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huh, thought i posted this to LSW too earlier today but apparently not. happy to finally be able to announce that in early November i'll be starting a new gig at the University of Chicago as their IR manager. #fuckyeahChicago!
Woo! - lris
Woo-hoo! - Betsy
Congrats! - Jen
Cool. - Joe
Hooray + Congratulations! - Galadriel C. from Android
I think it will soon be time for another LSW Midwest Meetup. *nods* - RepoRat
YAY! - maʀtha
@RR: YES! Are we heading to Chicago this time? I like Chicago - maʀtha
I could go for Chicago, sure. - RepoRat
Yay! - Betsy
Let me know when you're thinking, too, so I can see if it coincides with a trip home to see the family :) - Katie
so happy for you - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
congrats! Lots of luck in your new position. - Elizabeth Brown
What's your favorite calculator model used in school or thereafter?
Casio fx-7000g, still use it. - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
HP-67 all the way, though I'll admit my HP-45 probably got me through my EE degree. - David Lounsbury
I never really learned to use calculators for advanced functions until last year. My HS calculator (which I still have and which still works on its ORIGINAL battery) is a TI-35 Plus. I really like the size of it. But it's a little sticky around the buttons so when I was in Chem 22 I bought a TI-36X. Its weight and size is nice but it has no log button. It turns out you do log by... more... - Spidra Webster
I don't remember what brand/model it was, but it was a printing calculator that I found in one of the abandoned offices at the airport, back when I worked there, that I swiped for use in my office (I didn't feel like bringing mine from home). I should have taken it with me when I left that job. The keys had such a good feel to them. - April Russo
I really loved my TI-85 when I was in school (and after, until I left it in a cart at Walmart accidentally, and lost it forever). Not sure I really remember any particular models of calculator I've used since; I mostly just use whatever's built into my computer or phone. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
When I was in school there weren't any. Good thing I was an English major. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
TI-84 Plus Silver Edition. <3 - Jenny H. from Android
HP-48 S, although I never used it to its full potential. - Brian Johns
Still have my HP-32S, vintage 1988 model, as my go-to calculator. I keep non-RPN calculators on hand for the other librarians. - Elizabeth Brown
I liked using my graphing calculator in high school and college. I forget if it was a TI-80 or TI-81. Probably the latter. - John (bird whisperer)
HP-48 S, never needed its full potential. - Angelo
I really liked the TI-68 I had in high-school, and hated the switch to the graphing calculators (I did a lot better with the math itself when forced to graph by hand.) - Jennifer Dittrich
I had and still have a casio fx-4500 - Amit Patel
TI-81. The only calculator I ever used in high school and college. - Bren from iPhone
Hp 11c reverse polish. - Joe from iPod
HP-48GX. - Julian
In school? I had a really good K&E slide rule. Never did learn all of its functions, but got really good at mentally calculating magnitudes. - Walt Crawford
*wonders what a reverse Polish calculator is and if it's anything like reverse cowgirl* - Spidra Webster
I'm with the oldsters in this group. Personal calculators had just become available when I took statistics the summer after graduating college, but they were so very expensive then. A few people in the class had them, but I still used a slide rule. - Anne Bouey
TI nspire CX CAS - Glen Campbell
Confession: I have a calculator collection. I own several dozen of'em. - Glen Campbell
holly #ravingfangirl
i would like to have a word with whoever put "Copacabana" in my head.
her name was Lola, she was a showgirl - ellbeecee
Every time I would pass by a Taco Cabana when I lived in Austin, I would sing Copacabana, and change the words. Good times! - Elizabeth Brown
oh man, i would totally do that too. - holly #ravingfangirl
Meg VMeg
Do you remember anything about your first week of college?
All I remember is the horror of living in a triple with two high school cheerleaders. - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
I remember we did this at orientation: (warning: late '90s web design) which was fun and goofy and appropriate to the campus. - Catherine Pellegrino
About that week specifically, no. - RepoRat
I remember a great many things. Far from the whole kaboodle, but there's a lot that I do remember. - Marianne
I remember the COOT trip I was on - - and I remember pieces of things. I have little memory of the actual first week of classes though. - ellbeecee
I remember quite a bit from Orientation Week (including lots of trips to Target, as there was no IKEA then, and learning offensive chants that they don't teach them anymore), but very little about my first week of classes. - Meg VMeg
I remember a lot, too, including the first week of classes.This would have been fall 1984. We had a crazy system where you registered by showing up in the class you wanted to take and getting a card from the professor at the end of the first session, You could swap cards with other students if needed. After maybe another semester or so, we finally switched to computerized registration. - Stephen Francoeur
Oh oh oh, that's right! Registration happened in the gym, with cards and lines and frazzled administrative assistants. Also a crapton of surveys, with scantron sheets. - Catherine Pellegrino
My first week was an orientation class, too, the week before regular classes started. I remember that class very well. Taught by a married couple (she worked in admin somewhere, and he was an art prof). In addition to classroom time, we went out to the nearby state park, tot he Mennonite grocery store, and to the campus archive/museum. And I do have a few distinct memories from the... more... - Kirsten
We used cards with lots of carbon copy slips for registration (and Add/Drop) and had to take them to the registrar, and then maybe they printed something out for us? On dot matrix? - Meg VMeg
A few things very specifically, the rest impressionistically. - Steele Lawman
Playfair! So this was a thing - my campus did this too. This was in 1986. - Elizabeth Brown
Yes! (1988 for me.) It's still a thing - they had it here at MPOW this year. - Catherine Pellegrino
I had an upperclassman try to swap me rooms while I was moving into the freshman dorm (freshman dorm was the nicest at the time) and I remember a circle orientation activity. Don't remember anything about classes or registration. - Hedgehog
Yes. - Laura
From 52 years ago? I remember the orientation, I remember the feel of moving from a campus of 2,500 to a campus of 27,500, I remember figuring out how to fit into the "apartment" (oversize closet) I was living in before moving to the student co-op. And I remember falling in love with the Berkeley campus almost immediately. That's about it. - Walt Crawford
The marching band party out in the countryside with much pot and alcohol. my roommate's side of the room covered in Star Trek and Star Wars paraphernalia (including a Star Wars bedspread - He also literally believed he was Captain James T. Kirk of the Starship Enterprise, btw), experiencing true freedom for the first time. - Friar Will
I remember being so lonely and anticipating a horrible week since it was also my 18th birthday. The neighbors on my floor totally surprised me with presents and some time hanging out. It ended up being okay. - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
I remember going to orientation, meeting some of the people in my dorm, and starting my work-study job. I don't remember much about starting classes that fall. - John (bird whisperer)
We registered with cards filed in shoeboxes and swapped cards with people looking to trade. I took a bus and a streetcar until I found a ride. We had half-naked "posture pictures" taken in the gym. There were some evening events but they were mostly aimed at resident students, not "dayhops." - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
I remember feeling like I would never make any friends, and even my orientation group wasn't all that keen on me. - Holly's favorite Anna
