Civil Liberties and Google Scholar

I know I promised to post a bunch of stuff on the Civil Liberties workshop run by METRO and Brooklyn College, and I will. Tomorrow. But it’s also MLA in San Antonio, Texas this week, which means that my bosses are all out of the office, which leaves me in charge of the Tech Services department at the Academy. If that’s not enough to frighten you, I’m not sure what is.

In any case, it means my lunch hour doesn’t stretch as far as once it did, so I have to compose and post everything that gets sent here from my apartment. Which, I want to point out, I was perfectly willing to do, except that my notes from the conference inevitably found their ways into my desk at work which means that I waltzed out of the building to my weekly tutoring job without taking them out of the desk.

Details. Bah!

In the meantime, I just got done reading how Ex Libris is going to mate SFX with Google Scholar . . . but I’m no further toward understanding how they’re going to do this now than I was when Google made the announcement. I have no doubt that Google can do what they say the intend to do, but I still wonder if they haven’t seriously underestimated just how much work and money they’ll have to invest to make it happen. Time, as they say, will tell.

Anyway, tomorrow, I write about last week’s conference. I promise.

About Jon Frater

A gaming industry stalwart dating back to the 1980s, Jonathan Frater is the co-author of roleplaying game books Robotech: Return of the Masters, and Robotech Adventures: Lancer's Rockers, both for Palladium Books. Jonathan also wrote a column on writing and game design called The Tome in Gateways magazine. He's currently a librarian at Metropolitan College of New York. Article 9, the first in his ambitious Blockade Trilogy, is Jonathan's first full-length novel.

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