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John Dupuis
Using some quick calculations, the most hosed unis are Cambridge, Cornell and Univ College London. With quite a distance from rest of pack.
like as in true - Christina Pikas
Surprised that Purdue data wasn't in there. "Purdue pays Elsevier $2.3 million/year for digital access to its journals" via and - Joe - Systems Analyst
So, I'm curious. Aside from the actual numbers, was anything in the Gowers exposé new to y'all? - RepoRat
I thought it interesting that it occurred to him that libraries are charged essentially what they bought in print about 10 years ago plus inflation. If we had use numbers back then, we would have been subscribing to a different set of titles. But, getting use data of print journals is kinda difficult. - Joe - Systems Analyst
I was pleased to see the support from faculty that his surveys found. Seems like mathematicians at least have some potential to be allies. That Stockholm Syndrome email he quotes at the end was a bit surprising in the depth of Syndrominess it displayed. - John Dupuis
And a bit disappointed it wasn't a librarian that brought all this together, though I guess we'll see some of that when the Courant et al article he mentions comes out. - John Dupuis
@RR surprised, no... when I was in library school I interviewed a research lab library director and she mentioned then that it was only when Elsevier started this charging that she knew just how many divisions/departments/labs duplicated library subscriptions in print. It was like whoa... But yeah, that this still stands 10+ years out is unfortunate - Christina Pikas
Actually the scale of the differences between universities was news to me. I thought we'd see like 50-80% differences on the outside but 2-fold to 6-fold is more than I'd expected. Agree that the survey is actually profound. Would be good to replicate that more widely actually...hmmmm - Cameron Neylon
That's fair! But honest to Pete I'm kind of feeling facultysplained at today, and it is irking me no end. - RepoRat
(Not Gowers's fault; he's fine. It's all the OMG OMG OMG GOWERS IS AMAZEBALLS that irks me. Hello? Over here? We've been trying to tell y'all about this for freakin' decades and you yawned at us? Glad I'm not Ted Bergstrom; I'd be REALLY hacked off if I were.) - RepoRat
Meg VMeg
I'm teaching Scrivener (in combination with Zotero) tomorrow (for the first time). Any advice/thoughts would be much appreciated, though you are all probably asleep by now.
I am not asleep, only 9:15 here. But I don't know scrivener. Sorry. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Interesting. Also don't know scrivener - but curious why/to whom you are teaching it. - barbara fister
Fascinating. I had a student in my office trying to figure out how to make Scrivener work with Zotero, and we were unable to come up with a solution that worked for him. I;m assuming this workshop means we missed something? (would you be willing to share your slides or worksheets or notes?) - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
this is what we recommend for Zotero/Scrivener integration: ; for smaller projects, RTF scan will often do, too: - adamsmith
Yep, we found those. He did not like either option. (I think the key part of our dilemma was in finding what "worked for him" and he wanted something seamless. Lo, the impossible dreams!) - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
oooooh i'd like to see that. I've got Scrivener on my laptop for my GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL. heh - LibrarianOnTheLoose
I was teaching Scrivener and Zotero (and their potential integration) to history grad students (a few of whom apparently use Scrivener to manage their digitized primary sources rather than as a writing tool, which was interesting). Hey, does anyone know if you can mix Zotero-formatted footnotes with normal non-citation footnotes in Word? I assume not, but can't find anything official, and can't install Zotero on my computer until they fix it. - Meg VMeg
don't know about Z, but in RefWorks, you can. the way you insert a citation footnote is to use word's feature and then hit the insert there... it's probably the same - Christina Pikas
Zotero actually renders the footnote though. I guess inserting it using Word is still an option, if you needed to have non-citation formats. - Meg VMeg
Hot damn, you can mix Zotero-formatted footnotes and Word-inserted (non-citation) footnotes in Word for Windows 2010, at least. I'm stunned. It re-numbers everything when you move from Chicago to APA and back. - Meg VMeg
One of my goals from my performance evaluation is to create learning objectives for some of my one-shot sessions. In the past I've gotten some resistance from my supervisor when I've suggested adding a form of assessment to the end of1 shots. We typically use an end of semester Likert scale questionnaire. I think she's worried....