So many things. The guy down the hall from me freaking out when they did a sex-ed talk in the chapel (he went to Catholic school). Camping for a couple of nights and talking with a girl about our favorite lines from On the Road. Thinking it was funny that my roommates both wore dresses/skirts when we were all moving in. Signing the aged matriculation book. Talking my way into year long Shakespeare. Thinking I might finally have come to a place where I was going to have friend for the first time in my life. - laura x
ya i remember that the senior's trying to haze /harass some of my buddies who went with me to school.. so I stood up to them.. kicked their butts.. I was street creed. nobody screwed around with our group /class - Peter Dawson
Flipping through the freshman facebook. - Stephen Francoeur
I remember waiting in an ungodly line to get my student ID thinking I'd have enough time to do it and get lunch in the three hours between calculus and physics, and ended up having to SPRINT across campus to the science wing to get to physics in time, completely missing lunch. I was a bit underwhelmed after the first day of classes, a bit overwhelmed after the second day of classes, and then leveled out by the weekend. Spent too much time figuring out the right Scantrons to buy at the bookstore. - Hookuh Tinypants
I remember a lot - the first week was 'Hell Week' for marching band. We practiced all day, every day, and then there were at least three parties and one road trip to perform at a high school (somewhere in the Tri-Cities.) We did an orientation, and that's when I figured out that one of my friends from high-school was transferring into my dorm, and by the end of the next week, we'd... more... - Jennifer Dittrich
As it was fairly recent, at least some. I remember all the weird icebreaker activities that took place on the quad. I still have some kind of distaste for them even though comparatively speaking, these were actually somewhat entertaining. - MariWeaver
In my first day of my freshman seminar, I thought I was super clever during the icebreaker. We were in Connecticut (Trinity, in Hartford), so when prompted to say something that was unique to me, I said "I was born in Rockford, Illinois." The guy next to me said, "Hey, me too!" We are friends to this day. - Jenica
Irony doesn't work when chatting up girls at a semi-legal beer hall in one's residence. - DJF
1982. Yikes. I went to Concordia while the vast majority of my friends went to McGill so I do remember feeling both incredibly excited yet a little apprehensive about feeling a bit isolated. Concordia CS at the time maxed out at about a class size of 50-60 so the actual experience didn't feel too different from CEGEP. - John Dupuis
I remember quite a bit - Soup in a TARDIS
First day: I met a very petite girl, Jenn, in my statistics class. She invited me back to her dorm room to hang out before I went to my next class (I was a commuter student). She sang along to "Teach Your Children Well" on her boom box, some random dude named Seth wearing a toothbrush and towel stopped by to say hello, and I thought, well, this college thing is pretty wild. - Corinne L
I remember going to all of the fraternity houses for the first time. Oh, and I remember my group winning a scavenger hunt that was part of orientation because we were the only group able to produce a used condom. - Katy S
Caltech sent us to 'frosh camp'. I remember one or two incidents from the whole thing. Also, I went to school a week early as part of the acclimatization program for international students. I vaguely remember they took us to Santa Monica. As for the first week of actual school, I don't remember anything. - Andrew C (✔)
Oh, I remember a ton about the first actual week of classes, particularly the part where I spilled coffee all over myself and the book I was reading right before my first class, which was baby Greek. I still have the book, with the coffee stain. - laura x
I don't remember first week of college but I remember that sometime that summer there was a special week for some kind of minority orientation. Wilma Rudolph came and spoke to us. I'd only been in the US for 10 or 11 months and I remember telling my mom how surprised I was to find out that blacks were a minority. Until then, I was the only Hispanic I knew in town. I remember one other Hispanic kid in the orientation group, and one Polish kid from Hamtramck. I don't remember anyone else. - Betsy
Yes. I remember more about freshman orientation (we moved in about a week before the upperclassmen returned) than about the classes I was taking. I met one of my dearest friends in a world civ class that semester. I think my other classes were college algebra, music appreciation, church history, and our freshman colloquium, the "here's how to cope with college" class we all had to take. - L.A.M.B. tbh from Android
I do remember that the entire first trimester of school felt like an entire year had passed. - Andrew C (✔)
I remember wearing a pair of J Crew flip-flops to class in the rain... funny thing about those J Crew flip-flops, they're really slippery when you hit a wet tiled floor. I wiped out on my way to Bible class... in a skirt. - Lola Bean (Penguin) from iPhone
I guess my answer is a bit different, if I'm talking about classes. I remember quite a bit from there, too - especially my Psych 101 and Gen Ed (really World History) courses, where I found and sat with several other marching band folks (three of which are still great friends of mine.) Our Gen Ed class made the school paper after an argument between the author and my professor over race/ethnicity/nationalism in Egypt. - Jennifer Dittrich
I remember making friends with a guy in a Sewer Trout shirt. I remember napping. - kendrak
I don't remember much (not because I was getting blasted) about what it felt like. I remember how sophisticated and funny the conversations were at the UCHA Co-op where I was going to live and how weird it felt to be the only freshman there (they have a long waiting list so most freshmen don't know to get on it that far ahead of time). - Spidra Webster
More is coming back to me: I remember an orientation session with our RA and dorm director about sex and STDs, and one upper-class student quipping, "and remember: bedsprings squeak." I can't remember if we played laser tag in the dorm during that first week, but we definitely played it my first year, until campus security put the kibosh on it. Same with the Purity Test(s). - Catherine Pellegrino
I recall a fair bit. Ha, so I remember during o-week I was with a group of 6 or so, and we did that team building exercise where you fall backwards and THE TEAM catches you—I MEAN, AREN'T FRESHMEN UNI STUDENTS TRUSTWORTHY! Anyway, it's sort of my own damn fault, but as I stood on the picnic table, at night, ready to be caught, I instinctively did my backstroke spring off the start block... more... - Micah
Got 37/40 playing the Five Decade Actors quiz. Can you top that? #Sporcle
Got 37/40 playing the Five Decade Actors quiz. Can you top that? #Sporcle
I got 24/40. Should have gotten 25, but I spelled Katharine Hepburn's name wrong (I thought it was Katherine), and when it didn't get inserted into any spot, I got perplexed. Can't believe I didn't get the one that included Robin Hood: Men In Tights; I was always a fan of his. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
I got 26/40. I kept seeing the actors face and forgetting their name! - Elizabeth Brown
Christina Pikas
Today is the first day if the rest of my life. Up at 4:45 to get kids to daycare by 6:30 and to work by 7. Hopefully can nudge that back to 5
Ooof. Strength to you. - laura x from iPhone
Good luck! The first week is always the hardest. - Elizabeth Brown
Elizabeth Brown
Visited the shrine of library shoe goddesses: John Fluevog Toronto on Queen Street.
excellent (did you meet Franklin?). (though the true shrine is in Vancouver.) - jambina
Whoa, did you buy those? They are lovely. - Meg VMeg
I don;t think I met Franklin - was with my daughter and just browsed. This is part of her fashion education. Also did not get to by those shoes with the furniture heels, but they are just as fabulous in person. - Elizabeth Brown
Library Assessment Conference in Seattle. Who will I see there? If there are enough of us, LSW meetup?
