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Steele Lawman
Journal's Editorial Board Resigns in Protest of Publisher's Policy Toward Authors - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education - http://chronicle.com/blogs...
Maybe this angle has already been pointed out here before and I didn't notice it, but I found it interesting that the editor cited authors' questions and reactions as the main reason for the mass resignation. "Mr. Jaggars said he “was continually having” such conversations. “That hit a critical mass of individuals doing that,” he said, “including some very high-profile authors pushing back.”" - Steele Lawman from Bookmarklet
That's what I got out of Griffey's post, and I was like "fuck yeah" but then that other guy's post (the guy who was editing the issue) was a little o_O - Meg VMeg
I haven't seen that pointed out, but it struck me too, and made me think. I don't think Average LIS Journal is going to run into this problem for a bit yet, and this *was* a themed issue, which means cherrypicked people with a lot of current awareness and whuffie to burn, but... yeah, I think I'm a bit more hopeful about OA in libraryland than I was before this happened. Leaders are leading. That's a good sign. - RepoRat
Yes, well high-profile authors can publish where-ever they want. People like me are so flattered when editors email me asking me to contribute, I would sign anything just to get in :) - aaron
I know you are joking to some extent, Aaron, but what this says to me is that just *asking* about copyright transfer and requesting a CC license and those kinds of things can be enough, cumulatively, to make an entire editorial board think, "enough of this shit." - Steele Lawman
Sense I got is that the editor-in-chief did a lot of politicking with the rest of the board to pull this off, which doesn't surprise me. But in essence, yes. We're just about to where crappy policies are a real liability with authorship and editing labor. Go team us! - RepoRat
Not sure if I am joking that much. Sure I could ask questions about copyright transfer and CC and all that, and I know the worst is that they can say is no. But I don't want to be seen as a troublemaker...... The next time they won't ask me... - aaron
But it's so much fun to be a troublemaker! Come on, Aaron, you'd be great at it! - barbara fister
My sense from Paula is that she was ready and completely behind this. It's nice to know that I have a dean (or will for another few months) willing to take this stand. - Sarah
Aaron, everyone has to do their own calculus about this stuff, but I don't think asking is the same thing as being a troublemaker. And I think you are WAY undervaluing your potential contribution to the literature. - Steele Lawman
Aaron, that's totally one of the reasons I was very careful to say in my post that I know I am in a position of privilege. Many others can't afford the same calculus that I can. But that's all the more reason for me to use it, IMNSHO. I don't _have_ to publish anymore, if I really don't want to. But never underestimate your own worth as a scholar, I really, really meant what I said in... more... - Jason Griffey
I missed this last night, but I wanted to underscore what Aaron was saying - it's directly related to the post I did a few weeks back about selecting a journal to submit my article to. At what point do you ask? Because if you wait until after the article has been accepted, and you can't come to a workable compromise with the journal, then you have to start all over with another journal.... more... - Catherine Pellegrino
Others can speak to Catherine's question from a position of more experience and expertise, but I can say second-hand that I have heard reports from several people that when they asked, they *immediately* got a different contract. So that tells me that some publishers are simply entering into a negotiation when it comes time to sign the contract, and making the offer that is most favorable to them first. - Steele Lawman
And I'd agree, Catherine, that the author has power only after the article has been accepted. It's like a job interview, where you can't negotiate for salary, benefits, etc. until after the offer has been made and you have the upper hand. If you can't get what you want, you have to either bite the bullet or start over elsewhere. - Steele Lawman
Right, but you won't know that until you get to that "contract" stage. At that point, it's often too late to go back, so you wind up accepting that your article will not be OA, and feel/look like a schmuck. And Jason, I would argue that there aren't, yet, sufficient OA LIS options, at least not ones that are sufficiently well-established as to impress a Rank & Tenure committee. (I specifically left off that list of 5 journals, an OA online journal that had published precisely two issues. Yeah: NO.) - Catherine Pellegrino
But my point was that people often don't have to push, they just have to ask. If the answer is "no," you can still go ahead and publish there if you really need to. - Steele Lawman
Not if you've publicly drawn a line in the sand and said you won't. (which, you know, dug my own grave and all that. I'm sorry. I'm a leeeetle stressed at the moment. Portfolio's due in ... what, 6 months?) - Catherine Pellegrino
In that case, you need to know going in, yeah. So that person has to ask up front, and has no negotiating power. But if they literally have a second contract ready for anyone who asks for it, I'm thinking there's no negotiating going on in that case. And if they won't negotiate, then good to know that going in. - Steele Lawman
Can you say, "Thanks for contacting me! Do you happen to know what OA options will be available for this content/issue/journal?" (choosing one of those last three, depending on what's important to you) - Meg VMeg
Which, of course, only works if you've been contacted (like Griffey was) and are not submitting to places. I see what you're saying. - Meg VMeg
One way to short-circuit the issue, assuming green OA suffices for your purposes, is to check out journals on SHERPA/RoMEO before you submit. You may find out you don't have to ask at all -- or you can at least prepare to ask, if need be. - RepoRat
Yeah, I was taking the SHERPA/RoMEO step for granted, but it's wise to point that out specifically. - Steele Lawman
Thirding SHERPA/RoMEO, but also adding that it can be useful to contact the editor directly, since that person has worked with other authors for the journal and can sometimes be a great resource for negotiating with the publisher. I've been focused on books for the past three years, but the LIS and other HE journals I'm following closest and hoping to write for are all OA. This is exciting. YMMV, depending on where your research fits. - kaijsa
I am not a clear thinker today. Basically, I meant to say the journal editor has worked with other authors and might be able to say, sure, people have negotiated different licenses or, no, this publisher is hardcore about transferring copyright. It can save you some time before you submit. Kind of like working with a grants coordinator through the process of writing and applying. - kaijsa
And you can always try an author addendum... http://www.arl.org/sparc... I am just cheered that it's being asked enough that editors are beginning to worry about it. Yay. - barbara fister
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
I will not read Ready Player One until I finish REAMDE. I will not read Ready Player One until I finish REAMDE. http://t.co/w3xhiIe2QB
I will not read Ready Player One until I finish REAMDE. I will not read Ready Player One until I finish REAMDE. http://t.co/w3xhiIe2QB
Sometimes it's good to take a break from one book for a little while. ;) - Ken Morley
I've been wanting to read "Ready Player One" for months now. - Jed
Huh. I just found out that the audiobook is narrated by Wil Wheaton. How strange would that be to listen to? - CAJ hates pants
It was really good. - Jason P
I will admit here in public: I really didn't like Ready Player One much. Don't think it was that well written, then story was only meh, and the characters were flat. I much enjoyed Daemon better (for the Game Gone Crazy part of it). Reamde was was better as well. - Jason Griffey
Walt Crawford
Stupid question for speakers who use PPT: Do you normally present using the Presenter View? (That is: slideshow on the projector, slides+notes+controls on the notebook.) [I haven't done PPT in a while...but will be doing it several times next month.]
