Spelling Matters

Looking over the document, however, I noticed three spelling errors on the first page, one of which was in the candidate’s field of expertise, which she had described as “complimentary medicine.” I glanced at my colleagues. Would anyone else mention it? If not, should I?

I hesitated for two reasons: First, I was the only humanist on a committee of psychologists, and I didn’t want to seem like a nit-picker; and second, I was a newcomer to the institution and unfamiliar with protocol. Still, when everyone else expressed approval of the candidate, I couldn’t stop myself. In my experience, I said, egregious misspellings in a résumé are grounds for instant rejection. When asked for examples, I pointed to the phrase “complimentary medicine.” Two members of the committee still did not see a problem, compelling me to explain the difference between “complimentary” and “complementary.”


Spelling Matters – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

New Bill Would Put Taxpayer-Funded Science Behind Pay Walls

Right now, if you want to read the published results of the biomedical research that your own tax dollars paid for, all you have to do is visit the digital archive of the National Institutes of Health. There you’ll find thousands of articles on the latest discoveries in medicine and disease, all free of charge.

A new bill in Congress wants to make you pay for that, thank you very much. The Research Works Act would prohibit the NIH from requiring scientists to submit their articles to the online database. Taxpayers would have to shell out $15 to $35 to get behind a publisher’s paid site to read the full research results.

via ProPublica.

Real-Life Examples Of How Google’s “Search Plus” Pushes Google+ Over Relevancy

Danny Sullivan of Search Engine Land says:

The new Google “Search Plus Your World” feature — which I’m now simply calling “Search Plus” — has just gone live for me. Huge debate erupted yesterday over whether it somehow favors Google+. I can see now that it clearly does, even more than I thought.

So be very aware, please.

Real-Life Examples Of How Google’s “Search Plus” Pushes Google+ Over Relevancy.

Man Asian Literary Prize Shortlist, 2011

Man Asian Literary Prize, generally the most interesting one in the Man Booker stable, has been released.

The shortlist:
Jamil Ahmad – The Wandering Falcon
Jahnavi Barua – Rebirth
Rahul Bhattacharya – The Sly Company of People Who Care
Amitav Ghosh –River of Smoke
Kyung-Sook Shin – Please Look After Mom
Yan Lianke – Dream of Ding Village
Banana Yoshimoto – The Lake

via The Millions

January Book Display

Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday Anniversary

January 15, 1929

Come check out some of our collection concerning the history of Rev. King. Black Civil Rights leader, minister, advocate of nonviolence and the recipient of the 1964 Nobel peace prize.