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Aaron the Librarian
Academic Librarians - Are you following YikYak?
? clearly not... - ellbeecee
what the heck is yikyak? - Sir Shuping is just sir
Who in the what now? - Catherine Pellegrino from iPod
I checked it out earlier this year and then uninstalled it after a few days. Creepy place full of douchey bros. Not a cool place. Lots of k-12 schools are banning it because of the heartache it can cause. For example: http://nymag.com/thecut... When I tried it in Manhattan, I found tons of awful posts from NYU and Columbia students. - Stephen Francoeur
good lord. based on that article, wouldn't touch it with the proverbial ten-foot pole. - RepoRat
oh crap...i did hear about yikyak and blocked it out of my mind because the early press on it was so poor, much of the same reasons for what occurred in the article stephen linked to - Sir Shuping is just sir
Yep. What I see when I'm at home (local high schools, other colleges) is different than what I see at work. It's interesting/useful to see what's going on when they're having real dialogue there, but the high school age stuff is abhorrent. - Julie Kane
Tl;dr me about this, please? - Marie
YikYak is an app that uses your device location to show you anonymous posts by people in your vicinity (not sure of the range, maybe a few miles or so). You can post your own anonymous comments. - Stephen Francoeur
Merci - Marie from iPhone
I am now. Second post is a vulgar joke that mentions the library. - Steele Lawman
I can't even handle monitoring mentions on Twitter, I'm pretty sure this will kill me. - Meg VMeg
I downloaded to check it out. It's somewhat amusing. - Andy
I just checked it out. Two posts I could intervene in, but a whole lot of tedium, annoyance, and way too much blowjob advice. Still trying to figure out if it's worth spending time there in the building.... I'm also wondering if my commenting (Hey, just sent a building monitor to shush that noise!) will be seen as helpful or creepy. Because being seen as the creepy one on YiKYak would be pretty awful? - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
But you're being creepy anonymously, so nobody knows it's you specifically. ;) - kaijsa
If you want to know when people are having sex in the library, there's an app for that - Laura Norvig from iPhone
Took a look. Not going back. - John Jackson from iPhone
I look at it occasionally. I'd check it more if it had a search function so I could search for library mentions...unless it does, and I just don't realize it. - YvonneM
I am not an academic librarian, but I do read it here occasionally. Iowa kids are actually remarkably sweet probably 80% of the time. Once in awhile they're very funny. The rest of the time they are racist sexist assholes, but I was expecting that to be most of the posts, so I was pleasantly surprised. - laura x
Today they are tired, have advice about how you should make sure you have lots of time to sleep if you take Tylenol PM, lest you miss class and Michelle Obama, are unsure of how to tell people they like them, and have discovered, by means of pH strip, that a pumpkin spice latte is basic. Also one said "whoa, I should go to the library more often! I actually studied." - laura x
"Basic" is relatively recent slang for me. So I looked it up on Urban Dictionary (because I am old and librarian) and found that the definition there is 8 years old. I'm so basic. - Steele Lawman
Well, you know, I'm so basic I am down with any joke made at the expense of a pumpkin spice latte. - laura x
Tried it. Not big here. Picked up only stuff from international schools. - aaron from Flucso
Christina Pikas
Anyone have suggestions for new best things in the notetaking- thought organization space ? Customer had scrivener recommended to him... I thought of things like one note and Evernote as well as things like outliners and mind mapping tools
I wouldn't have considered Scrivener as a note taking application - I use it for long-form writing and would get confused if I tried to use it for notes. Evernote is what I use for notetaking - unlike Scrivener, it's available on EVERYTHING I might ever take a note on, with the only exception being bar napkins. - WebGoddess
Would want to know a bit more about how use contemplated. - carolh
Omnifocus for Mac is very powerful. Almost makes me want to buy a Mac. - John Jackson
This is a very senior manager going back for his phd who is trying to get up to speed on new tools to manage research after being out of it for a while. I have to hand it to him - really forward thinking doing this at the beginning of his program - Christina Pikas from iPhone
I'm really loving Evernote. They have a blog where people write in and explain how they're using it for business, work, writing, etc. There's even an official "unofficial" how-to somewhere on how to organize it so you can use it as a To-Do list (which is what I finally sat down to do). It works really well, plus between the screen-capper and Clearly, you can import basically anything. - MontglaneChess
I also use Evernote--mostly for the cross platform access: phone, web, tablet, Mac, Windows, submission by email, etc. - Rebecca Hedreen
John Jackson
so the seller overestimates the sq. footage of the house by 20%. Not saying they lied, but could we use this to our advantage?
will they take 20% off the price? :) - Elizabeth Brown
nope. they offered a measly 4%. we backed out of that deal. too many unknowns - John Jackson
John Jackson
Library School Outreach Task Force - https://sites.google.com/site...