Disappearing shortly for farmers' market & grocery shopping & lunch; back in three hours or so... I hope the answer is "of course"... - Walt Crawford
Sometimes. Sometimes I also just use a PDF of the slides and scroll through that. - John Dupuis
on the rare occasions that the podium supports that style of dual monitor display - DJF from Android
I thought nearly all Windows notebooks supported dual monitors, one of which is the screen--my cheap old Gateway certainly does (it's built into Windows Vista and 7 and, AFAIK, 8). Thus my question: Is this typical? (I'm using a borrowed notebook during the conference...) - Walt Crawford
I use presenter view quite a bit, yes. Clock, notes, current slide, next slide does it for me. - RepoRat
I think using it would be great, and having a back-up plan would be important. - lris
OK, I wasn't QUITE gone yet. But will be now. For a while. - Walt Crawford
Since I'm usually presenting on someone else's computer I've started just presenting from PDF. Ppt is bad at versioning. - Marie
Um. No because I forgot it existed. I just have the slides up #amateur - Christina Pikas from iPhone
I usually present from PDF as well: most robust against setups outside my control. - Heather Piwowar
I always use speaker view, but often use it on my ipad instead of on a second monitor - essentially running the preso separately but simultaneously on the projection and my ipad. - Jenica
Thanks. All helpful. I didn't know it existed (when I did the IL talk last September) and think it would be a lot smoother than holding my printed notes. But I will, of course, have a printed version just in case. And maybe a double-protection PDF version, although my PPT will be so vanilla--no transitions, no video, no nothing--that it should be easy. - Walt Crawford
That sounds like my plan B setup, Walt. Plan A is always presenter mode, although I do it with keynote on my MacBook, using an iPad with Keynote Remote as a remote control. - Jason Griffey from iPhone
Fwiw, the reason for iPad as remote is that it lets you see your notes as you roam around. - Jason Griffey from iPhone
Which makes sense...if you have an iPad, which I don't. Nor do I expect to roam around a lot, at least not in the two shorter presentations. - Walt Crawford
AND: What I've found now that I've gone to adding notes to slides--instead of maintaining a separate Word document--is that it's going MUCH more smoothly, at least for OA. I was going nuts trying to coordinate, and stalling as a result. So, really, thanks a lot--I think I'll wind up with a much better and more fluid/open precon. - Walt Crawford
[For the two shorter presentations, both already written, I'll move all the notes from Word into the PPT slides, then print off a copy just to be safe. Also much easier...] I will, to be sure, have both .ppt and .pptx versions on the flash drive, along with .pdf fallback. And maybe a second flash drive or Dropbox copies. - Walt Crawford
Nope. Never. I build my talk as I build my slide set and practice what I will say for each slide as I go. Then talk it out loud advancing slides all the way through to time several,several times.. BUT I use a LOT of slides in each preso and do a kind of modified Lessig-style (claiming the style, not the brilliance) where many slides have single words displayed just as I speak the word. - Kathryn is a free elf
Jason Griffey
Re: SXSW: These Days, Libraries are More than Just Books - http://mentalfloss.com/article...
"Also, that's a....not very accurate description of the device or what it does. :-/ It doesn't connect to a site, it acts as its own webserver, self-contained. I didn't hack it so that it connects to a battery...the device just uses standard USB power. If you'd like to follow up on LibraryBox and how it works, I'm happy to help explain it. :-)" - Jason Griffey
Jason Griffey
Re: SXSW: These Days, Libraries are More than Just Books - http://mentalfloss.com/article...
"Indeed, I'm neither in Louisville nor from Louisville. I'm an Associate Professor and the Head of Library IT at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Homepage if you want to find out more is jasongriffey.net. :-)" - Jason Griffey
Jason Griffey
CV question for the academic librarians: How the hell should I list hosting American Libraries Live on my CV? I have an idea, but would love to hear opinions.
Most event management ends up under "Service," so this might go there too? - RepoRat
Is it similar to moderating a panel? I have a section in my CV on panel sessions I've moderated or participated in. - John Dupuis
Add a heading for miscellaneous awesomeness? - Megan loves summer
Yeah, John...it's probably MOST similar to panel moderation, overall. It's like being a talk show host, in a way. And RepoRat: I was involved in the planning/design of the thing, which was going to list under Service in addition. But the actual live hosting of the event is more performative than planning. - Jason Griffey
Fair enough. With your other talks, then? - RepoRat
My initial thought was with John: it's mostly similar to moderating a panel. Hmmm, you might have enough other media work where you could create a section called "public media outreach" or something? I have public humanities on the brain, but if your institution values public outreach it could be useful. Chronk thread suggests this works in some places: http://chronicle.com/forums... - Regular Amanda
(Interesting points in that thread on looking-for-a-job CVs versus internal-review-and-promotion CVs.) - Regular Amanda
On the internal-CV vs. looking-for-a-job-CV front, I think it also depends on how much prominence you want to give it in a particular circumstance. Internally, it might make sense to just put it with other, most similar stuff. On a looking for a job/promoting what I do CV, it might make sense to give it its own section and highlight how the Live hosting is really unique. - John Dupuis
fwiw i put moderating panels/unconferences under service--conference activities - jambina
You're doing an excellent job with those, by the way. I've really enjoyed watching them so far. - Lily
I have a section for "moderation and facilitation" that is separate from "publications" and from "presentations" (now that I have enough publications and presentations to have separate sections for them). These are all listed under my "professional activities". - Meg VMeg
thanks for all the feedback, gang! much to consider. I already have sections for "Invited presentations and keynotes" which is separated from "Presentations and Panels" and publications are separated into books, etc...I guess I don't wanna carve the thing up too much, but the CV is already a ridiculous thing. I put it under a "Media" section. If anyone wants to see, the CV is here: http://jasongriffey.net/curricu... - Jason Griffey
did you plan/organize the program? I have a section for programs planned that has a description of the event and my role. - Elizabeth Brown
I don't think there is a right/wrong - probably more a "for what purpose" but in our dossier format I think they would go under presentations like: Griffey, J. (2013, March 1). Title of Really Excellent Event. Host. American Libraries Live Series. Online. - Lisa Hinchliffe
Oh, and if you were invited to do this with a + and if you applied and were selected through a peer review process with a * preceeding. :) - Lisa Hinchliffe
Regular Amanda
Do you have an interesting, hands-on activity for teaching about plagiarism and/or citation that you're willing to share? This great thread from a while ago http://friendfeed.com/lsw... has me thinking about how to better approach requests from faculty who expressly want me to address this.
