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ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
About to start posting shoes in the Shooz room and my feed, for those interested. (Will not be posting them to LSW, though I think shoes are relevant to your interests ;) )
I wish I didn't have back problems. I'd so get a pair. - YvonneM
Ack. Go offline for a bit and missed the start! - Christina Pikas from iPhone
More will be posted tonight (around 5pm Pacific)! - ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
*wonders if The Running Of The Shoes will occur tonight* - Katy S from iPhone
Hee, sorry. Early bedtimes due to feeling under the weather. I'm hoping to get more up tonight. They'll include some Dansko slides, some Naturalizer and Born booties, some Born flats/skimmers, and more! - ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
I figured you might be feeling under the weather. - Katy S from iPhone
Sorry you're not feeling well :( Will petting all the shooz help? - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Walt Crawford
Came *this* close to commenting at SKitch, with Joe Esposito blathering about how much he's irked by university librarians with $50 million budgets being contemptuous of university presses. I'm guessing Joe believes there are dozens or hundreds of such university libraries. In fact, as of 2012 data, there are ten (10) in the U.S.
So since he speaks of being irked as something that occurs a lot, he'd have a pretty short list of candidates. But not gonna go there: I know better than to enter the SKitch hall of mirrors. - Walt Crawford
[And as to the Go Big or Go Home: I'm eventually working on an informal essay about the *dis*economies of scale, apparently, where non-med/bio Gold OA is concerned: How so many libraries, colleges and associations can afford to run smallish OA journals without APC.] - Walt Crawford
If you're wondering: Harvard, Yale, Stanford, USC, Michigan, Columbia, NYU, Penn State, Princeton, UCLA. Yes, I know, Berkeley should be on that list, but Berkeley lost a lot of budget over the period 2002-2012, and is just now getting *part* of it back. Berkeley, Cornell, UT Austin and UIUC would be next up, but all under $50 big ones. - Walt Crawford
There are some interesting diseconomies of scale that emerge across the board. One that ONE is dealing with is that it has to deal systematically with all sorts of misbehaviour and odd occurrences that most journals would only ever see one or two examples of, so they take an ad hoc approach. Raises some interesting questions about what we miss about the issues in the literature because... more... - Cameron Neylon
I won't be writing anything deep or, um, scholarly, but Cameron, you raise some interesting points. On the other hand, many (most?) of the non-hard-science journals I'm looking at have somewhat different issues (for one thing, life & death are rarely involved!). On the grappling hand, some of those *really* small journals are going to disappear from DOAJ given the new rules (they publish fewer than five articles a year). - Walt Crawford
In my addled mind, a biology, biomed, medical or agriculture journal that publishes four articles a year is a pretty clear failure--where a journal devoted to the work of one author (there are several of those) might be doing just fine at that level. - Walt Crawford
JH isn't in that top 10? surprised! - Christina Pikas
Johns Hopkins' total library spending was around $37.3 million in 2012. - Walt Crawford
Is there any university anywhere else in the world that goes anywhere near $US50M - I had thought eg Oxford was around £18M so a long way short... - Cameron Neylon
@Walt "Viability is correlated with quality": discuss. Seriously not clear to me. You raise an interesting question about both what is viable (work on a single author? sounds tough) and what *should* be viable. Scale to give viability at the journal level implies a certain kind of subject matter. Creating scale at a platform level that allows more subject vertical and niche 'journals'... more... - Cameron Neylon
Cameron: As to the first, I have no idea. As to the second: I'm not sure I'm saying viability is correlated with quality, since I'm not sure I believe that. These are some tough issues that I'm probably not even the best person to be writing about; I just tossed off a couple of things here, based on the casual research I'm doing. As you say, more for (someone) to think about... - Walt Crawford
Steve C
Question for current or previous owner/operators of small human beings: How much poopin' is too much poopin'? The boy likes to deliver one to two four squirt diapers a day of breast milk which you know leaves a small brown lake of probably 4 ounces each time. The books all say they may go through a period of no pooping. But nothing on regularity.
