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Maxwell is a big brother... Benjamin born early Monday morning...
Congratulations! - John (bird whisperer)
Congratulations! - Anne Bouey
Congratulations! - Jennifer Dittrich from iPhone
Thanks... tomorrow is the big day for Maxwell to meet his little brother. Everyone is doing well... even better now since we got some sleep. - Harold
congrats! - imabonehead
Congrats - Katy S
Congratulations! - vicster: hon. canadian
Congratulations to you all! - Stephan from iPhone
Congrats, Kamilah and Harold and Maxwell! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Wonderful congratulations! - Steve C Team Marina
Congratulations!! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Congratulations on your new addition! :) - Jenny H. from Android
CONGRATS! - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Grats :) - Eivind
Congratulations! - The First NoeLB from Android
Congratulations, you four <3 - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
"Will anyone complain?" "You've worked with librarians for a long time." "Right, of course they will."
*complains* - RepoRat
100 points to the next correspondent who answers the "What's the update?" question with "Fucking nothing. Back to you".
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"Happiness is like peeing your pants. Everyone can see it, but only you can feel its warmth." - Christina Pikas from iPhone
I didn't get to that part. - Joe
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
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My friends send the best cards.
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"It's been a great party... but as soon as I find my panties I really must go." - laura x
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Deborah Fitchett
This is awesome - Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand are working on a free legal notice that Māori can use to release cultural works more openly:
How do you feel about the "protection against culturally offensive uses", compared to the problems people see with a non-commercial CC license? - Meg VMeg
It is restrictive, yes; but it's less restrictive than no open release at all. Creators need the reassurance that, say, their photo of their granny isn't going to end up on someone's Cafepress teatowels, otherwise they're not going to go anywhere near open. At the moment there's huge amounts of information that is locked up for use by the iwi itself and in many cases people would be... more... - Deborah Fitchett
(It has been a journey for me, with a natural Western bent towards "Knowledge wants to be free!", to get my head around the fact that some knowledge *doesn't* and I have no right to it. Comparing with my thoughts about privacy has been a useful benchmark/triangulation point when my brain's otherwise been tending to flail in despair.) - Deborah Fitchett
What would be the benefit of this license over registered copyright? Is copyright not strong enough? I am not at all saying that indigenous knowledge needs to be free. I'm just curious what niche this license fills. - Meg VMeg
There was a wonderful talk at Access Vancouver about work that was done at University of Washington about designing systems for managing culturally sensitive information. - DJF from Android
Like, in the US we have laws against falsely ascribing Native American ownership/creatorship (e.g., ), so I'm wondering if this is, like, the contrapositive to that. Or something. - Meg VMeg
yes! what djf said! huge community involvement in the collections for both authentication and access. i know that ubc has adopted some of the tech for their Xwi7xwa library. - jambina
It's not that copyright isn't strong enough; it doesn't replace that at all. Everyone gets copyright. It's that *creative commons licenses* don't give/withhold the appropriate permissions when it comes to indigenous knowledge. You can say "Go ahead and use it but attribute" (CC-BY) or "Go ahead and use it but not for commercial purposes" (CC-BY-NC) or "You can't use it at all without... more... - Deborah Fitchett
An example of the challenges of Creative Commons that are simpler for us to understand is the all the CC licences also waive the creators moral rights to restrict how material may be used. So, if you CC license something, you can't stop the KKK from using it. - DJF from Android
Sure, and I'm wondering whether people imagine it will face the same problems as NC. Because, in theory, NC is a good idea too. But, in other theory, NC is *not* a good idea, because no one knows what it means, so it's useless (e.g., ). And "culturally offensive" seems even more ambiguous than NC. Ergo my initial question. - Meg VMeg
I want this to be a clearcut awesome good thing. But NC-CC licensing has not at all been a clearcut awesome good thing (even though I would have thought that would be the case). So I'm wondering how/whether this can be a DIFFERENT clearcut awesome good thing. Or whether trademarks/law/something else are a better recourse. - Meg VMeg
I think it's a bit strong to say NC is "useless." "Not as useful as it might be," yes, but it's still useful. Half a loaf and all that. - Walt Crawford
Hence why they're consulting at the moment about what restrictions it should and shouldn't include. I think trademarks/law would do the exact opposite of opening things up. - Deborah Fitchett
Deborah, can you explain why things are not open currently? Is it something about Māori protectiveness, beyond whatever would or wouldn't be allowed by NZ law? The laws we have here prevent falsely ascribing ownership or creatorship to Native American tribes (and many of the tribes have registered trademarks for their names). So they don't close things down, exactly, but allow legal recourse when IP is used improperly. - Meg VMeg