Things I'm thinking about, all inspired by posts in that thread plus Barbara's presentation linked therein: (1) Investigate proper citation/trackbacks/retweeets from blogs or Twitter, why "citing your sources" is expected good citizenly behavior on the internets. (2) Give students a list of works cited and ask them to decipher the list and predict which would be most useful for a particular topic (link being able to create citations with being able to decipher). (3) Give students "edge cases" where it's hard to distinguish plagiarism or not, proper citation or not, and ask them to discuss and determine the principles of what makes something plagiarism. [This idea partially stolen (ETA: really, almost completely stolen) from a Dartmouth College FYE activity.] - Regular Amanda
I'ma gonna PLAGIARIZE this baby here. - barbara fister
Iris' create your own citation style exercise - maʀtha
I tell them that citation is the academic equivalent linking to things on Facebook or email. We all know *someone* who sends us the most appalling crap. Don't be that person in your papers. - Rebecca Hedreen
HA! "Don't be that person on Facebook." And wow, that create your own citation exercise is awesome! I assume this one, right? http://pegasuslibrarian.com/2008... - Regular Amanda
Oh, and this isn't exactly where I heard about the Dartmouth method, but describes it and has an attached powerpoint under the resources tab: http://www.educause.edu/nercomp... - Regular Amanda
Iris's is great! I missed that one before. I'd also add that MLA uses author and page number in text, because they are more likely to be citing a book (and it's polite not to make you skim the entire book to find the idea cited.) APA (Author, Date) is used more, as noted, in fields where currency is important, and that means lots of journal articles, and you can probably read the whole thing. - Rebecca Hedreen
We also have A Magical Guide to Avoiding Plagiarism by Kate Hart on our Citation Help guide: http://www.katehart.net/2012... - Rebecca Hedreen
I recently taught a class doing something similar to your #3 idea above, Amandadon't. I adapted scenarios from this LOEX presentation (http://commons.emich.edu/loexcon...). First we created definitions (and reasons) for academic honesty and intellectual property, then I broke the students into groups and each discussed 1 scenario, then we came back together and the students read... more... - Freeda B.
Nice, Freeda, that's perfect! - Regular Amanda
I don't have a tip, but I do have a story I think you guys might like. My brother is a professor at a community college and teaches creative writing. The school uses TurnItIn as their anti-plagiarism service. He got a report back on a student's paper that it was 99% copied; the highlight from the report is that the paper had content lifted from the Satanic Bible. The student's defense... more... - Andy
I developed a class based around using music to illustrated plagiarism, all about The Amen Break and its use in hip hop and elsewhere. Basically played the students sections of different songs, and let them decide which were plagiarized and which had been changed enough to be original, etc. Was fascinating to see how fast they got it when put in that context. - Jason Griffey
Rochelle *boom* Hartman
EZProxy 2-parter: 1) Can EZP run in a virtual environment? If yes, 2) Can EZP be installed on a virtual windows server, even the web server is Linux? These are the kinds of questions the head of ref gets to ask in the absence of full-strength IT staff. *sigh*
Someone helped me phrase this question because I wasn't sure what to ask. I should actually be thankful, because this is stretching me and is a LEARNDING OPPORTUNITY. - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
EZ-proxy and the webserver are completely separate things. Ours aren't even on the same computer. - DJF from Android
Tell me more? Does this matter? Was that the wrong question? All we have is a main linux virtual server. Maybe that's the main point. - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
Yes, you can run a Windows server on the Linux virtual server machine, then run EZP on that Windows machine. - WebGoddess
Wait - is your Linux machine a virtual server host? Can you spin up other servers on that machine? - WebGoddess
Uhhhh.....let me get back to you. (also, you guys are freaking awesome, but you knew that already) - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
"The lpl website is on a linux server and that linux server is in a virtual environment. We’d like to install EZProxy on a windows server which would also be in a virtual environment. The lpl website and EZProxy would not be on the same virtual host. It sounds like WebGoddess is saying EZProxy can be installed on a virtual server." - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
yes, we're running EZProxy on a virtual server. Actually, I think we're running all three instances on their own virtual servers now. - ~Courtney F
Yes - it most certainly can be run on a virtual server, and you can put a Windows server on a Linux virtual host, no problem. Sounds like it's all doable to me. - WebGoddess
We have EzProxy installed on a virtual host (in a VMWare environment, if it matters), separately from our website server. We are running EzP on linux, though...not windows. We, like Courtney, have multiple instances running on their own servers...we have a test proxy install on it's own, and then the production on a separate VM. - Jason Griffey
Jason Griffey
Eliza's LED enabled anti-nightmare bed. https://twitter.com/griffey...
wow - lris
Excellent! - Galadriel C.
