Friday, October 15, 2004

Fischer-Tropsch Archive

Fischer-Tropsch Archive: "Purpose: There is a large body of documents from the 1920's through the 1970's which are important for researching the history and development of the Fischer-Tropsch and related processes. The purpose of this site is to make these documents available in electronic media."


Just too funny!

Bulk Rename Utility

Bulk Rename Utility- Introduction: "Bulk Rename Utility is a utility which allows you to easily rename files and directories, based upon extemely flexible criteria. Add date-stamps, replace numbers, insert strings, convert case, add auto-numbers, process folders and loads more! "

Wednesday, October 6, 2004

Winners of the Ig Nobel Prize

Winners of the Ig Nobel Prize

One was for the Comb Over. There was a guy on the Tonight Show talking to Jay about combovers about a week ago. He is doing a documentary on them.

Thursday, September 30, 2004

Librarians - Britain's brainiest professionals?

Press Release - Librarians - Britain's brainiest professionals?

ALA : A communications handbook for librarians

From the introduction:

"When it comes to communications, in many ways the library community—public library professionals and staff, school librarians, library researchers, curators of special collections, trustees, systems librarians, and Friends of libraries—has a head start. All you need is at your fingertips. You have the technology and the skills to keep you in instant and

constant touch. Remember, public relations is a versatile tool. What’s more, you’re well-organized and have the good will of everyone who has gained a lifelong love of learning.

Communications and public relations are in essence the art of influence. In fact, non-profit public relations may have started in 1855 when the American Medical Association passed a resolution that it would cooperate with the media.

With the relations we have developed with media—and therefore the public—over time, we have gained the ability to help shape public opinion in our communities through such efforts as National Library Week or Teen Read Week. We have worked steadily using daily outreach and efforts to build relationships with professionals in our community to motivate our customers to use our unique library resources throughout their lives.

This guide is designed to help you determine if your story is newsworthy or noteworthy—and to help you to try to get media visibility for your events and programs without breaking the bank or taking up too much valuable staff time. Building on the ALA’s Library Advocates Handbook, this communications tutorial will take you through public relations basics of outlets and media advisories to navigating through tough TV interviews."

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

INFORUM 2004�-�homepage

INFORUM 2004�-�homepage

Missed this at the time. Will have to look for 2005 conference

JoDI: Journal of Digital Information

JoDI: Journal of Digital Information


A. Coleman, T. Sumner (September 2004)

Editorial: Digital Libraries and User Needs: Negotiating the Future

L. Bartolo, C. Lowe, L. Feng, B. Patten (August 2004)

MatDL: Integrating Digital Libraries into Scientific Practice

A. Bishop, B. Bruce, K. Lunsford, M. Jones, M. Nazarova, D. Linderman, M. Won, P. Heidorn, R. Ramprakash, A. Brock (August 2004)

Supporting Community Inquiry with Digital Resources

K. Foulke, N. Milnor, M. Watterworth, T. Wilsted (September 2004)

The Power of Partnering: The Cooperative Creation of Digital Collections

M. Khoo (September 2004)

The Use of Visual Artifacts in the User-Centred Design of Educational Digital Libraries

F. McMartin (September 2004)

Case study: MERLOT: A Model of User Involvement in Digital Library Design and Implementation

S. Shreeves, C. Kirkham (September 2004)

Experiences of Educators Using a Portal of Aggregated Metadata

Friday, September 10, 2004

Thursday, September 9, 2004

Monday, August 23, 2004

The Canadian Encyclopedia

The Canadian Encyclopedia

The quizzes are interesting.

CAS Extends Access to Additional Research from Early 20th Century

CAS Extends Access to Additional Research from Early 20th Century

CA Databases Add More Than 7,000 Publication Records back to 1900

Philadelphia, August 23, 2004 - CAS has expanded its "Scientific Century" project by making thousands of additional early 20th century articles from American Chemical Society (ACS) journals and others available online. Planned for release in September, the enhanced content will enable researchers to access more than 7,000 additional records back to 1900, including publications even older than the beginning of Chemical Abstracts (CA). CAS announced the expanded access during the ACS National Meeting being held this week in Philadelphia.

