Happy 2023 (aka “Reset!”)

6 Jan

Happy New Year, everyone! As we crawl our way into another year, I find myself believing 2023 is going to be a reset year. For one thing, I’m facing a significant birthday. “Get busy living or get busy dying,” as Andy Dufresne said in The Shawshank Redemption. Also, surviving 2020, 2021, and then 2022 kind of feels like Andy, “who crawled through 500 yards of shit and came out clean the other end.” I don’t think I’ll ever be ready for the “post-COVID new normal”, but I’m definitely ready to wash off some of the stink.

So I say hello again to this space. I’ve gotten so far from my regular (usually Friday) writing. I’m out of practice, both in thinking and in writing thoughts about work and life, that I’m going to challenge myself with an easy goal at first: 3 Things and a Question. To give myself some structure, I’m going to share 3 interesting and/or fun things I came across each week, along with one question I’ve been mulling over. Feel free to use the comments section to share your wisdom to the latter.

Here goes for the first week of the year:

Self-Evaluation Tool for Culture of Open Scholarship Service

This is a terrific tool for libraries, scholarly communications departments, data management services, and other working in the open science arena. Developed primarily to address the efforts in Europe towards policies and frameworks in Open Science and Research Coordination, it provides guidance and definitions to help groups and/or institutions measure where they are meeting the goals around open access, open education resources, and data management and sharing. I’ve asked my staff to read it and I plan to lead us through a self-assessment over the coming months. It will be a worthy and worthwhile effort.


Tip of the hat to my friends and colleagues at the University of Maryland Health Sciences and Human Services Library for this one. I was working on a reference question that led me to seeking out how to easily get the XML for a record in PubMed. I googled something like, “how to get XML from PubMed entry” and top o’ the results was a link to the HSHSL’s “Ask Us” page, How do I save a reference from the new PubMed in xml text file format? BINGO! It led me to PubMed2XL, a super easy web application where all you have to do is enter a PMID(s), click “Download XML File”, and VOILA! I’ve bookmarked this site, for sure.

The World’s Largest Beaver Dam

I subscribe to the weekly email from TED-ED and this week I learned all about why beavers build dams. I also learned that the biggest beaver dam in the world is in Alberta, Canada. Road Trip!


How long is something “new”?

P.S. That’s my new pup, Bayer. He came home the week before Christmas – the best present and a great new start!

9 Responses to “Happy 2023 (aka “Reset!”)”

  1. Cindy Coan January 7, 2023 at 1:11 pm #

    Cute dog! ^..^

  2. dann January 8, 2023 at 7:07 pm #

    I put 2 PubMed IDs into the PubMed2XL tool, and got back a page full of errors, beginning “InvalidURL at / URL can’t contain control characters. ‘/entrez/eutils/efetch.fcgi?db=pubmed&api_key=45d18fe8e7cd729d7a49dffb6eb859354609&rettype=medline&retmode=text&id=36566072, 34608023’ (found at least ‘ ‘) ….” etc etc.
    No clue what that means.

    • salgore January 9, 2023 at 11:17 am #

      Well dang! It did work for me. I’ll have to play with it more to see if it goes wonky.

      • dann January 9, 2023 at 5:26 pm #

        I figured it out. There was an accidental space in front of the PM IDs.
        If there’s only one row, it copes, but with multiple rows, with a space in front of the ID, it breaks.

      • salgore January 14, 2023 at 8:58 am #

        Thanks for that tip!

  3. Sola January 9, 2023 at 11:07 am #

    Love your posts! And – great question!

  4. solaw January 9, 2023 at 11:08 am #

    Love your posts! And – great question. Welcome “back” 🙂

  5. Jane Orbell-Smith January 9, 2023 at 3:49 pm #

    Happy new year – love your new pup and thanks for sharing your discoveries … I’m off to play now 🙂

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