Time – “Annie Platoff, a librarian at UC Santa Barbara, is on a mission to find out what happened to the American flags that astronauts planted on the moon during the six lunar landings. Platoff’s research pinpointed four of them, including the one from Apollo 17, the final lunar mission. At the very least, the nylon national symbols are “tattered” and have “darkened” over the years. She speculates that the other two, planted during Apollo 11 and Apollo 12, fell victim to the ignition gases emitted from the lunar module during blast-off.”
USA Today – “David J. Loehr, a playwright who lives in southern Indiana, was taking his car to the dealership when a story on the radio caught his attention. A short science piece about “an obscure subject” gave him an idea for a new play. Ordinarily, Loehr would have had to make do with jotting down some notes or trying to remember his inspiration. But since he had his iPad with him, he bought a few books on the subject and downloaded them as soon as he got to the dealership. He started his research for the play right there, while his car was being serviced. “I can have all that research on a single tablet instead of carrying around 40 books,” Loehr said. Welcome to the future of books, where your entire library is as portable as a cellphone.
dailypress.com – “Type in “cancer” and you'll get about 20 million hits on Google. So where do you start, and how do you know whether the information's reliable? Enter Ruth Smith. Smith is the outreach services coordinator for the Edward E. Brickell Medical Sciences Library at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk.”
Risa Sacks – “Every year or so, bq lets me hop on my soapbox and remind you all to consider phone research as part of your research arsenal.
Stephen Lewis – “Mannâ€™s paper â€” prepared for AFSCME 2910, the Library of Congress Professional Guild â€” is a compelling 40-page examination of the roles of libraries, librarians, and cataloging, and of the place and present limits of the Internet. Beginning with the device of a studentâ€™s attempt to research the Peloponnesian War, Mann reflects on the nature of research, knowledge, and scholarly discourse vs. â€œquick fixâ€ searches for isolated facts.”