"We have learned from the scientists and information specialists who rely on our information services that 'more is better,' and literature from an earlier era can contain findings highly relevant to current research," said Dr. Matthew Toussant, CAS Vice President, Editorial Operations. "Now we have gone even beyond the traditional coverage of CA to make thousands of published studies easily accessible online."

Included in the newly added information accessible through STN.

services, SciFinder and SciFinder Scholar is material from ACS journals and other sources, as described below:

o Journal of the American Chemical Society - more than 1,500 records, including abstracts for journal articles and summaries for book reviews;

o Journal of Physical Chemistry - more than 5,200 records, including abstracts of articles published in the journal plus other "abstracts of interest" to the journal (i. e. published in other sources of the time); and

o more than 400 documents of lasting importance published from 1900 - 1912 in various sources and not originally covered in CA.

These are landmark publications cited in CA/CAplus files since 1998.

Among the early literature studies that continue to be cited in more recent publications are a paper on radioactive substances by Marie and Pierre Curie in Comptes Rendus Hebdomadaires des Seances de l'Academie des Sciences (1902); a study by Emil Fischer on amino acids, polypeptides, and proteins in Berichte der Deutschen Chemischen Gesellschaft (1906); and a paper by Victor Grignard regarding organometallic combinations of magnesium and their application to the synthesis of alcohols and hydrocarbons, from Comptes Rendus Hebdomadaires des Seances de l'Academie des Sciences (1900).

Since CAS announced the Scientific Century project in 2001, more than

3.5 million documents from the first half of the twentieth century have been added to the online CA and CAplus files. In total, 23 million records for journal articles, patents, symposia, books, and other documents of scientific interest are available in these databases, which are accessible though SciFinder, SciFinder Scholar and the STN services, including STN Easy and STN on the Web.

CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society, is an organization of scientists creating and delivering the most complete and effective digital information environment for scientific research and discovery.

CAS provides pathways to published research in the world's journal and patent literature - virtually everything relevant to chemistry plus a wealth of information in the life sciences and a wide range of other scientific disciplines - back to the beginning of the twentieth century.

In addition to offering STN in North America, CAS publishes the print version of Chemical Abstracts (CA), related publications and CD-ROM services; operates the CAS Chemical Registry; produces a family of online databases; and offers the SciFinder desktop research tool. The CAS Web site is at

Friday, August 20, 2004

Weight Watchers recipe cards circa 1974

Weight Watchers recipe cards circa 1974

I am not even sure how I got to this page, but I laughed myself off my chair. People came to see what was the matter with me.

Xerox contributes $1-million to McMaster


Xerox Canada has announced a $1-million gift to McMaster University of Hamilton, Ont., for the building of a new Centre of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The funding, a joint gift from Xerox Canada and The Xerox Foundation, will establish the Xerox Centre for Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation within the School for Engineering Practice at McMaster University. An team of faculty and staff will operate the centre, assembled to research and teach the mechanisms of translating technical expertise into product and process innovation and commercial success.

you may need to register. registration is free

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Kieran F Lim: Books and Papers

Kieran F Lim: Textbook The Chemistry Style Manual (revised 2nd edition, 2004) K. F. Lim Deakin University, Geelong (Vic), 2003 (ISBN: 0 7300 2569 1) (1.1 Mb). The original second edition and first edition (ISBN: 0 7300 2552 7) are also available (mainly for arvhival purposes). Kieran F Lim: Edited book Rejuvenating the Learning and Teaching of Chemistry: RACI Division of Chemical Education National Conference K. F. Lim (ed.) Deakin University, Geelong (Vic), 2002 (ISBN: 0-7300-2564-0)