I will be there! Yes to meetup! - kaijsa
Kaijsa, yay! - Marie
Say hi to a colleague for me... Carrie Forbes from DU will be there. - Joe
Marie, I'm staying with a friend who's a former coworker at UW and we're going to be there for all of the evening stuff and everything, but she and I are joined at the hip while commuting from the burbs. Let's get together, but I'm bringing her, too. She's awesome. - kaijsa
Joe, I love Carrie. Thanks for the heads up. - kaijsa
Gah, I didn't know there was evening stuff. I should look at the sched. I'm looking forward to meeting Kaijsa's friend and will seek out Carrie. - Marie
Monday is poster session and reception. Tuesday is conference reption in my alma mater's gorgeous Sylvan Grove. Wednesday it's over. - kaijsa
not able to go to this one - hope others have a great time. - Elizabeth Brown
The email from ExLibris regarding EBSCO pulling out of Primo Central (EL's discovery layer):
As you may know, for the past eighteen months, we have been indexing in Primo Central a number of the EBSCO databases. EBSCO has now changed their strategy and will no longer permit third-party discovery services to load and index their content. Therefore, starting 1st January 2011 we will cease hosting of the EBSCO content in the Primo Central Index. EBSCO will, however, permit our use of a specialized API to search the EBSCO content ‘just-in-time’. - Kirsten
Since our initial agreement with EBSCO in June 2009, we have made significant progress in working directly with many publishers and other aggregators to dramatically increase the content in the Primo Central Index. In addition we recently reached agreement with Gale whereby their databases in Primo Central will now be available to all, regardless of subscription. Since there is a... more... - Kirsten
Based on a recent analysis of the Primo Central content, we cover, through other channels, over 90% of the data provided by the current EBSCO content loaded in the Primo Central Index. Furthermore, of the small number of titles exclusively available from EBSCO, none of these appears on the list of the 5,000 most used journals, based on SFX logs, and only three appear on the list of the 10,000 most used journals. - Kirsten
We are currently finalizing the details of the new arrangement with EBSCO for ‘just-in-time’ search and will update you as we progress on this. However, we believe that EBSCO’s decision to withdraw their content from the Primo Central Index does not best serve your user’s interests. We therefore strongly encourage you to add your voices directly to those of the ELUNA and IGELU steering committees in requesting that EBSCO reverse their decision and enable their data for indexing. - Kirsten
Ah, ok. That doesn't affect 360 Search, because it's a pure federated search product with no harvesting. But this means that Summon is going to be cut off too. - DJF
holeeeee crap. - jambina
Yeah, the EBSCO databases are still available through MetaLib (EL's federated search). But not being in the discover layer may well do a number on use stats, and if those are bad enough then the state-wide agreements will start to matter less. - Kirsten
my comment on this has disappeared? basically mentioning summon and Ebsco being the new evil empire - Christina Pikas
Could someone offer a TL:DR version? The reference desk is poppin' this morning. - Andy
PRIMO harvests database content into it's central index. EBSCO has cut them off, but it still allows federated searching in realtime. (considering how EBSCO has been cutting off other vendors from hosting content, this doesn't actually surprise me.) - DJF
Christina: You commented on the one in my feed; I reposted to LSW. Apologies for the confusion. - Kirsten
Craptastic. Seriously. We just got 360 Search and are considering Summon. It seems that vendors like EBSCO will defend their damned information silos to the bitter end. Let's all send EBSCO email that say, "Save the time of the user", shall we? - maʀtha
Martha, EBSCO's current dick move shouldn't affect 360 Search, because 360 doesn't harvest. I'm seeing HUGE problems with Search 360 that have nothing to do with EBSCO. I suspect soembody at Serials Solutions spilled their coffee on a computer or soemthing. - DJF
Yes, I wasn't being clear in my carping. I'm thinking about how this EBSCO effects everyone with Summon or who might get Summon (in addition to everyone with Primo). - maʀtha
Are any other libraries reporting problems with 360 Search? - maʀtha
Wait, does anyone have Primo Central yet? This is a fraction of Primo users, no? We have Primo for discovery, but still use Metalib for federated search, so this doesn't affect us. - Meg VMeg
We have it Meg, but I don't know how many libraries are using it. It's still fairly new, I think--our timing was such that we implemented Primo and Primo Central at the same time. Metalib is still in there too, so we do still have access to EBSCO databases. But Metalib is so much slower than Primo Central, I'm worried about how this is going to play out here. People were just getting used to our new interface. - Kirsten
liking so I can bookmark this. We are a completely ex libris shop now so this will definitely affect us. - Elizabeth Brown
It won't affect Summon users as the content harvested direct from the publisher not the indexer, e.g. EBSCO. Summon has around 97% of 'EBSCO' ft content but has never harvested EBSCO - Graham Stone
Meg, we're in the process of setting up Primo Central. We got an email from Ex Libris explaining that we can activate a whole bunch of databases that we don't subscribe to that cover the EBSCO holdings. Then SFX kicks in to locate the article in EBSCO. It's an awkward workaround until the APIs are available. - Zamms
Interesting! - Meg VMeg
Is "just in time" federated search? - María Milagros Fernández
I just want to echo Graham Stone, above. Summon (and ExLibris) are already doing end-around work bypassing the "ease" of importing EBSCO indexing. I think this will ultimately backfire in EBSCO's face as their products get marginalized and their locked-in EDS customers become their only customers. - Aaron the Librarian
If EBSCO/ProQuest/ExLibris start making exclusive indexing deals with major academic publishers, then you can worry. For now, it's just one dog marking a tree that every other dog has marked as well. - Holly's favorite Anna
saw an EBSCO demo for their EDS product last week and the way that the VP was talking they have a few exclusive deals with vendors and publishers that no one else does. He said one going to be announced at some big engineering conference in a few weeks. - Sir Shuping is just sir
I'm with Aaron and Anna on this one - the workarounds are there, so until they have exclusive indexing deals, well....They do tout their indexing as superior, of course, but still. - ~Courtney F
I think when publishers start seeing libraries cancel subscriptions because the titles aren't in their discovery systems, they might reconsider the exclusive deals that seemed so tantalizing now. - Holly's favorite Anna
No use = dropped subscriptions at MPOW... If it isn't indexed in a discovery system there won't be any use. Of course, I'm still working on selling the priority of a unified index as a discovery layer. - Aaron the Librarian
So glad we don't have Primo. The UMN does, but not us. - maʀtha
How did this float to the top today? (It's from 2011) - Aaron the Librarian from Android
spammer spammed, but then got deleted - Sir Shuping is just sir
Ah ok. Added bonus: I still agree with what I said back then. (which does not always happen) - Aaron the Librarian from Android
Ken Gidley
MC/Scott - I found your next nightmare location.
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Why? Just why? Why would you stay there? Why would you build that? Why hasn't it been burned to the ground? - Mary Carmen
Paging Rob Zombie... - Corinne L
Paging Obama, found a use for those drones mate - Mo Kargas
saving for my next ipad messaging section with Ms. 11. - Elizabeth Brown
It's literally in the middle of the Nevada desert too - Tonopah, NV. Creeping mining town vibe, and then this... - Ken Gidley
Nope. - Mary Carmen
Mo wins! - Janet from FFHound!
Sarah G.
At the point in "Written in my own hearts blood" that I have about 15% of book left and so slowing down to savor last few chapters...
I'm still on Fiery Cross. Just 878 more pages to go... - Jen
I think I'm going to do a re-read after this. There's a LOT of characters and situations where I'm like, "who the hell..?" - Sarah G.
That's what's holding me back. I read all the previous books in one go, finishing them up about...2 years ago? Three, maybe? And even then, there were characters and situations where I was like "who the hell...?" So I'm thinking I need to re-read at least the last one (maybe, god help me, all of them) before tackling this one. - Catherine Pellegrino
She's actually pretty good at providing a little explanatory text at who the people are. Not as good as Jim Butcher, who basically re-explains Harry's entire life each book, but enough so that you get the gist. It's more that I have no memory of that happening in the original since it's probably been over a decade since I've read some of the books. - Sarah G.
I've not convinced myself to try to read the new one - Echo in the Bone didn't capture my attention at all. The only thing that might convince me to do so is the notion that it's more focused on Jamie & Claire than other recent(relatively speaking that is) volumes in the series. - ellbeecee
I burned out on those pretty quickly. 20 pages of plot spread out over 100, was the impression I kept getting. - RepoRat
I started a reread of the series - like Sarah G it's been a LONG time since I first read some of them. Still undecided about getting the last one. - Elizabeth Brown
I am going to watch the series, but I can't decide if I want to attempt a re-read before it airs. I remember the general story, but given the way HBO has made significant changes to the True Blood and Games of Thrones storylines, I worry that Starz will do the same, and drive me bonkers with the details. - sglassme
I can say I'm enjoying this one a whole bunch more than the last, but that may be because I am generally in a much better place than when I read that one. - Sarah G.
I'm torn. The last one i read was either Fiery Cross or Drums of Autumn. (and zero of the lord john books). I was thinking I would do audio to catch up, but each of the books is about *45* hours on audio!!! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
I think I'm too Catholic to listen to some of those sex scenes being read to me. - Sarah G.
