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Christina Pikas

Christina Pikas

science and technology librarian; doctoral student in information studies
Some people in this house didn't come from frugal people: threw away old worn out t-shirts and bought rags. Smacks forehead to reset (metaphorical wouldn't abuse spouse)
I will admit to preferring cloth diapers to old clothes as cleaning rags, so I buy those when I need them. - Katy S
I am amazed - on a listserv (posts weirdly arriving out of order) someone actually defended a publisher for obvious exchange rate profiteering because they fund events at SLA. I can't even.
exchange rate profiteering is when a (mostly) UK publisher charges US the highest the dollar was for the entire year - even if only at that level for an hour. So say it's usually 1:1.1 but one day something weird happens and it's 1:1.8. they'd charge the 1.8 for the year. - Christina Pikas
And so odd that someone would use the word "profiteering" in their defense of it. Seems like you'd be a little more weaselly about it. Maybe they don't know what it means? - Meg VMeg
I would like to see what the budget of the IOP is. This person noted "I doubt, based on the information I know, that society publishers are making 30%+ profit annually." The ACS is probably close to that number. I would not be surprised if the IOP gets close to the percentage of what the ACS pockets for other society functions and for their endowment. - Joe
I just responded to the list. Wonder how the publisher will respond. I bet they don't like me as much now. But, it seemed odd that no one was asking the question wondering how much profit that they are putting back into the society. - Joe
Many seem to think that it is ok that libraries are supporting non-publishing activities of societies. Because society members are in our institutions, so it comes back to help the institution in the end? (The University doesn't have to pay as much to register 3 faculty members for a conference?) What about all of the subscribers to a journal who don't have members, but still have to... more... - Joe
Well, I think there's a teensy distinction worth respecting: it's usually nunuvourbizness really what anybody does with the money paid for the literature. When it STARTS being our business is when we're being massively overcharged and f***ed over and told "it's okay that we're f***ing you over, because we're a SCHOLARLY SOCIETY!" That is just F***ED. UP. - RepoRat
I'm with Joe and John on this. If we want to support the society, we can become institutional members of the society and/or increase the number of our employees who are members and support their activities in the organization. When we pay for the literature, that's what we should get, plus a little saved for archiving, to save up for the next tech refresh, etc. I seem to remember that's what APS does. - Christina Pikas
FWIW, I just checked with our ethics about a springer event to be held at the peabody with free lunch and cocktails. I have to pay for anything over $20 and then get MPOW to reimburse. Pretty sure I should be doing that at conferences, too. Looking at a publisher favorably because they bought be a drink last summer is soooo not ethical, imo. - Christina Pikas
It's acceding to bribery, not so? - RepoRat
Seems like it but a least two people on the list made it sound like it was the opposite. I wonder if the vendors thought they were buying me? I hope not. I listened to their pitches and I maybe had more information about their products, but I tried to be as fair as possible. - Christina Pikas
Whatever they thought... you are, like, the last person I can imagine succumbing to payola. - RepoRat
I went to 4Cs, a conference for writing instructors, in Atlanta a few years ago. The textbook publishers ran busses to the ball park that they had hired. Tons of food, open bar, you could use the batting cages, and students pay $60 for their writing handbooks. Full disclosure: I have done freelance work for this publisher, but I was struck by the irony of hungry grad students and... more... - barbara fister
Which, of course, is the very dilemma that library associations face, using funds from Elsevier to put on conferences where librarians grab swag and then make speeches about evil Elsevier. And we wonder why we get absued by big publishing. They figure we don't mean it. And we keep cutting those big checks. - barbara fister
The IOP does put on good receptions throughout the conference. Many people may view the association in a favorable light because of the way libns are treated. - Joe
Oh, I thought exchange rate profiteering was when a US publisher charges $19 in the US for a book, and £19 in UK, and €19 in the rest of Europe. - April Russo
That is one way to do it. - Joe