Library usage patterns in the electronic information environment

Abstract This paper examines the methodology and results from Web-based surveys of more than 15,000 networked electronic services users in the United States between July 1998 and June 2003 at four academic health sciences libraries and two large main campus libraries serving a variety of disciplines. A statistically valid methodology for administering simultaneous Web-based and print-based surveys using the random moments sampling technique is discussed and implemented. Results from the Web-based surveys showed that at the four academic health sciences libraries, there were approximately four remote networked electronic services users for each in-house user. This ratio was even higher for faculty, staff, and research fellows at the academic health sciences libraries, where more than five remote users for each in-house user were recorded. At the two main libraries, there were approximately 1.3 remote users for each in-house user of electronic information. Sponsored research (grant funded research) accounted for approximately 32% of the networked electronic services activity at the health sciences libraries and 16% at the main campus libraries. Sponsored researchers at the health sciences libraries appeared to use networked electronic services most intensively from on-campus, but not from in the library. The purpose of use for networked electronic resources by patrons within the library is different from the purpose of use of those resources by patrons using the resources remotely. The implications of these results on how librarians reach decisions about networked electronic resources and services are discussed.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Libraries Stuck in the Middle : Reactive vs. Proactive Responses to the Science Journal CriIssues in Science and Technology Librarianship Winter 2004

Libraries Stuck in the Middle: "Issues in Science and Technology LibrarianshipWinter 2004"


Libraries and the scholarly community share a dream of creating a world where scholarly articles are easily available on the Internet to everyone who wants them, without any fees, restrictions or barriers of any kind. What is preventing us from fulfilling such a noble and worthy goal? This paper examines selected case studies that show how libraries and scholars are coping with the science journal crisis. By highlighting responses that are innovative and proactive, this paper hopes to contribute to a general awareness of responses that have the potential for transforming the current scholarly communication process into an open, unimpeded, author-controlled electronic-journal based scholarly communication process.

Friday, August 13, 2004

Newton Project

Newton Project

The magnitude of Newton's accomplishments places him in the very first rank of scientists and mathematicians. However, although most early modern scientists have been honoured with comprehensive editions of their collected works, there is no similar tribute to Newton. Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, this was seen as a gaping lacuna and even a national disgrace by scientists and statespeople alike. There are excellent editions of his mathematical and scientific papers, as well as of his correspondence, but very few of his non-scientific writings have ever appeared in print. The Newton Project will place these writings in their relevant contexts, which will be made accessible by means of hyperlinks.

A complete electronic edition of all of Newton's works will add substantially to our understanding of his life and work and more generally to the intellectual history of the early modern period. The Newton Project also aims to be one of the most extensive and technologically sophisticated online resources for the study of any one individual, using both XML encoded texts and database technology.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Search Canadian Olympic Atheletes

Canadian Olympic Committee

Library Technician Position Available

Xerox Research Centre of Canada -- Library

Technical Information Assistant


Reporting to, and working closely with, the Manager, XRCC Library, the Technical Information Assistant is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Library. This is a regular part-time position (22.5 hours/week) with schedule to be determined on an individual basis. This position requires a person who can adapt to and thrive in a world of change, is quick to understand what is needed in a variety of situations, who enjoys helping people but can work alone, requires minimal supervision, and gets the job done.


§ Responsible for the daily fulfillment of information requests from all staff through the use of state-of-the-art information search and retrieval tools

§ Provide reference assistance

§ Responsible for journal check-in, obtaining interlibrary loans, copies of patents, standards, and translations in a timely and cost effective manner

§ Responsible for the ongoing maintenance of the collection (circulation, shelving, etc.)

§ Maintain Library records and statistics

§ Responsible for a number of ongoing and/or one-time projects

§ Assist and support the full time Manager, XRCC Library, all operations of the Library, and provide backup coverage during vacation periods

§ May direct one student assistant

§ Willing to become involved in local library committee and association activities

§ Maintain and update skills on a continual basis


§ Library Technician Diploma from community college or a strong desire to formally pursue a career in the library and information sciences field

§ 1-2 years relevant (sci/tech -- chemistry) work experience

§ Experienced with, and very competent using, MS Office software and able to quickly learn new computer applications. Experience with Endeavor’s Voyager library system is an asset

§ Familiar with, and able to do, basic Web design and HTML coding

§ Excellent communication skills both verbal and written

§ Strong interpersonal, customer service and conflict resolution skills

§ Effective time management including the ability to prioritize tasks in a fast, challenging environment.

§ Exceptional attention to detail.

§ Ability to work independently, with people individually, and as a team.