..that doing both is too much assessment. Thoughts? - YvonneM
there's such a thing as "too much assessment"? *boggles* - RepoRat
too much if there's survey fatigue... but i don't think that's the case here. I think you should do some assessment at the end of each class - Christina Pikas
So, the Likert thing is at the end of the semester? And you're wanting to do a quickie-assessment thing at the end of your session? I can't see how that could be "too much" since they're so widely separated in time. - Catherine Pellegrino
Let's break the assumption that assessment = separate survey. Much better to use performance analysis anyway. Just gather up the work students are doing in the session as part of learning and analyze it. Saves class time too. - Lisa Hinchliffe
Also (and you probably know this, which is why you're wanting to add some assessment to your one-shot), what you learn from an assessment is VERY VERY DIFFERENT from what you learn as a result of a Likert-scale "were you satisfied" survey. *cough* *cough* - Catherine Pellegrino
And ALSO, Lisa is very very smart. :) - Catherine Pellegrino
Thanks everyone. A few years back I asked her about using Survey Monkey and she reacted negatively. & I don't know how to address this reaction whenever i bring up 1 shot assessment--almost as if she thinks I'm dissing the survey, which she created?.** Lisa, they usually end up searching through databases--should I give them a mini-assignment, like writing down their search terms, and then collect these during class + hand them back? Sorry if this is a silly question. - YvonneM
Yvonne, something like that is what we do for our 1-shots with freshmen. Here's some info and sample assignments/assessments: and - ~Courtney F
I struggle with what Lisa said. Whatever worksheets/in-class work I have them do in class I want to leave the room with them, in however faint hope that they will feel inspired to keep moving on the roll we got them on. The time between a successful initial search and my grading/returning the worksheet to them feels like a damage.... - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
We look at student work - papers, projects - for signs of information literate life, but not to directly assess learning that librarians directly facilitate. More to see what our seniors are capable of and where they are still struggling. Our indirect one shot assessments as about confidence and ask them some other what-if type questions. We just decided to give it a rest next year to... more... - barbara fister
Well, RudĩϐЯaЯïan - in the olden days we used NCR paper for their worksheets so they left a copy. But, now, maybe have the worksheet be an online form that emails to them and you? - Lisa Hinchliffe
YvonneM - yes, exactly! I'd pick one thing you want them to learn, ask yourself about how you would know if they learned it, and then collect the activity they'd do to show it to you. I love figuring this stuff out so please feel free to describe in more detail or shoot me an email with specifics! :) - Lisa Hinchliffe
we've started using shared Google Docs with our students (previously used NCR worksheets). - ~Courtney F
Question about surveys … I just did training for ~20 people (2-3 at a time) for a class. I want to survey them to see how effective the training was. Survey is optional & confidential. Besides that, are there any issues I would be concerned with before sending to the attendees?
I wouldn't think so. Saying that it is confidential should get you truthful responses. I would also poll them in six months to see if they are able to incorporate your lessons into their everyday workflow. - ♫Jorge Covert, Trainer♫
i don't think so. - Christina Pikas
their assignment is due this week, so the questions will include "did you use X-Y-Z in your assignment." Thanks for the confirmation. :-) - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
I don't think so either; I hope you get interesting/useful responses! - Galadriel C.
i would try to make sure I asked practical questions - such as the one you mentioned - rather than "are you satisfied" questions that make them feel like they are rating the survey giver. you probably don't need that advice :D. - Marianne
I'm supposed to give a survey worksheet at the end of all of my classes. I don't like it because it's all touchy feely --there's nothing practical I can get out of it. There's only one question I'm required to use, keep meaning to rework the thing. - Hedgehog
I like my end of class evaluation form. I wonder if I ever posted it? - Christina Pikas from iPhone
We send ours out on paper to be distributed in class two weeks or so after the session. Questions are mostly learning oriented not teacher eval oriented. Someday we hope to make it online but it's hard to get results unless it's done in class. - barbara fister
I offered them info. on how to cite the Bloomberg terminal at the end of the survey (and also offered to email it to them, so not biasing those who submit survey). Of 4 results, all 4 said "smaller class sessions." Agreed, but I already kept them to FIVE per session. I might do this survey thing again; so far, so good. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Cameron Neylon
Made it to Newark. Shame the intention had been to be in DC...
New Jersey or Delaware? of the two, I'd pick Delaware. - Christina Pikas
New Jersey, cancelled LHR-IAD flight so they routed me via EWR and an overnight stay. Now doing a horribly early flight down to DC - Cameron Neylon
ugh, I'm sorry. Newark is kind of the armpit of the universe. - RepoRat
I once got stuck in Newark trying to go from md to Florida ( I know!) not pleasant - Christina Pikas from iPhone
C&RL 75th Anniversary Special Issue | Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) -
Academic-library LSWers, please vote. (Personal bias disclosure: there's a lot of futurist-defeatist junk on the list that I'd like to see voted down. I would also LOVE to see Malenfant's UMN scholcomm article make it.) - RepoRat from Bookmarklet
holy cow, they totally missed: Taylor, R. S. (1968). Question-negotiation and information seeking in libraries. College & Research Libraries, 29(3), 178-194. - Christina Pikas
write it in guys! - Christina Pikas
ok, I know the point was supposed to be for me to go and look at these seriously and vote, but unfortunately with the state I'm in today, all I got is randomly reading snippets of, sharing them out loud to my coworker, and alternating between giggle fits and consternation of at least 3 different flavors. - Marianne
such a weird mixture of "the past is a different country" and WHY IS THIS STILL THIS WAY with a side of wow, dude. - Marianne
good gawd that one is seriously horrific, isn't it. - RepoRat
Voted for Malenfant and some others that seemed like they had an impact. Not that I agreed with the impact, but they had some impact. - Joe - Systems Analyst
At least one of my coworkers up there for his 1980s paper. - Hedgehog
I voted a while back and did choose Malenfant's article because it has been useful to me. I wrote in Michelle Holschuh Simmons' excellent 2005 article, Librarians as Disciplinary Discourse Mediators: Using Genre Theory to Move Toward Critical Information Literacy. I know it won an ACRL research award, but I think it deserves more mad props. - kaijsa
This is rather embarassing. - barbara fister
How so? - maʀtha
I can't find six articles I would vote for. - barbara fister
ah - maʀtha
You're allowed to vote for fewer and write one in. I don't disagree with you, though. - RepoRat
I voted for 2 and wrote one in - Christina Pikas from iPhone
I voted for two plus a write-in also. - kaijsa
Christina Pikas
i'm really confused. using the overdrive app and every way to search i can think of, looks like my pub lib and the neighboring publib don't have a bunch of the Sharpe series. Now on the computer checking the catalog... they do.. and i can link back into overdrive and see them.
