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Heather Piwowar
What's a good way to phrase "I feel blessed" when you don't really believe there is someone out there doing the blessing?
"Fortunate" perhaps? - RepoRat
As a Bokononist I say, "Lucky me! Lucky mud!". - Bill Hooker
I am at peace - WarLord
I'd go with "fortunate." In fact, I use it frequently. :) - Catherine Pellegrino
Honored works well - Hedgehog
you, in particular, could say that your hard work is paying off :) - Christina Pikas
Grateful? appreciative? groovy? - Steve C, Team Marina
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Can't (epi)genetics do the blessing? From an English grammar language perspective, that's a non-issue... "I've been blessed by genomics background" - Egon Willighagen
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walt crawford
I'm delighted to note that the estimable Kevin Smith is now using "predatory publisher" language in connection with a subscription publisher, in a high-profile venue:
And, for those who haven't seen it, Mr. Predatory himself finds it inappropriate to fault a subscription journal for unsavory practices. That's only appropriate for OA journals: - walt crawford
Good response by Kevin. - Joe
"Mr Predatory" is the name by which Beall shall henceforth and always be known. And I think the comment Walt linked is the last straw for me -- I never wanted to believe that Beall's agenda was deliberately anti-OA, but now I frankly do believe that. - Bill Hooker
Kevin Smith actually talked directly about this exchange at the ACRL ScholComm Roadshow yesterday, in response to a (general) question about Beall. He (Smith) was remarkably level-headed and reasonable in his summary of the situation and the debate between himself and Beall. Not that he needed them, but he earned a bunch more points in my book for that. - Catherine Pellegrino
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Our feedback board re: our 24/5 finals week hours is asking for suggestions. There are a handful of requests for kittens, and one for "rock salt and wrought iron for the demons", and then one for "cups for the free water dispenser." So we put out cups. The next day "Bigger cups, please."
I would love to know what happens if you put out rock salt and wrought iron. - RepoRat
I use these boards to keep me grounded. On the one hand, knowing what students really think REALLY MATTERS as i make decisions. And staying in their goofy-ass loop is awesome. But on the other hand, I have to remember we'll absolutely 100% never ever ever ever please them all fully. Ever. - Jenica
RR, it's damned tempting. :) - Jenica
doooooo eeeeeeeeet! - Catherine Pellegrino
Yes, put out a basket labeled "as requested" with rock salt, wrought iron, and pictures of kittens. - lris
I asked the undergrad library here if they kept all the suggestion cards and responses on their (lively, EPIC WIN) suggestion board. Turns out they do. I told them they HAD to do a chapbook of these; it'd be a WIZARD fundraising tool. Sigh. They didn't listen. - RepoRat
...days like this are why I love working in libraries. Best after lunch cheer ever. - MontglaneChess
Totally need to put salt around some windows and doors and post pictures. - Rachel Walden
Oh, and if you do the salt/iron, you should also put out a small box with a hinged lid and label it a "crossroads box." - Rachel Walden
Isn't it supposed to be "cold iron"? I'm not up on my demonology... I guess that's an oversight that could really come back to bite me, huh? - Bill Hooker
Rachel Walden
Is it weird to still use the old business letter format with the mailing address of the sender and recipient? I mean, I'm not physically mailing it anywhere, but it looks wrong without it somehow. (for a cover letter)
I always do even though it is a little weird. - laura x
what laura x said. I make my students do it on cover letters, too. - RepoRat
Yep. What Laura said. - Catherine Pellegrino
If you don't use a formal layout of some kind, it devolves into casual email. So, since a standard layout is needed, the one we're all used to makes sense. <-- my $0.02 - Bill Hooker
I do it for thing like cover letter and recommendations. - kaijsa
Way I figure it (and this is what I tell my students), a little extra unnecessary formality never did nobody no harm; that's why you dress one level up from your prospective employers for an interview. Whereas if you omit the formality and end up in front of a stickler for etiquette, you're screwed. - RepoRat
Thanks, all. - Rachel Walden
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barbara fister
So I just learned that Proquest dumped hundreds of thousands of dissertations into Turnitin. I think this is evil. I also learned, poking around, that many ETDs have a "run it through Turnitin" step. I don't think libraries should be supporting a private corporation that relies on a dubious fair use claim to build their empire of badness.
