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Mom. Librarian. Hopeful. Not necessarily in that order.
When individual journal titles require a new license each year to renew the subscription, this e-resources librarian cries uncle. #ERMlife
Seriously. How about the publisher (Wiley) that used to require a license addendum for each new ebook licensed - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Dumb random question: What's the deal with "signature authority" around e-resource licenses? Back in the day this was a Big Deal with respect to licensing stuff in the IR, to the point that I actually had to print out the fscking license to get it countersigned by the UL because I had no signature authority. - RepoRat
RR - in CT, signature authority is outlined in a memo from the university president and it outlines who by job title can sign what license/contract based on $$$. At UConn, the people who do the negotiations (me in the library and others in purchasing dept.) do not sign anything. This is in part to ensure the the state-required terms and conditions go into every contract. Compared to my past POW where I could sign everything it's different, but overall theoretically better. - Galadriel C. from Android
That moment when you are trying to juggle about 5 tasks at once and your head implodes and you decide to see what's happening in FF.
And then there's this fantastic news: Walker says UW faculty and staff should do more work -
He's not winning many friends lately. - Marie
"force" is never a good verb. - Hedgehog
At least the comments are trashing him and not faculty, which is a nice change of pace from most newspaper comment sections. - kaijsa
The comments are encouraging - maybe public opinion is starting to turn :) - Jen
"More with less" is getting damned old. - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
More with less is complete b.s.. - ♫Maurice the Trainer♫ from Android
"More with less" makes sense *iff* the organisation starts off super-inefficient. After decades of being restructured and doing more with less, it's no longer reasonable to think that this has been the case for quite some time. - Deborah Fitchett
And if we try to do more with less, we just prove we had too much money; if we show the pain and do less we will probably alienate and lose students. Tough, tough decisions ahead. - Jen
I just can't even... - Galadriel C.
The sweet, sweet smell of freshly-baked brownies is wafting up the stairs and I am once again reminded of how much I love my teenage daughter and her passion for baking.
Knowing that letting my son learn about failure is good, but feeling sad that he has to experience the negative consequences. Parenting is hard :(
So it's been a productive day and I feel like I'm just done. It's only 3:00 though. Maybe I'll clean my desk...
That's about how all my days have been lately. Desk-cleaning, plant-watering, little administrative duties, scanning licenses, and the like are all good brainless-but-productive things for end of day. Oh, and rewriting the to-do list for tomorrow! - Kirsten
Don't wanna threadjack, but what do you do with the licenses once scanned? - Marie
We've long kept electronic copies on our shared drive just as back-up in case something happens to the paper copies. But now that we've got Alma we're also putting copies there and coding them for things like ILL permissions, which will make anything we code viewable to staff amd patrons. - Kirsten from Android
Searching for work appropriate Halloween costume ideas. Google comes back with "not slutty Halloween" - yep, that will work.
Maybe I'll go as a cassette tape? - Jen
I thought it'd be funny one year to have a globe & cat ears and go as WorldCat. Could you convince a friend to have a car and be AutoCat too? :P - Jaclyn aka spamgirl
Survived nearly three hours of parent teacher conferences. An hour of that was waiting in line for one teacher.
Wow! I hope that the 2 hours not waiting in line went well. - Galadriel C. from Android
Always good to meet the teachers and advocate for the kids - PTC setup, however, not optimal. - Jen
Any Philadelphia area LSWers out there?
