ABOUT Shannon Bohle

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Shannon Bohle, MLIS, CDS (Cantab), FRAS, AHIP, is a professional librarian and archivist. Her background includes approximately 8 years of library and archive experience, primarily in scientific and medically driven research libraries, including Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NASA, and the University of Cambridge. Shannon has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally on scientific, technical, and medical issues related to libraries in academic locations such as Cambridge, Oxford, and Berkeley. Her work in these areas was presented before various military and government audiences including those at National Defense University and the United States Congress.

She holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Kent State University. As a Cambridge Overseas Trust Scholar, Shannon conducted additional graduate work on the preservation of historic and archival materials in the department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. Since 2011, she has served on the Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed academic journal Library & Archival Security, and has held professional library memberships in the Science, Technology, and Healthcare Roundtable of the Society of American Archivists, the Medical Library Association, The Society of Ohio Archivists, and the Archivists Roundtable of Metropolitan New York.

In the sciences, Shannon was elected Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in the UK and is a lifetime member of the Cambridge University Astronomical Society. She has held professional memberships in the AAAS, the British Society for the History of Science, The National Space Society, The Planetary Society, The Mars Society, and is a Registered Consultant for the Science and Entertainment Exchange run by the National Academy of Sciences. As the owner of her own company, Shannon conducted R&D library technology research and has done award-winning computer science work in digital libraries and artificial intelligence.

She can be reached by email at sb838@cantab.net.


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The path to an award-winning antiplagiarism system for higher education institutions

Posted 21 March 2014 by Shannon Bohle

by Julius Kravjar (julius.kravjar@cvtisr.sk), Project Manager, Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information (SCSTI),1 creators of ANTIPLAG, winner of the 2013 European Prize for Innovation in Public Administration granted by the European Commission Plagiarism is an unfortunate phenomenon in the educational system at all levels that existed in the past, exists today and will exist in the future. Slovakia with its population of 5.4 million, like other countries, has been particularly confronted with theses and dissertation plagiarism. The rapid increase in... Read more

A Four Part Series on Open Notebook Science (Part 4)

Posted 11 February 2014 by Shannon Bohle

In the previous article, I debated with Dr. Jean-Claude Bradley about different approaches to open notebook science. One approach is an open notebook model that relies upon voluntary participation. However, this model has been shown to have limited success in terms of the number of participants who agree to volunteer. In this final article of my four part series on open notebook science, I would like to issue a call to action and encourage readers to participate by signing a... Read more

A Four Part Series on Open Notebook Science (Part 3)

Posted 16 January 2014 by Shannon Bohle

The second article in this series examined laboratory notebooks and the law, particularly what some open access advocates might call a "missed opportunity" in 2013 by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to mandate open access to laboratory notebooks along with articles and their associated data sets that result from federally-funded (that is to say, taxpayer-funded) research. In this, the third of four articles in the series, I conduct an infrastructure model debate with Associate Professor of Chemistry... Read more

A Four Part Series on Open Notebook Science (Part 2)

Posted 10 January 2014 by Shannon Bohle

The previous article in this series covered the role of laboratory notebooks for use in the reproducibility of scientific research. In part two of this series, I will examine laboratory notebooks and the law, specifically the changing legal value of laboratory notebooks. First, I will look at a 2013 opportunity to legally mandate open notebook science which was not implemented by the U. S. Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Indeed, laboratory notebooks were deliberately excluded from a list... Read more

A Four Part Series on Open Notebook Science (Part 1)

Posted 1 January 2014 by Shannon Bohle

As a librarian and archivist, I have worked with a variety of materials that record scientific advancements, such as books, journal articles, letters of correspondence, photos, x-rays, and laboratory notebooks. In a four-part article series, I would like to emphasize the importance of preserving laboratory notebooks. In particular, I will firstly examine the role laboratory notebooks play assisting the reproducibility of scientific results, secondly, discuss the changing value of laboratory notebooks in the newly implemented "first to file" patenting process... Read more

3D Printing and Medical Libraries

Posted 28 November 2013 by Shannon Bohle

Guest article by Patricia Anderson Emerging Technologies Librarian at the University of Michigan (pfa@umich.edu) 3D Printing and Medical Libraries from University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library I've been lobbying for a while for medical libraries to start exploring the uses and skillsets within 3D printing. I've been watching the technology develop and seeing trends that make me think we (medical librarians) need to be paying attention. Trends like patients making their own assistive technology at home, and healthcare professionals... Read more

In a Land Where QWERTY Would be King

Posted 16 November 2013 by Shannon Bohle

In the digital era where the keyboard dominates all forms of modern hand-based communications, from email to text messages, and signed bank checks are losing out to pin-based swipe and debit cards, the next generation may be becoming digitally literate, but that may come with a cost, the ability to read and write in cursive. When the 2010 Common Core State Standards, a set of national standards which was designed by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices in... Read more

Voyager 1: ‘Interstellar Media’mobile

Posted 11 October 2013 by Shannon Bohle

[This blog post is a continuation of "Voyager 1 Reaches Interstellar Space" posted on Nature's Soapbox Science.] Boldly Traveling Where No Archival Recording has Gone Before  (Above: Explore the Contents of the Golden Record — NASA's Interactive Activity with Voyager 1) Transportation of books and other media for sharing and circulation with our friends and neighbors has been around for centuries — occurring first on foot, then hoof, then motorized wheel, and now, inertia. The fact is, "long before Amazon... Read more

Book Review: Stephen Hawking’s My Brief History

Posted 3 October 2013 by Shannon Bohle

Book Review: Stephen Hawking’s My Brief History (Bantam Books, 2013, first edition, 9th printing). ISBN: 978-0-345-53528-3 Written in a breezy prose style and at 127 pages, My Brief History fulfilled its promise of brevity. Amazon ranks it 3,884 in books overall and ninth for biographical writings about the lives of scientists, just after other autobiographical works by Richard Dawkins and Richard P. Feynman, and biographers, Walter Isaacson, Mario Livio, and Randy Pausch. By comparison, the hardcover A Brief History of... Read more

Binary Moment: A One-on-One Q&A About the US Government and Open Data with Jeanne Holm, Chief Data Wrangler and Open Data Evangelist

Posted 27 September 2013 by Shannon Bohle

Open data is in the midst of a revolution, and this mild-mannered woman is hacking through government red tape like a superhero, pulling the data strings, to bring the numbers to you. Jeanne M. Holm   How did you come about an appointment as the Data.gov Evangelist and what do you feel are your primary objectives in this role? Holm: My appointment was from the first US CIO of Data.gov, Vivek Kundra. I am with the General Services Administration, so... Read more