Maryland announces new MLS advisory board. Good. School, public, university libraries and government and private archives represented. Good. Some men, more women. Good. No one from for-profit corporations or SLA or law firms or medical libraries. Not so good. Of course, Maryland has not really targeted law librarians or medical librarians, afaik
Hmm. - Joe
That's weird considering its location and the number of Maryland alumni I've met through SLA. - kendrak
From the inside... part of this is limited networks on the part of faculty, part of it is limited availability of the types of people we need more of. Suggesting names to us is ALWAYS helpful. - RepoRat
well, i have to say that SLA has had meet and greets down at Maryland like maybe 8 times over the past year or so. With law librarians, medical librarians, corporates, etc., for mls students to meet and chat with people in the field. another independent information professional has been featured a few times on their website... so I find it hard to believe they couldn't find anyone. - Christina Pikas
We need as an industry to do CRM better, yeah. I get this kind of internal inquiry constantly, and the reason I usually can't answer is that I see upwards of a hundred students a year and I. cannot. remember. them. all. Much less where they all end up. The perfect person could be right under my nose and I honestly wouldn't know because the name doesn't ring a bell. YOU SUCK, DUNBAR LIMIT. - RepoRat
a tiny bit of soooprize end of the fy money FTW! (our fy goes with the gov't)
now, back from camping, at work, beautiful day, beautiful weather. son of a bitch.
but cute thing ms. 2 said... I caught my marshmallow on fire. She was like: "oy, she burnt it" It was hilarious. And oy? - Christina Pikas
Cold and wet in a tent in a cool park with hiking trails the babies and I can't enjoy
Rain forecast through the day and over night. May stay later tomorrow o make up - Christina Pikas from iPhone
i just did the equivalent of making a cow out of hamburger: took pdf from web > export to excel.. and it did. with everything in its own cell.... whooooaa ...dude.
it's full of numbers! - RepoRat
Whee! I've used Tabula ( a bit for that but it doesn't work for the one set of pdfs I really want to work with. Need to try Other Options when I have some time. - Deborah Fitchett
Buy a lottery ticket on the way home? - Hedgehog
ffs. Gartner just dropped "linear regression" from its hype cycle this year. and they still have R on there. Just because the media has finally heard these words doesn't mean they're new or that they are magic.
so CHORUS and PORTICO have reached an agreement - I guess the publishers are trying to even keep DoE from having to have a dark archive
"(New York, NY August 18, 2014) The not-for-profit digital archive Portico and CHORUS (Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States) have entered into an agreement to support the preservation requirements of the policy memorandum released in February 2013 by the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). This policy directs United States federal agencies to develop plans to make articles reporting on the research they fund freely available to the public immediately or after an embargo period, and highlights requirements needed to ensure long-term access to this research through preservation." via liblicense - Christina Pikas
ProQuest Flow for Google Docs... that's a pretty cool idea. I just wish, wish,wish these features were added to RefWorks instead!
i missed that, link? - Sir Shuping is just sir
Wow. - Meg VMeg
Although this is a terrible way to name things - Meg VMeg
"ProQuest for Word"? Yeah, that's badly named. - DJF
Yeah, you have to install ProQuest for Word to access your Flow library, which is not (ostensibly) related to using ProQuest databases. Maybe I haven't had enough coffee to read this. - Meg VMeg
Proquest is continuing to be driven by the marketing schedule. My favorite (not really) is the "login" link in Summon 2.0, which is really a Flow login. - DJF from Android
Also, I half-assume RefWorks had painted itself into a corner and these features *couldn't* be added to it. - Meg VMeg
Yeah, there are some very basic technical design decisions built into RefWork that make folder sharing for collaborative writing almost impossible to implement without making incompatible changes to how the whole system works. - DJF
I asked our Flow rep, and she confirmed that Flow is ultimately to replace RefWorks, but they won't kill RefWorks until Flow is full fledged. It's essentially RefWorks 2.0, in Alpha.... - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
i love that i learn something new and weird every day in my job. so far today: intumescent fire putty. It's putty that gets bigger when hot so it blocks fires from spreading through cable passages through walls and around doors. pretty cool stuff.