I stopped at Fiery Cross... I loved the first few but by that one... it was dragged out a bit, I think. - Christina Pikas
L.A.M.B. tbh
How is my flight always at the cul de sac of the farthest possible terminal from where I started? #MurphysLaw
Mine always is too! - Jenny
Once again I'm at the very end of the concourse. - L.A.M.B. tbh from Android
I always consider getting to airline transfer points as part of my exercise program. - Elizabeth Brown
Exercise opportunity! - Amit Patel
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
The Words That Are Most Known to Only Men or Women Didn't know the meaning of two 'male' words but I recognized them
The Words That Are Most Known to Only Men or Women Didn't know the meaning of two 'male' words but I recognized them
'Dreadnought' and 'bolshevism' I had to look up but I knew of those words. I knew they existed. :P - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
I think I did pretty well with both lists. - Stephen Mack
Same. I recognized 'solenoid,' but had to look it up. Some of those make sense to me, and some just WTF. - Jennifer Dittrich
A couple of the "female" words I'm not sure about: mascarpone is a dessert, right? and bottlebrush, is that a brush to clean bottles? - Betsy
Ha ha, this will only make sense to Brits, but I really didn't expect Dean Gaffney to be holding that sword ;-) - Marina's Godmother :-)
Really? "golem" is recognized more by men than by women? But hey, it's Slate reprinted from Business Insider, so it must be...never mind. - Walt Crawford
The only word I didn't recognize was "claymore." - John (bird whisperer)
Marscapone is a cheese that's used in desserts. It's awesome! - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
what does it mean if i recognised and knew the meaning/definition of everything on both lists? - Big Joe Silence
I'm really shocked. I know my late husband knew (and used) all the "female" words, and the only "male" word I had think about was "codec". But then "claymore" and "scimitar" and "dreadnought" show up in a lot of history and historical fiction, so there's that. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Also is humvee a word? Like an actual word. Because it's the pronunciation of the brand name of that ridiculous big ass car! - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
"humvee" entered the colloquial lexicon about 20 years back, so yes. - Big Joe Silence
"Humvee" is apparently in the American English online version of the OED - Victor Ganata
OED seems to adopt early. - Big Joe Silence
Well, I think OED tends to pick up words early because they're trying to document actual usage, not prescribe "correct English". - Victor Ganata
I have about as much familiarity with "scimitar" dreadnought" and "claymore" as I do with "decoupage" "taffeta" and "tresses"... - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
I still say humvee shouldn't be a word, yo. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
If we use it and people know what we're talking about, it's a word. :-) - Kirsten
@Zulema: thanks. So I guess I was half right about mascarpone? - Betsy
Am I the only one that clicked through to take the test? (scored 81% with no nonwords) - April Russo
I didn't even notice there was a test. I scrolled straight to the list. - Betsy
There was a test? oh! I got 84%. (no nonwords) - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
84% with one nonword (I should listen to myself more). - Betsy
90% with zero nonwords, and I recognized "zloty" about a second after I said I didn't recognize it. ("bedaub" may be a word, but I'll continue not to recognize it.) - Walt Crawford
You got different words than I did. - Betsy
93% - Katy S
Could the female word list be any more stereotypical? Ugh. - Heather
87%, no nonwords. The words I missed were: inspectoral, tisane, whipstall, axil, trimaran, agronomics, scarfskin, tercenteniary, and coltsfoot. I got up to 91% with a retest. - Stephen Mack
90%, no nonwords, I missed acicular, syringa, yashmak, exponible, latria, strickle, and filature. I lost some time cackling at the non-word bodibator. #iam12 - Victor Ganata
93% on the retest. I missed borecole, redingote, instauration, imbrue, and complaisantly. - Victor Ganata
Familiar with all of the but would probably fumble trying to give an exact dictionary definition of solenoid and dreadnought. - Spidra Webster
83% on the test - ended up fat-fingering a couple of words I knew, but oh well. The ones I genuinely missed were random fashion/sewing accessory related. Take that, sexist word knowing thingie. Or something. - Jennifer Dittrich
Betsy: If the test is set up well, that will usually happen--e.g., I saw only one or two of Stephen's and Victor's words. - Walt Crawford
I hadn't realized people would get different words. I would've posted my missed words. - Betsy Words that I didn't know - falderal (didn't connect this as the same as folderal, darn my Texas drawl), hoatzin, paraxial, aquilegia, polyclonal, diplopod. - Greg GuitarBuster
81%. No non-words. Not bad knowing that English is not my first language. - Uli
thinking a lot of men thought decoupage was decolletage. :) - Elizabeth Brown
I thought a solenoid was a lonely noid - Pete : Team Marina
88%. I got three wrong. There were some funky words on my list. - Elizabeth Brown
It's interesting that the test doesn't require you to define the word, just agree that it is a word. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I think asking for definitions would be extremely difficult. What should the algorithm consider as a correct definition? I think only counting a verbatim dictionary definition (and from which dictionary?) would result in a lot of false negatives. - Victor Ganata
What Victor sez. - Walt Crawford
I'm imagining multiple choice of the rough domain the word is in. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
We have fallen into a frozen waffle breakfast routine rut. Please HELP! Need ideas for food in hand on the go options for children 3,3,7
Both my daughter and I like Belvita crackers. So does our black cat. - Elizabeth Brown
String cheese and hardboiled eggs? - Regular Amanda
I should make more hardboiled eggs! - FLEMING
I think I need to get them alll to come upstairs and sit down to eat for a second as well - FLEMING
egg muffins? I do a couple dozen at a time and then warm in the toaster oven/microwave. Eggs/various vegetables/cheese/bacon as desired-- cook bacon, mix other, fill muffins, bake 350 for 20 minutes ish? I use silicon muffin cups, far easier than scraping a muffin pan clean - Hedgehog
PB&J. - Bren from iPhone
Frozen pancakes? Gogurt and cereal bar. Cereal in a cup, no milk. - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
PBJ is 50% of what they eat for lunch ;) - FLEMING
Muffins! that sounds good as long as they stay at the table to eat. - FLEMING
Yvonne: they LOVE cereal but often demand milk (insistently) - FLEMING
Cut-up fruit, toasted bagels - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Fruit. Just cut up a bunch of fruit beforehand. Give them yogurt and granola and let them choose what they want. Not ideal if you're rushing out the door. Also, with the frozen waffles, sometimes I'll prepare them like french toast or cinnamon toast. Dip in yogurt. - Anika
Baked oatmeal squares or in muffin shapes or smoothies in straw cups - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Oh egg muffins sound good. Like little frittatas - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Yes and they are wonderful fridge/freezer glue. Throw things in a cup, add eggs, bake. Tada! We call them Egg Pucks at Chez Hedgehog because they puff up in the oven but then collapse. Really great protein punch. here's a good basic recipe - Hedgehog
definitely going to try those.! - FLEMING
Elizabeth Brown
Spices restocked and organized.
Ooooh, pretty - Hedgehog
Thanks! I think I'll make this the background for my ipad. - Elizabeth Brown
Stocked and organized spices are so satisfying! - Galadriel C. from Android
oooooooh. i love this. - holly #ravingfangirl
Yeah, this was fun to do. The mister just gave me a blank look afterwards. - Elizabeth Brown
The new LSW Member Twitter Handle Post, just in case. (The old one is at )
(Is there a list for non-LSW?) - Betsy
@BetsyVera2 - Betsy
@ElaineLibrarian - LibrarianOnTheLoose
@reddite - Pete : Team Marina
@ellbeecee - ellbeecee
@webgoddess - WebGoddess
@cpellegr - Catherine Pellegrino
@eabrown25 - Elizabeth Brown
@LibSkrat - RepoRat
@disedlibrarian - Rebecca Hedreen
@bfister - barbara fister
@s_francoeur - Stephen Francoeur
@orgmonkey - Marie
@CogSciLibrarian - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
@grasshopperlibr - maʀtha
@gohomekiki - Kirsten
@spamgirl - Jaclyn aka spamgirl from Android
@dupuisj - John Dupuis
@newrambler - laura x
@oajoe and @bibliobrew - Joe
@waltcrawford - Walt Crawford
@cpikas - Christina Pikas
@hedgielib - Hedgehog
@weelibrarian - weelibrarian
@julian2 - Julian
@lisalibrarian - Lisa Hinchliffe
@desertlibrarian - Ruth Kneale
@mjreddin - Marianne
@megvmeg - Meg VMeg
@czammarelli - Zamms
@k8southern - Katy S from iPhone
Don't make me resort to tweeting! Please *whimpers* - Marina's Godmother :-)
I hope we don't have to, but I also don't want to lose you. :-( - Betsy
*sighs* @heleninstitches - Marina's Godmother :-)
@suelibrarian - suelibrarian from iPhone
@freedabrook - Freeda B.