Sorry, just had to vent. Curious if any of you feel differently. - barbara fister
WHAT? This is just ridiculous on so many levels. - Lisa Hinchliffe
hmmm. so, publishing your dissertation with PQ now means you give up your copyright too? doesn't Turnitin take rights over everything that it puts in its maw? - RudĩϐЯaЯïan from YouFeed
I agree. It sucks. - Marianne
It's not the fair use claim that bothers me about Turnitin. After all, if you think Google books is fair use, then you can't complain about the transformative use of Turnitin. My complaint has always been the fact that my school requires students to enhance their business model in order to pass a course. - DJF from Android
I wonder whether students who check the PQ option to not allow 3rd party indexing get opted out of this as well.... - Sarah from FreshFeed
...I wonder if mine's in there? how would I check, if my campus doesn't have Turnitin? - Catherine Pellegrino
I've been complaining about their business practices for years. Looks like I started complaining on my blog in _2006_ (!!!). - Jason Griffey from iPhone
(note also that students in classes that use Turnitin are required to accept the company's terms of use, which grant that company a license to use the material submitted, so they don't actually depend on the fair use defense. See also my complaints about facilitating commerce while doing my homework.) - DJF
In court they have relied on fair use (and if that flies, it should totally be okay for HathiTrust too, Google Books and any other way people want to mine copyrighted texts) but in this case it doesn't seem anyone gave them permission except ProQuest. Maybe the third party checkoff thing is how they are getting around it. It's still outrageous, imo. While poking around, though, I was amazed at how many universities say they won't accept a dissertation until hit has been run through Turnitin. - barbara fister
Barbara, you're right, I slightly misstated. They have used fair use as their defense in court, but they don't HAVE to, which is what I should have said. The fair use part is probably related to their harvesting of web content more than their use of student-submitted assignments. - DJF from Android
I bet it is the third party checkoff - I don't think they could do that otherwise. - Sarah
Ah, I haven't read the decision carefully. Given other lawsuits, it seemed a really weird invocation of fair use (so long as you use it for something, SURE, GO RIGHT AHEAD! But libraries? whoa, have to think about that...) I wonder how long that third party link has been an option (or default or whatever it is...) - barbara fister
BTW, here's a press release.This happened over a year ago. How many people know about it? - barbara fister
I know it's been added within the past five years or so, because our Graduate College had a fit when they realized some of the dissertations were being sold on Amazon without the students knowing it. PQ provided a new agreement with a yes or no option at that point. - Sarah
because making it easy to find the dissertations that ProQuest has been selling for decades anyway is just evil? - DJF from Android
Because the grad students didn't know that they were doing that. Finding your dissertation on amazon without knowing it would be there was shocking for many. They get the PQ selling it, but expected it to just stay there. - Sarah
Had a similar experience to Sarah, only in my case it was library brass who got the Fatal Email from a pissed-off graduate, and they assumed it was somehow my fault -- either I had set this up somehow, or I'd told ProQuest it was okay. - RepoRat
I'm very lucky in that our Graduate College is very sane. - Sarah
Holy shit. - Meg VMeg
It's a puzzle. I was a tad annoyed when I found Goodreads was importing my personal blog onto their site, but then thought "well, it does have a cc license." I can see why people who didn't realize Proquest could sell it on any platform including ones they use daily were taken aback. - barbara fister
I'm not sure why dissertations aren't public domain in the first place. - Bill Hooker
(Turning up in Turnitin would annoy me though.) - barbara fister
US attitudes are very market-oriented. This post at IHE today on Swedish approaches to dissertations was interesting .... - barbara fister
That is quite interesting - thanks for posting! - Sarah
Stupid question, how does ProQuest having the right to do whatever they want with dissertations lead to Amazon? I've seen questions about students confused to see it there. - aaron
