Introducing “Citations” and the Social CB

The Isis Current Bibliography (or Isis CB as it is colloquially known) becomes a century old this year, and as its current editor, I am introducing some changes that will modernize the bibliography and enrich its users.

The first of these changes has been to refashion the Isis Bibliography website. After many years with a static and inactive web page, the site has now had a major makeover and contains up-to-date information. In addition, with the help of my staff, I have added new tools that will help me better keep in touch with the users of the Bibliography. Thus, along with the website redesign, my assistants and I have set up a Facebook page, a Twitter account, and this blog. The Isis Bibliography now has a social media presence. (Look for Zotero, Mendeley, and social bookmarking in the near future.)

“Citations” is meant to be a place where I can talk about different topics related to the Bibliography. Each week I will post one or two short entries.

Sometimes, I will simply talk about citations to works that I have come across, items that seem interesting, unusual, or revealing. Last week, for instance, I classified three or four works on the the sense of touch, a topic hardly ever addressed in years past. Is this a new trend? What does the bibliography show? When things like this come to my attention, I think they are worth a short mention.

Sometimes in “Citations,” I will talk about activity related to information management or bibliography. In the next week or two, I will discuss the Manchester meeting of the International Congress of History of Science this past August, where a series of important sessions took place dealing with bibliographical and archive work. The meeting even included an award for the best bibliography or finding aid.

Finally, I will use “Citations” to discuss some of the plans I have for the bibliography over the next few years, when I will be taking the Isis CB into new territory. The information-rich, networked, digital environment that all of us work in has made it possible to build research tools that were unimaginable only a few years ago. As I work to develop some of these tools, I will want your advice and feedback.

So I invite you to stop by periodically and find out what is happening with the CB. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

–Stephen P. Weldon, Editor of the Isis Bibliography of the History of Science

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