So I know an awesome new librarian moving to Philly looking for a first library job. Was hoping to introduce her to some LSWers who could help her build a network. Perhaps the LSW has not yet infiltrated the Philly area? - Jen
I know a couple of librarians in Philly (unLSWified), but I haven't talked to them in years. - Joe
Aaron is in PA, but I'm not sure how far away from Philly he is - ~Courtney F
Holly Tomren and Tom Ipri are there, at Drexel. Forward me contact info and I will connect them to your friend? - Marie
Thanks Joe and Courtney - I'm sending Marie contact info. I really appreciate your help. - Jen
I'm in NJ across from Philly. Email me wawoodworth[the @ symbol] - Andy
Thanks Andy! - Jen
No problem, I hope I can help. I know some Philly librarians that I can pass along to her. - Andy
My oldest child just submitted his first college application. How this can be I haven't the foggiest.
he's faking it! he's really just 12! :P - Sir Shuping is just sir
There are many days when I fear he truly is still 12 ! - Jen
My mother always said the day I left for college was the best day of her life. May it be so. - laura x from iPhone
My get up and go and gotten up and left. Wondering if I should fight it and try to get some work done or rest. Maybe if someone called for the nap bus it would move along?
Fwd: Looking for advice: I taught myself enough ASP scripting about 10 years ago to be dangerous and created a popular and helpful web-enabled database. Fast forward to this summer, ITS pulled the plug on the server and we migrated the database to another server, where (of course), nothing is working.
Is there a quick and easy way to create web-enabled databases on another platform? I'm note sure which way to go with this, but complaints about it being down are growing. - Jen
or maybe I could just borrow the LSW magic wand :) - Jen
Not sure that I can help, but what is the DB about? URL? Is it a keyword search, and a record pops up? - Joe
yes, the more we know about required functionality user-side, the more we can do to help hunt options. - RepoRat
It's one table of journal holdings by subject (pulled from our Voyager database). A SQL query pulls all titles by subject - which it grabs from the incoming link. Then there's a little formatting to make it look pretty - URLs and display text are concatenated and multiple "holdings are displayed in a table under the title. - Jen
so you don't actually need to recreate the database part, right? you only need to issue the SQL query and reformat the results? - RepoRat
Yes - the database is good to go - although I'm happy to port it to MySQL if that's part of the solution. Just need for an easy way to recreate the query/format for results. - Jen
wait, I'm not sure I'm understanding this all the way. There's an intermediate database between your app and Voyager? - RepoRat
Hah, I only learned just enough ASP to update an existing webpage when my attempt to rewrite in PHP failed due to mysterious server suckitude. So my solution would be to rewrite from scratch in PHP. </helping like cats> - Deborah Fitchett
So PHP it is! Perhaps I will just write up a professional development grant and spend next summer figuring this all out. - Jen
running gear on, phone charged, fully hydrated - time to stop procrastinating and get this run done.
Run like the wind! - Galadriel C. from Android
Not a good run - quit after a mile and a half - there's always next time. - Jen
Having a lovely birthday. Baked chocolate chocolate chip zucchini muffins, good lunch with hubby, hammock time listening to Lollapalooza live stream, and family dinner to come. Bliss.
its your bday?? happy birthday!! it sounds like a great way to spend the day! - Sir Shuping is just sir
c25k achievement unlocked! clocked in at 31:45. Should I work on improving time or try for 10k? Decisions, decisions.
Well done! I went with both :-) - Pete
There are some very large bugs throwing themselves at our slider doors. So scary!
I don't understand why it keeps raining on days I'm supposed to run, but it's not going to stop me. Heading over to the Y to run on the tiny track. Week 4 of C25K engaged!
Go, Jen, go! - Marie
First day going 3 miles in a really long time. And I'm still alive! - Jen
Hooray! - Galadriel C. from Android
Finished day 1 of c25k!
finished day 2 yesterday - trying not to give up to my extreme laziness :) - Jen
Pete started this in January and is now running 5k four times a week in pretty good time. If he can do it (and he won't mind me saying this) anyone can!! Keep on keeping on Jen :-) - Marina's Godmother :-)
Yeah Jen! Joelle and I have been running a bit after work. I think of you every time! - Galadriel C. from Android
Hey Galadriel! So awesome that you and Joelle are running - miss you guys. I just finished my 4th run on this program. So far so good. Now if only the weather would start to cooperate.... - Jen
Just so you don't think I've given up, week three complete and I'm feeling really glad to have left the treadmill behind! - Jen
<epic rant>^&^ ^*^(*B()**</epic rant> I don't know about you, but I feel SO much better now :)
This may or may not be related to the fact that after a solid week the sun came out for about an hour, and then it got dark and started raining again. grrrrr. - Jen
This is what a CC search for images relating to "guide on the side" turned up. Desperate to try to spin it into something useful.
