Review: Scandalous Sister

Posted March 8, 2016 By Abigail Goben

Scandalous Sister
Aidan Ladsow 

I was contacted by the author of this short story a while back for a review. I received an electronic review copy.

The story is generally set in the Regency period, the love story for an older sister (Darcey) of a girl (Lilian) who ran off with her lover but has now returned to raise more scandal in London.

There is some history between the hero and the sister; his mother had applied to her for money but been ignored. Apparently not knowing the family, the hero assumes Darcey, the older ‘boring’ sister, rejected the mother and sets out to seduce her and leave her in order to avenge his honor.

Seduction/emotional manipulation as an appropriate response to “you didn’t answer my mom’s letter asking for money and I can’t be bothered to actually ask you about it” was disturbing. I don’t find anything romantic in the actions of a man who is trying to find ways to destroy a woman.

The story continues with them having heated scenes quoting Shakespeare at each other, mostly Romeo and Juliet, set during said hero’s extremely impoverished family’s annual theatrical ball (the juxtaposition of “he’s wearing old clothes/working for a living” with “they hold an annual ball” didn’t work for me either). And things resolve with a revelation of who everyone is and the quest for revenge brushed off as an issue of unread mail.

Several other things were jarring:  people bouncing between “Miss/Mr” and “Lord/Lady” in their address; I was never never quite clear which title Darcey is supposed to have. Also, if her sister is now a widow–shouldn’t her last name not be the same as her unmarried sister? Further, if Darcey was 21 when this scandal occurred, her “coming out” wouldn’t have been pushed off–she would have been on her third season and likely married/engaged. Parents or chaperones for the women are oddly never mentioned.

The best scene was their meeting at the beginning of the book, before he sorts out who he believes she is. I was optimistic at that point, but ultimately disappointed and troubled by the intentions of the hero.

This would benefit from more editing and perhaps not having the hero spend the entire story thinking about how he plans to hurt the heroine.



Open Access Tenure: 5Y Briefly

Posted February 19, 2016 By Abigail Goben

I spoke with my Dean last week about the outcome of the January 5Y vote on my tenure process. I passed!  Woohoo! So now it’s back to the grind of trying to get more papers out the door, more, more, more and a side of paperwork.  Can you tell I’m a hint worn down by the process?

For those following along, this was vote 3.  A quick recap of the votes I go through:

1Y — internal — A check in during your first year. PASSED

3Y — internal — First full review by library faculty. Paperwork, forms, all the things. PASSED

5Y — internal — Second full review by library faculty. Paperwork, forms, all the things. PASSED

5.9Y — internal — Final vote by the library faculty after letters from external reviewers have been received. (Late Fall 2016)

6Y — external — Vote by Campus Promotion and Tenure Committee. (Spring 2017)

For the moment, my primarily focus is papers. Anything with an “accepted” stamp on it will be included in what goes to my external reviewers, along with my CV and I think my research statement. My paperwork person will be working on getting all of my stuff into the 2016-2017 campus forms later this spring, I expect she and I will be going back to meetings every other week in the not too distant future.

There wasn’t much feedback at this particular stage. I got a couple of suggestions about formatting from one colleague, but nothing especially substantive. It’s not clear if I’ll get anything else back and if so from whom and on what timeline.

Fortunately, my to do list will keep me from thinking about that too much.



Note: This last week has been *highly* entertaining as I’ve been watching reactions and interactions surrounding a new proposal for sharing of clinical trial data.  I’ve sent this as a briefing around interested parties at my library and thought it might be useful if you’re trying to find the thread. My goal is to hit some of the major highlights. If there’s a particularly salient response I’m missing, please let me know! (As far as I know, all of these articles are available openly.)


Last week the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors proposed new rules on data sharing for clinical trials. The statement that first caught my eye was a proposal for patient-level de-identified data to be shared within 6 months post-publication. There’s much more to it, of course, but that one was particularly of interest.

Full Text from Annals of Internal Medicine:

“Sharing Clinical Trial Data: A Proposal From the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors”

This, rather promptly sparked a response from the EIC and an AE of NEJM which includes a description of those who reuse data as “research parasites”

As you can imagine, the editorial got a lot of attention– a couple of interesting blog posts on that front:

Which then meant by Monday there was a further editorial from the EIC at NEJM that sort of clarifies but also is broadsweepingly negative about data scientists

Again, there was response:

And on a more public side, this piece in NPR:


Now then, to start sorting what infrastructure and policy we’re going to need to meet these new requirements… get your comment in to ICMJE by April!