Thanks! She's had WICKED nightmares the last few nights, I decided to just go nuclear on them. :-) - Jason Griffey
pls come to my house and do this my nightmares suck kthxbai - jambina
Mary Carmen
At drive in. Prepping to se a double feature of the Last Exorcism 2 and Mama. More excited for Mama. Pimped out the car. Tons of pillows and good food.
fun times! enjoy it, MC. :) - holly #ravingfangirl
Sounds fun! Enjoy! :) - Laura
I love drive ins - Rodfather
Damn. That sounds awesome. *goes to check drive in schedule* - Jason Griffey from iPhone
Awesome! - Stephen Mack
Stephen we are seeing LE2 so you don't have to. - Mary Carmen from iPhone
I'm hard at work on my sequel to the sequel, "The Exorcism After The Penultimate Exorcism Part Deux Revisited" - Stephen Mack
I'm not sure if you can smell my jealousy from there, but it's active and pungent. :) Hope you have a blast! - Hookuh Tinypants
Jason Griffey
And here we go…keynoting the first NISO Virtual Conference! Trying out a new presentation, first time giving it, a bit nervous.
And you mispronounced my name. :P - DJF from Android
Fiander, you so fussy :P - Jenica
There are very few people that I expect to get my name right, but Jason is on that list. As are you. - DJF
Aaaaand now I'm wondering if I'm doing it right. - Jenica
feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee-ander - kendrak
Kendra's actually not on the list, since I don't think we've ever been in the same city. - DJF
At the same time? Probably not. I do know it's actually Figh-ander, with love. - kendrak
or is it fi-ander? OMG THIS IS THE LIBGUIDE LIEBGUIDES FIGHT ALL OVER AGAIN - kendrak
Fy-ANDER - Hedgehog
:-D - DJF
fie-and-ER? ;) - Katie
also, i'm sort of kicking myself for being too slammed today to go across campus to attend the conference. - kendrak
the problem with virtual conferences is that the catering always sucks. - DJF
I should start taking side bets on whether Todd gets my name right this afternoon when he introduces me. Because he SHOULD know how to pronounce it, after a couple of years of monthly teleconference calls with me. - DJF
While I did my mea culpa's (pronounced "Throatwobbler Mangrove") over on Twitter, I will do them again here. I do know how to pronounce Fiander, and just messed it up. It's also pronounced "Throatwobbler Mangrove", correct? - Jason Griffey
Well, yes, that's now the Virginian branch of the family says it (yes, there are Fianders that settled in pre-revolutionary Virginia) - DJF
Yes, because you are very very old school. Proper. - kendrak
The Virginians 'settled' there because they had been sentenced to transportation to the penal colony. My part of the family is (relatively) newly arrived. We didn't appear in Cape Breton until the 1830s or so. - DJF
Jason, your talk was great. And Todd got my name right - DJF from Android
So how *do* we supposed to say it, Mr. DJF?! - Aaron the Librarian
fee-fye-and-under-ov-ER - kendrak
and ps - somebody bought me the hardware for a library box today. gonna hack this mother! - kendrak
Awesome! Kendra, LMK if the instructions suck or if you run into problems that are my fault. - Jason Griffey
Will do! It's sort of cool. I was explaining it all to my partner (who then promptly went to Fry's and bought the gear) and he seemed really intrigued by the idea. The website did a better job explaining it than my ramblings. - kendrak
Sometime this year I will make one. Challenge myself, do a project with Justin, and walk a piece of the talk. :) - Jenica from iPhone
Jason Griffey
RT @ndiipp: LibraryBoxes will be appearing all over Austin during #SXSW http://librarybox.us/ @griffey #SXSWlam @NDSA2
Can't wait for djf's session, so i can finally figure out what a LibraryBox is! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Does the website do a bad job explaining? http://librarybox.us - Jason Griffey
Reading is difficult. Is there an easy explanation, preferably set to dubstep? - kendrak
I'll make sure to warn you before I drop the bass - DJF
Awesome! I'm ready to go. More seriously though, I think I'm going to buy the hardware today and make my slightly dodgy dreams come true. - kendrak
Jason Griffey
"I always call this "burning the boats". If you get somewhere, and you want to make sure people can't go back from where they came, you burn the boats. :-)" - Jason Griffey
Jason Griffey
Why yes, I am drinking a bacon manhattan. The real question is, why are you not? http://twitter.com/griffey...
because bacon doesn't need to be in everything. ;) - holly #ravingfangirl
because I don't drink Manhattans, bacon or otherwise. Nor would I drink a bacon wine. - Walt Crawford
because I hate you. - Meg VMeg
what meg said - jambina
Because bacon should be chewed, not sipped! - Jenny from Android
I admit, I was concerned when I ordered, but it was nicely balanced, and the "bacon" aspect wasn't overwhelming or badly done. Touch of maple syrup instead of simple syrup/sugar, and it was quite good. - Jason Griffey
Actually, just a manhattan with maple syrup sounds pretty good. And do-able, as I have all the ingredients in my house now.... - WebGoddess
Jason Griffey
Eliza gets her first library card! https://twitter.com/griffey...
Already??? - Hedgehog
Yep, the local public lets kids get their own card at 5. - Jason Griffey
♫Jorge Covert, Trainer♫
Thanks to host @griffey @webgoddess and I came off as smart as all get out. On #ALLive Direct http://youtu.be/SxfeRUTuqIM
Well, you did... - WebGoddess
It was all about you, Maurice. All about you. - Jason Griffey
Nope it was about us. You two were awesome. - ♫Jorge Covert, Trainer♫
get a room. - jambina
With those two and a bottle of whiskey? Ok. I'm game!! (the other response I could have made was "I did. Yesterday. The link above is to the video of the result of the three of us "getting a room" - that might have gotten us an extra link click or two, yes?) - WebGoddess
wOOt! - barbara fister
Julian
Does anyone ever use a smartphone app to control a presentation on a computer?