Toolkit of resources for advocating for library instruction, from the ACRL Instruction Section - John Jackson
John: Thread Killer
What's the quickest way to determine a rough LC call number for a journal?
We're shifting and we've added new titles. We don't have copies in yet, but I want to leave room on the shelf for the future. - John: Thread Killer
Hm? Look it up on another library's catalogue, or am I misunderstanding the question? - Deborah Fitchett
Wordlcat can give you a rough LC # or Dewey - Sir Shuping is just sir
or look it up in catalog.loc.gov - John Jackson
the first few titles I tried, every library had them as electronic access only and therefore no call numbers, I had hoped that Ulrich's or someone would have info, but that's all Dewey. I found that several of the titles (actually about half) are titles we had previously, had stopped getting, and are now getting again. I have no idea why we're getting paper subscriptions when we just did a huge weeding project because our journals are too full. - John: Thread Killer
We have call numbers for /most/ of our ejournals. What is the title list? Or, you could check at http://lib-lakshmi.cair.du.edu/iii... - Joe
Thanks Joe! Got most of them except: European Journal of Integrative Medicine and Osteopathische Medizin, Zeitschrift fur ganzheitliche Heilverfahren, which you have both, but do not appear to have call numbers for them, but that's better than I was at :) - John: Thread Killer
And got those two from Miami University! - John: Thread Killer
Just shocked that we don't have European Journal of Integrative Medicine and Osteopathische Medizin. - Joe
You have them, but only electronically so no call number - John: Thread Killer
jessamyn
I have written 2.26 million words on MetaFilter. Torn between being all "check me out!" and "what am I doing with my life?" On balance: okay
That's 15-ish long novels. Good grief! - lris
Consider it 2.26 millions steps toward helping people out... unless it's all snark and trolling. ;-) - John Jackson
John Jackson
Ordering Pizza in the Future - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Ordering Pizza in the Future
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Youtube video that illustrates what could happen when too much private information is available to commercial entities. - John Jackson
John Jackson
Digital Preservation and Copyright by Peter B. Hirtle - http://fairuse.stanford.edu/comment...
Discussion of preservation of digital materials by libraries and individuals. - John Jackson
John Jackson
Anatomy of a Scholarly Article - http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/tutoria...
NCSU Libraries' guide to how academic articles are structured with brief explanations. - John Jackson
John Jackson
Douglas Rushkoff: Program or Be Programmed - http://vimeo.com/groups...
Discussion about social networking, branding, knowledge acquisition, and how the internet changes the way we think. - John Jackson
John Jackson
FRONTLINE: digital nation - http://www.pbs.org/wgbh...
PBS program about how humans act in a digital world and how online life is changing us. - John Jackson
John Jackson
Suffer from Information Overload Syndrome - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Suffer from Information Overload Syndrome
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Youtube video about information overload - John Jackson
John Jackson
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy - http://plato.stanford.edu/
Free, online encyclopedia of philosophy that is constantly updated by experts in the field. Includes links to static entries. - John Jackson
John Jackson
Library Inc. - The Chronicle of Higher Education - http://chronicle.com/article...
Author discusses the affect that commercialization of e-resources vendors affects collection development and library professional values. - John Jackson
John Jackson
Which programming language is best to learn? - http://www.andromedayelton.com/wp...
A. Yelton briefly discusses programming and scripting languages. Good summary. - John Jackson
John Jackson
trying to plan a webinar for LIS students on marketing/promoting teen services in libraries. Any ideas for speakers?