Midwinter in Boston…

Posted January 3, 2016 By Abigail Goben

I’ve started seeing the panic of everyone realizing that while they are starting to wind back up after the holidays and the new year that suddenly Midwinter, oddly early this year, is upon us.

Count me in for the slightly panicked group. While it looks like we won’t have the crazy snow of last year, with it’s many cancelled flights and hours upon hours of snow shoveling, these’s still weather to worry about and the joy of flying between Chicago and Boston in January.

I’m flying in on Thursday and out on Tuesday.  Major foci this year are being Madame Chairwoman for LITA Education (committee meeting, all chairs, and presenting to the Board again); ACRL RDM Roadshow (we have our “official” kick off on Friday); talking to RefWorks (I’m being sent to ask questions–that should be entertaining).

And of course I’ll be at LITA Happy Hour on Sunday. It’s always an excellent time. You should come too.

LITA Happy Hour
6:00-8:00pm, MIJA Cantina & Tequila Bar, Quincy Market, 1 Faneuil Hall Marketplace

I still have to figure out what knitting I am taking, I am planning for a minimum of three projects. One large one for hotel and plane knitting (and endless airport knitting if the weather doesn’t cooperate on one end or the other) and two small ones for going between meetings and balancing a snack or beverage.  I have endless faith in my ability to knit three times my usual capacity while I’m traveling.

Safe travels to those of you also headed towards Boston, I’ll look forward to seeing you there!




Into a New Year: Writing and Speaking

Posted January 2, 2016 By Abigail Goben

Happy 2016! I hope you’ve made it through the first couple of days of the fresh calendar without too much stress and with health or looking forward towards it.

There were a fair amount of aspects to 2015 that I won’t be sorry to have left behind, but there were a number of accomplishments I’m especially proud of and several new things coming in the next few months that I’m looking forward to.

Last year, I wrote a lot…

  • Goben A, Raszewski R. The Data Lifecycle Applied to Our Own Data. J Med Libr Assoc. 2015 Jan;103(1):40-4. doi:
    • It started off with Rebecca and I finally getting this paper out of the door. We learned a lot about data management and observed, with some horror, the state of our internal data processes.
  • Briney K, Goben A, Zilinski L. Do You Have an Institutional Data Policy? A Review of the Current Landscape of Library Data Services and Institutional Data Policies. J Schol Comm Lib. 2015 Sep;3(2):eP1232. doi:
    • I am so proud of the first paper from this collaboration. Kristin and Lisa have been fantastic research partners and we’ve already hit 850 downloads of the paper!
  • Goben A, Raszewski R. Policies and Background Literature for Self-Education on Research Data Management: An Annotated Bibliography. ISTL. 2015;82(Fall 2015). doi:
  • Goben A, Raszewski R. Research Data Management Self-Education for Librarians: A Webliography. ISTL. 2015;82(Fall 2015). doi:
    • Rebecca and I spent quite a few hours getting these pulled together and produced.  We hope all the self-educators out there will find them a useful starting point!

And I spoke a couple of times–on my research with Lisa and Kristin at RDAP and IASSIST, and by invitation at the SPARC/ACRL Forum at ALA 2014 about Open Access for early career researchers (and making sure that librarians include themselves in that category). Late in the year Rebecca and I did a webinar for the National Network of the Library of Medicine on Self-Education.

Upcoming writing:

  • Rebecca and I wrote another book chapter on Self-Education in RDM for librarians. We’re waiting on edits.
  • Lisa, Kristin, and I wrote two books chapters–one on services beyond DMP reading and one on how policies affect data curation practice. More waiting on edits.
  • A new research partner, Alison, and I are most of the way through a paper! Really need to get that finished.
  • Lisa, Kristin, and I are hard at work on Paper 2
  • All the other research projects and papers that keep popping up in my head at 3 a.m.

Upcoming presentations and such

And I realize that’s just one category. I have more thoughts about LITA and starting to wind down as Madame Chairwoman and my new dept head starts Monday and I have a bazillion other things going on at work as soon as I get back…

It’s going to be a busy year!