I've seen it done and was just discussing setting something like that up at work today. We found the presentation clicker, so we didn't, but it is possible. Almost easy if you have a Mac, Keynote and an iPhone. Otherwise, I'm not sure... - WebGoddess
It's a new feature built into LibreOffice 4 (Impress), with an official Android app provided by The Document Foundation. I see several other third-party apps that work with PowerPoint. - Julian
Nice! I hadn't noticed that!! I do know there are apps that work with PP, but I don't know how easy they are to set up. I think I've tried one and failed, but I was rushed, so it may actually be pretty easy, I was just unable to focus. I'll have to take a look at Impress again... - WebGoddess
That is my normal presentation style, but I use my iPad so that notes are easier to read. Keynote on OSX + Keynote Remote on iOS. I wrote up a post about how I do my keynotes and such a year or so ago: http://jasongriffey.net/wp... - Jason Griffey
maʀtha
Toying with the idea of going to ALA this summer. I've never been.
I did a quick search and don't see an ALA thread. Who is going or maybe going? - maʀtha
maybe. depends on whether SLIS needs another booth babe. - RepoRat
I will be there for a day trip; not sure which day. - Catherine Pellegrino
You could wear the jacket at the booth. - maʀtha
I'll be there, probably fri-mon - ellbeecee
I'll be there, probably fri-mon as well - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
I'll be there at least fri-mon, maybe longer. - Marianne
I will be there for Friday-Monday. - Hedgehog
I will be there. Am already booked in the Palmer. - kaijsa
I'll be there Fri-Tuesday - ~Courtney F
I'll be there, days dependent on when my family's free for a 48 hour trip to Rockford, and I can confirm that (no surprise) Griffey will be there as well, as he his my roommate. - Jenica
i just booked my hotel for chicago. plenty of ala-sponsored $200/night rooms left. other rooms out there if you're willing to explore. looking for a roommate (room rate is $165/night plus tax). - henry
I'll be there. - Caitlin
I'll be there since it's so close; I'll likely be staying with friends who live in Chicago - John: Thread Killer
I put in for it at work at got the initial approval, but we'll see how things go with the budget. - Katie
As noted, I will indeed be there. ALA Annual is a circus, loud and busy and if you're doing it right, fun. - Jason Griffey
Thursday to Wednesday... If you want a Circus... wait til 2014 -- ALA Las Vegas! - Aaron the Librarian
I'm there Fri-Tues with possible early play days since its a short train ride away - Marge LW
Going! Rochelle is my roomie! - maʀtha
Missed my chance, eh? ;-) - DJF from Android
so, I finally will get to meat Martha? (plus others, of course, but mostly Martha ;) ) - ellbeecee
Yep! - maʀtha
DJF, you snooze, you lose - maʀtha
Since you'll be in Chicago, you should know that there are direct flights from there to here. - DJF
:) - maʀtha
Amanda Clay Powers
Essay argues that Aaron Swartz was wrong | Inside Higher Ed - http://www.insidehighered.com/views...
RT @alexismadrigal: Theory: any essay that pulls just the 1st part of Stewart Brand's quote on the cost of information will be bad. http ... - Amanda Clay Powers
That was my first sign I should stop reading...the fact that he clearly doesn't know what Brand said. - Jason Griffey
I like alexismadrigal's formulation. And couldn't make it past the first para. of the essay. - Walt Crawford
I'm holding myself back from writing a response, because it would be useless. Don't feed the trolls, and all...but wow, that's a terrible article. - Jason Griffey
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3rd year reappointment documents submitted. Now to hold my breath and wait. If my stomach were less upset, there would be rum.
NO FEAR - Andy
You'll be FINE. Chill! - Jason Griffey from iPhone
Listen to Griffey. Please. - Mary Carmen
what MC and griffey said - Sir Shuping is just sir
Hah, I just emailed in my midterm review docs today. - Joe
Yeah, you will be fine. - Joe
If you hold your breath long enough, you will pass out... #trufax (also, don't test this theory) - Aaron the Librarian
Jason Griffey
Re: It's Internet Freedom Day: time to share MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech - http://boingboing.net/2013...
"Irony, thy name is US copyright law. Gone already." - Jason Griffey
holly #ravingfangirl
how can you claim to be a big music fan, live in Texas, but have never heard of SXSW?
I always thought SXSW was a computer trade show. *shrug* - Soup in a TARDIS
I'm a big music fan, and live 20 min from Bonnarroo and have never gone. - Jason Griffey from iPhone
i'm not talking about going to it. this person had never even heard of it. "SXSW? what's that? where is it?" - holly #ravingfangirl
Did you mock them publicly, Holly? - Ha3rvey (on hiatus)
I think it depends on the type of music they're in to? Then again, SXSW was always about independent music until indie went mainstream and now it's sort of good and sort of lamestream. Music fan means nothing. - kendrak
heh. she's kind of a twerp in general, 3, so i mostly just roll my eyes and make judgy thoughts at her like this. :) - holly #ravingfangirl
Is she under 30? It's been more about SXSWi (i.e., not music) for a while, and people also call it "South by" a lot now. She may not know that "South by" is short for SXSW? Also: TOTAL TWERP. - Meg VMeg
She's probably from Lubbock #zing #texasjokes - Marie
Stephen Francoeur
Jason Griffey, "Thinking about Organizations," Pattern Recognition - http://jasongriffey.net/wp...
