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Our own Royce Kitts is doing this great class at ALA. Make some awesome stuff at ALA in Vegas! Fwd: Learning Round Table offers Annual preconference on creating effective videos and screencasts (via
Steele Lawman
Sometimes I feel a bit estranged from our profession, but then I encounter those people who try to control or intimidate other people by withholding or squelching information and I get all Conan the Librarian again.
video, pls - maʀtha
I am twelve
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Update that member before sizing for fit. - Steele Lawman
Please sign this White House petition to preserve federal funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services
Still only 941 signatures, people - maʀtha
For those looking for an adventure - wanna come be my boss?
My engineering chops are rusty, but I'm handling the college while we're searching for a STEM liaison. Today, I impressed an EE undergrad by wrangling Knovel to get a comparison of fuel cells that was exactly what he wanted and he said he was going to show his professor what I taught him. This kind of made my day.
Sorry for bragging, but I've been a humanities librarian for 8 years now. - kaijsa
awesome, way to go! - Marie
Thanks for validating my self-centeredness. I work the desk so little now that it's nice to know I haven't completely lost my reference interview and searching chops. - kaijsa
yayyyyy! - Meg VMeg
I'm trying to build a fairly comprehensive research guide on several topics around Francophone Switzerland, particularly around ingenuity and quality. (The topics were set by the professor.) This is not an area I know well (er... at all). Suggestions welcome!!!
Le wow. Tabs for chocolate, cheese, and Calvinism. I can't imagine many guides with those tabs. - barbara fister
also a tab for les languages. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
You'll have to hold on for a while, I was just distracted by the Cheese research tab... - Regular Amanda
The professor for the class is from Geneva, so I think she chose things that she loves and that signify "Francophone Switzerland" to her." - lris
That is so interesting. With the ingenuity and quality topics, are they approaching that from a labor history standpoint, too? It makes me wonder how Swiss companies are usually organized, I'm assuming it differs from the U.S., but don't know for sure. Is one angle in the class something like "why do these Swiss companies all innovate so awesomely?" - Regular Amanda
Yes, I think that's an underlying question -- or rather an assertion in the form of a question. :) - lris
Maybe watches or other timekeeping technology? - Joe - Systems Analyst
There's a tab for watchmaking. And I am totally stealing your beautiful tab about "how to go from a citation to getting your hands on the actual item" because OMG I can never encapsulate that process in anything less than a 35-page (single-spaced, not including figures, tables, or references) manuscript or a 50-minute lecture. - Catherine Pellegrino
Catherine, in class I usually just go "If there's a place and a publisher listed, it's probably a book. Use the catalog. If not, it's probably not a book, use our A-Z list." - lris
Clicking like on the comment by Catherine about the "how to go from a citation to getting your hands on the actual item" tab. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Yeah, maybe I have less trouble in class than I do in writing/on the web? But it still presumes that the students know how to use the catalog and the A-Z list, which I've found that one can't presume (at least here). - Catherine Pellegrino
Oh, yeah, can't assume that AT ALL. - lris
tangent: what are yo using for your meetikng availability scheduling? - awd
nvm... I clicked through the (obvious) linky I missed the first time through - awd
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John: Thread Killer
Not *entirely* relevant here, but this just was announced:
Congrats! Tough position to take, but they got the best person for the job. - RepoRat
Congratulations! That's great! - laura x
Congrats! - Katy S
Nice! - YvonneM
Congrats. - Joe - Systems Analyst
congrats John! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Sweet! Congrats, man. - Derrick
Congratulations! - Deborah Fitchett
Congratulations! - Galadriel C. from Android
Congrats! - Jen
Huge congratulations to you!! - Ruth Kneale
Stephen Francoeur
Anyone here actively using the U of Arizona's "Guide on the Side" tutorials software? Wondering about how good it is. Thought I'd heard of some problems folks were having with it.
