Dan Cohen “Catching the Good”

Pull quote: “In modes where negative reinforcement predominates, such as at journals with high rejection rates, scholars are much more hesitant to distribute their work until it is perfect or near-perfect. An aversion to criticism spreads, with both constructive and destructive effects. Authors work harder on publications, but also spend significant energy to tailor their work to please the paren, er, editors and blind reviewers who wait in judgment. Authors internalize the preferences of the academic community they strive to join, and curb experimentation or the desire to reach interdisciplinary or general audiences.”

Dan Cohen “Catching the Good”


Pull quote: “And all the way through, probably because I was talking to an audience of professionals in this sort of thing, all the way through the talk I was trying to say: this bit is about writing, and this bit is about reading.

And it didn’t make sense, at least to me, it didn’t make sense, because reading and writing, for me, are not separate activities. It’s all way-finding, orienteering through literature, and sometimes someone else has beaten down the path and sometimes you have to make it for yourself.”


A/B Testing, Usability Engineering, Radical Innovation: What Pays Best? (Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox)

Pull quote: “Usability methods also carry very low risk. Indeed, subjecting all designs to usability studies before shipping is prudent risk-management. Any terrible ideas that emerge from your fevered imagination will be shot down when confronted with real customers during user testing.”

A/B Testing, Usability Engineering, Radical Innovation: What Pays Best? (Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox)

Bootstrap UX at TLA « Effervescent Librarian’s Blog

Pull quote: “I started using the term Bootstrap UX, when I wanted to describe the type of work that I was doing in my then-new position as the UX Office at Fondren Library, Rice University. Most of the anthropologists that are involved in library work right now, such as, Nancy Foster, and Andrew Asher, do year-long, grant-funded studies for their institutions. I wanted to explore doing short, intensive, 6-15 week (unfunded) ethnographic studies or usability tests, that could inform, and help drive service decisions, with Foster’s and Asher’s (ERIAL) work as a firm foundation.”

Bootstrap UX at TLA « Effervescent Librarian’s Blog

How many Libraries of Congress does it take?

Pull quote: “The ur-number seems to come from a 1997 report written by Michael Lesk titled “How Much Information Is There In the World?” In that report he provides the proposed calculation for the “size” of a digitized book, and the guesstimate that the Library had 20 millions books. To be fair, this report also makes a guesstimate about the size of collections of photographs, video, and audio, and comes up with the figure of 3 petabytes worth of collections. For 1997, this was a very well-informed estimate.

But the numbers that caught the public’s imagination were the ones for books. And that 10 TB figure is everywhere.”

How many Libraries of Congress does it take?