November 17, 2017

Ex-STEM-Poraneous | Collection Development: Math & Science Literacy

The emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) is not just for policy planners but also for parents, community organizers, and school reformers. These 25 resources for teachers and students at all levels will bring new energy to most collections.

Keep ’em Coming Back for S’mores | Programs That Pop

Every teen librarian knows programs that offer snacks are usually a hit and can even entice teens reluctant to join in the fun. With that in mind, we offer many teen programs that include snacks, from Chocolate Fest to Pizza Gardening. When the Student Ambassadors proposed making a solar-powered s’mores oven for an Earth Day activity, we knew it would be a hit.

Science Enters Open Access Arena with Science Advances

One of the biggest names in scholarly publishing announced it was entering the open access ecosystem on February 14, as the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) announced that it would launch Science Advances, an online only, open access journal covering the same broad range of research topics addressed by the AAAS flagship journal, Science.

Scientific Data Lost to Poor Archiving

Hundreds of new pieces of scientific research are published every month, in fields from physics to biology. While the studies themselves are assiduously archived by publishers, the underlying data researchers analyze to come to their published conclusions can be another story. A recent study in the journal Current Biology found that the data that forms the backbone of those studies becomes less and less accessible to researchers over the years. That lack of archiving, says University of British Columbia zoologist Tim Vines, represents a missed opportunity for the scientific community as a whole.

A Broken System: Nobel Winner Randy Schekman Talks Impact Factor and How To Fix Publishing

Just before he accepted a Nobel Prize in December for his work exploring how cells regulate and transport proteins, UC Berkeley professor Randy Schekman penned an indictment in the pages of UK newspaper The Guardian criticizing the role of what he calls the “luxury journals” – NatureCell, and Science in particular – for damaging science by promoting flashy or controversial papers over careful scientific research. Library Journal spoke with Schekman, who also edits the open-access journal eLife, about what he sees wrong with academic publishing today, and how it can be fixed.

Pushing The Limits Grants Teach Science Through Fiction

The Pushing the Limits grant, aimed specifically at small and rural libraries, offers libraries subtle STEM programming aimed at adults not already interested in science topics. Modeled on the American Library Association’s long-running “Let’s Talk About It” program, Pushing The Limits is organized around four works of popular fiction that explore broad scientific themes. Libraries will partner with scientists in their community to come and lead informal discussions of each book.

Thomson Reuters Names 2011 Hottest Science Research

The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters today announced The Hottest Research of 2011, a ranking by Science Watch, its open Web resource for science metrics and analysis. This year’s group of 15 Hottest Researchers each contributed to at least 10 Hot Papers. Eric S. Lander of The Eli and Edythe L. Broad […]

NASA, ALA Team Up to Offer Astro4Girls Pilot

Nine public libraries around the country will present “Astro4Girls and Their Families” during National Women’s History Month this March. The project is a pilot collaboration among National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)-funded astrophysics education and public outreach programs and the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office. Some of the activities offered will include astrophotography […]