Yes we'd see pediatrician if thought there was a problem I'm just asking. - Steve C
You can call your pediatrician to ask over the phone though. Or even talk to a nurse in the office. I do it all the time! Sorry I can't answer the question though. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
That's about what M does too. Sometimes it's every diaper change, like 4 in a row a day. - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Ours were all prodigious poopers, and 4 +/- 2 per day was normal for them. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Great thanks peeps I'll let the wifey know. And I always forget Zulema we can call pediatrician with our silly questions - Steve C
Sounds pretty normal to me. Gross, but normal. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Yup. Poopin' is wildly variable, in my experience -- for a few months, when really exclusively breastfed, she pooped all the poops all the time. Now, when she's 50/50 with formula, she poops every few days (in massive quantities!). Baby poop is a mystery. - Jenica
It has always amazed me how much can come out of someone so small. - MAMA VAL#GOSCARLETTGO
Just wait till you get to solids.....I have never in my life seen anything so small produce so much. - Mary Carmen
mine also pooped that much or more. what a mess. eta: what mc says about solids. ms 2 produces more than my dog who is 90lbs - Christina Pikas
oh, and as long as no signs of dehydration and there's plenty of weight gain, sky's the limit, imo. but of course your pediatrician would be happy to talk to you about it or if your insurance has a nurse line - Christina Pikas
Christina Pikas
Thoughts about cloth pull/ups? Thoughts about used? Daycare doesn't allow so it would be for evenings and weekends. Also- how many? Boys different from girls?
My thoughts on cloth (which I'm doing) are -they are excellent for toilet learning. The wetness gives the kid a signal and it's not comfy. Prompting the kid to change pants which he then begins to notice "hey when I feel that feeling then do that other thing I get wet, I don't like being wet." It's all passive learning, which to me seems like the path of least resistance. No power... more... - Lnorigb from FFHound!
Do you have a preferred brand/model? - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Nope. I'm sure those old fashioned ones we wore would be perfect. - Lnorigb
We're doing cloth, but i only have experience with an infant, so I can't speak to anything bigger... but, having tried a dozen varieties, diapers are diapers. Really. And used is awesome. :) - Jenica
RT @johannes_mono: That awkward moment when Satan is a perfectly acceptable option for your kids.
RT @johannes_mono: That awkward moment when Satan is a perfectly acceptable option for your kids.
I missed out on witchcraft. - rönin from FFHound!
Can I tell all my professors next year they're the devil, so I shouldn't listen? :P - Alix May
Too late. I learned all that stuff from Mom and Dad. - Steven Perez
Psychology? - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Sounds right. If you're with this wacko, psychology *must* be a tool of the devil. - Walt Crawford
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Who knew fat quarter bundles were expensive? Because I sure didn't. Might need to check what Hancock Fabric has available in store. #crafty
Estate sales! I often see so much fabric at estate sales. - Kirsten from Android
Better to just buy by yard. - Christina Pikas from iPhone
I did because my Mum's a quilter. Sometimes you get fat quarter bundles comprised of scraps the store had left over, but that lasts until they discover that quilters really like fat quarter bundles and can therefore be charged a mint. - Deborah Fitchett
Meg VMeg
0.9 miles today. I could have done a whole mile, but I was tired of the people. I swear, 20% of my energy goes toward figuring out what the fuck the other swimmers are doing.
It's the thing that stresses me out most about swimming laps. - Kirsten
I did another 0.9 today for the same reason. I have a number of theories: lack of floaters between lanes, confusion about the words "lane" vs "line", totally bizarre drills that require dead body stillness after 8-10 strokes, flopping to facilitate frottage, distraction by construction. - Meg VMeg from Android
I will only go to pools that are very empty for this reason. - laura x
this is why i can't swim! - kendrak
Today I swam behind a guy who was great for the first and last 25% of the length of the pool. In the middle 50%, he would veer sharply to the left, then swim into oncoming traffic for a good 20 meters before returning to our lane. Every single fucking time. - Meg VMeg from Android
It bums me out! I work in a public service position, and I can't come to work angry every day because the public is ruining my healthy fun exercise. - Meg VMeg from Android
Did you say the lanes didn't have dividers? I could see that causing problems - Christina Pikas
No floating dividers, just the stripes on the floor of the pool. - Meg VMeg from Android
No bueno on the lack of dividers. Is this a small community pool? - Corinne L
Wait, no floating dividers? wth? Seriously uncool. - Catherine Pellegrino
It's an Olympic-size, WPA-era public pool. I have no idea. At least this gives me hope about other pools! - Meg VMeg from Android
That's so odd that a public pool wouldn't have floating dividers that are clipped to the pool sides for lap swimming. Maybe a few emails to the right folks would help move things in a more organized direction? In any event, may you find the perfect place to swim laps with more coordinated, rule-following fellow swimmers! - Corinne L
ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
Admitting defeat of de feet. Coming soon: massive sale-slash-giveaway of beautiful shoes that the rheumatoid & spondylitis make it impossible to wear. I'm keeping the Sanitas, Danskos, and sneakers. All the pretty stuff and the winter stuff will be up for grabs. If you or a friend is a 9.5M, stay tuned....