Oh duh. It's a wma file. I thought they were all gone - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Overdrive is terrible. And confusing. - laura x from iPhone
John Dupuis
Blinded by scientific gobbledygook: via @ottawacitizen Another "expose" of predatory scientific journals
so had enough of these. - Christina Pikas
yup - Graham Steel
At least this one doesn't go on and on about Beall. - John Dupuis
A side note in my little project: Just encountered a publisher that says in its author guidelines "we do not reject any paper." And from reading one or two (including a half-page short communication on the math of pitching baseball from a mound), I believe it. - Walt Crawford
So I've taken a lager drink and I've taken a cider drink and I don't have a whiskey drink so I guess I'll have to take a vodka drink, right? Logic dictates.
Then sing a song that reminds you of the good times. - Jaclyn aka spamgirl from Android
I may even sing a song that reminds me of the better times. - Zamms
Don't cry for me, next door neighbor. - Meg VMeg
We'll be singing when we're winning! (Jen and I sang this at a karaoke night on a cruise ship on our honeymoon. That is all.) - Zamms
One of my college roommates broke her foot moshing to this another friends' wedding. - Jennifer Dittrich from FFHound!
That sucks and is outstanding at the very same time. - Zamms
One whiskey, one bourbon, and one beer - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Christina Pikas
I want to start an LSW award for old follower for those not eligible for ASIST's new leader award or SLA's rising star. I will hereby nominate myself as the first "old follower" awardee :)
or ALA emerging leader - maʀtha
shover and maker? - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
The Methuselah Award for Outstanding Achievement In The Field Of Excellence - Pete
Me second (unless there's an Ancient Follower category). And, Pete, maybe change "Excellence" to "Persistence" for my version. "Keep on keeping on" is the motto. - Walt Crawford
The LSW Emerged Leader. - Joe - Systems Analyst
there you go! - maʀtha
lsw submerged follower? - Christina Pikas
Esteemed Colleague? - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Now stuck in my head: "Not waving, but drowning". (Is there term for this? Poetry worm?) - maʀtha
oh, how about Submerged Minion? Submerged Serf? - maʀtha
The LSW Plebeian Proletariat Librarian of the year. - Joe - Systems Analyst
shover and pusher. - henry
I remain convinced, however foolishly, that there is a way to change the axes in an Excel spreadsheet by viola and not by retyping it all.....
you mean transpose columns and rows? there's copy paste transpose - paste into a new sheet... or somethign else? - Christina Pikas
that is exactly what I was looking for! Transpose paste. It's the magical thing I knew must exist! Thank you! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Sorry I was offline; yep, right on the paste menu. VERY convenient. - Walt Crawford
Jason Griffey
Screw you, buzzfeed & upworthy. How do you know what I won’t believe?
Here's a start: Don't believe that buzzfeed or upworthy are worth visiting. You can probably add Business Insider and HuffPo to that list. - Walt Crawford
You won't believe what Upworthy and Buzzfeed think you won't believe. Click now to find out! - Laura Norvig
^^+10 What a weird old trick that is. - Walt Crawford
we're all going to die! news at 11! (at 11: the average mortality rate is now...) - Christina Pikas
The headlines they make up next will restore your faith in humanity. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
ALL NATURAL headline ingredients! - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
"although I found the paper on a .org website, the fact that it is also in PubMed gives the published paper more authority" Discuss among yourselves.
I'm totally overthinking it, but I'm not certain it's a wrong statement. We do believe that the things in databases are quality, right? A database source gives an item more claim, yes? I think it's bugging me because it's not actually true? Or is it? (she says as she chases her tail....) - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
It's a correlation/causation fallacy. It's not more authoritative because it's in PubMed; it's in PubMed because it's more authoritative. (Or actually it's in PubMed because it's in [journal] because it was judged by hopefully authoritative people to be of sufficient quality/importance.) - Deborah Fitchett
okay, so, the problem is it doesn't tell you very much. there are lame things in PubMed. in itself, being in PubMed doesn't really tell you anything about the credibility, relevance, or authority of the source. so, it doesn't hurt her case, but it doesn't help it either. - maʀtha
also, in the age of OA, I'm uncomfortable with claims that a source is somehow more credible because it is owned by the library or in a database we pay buckets of money for - maʀtha
Ah, Martha's just clarified for me what was bugging me about what I just said. That is: *some things* are in PubMed because they're more authoritative. Other things are in PubMed for other reasons. From this end of it we don't know which things are in for which reasons, and that makes it hard to assess whether it's authoritative. - Deborah Fitchett
Yeah, authority comes from the creator, not the database. There are white supremacist rags in Academic Search Premier, and there are top notch works produced by Orgs. - lris
Yep. - maʀtha
Isn't mayo an org? - Christina Pikas from iPhone
You're right! I thought it was .com. - maʀtha
Exactly. So, it feels right (most folks do this, even if unconsciously)), but it isn't actually right. For students learning to identify authority, we practically force feed them that stuff in databases is the good stuff, right? But we don;t do it explicitly, so we leave the ins and outs of the details unsaid. (student isn't being graded down for this, I posted it here because it really struck me as identifying something) - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
We do? I don't think I know anyone who teaches that databases are de facto full of good stuff. - lris