this is HUGELY interesting. I'd be curious to know what the pressures are that incline toward hierarchy. - RepoRat
Pull quote: “Is anyone else seeing the growth of professional positions at the cost of staff or paraprofessional?” - Stephen Francoeur
Sort of? I might blog our story, but we have no parapros - only professionals here. It's... not really working. - kendrak
I would be interested to read that, Kendra. - RepoRat
Probably not the dynamic you are looking at, but here and there (outside of libraries) I see hourly employees replaced with salaried, which in practice tends to be paraprofessional replaced with professional. The basic idea seems to be more skills + no overtime = more flexibility. - Mark Kille
D - we're a weird case since we're a small affiliated library, but I sort of worry we're a model of crap to come. It's going to be a painful learning curve. Also, we drastically reduced staff. - kendrak
Oddly, I think we're going a little bit this way as well. We've seen a lot of attrition of staff positions with retirements but the focus is on getting the professional positions filled. We had 10-ish people retire from tech services last summer, I think they only filled 7 or 8 of the positions and a lot of those job duties were vastly reinvented. - Hedgehog
Kendra: keep talking. :) I'm interested in all situations, all lessons. - RepoRat
I'm gonna go write this up, I'll post the link when I'm done. - kendrak
I have thoughts. I should dust off the blog. - Jenica
we did this where i work... other groups here in the lab have a secretary to help manage routine things like travel vouchers and food for meetings and visit requests, my group is almost all senior professional staff so we do a lot of these things ourselves. - Christina Pikas
We seem to be replacing line positions with Unit Heads and getting *lots* more vertical. Admin suite is the only full unit in the building. , with professional staff primarily but we are also in the midst of hiring a 2nd AD. It certainly devalues the heck out of the line positions of public services work, which are practically all that's left... (also undermines liaison work, which is supposedly the 'future of librarianship') - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Jenica: I like thoughts! - RepoRat
My library lost a staff position in a round of layoffs a year and a half ago; we haven't added professional positions, but we haven't lost any either (current open position notwithstanding). That has more to do with librarians as faculty -- and thus virtually un-lay-off-able -- than larger changes in staffing trends, though. - Catherine Pellegrino from iPod
thank you, those thoughts are crunchy and chewy at the same time :) - RepoRat
That was great, Kendra. As far as pressures towards hierarchy, RepoRat, they tend to be communication issues, but also management/responsibility lines. Those are sometimes but not always the same thing. ;-) We're getting bigger, mainly in the public side of the world, as backend processes are automated, and that's hard to manage just from a people-per-manager calculus. Our head of ref/instruction has 7-8 people that report them. I have 2. We're both department heads. - Jason Griffey
thanks, Griffey! - RepoRat
thank you. fascinating, and I love the "fog of war" metaphor and will probably steal it. *g* - RepoRat
Walt Crawford
Interesting. The toughest part of switching from print newspaper to Kindle is...finding ways to get the comics we want and (for my wife) Jumble. The actual newspaper part: Easy.
Just go do the jumble in the public library's copy like everyone else. - Steele Lawman
It's an extra cost annually but I really like my daily subscription to http://www.gocomics.com/. It's $15 a year (I think?) and there are many options. You can look through and see what they have before buying. - Hedgehog
Darkgate comic Slurper is the answer! http://darkgate.net/comic/ I'm sure it has holes in coverage, but it's pretty great. - Jason Griffey from iPhone
Hedgehog: We've both set up free gocomics subscriptions--going to the website doesn't seem enough more trouble than getting email to be worth $12 each (the current annual sub). That gets about half of what we missed; SFGate's comics center has all the rest (except Dilbert). My wife also found that the Seattle paper's site has most of the comics she misses. - Walt Crawford
Jason: I might look into that. Thanks. - Walt Crawford
Walt Crawford
Kindle Fire HD 8.9 arrived today--I think--apparently between 6:30 a.m. and 7:15 a.m. (unless it's been sitting on the stoop all night). Now charging; managed to connect to our wifi network (after rebooting router--we have a LONG security key that involves lots'o'shifts on that little virtual keyboard). After shopping, we'll set up Amazon account..
...then see whether the e-edition of the SFChronicle or the Kindle app will actually meet our needs (replacing the print Chron is the reason we bought this: at $530/year vs. either $60 or $100 for Kindle or e-edition, we'll pay for the device in ab. half a year). - Walt Crawford
First impression: The screen is as stunning as the current iPad, if a trifle smaller. And "Gorilla glass doesn't show fingerprints" is, of course, pure nonsense. Oh, and *some* touch gestures are, in fact, obvious, even to a Luddite like me. - Walt Crawford
Looking forward to hearing what you think! - Jason Griffey from iPhone
Jason: I may do a blog post. Our use case is fairly specific: We want to replace the SFChronicle in a satisfactory manner. So far, well... The e-edition (web-based) just doesn't work: After seven minutes of loading, I gave up on the Olive software it uses. The Kindle edition *does* work--lacking comics and ads and obituaries and weather and games, but appears to have all other stories. (We'll see tomorrow: the Sunday paper...) - Walt Crawford
Otherwise: Silk is, shall we say, leisurely. The keyboard is...well, it's not unworkable. The Kindle bookstore does a great job of hiding free books (they're there but not browsable). The screen itself: First-rate. Otherwise: Too early to tell. (And we need to make up our minds by Monday, 'cuz if we need an iPad instead, Target has a $50 rebate, good through Monday.) - Walt Crawford
Oh: Gmail on the web does work, not terribly badly. The problem with using Gmail in the email *app* is, as far as I can see, we'd wind up intermixing my mail and my wife's, and we really don't want to do that. As it is, signing out of Gmail is cumbersome at best. - Walt Crawford
Followup: I will do a probably-long post about this, soon. Sunday paper: All the stories there, and since the "real paper" arrived at 7:45--and I was ready to read it at 6:45--I'd basically read everything by the time the print version arrived. Right now, I'm 95% convinced that we'll keep it and stop the print Chron subscription--which I now calculate as $559/year, not $530. Which means it will take 6.4 months for the Fire HD to pay for itself. - Walt Crawford
Oh: And verified: a 6x9 PDF [e.g. the one-column C&I] looks *great.* And if I keep the HTML C&I essays, I need to tweak the template so they come out as serif in Silk and other "unless forced otherwise, we show sans and YOU CAN'T CHANGE IT" browsers. (The C&I home page: Great. The essays: Not quite so much.) - Walt Crawford
I've now posted a rambling, too-long sort-of review. Currently 95%-99% certain we'll keep the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 and drop our print newspaper subscription, keeping the Kindle subscription instead. http://walt.lishost.org/2012... - Walt Crawford
Followup: The end of an era (for me). I just cancelled the print subscription to the SF Chronicle ($559/year), replacing it with Kindle subscription ($71.88/year). Will set up comics later. - Walt Crawford
Marie
Hey, I just found out I'll be at Midwinter for a couple of days. Interested in doing a meetup the night of the 27th or 28th?