Sorry, I am not trying to be contrarian. I would like this to be good news. I was excited until I remembered all the NC turmoil. - Meg VMeg
Two part answer: 1) Can you explain why a white person doesn't make their content open? It's because we want to retain certain rights. Sometimes I might want to make something open but I don't want a company to profit off that; NC was created (however imperfectly) to allay these concerns. Likewise a "no culturally offensive use" license can allow people to open their content up without... more... - Deborah Fitchett
That wandered so encompassed part of 2) which is the tikis on teatowels kind of thing. Some things do not belong in the wrong kind of context. Western law does not deal with this. Existing Creative Commons licenses don't deal with it. So the goal is to create a license that does deal with it, by (presumably) spelling out what uses are and are not appropriate. Then a creator can say "I... more... - Deborah Fitchett
I'm not sure if this clarifies things because I'm not sure where the gap is, because I've got all this cultural context you don't. But it's basically for the case where authors want to be open but also want safeguards. Existing CC licenses provide the safeguards that matter to Western creators (attribution, share-alike, non-commercial, no-derivatives) but they don't provide the... more... - Deborah Fitchett
Meg: Have you been following the furor here in Oklahoma surrounding the way Christina Fallin appropriated a plains tribe headdress? I know it's a physical object rather than knowledge, but to me, seems like this is the exact sort of thing that this license option is trying to protect against. American Indian tribes have always dealt with white people appropriating pieces of their... more... - Kirsten
I am not saying that protection isn't called for, or that I don't understand why it might be called for (my last question about the Māori was asking if there was something specific to their traditions/culture that made this different from a CC license for all indigenous people, because it seemed like Deborah was saying that). It is ABSOLUTELY called for, and I 100% understand why. What... more... - Meg VMeg
It seems like a way to put your hand up and say "hey, you can use this, but if I think you're using it in a way that offends me, I'm gonna revoke that right." I see the complexity of limits, but I also see why people may want "some rights reserved" defined in specific ways so that they can say yes while saying no to some uses. People would presumably still have uses that fall under fair dealing (?? is that the phrase in NZ for what yanks call fair use?) - barbara fister
Sorry, Meg. I wasn't reading closely enough. Teach me to skim pre-caffeine. Anyway, to the point: I doubt the Maori license would be able to avoid all those criticisms, since there would always be people (like Fallin) who would want to use items with that license in a way that was disrespectful. Such people often fall back on some combination of free speech and capitalism to justify... more... - Kirsten
Purely pragmatically, the problem I have with NC is that it overprotects -- it renders uses problematic that the licensor probably wouldn't have any problem with. I honestly don't think that's true in the indigenous-knowledge case! So I'm in favor (for the little my white-ass approval is worth), partly in the name of getting more truth out there and drowning out the noisy appropriators. - RepoRat
Back to the U Washington work that I mentioned above, "culturally offensive" probably isn't just a vague phrase, but has strong, well understood, restrictions on culturally appropriate use associated with it that are well understood by the culture in question. For example, letting the US flag touch the ground is (well, was) a simple example of a "culturally offensive" use. - DJF
Barbara's comment about "It seems like a way to put your hand up and say 'hey, you can use this, but if I think you're using it in a way that offends me, I'm gonna revoke that right.'" is exactly why the Creative Commons licenses explicitly waive the creators' moral rights. So, even where Western European culture has a way to control uses, the CC stops one from doing so. - DJF
It seems as this particular effort a) is working very hard to come to a mutually-agreed-upon-by-creators, nuanced and detailed definition of "culturally offensive" (if you click through to Deborah's link, it includes a survey) - which I actually would expect to vary from indigenous tradition to indigenous tradition, given that their sacred / tapu / etc contexts also vary, and b) is... more... - Marianne
tl;dr: oooh, this is really interesting and shiny. - Marianne
An interesting discussion, but I must admit that my reaction to a "no culturally inappropriate uses" license would probably be "If you're not Maori (or Native American or whatever), stay the hell away." Because I would never be sure what was and wasn't culturally inappropriate, except that I'm not part of the culture. And maybe that's right? - Walt Crawford
Maybe museums and schools would be able to use more easily? - Christina Pikas
Walt, I think part of the idea is that the license would *tell* you what is and isn't inappropriate. Meg, yes, while indigenous peoples are in heaps of dialogue with each other for mutual support and sharing ideas on how to reclaim heritage in a coloniser-dominated world, their cultures and therefore needs are still very different from each other so I would expect licenses to vary... more... - Deborah Fitchett
Blast from the past - we got someone in to do a talk about this for us, and now have a video online at - Deborah Fitchett
The straw that broke auto-suggest's back. We've turned it off, we're so frustrated by it.