The databases are a tool, just like search engines are a tool, and print indexes were a tool. There is nothing automagical about them that makes their content inherently better. I am constantly telling students, "It really is okay to use the Google. Here is how it can be helpful." Maybe there are instructors who tell students that the most important thing, and the only important thing... more... - maʀtha
Here are some more important questions: What is the source? How was it created, by whom, and for what purpose? In what culture does it exist? Can you tell how it fits into the larger universe of knowledge on this subject? and so forth - maʀtha
I think we imply it when we push the databases. I didn;t say we teach it. And this was a poor attempt to apply a lot of evluation criteria, but this one they pulled out of the air. We may as individuals take a different tact, but I think librarians, in general, send this message. (and especially at MPOW, where most folks go their middle years without seeing a librarian, ever. Profs... more... - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
I think you're conflating search tools and evaluation in ways that I haven't encountered. You can perform certain functions in databases that you can't in other places. And you can get to some content you can't get to other ways. But even with database results we still have to teach evaluation and critical thinking. I often teach google, Wikipedia, and a database, each as a tool with its pros and cons, each needing very similar evaluative skills. - lris
The fundamental problem here is the (on bad days not entirely groundless) belief that requiring students to *think* in this way is an idealistic but fundamentally hopeless goal and that the best we can hope to achieve is to train them to memorise a set of places that are good vs places that are bad and do research by, like a pigeon, pecking the right button to get the rewards of a good grade. - Deborah Fitchett
This assignment was that they search for their topic, and evaluate an item they found there, and also the potential usefulness of government information for their thesis topic. I didn't conflate evaluation and tool; the student evaluated with a criteria that suprisingly included tool, and I started thinking about how that entered into their toolbox. he wasn't explicitly taught it, but I do think he has been implicitly taught it along the way? Or at least, that's the theory I'm considering. - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
This doesn't surprise me at all. PubMed doesn't have a limit for peer-reviewed/scholarly content because the (research, non-editorial) articles largely tend to be peer-reviewed, so it is easy to come up with a correlation to authority. In fact, it's basically used as an advertisement for PubMed, that it doesn't include news/magazine sources. The medical literature employs a different (more nuanced?) scale of evidence than your "typical literature", though, so you have to think beyond peer-review. - Meg VMeg
I have heard librarians say "library databases are better than the free web" which tends to imply "if you use them, you'll always be safe." So yeah, I think in a sense people teach it. - barbara fister
I'm intrigued by the implicit ".org is less authoritative than .com" that seems to underlie the original statement. Am I reading too much into that? - Cameron Neylon
Oh, I read that as "Being on a .org site hints at a paper's authority, and indexing in PubMed confirms." PubMed isn't a .com. - Meg VMeg
I read it as "this advocacy group posted this info, but it's SCIENCE not advocacy and SCIENCE is truth." Or "it's not just on this website, it was published elsewhere and confirms what the website says." or something like that... - barbara fister
Joe - Systems Analyst
I want to thank jambina and many others in the LSW for giving me the inspiration and encouragement to initiate the startup of the Scholarly Communication Section of the Academic Division of SLA. We now have a basic webpage and twitter account. and
Jeez my pic is huge on the libguide. Think I will edit that to make it less huge. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Keeping my promise and joining SLA. *g* Looking for service opportunities, so lemme know whatcha got. - RepoRat
I am also tempted to rejoin SLA after many years. - John Dupuis
Dorothea, be sure to also join the data caucus that just started. - kendrak from Android
i didn't intend to let it lapse - despite my distaste for some of the hq stuff - but it came up for renewal when there was a freeze and haven't gotten around to it since. i miss the DC list - was very useful - Christina Pikas
thanks, Kendra, will do! - RepoRat
Thanks for the plug on the Data Caucus, Kendra!!! Repo,I am a co-convener and we would LOVE to have you :) - LibrarianOnTheLoose
We will sooooo plug data caucus stuff/resources/content as well. - Joe - Systems Analyst
linky to the data caucus? - RepoRat
Here is info on their first meeting. - Joe - Systems Analyst
damn, boo, I thought you were a lot younger than me! *41 fistbump* - RepoRat
whippersnappers :D - Pete
lookin' sharp! - ~Courtney F
is it your birthday? - maʀtha
Kids. - Uli
oh there u r.. long time no see !! Looking snazzy bro - Peter Dawson
you make that look hella good, boo. ahem. Have an awesome day!!! - t-ra: lose,find,repeat
You make it look damn good. - Jenny H. from Android
Looks good on ya! You show that number who BAWSE! - (Curtis/Alan) Jackson
Happy birthday Luv! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Happy birthday!! - lris
Happy Birthday! - Rodfather
Happy Birthday, D! - vicster: full-bodied
Many happy returns! - Catherine Pellegrino from iPod
Happeh burday Derrick! - Lily
Happy birthday, my friend. - Steele Lawman
happy birthday - chamberlain
Lookin' good, D. Happy birthday!! - Laura
Oh, bless your happy face! - Glen Campbell
Happy birthday, D! - Anne Bouey
You look great! Happy Birthday! - Shannon - GlassMistress
Happy birthday. - Eric - Watch Me Now
They're so cute at that age. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Have a great prime number year. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Happy birthday! - Jim is digging out.