is that sunday & monday? sounds good - Aaron the Librarian
SI! - jambina
is there a lita thing we can crash? - Marie
*boggle* I'm not finding it on the MW scheduler... http://alamw13.ala.org/session... nor on the LITA pages nor on the LITA blog ... [eta: I was looking for LITA Happy Hour - of which I would swear there is one at every BigALA conclave] - Aaron the Librarian
well, okay then. TBD. - Marie
yes! i think i saw mention that the LITA thinger was not a scheduled event this year... for a reason i can't remember exactly. - holly #ravingfangirl
<profanity-laced intemperate remarks redacted> - Aaron the Librarian
Let me find out about happy hour, hang. Will lyk. - Jason Griffey from iPhone
Count me in!! - Hedgehog from Android
Blake
This latest WordPress update is making me all ಠ_ಠ
NO. SHIT. I'm suggesting to all the libraries in KS that they hold off - it's screwing things up left and right for us. The latest thing is that the Google Analyticator plugin is now messing up the JavaScript on the widgets page and making it only partially display on the backend. That was a fun one to troubleshoot and find... - WebGoddess
Although, in WP's defense - this is the same server that got so full it crashed - twice - before I could move it to a bigger hard drive, so we are trying to decide what was WP's fault and what was the "running out of space on the server''s fault. That makes it extra fun. - WebGoddess
I updated, and yesterday did MPOWs install...haven't noticed anything yet. What are you seeing, Blake? - Jason Griffey from iPhone
They changed a function (which is good) but it's killing sites (which is an easy fix), this never happens, so it's unusual. There have been several other random problems with plugins as well. Just really unusual. I have like 300 WP installs, so even a rare problem gives me ಠ_ಠ - Blake
Yeah, I've got 213 or so, so all problems are magnified... Do you have a link to that fix, Blake? I'm not sure we've run into it yet, but as people upgrade, it will be nice to have to send out. KThxBye Loveya!! - WebGoddess
Awesome! Thanks, Blake - you are the best! - WebGoddess
Walt Crawford
If you're not already a Whatever reader, you must read today's rant: http://whatever.scalzi.com/2012...
Noting that, of the first 42, comments, only one sees fit to disparage Scalzi. Which is only one too many. - Walt Crawford
Kind of where I am with speaking gigs; at minimum, "reimburse me and comp me a day." Particularly if they're comping/paying dudes at the same conference, because hello. - RepoRat
I kinda feel the same way about my knitting. - Mary Carmen
there are a couple comments in the comment thread to the post about that, and I agree with them entirely -- knitting is srs bzns. - RepoRat
Yep, and consider the fair price for a requested sweater: In the $1,600 to $2,000 range. Sounds about right to me. - Walt Crawford
Yup. It's time consuming and the materials are not cheap. You are not getting around spending $200 on that cashmere sweater when you knit it yourself. And that may only be the cost of the yarn. Doesn't even consider the time. - Mary Carmen
It floors me how often I've been asked to let someone use my photos or code a website for free, especially when they sell advertising or otherwise intend to make money off of MY work. - vicster: full-bodied
Wow. I guess Scalzi doesn't believe his Mallet of Loving Correction applies to him. That's one of the more hostile things I've ever read. (I don't disagree with his point, just his rhetorical strategy.) - laura x from BuddyFeed
Interesting. It didn't strike me as especially hostile, mostly weary of the situation. Different folks. - Walt Crawford
Possibly intentional. The kind of person clueless enough to make this kind of request/demand is sometimes not put off by reason, much less kindness. - RepoRat
I notice that he mentions the famous Harlan Ellison video right up top, but my personal fav is the Mike Montiero video linked about halfway down the comments: http://vimeo.com/22053820 It's about 40 minutes, and worth every minute, as he's got his lawyer there to back him up. It's awesome. - Jason Griffey
I guess when people make clueless requests of me, I just say no. *shrug* - laura x from BuddyFeed
I guess I'm surprised because he usually strikes me as kind and reasonable in the things he writes that people link to. I may lack the context for this, since I'm not a regular reader. (But his comment policies have always irked me--but that's another topic for another thread and typing on an actual computer.) - laura x from BuddyFeed
I particularly like this from the first comment: "Do the goobs who ask you to write for them for free also think that people who wrote their term papers for them in college expected to do it for free?" - John Dupuis
I suspect he was just saying no for quite a while. I'm not suggesting anybody else should be as blunt as he is. There's a followup post today: http://whatever.scalzi.com/2012... - Walt Crawford
Scalzi is a self-righteous asshole. Sometimes I enjoy that about him. Sometimes I think it's pathetic. - Steele Lawman
DYING OF LULZ (and Really Bad Cover Art) HERE. http://www.jimchines.com/2012... - RepoRat
Walt Crawford
Serious question: If we want to get a tablet primarily to use the web (turns out the SF Chronicle's web e-edition is the only complete one), including email, and want high res: What makes the iPad worth $200 more than the Kindle Fire HD 9" or Nook HD+ 9"? (And which of the latter two is a better buy?)