I saw some folks from U of Arizona present at ALA Annual on it last year and I liked what I saw. Enough to consider sharing my then thoughts on it with library management for possible implementation at the library...and then I moved away to a new job. I'd have to go back and look at it, but I don't think I heard any negative comments. Would be interested in hearing both pro and cons. - Derrick
I wonder about accessibility for folks with vision impairments. How well does it work with screen readers? - maʀtha
Looks like there's been some progress on accessibility: - JffKrlsn
We do need to do accessibility testing, but really like the platform and have been creating, testing, and assessing all year. Students really like GoTS - it is really interactive. - Jen
We tried an html5/swf-based style tutorial (which has accessibility isses, too) but which did not allow for quite the same free-flowing options. for example: or (now that i've bragged on my colleague for putting these together...) I think I really like Guide on the Side, too. - awd
You know what I like about it? Not have to update screen captures all the freaking time when interfaces change. - maʀtha
So, the more accessible version is the 1.0-beta3 release? I guess? - maʀtha
I host 2 of them now. It's a bit buggy, but it's pretty nice. (sysadminly speaking) - Blake
The main problem i have with guide on the side when testing is that our library homepages have links that *open in new windows* sigh. Not going to change that any time soon. - aaron
Regular Amanda
When you finish a difficult-but-good reference interview: "WHEW, I have no idea how we got here, nor did I expect that detour in the middle, but I'm sure glad we're on common ground now."
Steven M. Cohen - Librarian at Walt Disney Inc. – Lake Buena Vista, FL
"Education or experience in a specialty area such as engineering, architecture, art or entertainment is a" WHAT? They didn't finish the thought, even in the real advert. - Joe - Systems Analyst
it's a fill in the blank! - Andy
in ten words or fewer, and remember to include two carton top coupons - Pete
Holly's favorite Anna
You tell a good sales rep that you have a fund with a lot of money but weird restrictions, and in less than 24hrs you'll have a report (with prices) of digital archival collections that match the restrictions, including documentation of keyword search result numbers, etc.
Can I have a fund like that, too, plz? - awd
On this day, 5th of March 2014, for the first time, I deliberately crafted an entire proposal around the strategic planning initiatives it would support (and left out every other argument I might care to make). All By Myself. It feels like a career milestone.
(some other, wiser people will have a look at it before I do anything with it. but i feel quite competent at the moment. usually I just feel like I am good at stuff because it is stuff I like. This is something quite different.) - Marianne
wanna see what we're up to with our e-resources stats dashboard? it's not done yet but is shaping up nicely.
Is Vogue really in your top 10 most read? - Hedgehog
That list is built from the number of full-text requests of articles in a journal, so yeah. Also, sigh. - Marie
lovely. can i share with our assessment librarian? - Lisa Hinchliffe
Yes, please share! If your assessment librarian has suggestions for improvement, we're all ears. - Marie
I so love this! - Jen
I want this SO bad at my place! It's great. - Regular Amanda
OMG this is AWESOME!!! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
This truly is a thing of beauty. - Kirsten
your numbers for inspec and compendex are super low and everything on ebscohost seems high. I do more searches than that on compendex by myself... i wonder if ebsco has another algorithm problem? cool display! - Christina Pikas
Marie, we've now got a dashboard project on the books too. I put together this page in an Evernote notebook so I can have a handy set of links to various projects around the country: - Stephen Francoeur
This is gorgeous and I want to steal it. - kaijsa
Kaijsa, I can send you the code? - Marie
Stephen, may I share your notebook with our library admin? I'd like them to see this. - Marie
I'm going to show it to our e-resources folks and may take you up on your generous offer! - kaijsa
Marie, of course. Be my guest. - Stephen Francoeur from Android
Fwd: Saw this in the comics section of the Post today (via