I hate this. So sad!!!! - Mary Carmen from iPhone
It's okay. I'm comforting myself with promises that I will only wear cool Sanita print clogs. Size 41, y'all. ;) - ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
I will worship the ground you (now comfortably) walk on for cute winter stuff. - Meg VMeg
Also, Fluevogs. Many Fluevogs need new homes. - ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
Meg, I have lots of low heel booties, by Born, Naturalizer, Crown Vintage/Born - ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
I am sad about your loss, but I'm glad that we live in a time in which shoes can be both cute and comfy. - Katy S
I'm also sad about your loss, but evilly rubbing my hands together as I can wear that size. - Christina Pikas
dear lord, you said the F-word - Meg VMeg
i am so bummed i'm not the right size - jambina
Also a bunch of pairs of Poetic License - ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
:( - maʀtha
I'm trying to grow an extra half size on my feet as we speak. *focuses* - Hookuh Tinypants
I wear a size 42 Dansko, alas - maʀtha
^^ I giggled at the visual. Is this a Sheldon Cooper type of focus? - Janet
Always. :D - Hookuh Tinypants from FreshFeed
Count me interested! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Christina Pikas
looks like @OSTIgov is working hard to get public access up and running:
thank you; would not have seen that otherwise. bookmarking! - RepoRat
That's extremely light on detail of what's actually being done though. Lots of "stuff is happening" and "these people are talking" but not quite so much "this is what is happening". - Cameron Neylon
true, but I read it as more of a NIH model than a publisher model? I guess we'll see. - Christina Pikas
I read it that way too, fwiw. - RepoRat
DOE are the most CHORUS-friendly of the agencies. My understanding is that there will still be a backup repository in case something goes wrong which goes some way to assuaging my concerns with that route. - Cameron Neylon
is DOE really or are you going with a certain DOE contractor's say so? i wonder if that contractor's view is shared or not. - Christina Pikas
Oh nope. Definitely not with contractor. Based on discussions with DoE folks but that was a while back. - Cameron Neylon
now hearing that ACM is saying DOE has definitely picked chorus. damn. - Christina Pikas
with SHARE pretty much dead, I guess I'm not surprised -- CHORUS looks superficially like the no-cost option. - RepoRat
Frank Norman
RT @martin_hamilton: "Graduate student is facing 4-8 yrs in prison for sharing an academic article on Internet"
crazy. - Christina Pikas
Christina Pikas
Kindle Unlimited's 2-Tier System... <more details on how/which books get into K.U. via
of note, in particular, publishers that don't give consent to be in KU get full ebook compensation for any title downloaded as part of KU program. - Christina Pikas
Christina Pikas
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics put out a memo July 9 about the public access policy, but it essentially says: you will comply by sending stuff to DTIC, enforcement details coming soon
sounds like DoD is also going with the NIH model, putting things in DTIC, instead of standing up some new system. Makes sense to me. DTIC has been cut to the bone, however, so I don't know how they will manage this greater influx of new stuff - Christina Pikas
Oooh, can haz link to memo? - Hedgehog
Ditto, interested if is public. - Cameron Neylon
It doesn't have any markings on it, but I found it through a non-public source. i'll look for it out in the wild. - Christina Pikas
you have the best fed gossip ;) - RepoRat
I don't have supervisory experience and I'm afraid this is going to stall out my career progress. No chance of getting any in current position. Closest thing I have is teaching high school students nearly ten years ago. Ideas on how to overcome this?
