amazing roster of speakers for the event. I was honoured to take part and offer some of the lessons I’ve learned in the course of my various listing projects over the last number of years, especially the epic chronology of the Harper years. There’s a nice video summary here and a CTV…

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My new job: CEO of the United States National Parks Service Library System

You know, I’m the best librarian. Just the best. My collection is huge. The very very best collection. Such a great collection. I love collecting. I’m very good at bibliographic instruction. Nobody does bibliographic instruction like me. Students love it. I can talk for hours. I have long, beautiful book stacks. Look at those book stacks, are they small book stacks? I guarantee you there’s no problem. I guarantee you. And since I’m the best…

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Books I’d like to read: Ebola, Vaccines, AirBnB, Democracies and more

For your reading and collection development pleasure… It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts, kind of seeing what’s on my mind a little in the science-y and tech-y book world and kind of a way to help me remember what I want to pick up. It’s also been a while since I’ve actually reviewed a book, but I do think I’ll be getting to some of the backlog fairly soon in…

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Friday Fun: We all believed in science at some point…or did we?

The world is going to hell in a hand basket. But at least we can laugh as we’re sucked relentlessly into the Hellmouth. Maybe if we all collectively understood science and evidence better, the path to Hell wouldn’t be quite so straight and narrow. So maybe that’s what’s making me think of these particular funny bits today. And by funny I mean so funny in hurts. First up, we have retired basketball superstar Shaquille O’Neal,…

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Friday Fun: Celebrating Buffy the Vampire Slayer at 20

OK, I admit, Friday Fun a few days late… In any case, last Friday marked the 20th anniversary of the premiere of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Yes, March 10, 1997 marked the very first episode of one of the greatest TV shows of all time, and certainly my personal favourite. Although I didn’t start watching until the mid-2000s (I had two young kids in 1997 and was not watching much TV. We heard a lot…

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Friday Fun: The five diseases of academic publishing

My library’s Hackfest was yesterday so I’m feeling kind of burnt out today. Today’s linked post cheers me immensely, in a side-eye, gallows humour kind of way. This recent Retraction Watch post is funny and you should read the whole thing: Got “significosis?” Here are the five diseases of academic publishing. Significosis Neophilia Theorrhea Arigorium Disjunctivitis is a disease that is about a collective proclivity to produce large quantities of redundant, trivial, and incoherent works.…

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Documenting the Trump War on Science: The Muslim and refugee ban is a terrible idea

US president Donald Trump’s Executive Order 13769, Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States, is a terrible idea for many different reasons and has been widely condemned. Banning people due to their refugee status, religion or national origin has no place in a civilized society. while it has been overturned in court, it appears that Trump is going to try again with a new Order. The purpose of this post isn’t…

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Around the Web: Why music ownership matters, Beyond jazz’s boys club and other tales of the music industry

Why music ownership matters Forgetting What I’ve Heard: Why I Miss Buying Music Henry Rollins: Will I Be Able to Finish Listening to All My Records Before I Die? Beyond Jazz’s Boys Club The Forgotten Architects of Jazz — And the New York Women Bringing Them Back Beyond the boys club: Striving for diversity and inclusion in experimental music Sexism In The Music Industry – When Women Lean In, Others Need To Listen Up Almost…

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The Trump War on Science: Is the March for Science too political or not political enough?

Is the March for Science (and all it’s satellite marches) too political or not political enough? The text on their website gives a sense of where the organizers are coming from: SCIENCE, NOT SILENCE The March for Science is a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists, and the incredible and immediate outpouring of support has made…

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More on what US scientists can learn from the Canadian War on Science

I’ve been thinking a lot about this the last week or so, with media appearances already out there and more to come. The list of links I’ve amassed is quite impressive, a significant number to add to the post highlighting Sarah Boon’s advice. But that was a week or so ago, which seems like an eternity in Donald Trump years. So perhaps it’s time to take another look at the issues around science advocacy and…

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