§ Must be physically able to carry out the requirements of the position (lifting boxes, shelving books, climbing step ladders, etc.)

Reports to: Carolyne Sidey, Mgr. XRCC Library

The start date for this position is September 1, 2004. Resumes and mandatory cover letter listing three professional references will not be accepted after August 27, 2004. Interviews begin August 23, 2004.

Forward application to:


FAX (905) 822-7022

Address Xerox Research Centre of Canada, 2660 Speakman Drive, Mississauga, Ontario L5K 2L1

Jossey-Bass::Communication Patterns of Engineers

Jossey-Bass::Communication Patterns of Engineers

Communication Patterns of Engineers

E-STREAMS Vol. 7, No. 7 - July 2004

Friday, August 6, 2004

Form Pilot - form filler software. Fill out form on your computer instead of a typewriter.

Form Pilot - form filler software. Fill out form on your computer instead of a typewriter.: "Form Pilot is a form filler software. You will be able to fill out form on your computer instead of using a typewriter. You may use preprinted or blank paper forms."

Access to Archival Databases - List of Series

Access to Archival Databases - List of Series

AAD has approximately 400 data files with millions of records available online, but how do you know which one will be of interest to you? To assist you, NARA has grouped the series available in AAD in eight ways. Select one type of list below, click "Submit" and you will see all the relevant series grouped in that way. Click on a series title, and you will get more information about the series, including links to information about the data files in the series

The Traits of a Successful Corporate Blogger :: Dana's Blog - Internet Marketing and Sales Technology Ideas From the Trenches

The Traits of a Successful Corporate Blogger :: Dana's Blog - Internet Marketing and Sales Technology Ideas From the Trenches

if it works like it looks like it will, it could be my answer. I will try it soon.

If only my family would understand RSS importance

Career Pro News - Labor Market Information Today

Career Pro News - Labor Market Information Today Mongo : Adventures in Trash: Explore similar items Mongo : Adventures in Trash: Explore similar items

Book Description

mongo n. 1 [1970s +] an idiot. 2 [1980s +] (US, New York) any discarded object that is retrieved. 3. [1980s +] (US, New York) a scrap-metal scavenger. (The Cassell Dictionary of Slang)

When journalist Ted Botha moved to New York from South Africa, where people constructed homes out of what others considered trash, he decorated his apartment with furniture he found on Manhattan streets. Soon he realized he wasn't the only person finding things of value in the garbage, and he began roaming the streets meeting all kinds of collectors, united by their obsession with mongo-any discarded item that is rescued from the trash.

Here is Botha's remarkable record of his travels among collectors, who are as varied as the kind of mongo they seek. They range from housewife to homeless man, from accountant to computer consultant, from retrenched bank worker to full-time collector. One man finds jewelry in the sludge of New York's sewers; another has built one of the most extensive rare book collections in the city. The myriad reasons for collecting open a window into the range of human desires: some people collect for fun, others to make a living; some to find friends, others to snoop; some to make a political statement, others because it is an addiction. Collecting mongo is a longtime, universal phenomenon, at last receiving a worthy-and appropriately addictive-literary appreciation.

Making Copies

Making Copies

eScholarship Editions: Search Results

eScholarship Editions: Search Results



Friday, July 9, 2004

Why "meek librarian"?

When I saw this post on LISNews 7 Booked for TNT's quot;The Librarianquot; I looked the movie up in and found this summary:

Plot Summary for Librarian, The (2004) (TV)

When a magical artifact is lifted from his library, a meek librarian sets out to ensure its safe return. To do so, however, he enlists the service of a woman with exceptional martial arts skills - who becomes the enforcer in the relationship.

Monday, July 5, 2004

My double double made it into the dictionary

An article from the Toronto Star on new words added to the Canadian Oxford Dictionary.

Double Double is a real word now and it is CANADIAN!

The Search Engines Go Deep - From Outsell e-briefs July 2, 2004

The Search Engines Go Deep

We've commented from time to time on the fact that Web search engines are aggressively going after the kind of content that until now was primarily accessible through paid information services. In a recent Briefing, Outsell Vice President and Lead Analyst Chuck Richard summarized the various initiatives underway. Anyone who doubts that the search players want a piece of the scholarly and scientific publishing markets should be paying attention. The search engines state their missions as follows:

- Google: "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful";

- Yahoo!: "to invest more heavily to get more content into our search engine experience."

