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Christina's LIS Rant
Saturday, February 25, 2006
  Ignorance of the literature is no excuse...
via aphophenia
{this is a rant, but I'm entitled, look at the name of my blog :) }
I mean really. To post an article complaining about the lack of scholarly work in a field without having searched the scholarly literature (even on Google Scholar) is like complaining about the lack of availability of milk without going to the grocery store (or farm, for that matter). Yeah, if I could assimilate the current state of the research literature by having it magically appear in my brain then it would make my doctoral work much easier. Did he do a search, did he ask a librarian? He even complains about how unrealistic it is to expect him to drive to a local university to gain access to the literature. Hello? That field is littered with e-prints and self-archiving. Ever heard of google or citeseer? Doesn't his company have a librarian? ew... maybe not?
 
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This is my blog on library and information science. I'm into Sci/Tech libraries, special libraries, personal information management, sci/tech scholarly comms.... My name is Christina Pikas and I'm a librarian in a physics, astronomy, math, computer science, and engineering library. I'm also a doctoral student at Maryland. Any opinions expressed here are strictly my own and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer or CLIS. You may reach me via e-mail at cpikas {at} gmail {dot} com.

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