@deborahfitchett --Oh wait, also I recently started @freeasinsmiles trying to post a new OA resource a day. - Deborah Fitchett
@rudibrarian - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
@jsholman - Jen
@gchilton - Galadriel C. from Android
@wawoodworth - Andy
@henare - henry
@younglibrarian - Katie
@library_chic - ~Courtney F
would some kind person please turn this into a public list? Twitter hates me right now - maʀtha
I don't know what that means. - Betsy
Working on it Martha :) - Hedgehog
Here's a public list on Twitter--it wont' let me add me to the list so don't forget to follow me! - Hedgehog
thank you! - maʀtha
Elizabeth Brown
Pared down my social profile - noticed someone was using my old blogger username!
and she was an 18yo college student. Moral: make sure your old accounts are deleted. - Elizabeth Brown
Meg VMeg
Holy crap, Jean-Claude Bradley died???? :(((((
so it seems. I am sad. He was on the side of the angels. - RepoRat
WHUT - jambina
oh my. that is very sad. - jambina
I'm sad too. He was a good person in all senses of the word. - John Dupuis
Wow, sudden news. I'm glad Tony was able to share this, since he knew him so well. - Elizabeth Brown
oh so sad. I saw him at ASIS&T way back when. RIP. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Retroactively proud to have shared a stage with him at SLA once. - RepoRat
I just pinged Drexel archives to see if they'll pick up the UsefulChem website. If not, I will yell and scream and stomp my feet until somebody else does or my digital-curation students do it next spring, whichever comes first. - RepoRat
Got a "thanks, kicking this up the chain" response from an archives tech there. - RepoRat
Had he been sick or anything? Does anyone know? I don't really see anything from him since ~2012 except for his White House visit. - Christina Pikas
Haven't a clue. This came out of the clear blue as far as I'm concerned. - RepoRat
What? Damned. There goes another good one. Now I am going to start crying... - Joe
So sad. - Sarah
What a loss. I remember, Meg, when you brought him to that kick ass conference at NYU you did a while back (and Elizabeth and Tony were there as presenters, too). - Stephen Francoeur
Yeah, I hadn't heard anything about an illness. I'm proud to have presented with him at the OpenSciNY and an ACS regional meeting a while back. Glad his work will be archived and remembered. - Elizabeth Brown
Archivist got back to me; IA has apparently been crawling the site, but recent crawls have failed and she's going to look into it. I thanked her, suggested the embedded content might be part of the issue, and offered to throw some students at it if they couldn't get a satisfactory IA crawl. - RepoRat
So sad. I met him at a Science Commons Symposium back in 2011 - the only other group I followed here on FF. Was so inspired by the idea of Open Notebook Science. He'll be missed. - Grumpator
Thanks for pursuing, RR. - Meg VMeg
NP. Somebody had to; why not me. - RepoRat
JC was an inspiration - literally - to a whole bunch of us. Was never happy with saying something could (let alone should) be done if he wasn't actually getting on and doing it. Usually with a crap-load of appropriated technology, bailing twine and duct tape - Cameron Neylon
Does lead me to wonder once again about archiving this place. You can't get back into stuff much pre-2011 systematically but it seems to be their if you can trigger google to give you a link. Quite a lot of history buried in the FF archives. - Cameron Neylon
SIGH okay lemme think about it. Could be a good, though VASTLY less than simple, digital-curation project for next year's students. - RepoRat
Sorry, didn't mean to suggest you should take it on. Just that its the second time in a month I wanted to dig back in and realised that you run into a wall if you just keep paging back. May need to talk to someone with control of the back end. - Cameron Neylon
No, it's worth thinking about, and would be a solid project if I can keep it from being overwhelming. - RepoRat
Let's get Jason Scott on this, too! - Stephen Francoeur
sure. I'll talk to him at the Harvard thinger. - RepoRat
I've been trying to figure out how to scrape just LSW for a project I'm working on...tossing in a hat of willing to help if I can - Hedgehog
Does anyone mind if I link to this from this blog post? - Cameron Neylon
Not at all. - RepoRat
Nope. - Meg VMeg
Be my guest. - Stephen Francoeur
Thanks, now linked. - Cameron Neylon
Mary Carmen
In preparation for another move, I am clearing out some of my stash yarn. Lots of good, high quality wool in various weights. Photos and details here: 5$ per skein/hank, will negotiate price for the larger lots. If you need it wound add $1 to each skein/hank. Plus 1st class shipping.
May I ask what pattern you had in mind for the Nutmeg skeins? I am seriously drooling but as a novice knitter I need a very easy sweater pattern. - Janet
Sure. Lemme go find it. - Mary Carmen I wanted to try this one but the pattern is only when you purchase yarn - Janet
you buried the lead! moving??? - Lnorigb
Janet, I was going to make this, which is not a simple pattern. However, if you'd like, I can help you find an easy sweater pattern. - Mary Carmen
Yeah, we are moving back to the San Jaoquin Valley. Scott has a good work from home gig going, we need space, and we can't resist the pull of the $1600 5bdr/3bth homes for rent. - Mary Carmen
Janet, you can get that pattern you like for $6: - Mary Carmen
Then give me a price for the nutmeg lot, shipping is to Denver, PA (17517) I can do PayPal. Thanks for finding the pattern!! Your planned sweater is so far off my grid of skill level! - Janet
Is that closer to or farther from Lancaster/Palmdale? Which is about an hour east of Camarillo. - Mary B: #TeamMonique
Okay. 90 minutes. - Mary B: #TeamMonique
Yeah, we are moving back to Stockton/Lodi. - Mary Carmen
Wait, what???? Awww - Stephen Mack
San Joaquin Valley for the win!! Glad to have you back this way, MC & Scott! - Corinne L
Sorry, Stephen.....can't justify the rent here. Corinne, we have to make a date. - Mary Carmen
Can I get the Malabrigo Sock and Suburst Gold Lamb's Pride? Plus the green, purple, and oatmeal Cacade 220s. - Alix May
Yup. DM me your addy and I can give you a postage estimate. - Mary Carmen
Most definitely, MC! Give me a shout once y'all are settled in at your new place. - Corinne L
ack! I want all the things! I'll put a wishlist together by end of day. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Is the Malabrigo taken? - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Also the pink Manos de Uruguay? :) - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Z, the Malabrigio is taken, the Manos is not. - Mary Carmen
Manos, The Hands of Fate. - Betsy
I'd like 2 skeins of the currant Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, the lettuce Knit Picks Andean silk, and mountain green Wool Pak Yarns NZ. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
I'd love the pink Manos de Uruguay! How many do you have? - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Just to be clear: the pinks from this photo PLUS this variegated version: - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
^OMG getting a conference request approved at work has me speaking 'corporate' on here. >.< Haha! Sorry. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
T & Z - just got back from grocery shopping. Imma put the stuff away, feed the kid and then get your stuff together. Could you DM me your addresses so I can estimate shipping. - Mary Carmen
I added 3 more photos. A new yarn: and what's in the grab bags in case anyone wants to pick and choose: There are some full skeins in there. Just ask and I can tell you all I remember. - Mary Carmen
Z- there are 2 full skeins of the light pink and I'd say a hlf or a bit more of the darker one. I have 4 full skeins of the varigated. - Mary Carmen
*bumping* - Mary Carmen
Oooh! I like the Smiley Stripes! What were you going to make with that? I could totally see a cute baby blanket with that. =) - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
If Yvonne doesn't want it, I'll take the Smiley Stripes. But god only knows when I'll find time to knit, so I won't fight over it. :D - Jenica
Yvonne, I was going to make a baby sweater with it....but I never got the time. - Mary Carmen
I've found a few cute crochet patterns with variegated yarn, but I'm not sure I'll find the time. =( Jenica can have them. - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
Jenica, it's yours if you want it. - Mary Carmen
I do! - Jenica from iPhone
I DM'd you the info. - Mary Carmen
I've already tempted Alix in a DM, but if you are into sock yarn, I can tell you that there are 2 full skeins of Mountain Colors sock yarn in two different colorways, and 1.5 skeins of Blue Moon Fiber Arts BFL Sport. - Mary Carmen
bumping again. There is some great sock yarn still available for those of you who like to knit socks.....or wanna make a shawl or something. - Mary Carmen
Bumping again. ADDED YARN TODAY - Mary Carmen
Mary, STAHP! But first send me that blue moon fiber arts bfl sport. :D - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Is there anything left? I like the Manos and the rainbow lot of Cascade 220. - Elizabeth Brown
Meg VMeg
Turns out, I originally learned to knit Continental style.