Yes! - Kirsten
I dunno, I know people who'd watch that movie. - RepoRat
i LOLed here and i had food in my mouth! there should be laugh warnings on these posts... - Marie
So is a penis labyrinth what the kids are calling a vagina these days? - Steve C Team Marina
A penis labyrinth is the pentagon #satire - Pete
you two are just full of beans today, aren't you? Edit: though you are also near the top of your game - MoTO: #TeamMarina
lololol - Rachel Walden
I suspected some of y'all would run with this one. - Kirsten
Somewhere someone is making a porn parody of Pan's Labyrinth with this title... - Pete
Rule 34, Pete - Aaron the Librarian
Do you have bX too? I'd hate to see what it would recommend... - Zamms
"I didn't mean it before, but I certainly mean it now!" - Steele Lawman
Wow. Our Did You Mean hasn't done anything near this interesting, to my knowledge: I'm a little sad. - Deborah Fitchett
This wins, like, everydamnthing. :D - Catherine Pellegrino
oh, thank you! I really needed that ROTFL today!!!! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Jason Toney
Stuntin’ on all of us. RT @tacoguy209: Who's laughing now #BayAreaStorm #hellastorm
Stuntin’ on all of us. RT @tacoguy209: Who's laughing now #BayAreaStorm #hellastorm
Rachel Walden
Random poking up of the head: I've been missing from the librarian interwebs for a while due to life stuff and figuring out my next step. Many of you already know, but starting in January I will be the new Associate Dean for Learning Resources in charge of the medical library and biomedical communications at ETSU in Johnson City, TN.
Congrats! - Jaclyn aka spamgirl from Android
Yay and hi again! Sounds like a great move -- wishing you the best! - RepoRat
hooray hooray hooray! You deserve the change, and you will be awesome. - Jenica
Congratulations! - bentley
congrats! Awesome news! - ellbeecee
awesome sauce - ♫Maurice the Trainer♫
Thanks all! :) I'm pretty excited. In addition to jobby goodness, I'll be about an hour from where I grew up/where my parents still live, and close to the mountains again. - Rachel Walden
Congrats! - John Dupuis
Tell us about the biomedical communications part. I'm curious. - maʀtha
Congratulations! - Jen
Right now, biomedical communications is a digital design and print shop housed inside the medical library. They design & print large-scale items like research posters (including the fabric ones!). They do other signs, displays, table tents, etc. One project they did was to work with a pediatrician to produce a book for his patients. I think there's actually a lot of potential there re:... more... - Rachel Walden
that sounds SO exciting, Rachel. - Jenica
that is cool! - RepoRat
That's awesome! Congratulations on the new gig and best wishes for it to be a great experience! - kaijsa
Oooh. You kinda have a built in makerspace. - maʀtha
Melly Claus
RT @fionabodyposaus: Found these in my local bookshop. Thought of you @peteevansnot awwwww #parodypals
RT @fionabodyposaus: Found these in my local bookshop. Thought of you @peteevansnot awwwww #parodypals
Melly Claus
Andrew C (✔)
RT @john_overholt: This.
RT @john_overholt: This.
Love - Meg VMeg from Android
I checked that thread out. There's a followup where some other rando says women like her should get CS degrees instead of complaining about gender imbalance; she replied that she went to engineering school. - Andrew C (✔)
I so adore how dumb of my fellow males can be. *smh* - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Aw, he omitted the "I" and meant to say that he read the article. I'd almost feel bad for him if he'd have been more chagrined after the fact? As it stands, it doesn't look like he even understands what happened. He thinks people are making fun of him for a grammar error. Bless his heart. - Meg VMeg from Android
But no one mansplained it to him??? - Andrew C (✔) from Android
I think he does actually understand and is just being blase about it because these things happen on the internet and there's no point getting one's boxers in a twist when (seeing as how he's a guy so people are only laughing at him rather than sending death threats and such) it'll blow over in a few days. - Deborah Fitchett
Stephen Francoeur
LSW: Joe
Hah. I know which show is 28. "29 Moments Any Librarian Knows Too Well."
WARNING: Buzzfeed clickbait. - Joe
Buzzfeed Clickbait was the original name of Buzz Lightyear. Little-known fact. - Steele Lawman
Unfortunately, I will probably never again have the problem is #16. My current library has a 3-holds limit (not counting items in transit or ready to pickup). Three items! Yes, really. - bentley
I think that's still fallout from the great holds back up from a few years. - Hedgehog
Ah. I didn't know about that. Thanks. - bentley
#24 clearly isn't a *real* librarian. A *real* librarian wouldn't just label all the boxes "Books": they'd include the author range (or LC number or whatever) that they shelve the books by. - Deborah Fitchett
When I moved, all my boxes of books just said books. Between this, not wearing Danskos, and not liking cats, my librarian realness is always called into question. ;) - kaijsa
I also just shelve my books largely at random, with a few "clumps" of favorite authors, etc. - Steele Lawman
(I also don't wear Danskos. I own a cat, but I don't like him terribly much, so I'll give myself half credit on that.) - Steele Lawman
I have alas yet to see any Danskos in New Zealand. They have some gorgeous ones on their website, but buying shoes untested seems like a terrible idea, plus the site doesn't give the general impression of wanting me to buy off them anyway. - Deborah Fitchett
Melly Claus
RT @jodyallen_sahm: It never lets me down.
