Today's accomplishment may turn out to be these practice reference questions I'm making up for our incoming MLIS interns. One part evil. One part pragmatic. They're all questions lifted from emails I got this year from Economics students.
The problem with automated recommendation systems: Because more people buy porn than annotated editions of children's literature or feminist critiques of fitness, my amazon recommendations are currently full of porn. The recommendations should at least weight the thing I'M ACTUALLY LOOKING AT far higher than something I looked at briefly months ago
I understand some more congratualtions go out to RepoRat on winning 2013 @UWMadisonLS Early-Career Award. What can I do, but simply bow down? Commencement speeches, cutting edge research and classes..I could go on. Rock it out!!
The Mendeley/Google Reader/Delicious/eventually FriendFeed situations make me think that we need an unglue.it for social media sites. Not like what the archive team does, but a way to buy sites before they get sold to an unsavory buyer or shut down for ill-defined reasons.
I had a meeting with some of the folks who maintain our learning management system (Sakai) about how to make the experience of sharing links to research (with a proper ezproxy prefix) easier for faculty. Is there any particular LMS that does this better than others?
Friday night mind drippings: So lots of flashmob things happen in academic libraries. (How many library Harlem Shake videos out there? https://www.youtube.com/watch...) Any research about why this is the case? It says something about the role of the library in campus culture I suppose.
you guys. our new library website went live this week. along with it is a public Minecraft server. the guys in the IT dept got a hold of the plans for our main library AND BUILT IT. they are still working on getting the inside done. geekery at its finest, folks.
So everyone knows: the ungluing campaign for So You Want To Be A Librarian has been successful! I put in a pledge to thank everyone for their help in writing an LJ column, so you *all* unglued this book. Thank you. https://unglue.it/work/76348/
Through with the draft of my OA roundup (in January & February C&I). Just over 60,000 words. That should go down, probably about 5% to 10%, in editing, making it the heart of two long issues. Neither of which will emerge before 2013.