It seems like such a short time ago that I was sitting around a little round table in UM Media Relations & Public Affairs, sifting through blog posts and working out talking points “buckets” about Google Book Search, with Molly Kleinman sitting right next to me doing much the same thing.  At the time, we were both first year Master’s students, with extraordinarily similar interests; sometimes it actually seemed like we were following each other around, because we’d end up taking the same classes, attending the same talks, arguing about the same issues with many of the same friends…

Since then, though, we’ve followed pretty different paths: I went towards academia, entering my current doctoral program and generally committing to several more years of education; Molly (before she’d even graduated, mind you) went to work for the University of Michigan Libraries, first as a Copyright Specialist, and now also as a Special Projects Librarian. 

Why am I telling you all of this?

Because Molly has been doing some really cool things lately (particularly about Creative Commons licensing in academia), and as a result has started popping up all over the web (especially in my Google Reader).  And since, ironically, I haven’t yet published much (or, ahem, at all) in my own interest area since leaving Michigan, I thought I’d put in a plug for the awesome stuff that Molly has been doing. 

In particular: 

One of these days, I hope to have a few of these of my own to point to.  And it shouldn’t be too long.  I’m working on two potentially publishable things right now: a paper/article on the ethics of Open Data mandates in science, and a summary article on Reinventing Science Librarianship. The latter should appear in the ARL Bimonthly Report before too long; the former…who knows? But I hope somewhere, if it turns out alright.

But in the meantime, read Molly’s!


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