Here are the kinds of acquisition targets they are after:

- Yahoo!'s Content Acquisition Program will target content embedded in the "invisible Web"

- Google is indexing IEEE Xplore abstracts

- CrossRef Search pilot: the full texts of scholarly journals are searchable using Google

- Google is indexing the scholarly papers of 17 universities, including MIT

- Google is indexing Extenza e-journals, a division of Royal Swets and Zeitlinger

- Google is indexing a subset of OCLC WorldCat records

- Amazon's A9 search engine, powered by Google, accesses Amazon's "Search Inside the Book" function

Traditional aggregators face challenges on many fronts, and this is just one of them. The Briefing, "Competitor Assessment: Aggregators And Search Engines - Sparring, Partnering, Or Ignoring Each Other?" tells the whole story.

Available for purchase at

Springer Open Choice

Authors (and only authors) are given the choice to pay $3000 US per article and Springer will make the article available online for free to all.

Not sure about this one. The prices seems quite high to me. And how will it affect subscription prices. As described below, they promise to reduce the price if they have a lot of "open choice" content.

Springer Open Choice for Libraries

Springer Open Choice is designed to give authors the choice of how to have their research published in the same Springer journals to which they usually submit. By definition, this means that Springer journals will contain a mixture of Springer Open Choice articles, and articles published under the traditional subscription-based model. Springer plans to continue to evaluate its journal subscription prices on a yearly basis, based on a number of factors, including the amount of subscription-model content being published.

Libraries pay subscriptions for subscription-model content. Once a year (usually mid-year) the prices for the next year’s subscriptions are calculated. At that time, Springer will calculate the number of articles published under the traditional model in the previous 12 months. If that number is less than the twelve month period before that, then subscription prices will decrease accordingly. If it has increased, then prices will increase accordingly. In a nutshell: subscription prices are tied to the amount of traditionally published, subscription-model content, with adjustments being reflected in the next year’s subscription prices.

Springer Open Choice articles will always be clearly identified as such in our online platform to provide you with a visible measurement of Springer Open Choice adoption. For those customers with print-only subscriptions, a report detailing Springer Open Choice adoption by journal can be obtained at the end of each year from your Sales representative.,10735,5-40359-12-115393-0,00.html

Sunday, July 4, 2004

The Engineering Web

The specialized search engine that focuses exclusively on engineering and technical information.

GlobalSpec provides "engineering context and relevancy" and access to the Hidden Web. Plus much, much more!

SLA Chemistry Division Web Conference Announcement

In keeping with its goal of bringing the SLA Annual Conference experience to its members who are not able to attend, the Chemistry Division of SLA will be sponsoring its first Web Conference, to be held throughout the month of July, 2004.

This conference will feature the Poster Session presenters from the June SLA Annual Conference in Nashville. There will be three to four presenters per week, with ample opportunity for you to read and see the presentations online, as well as discuss any questions or comments you may have with the actual presenters, who will be moderating the discussions for their respective presentations.

The format for the discussion portion will be through an asynchronous bulletin board, so you may participate throughout the week at times convenient to you. Each set of discussions will be closed, however, at week's end, at which time a new set of topics will be presented. So if you wish to participate in the discussions taking place during a given week, please don't put it off too long. The event will require registration, but this is free and painless.

The conference will take place at The site will be open for registration and participation beginning Monday, July 5. A schedule of the presentations is as follows:

July 5 - 11:

1) Jennifer Lee Baldwin, Margaret Dominy. "Science Information Literacy for the Undergraduate: Update."

2) Jennifer Lee, Don MacMillan. "Blended Learning in Chemistry: Using the Web to Improve In-Class Instructions."

3) Bill Armstrong. "The Creation and Implementation of an Information Retrieval Course for the Sciences at LSU using Blackboard."

July 12 - 18:

1) SuHui Ho, Jeff Williams. "Usability Study of a Web-Based Instruction Module."