@#$#@%$## - barbara fister
well, damn - MoTO Moca Blend
*sighs* monocausal arguments will be the death of us. That and energy issues. - Pete
My FIL is a blacksmith. He has a modern (perhaps not state of the art) shop. It's pretty nice. - Andy
Also, waiting to see if this is a multi-panel comic in which the daughter is proven wrong. - Andy
I hope there's more, because as it is it's not even funny. - kaijsa
Tough crowd! - Steele Lawman
given my memory of this comic, i wouldn't count on them following it up. maybe i'll be wrong though. - Sir Shuping is just sir
That was surprisingly unfunny, along with being, well, stupid. (I know, I know: Since we started reading the paper via Kindle, I only look at the comics I actually find amusing, 'cuz I have to get to them separately. Most comics probably haven't been funny for a very long time.) - Walt Crawford
Most comics in the newspapers haven't been funny for a very long time. Foxtrot is the only one I still read, and it's Sunday only. All my other regular comics are web-based and likely never to be in a newspaper, though I do buy the print book collections of them when the artists produces them. - Holly's favorite Anna
Whelp, it's the punchline. As someone pointed out on The Twitters, print cartoonists shouldn't be throwing rocks. - Andy
laura x
The unheard of has happened. Me to patron: Did you damage this book? Patron: Oh, yeah! That was us. I'll come in and pay for it!
And that's what happens when Laura X is in charge of the library. - Galadriel C. from Android
liked for that ^^^ comment ;) - awd
I've had it happen for me! Miracles do exist! - Andy
You can always tell something interesting happened in class when, 15 minutes after a class period, you get multiple research appointment requests from those students.
All hail the newly tenured Catherine Pellegrino!
Congratulations Catherine! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
HAIL. - RepoRat
All Hail C! - Joe - Systems Analyst
Wow! Congrats!!! - YvonneM
woot! congrats! - Sir Shuping is just sir
Most hearty congratulations to you! Huzzah! - maʀtha
Now you're stuck, congratulations! (I've left a tenured gig to earn tenure at another place, so it is doable if that's a plan) - awd from Android
All hail Catherine! - laura x from iPhone
*genuflects* - MoTO Moca Blend
Congrats! - Megan loves summer
Hurrah! - kaijsa
woop! - ~Courtney F
Hooray + congratulations!!! - Galadriel C. from Android
Congrats! - Rachel Walden
Thank you, everyone! So far I've painted my nails an outrageous color, and emailed the chair of the Rank & Tenure committee about an issue with the procedure for external reviewers that I think could be changed to make the process work better. Nobody parties like a tenured librarian, I tell you what. - Catherine Pellegrino
Ten Things To Do After You Get Tenure: - John Dupuis
Holy crap, John, that is an awesome post! Thank you for linking it. - Catherine Pellegrino from iPod
There's a faculty member here that loudly proclaims that if you don't do something once a year that would get you fired in (X repressive regime), you don't deserve tenure. Perhaps too high a bar to be taken literally, but I get where she's coming from. And yes, she is pretty damn outspoken. - John Dupuis
I followed her briefly on Twitter but it was too much of a firehose. I'm adding her blog to my reader, though. - Catherine Pellegrino
Meg VMeg
Sometimes I integrate a bunch of active learning components into my lessonplans, and then it turns out they're all science students (which I hadn't realized would be the case), so I geek out everywhere, and we have "real talk" instead.
While I don't believe it's 100% essential, really, for science librarians to have a science background, there is definitely something to be said for the kind of insight it gives you into what motivates science undergrads. - Meg VMeg
Regular Amanda
Yo vendor email explaining ebook purchasing models, I'mma let you finish but first I got to say that your DRM model can go jump of a cliff.
On his radio show this morning, John Feinstein gave a brief shoutout to ALA.
That's something you don't see every day: a tenure-track youth services librarian.
Wow! If I were 20 years younger! I gotta think of one of many hotshot youth librarians to point this job out to! - Marge LW
The ability to drag a record out of Zotero and have it paste into a page as a citation is dead sexy.