Gretchen Caserotti at Darien Library (CT). http://www.darienlibrary.org/our_lib... - Stephen Francoeur
Seconded. - Julian
Thanks! And a LJ Mover & Shaker to boot! - John Jackson
John Jackson
Home - Teach Information Literacy and Critical Thinking! - Research Guides at UCLA Library - http://guides.library.ucla.edu/content...
In-person and online teaching tips and techniques to help improve undergraduates' information literacy skills. - John Jackson
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What's for Breakfast? Granola! - ProfHacker - http://chronicle.com/blogPos...
Easy recipe for homemade granola. And made by academics! - John Jackson
John Jackson
First, care. | 43 Folders - http://www.43folders.com/2010...
You want focus? Try caring first. (or maybe you just don't care) - John Jackson
John Jackson
RSA Animate - Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
RSA Animate - Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us
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Video about what really motivates people in business and in life. - John Jackson
John Jackson
The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) with the mission of providing a world-class education to anyone, anywhere. - John Jackson
Yvonne M
What's your opinion on ALA Connect? On a related note, my ALA membership has expired; should I renew?
What Joan said. Also, ALA Connect is run with Drupal, so if you've got people who are Scared Of Drupal but who use ALA Connect, you can say, "you're already using it." - Catherine Pellegrino
I've been accidentally forgetting on purpose to reup my ALA. - Joe
Committee work ++ I also use it to get a feel for what's going on where in the places I don't usually frequent / am not a member. For an example (out of many) ALCTS is surprisingly (to me at least) active and doing interesting stuff - Aaron the Librarian
I suspect it's great for committee work. For those of us no longer on committees...well, I used to check it every couple of days, then once a week, now, it's been months. But that's OK, I think. - Walt Crawford
Ditto. I use it exclusively for committee work and not much else. Hm, how cool would it be to recreate the FriendFeed experience in Connect... or maybe that would be too exclusive. - John Jackson
I'd argue against attempting to recreate FF in Connect (even if it was possible). There's considerable synergy in the overlapping circles of semi-acquaintances here--e.g., I seem to be acquainted with a bunch of scientists--and you'd lose that almost entirely. (Would Derrick have found librarianship if we were all on ALA ConnectFeed instead of FF?) - Walt Crawford
Thanks! - Yvonne M
Is there any reason to use connect if you are just a member and not on any ALAish committees? - Joe
I wasn't planning to go the committee route (although who knows?) so in my case...maybe not. - Yvonne M
As the person leading the development of ALA Connect, I'll reiterate what Walt said that it's totally okay if you don't visit the site or use it very often (or at all). I'm very careful to call it a "professional network," not a "social network." I figure the last thing you need is another place to post your status or feel guilty about for not checking up on your friends. The site is... more... - Jenny Levine
And "LinkedIn but useful" gets a cheer right there, for slightly subversive on-the-money tagline. (OK, maybe Proper Business Networkers find LinkedIn awesomely useful. My huge network was of exactly zero assistance when needed...) - Walt Crawford
DJF
Who's going to Midwinter?
*raises hand* (need to bundle register soon... thanks for the reminder) - Julian
With two weeks left of the bundle, I'm really thinking hard about future conference attendance, even though San Diego's a beautiful place for Midwinter. (Note: I haven't missed a Midwinter in 35 years.) So, no answer yet. - Walt Crawford
I am...and I just have to figure out soon if I can go to both Midwinter and Annual. I'd like to, but two conferences in one year... - Laura Krier
I yam. On the ALSC board so required. - Marge LW
too much unknown in my life at the moment to know for sure, so I guess that's a no - John: Thread Killer
I'm there & my cousin in SD is looking for a reasonable-distance sublet for a reasonable price... anyone want to do the big-group share an apartment thing? we're trying to decide how many rooms to aim for - Aaron the Librarian
Likely. - ellbeecee
here here! (I think.) - John Jackson
Yvonne M
I'd like to incorporate tools like SurveyMonkey or PollEverywhere for direct feedback after instruction sessions (so I can improve), but my supervisor thinks its a bad idea. What else can I do to see if students "got" it after a 1-shot?
