ProQuest Flow for Research Collaboration

ProQuest has a new online version of Refworks known as Refworks Flow or simply as Flow™.  While Refworks itself (like EndNote, Papers, and Zotero) supports citations and referencing,  Flow (like Papers 3, Mendeley, EndNote Web, ResearchGate, and Zotero Groups) supports reading, annotating, and collaborating.  As with some of these other services, Flow users can save web content; save and edit metadata; create collections to organize documents and citations; upload documents to the cloud; automatically connect to Dropbox; automatically detect and add citation metadata; and read, highlight, and annotate PDFs.

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Earth Day Book Talk: “A Sand County Almanac”


When: April 22, 2013, 11 a.m. MDT

Book Talk

Public Discussions of the Influential Books of our Time

A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

Sand County Almanac Book Talk
[44:48 audio recording of this program with host Ray Matthews]

Some (somewhat random) Earth Day reflections
[listener video by Colleen Eggett]

“There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot. These essays are the delights and dilemmas of one who cannot.”

So begins A Sand County Almanac from the writer that many describe as the father of the modern environmental movement. Aldo Leopold’s land ethic was simply, “When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”

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How to Use BookMyne for State Publications Delivery

Google doesn’t have it all. That’s even true when it comes to finding government documents that are in the public domain free of copyright. Many governments documents not on the Internet are only available in print at depository libraries and archives. They are often difficult to identify in online catalogs, and when finally identified, it may require some traveling to gain access to them.

I’m going to share a nifty new application called BookMyne that, at least for Utah, may allow you to find documents in seconds. If you’re a state employee, the State Library will even have them delivered to your office.

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Wastebook 2010: A Fun Look at Government Spending

Wastebook 2010
Wastebook 2010

The award for the most entertaining government publication of the Year has to go to Senator Tom Coburn’s Wastebook 2010. It’s a guide to the 100 most wasteful federal spending projects of the year. Coburn, known as a champion of fiscal responsibility in his opposition to earmarks and unchecked government spending, identifies $11.5 billion worth of wasteful spending. The reports gives each target a humorous and engaging title such as “Carrousel Museum Takes Taxpayers for a Spin” and “Federal Study Investigates Cow Burps.”

Unnecessary office printing costs taxpayers $930 million in waste each year.

Wasteful Printing
Wasteful Printing

The Department of Defense (DOD) spends $1.4 billion on office printing, 34% of which, according to the 2009 Lexmark Government Printing Report, is unnecessary. The average federal employee costs their agency an average of $500 each year in office printing. This doesn’t even factor in the negative environmental impacts of the 6.5 billion pages of paper consumed annually.

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