Can you take on projects that give you at least temporary supervision of project folks? Even if it's not formal supervision, a lot of places will give that at least *some* weight. - WebGoddess
Hi, good idea. I've supervised a few committee projects. I'll have to look into other stuff. - YvonneM
supervising committee projects counts. a lot of "matrixed" organizations the line management are separate from the project/program management. - Christina Pikas
Professional service? I can at best manage students at MPOW, but I'm doing a whole lot of low/mid level management type stuff for LITA. - Hedgehog
I'm in the same boat, and it's frustrating. I have supervisory experience from high school and my early 20s, but not libraries. Somehow asst mger at Baskin-Robbins and office mgr at a now-defunct surgery center isn't helping me professionally. My strategy has been to focus on leadership and talking about how leading without positional authority is good preparation. My department just... more... - kaijsa
I hate the way career paths are all like "hey, we're basically administrators and managers. Got staff?" instead of "we reward librarians for being great librarians.and contributing to the community and the field." One reason I was happy to be in a tenure/promotion system because otherwise I GOT NUTTIN. - barbara fister
Also tried to invent a promotion path for our non-MLS staff. Everyone said "how interesting.NO." - barbara fister
("Everyone" being higher ups in the college admin.) - barbara fister
I facilitated a discussion about this last month at ALA. The folks who had successfully lept into management were able to spin their project management and ALA leadership into management gigs. *BUT* only to willing hiring bodies. I had a great convo walking with someone afterward, who seemed to be recruiting me, but in the end said -- but oh, you've never supervised anyone. um. - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Same guy has had a bunch of failed management searches lately (no surprise, and they are not alone in this). So now we are in talks about the next Leadership DG talk, which might be about building better position descriptions to attract the qualities you want. - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Other take-aways from the panel: for a willing hiring body, they want to see that you have a leadership style, that you take initiative and see things through. For an unwilling hiring body, though, nothing will trump "I hired, fired, and evaluated staff" :( - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
The position description thing is an issue. I think that's why many people end up places where it's just a bad fit. I feel fortunate to have had people willing to look at all of my experience and give me a chance to be in a management position. Hopefully I'm proving my abilities and value. It's tough though to make that leap. You're absolutely correct about the willingness factor. There are so many ways people can get management and leadership experience without a formal title or position. - J. Marie B
While I'm not a huge fan of tenure, I also see the value in academia. It is the only way most librarians will see any sort of advancement and I do think that opportunity should be there. I'd be interested in hearing what you were purposing for the non-MLS staff, Barbara. I have an excellent employee who I fear I'll lose eventually because there isn't anywhere for her to advance, except out of the library. - J. Marie B
We tried to describe a possible promotion path separate of P&T for the librarians in a committee report that I'm presenting on Thursday. I can move up through Asst--Assoc--Full Professor but there's no path to Assoc Librarian, Full Librarian. Unless I got my dept head's job, I permanently am at Asst Information Services Librarian. Huh, I thought the final report was in the IR but I can't find it. I can share it with anyone interested. - Hedgehog
Thanks for the input. MPOW hires librarians as staff, not faculty, as well. - YvonneM
A friend had a bit of supervisory experience, but one of her big resume builders was joining one or two library organizations and becoming president. - Betsy from FFHound(roid)!
So was watching a interesting video on Openrefine. How do you guys use it in library work? hmm can't even get it to run on my work pc.
I used it to clean up student entered backlogs of reference desk data. I have taught a couple workshops on it, would you like the handouts? - Hedgehog
We use it to find the searches in our discovery layer of databases, websites, etc and add them to best bets. - Jaclyn aka spamgirl
Hedgehog definitely would be interested. Jaclyn, that a great idea, since I have access to Summon's logs and various Google analytics accounts etc - aaron
I've used it to clean up a list of journal names - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Our GIS librarian just published this article in Code4Lib about using it to clean up ZipCode data. - Stephen Francoeur
The handouts would be loverly... - Aaron the Librarian
John Dupuis
RT @arhomberg: "some libraries will accost their fate as being inevitable, them being powerless" Kindle Ulimited
"The question as to how this might impact libraries is an area where there seems to be a dearth of genuine reflection on the issues." <- dearth? what dearth? i'll show him dearth. - Christina Pikas
BiblioLabs? The more I look at what it says it is, the more I think I've forgotten English as a primary language. - Walt Crawford
Walt Crawford
Fun times yesterday: At 3 p.m. (+/- 5 minutes), power went out. Called PG&E; it had already been reported; estimated fix 6 p.m. Which changed to 8 p.m. Which changed to (gulp) 1 a.m. Finally restored at 11:56 p.m. Went out again after about three minutes for eight minutes. Restored (and stayed restored) at 12:07 a.m.