Turns out, there are styles of knitting. - Meg VMeg
Similarly there are different kinds of buttercream. - Zamms from iPhone
Shit, really? Just last year, I learned there were different kinds of bourbon balls. - Meg VMeg
That's the way I always knit. The only true way. ;) - lris
So is it more common than the book I'm using claims it to be? - Meg VMeg
I know a few people who knit that way. It's decidedly more efficient. - lris
My mom told me about how the less efficient way was invented to show that aristocrats were doing this for fun rather than of necessity. And Wikipedia says that the efficiency was associated with Germany, and therefore fell out of favor during WWII. Whichever way, people are trying to explain why they decided to go with the harder way, so I feel superior. :) - lris
My grandmother taught me to knit when I was 11. She knitted Continental style but taught me to throw the yarn as an easier method. - Janet
I can knit continental and I do knit both ways doing color work but i was taught American style when I was little and it's what comes naturally. Wish it were the other way. - Christina Pikas from iPhone
I taught myself to knit from a book that taught both, so I went for efficiency. Then I quit knitting out of boredom. - laura x from iPhone
I learned the English style and much later learned Continental. I still can't switch over to Continental completely. There's also a third style, it's more common in eastern Europe. - Elizabeth Brown
There are also some interesting techniques out of South America. I knit English method unless I'm doing colorwork, but I had to learn to teach both because I had students who needed help with both styles. - Hedgehog
Rochelle *boom* Hartman
Those of you who talk about "inbox zero," do you mean getting rid of unread messages? Or do you literally get your inbox empty?
My goal is to file or delete all the messages. Right now, I would be delighted with Inbox 100. - maʀtha
A lot of us are referring to Merlin Mann's Inbox Zero series: . For my part, I try for less than a screenful of un-dealt-with inbox. I'm not there at the moment, I admit. - RepoRat
Yeah, filed or deleted so there's nothing in the inbox. I get there every once in a while. I get twitchy if I have more than a screenful of un-dealt-with stuff in my inbox. - lris
what iris said. - holly #ravingfangirl
Yep, nothing at all in the inbox once a day is my goal. - Steele Lawman
I make up for all of you with my email hoarding ways. ;) - ellbeecee
Inbox 914. - DJF
you're not even close to me there, buddy. Inbox 6,000 and counting. (I can hear the gasps across the country from my admitting that. Breathe, everyone. :) ) - ellbeecee
I follow the Getting Things Done method of do, delegate, and defer, so I aim to file or tag for follow up all messages every day. I get there at least every three days. At this time of year, I give myself a pass to have a few more. - GretelSK
I'm not an evangelist for inbox zero--when it comes down to it, 6,000 messages in "inbox" isn't that different from 6,000 messages in "saved mail." So it all depends on what makes you feel less anxious and what allows you the freedom to do the stuff you want to be doing, rather than fretting over email. - Steele Lawman
My goal is to have no scroll bar, with everything still in the inbox a legitimate "to do." Everything else gets filed or deleted. - Kirsten
I'm with Kirsten - right now, I'm all unread with about 50 unfiled message. (some I leave in inbox because they make me smile, like this from lolhusband >^•.•^< ) - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Right, for me, less in the inbox lowers my anxiety. If I remove stuff from the inbox before I deal with it, I forget about it entirely. - maʀtha
Something that's helped me get my work inbox down is a 'for meetings this week' folder. I can stick stuff in temporary holding there and I try to clean it out every other week, by then the meetings have passed - Hedgehog from Android
Same as Kirsten - everything in my inbox is something to deal with, and I never leave more than 10 in there. - Lily
Thank you ellbeecee! DJF! I am ashamed to admit this, but I actually started printing out emails relating to stuff that needed to be fixed on the new website. It really helped me to be able to touch and scribble "done" or "followed up on...." I've also learned that I'm very good at GETTING organized, but dreadful at staying that way, so I have made friends with "search Inbox" and tried not to feel less loser-like. - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
My inbox is like 2700. I love search. - laura x from iPhone
Filed, deleted, and followed-up-on. My inbox is my workspace, though I do call "inbox zero" only when the items flagged for today or overdue are completed, and when there are no new messages to process. - Holly's favorite Anna
I have a "pending" folder, which I guess is kind of cheating? But it helps lower my anxiety as well. - YvonneM
I like to have less than a screen of stuff pending, and archive or delete the rest each day. Time out of the office is tough, though. - Elizabeth Brown
I lol at the idea of inbox zero, though I live to delete. - kaijsa
after this thread I did go delete some. when I left for the desk at 4, I was down to around inbox 4000. - ellbeecee
*fistbumps Ellbeecee and Laura X* It must be a Laura thing. ;) - L.A.M.B. tbh from Android
I too am a "search" person. I periodically clear out list messages which helps knock things down. I think of the email addresses I use most often, the one with the least messages has around 750 (unread), the next couple have around 2800 (unread). Then there's alter ego's email which has around 18,000 (unread). Basically, I skim the subject lines and often don't bother to do anything beyond that. - Katie
It *is* a Laura thing! Personal inbox 6,431. Work - who knows but there's 2176 unread ... - Laura Norvig from iPhone
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
I'm looking up how to stiffen a knitted piece but still be able to wear it so it can't be stiff as bark. *sigh*
Spray starch? - Marie
Yeah, the more I read the more I think that's the only solution. Thanks for the confirmation! :) - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
:) - Marie
you could felt it - but that would change the size/dimensions - Elizabeth Brown
Oh no, that would ruin the lace. :) - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
if it's wool, iron on interfacing? but lace... probably not - Christina Pikas
Yeah, I'm knitting this cowl: but I doubt this yarn will stand up as well as the cotton used for the photo. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Oh yeah - felting would not work for lace. I like the spray starch idea. - Elizabeth Brown
User talk:Scholarly kitchen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -
For the delectation of all, or at least sundry. - RepoRat from Bookmarklet
oh my. thank you. - jambina
Wow! - Galadriel C.