I think this is it; the last day of wearing boots until next fall. It's a sure sign of spring when your legs just get too hot wearing boots.
Knitters: I have completed a simple scarf. I can cast on, knit, purl, and bind off. Is there a simple way to move on to knitting socks? Or what should I try next?
Have you done any circular knitting? Socks are usually knit on double pointed needles, though I've seen seamed ones done on two needles. I usually recommend knitting a hat or at least a wool headband so you can try knitting in the round. Fingerless mitts are a great way to learn how to use DPNs. - Hedgehog
A hat it is! I blame this weather for my fixation on wool socks. - Jen
:) Just wait until you discover all the wool shops near you. Ewetopia in Viroqua is the best, hands down, though Judy's shop in Onalaska is excellent too - Hedgehog
I have a lot to learn about yarn, I've been using cheap hobby lobby yarn - time to explore! - Jen
I agree with the hats suggestion. That was my first move after scarves, and you can do things like berets that allow you to practice adding and removing stitches. - Lily
School called for tomorrow. Feeling lucky that my teens can fend for themselves, I gots to go in.
Aw, drag. Be careful out there! - Marie
Homemade chicken soup - yum! Hoping this will thaw out my face.
Buying pens this morning. feeling a bit giddy #officesupplyswoon
I'm glad I saw this AFTER I got back from my shopping run to Target, otherwise there would have been even more impulse purchases. ;) - Catherine Pellegrino
what kind of pens did you get? - Marie
More Sharpies (80s collection) and some Uni-ball Visions. Been too long since I indulged in pens. Maybe I'll start writing more? - Jen
I love sharpies!! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Oh, I just bought that Sharpie collection for J's aftercare to make shrinky-dinks with. Very very cool. - Catherine Pellegrino
Update from ice station zebra: it's still damn cold.
And now school is cancelled for tomorrow. - Jen
A strange Christmas. Woke up to find my mom was in the hospital. Planning to drive in to Chicago tomorrow to check in on her. I hate being so far away.
Safe travels. Healing thoughts for your mom. - Marie
Thanks Marie :) - Jen from FFHound!
*hugs* - Meg VMeg
Hope she is doing ok. - Joe
Hope all is well. - Prairie & I Know It from Android
Oh no. Sending hugs and good thoughts. - Galadriel C.
Sending all the thoughts - maʀtha from Android
So sorry--I know how hard this is. Have a safe trip. - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
I hope things are going well for all of you. - bentley
Prayers for your mom and hugs and prayers for you. - laura x from iPhone
Thanks all! I am happy to report that my mom is now home and I am sitting with her right now :). We don't know what's going on, but I'm happy to have this time at any rate. - Jen
:) - Marie
Glad to hear it. - Meg VMeg
Looks like we're getting a new hot water heater for an early Christmas gift. Wonder if the plumber has a cyber Monday special?
Oh, drag. - Marie
For what the new unit cost, I am expecting gold accents - oh my! - Jen
Troubleshooting ebscohost email outage in the car from my phone. Not sure whether to praise technology or curse it.
We had that going on yesterday, FWIW, but thought it was our spam filter. So maybe not... - Kirsten from Android
Nope - not you. They are working on it. EBSCO is not having a great run lately. - Jen from FFHound!
Yes, I've noticed more bugs with EBSCO the past few months too. The tech support has been great, but I've been surprised at the problems appearing. - Galadriel C. from Android
Our GA encountered problems emailing from an EBSCO db over the weekend. It must be a big problem. - kaijsa
I did not get my tree up today, but I did finish a book I started in July, did the grocery shopping, made dinner, and am waiting in third load of laundry to finish. Maybe later this week....
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