RT @jodyallen_sahm: It never lets me down.
Melly Claus
RT @oliyoung: Fuck you @bigw. Seriously, as the father of two daughters, fuck your engendered bullshit.
RT @oliyoung: Fuck you @bigw. Seriously, as the father of two daughters, fuck your engendered bullshit.
Big W? there hasn't been one of those here since i was 13...about the same time Woolworth's finally pulled out of here, actually. - Big Joe Silence
We've still got both! - Melly Claus
Melly Claus
Melly Claus
LSW: Joe
Aaron gets cited by Ben Wagner on PAMnet. Not a full-blown study, but a very thoughtful (I think brilliant) blog post is here: "Why Nested Boolean search statements may not work as well as they did" http://musingsaboutlibrariansh... by Aaron Tay of the National University...
of Singapore. Basically, the argument is that databases are now so very, very large, searching the full text is now so common negating the need for truncation/synonyms, etc., and relevant ranking/search query processing has gotten so sophisticated, that there are many cases were one gets better search results by ignoring Boolean and/or putting in a bunch of synonyms. The bunch of synonyms and liberal use of truncation actually degrade the results given how relevance web engines work. He gives a number of specific search examples (so in that limited sense, a study). - Joe
I will get the link to the archive once I stop using this iPad. - Joe
I just sent this to our library faculty. Let's see how long it takes for them to come to my door with torches and pitchforks! - LibrarianOnTheLoose
This is excellent, Aaron, and reiterates some of the frustrations we're having with our web-scale service as well as lays out some great examples to illustrate how things work. I'm going to share this with colleagues. - kaijsa
A great piece. Now if there was just a way to determine whether it is the RIGHT set of results rather than how many ... (not at all a criticism of Aaron's work ... just a challenge for the group I'm co-leading at our library). - Lisa Hinchliffe
This is where I grabbed the text above. - Joe
Oh dear. I was really feeling warm and fuzzy when I read your kind words. I respect you guys so much, so this means a lot. - aaron
reviewing article now, as I review S 2.0. Thanks, Aaron for writing it, and Joe for pointing to it. Oh, and the LSW / FF for just being you. :-) - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
I wonder if this will ever get cited.
Liang, Liming, Zhen Zhong, and Ronald Rousseau. "Uncited papers, uncited authors and uncited topics: A case study in library and information science." Journal of Informetrics 9, no. 1 (2015): 50-58. - Joe
Melly Claus
RT @_youhadonejob: You had one job.
RT @_youhadonejob: You had one job.
What they don't tell you is that one of those bananas is actually a cucumber in disguise. - Jennifer Dittrich
a cucumber?? I thought it was several radishes. poor radishes never get the respect they deserve - Sir Shuping is just sir
RT @scholasticahq: "abandoning the dichotomy between qualitative and quantitative" @HowardAldrich #SocSci #highered
There are good things for novice researchers to think about in this piece. - Marie
RT @poposkidimitar: RT @curtrice: Check this out! The desolate state of our scientific infrastructure by @brembs #openaccess #MuninConf
RT @poposkidimitar: RT @curtrice: Check this out! The desolate state of our scientific infrastructure by @brembs #openaccess #MuninConf
Melly Claus
RT @joeveix: Sneak peek of tomorrow's New York Times.
RT @joeveix: Sneak peek of tomorrow's New York Times.
Soup in a TARDIS
Doctor Who Is Finally Getting Its First Female Writer In 7 Years -
Doctor Who Is Finally Getting Its First Female Writer In 7 Years
"Doctor Who's been bringing in a lot of new writers in the past couple years, with some excellent results (notably Jamie Matheson and Neil Cross). But as Neil Gaiman recently pointed out, the show hasn't had any female writers since 2008. Luckily, it looks like Torchwood veteran Catherine Tregenna is writing for season nine. This is excellent news in general, and not just because Doctor Who has struggled with creating three-dimensional female characters over the past seven years. Tregenna wrote four of the best episodes of Torchwood, including one which garnered a Hugo nomination. She's also written for a number of other British TV series, and is also an acclaimed playwright. So she's more than qualified to write for Who, and here's hoping her episode lives up the quality level of "Captain Jack Harkness" and the disturbing, freaky "Meat."" - Soup in a TARDIS from Bookmarklet
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