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2015 in Review

Jan 04 2016 Published by under Admin, Uncategorized

Well, 2015 was sort of a meh year for me. Definitely on the blog.

January: Using more of the possible dimensions in a network graph - I was glad I shared this and glad I was able to make it work in the first place.

February: So... um... what if I'm still enjoying it? - about my dissertation.

March: Polar and Ellipsoid Graphs in iGraph in R

April: Which are the bestest? Top articles from a diverse organization - part 1 - never did part 2 AND still need to write this up for publication

May: ACS and Just Accepted Manuscripts

June: Notes from a presentation on library spaces by Keith Webster

July: none

August: Why special librarians should be active on their organization's intranet social media - the title of the post is not really descriptive. This is a research blogging post about the use of social media on a company's intranet.

September: The smart phone and parenting children - two articles

October: "Theory" for the immigrant to social sciences

November: Citation Manager Frustration - I actually had 3 posts on the same date, but this is the most important. I really don't like the way things are going with citation managers. As an update: the folks from RefWorks did contact me and I described a bunch of the issues. I think they'll have other ways to solve the same problems I'm encountering than what I proposed but they definitely seemed interested.

December: Bibliometrics: Getting an accurate (+/-) count of articles published by an organization in a year

I'm shocked that I posted at least something every month but July.


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Nov 20 2015 Published by under Admin

Where have I been? Same place - preschool twins, dissertation, full time work.

The dissertation is being completely reworked. Due to the committee at the end of the semester for defense either over break or in February (and I can't miss that because I will be dismissed from the program if I don't make it). That definitely deserves more discussion. I went back and went a lot deeper into CMC literature - nothing really new there - but also picked up some lit on English for Academic Purposes and linguistics. Interesting stuff.

I have no idea how people write books.

Also attended MD SLA's Leveraging Data to Lead. I'll post my slides next.

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Post migration settling in

Oct 06 2014 Published by under Admin

We migrated to a new server and updated our software. See here:

There might be some settling in issues. Let me know if you see anything here. I suspect my code on the sidebar needs attention - which I do not have time to give it 🙁  Also, comments might get caught in pending or spam filter. I hope not but let me know.

In case you missed me: dissertation progressing, committee ok with progress, toddler twins will likely kill me, family issues (health and otherwise), work is busy in a good way.

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I missed my 10-year anniversary in the biblioblogosphere!

May 07 2014 Published by under Admin

I had another blog in 2003, but I started my Rant in February 2004Laura Crossett's post reminded me to look 🙂

Like her, I look back and some of my posts are a bit weird and some are pretty good. Some were too strident for things that may not really have mattered. I think my posts preparing for my comps kicked butt. I wish I still knew what I knew then!

I was never part of the publib biblioblogosphere, but I enjoyed blogger meet-ups at SLA. I met some other bloggers who are still going and whom I count as friends. John got me invited to ScienceBlogs in 2009 and then the good folks invited me over here for the launch. I've really enjoyed being in both the library world and the science world.

Thank you all for your support!

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Recommended in a book!

Mar 04 2014 Published by under Admin

What a pleasant surprise!

I was just glancing through:

Fosmire, M. (2013). Sudden selector's guide to physics resources. Chicago: ALA. Available online at:

When I saw this:

Christina Pikas,
Christina’s LIS Rant
An outspoken and knowledgeable SLA PAM member, Pikas is a force of nature, and her blog provides commentary on scholarly communication, science librarianship, conference summaries, and life as a doctoral student

More incentive to keep posting, and keep talking about science librarianship 🙂

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Ye newe Guest Blogge is up!

Feb 13 2011 Published by under Admin

Some great contributions from some very good bloggers around the web will be at The first contribution is already up - check it out!

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Feed should be ok now

Sep 08 2010 Published by under Admin

With the re-direct there were some issues. The feed that you get if you click on the button in the upper right should now work and should give the full post. Please let me know if that isn't the case.

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Conservation mode

Sep 01 2010 Published by under Admin

We're putting scientopia basically in to conservation mode to conserve resources until we get hosting issues squared away. So we'll have no commenting on new posts for a bit. If you'd like to send me an e-mail at cpikas {at} gmail {dot} com or comment on posts on friendfeed, that would be appreciated.

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One Week Anniversary

Aug 09 2010 Published by under [Etc], Admin

It's been a busy and exciting week here on Scientopia! Lots of new features just in this week (rotating quotes, polling, and the sharing thing at the bottom are the most recent). There were some minor bumps along the way but I think we're all set now.

I've ordered my Scientopia swag (and you can, too).

I was going to try to post more often - particularly for the first week - and I'm happy with my posting rate. Just in case you're in Christina overload, never fear, I'll probably slow down a bit from now on. It has actually been much easier than I expected because there have been so many interesting things going on.

When John and I first got to ScienceBlogs we asked what the readers wanted to know. I'll ask again now - what would you like to know about library and information science? My experience and expertise is basically orthogonal to Dorothea's so if it's in her realm, I'll pass it off to her.

So Happy Anniversary and many happy returns!

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Settling in stuff

Aug 04 2010 Published by under [Etc], Admin

We're still working out a few bugs, thanks for your patience.

  • Comments are now appearing on this blog unmoderated - after I figured out how to do that. Some of my fellow Scientopians intend to take their comments off of moderation but haven't yet ( a few are on vacation or are doing field work or are at funerals so give them a bit of time)
  • The feed is coming out only with a summary even though it's set to provide the full text. This impacts a few of us. fixed
  • There are no categories showing on individual posts.fixed

There are probably a few more things - but as you can see, they're fairly minor, just in conveniences.  Please bear with us and our one overworked technical person! If there's something else that you see causing problems, please let us know.  Thanks!

Edited to correct the name of our site - thanks Carol!

Edited again to reflect how much work has been done - please do keep pointing out anything that you'd like to see done differently.

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