I sometimes do a "one minute writing" exercise at the end. I hand out index cards. On the front (lined side) they write one thing that they learned. On the back, they write one thing that still confuses them. They can add their email address if they want me to write back to them. It's not a lot of feedback, but it does help, and it doesn't take a bunch of their time. Sometimes I do that just before the very end so that we have time for some of them to volunteer their questions if they want to. - lris
heehee - lris
You could also change up the instruction session and have students teach one thing they learned to the class. Of course, that may only show that ONE student got it, but it's an added level of assessment. - John Jackson
Thanks! Good idea. About my supervisor--we have an end-of-semester survey where faculty & students assess the instruction sessions & she seems to be worried that the tools will make them less inclined to answer the "official" surveys, the positive feedback from which help justify the instructional program. However, 99% of the feedback mentions her specifically (she's great) so I wanted... more... - Yvonne M
Thanks, John! - Yvonne M
yeah--many students have trouble remembering what we did, so we're considering offering the surveys sooner. The kudos are usually from instructors actually. I don't think it would be a problem either, but it seems to irritate her when I bring it up. I like the index card/scrap of paper idea. - Yvonne M
I love that index card idea. - Rachel Walden
Any way you can integrate the response _during_ the session? I've been using audience-response clickers with awesome(ly useful to me) results. (One highly productive setup: a set of "pre-test"-like Qs, which repeat shortly after I've covered the relevant info in the session.) Can do similar things with hand-raising and/or pointing, and color-coded response cards (though it reduces the... more... - N. Ansi
I like the idea of integrating response during the session, esp. before and after. Thanks! I do like Poll Everywhere--haven't actually used it tho'. - Yvonne M
David Rothman (☤)
Tom Lehrer's "Instant Elements" using Google Instant Search - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Tom Lehrer's "Instant Elements" using Google Instant Search
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Love this. - David Rothman (☤) from Bookmarklet
Thank you so much. =) - John Jackson
like like like like like - maʀtha
*boggle* - Aaron the Librarian
That just made my whole morning. - Catherine Pellegrino
I wonder how it would work with the original G&S version? - maʀtha
Love! I already loved the song, and that video is fabulous! - LB put a spell on you.
Stephen Francoeur
Is there another college besides Drexel doing this "personal librarian" thing (which I think is a really cool idea)? http://www.drexel.edu/news...
Sarah: Thanks, I knew there was another one doing this that I had heard about in the past 6-12 months. - Stephen Francoeur
We're not doing it officially in any capacity, but I sure as heck try to talk our thesis students into thinking that way about their departmental liaisons (or encourage any random student who feels attached to a particular librarian, in general - since we are big into First Year Experience, first-years frequently imprint on whoever the librarian was that worked with their FYE). I have... more... - Marianne
Yes, the University of Richmond (Boatwright Library) has had a "personal librarian" program since 2000. I featured it at an ALA Poster Session several years ago. -- Lucretia McCulley - Lucretia
Lucretia: is there any chance your poster session content can be found online? I'd love to learn more about your library's project. - Stephen Francoeur
I agree - this sounds very interesting. Thank you for looking into this further, Stephen! - Alison Miller
The U of Chicago does it or did it. There was an article in c&rl news about it I think, maybe C&RL. The called it a class librarian. - Joe from iPod
Joe: Oh yeah, I remember that article now. Thanks! - Stephen Francoeur
Details on the U of Richmond program: http://news.richmond.edu/newslet... - Stephen Francoeur
We talked about it at USC during our last strategic planning year, but the idea was vetoed due to a lack of time and personnel. But it's a great idea and I would love to be someone's personal librarian =) - John Jackson
John Jackson
Find farmers' markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies. - John Jackson
John Jackson
eat the seasons | food seasons - http://www.eattheseasons.com/
Shows which fruits, veggies, nuts, and meats are in season. - John Jackson
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So You Want to be a Librarian? A Guide For Those Considering an MLS, Current Students & Job Seekers | Librarian by Day - http://librarianbyday.net/2010...
List of resources for future and current MLIS students. - John Jackson
maʀtha
Poll: Introvert or extrovert?
Introvert - maʀtha
Privately introvert, extrovert for money ;) - Pete : Team Marina
Introvert w/strong extrovert facade when needed. - Nikki D.