(We needed to know when it actually came back to check the likely damage to refrigerated/frozen food: fortunately, the Samsung fridge we got with the house has external displays with the freezer/refrig. temp, normally 2F and 38F. At restoration, it was 27F and 56F--the first not a problem, the second we're not sure. Half an hour later, already down to 12F/38F.) (Corrected: 38, not 32.) - Walt Crawford
PG&E has a good automated callback system for updates on est. time of restoration and when restored, but if you say "call anytime"...they do. And the up, then down, then up again apparently got things confused: I think we got four calls between midnight and 1 a.m. As for spoilage, my wife will need to decide re milk and several cartons of liquid egg whites, otherwise probably all OK. - Walt Crawford
The lucky thing: We were able to *entirely* avoid opening refrig/freezer doors during the outage. And there is one dinner-serving restaurant in walking distance, although my wife wasn't wild about it. And we recently picked up a good LED lantern-style flashlight, by which we played two-handed solitaire for a while before giving up and going to bed early. - Walt Crawford
The fillip this morning, 15 minutes ago: Heavy rain, for about 5-10 minutes. Pretty unusual for late July in a drought year, and probably just enough to help the crunchy-underfoot "lawns." - Walt Crawford
[The "one restaurant within walking distance" is significant: We have an electric range--and an electric garage door. Didn't want to have to figure out how to open it manually if we could avoid it... Still: All FWPs. No real harm done.] - Walt Crawford
opening manually - pull down toggle thing to disengage motor and then pull up door? - Christina Pikas
Christina: Yeah, we know how it's supposed to work...but pulling up that door with a big ol' car in the way didn't sound appetizing. - Walt Crawford
I was at Harris Teeter yesterday to make a quick purpose. Even though I do not have a "club card" there, I still managed to get the discount. Guess how...?
How? - Marie
Cashier used hers? - Christina Pikas from iPhone
That was my guess, too. - Meg VMeg
Don't know what Harris Teeter is but the name makes me smile. Can you imagine being a kid with a name like Teeter? - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I loved Teeter! After so many times of shopping there you would get treats. We got our first grill as one of the treats. A whole grill! For free! - Marie
I just put in a famous phone number at the self-checkout... - Julian
867-5309? - Melly
It really does work every time. - Julian
Ha! I had no idea. Only at Harris Teeters? Or is it like a bugmenot across stores? - Meg VMeg
Pretty much any grocery store. - Julian
That is so cool. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Oooh! I'll have to remember that! - Kirsten
awesome grocery store hack!!! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
re the name - we also have Harris Teeter, which sometimes gets abbreviated to "Harry Teet" or something similar. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
John Dupuis
RT @qui_oui: Laughing an unreasonable amount at this. "Great moments in science (if Twitter had existed)" @m_m_campbell
"At least I've got a nose" #ouch - Victor Ganata
studying such a tiny sample :) hilarious. - Christina Pikas
Christina Pikas
shoe people: any thoughts wrt Ahnu Lagunitas vs. Jambu Clementine or similar? I want closed toe and I have wide-ish feet with no arch. TIA
bump? - Christina Pikas
The Jambu seem a litle fancier than the Ahnu. With what do you plan to wear them? - Marie
I really like my Jambu shoes, but I haven't tried Ahnu so I wouldn't be sure how to compare them. - Katy S
I only know Ahnu from actual experience and I love 'em! - Hookuh Tinypants from FreshFeed
I've had some Ahnu shoes (and literally wore them out I loved them so much,) but haven't tried Jambu. - Jennifer Dittrich
To work mostly with khakis. Leaning toward the ahnu- price seems really good. Thanks all! - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Holly's favorite Anna
RT @violentfanon: Some actual research on male privilege: Women receive 25 TIMES more online abuse than men do.
RT @violentfanon: Some actual research on male privilege:  Women receive 25 TIMES more online abuse than men do.
Like that there's more scientific data unlike what it shows - Christina Pikas from iPhone
The email from ExLibris regarding EBSCO pulling out of Primo Central (EL's discovery layer):
As you may know, for the past eighteen months, we have been indexing in Primo Central a number of the EBSCO databases. EBSCO has now changed their strategy and will no longer permit third-party discovery services to load and index their content. Therefore, starting 1st January 2011 we will cease hosting of the EBSCO content in the Primo Central Index. EBSCO will, however, permit our use of a specialized API to search the EBSCO content ‘just-in-time’. - Kirsten
Since our initial agreement with EBSCO in June 2009, we have made significant progress in working directly with many publishers and other aggregators to dramatically increase the content in the Primo Central Index. In addition we recently reached agreement with Gale whereby their databases in Primo Central will now be available to all, regardless of subscription. Since there is a... more... - Kirsten
Based on a recent analysis of the Primo Central content, we cover, through other channels, over 90% of the data provided by the current EBSCO content loaded in the Primo Central Index. Furthermore, of the small number of titles exclusively available from EBSCO, none of these appears on the list of the 5,000 most used journals, based on SFX logs, and only three appear on the list of the 10,000 most used journals. - Kirsten