If they can do whatever they want then that includes selling it on Amazon (rather than just through their own platform) where it'll get a wider distribution but authors weren't expecting to see it there. - Deborah Fitchett
Amazon is not publishing the books. ProQuest is listing them on Amazon, which it's allowed to do since the students generally given ProQuest a license to distribute them. - DJF
I'd still like to see Barbara's original source for where she got this information (unless it's a private communication, etc.) -- not that I don't believe her, but I'd like to see the context, etc. -- and I'm still curious how dissertation authors can determine if their work is contained within Turnitin or not -- or are we to understand that ALL PQ dissertations are included? - Catherine Pellegrino
Sorry, missed this question way back when - I believe it came up on WPA-L but is also in this news release It's not clear, but it sounds as if it's everything post 2008, though maybe opt-outers are out. I don't know how authors would know if their work is there or not. - barbara fister
My bigger problem with TUrnitin is that it teaches students how to plagiarise more deviously. As an academic I have used it when my radar went off abt student work so I manually uploaded (unit outline tells students I may do this). Think the PQ uploads feed into bigger text/data mining issues & copyright which will utterly explode in next 2 years - Kathryn is a free elf from iPhone
I dunno, isn't plagiarising with sufficient deviousness indistinguishable from a literature review? Is the problem that it doesn't teach them how to plagiarise deviously *enough*? - Deborah Fitchett
Nah - most common plagiarism is throwing a thesaurus at someone else's work then passing it off as their own. - Kathryn is a free elf from iPhone
Heather Piwowar
Has anyone tried to obtain textmining access from Elsevier recently? Positive or negative experiences to share?
I think you are the only one with the stamina to even try. - Bill Hooker
Liking to bump but I suspect Bill's right... - Cameron Neylon
I would expect that Peter MR tried... - Egon Willighagen
we're trying to get the reaxys api access they promise in all their literature... seems like they shouldn't hype it if we have to tell them why we're using it and wait now > 2weeks to get started with it :( - Christina Pikas
i think they might be trying to get out of supporting academic users with their api... but it doesn't say that on their website. - Christina Pikas
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Chance to get librarians on the open-science radar; let's take it. Sayeed Choudhury, Carly Strasser great choices off the top of my head. No limit to how many/how often you can nominate!
So our own Heather Piwowar is also a red-hot possibility. - RepoRat
wow, that's lovely, RR :) I think maybe I'll get a tshirt made that says "red-hot possibility" ;) I'm leaning in Aaron Swartz direction. Negatives: misses opportunity to honour someone who is still active, working in the system. Positives: white house, see this white house? FIX THIS. - Heather Piwowar
I second Heather... probably would not support Aaron Swartz' nomination... I think it's better to select someone who is active. - Christina Pikas
If someone else doesn't nominate Heather P, I will! And how did I not know about Carly Strasser until now? (Agree with Christina about Swartz -- benefit of sending message outweighed by loss of chance to boost someone active.) - Bill Hooker
even if someone else DOES nominate Heather P (which MIGHT HAVE HAPPENED ALREADY I'M NOT SAYING), do it anyway. Volume can't hurt. - RepoRat
Should we also nominate Jason P--Heather's copartner? - Hedgehog
I was thinking about him as well. - Joe
works with Carly at his internship gig ... awesomeness. - henry
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just under 3.5 lbs, you guys. good grief. - holly #ravingfangirl
I love rhubarb! - Son of Groucho
PIE? SAY YES TO PIE - jambina
i have learned my lesson! rhubarb is for pie! and crumbles/crisps. and sauce. - holly #ravingfangirl
And for onstage extras. - Brent Schaus from iPhone
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Walla Walla rhubarb! - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Brent. - Spidra Webster
just made a fresh rhubarb pie because of this post - Mr. The Jason Fleming from Android
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Heather Piwowar
My dad died yesterday. He had terminal cancer, but his death was sudden: he had a major stroke on Saturday. I'm my father's daughter in so many ways, and I will miss him terribly.
