(Gathering of Random Investigations into SciTech Library Enigma’s)
you’re chewing on life’s gristle
don’t grumble, give a whistle…"
(From the song “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” – by Eric Idle, 1979, in Monty Python’s Life of Brian)
Librarians are good at detective work, putting individual pieces of a puzzle together, knowing when pieces don’t fit, doggedly hunting down missing pieces, and deciphering which parts are correct and which are not. But some puzzles take longer to complete than others. So, GRISTLE is a place to park projects that are still being chewed on, as well as other miscellaneous things to keep in a handy spot.
Project Pages – constantly under construction
o Thumb Rules – Donald B. Reynolds, Jr., provides some excellent rules for working together harmoniously – #1 on the list is “Each of us has control of our own lives.”
o Contacts for Book/Journal Donations – this site has good information on donating “used” materials to needy libraries worldwide.
o False Oracles: Consumer Reaction to Learning the Truth About How Search Engines Work (Consumer Reports WebWatch – June 30, 2003)
o LibrarySpot – for quick reference questions
o LIBREF-L searchable archives (listserv for reference librarians)
o Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology – privately funded library in the Kansas City metro area. Extensive collections of technical reports & journals.
o Professionalism and Librarians – written by James E. Manasco and Reinette F. Jones in 2002. Published in Kentucky Libraries, v. 66, issue 4, p. 18-19. Main focus is on acceptance and tolerance of “eccentrics” in librarianship, but along the way they discuss the meaning of professionalism in librarianship in general.
o Science Watch – formerly Sci-Bytes from ISI – contains information on “high impact” research universities and journals ranked by impact in select disciplines.
o STS Professional Continuing Education on the Web – database training guides and professional education tools.
o STS-L searchable archives (listserv for SciTech librarians)
o Those Dark Hiding Places: The Invisible Web Revealed
o Curious George
o League Standing Sheets – current leagues: ISU Faculty (#3048) and Roundhouse (#14871)