We are currently finalizing the details of the new arrangement with EBSCO for ‘just-in-time’ search and will update you as we progress on this. However, we believe that EBSCO’s decision to withdraw their content from the Primo Central Index does not best serve your user’s interests. We therefore strongly encourage you to add your voices directly to those of the ELUNA and IGELU steering committees in requesting that EBSCO reverse their decision and enable their data for indexing. - Kirsten
Ah, ok. That doesn't affect 360 Search, because it's a pure federated search product with no harvesting. But this means that Summon is going to be cut off too. - DJF
holeeeee crap. - jambina
Yeah, the EBSCO databases are still available through MetaLib (EL's federated search). But not being in the discover layer may well do a number on use stats, and if those are bad enough then the state-wide agreements will start to matter less. - Kirsten
my comment on this has disappeared? basically mentioning summon and Ebsco being the new evil empire - Christina Pikas
Could someone offer a TL:DR version? The reference desk is poppin' this morning. - Andy
PRIMO harvests database content into it's central index. EBSCO has cut them off, but it still allows federated searching in realtime. (considering how EBSCO has been cutting off other vendors from hosting content, this doesn't actually surprise me.) - DJF
Christina: You commented on the one in my feed; I reposted to LSW. Apologies for the confusion. - Kirsten
Craptastic. Seriously. We just got 360 Search and are considering Summon. It seems that vendors like EBSCO will defend their damned information silos to the bitter end. Let's all send EBSCO email that say, "Save the time of the user", shall we? - maʀtha
Martha, EBSCO's current dick move shouldn't affect 360 Search, because 360 doesn't harvest. I'm seeing HUGE problems with Search 360 that have nothing to do with EBSCO. I suspect soembody at Serials Solutions spilled their coffee on a computer or soemthing. - DJF
Yes, I wasn't being clear in my carping. I'm thinking about how this EBSCO effects everyone with Summon or who might get Summon (in addition to everyone with Primo). - maʀtha
Are any other libraries reporting problems with 360 Search? - maʀtha
Wait, does anyone have Primo Central yet? This is a fraction of Primo users, no? We have Primo for discovery, but still use Metalib for federated search, so this doesn't affect us. - Meg VMeg
We have it Meg, but I don't know how many libraries are using it. It's still fairly new, I think--our timing was such that we implemented Primo and Primo Central at the same time. Metalib is still in there too, so we do still have access to EBSCO databases. But Metalib is so much slower than Primo Central, I'm worried about how this is going to play out here. People were just getting used to our new interface. - Kirsten
liking so I can bookmark this. We are a completely ex libris shop now so this will definitely affect us. - Elizabeth Brown
It won't affect Summon users as the content harvested direct from the publisher not the indexer, e.g. EBSCO. Summon has around 97% of 'EBSCO' ft content but has never harvested EBSCO - Graham Stone
Meg, we're in the process of setting up Primo Central. We got an email from Ex Libris explaining that we can activate a whole bunch of databases that we don't subscribe to that cover the EBSCO holdings. Then SFX kicks in to locate the article in EBSCO. It's an awkward workaround until the APIs are available. - Zamms
Interesting! - Meg VMeg
Is "just in time" federated search? - María Milagros Fernández
I just want to echo Graham Stone, above. Summon (and ExLibris) are already doing end-around work bypassing the "ease" of importing EBSCO indexing. I think this will ultimately backfire in EBSCO's face as their products get marginalized and their locked-in EDS customers become their only customers. - Aaron the Librarian
If EBSCO/ProQuest/ExLibris start making exclusive indexing deals with major academic publishers, then you can worry. For now, it's just one dog marking a tree that every other dog has marked as well. - Holly's favorite Anna
saw an EBSCO demo for their EDS product last week and the way that the VP was talking they have a few exclusive deals with vendors and publishers that no one else does. He said one going to be announced at some big engineering conference in a few weeks. - Sir Shuping is just sir
I'm with Aaron and Anna on this one - the workarounds are there, so until they have exclusive indexing deals, well....They do tout their indexing as superior, of course, but still. - ~Courtney F
I think when publishers start seeing libraries cancel subscriptions because the titles aren't in their discovery systems, they might reconsider the exclusive deals that seemed so tantalizing now. - Holly's favorite Anna
No use = dropped subscriptions at MPOW... If it isn't indexed in a discovery system there won't be any use. Of course, I'm still working on selling the priority of a unified index as a discovery layer. - Aaron the Librarian
So glad we don't have Primo. The UMN does, but not us. - maʀtha
How did this float to the top today? (It's from 2011) - Aaron the Librarian from Android
spammer spammed, but then got deleted - Sir Shuping is just sir
Ah ok. Added bonus: I still agree with what I said back then. (which does not always happen) - Aaron the Librarian from Android
Big Fat Yeast Roll!