reading the various appeals, "generally being a jerk" also seems in play - RepoRat
awesome eta: ka is clearly not reading the criticism which they're taking pains to explain to him - Christina Pikas
He thinks he is He Who Must Be Obeyed. - RepoRat
Meanwhile, Wikipedia actually has an article on Skitch, one with all the "neutral viewpoint" of a press release and no Talk page at all. I didn't realize advocacy blogs were either (a) suitable as Wikipedia topics, (b) appropriate as source material, unlike other online sources. (I think we've all figured out that ka has a certain form of reading disability, so that's no surprise.) - Walt Crawford
shall we all go flag it? *g* - RepoRat
Reading the comments has been immensely enjoyable. - Andy
Sometimes I think I am an asshole. Sometimes I realize it's true. But damn, I am not in Kent Anderson's class. - RepoRat
Nice: "As such, this unblock request is denied and your next request will likely be the last. Sorry, you can't be unblocked without actually doing some reading" - Aaron the Librarian
That's terrible: That's discrimination against the willfully ignorant and self-important assholes. (Although Wikipedia has plenty of self-important assholes involved, at least they're willing to Read the Rules.) - Walt Crawford
The page has now been deleted - Graham Steel
Also interesting that the entry for the SSP is under "Investigation of potential copyright issue," - Joe
whoa. - jambina
the claim appears to be that the SSP's own web page was infringed upon. The claim was lodged manually, by the same editor who deleted the SKitch page. I'm the last person to defend either SSP or SKitch, but this is starting to look a bit sketchy-vendettaish. - RepoRat
user Meyercarol has since disappeared... i agree with you RR - jambina
I agree with RR here as well. - Walt Crawford
My Favorite link in the response section: - Elizabeth Brown
Carol Meyer tweeted my (ill advised) ssp talk a few years ago. Got stuff annoyingly wrong. - Christina Pikas from iPhone
I think Scholarly Kitchen and Wikipedia deserve each other. - Steele Lawman
Are there any 2nd career librarians here? What, to you, are some of the pros & cons? I'm working on a blog post & running out of ideas.
isn't is more difficult to find first career librarians? i was a naval officer so anything would be better than that! I think there's some value to working in a domain before becoming a librarian. More breadth so better/easier question answering. Also, I use my knowledge gained from my previous career in my job. just friday i was talking about the employment of the 5" gun for countering small boats :) Plus you get better leadership and management training in other fields - Christina Pikas
You understand a broader picture of the working world, I think - in that you see clearly how skills are transferable across environments. (this is all I've got at the moment :) ) - ellbeecee
Pros: I have a full-time job with benefits, which I didn't have in my first field. Cons: at 43, I'm just now earning tenure. - Catherine Pellegrino
Going from highly experienced professional to fresh out of school is a bit of a shock to the system - DJF from Android
I'm a 3rd career librarian (1st was acquisitions in book publishing, 2nd was development for a large nonprofit). I don't see any cons, just pros. I think I learned a lot of things in prior careers that have served me well in librarianship where some of those things aren't commonly taught (e.g., how to communicate well, project management, working really really fast under tons of pressure). - Stephen Francoeur
Thanks for the feedback. These are all good points. - YvonneM
Cons: I could have been having fun being a librarian much earlier in my life. - Stephen Francoeur
Colleague who would've been great for this is no longer available, but an article he was quoted in about second careers was quoted extensively in his obit. - Betsy
@Stephen....Totally agree! Thanks, Betsy. Bill sounds like he was amazing :-) - YvonneM
I can't say that I had a career prior to librarianship, but I did have multiple professional jobs. I think that working in different kinds of organizations (particularly outside of academic institutions) is extremely helpful in understanding professionalism, workplace culture, and as Christina said, broader/better information/experience in management and leadership. - Galadriel C.
I'm almost 2nd career? I'm ABD in religious studies, before deciding to become a librarian (with a pitstop as a textbook editor while I made the transition to library school). The advanced graduate work has been invaluable to me as a librarian. My understanding of the nature of research and scholarship comes from that, and in no way from my LIS degree. I don't think I could work with grad students and faculty very effectively without that background. - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
May I use quotes in the blog post? If so, let me know. Thanks! - YvonneM
this is my second career, and i actively look for 2nd career peeps on hiring committees. they bring real world views to the academic bubble AND often understand that a deadline is a deadline. - jambina
Pro; Prior work experience helps put things in context. Con: I make a lot less money than I did as a software engineer. - kristin buxton
Third-ish here. Adjunct teaching after PhD then a jump to the telecom industry where I did writing, project management, web publishing, and crisis comms work. Mostly pros here too: transferrable skills in a lot of areas, a tendency to think in terms of deliverables that need to be completed on time or early, and an ability to work fast in a fire drill/goat rodeo. Sometimes a con: committees structures can puzzle me. - Heather
the main con is the management might try to exploit existing experience from past career and give similar tasks but that's the main reason why the person switched - to do something different. I have seen this apply also for people switching between libraries too - aaron from BuddyFeed
pro is because you have actual working experience in the industry you can be a pretty good subject liaison in that area. - aaron from BuddyFeed
Second here, though I didn't get out of grad school for the first (research zoologist). Definitely helps liaising to science faculty. I may have that degree, but I do understand first hand the research process. The teaching experience was invaluable, too. - Rebecca Hedreen
Second here too - I was formerly a chemist. I made the change because I wanted to interact more with people than machines. I'm glad I switched careers. - Elizabeth Brown
Second here too, a political scientist in my former life. Made the change because I had more fun teaching my fellow grad students how to use JSTOR than in thinking about my dissertation :) - ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
Meg VMeg
Man, I hate Snickers.
WHAT. MEG. - holly #ravingfangirl
They are my dad's favorite. He used to take most of our snickers from our trick or treat haul each year. He told us it was a lesson on "commission" because he is the one that took us out. - LibrarianOnTheLoose
I don't really like candy. - laura x
It's like all I can taste is the corn syrup. - Meg VMeg
How about guffaws? - Steele Lawman
Giggle : melts in your mouth, then in your heart - Pete : Team Marina
I like Hee Haw, does that count? I also haaaaaaaaaate candy corn. - Meg VMeg
I'm mostly with laura x on this one...although, admittedly, I'll eat leftover KitKats after tonight as long as they last. One snack-size bar a week. On Sunday mornings, when it's a couple of hours between when I get up and when we have breakfast. - Walt Crawford
More for me! (There's a stash of mini-Snickers in one of my desk drawers) - Hedgehog
I like Snickers well enough, though they're not really a favorite. (I mainly like dark chocolate candy.) - John (bird whisperer)
Mounds for me. (When faced with the vast choice of candy bars, I have to go all the way through the jingle to remember the name. "Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't. Almond Joy's got nuts. Peter Paul Mounds don't.") - Betsy
I never liked them much either. Oddly, I did like Milky Ways as a kid, because they are similar to them. - Elizabeth Brown
Can I just get a HELL YEAH MEG V MEG ROCKS? Or maybe a simple Happy Birthday?