I'm so very sorry to hear this. My thoughts are with you and your family - maʀtha
I'm sorry for your loss. - Marie
Can you take some time off work? - Joe
oh Heather, much love to you. do let us know if we can do anything - even if that is just bad knock-knock jokes to take your mind off things. - jambina
our condolences - Pete's Got To Go
thinking of you, here, too. take care. - Marianne
*hugs* I'm so sorry for your loss. - LB needs a break. from Android
I'm very sorry. *hugs* - bentley
Condolences. And hugs - Christina Pikas from iPhone
I'm so sorry, Heather. - Katy S
I'm so sorry. As another father's daughter left without hers, my thoughts are with you. - Jenica from iPhone
I'm so sorry to hear this. I'll be thinking of you and your family. - Catherine Pellegrino
Love and light to you, Heather. - Derrick
*hugs* and thoughts with you heather - Sir Shuping is just sir
I'm really sorry to hear that. Thinking of you and your family. - Stephen Francoeur
so sorry Heather - weelibrarian
Condolences! We'll be thinking of you. - Rebecca Hedreen
I'm so sorry for your loss. - Jenny H. from Android
I'm very sorry, Heather. - RepoRat
So sorry for your loss. Got the email auto-reply and was afraid that was what had happened. Best wishes for all your family. - Cameron Neylon
So very sorry to hear this. Many hugs to you. - Hedgehog
my deepest sympathies. that's a difficult loss. - t-ra needs this place
I'm so very sorry, Heather. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
I'm sorry for your family's and the worlds loss. Take care of yourself and those around you as best as you can and let others help take care of you. - Steve C, Team Marina
So very sorry. Do take time for yourself. - Mary B: #TeamMonique from iPhone
very sorry to hear :( let us know if we can help with anything - Mr. The Jason Fleming from Android
I'm so sorry, Heather. I echo Jenica's thoughts from another fatherless daughter. I miss mine every day, and it's been almost 20 years. *hugs* - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
My condolences, Heather. My thoughts are with you and your family. - Bill Hooker
I'm so sorry, Heather. He must have been so proud of you! Thinking of you and yours. - Meg VMeg
My condolences. It's an awful passage watching your parents die. - Heather
So sorry. Take your time with it. - Björn Brembs
I am so sorry. My thoughts are with you and yours. - Regular Amanda from Android
Very sorry for your loss! I am like you in that I am so much my father's daughter. I don't know how or what I'll do when mine passes which I know is inevitable. Take care. - Paulette
thanks so much for all of these kind thoughts. they mean more than you know. hugs to those who have been or are in a similar spot, and thank you for sharing that with me, it helps. We had a lovely service on Saturday... he would have cried the whole time :) Here's his obituary: Thanks again, everybody, for caring. - Heather Piwowar
that's a lovely obituary, Heather. Thank you for sharing it. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
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Christina Pikas
virtual high 5 to L. Quilter who took ST down a peg on Liblicense.
Hint on ST? - Joe
(Sandy Thatcher?) - barbara fister
ding! that's the correct ST and here: - Christina Pikas
Bingo. - Joe
L. Quilter has been v. awesome in my books since at least 1997. <3. - Marianne
I've known her online since 1995 or so, previous life and all that. Was just plain shocked to cross paths with her in library land! She's fantastic. (also: super thrilled to have no idea who ST is. do I need to?) - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
He said something nice about DPLA on Secret Agent Fister's latest IHE column. I was surprised. Unless it wasn't actually him! - RepoRat
I find Thatcher confusing--I don't think he's a full-time troll, but I'm mostly not sure what he is or believes. One of the few people who talk about OA who I really can't pin down. (Almost like I used to be, perhaps?) - walt crawford
On this particular list he has to comment multiple times on every single thread regardless of the relevance on his running the penn state press (and retiring some time ago). I'm sure he makes some good points but geez. - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Sandy's one of several reasons I unsub'd from that list and one other. Dude just talks too much. - Bill Hooker
He had a draft concept for OA books back in 1996, but he seems to be so anti-OA today. - Joe
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