Update – POPLINE database

I’m happy to say that full access has been restored to the POPLINE database. Once the Dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found out about the restriction, he reversed the decision immediately. The database is now fully functioning. Today, he released a more detailed accounting of how and why the decision …

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Political Interference in Scientific Database

There are few things that raise my ire like political interference in science. Here’s a doozy for you. POPLINE, “the world’s largest database on reproductive health, containing citations with abstracts to scientific articles, reports, books, and unpublished reports in the field of population, family planning, and related health issues”, is funded by USAID. I received …

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The One that Crawled Up My Butt and Died

As I’ve previously mentioned, I hesitate to write a nasty e-mail about anyone, particularly on a listserv, and I do not engage in flame wars. But, I swear there are some people who test my resolve. This may not make much difference to many of you, but it really irritated me, so please forgive me …

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Job Searches in Academic Libraries

The Chronicle of Higher Education has posted an interesting article about the nature of academic library job searches. I don’t know what I find most interesting about the article: the “oh, snap” quality of it or the idea that it’s an applicant’s market in the academic world. That’s not what I’ve heard, although I am, …

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