hell yeah meg v meg rocks! also happy birthday! - Sir Shuping is just sir
Happy birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - Stephen Francoeur
I love me some Meg! Happy Birthday! - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
* warms up the confetti cannon * - Julian
... and she does indeed rock. - Julian
Happy birthday, Meg. - Betsy
Happy! - Jenica from iPhone
Happy happy! - ellbeecee
Happy birthday, Meg! - Mary Carmen
HAPPY MEG DAY! - holly #ravingfangirl
happy happy happy happy! - lris
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Christina Pikas
Gov't call for proposals has a requirement that proposer have an h-index over 18 (or... ). topic is Psychology. our psychologists think that's pretty rare. A way to search for psychology and sort by h-index? researcher id and scopus don't appear to have a way
It might ! I'll give it a try - thanks! - Christina Pikas from iPhone
good gawd. I will *never* have an h-index of 18, especially with a time limit imposed. how the hell much do people publish in a year? yikes. - RepoRat
Grad students who list you on their papers? - Hedgehog
yeah, if you run a lab or a bunch of clinical trials, I guess I can see it. - RepoRat
what is a "normal" h-index in LIS, I wonder, limiting to the universe of libns/rschrs who actually publish? - RepoRat
i would say LIS probably has three groupings of normal... humanities/archives types, computery (IR, HCI, NLP) types, and standard LIS... I would guess the computery parts are higher - Christina Pikas
Lol. I have an h-index of 2. This is unlikely to climb very much higher. - kaijsa
are they looking for really old proposers? That's kind of a crazy barrier. - barbara fister
Also, 18 by whose count? - Hedgehog
I agree that H index is essentially an age index. If you are an older academic, you are more likely to have 18 articles with 18 or more citations. - Joe
some uses try to control for that by adding "in the last X years," but even so, the floor is pretty high and n00bs not welcome! - RepoRat
the plugin doesn't work for me - javascript error - but figure 3 here: shows this would be about right for the 20 years since phd mark in social psychology - Christina Pikas
I have an h-index! Of 1. On Google Scholar. Still, I was excite. - Deborah Fitchett
... isn't social psych where all the making-stuff-up allegations are flying? Diederik (sp?) Stapel's turf? - RepoRat
Google Citations does an automatic h-index count... - Björn Brembs
You can rank "most cited authors" within a discipline here but does not spit out h index - I wonder whether you can get this from or from Would be interested in knowing what solution you find - it would be useful for our library citations working group - Kubke
h-index of 18 suggests to me they are limiting to tenured academic faculty. Depending on the area of psych the h-index could vary a lot, so I would try to see what area it covers. Our neuropsychologists have pretty high h-indexes, other areas would probably be lower. - Elizabeth Brown
Where was this call for proposals, btw? - Sarah from FreshFeed
sorry - just saw this now: - Christina Pikas
Thanks! - Sarah
I need to bounce some thoughts off of someone who knows a bit about comparisons between Web of Science, Scopus, and Google Scholar. Anyone? I'll DM you if you are willing to be my rubber wall...
sorta? I'll follow you. - Christina Pikas
MEG - kendrak
CogSciLibrarian at the gmails. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Happy to help. I was just about to post a tangentially related question! - Meg VMeg
I can help too. - Elizabeth Brown
I might be able to oblige. - Joe
Meg VMeg
Anyone know offhand of any databases that let you search by author address/affiliation, other than Web of Science and Scopus?
Dissertation abstracts.... - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Oh, good one, I didn't think of that. - Meg VMeg
Scifinder, maybe? - John Dupuis
PubMed has an affiliation tag that you can search in advanced search - Hedgehog
but I think maybe the affiliation data isn't in older records? - maʀtha
PsycINFO does - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Did ProQuest keep that aspect of the CSA databases (that weird CSA scholar add on...) it ate? - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Scifinder but it's crap - Christina Pikas
Inspec, Compendex both do as does NTIS probably geobase - Christina Pikas
both inspec and compendex added all author affiliations like maybe 5 years ago so before that it was just first author affiliation - Christina Pikas
Theoretically, Google Scholar, if the affiliation is distinctive. - Elizabeth Brown
Thanks you guys, this is great! - Meg VMeg
FFeeps -- Do you eat breakfast? If so, what are your favorite breakfast foods?
My favourite things to eat in the morning are not breakfast foods. I'm not a big breakfast person. - Marina's Godmother :-)
I do, but usually not until late morning. I usually have toast with Vegemite. My favourite breakfast food is bacon but I'm scared that if I eat it every day I'll end up having a heart attack :o( - Melly - #TeamMarina
I usually eat a yogurt for breakfast. If not that, I'll have oatmeal or toast and eggs. - John (bird whisperer)
Fried egg over medium, bacon, cinnamon rolls. Coffee (surprise surprise). - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
I eat oatmeal or shredded wheat every morning, but I love poached eggs on thick sourdough toast with goat cheese and roasted red pepper. - Jenny H. from Android
Coffee and lately an egg sandwich. Did I mention coffee - WarLord
Oh, right, coffee. That goes without saying. :-D - John (bird whisperer)
Every day is oats in some form, either oatmeal or homemade granola, with almond milk and some fruit. (my favorite oat format is baked oatmeal with blueberries, lemon curd, and ginger, doused in almond milk) I'm a massive fan of egg white frittatas with red peppers, basil, and fresh mozz. Or a scramble of egg whites, zucchini, tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, peppers, and smoked gouda. And now I've gone and made myself extra hungry... - Hookuh Tinypants
Favorite Breakfast ==> Bagels and lox with cream cheese, onion and capers. Most days I eat cottage cheese and fruit. - Eric Logan
I try to, but it's really hard for me to eat first thing. I just don't have an appetite until later. Maybe yogurt, or a piece of fruit, but that's it. Now brunch, OTOH... - Derrick
A big cup of half coffee, half chocolate milk, and (this summer) a dish of ice cream, also half coffee and half chocolate. Eventually I'll get tired of the ice cream and do something else. If I can wean off a couple sleep meds, maybe I'll go back to just the big coffee. - Mary B: #TeamMonique
Almost always a large bowl of cereal and plenty of milk. Sometimes a smoothie too. Very occasionally scrambled eggs and toast or english muffin. Never coffee. - Brian Johns
Yes. Absolutely. Always. At home, either yogurt & a nutrition bar or (corn bread or bagel) & a nutrition bar, plus orange juice, coffee and, during stone fruit season, one or two pieces of fruit. On the road, a FULL breakfast. Always. I can't imagine skipping breakfast. [Weekends: Waffles & fruit Sat., omelet & fruit Sun.] - Walt Crawford
My favorite food is cereal but I can no longer imbibe. Soggy Life cereal was my comfort food. I now eat a low carb pancake every day. I change it up by putting peanut butter and s/f chocolate sauce on it. - Janet
I usually have fruit, protein, fat and coffee or tea. The usual is an apple, veggie sausage and a piece of cheese. I've found that if I have a decent amount of protein and fat, I stay full longer, wake up better, and don't trigger any heartburn. - Jennifer Dittrich
Coffee. - Georgia
My favorite food can depend on my mood. Sometimes it is just a cup of coffee, but a nice french toast plate or a great omelette are my favorites. - Eric - Poppa Large
I wish I did, but I often don't. favorite weekday breakfast is coffee and pastry. favorite weekend breakfast is juice, coffee, 2 eggs overeasy with biscuit and sausage. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
No breakfast for me (except coffee). Food in the morning makes me nauseas. - Kevin Johnson
Smoothies; oatmeal - Brent Schaus
I generally alternate between oatmeal topped with mixed frozen berries, apple, chopped walnuts and coconut oil and an egg white scramble, with onions, peppers and zucchini... often supplemented with hummus and pita bread. Plus very strong, black coffee. There has to be coffee! - Ken Morley
Cereal or a breakfast bar (both high-fiber cause I'm responsible) plus a half-half mix of yogurt and milk. Been adding some blueberries in there recently too. - Andrew C (✔)
What I eat for breakfast and what my favorite breakfast foods are are two different things. :-) - Betsy
Pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, peanut butter honey toast, eggs and toast - FLEMING from Android
In theory, this is my breakfast: Ahead of time, I make a bunch of single serving baggies that contain ingredients 1-6. In the morning, I grab a baggie and add walnuts, some sliced fruit (e.g., two or three strawberries), and 3/4 cup soy milk. Also drink a glass of soy milk. This all depends on (1) making the baggies ahead of time and (2) not getting up late. - Betsy
My favorite breakfast is leftover bbq pork egg foo yung. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
A few years ago I had a very brief burst of productivity and made six breakfast burritos for myself (ham, cheese, potatoes, salsa) and froze them for later. They were pretty good, but then I never did go back to doing that again. - Andrew C (✔)
Just woke up...had spaghetti. - April Russo
Thanks everyone! - LoisMarketing
Yes, flakes of some kind normally. I eat at work during on weekdays as it speeds up my time at home and also is too early to me for me. :-) - Kol Tregaskes
My latest favorite breakfast is a bowl of instant oatmeal with a spoonful of Nutella. I used to slice up a hard-boiled egg and have it on toast with a slice of cheese. - Elizabeth Brown
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