I expect that the answer is that the $200 is worth it if you are ethnically Apple and like Apple UIs and otherwise it doesn't much matter. But I've never really used any of them, so I can't say. - laura x from BuddyFeed
you may want to read some gadget reviews specifically for quality of web-browsing experience; some tablets have pretty bad ones. - RepoRat
The good news is that all of the tablets mentioned have downloadable alternative browsers...the Amazon Fire built-in is decent, but not great...slower at rendering than the equivalent-generation iPad when I tested it, but that was the original Fire and not the HD. I'm sure the HD's horsepower helps, but the general reports online seem to indicate that it's still not the best built-in... more... - Jason Griffey
Jason: Thanks. That's useful. I think we want high resolution and at least an 8.9" screen since the primary use is reading the paper (which is a broadsheet in print form). Actually, the ability to *look* at one before buying gives the Nook and iPad an edge over the Kindle Fire HD. I'll look into the Nexus 10...but I see that it's $100 more expensive than the Nook and Kindle. (Actually $130 more than the equivalent Nook.) Anyway, this is helpful. - Walt Crawford
I do note that Barnes & Noble seems to be the first large-screen tablet maker/seller to charge a rational price for additional memory: $30 for an extra 16GB, as compared to the $100 that others seem to think is reasonable for, what, $8 worth of flash RAM? [That based on the two Sandisk 32GB flash drives we picked up for $9.95 each at Radio Shack, admittedly on Black Friday.] - Walt Crawford
My comment to my wife has been: For *other* content (assuming we'd use the web-based SF Chronicle e-edition), which monopolistic corporation do we prefer: Amazon or Apple? That's if the choice is between the Kindle and iPad... And damned if I'm sure how I'd answer that question. - Walt Crawford
The weird part about the Apple v Amazon thing is that while both are monopolistic content providers, apple wins that one. The iPad can access Kindle content, the reverse is not true. - Jason Griffey from iPhone
I noticed that. I'd consider Amazon a would-be content monopoly; Apple's more of a would-be technology-and-infrastructure monopoly. Barnes & Noble is neither... - Walt Crawford
Re: Amazon/Apple back and forth - From the public library POV, I and many of my patrons use the Kindle app on the iPad to access both Amazon and also OverDrive-pushed Amazon content. Infinitely easier than OverDrive's iPad app for patrons to figure out, in my experience. - Louise "Weezy" Alcorn
We're still pondering, and I'm sure it's entirely coincidental that today's Amazon Gold Box offering is $50 off the Kindle Fire HD 8.9, bringing it to $249, today only... (This assumes naively that there aren't special Gold Box offerings tailored to what people have recently viewed repeatedly.) - Walt Crawford
I just put in a pre-order for a PengPod. http://pengpod.com/ We shall see... - Rebecca Hedreen
Rebecca: Hmm. Not high-def (not even close), not yet shipping, based on unknown chip... I don't see that as meeting either our needs or our desire for an appliance-like device. Might be great for you. - Walt Crawford
The Gold Box special worked--that, and my wife's uneasiness with the low market share of the Nook and somewhat cloudy future of Barnes & Noble. Well, and the 30-day return policy for the Kindle (actually 50-days since it's the holiday season), since we saw some negative stuff about Silk, and wonder how well the Chron will work in the browser. - Walt Crawford
The killer relative to the iPad: We'd want to use the tablet for email when we start going on vacations again, and we'd be a lot less nervous risking a $250 tablet (price after $50 discount) than a $500 tablet. And, to be sure, the Kindle pays for itself in 7 months, where the iPad requires more than a year. Entering the iUniverse turned out not to bother me: if Silk's a pig, we may yet wind up with an iPad. - Walt Crawford
Meg VMeg
Have any of y'all incorporated or LLC'd or whatnot in order to make part-time consulting (or other on-the-side business) easier for taxes? Was it worth it? How *exactly* did it help with financial stuff?
Most I ever did was register a DBA name. Since that venture ended, I haven't bothered; sole proprietorship is fine for the kinds of things the huz and I get up to. The one thing to look into is estimated taxes, by the way. The IRS will kick yo azz if they don't get their cut. - RepoRat
Thanks! Yeah, I was wondering if establishing oneself in this way somehow helped with the estimated taxes problem (and I have to pay estimated state and city taxes too, booooooo). Definitely on my radar, though. My radar of sadness. - Meg VMeg
*shrug* not really. if anything, it makes the accounting more complicated. - RepoRat
one totally-legal way to try to avoid estimated taxes, *if* you are married and regularly-employed, is to ask your employer to withhold at the Single rate. I do this. Haven't needed to pay estimated taxes ever, though this tax year should be interesting. - RepoRat
IANYL, but I agree with RR's advice about the sole proprietorship & DBA name. For a sole person, setting up some kind of corporate structure is not usually worth the cost/hassle unless you need some shield against personal liability. If you were setting up a tree trimming business, then I'd say do it... consulting, probably not so much. - Elizabeth
Meg's Tree Trimming V. Meg's Hedge Trimming Services, LLC. - Joe
I will say that it can be worthwhile to have a separate checking account for your business stuffs, especially if (like me) you can be lazy about recording income and outgo. But you don't have to have a corporate structure to do that! - RepoRat
It could be worse: Livermore wants a license fee (one-time business license fee and annual fee based on income) for any home-based business, which includes consulting or writing. Basically, if there's a Schedule C, Livermore comes after you. - Walt Crawford
Meg, you should consult a qualified CPA, better if they have experience with consultants. Ask locally of folks who you know work from home. My accountant was gold telling me about stuff like liability, etc. If your stuff is truly part time then a good accountant will be worth what they charge you. And that cost is tax deductible, depending on how you file. - ♫Jorge Covert, Trainer♫
DBA and tax ID are good for getting government work. I haven't had too many financial issues so far. I should send you a book. - kendrak
I use an ING account (now Citibank I guess) to hold tax money separate from my regular accounts, which has helped me immensely. 30% of all of my freelance checks go directly into that account and then I pay estimated quarterly. There's always been enough left over to cover the state--which I don't prepay. I do also withhold at single rate, as Dorothea said. I'm not doing much freelance these days though. - Hedgehog
Hedgehog: ING is now part of Capital One, not Citibank. [We have ING accounts, so are very aware of this...] - Walt Crawford
Capital One....right. Thanks Walt. I've been watching the change but I just use it as a holding pen. I've also got an ally account that I might be expanding depending on the moves Capital One makes. ING has been slowly going downhill ever since I started with them.... - Hedgehog
Same here, but our history of causing banks to go under (albeit with no actual causation) is as bad as our history with cruise lines and bankruptcies. I mean: Washington Mutual (and 3 predecessors), Wachovia (actually a predecessor), Countrywide, Ing: We use 'em, they go under. - Walt Crawford
get thee to a credit union! - RepoRat
We already have, for a portion of our banking. - Walt Crawford
I looked into the LLC thing, totally not worth it (as someone above said) since the liabilities aren't there. I do, however, have a totally separate business account that I use for anything business related (travel, software, hardware, whatever). I also pay quarterly estimates so as to avoid any sort of tax burden at year-end. I've never done a DBA, never needed it. - Jason Griffey
in California establishing a LLC guys you into an extra $800 in tax liability right off the top, so make sure you really need a LLC before creating one. - henry
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