What I learned from Weird Al's "Word Crimes" is that apparently I've never heard "Blurred Lines." I'm ok with that.
I wish I could un-hear the original. What I've learned from Word Crimes is that I don't necessarily hate the song itself, it's just the horrible lyrics of the original that I couldn't stand. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE from WinForFeed
^exactly. I like the way it sounded but i was disgusted with the words... now I can have the music with words I like. win! - Christina Pikas
Just realised today the way we do ILL here is quite different from most libraries. Yet another insight to why sometimes our faculty staff or researchers who have experienced other systems are confused.
How is yours different? - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Okay "most libraries" is probably a bit exaggerated. But i keep getting queries from new faculty or staff who keep asking where to search to find books for ILL.*edit* I was unclear, I mean they already have item in mind but want to find which library has it. We have always been a "you tell us what book you want to ILL and we will figure out where to do it for you" kind of library, so... more... - aaron
We expect people to know the item they want as well. - YvonneM
Aaron, that's how we do ILL too: they don't need to know where the thing is, we figure it out. We do a lot of consortial ILL stuff so it doesn't help for them to tell us that Random Library X has the item, if Random Library Y also has the item, and is a part of our consortium. - Meg VMeg
Do y'all have a form they can submit requests through? I know that's what ours are used to, even those that come from schools with ILLiad. But the bulk of libraries I'm familiar with, we expect them to know what they want before talking to ILL and ILLiad doesn't let them search that way. If i'm helping someone I often direct them to either Amazon or Worldcat (either database or .org) to look for things and I'll help them search if they need it. - Sir Shuping is just sir
We have a online form. I tell them how to get it. Yet some of them seem to feel that we are strange that they don't get this special search place to look for stuff.. I am a bit confused about "expect them to know what they want". That's a given, they already have the item in mind. What i mean is they seem to want to search through some special place to check if the thing they want exists in there. I get the sense they don't want to ILL something unless they think there is a high chance of getting it.. - aaron
Oh, we tell them to search Worldcat because it includes things we don't have. But they don't have to tell us where the thing is when they place their request (though providing a Worldcat ID will expediate the request). - Meg VMeg
people ask me that, and I tell them that we worry about that, once they've identified what they want to read. Sometimes I show them WorldCat, but usually not. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Just to be clear this isn't the case of a grad student trying to discover new itmes to ILL. It's about someone who knows something exist but insist on finding a library that has it before submitting ILL. I tell them to go worldcat too if they insist too much to check if the book they want is there (we not very big on OCLC for some reason). . But I don't think our ILL staff really care... more... - aaron
Another thing I noticed is that for us ILL = book items only. But I get a sense ILL also means requests for articles for many libraries? We call that document delivery. - aaron
ILL is books and articles for us, but honestly it varies place to place as to what they call it. It means the same thing in my opinion. As far as what you're talking about then yeah...yeah I get that a lot as well, typically from faculty. I think its a holdover from 16+ years ago where it helped ILL people to know where something was (before OCLC became fancy) I've stopped trying to tell them that they don't need to tell us where it is and just let them do that. - Sir Shuping is just sir
I have always been fascinated with how different faculty are, because of what they are used to. Ours nowadays tend to come from American ones, like Duke, Yale due to the partnerships, so there's a bit of confusion sometimes. Sometimes, there is so much confusion because our staff have no clue what they are talking about. The major one I mentioned before is the way eresources are authenticated in-campus and off-campus. (Answer: Ezproxy always, no vpn, no in campus login.. that blows their minds ha) - aaron
We call it all ILL, and we're set up the same as you are -- no need to know which library it's coming from, and in fact that would be extra complicated because we choose various libraries to borrow from for consortial/pricing reasons rather than whatever reasons a patron might choose. - lris
Christina Pikas
all agu journals are supposed to be OA after a 2 year embargo, yet MPOW can't get to a journal we have always subscribed to. Can anyone else get to this article pdf?