Happy Birthday Derrick!!!! - VALZ SCARLETTS MAMA
Have a wonderful birthday!! - Katy S
Happy birthday, ho. <3 - Monique Judge
Happy Birthday! - Kevin Johnson
Happy Birthday, D. - MoTO ChilliSauce from Android
Hope you're having a wonderful day. Happy Birthday! - Trish R
Happy birthday D!! - Corinne L
Happy D birthday! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Buon compleanno! - ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
Happy birthday!! - Yolanda
Happy birthday! Hope it is a great one :D - Jennifer Dittrich
:) Happiest of birthdays, Derrick! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Thanks everyone! Your kind thoughts and wishes mean the world to me. Sending kindness and good will right back atcha. :) - Derrick
Another 41 fist bump - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Belated Happy Birthday, Derrick. I figured you for 10 years younger.I thinks it the "attitude" you convey... (that's a good thing.) - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
John Dupuis
RT @LibrarianAngie: Kiss A Librarian This Week? NO. Bad title, @chronicle. I'm w/ commenter - better pay = much better thanks.
pay isn't my main thing: stand up for me and our services to lab leadership - Christina Pikas
Rachel Walden
Anybody have recommendations for students on sources of financial aid/grants/scholarships?
More specifically, student was told to get a book on sources of grants/scholarships, but I am not sure what to recommend. - Rachel Walden
Wow. We used to keep books like that in our reference section, until they invented this thing called "the internet." We've weeded them all, but maybe your reference section has one? Or the public library? Can the student narrow it down any: grants/scholarships for college? grad school? students with particular characteristics? studying particular fields? - Catherine Pellegrino
pub lib has these big floppy books that list grants/scholarships... tons of them. they're with the gre/gmat/act/whatever study books - Christina Pikas,, and are all free databases that are pretty good. - kaijsa
What is this "internet" you speak of? ;) Thanks for the online suggestions, will pass along. - Rachel Walden
now that my hair is getting longer i'm having a problem holding it out of my face. where does one go to get cute hair things these days (clips, bands). i'm currently rocking a binder clip to keep it back. :(
I've had decent luck at Target - the stock tends to come and go, so it isn't always the same selection. - Jennifer Dittrich
Justice or Claire's? That's where my kids get most of their cute hair things. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
All of the above, plus Ulta. - Corinne L
Grocery store? - Christina Pikas from iPhone
laura x
I am going to make myself go to Target this afternoon over my lunch break because we need more non-spilly sippy cups. Please tell me something frivolous I could get there for me for $10-15 that will cheer me up.
cute socks? - t-ra: lose,find,repeat
boxed wine - kendrak
a t-shirt in an outrageous color - Catherine Pellegrino
Easter candy - Catherine Pellegrino
Bottle of wine :-) - Shannon - GlassMistress
A place mat and plastic flatware and dish for lunches at work. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
I totally misread gel pens and wondered when Target started selling sex toys... - WebGoddess
Bouquet of flowers. - Kirsten
Bunny ears. - Yvonne from FFHound!
If I could get a decent sex toy in that price range anywhere I'd be astounded. :) - laura x
"decent sex toy" seems positively oxymoronic. - DJF
I was going to go now, but all the other senior staff have left the building, which makes me feel I should stay. - laura x
You guys, I suck at frivolity. I bought sippy cups, two glass canisters for food storage, envelopes, and a mop. - laura x
Were they frivolous envelopes? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
No. #10 safety. - laura x
was it a fancy mop? - ellbeecee
It was the best of a lot of bad options. I really miss my old mop that I bought at the Container Store years ago and foolishly left with my mother. - laura x
Swiffer. - Laura Norvig
I refuse to buy Swiffers because I am obnoxious that way. - laura x
boxed wine is a necessity. my new thing is placemats. - kendrak
I hate Swiffers. I thought it left my floor less clean than when I started. - ellbeecee
the only thing left that we haven't discussed are the glass canisters. do they have frivolous lids? - Marie
No. They're about the most frivolous things on the list, since I could go on storing the granola in a plastic bag on the counter, I suppose. - laura x
Dang, now I'm reminded that I really need a new mop and am thinking about what my options be other than a Swiffer. I guess an old school one with the wringer bucket? - Derrick
Nah. I'm with ellbee and laura on Swiffers. Good old sponge mops. Too bad Target discontinued the snazzy architect-designed spongemop and its refills (a couple years back); none of the newer ones work as well. (Can't remember the designer's name--he did dozens of household things for Target, but now designs for JCPenney, as a sideline.) - Walt Crawford
I used to mop my kitchen floor with cloth diapers and soapy water and then rinse with plain hot water or maybe hot water w/ a splash of vinegar. Way better than Swiffer, but my knees can't take it and it takes about five times as long and uses more water. - Laura Norvig
I have this thing by Libman that's like a Swiffer WetJet but with reusable pads and a refillable canister and it is my BEST FRIEND EVER. I think Rubbermaid makes one too. - Catherine Pellegrino
yup, i have the rubbermaid one and it is great too. it's has reusable pads, including one that you can use dry with fringy stuff on it to pick up stuff. ETA: - ~Courtney F
Close enough; I think mine's an earlier generation, but it's the same principle. - Catherine Pellegrino
WebGoddess - Some Target stores do sell the Trojan sex toys (or, so I'm told). - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Gotcha. Gonna swing by the hardware store after work. :) - Derrick
Target has some DVDs for $13 or less this week. That might have added to the frivolity. - LB: Ratchet Bear
i use a libman sponge mop and alternate that with swiffer wet and then sometimes just a wipe under my foot and skate around a bit... and my floors are still pretty dirty - Christina Pikas
I never watch DVDs, sadly. [ETA: Except of course for Stop Making Sense, which we watch daily.] - laura x
1. I like placemats for the cat food dishes. 2. Does anyone else think "libraryland" when they use their LibMan thingie? I have a LibMan scrubbie and every time I see it, I want to ask you all that. :-) - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
I haven't watched "Stop Making Sense" in years. I should dig that out & see if my VCR still works. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Christina Pikas
i'm gonna make RR's head blow off: posting on code4lib about how his faculty want to use researchgate instead of the repository
i didn't post, i read a post. - Christina Pikas
Head not blown. Repo UI still sucks. - RepoRat
they want to shut down the repository and use research gate instead? oh. well i'll try harder next time :) - Christina Pikas
Open is open. Whether IRs are a useful way toward open is a discussion worth having. So is whether we can leave open to putatively for-profit entities, which ResearchGate is. - RepoRat
Totally unsurprised. It's both the usability and the sociability of ResearchGate. The problem which faculty and grad students don't realise is copyright/permissions (lots of publishers allow pre/postprint on IRs but not elsewhere, and RG is an elsewhere), but they also don't care much about it either. - Deborah Fitchett
I can't believe there isn't a lawsuit against RG in the offing. They better do it quick, or it'll have enough of an installbase to really cause an insurrection. - RepoRat
What has been written so far about RG and OA? Looking for some good analysis and opinion pieces. Our researchers want to know if they should be on RG (we aren't an academic institution). They say their colleagues at other orgs are telling them, "oh, my paper is up at RG." I want to educate them about the processes of self-archiving if they don't already know about it, but I know RG is going to come up as well. - Laura Norvig
laura x
Dinner tonight?
I'm having popcorn. - Katy S
Saffron skillet risotto with chicken, leeks, and carrots. Not quite as good as I hoped, but not at all bad. A decent white table wine. Dark chocolate with mint for dessert if I decide I want it. - laura x from iPhone
Halibut en Cocotte with Roasted Garlic and Cherry Tomatoes - holly #ravingfangirl
Shrimp laksa with a side of steamed spinach. :) - Hookuh Tinypants
Enchiladas and homemade tortilla chips. Brownies for dessert. - RepoRat
Clearly, my dinner was lacking. - Katy S
Boeuf bourguignon (OK, leftover stew, but it's really good rump-roast stew), asparagus, yolkless egg noodles. My wife will probably have Concannon Crimson & Clover (a red blend she really likes); I'll have Husch Chardonnay. - Walt Crawford
Pot stickers, broccoli and oyster mushrooms. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
A meatball pita from here since I went out grocery shopping: - Katie
Chicken salad salad. - LB: Ratchet Bear from Android
tater tot casserole. - Big Joe Silence
trail mix - Elena
Green salad with grilled chicken. - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Leftover Thai. - Jason P
We have not gone out to eat in months. Five Guys vegetable sandwich, it was delicious. - Janet from FFHound!
Shrimp scampi spaghetti, salad. - Marie
Grilled Tj's bulgogi & asparagus, steamed broccoli, mac & cheese for the kids. - Jaclyn aka spamgirl
This is going to sound so stereotypical but we had roast beef and yorkshire puddings with roast potatoes, carrots, broccoli and cabbage, followed by hot-cross-bun-bread-and-butter pudding ;-) - Heleninstitches
@Katie - Which Cava did you go to? I went to the one in Rockville a few years ago and loved it. - Corinne L
Grilled cheese, probably. - Melly
It'a 5:15am. Why would I think about dinner?!? - Uli
Kids had grilled cheese, Josh had leftover bolognese sauce on toast, I had a bagel with bacon. - Melly
Corinne, I go to the one in Columbia Heights. It's the one I started going to periodically with my friend who I knit with, and now that I've moved into walking distance, I'm going a lot more often :D - Katie
Katy, my brain just omitted "opc". *headdesk* - Uli
I made risotto, roasted root vegetables, and teriyaki chicken strips. - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
I did another pork roast, this time braised in 1/3 cup chicken stock, 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar (I used Red Apple Balsamic) and 1 tablespoon each of honey and worchestershire sauce. Served it over egg noodles with green beans on the side. It was pretty yummy. Today's lunch is leftover Chicken Tikka Masala that I made Saturday night and that turned out pretty well, though not *quite* as good as our local Indian place makes it... - WebGoddess
i had wine and cheese and grapes and strawberries. then i came home and had cookies. and toast. - Marianne
Spaghettios at 10:30. - Jenica from iPhone
State your name and, in a word or phrase, your relationship with eBooks. (from introduction section at this meeting)
Sounds like a 12 step program. - John Dupuis
Steve. It's complicated. - Steele Lawman
Steve, that's exactly what I said. - lris
You said your name was Steve? Badass. - Steele Lawman
David. Recreational reader, academic hater. - DJF from Android
Kaijsa. Fraught. - kaijsa
Dorothea. Erstwhile standards-maker. - RepoRat
Maternity leave edition: Jenica. Ebooks make breastfeeding bearable. - Jenica
Laura. Hater. - laura x
My name is Joe, and I am a hater of DRMed ebooks. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Jason. In an open relationship with. - Jason P
Laura. Joined at the hip. - ellbeecee
Julie. I'm just not that into 'em. I keep trying. But I always come back to print. - Julie Kane
Meg. Wholly and profoundly uninterested. - Meg VMeg
Rochelle. Old eyes love font adjustability. - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
Walt. Open relationship: My wife reads some on the Kindle, I haven't in months. - Walt Crawford
Kathy. Necessity when I travel. - Kathy
Julian. Whut...? - Julian
Christina. Necessity for fun reading. DRM's a bitch. Springer v. v. useful with no DRM and full book downloads. - Christina Pikas
Maurice. DRM is the devil. Device Neutrality NOW! - ♫Jorge Covert, Trainer♫
Katy, and I have a love-hate relationship with them. - Katy S from iPhone
I'm Martha and I have lost my Nook. - maʀtha
Megan. Happy to read 'em myself, sad when I tell others they MUST use them despite the drawbacks - Megan loves summer
Laura. Love the ones for the Kindle. Like some of the ones we have at work for searching but not if I have to read the whole thing. - LB: Ratchet Bear from Android
Jen. Love/Hate relationship. Currently in therapy. - Jen
Anything I can strip the DRM off of is fine. - Deborah Fitchett
Catherine-the-reader: the Kindle app has transformed my post-parental reading life. Catherine-the-librarian: fuck 'em all. - Catherine Pellegrino
Anna. We're frenemies. - Holly's favorite Anna
Aaron: the eBook model for bulk purchasers, such as libraries, is broken; we need a new model (the print model would be just fine, imho) - awd
Deborah Fitchett
Coining "sisyphean scroll" for when you move to click a link in the footer but more results appear and push it down out of reach again.
oh, I am so going to use that - Christina Pikas
holly #ravingfangirl
y'all. if i get the ice cream maker attachment, i probably won't need to/shouldn't sign up for the ice cream CSA this year.
i know, i know. that's actually what made me think of this! - holly #ravingfangirl
They had some cool flavors, iirc. - Katy S
There are so many attachments I want to get but haven't. The ice cream maker, the meat grinder, the pasta attachments. Lots of cool stuff. - Derrick
I think you need the ice cream CSA for inspiration for ideas of how to use your new attachment. - Trish R
And I want the meat grinder and pasta attachments, too. - Trish R
Pasta attachments are freaking awesome. Making little macaroni ftw - Christina Pikas from iPhone
holly #ravingfangirl
oh, the temptation... KitchenAid 6 Qt. Lift Stand Mixer for $329.99 via @woothome
oh, the temptation... KitchenAid 6 Qt. Lift Stand Mixer for $329.99 via @woothome
someday i will have a KitchenAid of my very own... - holly #ravingfangirl
I seriously don't know how I lived without it. I use it for everything now. I don't know why, but I am still surprised when I discover I can use it to do something new. - Mary Carmen
i'm still mad that my mom had one and gave it to someone else when she downsized. KitchenAid has a bonus right now to get the ice cream maker attachment for free too. my main issue? I don't know where i'd keep it. - holly #ravingfangirl
holly - that's the only reason I don't have one, too. They take up a lot of space. Having said that, I'm annoyed that my parents gave their old one to my brother since he doesn't cook or bake much. - Katy S
I sucked it up and dedicated counter space to it. I found I was using it way too much to keep taking it down from the top of the fridge. - Mary Carmen
i keep the one i have now on the top shelf of my pantry. ain't no way this would even fit. I think the only real place i could make space for it is away from where i do most of the cooking. i suppose it could work though. DAMN YOU, WOOT. this is such a good deal. - holly #ravingfangirl
When I moved from LA to NOLA, mine sat in the car in the front seat. O_o - Derrick
I bought mine with my first paycheck about 20 years ago. It still works great. Although I really want that red one. - Trish R from iPhone
haha, school loans -------> - Derrick
*whimper* - Betsy
oh damn. Costco's coupons starting 4/10 have what looks like a comparable model for $60 off which could put it under $300. but it's a Costco-only version. hrm. - holly #ravingfangirl
no free ice cream maker though, cuz costco's coupon for it expired at the end of March. SUCH INDECISION. - holly #ravingfangirl
I'd love to have the ice cream maker. And the pasta attachment. - Trish R from iPhone
oh wait, the other coupon includes the costco model. though some reviews are saying there are issues finding attachments/accessories that fit it. GAH. i am going to go run and see how i feel about it then. maybe it will be sold out and i won't have to make a decision. lol - holly #ravingfangirl
OH GOOD GRIEF. i am still trying to decide. i'm gonna be sitting here with my finger on the trigger until 9:58 or until woot sells out. i think i have determined that what's different about this one is worth the $30 more than Costco's version. - holly #ravingfangirl
Girl, if you don't order that damn mixer... - Derrick
Those tall ones won't fit under my cabinets. I'm jealous of y'all who have have enough space for them. - Katy S
I wish I could use mine more often, but I don't have the counter-space to keep it out all the time, and it's so damned heavy that I never feel like dragging it out of the cupboard. I end up using a whisk or a small hand-mixer for 99% of my mixing needs. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
DO EEEEEEEET! - LB: Ratchet Bear from Android
The free ice cream maker is totally worth it! - Galadriel C. from Android
IT IS DONE. we'll see if i get the ice cream maker. :) - holly #ravingfangirl
I admit I'm always surprised to find out that someone *doesn't* have a KitchenAid. I grew up with one and when I started planning for my first apartment, it was the very first thing I bought. And every time I've moved, it's ridden shotgun (with a seatbelt, natch). I finally replaced my original with a 7 quart professional model a couple years ago. Still the star of the kitchen. :) - Hookuh Tinypants
I sometimes regret not having one. I grew up with one, too, and they're wonderful. For a very long time it was a space issue (I had a horrible tiny galley kitchen). Now I'm afraid I'd bake more than I already do. ;) - Katy S
I grew up with one but have never felt the need for my own, oddly. - laura x from iPhone
My mil has a 50yo one that works great. She gave me mine for a shower gift. Subsequent gifts included both pasta attachments and the meat grinder. :) I have a separate cuisinart ice cream maker with spare bowl - Christina Pikas from iPhone
RT @wilw: NSA denies prior knowledge of Heartbleed. Well, I guess that clears that up, since NSA has so much credibility and everything.
Why ask them if you don't want them to answer. - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Turnt up.
I found this hard cider that's aged in bourbon casks? -hic- - Derrick
That maple-y, smoky, lingering taste is sublime. - Derrick
Oh you are speaking my language right there. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
It's also like 7% abv too. #howyoudoin'? - Derrick
Oh. Which one? - Christina Pikas from iPhone
It's one of the Woodchuck varieties. A limited or reserve edition? - Derrick
Mary Carmen
I have an Amazon subscription for 25 pounds of flour....monthly..... :-/
Bread makin' mama!! - WebGoddess
bread, muffins, pizza dough, biscuits....ALL OF THE CARBS - Mary Carmen
COOKIES!!! - Katie
i remember being asked when checking out at costco if i ran a bakery and I was like why? and then i realized i had 50lb bread flour, 25lb ap flour, 3lb yeast, 4lb chocolate chips (which are just for me!)... Recently I've been using 5lb bags of white whole wheat more but that's more expensive. - Christina Pikas
Time to start a side business. - Steven Perez
Attempt to make a smoothie this morning--"because it will be quick and easy" -- was an almost complete failure. Do you smoothie? How do you make it quick and easy?
I don't do this anymore in the morning, but prepping the night before was essential for me. Have everything peeled, chopped and ready to just throw into the blender first thing. Just do a quick rinse of the blender after you're done, and either throw it in the dishwasher to wash while your'e gone, or the sink to deal with all the way when you get home. - Jennifer Dittrich
Jennifer, you use fresh stuff, not frozen? And use a countertop blender? (I used frozen, and an immersion stick. This was not a good combination...) - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Miss en place. Everything ready - not less time but done in advance. Put hot water and soap an give it a spin and only use dw every few days - Christina Pikas from iPhone
I used a mix of fresh and frozen, but always put the frozen stuff in the refrigerator the night before unless I wanted the smoothie to be icy cold. - Jennifer Dittrich
My go to immersion blender smoothie: one banana, a scoop of yogurt, a cup of almond/coconut milk, a scoop of protein powder, and a cup of frozen berries or frozen fruit. Note: not giant frozen strawberries. They don't blend with a stab blender. If the banana is frozen, then the fruit needs to be fresh. Immersion doesn't do all-frozen well. The blender does, tho! - Jenica from iPhone
Awesome! Thank you all! I think this *should* be easy, but this morning was a disaster. I will use less frozen fruit :) And try some healthier add-ins (flax? protein powder? spinach?) for tomorrow's experiment! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
What sort of blender do you have? Some of them handle frozen a lot better than others; I learned the hard way that a plastic base was no good for consistent smoothie blending over time. The blender just didn't last. - Jennifer Dittrich
I was using an immersion blender, I think Braun? And I was using the specified "smoothie cup" that came with it too! I think at this point I've learned I shouldn't use entirely frozen stuff (blueberries, mango, and banana, all frozen, is too much for the blender!). - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Yeah, we usually throw our frozen fruit in the microwave for 30 seconds. Just thawed enough to blend with immersion. OTOH, I think I might try Jennifer's trick of setting up the night before. - Jaclyn aka spamgirl
Belated but: I break bananas in 1/2 and freeze them the night before. The morning of I use 1/2 banana, coconut water, fruit (blueberries or strawberries), some hemp seeds or cacao nibs, coconut oil or almond butter (optional), and a scoop of a supplement I'm addicted to called Rockin' Wellness. I have a high-speed blender (Vitamix)--for a regular blender you might just want to do banana chunks. - YvonneM
I bought a Magic Bullet, and that has actually been really helpful. Well, that and thawing most of the frozen veggies :) and adding a little liquid. - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Tell me about Rocking Wellness? I haven't yet bought protein powder. It's so expensive, and I would to try before I buy.... - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
M.A., PH.D., M.S., CDP, CCP, CSP, CQA, CDE (this is straight up copied from someone's cv, listed after the name) O_O were looking at warmaiden's cv weren't you? or future cv? - Sir Shuping is just sir
OMG, LOL, YOLO. - Joe - Systems Analyst
you know who have a lot? nursing professors - Christina Pikas
Yup, nursing was my first thought. My mom's isn't quite that bad now, but when she was up on all her certifications? Yikes. - Kirsten
B.S. is missing fro the list. - Uli
QED - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
OPP - Jenny H. from Android
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