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Doing library science research? Set your P-values right to ensure reproducibility

Just last week in Nature there was a discussion of the ‘plague of irreproducibility’ in much modern research–especially in the social sciences. Statistician Valen Johnson used a method of ‘uniformly most-powerful’ analysis of the statistical techniques used in a huge swath of studies to determine that many researchers were not setting their parameters tightly enough to guard against false positives. This issue may affect 17-25% of the studies analyzed, wherein the data may not support the conclusions and the procedure may thus not reproduce the results.

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Rochester Early- Career Information Professionals (RECIP) group – November Meeting

November meeting of the Rochester Early- Career Information Professionals (RECIP) group.

When: 7:15pm, Tuesday, November 19th
Where: Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library, University of Rochester (1st floor) – for directions, see below.
What: “A day in the life of…” lightening talks! Come and share with us what it means to be a librarian in your organization. What cool projects are you working on? What ideas do you have? What are some of your challenges? Speakers include Dan Trout, librarian at URMC and Brian DiNitto- a substitute library in the public libraries. Want to present?
Email lbirrell@library.rochester.edu

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SLUSH – Sept. 11 at Da Westy in Ithaca

Join SLUSH* in commemorating the inevitability of autumn at 5:00PM on Wednesday, September 11, at Da Westy in downtown Ithaca!

As with most SLUSH events, this will be an informal gathering of local library folks. Da Westy provides excellent drinks, and while they don’t serve food, takeout menus are available for Saigon Kitchen right down the street.

Da Westy is located at 516 W. State Street in Ithaca; the entrance is around back, but the sign is large.

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Rochester Young Information Professionals group – August Meeting

When: 7:15pm, Tuesday, August 2oth
Where: Welles- Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library, University of Rochester (1st floor) – for directions, see below.
What: Lightening Talks! If you’d like to volunteer to give a 5 minute talk and share a project you’re working on, a new trend you’re excited about or an idea you’d like to explore- let us know!

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Upcoming Local Ithaca Event – SLUSH in July

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM!

Join SLUSH for an ice cream happy hour at Purity Ice Cream in Ithaca, NY.

Tuesday, July 16, 5:30

Purity (http://www.purityicecream.com) is located on Rt. 13 (Meadow Street) and the corner of Cascadilla Street. Parking is available in their lot.

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Rochester Area Young Information Professionals Event

Are you a new information professional in the Rochester area? This group is for you!
Planning for the first meeting of the Rochester Young Information Professionals group is underway.

When: 7:15pm, Tuesday, July 23rd
Where: Welles- Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library, University of Rochester
What: Come hear Mary Ann Mavrinac, Vice Provost and Dean of the River Campus Libraries at the University of Rochester, share her experiences of being a young professional. After a brief discussion, there will be time to network.

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Syracuse University iSchool’s New Partnership

On March 6, Syracuse University Vice Chancellor and Provost Eric Spina and the president of Effat University, Dr. Haifa Jamal Al-Lail, signed an agreement formalizing a new partnership between SU’s School of Information Studies (iSchool) and Effat University, which is located in Saudi Arabia. With joint interests in information education excellence, increasing the number of women in technology careers, and promoting information entrepreneurship as a means of growing economies, iSchool faculty and staff will work with Effat faculty and students to advance the Saudi institution’s current information systems curriculum.

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NY Times article on UVA Rare Book School

On Monday, a terrific article about the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School appeared in the New York Times:

“Initiation into the devilishly complex particulars of book history is acquired in the school’s lectures and lab sessions, where students learn to look past the words on the page to recover the moment when ink met paper. In a Hogwarts-worthy reading room on an upper floor of the university’s Alderman Library one morning, students in Advanced Descriptive Bibliography were bent over books with tape measures and mini light sabers called Zelcos, scanning the pages for watermarks, lines and other clues that can potentially trace a given sheet back to a specific paper mold in a specific mill.”

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