What Pete & Nikki said. :) - ellbeecee
@Pete *fans self* - maʀtha
Here's one way to think about the introvert/extrovert distinction: When you need to recharge, do you need to go home and be by yourself or do you need to go be with a bunch of people? - maʀtha
Introvert fo sho. - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
Introvert. - laura x
Introvert. - bentley
Introvert - lris
Surprised to realize I'm more of an introvert than I ever thought I was. - Steele Lawman
Right smack in the middle. If I'm tired from being social, I need to be alone. If I'm tired from reading/studying, then I need people. - Kirsten
Put it this way- meet me in real life and the wise cracks take a while to emerge; hell, *I* take a long time to emerge ;) - Pete : Team Marina
Some people "recharge" me - Kevin L from Android
I am, however, a terrific performer, and patrons/staff who don't know me well would probably characterize me as very much an extrovert. - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
Introvert. - Walt Crawford
What Rochelle said. In certain specific, well-defined contexts (teaching a class, at the reference desk) I can be an incorrigible ham. In others (mingling at a reception, making small talk with students *before* the class begins), hopeless wallflower. It is what it is. But I will add: I have never, EVER considered a non-public-services library position. MUST work with people. - Catherine Pellegrino
When I say "more of an introvert," I mean pretty close to the middle on the continuum. - Steele Lawman
extrovert, one of my favorite things about libraries (versus computer programming) was the chance to interact with people - John: Thread Killer
Oh, absolutely, Catherine. I would shrivel up to dust if I didn't get to work with patrons every day. I need social contact, and I think having it in a controlled environment suits me just fine. It allows me to develop relationships, be helpful, solve problems, etc, and walk away from it at the end of the day. Then I get to go home, lock my door and ignore my phone and continue my conversations with the likes of youse guys. - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
Oh, Rochelle described my outlook very well. - Steele Lawman
Introvert. - Rachel Walden
Like Catherine and Rochelle: introvert, but I extrovert when I'm in a setting where it's really clear what my role is (teaching, reference, running an event) and I've got some control over how that happens. - Jennifer Arnott
extrovert like whoa. - jambina
introvert. - DJF
I think there's a difference between being introverted and being misanthropic/shy/withdrawn. I'm a social introvert. I like people and I like teaching, but when I'm done with that I need peace and quiet to recharge. - lris
Indecisive - MoTO: Team Marina
Following up on Iris's comment, I will expand to say that I'm a misanthropic introvert. ;-) - DJF
Yep. That's my understanding as well. There's also some really cool neurochemistry involved. :-) - lris
I am either extrovert like whoa or introvert like whoa, depending on the situation and on whatever else is going on in my life. There are a lot more things than just alone time or being around lots of people that recharge my batteries, though, some of which are a lot more reliable than either of those. - Marianne
Yes, I'm an introvert in the sense that I have no problem socializing at conferences, giving talks to rooms full of people, etc., but I need time to recharge after heavy social interaction. I also do not think by talking. - Rachel Walden
Yes, I think I'm like you, Jason. - lris
A little bit of both. I'd much rather stay at home and watch TV or cruise the net, but I know how to turn it on and be OMGBBQWTFDERRICK when I have to. - Derrick
(The fun neurochemistry involves extroverts and introverts having different dominant neurotransmitters, and the fact that introverts are more sensitive to dopamine than extroverts. Cool, huh?) - lris
Extrovert. I think I'm addicted to socializing and that's long before all this social media crap. - Andy
Extroverted Introvert. Love being with people, but prefer to recharge with a small group of friends or doing stuff outside with no company - Aaron the Librarian
Extrovert - Soup in a TARDIS
Introvert - Galadriel C.
Mostly extrovert. But I can certainly go into hermit crab mode. - Hedgehog
Yes, I am also an introvert who must work with patrons. I hated the nine months I spent in tech services not working directly with patrons. - maʀtha
Introvert but with some extrovert tendencies in public speaking and professional activities. - Elizabeth Brown
I used to be able to swing the other way fairly frequently owing to prodigious amounts of liquid courage, but as I've gotten older and much less drinky, my core hermit has taken over. - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
introvert - I love interacting with people, but definitely need time to re-charging - Jen
EXTROVERT!!! - tara
Introvert/INFP - Yvonne M
Ex - Marge LW
Introvert. Give me my alone time! - John Jackson
introvert, baby. - holly #ravingfangirl
Natural introvert, learned extrovert - Greg Schwartz
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