2) Susan K. Cardinal, Kenneth J. Harper. "Helping Students Succeed at Identifying Organic Compounds: Optimizing Location and Content of a Guide to the Literature."

3) Kathy M. Jackson, Eva Maddox. "Evolution of a Chemical Literature Web Tutorial at Texas A&M."

July 19 - 25:

1) Eleanor M. Smith, May M. Chang. "Use of a Content Management System and Reusable Learning Objects to Develop an Integrated Suite of Instructional Materials for Scientific Information Literacy."

2) Carol E. Vreeland, May M. Chang. "Creating a Web-Based Science Tutorial: an Opportunity for Inter-Institutional Collaboration."

3) Linda Shackle. "Row, Row, Row Your Boat, Down the Video Stream."

July 26 - Aug. 1:

1) Smadar Izhaky, Beth Weil. "Using Streaming Video for Library Tutorials."

2) Daureen Nesdill. "Making Organic Chemistry Relevant."

3) Cory Craig. "Library Instruction on the Web: Tips, Strategies and How

to Get Started."

4) Kathy Whitley. "Information Literacy Teamed with Science Literacy."

Friday, July 2, 2004

MatWeb Material Property Data

The heart of MatWeb is a searchable database of material data sheets, including property information on thermoplastic and thermoset polymers such as ABS, nylon, polycarbonate, polyester, polyethylene and polypropylene; metals such as aluminum, cobalt, copper, lead, magnesium, nickel, steel, superalloys, titanium and zinc alloys; ceramics; plus semiconductors, fibers, and other engineering materials.

Advances in Electronics Manufacturing Technology

Advances in Electronics Manufacturing Technology (V-EMT) is a peer-reviewed open access journal, covering commercially relevant technologies in an advertising-free environment. New papers are published every-other Monday.

Friday, June 25, 2004

article on 'Substance Databases and Structure Search Engines'


posted by Dana L. Roth

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The Challenges with Substance Databases and Structure Search Engines Helen Cooke, Damon D. Ridley Australian Journal of Chemistry, 2004, 57(5), 387-392

provides a clear explanation of the problems caused by the variety of structural representations for non-valence bonded substances in SciFinder, Beilstein, Gmelin, etc. These substances include: alloys, catenanes, polymers, and salts. There are also issues of definition (such as when a substance is a co-ordination compound, or hydrate, or salt), and of bonding types (resonance, donor complexes and pi-complexes). There are further problems with: allotropes, isotopic forms, physical states, etc.

Cooke and Ridley discuss these problems, with examples from different databases, and their analysis is very much appreciated.

Sunday, June 20, 2004

A Community within a Community: The Library and Information Science Committee of the Sheridan Science and Technology Park

Not yet posted to their web site ( my paper titled "A Community within a Community: The Library and Information Science Committee of the Sheridan Science and Technology Park" was published in the most recent CLA Feliciter.

Feliciter, v.50 #3 2004, p.106

Study Cites Long-Term Cost Savings from Electronic Journals

Electronic journals are fast replacing print in many academic and research libraries. And at most libraries, it seems inevitable that this format transition will run to completion. What effects will these developments have on library operations and nonsubscription expenditures?

This question is addressed in a new report from CLIR, titled The Nonsubscription Side of Periodicals: Changes in Library Operations and Costs between Print and Electronic Formats. The report was written by Roger C. Schonfeld, Donald W. King, Ann Okerson, and Eileen Gifford Fenton. It is available free on the site in PDF format.

Proposed standards for information literacy for science and technology

The proposed standards for information literacy for science and technology, developed by the STS Task Force on Information Literacy for Science and Technology, have been posted to the Task Force Web Site.

The document is intended to describe information literacy in the sciences and technology as completely as possible. The task force is looking for input/comments from all interested parties.

Monday, June 14, 2004

Tuesday, June 8, 2004

Phthalocyanines and Dr. Michael Engel

He tries. Links to phthalocyanine theses, researchers, articles, structures, books, etc.

Summer 2004 da Vinci Engineering Enrichment Program (DEEP)

The Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto is pleased to announce the Summer 2004 da Vinci Engineering Enrichment Program (DEEP). The DEEP program provides gifted and highly motivated high school students the opportunity for advanced study in a variety of engineering disciplines.