If you're thinking about applying to the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (, get on it! Applications are due Feb. 1.
I have a bunch of discussion lists that I can post this too, if I remember to do that tomorrow. - Joe - Systems Analyst
So ALA is having membership problems? They need a bigger tent. Also people think SLA is successful. Nice!
supasuccess - jambina
would be insteresting to know the history of AALL, MLA, etc. in relation to ALA and SLA. i know the history of SLA because the ghost of john cotton dana came to me in a meeting. - kendrak
I was mildly amused at the year the decline started. All Hail Former President Gorman! (No, I don't REALLY think the decline is his fault; the structural problems are bigger than he is. But still. Funny.) - RepoRat
I need to parse this for ALA Membership Committee this coming Sunday - awd from Android
SLA has had it's issues, like any association, but it provided a lot of value to me back in the day. The two SLA conferences I went to were great. - Laura Norvig
Steele Lawman
From a 1926 address by Melvil Dewey: "Dr. Poole looked on this iridescent dream about the American Library Association... with a feeling that the movement had one foot in the grave and the other foot on a banana peel."
this is epic win. where did you find it? - RepoRat
"Our Next Half-Century" Library Journal. October 15, 1926. p. 887. Of course, in context he goes on to say how much the association and the movement have grown. But then there's another bit, something of a cliche, but also something of a Ranganathan idea: "An Association like this is a tree; when it ceases to grow, it begins to rot. The tree may live on for a year or two, but the vital... more... - Steele Lawman
I could really use a scan of the whole article. It would be fun to quote from during my 5 minute statement at the ALA Executive Board Candidates' Forum this coming Monday - awd from Android
Aaron, I'll see about scanning for you, but it might be nigh-illegible. It's a teeny copy from microfilm that I have. - Steele Lawman
Aaron, do you have access to JSTOR? - Betsy
Oh, thanks Betsy! - Steele Lawman
If he does, his access is better htan mine. I couldn't access it through our JSTOR sub - Hedgehog
Didn't uiuc have an archive of lj? Eta maybe not. Can't find it - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Who still needs it? I've got it - maʀtha
Hm. I found it in the Bulletin of the ALA, rather than in LJ. In any case, assuming it's the same text, I can send to whomever. Just let me know email addys, please. - Kirsten
dorothea.salo at the gmails, please - RepoRat
sent - Kirsten
It's the same text, or same enough. Edit: It's actually different in the details. I wonder if one was a transcription of what he actually said and the other a publication of his notes, or something like that. - Steele Lawman
Steele Lawman
I had a student tell me I was her "go-to-guy" for research today and give me a high-five when our consultation was over.
you, sir, are doing it right. - jambina
You can change the name from Serials Solutions to ProQuest, but it'll always be SerSol to me.
Yup. - ~Courtney F
Yeah, I just don't see ProQue ever working for me as a hip way for e-resource folks to refer to the company - Stephen Francoeur
rhymes with "broke"? - RepoRat
Ha! The next time I speak to my supervisor, I'm going drop in "pro-kyew" instead of the usual SerSol that peppers our conversations to see if it flies or not. - Stephen Francoeur
Raise your hand if you call it Cengage instead of Gale. - Holly's favorite Anna
I'm sad about it. SerSol is a hometown company for me, founded not long before I started library school. It was always a librarian success story for me and my classmates. - kaijsa
They're just consolidating their branding. Give it another year of two and they'll be renaming the bits of LexisNexis that they bought - DJF from Android
I know, but I don't like seeing everything swallowed up under the PQ brand. - kaijsa
a friend is looking for contributions to her book - "Difficult Decisions: Closing and Merging Academic Libraries"
Is it open to submissions from outside North America? I could forward it to people if so (not sure if they're in a space to write, but they certainly have experience). - Deborah Fitchett
i'm sure they are open to everyone! - jambina
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