what the hell is wrong with Wiley? they apparently removed our IPs and then when they re-typed them in put a typo in MPOW's. - Christina Pikas
Wiley has one of our journals on a different account from all the rest, and we cannot get access to it. At all. It's ridiculous. - Kirsten
oh, now i hear it might be partly my larger POW's fault - they added one new range and instead of just adding that range, they gave wiley the whole set. apparently a few different vendors have mistyped some of the IPs since they did that this time.... attention to detail is important! - Christina Pikas
we have the pdf now, btw. pondering contacting agu though because the oa thing. - Christina Pikas
Why would vendors [create systems that force them to] *retype* IP ranges? Ctrl-C. Ctrl-V. FFS. - Deborah Fitchett
Steve C
Onesies are the devils clothing. I need 4 more arms and a baby with removable lego parts to get those things on pre-meltdown. #teampants&shirt
Onsie sack style FTW. - Janet
ms 2 HATED gowns. we used the little t-shirts that cross in the front and snap. i had about 10 each size - Christina Pikas
baby-in-the-bag! I've already got a dozen. #pantsless - Lnorigb
Baby Waif was pretty easy dressing duty for me. Perhaps I was a diaper/onsie savant? "Use The Force, Steve." - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
Christina those are definitely my favorite so far and we've been fortunate to inherit a good collection. Since the wifey has no problem with the onesies I'm going to have to assume she has superpowers as I could not have a deficiency. - Steve C
My kid ended up with the shoes-with-a-bar-between-them. I learned to pick up both legs with the bar and slide snap-on pants under her. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
"The Force Steve, feel it coursing through you as you handle the tube of diaper rash ointment" - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
Walt Crawford
Sigh. Now the Beallster, in asserting Another Predatory OA Publisher, concludes that if you create an overlay journal to a repository base (in this case overlaying articles deposited in SSRN), the repository (SSRN) *is the publisher.* No point in trying to educate him; he's selectively deaf.
(The journal in question does raise caution flags--e.g. the "pay more for faster peer review"--but being an overlay journal surely isn't one of them, nor does the papers all being in SSRN make SSRN the journal's publisher. That's just...well, sigh... - Walt Crawford
Sarah G.
All federal court opinions will soon be all available (and authenticated @trbruce *cough*) on FDSYS. Yay! #AALL14
pacer going away (or maybe that's for something else?) - Christina Pikas
Something else. PACER is really just an electronic docketing system that's been pressed into service as a repository. So pacer will remain, but the repository and hopefully research functions will be replaced. - Sarah G.
laura x
Do any of your people have a fountain that people throw money in? How do you deal with the money? Ours is gross and corroded and the bank won't take it, so we have buckets of useless money sitting around.
Is there a scrap merchant nearby? - Pete
Will one of those coin machines take it? - Soup in a TARDIS
Soup, no--the machines won't read it, which is why the bank won't take it. We found that page from the Mint but are hoping to avoid having to spend the money to mail this stuff there, which seems, uh, inefficient. We've tried cleaning it with various things to no avail. - laura x
Two birds with one stone, maybe: crowdsource a coin-sort in the library, with an explanation of the problem and perhaps a request for underwriting the mailing cost. - RepoRat
Start chucking the money back at people as they walk past? - Steve C
McDonalds might take it... - Joe
Use it to pay for databases? - maʀtha from Android
Turn it into jewelry and charge people ridiculous amounts of money for it--proceeds to benefit the library? - Hedgehog
^that would be awesome if you mailed it to overdrive to pay for books :) too bad it's only paper money that's "good for all debts public and private" eta: my pointer was to martha comment - Christina Pikas
Apparently there's a company in Dallas that cleans and sorts fountain coins for charities. - Betsy
As to why the coins go bad: "When the mint needed to change pennies from solid copper to copper plated zinc in 1982 because of inflation, the durability of pennies sitting in a wishing well could not be at the top of their priorities. The pennies corrode horrendously and it's not always a simple matter of washing or cleaning them if they have become seriously disfigured by corrosion." - Betsy
Hope Leman
RT @McDawg: @CameronNeylon mentions FriendFeed and the big role it played in #openscience (ghost-town now) #jcbms
I can think of a few hundred library folks who'd object to the "ghost town" characterization. I think that what's made Friendfeed my most useful social network over the past four years is that it *isn't* full of hundreds of millions of people desperately seeking supporters, likes, connections, ads. - Walt Crawford
What Walt said. - Betsy
Walt Crawford
Probably not the first one to say this, but it seems as though somebody at Bentham Open would have realized that their favorite journal-naming convention, The Open [Noun-Phrase] Journal, results in some...unpleasant titles.
E.g., The Open Inflammation Journal, The Open Lung Cancer Journal, The Open Bone Journal, The Open Colorectal Cancer Journal - Walt Crawford
The Open Closed Meetings Journal. - Betsy
Those are admittedly the worst real examples I noticed--and yes, they're all real (to the extent that most Bentham Open journals are "real," which is a huge caveat). - Walt Crawford
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