This summer, there is a new residence component as part of the DEEP program. The residence option allows students from across the country and around the world to participate in the program, and take part in a number of cultural and recreational activities around Toronto after class.

In the DEEP program, students have the opportunity to take up to 4 week-long courses during the month of July. The DEEP program offers the most diverse range of pre-university engineering courses in North America; courses are representative of the cutting-edge research and wide variety of academic options available in our faculty. Students can pick one of our 3-week themed topic streams, such as "Forensic Engineering" or "Mechatronics and Robotics", or pick and choose up to 3 of their own courses from our wide range of offerings. To finish off their DEEP experience, students can take a capstone design course in the topic of their choice. All courses are taught by graduate students from the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering.

The application deadline is Friday, June 4th.

Contact the DEEP office, at, or 416-978-3872 with any questions.

First Monday is out

The June 2004 issue of First Monday is available. In this issue there is an article on open source as well as blogging in education

Monday, May 31, 2004

Two time wasters

Subservient Chicken:

A guy in a chicken suit does what you tell him...sort of. Some people have too much time on their hands :)

Railroad Tycoon:

This one was more my speed, although I did not really get too far.

Friday, May 28, 2004

An interesting post on CHMINF-L regarding Open Access titles on Web of Science

Posted to CHMINF-L by George S. Porter Sherman Fairchild Library of Engineering & Applied Science California Institute of Technology

"ISI issued a press release on April 15 indicating that 191 of the 8700+ titles indexed in Web of Science are Open Access journals. The full report is available online -- The Impact of Open Access Journals: A Citation Study from Thomson ISI

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Knovel free to RSC members on RSC site

Knovel Databanks and Electronic Books for RSC members

From March to December 2004 RSC members can access quality databases from Knovel. Knovel is a web-based service that brings together over 600 scientific resources in an easy-to-search format and has an excellent collection in chemistry and related subjects.

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Compare up to 98 bookstores at one time for finding best prices

Since I am only interested in the information in a book and not its pretty cover, I always check used book dealers before purchasing any book which has been reqeusted for my library. A budget stretcher.

This site lets you search many sites at one time. I always check abebooks as well

Free downloading of US patents and applications in PDF format

Download PDF copies of US patents and applications. Sometimes slow, but it is easy to use and it works!

Thursday, May 20, 2004

NanoBusiness Alliance’s Nanotechnology White Paper Library

"The NanoBusiness Alliance’s Nanotechnology White Paper Library is a collection of links to more than 500 nanotechnology white papers, presentations and reports. Most are free; some may require registration with their host website."

I used to remember everything I saw and where I saw it

but I got older and now I don't. On Gary Price's Resource Shelf there is an interesting tool that I think will help me. So to remind myself to download the trial, I am putting it on here. Ironic isn't it -- having to have a reminder to download soemthing that will supplement your memory.

Seruku has a browser tool which caches every page you visited and indexes it for future searching and retrieval. Even if the page disappears, you have a copy on your own computer.

Should help with the old "I know I saw it just the other day...or was it last month" :-)

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Comic Book Periodic Table of the Elements

Comic Book Periodic Table of the Elements

Find out how each element has been represented in comic books, then follow the link for technical information about the element.

Just because I like old maps....

Historic Cities

This site contains maps, literature, documents, books and other relevant material concerning the past, present and future of historic cities and facilitates the location of similar content on the web.

Science and the Movies

Phil Plait's bad astronomy: movies

Bad movie science,24330,3359017,00.html

Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics

Monday, May 17, 2004


WebJunction is an online community where library staff meet to share ideas, solve problems, take online courses - and have fun.

Free registration required.

Under "Services to Libraries" you can find a section for Canadian Libraries:

Searching the Internet for Images

Searching the Internet for Images

An excellent tutorial on finding images on the internet. Includes reviews of the different image search engines and links to image collections.

This site is presented by TASI - Technical Advisory Service for Images (

What is TASI?

The Technical Advisory Service for Images is a JISC funded service. It provides advice and guidance to the Further and Higher Education community on the issues of: