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Everyone please to wish Rachel a very happy birthday!
Happy happy, Rachel! And keep up the good fight. - laura x from iPhone
Happy birthday, Rachel! - Betsy
Happy birthday :) - Pete : Team Marina
Happy birthday, Rachel! - RepoRat
Many happy returns! - Megan loves summer
Happy birthday! - Catherine Pellegrino
Happy Birthday! - Katy S from iPhone
Happy bday! - Joe
Hope it's a good one! - Stephen Francoeur
A very happy birthday to you Rachel! - Galadriel C.
Happy Birthday Rachel!! - Hedgehog
bonne fête, ma belle! - jambina
Happy birthday! - Jen
LB sad.
Sarah G.
I love when people get their Free Law awakening almost as much as when people get their feminist awakening. WELCOME TO THE THUNDERDOME.
Webinar : The Summon® Service: A relevance ranking overview with Q&A - might be of interest
Tuesday, September 16 at 6:00 am PDT/9:00 am EDT/2:00 pm BST (London, GMT +01:00) - - aaron
Thursday, September 18 at 10:00 am PT/1:00 pm EDT/6:00 pm BST (London, GMT +01:00) - aaron
"Relevance Ranking is about connecting researchers to the information they are seeking. We know that it, along with speed, ease of use and reliability is essential and integral to discoverability. How does the relevance ranking algorithms and architecture of the Summon® service ensure that the results that best match a user’s query are returned at or near the top of the results list?... more... - aaron
Our Pete is under the weather. Please to wish him well here. Go!
Possibly appendicitis, I'm told. We need to entertain him while he is in hospital :) - maʀtha
Hey Pete, get better, you! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Pete, here is a <moob flash> for ya. Get thee recovered quickly. - ♫Robot Chicken, Trainer♫
Feel better soon, Pete! - Anne Bouey
Well then, the cranky old bastard act can not be an act for a while. Hope you take full advantage, Pete! - Kirsten
Get better soon, Squire. I can't keep these younguns in line by myself. - MoTO: Team Marina
PETE! Feel better soon, my friend! - laura x
hope you're gettin' the good meds. - RepoRat
Thanks all :-) - Pete : Team Marina from FFHound(roid)!
It's appendicitis folks. Operation tomorrow. - Pete : Team Marina from FFHound(roid)!
Hope it goes super-smoothly, Pete. Hang in there! - Marianne
Maybe they will give the appendix to you to keep in a jar on the mantel - maʀtha
Sending good wishes to you Pete! - Galadriel C.
Pete! Take care in there, okay? - Catherine Pellegrino
Wishing you well! - Betsy
If you're going to go for organ removal, the appendix is kind of the pilot project version. All the pain and surgery with none of the long-term conversation starter potential. ;) - lris
(Also, thinking of you! THis stuff is no fun.) - lris
But, if you ever get sent on a deep space mission to Mars, it is one less thing you will have to worry about - maʀtha
Iris made me and Helen laugh :) - Pete : Team Marina from FFHound(roid)!
Can we start working on a story for how you REALLY got that scar? - Marie from iPhone
all will be well. then you can get a tattoo. good times. take care! - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Wishing you an uneventful surgery and recovery. :) - Anne Bouey
Get better soon Pete! - Jen
How's it going, Pete and Helen? - maʀtha
He's out of surgery; sore and hungry, but all going well he'll be home tomorrow. - Marina's Godmother :-)
Holly's favorite Anna
Vendor: "Here is a deal for open access journals for only $1000/yr!" Anna: "That's a subscription. You don't understand the meaning of OA."
HATE - jambina
I don't mean to brag or anything, but... I saved a life earlier this morning. I put that earthworm back into the dirt instead of letting it dry out on the concrete.
<3 - Marie from iPhone
Sarah G.
Seriously, you guys....stop making infinite scroll webpages.
Especially when the contact information is only at the bottom of the page. This happened once. I would see it for just a second and *poof* it was gone in the scroll. - Betsy
No Omega - Eric - Poppa Large
Betsy - I remember Facebook being like that for a long time. There were links that only appeared in the footer, and you could never get to them because of the infinite scroll. Those were times when I was actually thankful to have a slow connection. Not sure if Facebook is still that way or not (I haven't needed to use those links for a few years). - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
I call that "Sisyphean scroll". - Deborah Fitchett
Couple years ago a client hired a PR person who insisted contact info had to go in the footer - that it wasn't good enough to have it in the header or at the top of the right-hand sidebar. Infinite scroll mean's I'm right. - Mary B: #TeamMonique
Deborah++ for "Sisyphean scroll". - Andrew C (✔)
Whosoever scrolls to the ende of thys page is rightful kinge of Britain. - Andrew C (✔)
I always got around that by opening an individual item page in a new tab, which only has 1 piece of content, therefore nothing to infinitely scroll. Page stops at the footer. ;) - April Russo
Melly - #TeamMarina
RT @stayathomemum: DAMN!
RT @stayathomemum: DAMN!
And nothing screws up quitting time on Thursday quite like finding out it's Friday and your weekly update is due. - April Russo
Sarah G.
Pete visit memory: we were at the second best gay coffeehouse in Chicago and when looking at their bakery case Pete said "oh! they have fairy cakes!" and I was like "Dude! WTF?! You can't say that!" and that's when I learned that Brits call cupcakes "fairy cakes".
(Someone on twitter just called them Fairy Cakes and reminded me) - Sarah G.
Cupcake has taken over a bit... - Pete : Team Marina from FFHound(roid)!
I missed that visit. What is the second best gay coffeehouse in Chicago? - Betsy
Pete stayed with me 3 years ago as part of a professional exchange program. I don't remember the name of the coffee shop, but it was on Clark Street in Andersonville and very proud of the fact that it won second place in the "best gay coffee house" category in local weekly. - Sarah G.
Stephen Francoeur
Stick it to Cuomo by voting for Teachout and Wu: achievement unlocked!
Mary Carmen
I am gonna break my arm off patting myself on the back for how fucking fantastic my rye bread came out.
Walt Crawford
Once in a while, abbreviating for a URL is a bit unfortunate, as in the OA journal Business Management Dynamics:
Walt Crawford
Doorbell rings. Usually, on weekdays, that's UPS dropping off an item and the truck's gone by the time I get to the door.'s Sunday. And there's a smiling USPS (not UPS!) employee, having just dropped off Gray's Anatomy Season 10, which we ordered with free ("5-8 day shipping") and which shipped on Friday.
I look surprised, she says "Starting today. Only parcels." I knew the Postal Service was starting Sunday deliveries to do the work UPS and FedEx don't do well, and to do Amazon grocery delivery...but this was a USPS parcel, sent at minimum cost. Delivered Sunday. Did I mention delivered Sunday? At no extra cost? - Walt Crawford
I wish to Gaia that Congress would stop trying so hard to put USPS out of business (USPS is actually profitable, except for $5 billion a year in forced long-term retirement costs that NO OTHER AGENCY IS REQUIRED TO PAY), since I regard it as the best delivery service out there. - Walt Crawford
Yep, we've had Sunday delivery maybe a year now. Amazing. ETA: Oh, not even Amazon? Wow! - Meg VMeg from Android
I would also note that Amazon's learned how to "overpack" DVD sets--a plain air-padded envelope, not a lot bigger than the set itself. Nothing else, nothing inside, and I assume they paid $1.81 (media mail, up to 1lb., 5-digit presort) or less. - Walt Crawford
"Air-padded" isn't the right word--it's one of those envelopes lined with bubble-wrap equivalent. Anyway, Amazon and USPS both get full credit. - Walt Crawford
Yeah, Amazon struck a deal with USPS. (I get all the USPS gossip now that toddlerx's dad has a second job as a rural route driver.) - laura x from iPhone
Meg: No, it was Amazon. But it appears that it's for other parcels as well. - Walt Crawford
Last night I camped out in my hammock... for the first half of the night.
LB sad.
RT @espnu: #UpsetAlert: McNeese State (@McNeeseFootball) ties No. 19 Nebraska at 24 with a 24-yard field goal. Under 5 mins, 4Q
RT @espnu: #UpsetAlert: McNeese State (@McNeeseFootball) ties No. 19 Nebraska at 24 with a 24-yard field goal. Under 5 mins, 4Q
laura x
Parenting is hard, late stage capitalism is a clusterfuck, women are screwed. I have now saved you the trouble of reading a lot of books.
thanks for taking that one for the team. - Jenica
tl;dr - Joe
Not just books. Add in that all kittens are cute and you have 98% of the internet also covered. - Uli
RT @janeschmidt: Librarians, for the love of Dewey, stop counting books! Please!
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Anne Bouey
Every Comment On Recipe Blogs -
Every Comment On Recipe Blogs
"“I didn’t have any eggs, so I replaced them with a banana-chia-flaxseed pulse. It turned out terrible; this recipe is terrible.” “I don’t have any of these ingredients at home. Could you rewrite this based on the food I do have in my house? I’m not going to tell you what food I have. You have to guess.” “I don’t eat white flour, so I tried making it with raw almonds that I’d activated by chewing them with my mouth open to receive direct sunlight, and it turned out terrible. This recipe is terrible.” “Could you please give the metric weight measurements, and sometime in the next twenty minutes; I’m making this for a dinner party and my guests are already here.” “i dont have an oven, can i still make this? please reply immediately” “Does anyone know if you can make this ahead of time and freeze it?” “Have you thought about making a sugar-free version of this?” “Can you give us a calorie breakdown for this?” “I followed this to the letter, except I substituted walnuts and tofu for the... more... - Anne Bouey from Bookmarklet
hahaha so much this. drives me crazy. - holly #ravingfangirl
"“a warning that if you cook this at 275°F for three hours instead of at 400°F for twenty-five minutes its completely ruined. do you have any suggestions?” “I didn’t have buttermilk, so I just poured baking soda into a container of raspberry yogurt. It tasted terrible.” “I love this recipe! I added garlic powder, Italian seasoning, a few flakes of nutritional yeast, half a bottle of... more... - Anne Bouey
OMG, this is brilliant!!!!! I have to answer these questions as part of my job!!!!! - Melly - #TeamMarina
Chickpea & Milo Brownies - I don't have chickpeas or milo, what could I make this with instead? - Melly - #TeamMarina
I'm laughing so hard because it's true. Along with sugar-free requests are vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and sodium-free. I saw a mac n cheese recipe where the lady asked for a carb-free, dairy-free, gluten-free version. Did a search and found a few recipes in a few seconds time. Why didn't she do that? - Anika
I've just shared this with my colleagues; our Food Editor is on a plane right now but I can't wait for her to see it! - Melly - #TeamMarina
Hilarious. - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Melly - #TeamMarina
RT @the_macbean: "@socratic: Haven’t you anti-Oxford Comma people done enough damage?" No! Come on, that’s amazing!
RT @the_macbean: "@socratic: Haven’t you anti-Oxford Comma people done enough damage?" No! Come on, that’s amazing!
Hey, is it time for a new LSW room tagline?
How about- this tag line is intentionally left blank. - Joe
Catherine Pellegrino: "Today I weeded a rock from the ready-reference collection at my library." - RepoRat
For the complete LSW tagline please refer to the print edition. - Galadriel C. from Android
okay, Galadriel's just cracked me up. - RepoRat
Seconded. - Julian
Definitely Galadriel's. - Catherine Pellegrino
Fourthed. - Walt Crawford
All in favor, say "aye." - Julian
Aye. - Joe
We now move this matter to committee... - Julian
Don't we need to discuss which committee this moves to? - Joe
I nominate Galadriel as Chair of the Tagline Committee for 2014-2015. - Marie
Seconded. - RepoRat
Thirded. - Joe
Eh... it's her baby now. - Julian
(I love this thread) - Betsy
Aye, aye. - laura x from iPhone
well done, people! - maʀtha
will someone with powers please make the change? - maʀtha
Someone? Bueller? - Kirsten
*WHITE MALE PRIVILEGE ACTIVATED* The tagline is now 'For the complete LSW tagline please refer to the print edition' What a great idea of mine. - Pete : Team Marina
LOL - maʀtha
I think lris and Steve have admin privies. - Joe
So she's chair of the committee responsible for setting the tagline, but she doesn't have the authority to do so. Typical. - DJF
The actually work is appointed to the tagline subcommittee. - Galadriel C.
I like this entire thread. - maʀtha
is tagline one word or two? I think it should be "tag line." What style guide are we referring to? - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
"tagline" - maʀtha
(I also love this thread.) - Louise "Weezy" Alcorn
Except I Know You're Being Ironic... *weeps for teh future* - Aaron the Librarian
So brilliant. - barbara fister
Much wow. - Betsy
^^^ that's brill too. - barbara fister
:-) - Betsy
When punchy librarians come up with session titles for upcoming drop-in workshops? You end up with Buzzfeed style session titles: "15 ways to get to full text in your twenties -- WITHOUT PAYING A CENT" or "48 Reference works you'll NEVER BELIEVE THEY WROTE (number 12 will haunt your sleep)"
Run with it! Heck, this could be a theme for the next round of your library's trading cards. - RepoRat
Well, we already have tabloid covers at the moment, so we're pretty close! - lris
this is brilliant! - maʀtha
Last spring, YYY students graduated from Carleton college. You'll NEVER BELIEVE WHAT HAPPENED NEXT. - Catherine Pellegrino
You should do it, Iris. Heck, I want to click on that Reference Works link. *click click click click click* - Betsy
Oh, we're doing it. :) - lris
Love this! - Lisa Hinchliffe
Yay! - Betsy
(So what are the 48 Reference Works You'll NEVER BELIEVE THEY WROTE?) - Betsy
I'm still kind of fond of the Biographical Dictionary of Neo-Marxism, from my library-school days. - RepoRat
I've found using such titles for blog posts can be insanely successful. The classic one is 5 things freshman should know about NUS Libraries but usually dont. I easily get a couple of thousand views, when the average post gets 50-100. Using them for workshop titles is new to me. hmm will try that... - aaron
Walt Crawford
Serious question and quandary: Someone hearing about the new OA journal analysis I'm doing says, in essence, "I assume you'll make the spreadsheet available for crowdsourced verification and further analysis." I do not see this as being a good idea, and if pushed on it would be inclined to drop the project ...
I'd hate to do that at this point, since I've already looked at (individually) 7,818 out of around 11,500 journals and "journals" in the project. But I'm using a variety of approximation techniques to make the project less overwhelming, and I can just see, e.g., Beall downloading the spreadsheet, finding that my numbers (which will NEVER be used citing individual journals) are off for two or three journals, and... - Walt Crawford
... proclaiming "See? I said Crawford's stuff was bilge." (He's already used that word.) Whereas, of course, JB simply avoids facts, sticking with "I suspect" and "It seems unlikely" and the like. - Walt Crawford
Anyway, if it's really Improper for me to do this work--which will lead, as in the July '14 C&I, to discussions of patterns, NOT of individual journals--and NOT make the spreadsheets available, then I may very well give it up, blowing seven weeks of effort but saving 4-6 more weeks. - Walt Crawford
So: the question: Am I being unreasonable? If I'm unwilling to make the spreadsheets available, should I just drop the project? Advice very much wanted. (As I go off and do the next 10 journals...) - Walt Crawford
It's a good open data question. I can see a lot of value in the release of the data--if you're clear both a readme file and the final document about how/what you've summarized and approximated. JB's going to be skeptical anyway;he's already decided against you, I would try not to make this decision based on him (which is hard!). In my mind sharing the data gives your work/words more... more... - Hedgehog
You are in no way obliged to. I think it would be interesting and useful to others though. Whether you do or don't, you should be transparent about your approximation techniques. Then if you do make the dataset open and people complain a number is off you can just say "Well duh, see how I talked about approximation techniques? Feel free to make a better dataset if you've got the months/years of time spare." But if you don't want to make the dataset open, that doesn't mean the rest of the project is useless. - Deborah Fitchett
I think my reaction might very well be the same. The spreadsheets weren't "designed" for crowdsourcing, and the whole thing makes me nervous as hell. Of course, I could just blank out all the journal names, but that would make the spreadsheets close to worthless... - Walt Crawford
Deborah: My response was to Hedgehog. Yes, I do plan to discuss the shortcuts/approximations used, as I normally would. Thanks for the additional thoughts. - Walt Crawford
Is there a small representative sample that you could show to explain how you evaluated the data, and to explain how some people might interpret some things differently, and then say that the big spreadsheets are available on request? But then I wonder if JB would bother to ask for the data. Would he do that so he could nitpick? - Joe
Joe: Yes, if I go to the extra work on a sample--although there are two issues, evaluation (is this an A, B, or C?) and actual counting (where I've used shortcuts at times). In either case, then I'd need to (a) prepare a readme in some detail and (b) respond to requests. Grant funding for this project has been notoriously lacking... - Walt Crawford
I guess what I'm saying is "Is it irresponsible to not make the data available?" in which case maybe the best bet is to shut down the project. Deborah's saying it's *not* irresponsible; I appreciate that. - Walt Crawford
bump: I could really use a little more feedback on this, if anybody else is interested. - Walt Crawford
It's much easier saying what you should do with your data than doing it with my data. I totally get what you're saying. My thoughts were: I didn't document enough, my code (or calculations) done in Excel were done the hard way, the data are dirty, maybe someone else will see something in there I missed.... But as not you, I really think you should try to release under a cc-0 license or... more... - Christina Pikas
also, you are looking for sponsorship or more publishing opportunities, I think, and this could bring more attention and respect for your work. More trust from the people you want to attract. - Christina Pikas
oh and it's not irresponsible to not share. but it is generous to share. i doubt beall would take the time and effort to re-do your analysis. I really do. And if he does, so what! - Christina Pikas
Christina: Thanks for that. The odds of sponsorship are so low that I've mostly given up, and I've cut back on publishing opportunities for the moment. I'll have to think about this. - Walt Crawford
So its a bit late now but I always now try to figure out at the beginning of an analysis what can and can't be (easily) shared and bear that in mind as I work on something. I would always err on the side of release, even where its messy because the upsides generally are larger than the downsides. Problem is the upsides are all less noisy than certain downsides. If it were me, under... more... - Cameron Neylon
Turns out the person suggesting release is actually suggesting release of the spreadsheet(s) used in the July article--and alternatively suggests that I recruit a small team of experts who could reanalyze/deepen the analysis. Not likely to happen, honestly. I'm now satisfied that it's not reprehensible/irresponsible to *not* release the spreadsheets. Beyond that...well, I'll keep thinking about it. Thanks all for your help. - Walt Crawford
[Curiously, just reading a long discussion involving "reanalysis" of data, in an entirely different field, and it doesn't encourage me: basically says that the only reason people reanalyze is to attempt to refute] - Walt Crawford
… in related news, this conversation is useful for us as we think about trying to persuade our colleagues to release their data. it nicely illustrates the pros & cons of data sharing in our discipline. And I agree with all the points listed above. :-/ - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Bumping only because I just did a blog post about this... - Walt Crawford
Hmmm...interesting. The clinical trial analogy isn't a bad one. Also makes you realise that if you 'anonymised' the dataset then re-identification wouldn't be hard. I think there is some value in such a dataset (looking at correlations, subsets etc) but given the re-identification risk the work involved in effective anonymisation might be more than its worth. - Cameron Neylon
Thanks, Cameron. Others? (I should probably publicize the blog post on Google+, since OAfolk seem to hang out there. Will do so.) (Have now done so.) - Walt Crawford
I could see value in releasing *just* the names (and maybe URLs if you're feeling generous) of the journals/publishers you looked at, with NO accompanying information -- well, maybe column headers, but no more than that. That way, if we (writ large; it's a tempting crowdsourcing project) want to do the reanalysis, we can gather our own damn data and it's not on you if we do. No obligation, just a thought. - RepoRat
As I noted elsewhere, I'm perfectly willing to do that. (For the Beall and OASPA lists, the URLs "come with"--they're hyperlinked journal and/or publisher names. For the DOAJ list, which is of course just a subset of the downloadable DOAJ dataset as of May 2014, they're a separate column, but leaving 'em in is no more work than taking 'em out. For Beall, some fraction of journal cells would *not* have hyperlinks because of problems in downloading title lists from the publishers.) - Walt Crawford
HEY! Sort of a techy question, but hopefully stupidly easy and not worth asking Code4Lib: How can I export/download all of our ContentDM stuff in bulk?
crickets - Blake
I don't know anything about contentdm but I do know it has been discussed extensively in the past months. You searched the c4l archives? - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Yeah, I'm not finding much. There's this article: but it doesn't really hit the mark. - kendrak
Hmm, I know someone who might have a good answer--let me ask. - Hedgehog
Thanks! I appreciate it. - kendrak
Megan loves summer
For those who haven't seen: Inside Higher Ed piece on faculty members criticizing Oxford e-books (which I always thought were rather ok-ish):
Wife notes that she has not used SPSS and SAS software tools very much lately. The kid notes that she just doesn't have much sass.
Yvonne Renee
So.... I don't want to jinx it by posting on FB just yet, but.... Luke is potty trained!!!!! YAY!!!!
Yay!!! - Anne Bouey
For the last few months I could tell it was just laziness on his part, but since Portland he's been wearing training pants with cute puppies on them that he does NOT want to soil. That, plus being homebound for a week and me making him use the potty every hour, has sealed the deal!!! - Yvonne Renee
Woohoo!!!!! That's awesome! I planning on kicking it up a notch with Emily once warmer weather sets in. I'll be taking her shopping for undies ^_^ - Melly - #TeamMarina
Warmer weather DEFINITELY made a difference. He either walked around in just training pants or naked when we were hanging out at the hotel in Portland and he really didn't want to pee on the floor... (thank goodness for that!) - Yvonne Renee
Hooray! (Sorry to be late.) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Welcome home Stephen! - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
Walt Crawford
Perfect sentence in introductory essay for a journal from a semi-accredited (U.S.) university: "Special thanks go to Dr. [redacted] for his tiresome support of the journal." That support certainly can get tiresome...
Andrew C (✔)
RT @simonnricketts: This sign is supposed to show you which things are forbidden. But it actually creates the coolest dog ever.
RT @simonnricketts: This sign is supposed to show you which things are forbidden. But it actually creates the coolest dog ever.
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