Voice search for toddler cot kept coming back with Thoeler cocked. I know I have an accent but ffs
crap on a banana. Looks like DoD will be using DoE's PAGES and will initially use an instance on DoE servers. Looks like DTIC will have the authors accepted manuscripts available (not just as a link or just in a dark archive) but those will only be available to registered users. Sorry - can't provide copy of where I read this :(
*eyeroll* - RepoRat
Of course. - kendrak from Android
Seconding RR's eyeroll - Hedgehog
In my head I'm thinking of this as the first NIH Public Access Policy, which as we all recall sucked giant boulders... but was eventually unsucked. Here's hoping... and working. - RepoRat
"crap on a banana" heh - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
DoD is probably all pissed that they have to restore funding to DTIC after they've sucked all the funding out of it over the past couple of decades - Christina Pikas
Online collaboration: Scientists and the social network via scisip listserv
15% of scientists not aware of twitter? - Joe
amount of my surprise at that: 0. - RepoRat
Looking for a way to identify big/important conferences that mpow isn't already attending. Like I know sfn is a big conference and there are always news reports and press releases about it. AAAS is smaller, but there are some... is there a way or an altmetrics service maybe where I can find conferences that are covered a lot or are big?
For the library peeps or for the faculty/staff of the institution? - Joe
And, what is sfn? - Joe
for scientists/researchers - not library staff. society for neuroscience - Christina Pikas
anyone? - Christina Pikas
Do you have the Papers Invited database? It has a lot of conferences in it so you could poke around by subject. - John Dupuis
Elsevier has a list of conferences that they know about. Maybe these are conference that they exhibit at? http://www.globaleventslist.el... - Joe
working from home with Mr. & Ms. 2 "napping" upstairs. Ms2 has been mostly quiet. Mr.2 has been babbling non-stop. He was all droopy and tired when he went to bed. :(
RT @Phil44: Check out the new playbook of the @WhiteHouse U.S. Digital Services team, launched today – Play 13: "Default to Open”
I liked this. It was written in actual language. - RepoRat
Today is the first day if the rest of my life. Up at 4:45 to get kids to daycare by 6:30 and to work by 7. Hopefully can nudge that back to 5
Ooof. Strength to you. - laura x from iPhone
Good luck! The first week is always the hardest. - Elizabeth Brown
oh ASIST conferences is when daylight savings time ends... that's going to cause some confusion.
New post: Fragile knowledge of coding and software craftsmanship
RT @perfectalgo: @cpikas See if there're any of the Software Carpentry workshops in your area. May be they could help.
New post: What I want/need in a programming class
Interesting--everything I've come at has had functions in it. I never had any experience with it in high school. Appreciate your different perspective! And I like some of those general basics classes you outline. - Hedgehog
earlier this week, someone hiring a post doc in information achieving... who knows, that might be a thing!
funny malapropism seen today: no subscription to TR's Web of Science because price is "exuberant"
thaaaaaaaaat's one word for it. - RepoRat
Skitch linked to my 2007 blogspot blog post on weeding saying it was "wonderful" - Jill O'N, btw. No need to click through to Skitch, but kinda cool she thinks the post is wonderful. If only she had linked to Scientopia :(
here's the scientopia re-post: - Christina Pikas
RT @DoctorZen: Quick reaction to @AAAS_News @sciencemagazine announcement of @kanderson as publisher:
Springer: why do you say you're "exporting" "refworks" when you're downloading a text file that's RIS format???
Is it because they're supporting Flow instead, so RefWorks Direct Export has now been downgraded to RIS? - Meg VMeg
RT @scalzi: @dupuisj I never feud with librarians, man. They'll FILE you. AWAY.
Starting my day with a hard reboot of computer. Yay Monday.
*fistbump* after a half sleepless night and mini blackouts all morning on my telecommute day, I feel your pain. - MoTO: Team Marina
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