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Just a little breakfast with @geekandahalf
Just a little breakfast with @geekandahalf
jelllus for the food and the company - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Just don't ask her about tomorrow's forecast for Chicago. - Zamms
Anne Bouey
If Obituaries of Male Authors Were Like The Australian's Obituary of Colleen McCullough -
If Obituaries of Male Authors Were Like The Australian's Obituary of Colleen McCullough
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"The Australian's bizarre obituary of bestselling novelist Colleen McCullough has received international attention for its sexist second sentence: "Plain of feature and certainly overweight, she was, nevertheless, a woman of wit and warmth."  McCullough's The Thorn Birds sold over 30 million copies worldwide, making her the most successful author in Australian literature.  So for your pleasure I have written a few other obituaries in the style of The Australian." - Anne Bouey from Bookmarklet
JRR Tolkien London, Sept. 2 Tolkien looked out at the world from eyes that were set very deep in his head. Even though the skin beneath those eyes was baggy and he wore too much tweed, the public was enthusiastic for "The Lord of the Rings." The author and linguist was 81 years old... - Anne Bouey
Gabriel García Márquez Mexico City, April 17 A thick mustache enhanced the bushy effect of eyebrows that ought to have been waxed, but when Nobel Prize winning novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez smiled he radiated warmth... - Anne Bouey
David Foster Wallace Claremont, California September 12 He probably never ironed a shirt in his life. Yet the author of critically acclaimed novels including Infinite Jest... - Anne Bouey
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Moscow, August 3 He wore a beard like Abraham Lincoln except without the mustache, then grew in the mustache in an attempt to compensate for the lost follicles of a receding hairline. None of it quite worked as a fashion statement. Nonetheless, Solzhenitsyn did more than any other to raise international awareness of abuses in Soviet labor camps... - Anne Bouey
Jean-Paul Sartre Paris, April 15 None of Jean-Paul Sartre's glasses suited his face and a wandering left eye made an unbearable impression. The chain smoking existentialist reeked of tobacco... - Anne Bouey
Friends, LSWers, Midwinter attendees! Lend the LSW your presence on Saturday January 31 for meetups! 2pm, Historic Downtown Treasures CAF tour 4ish-5:30ish PM, Intelligentsia Coffee 5:30ish, Exchequer Pub... Come to one or all, as your availability permits! - RepoRat
If there's a >50% chance you'll make it, let me know here. Thanks! - RepoRat
Definitely >50% here! Assuming I make it, I'm in for the coffee and, weather permitting, the CAF tour. Can't do dinner; I have to catch a 6:22 train at Millennium Station to get home (which, the coffee location is PERFECT). - Catherine Pellegrino
I'd say 50/50 for the coffee and/or pub part. - laura x
Definitely coffee and dinner; 50/50 for the tour. - Galadriel C.
Coffee and dinner 500% - copystar
Almost certainly dinner, though might be a tad late from a meeting! - Lily
that's fine! - RepoRat
Coffee and dinner for me!! - Hedgehog
Definitely dinner, maybe coffee and tour. - bentley
Definitely coffee and dinner - not sure about the tour. - Jen
Almost certainly dinner, too, though I might also be late. What time will dinner start? - ~Courtney F
whenever we get to Exchequer -- don't worry about being on time, it's all good :) - RepoRat
My partner (also a library guy, but not often on here) would like to come to all or some. (And I'm soooo jealous. Except for the freezing cold winter in Chicago part) - Megan loves summer
Knowing that this meet-up is happening is making my week. Just sayin' - Galadriel C.
I might be bringing someone. When do you need head counts? - bentley
So might I -- partners, family, friends welcome IOW -- and no rush. Sometime the week before the meetup should be fine. - RepoRat
Thanks. - bentley
Bumping this to confirm that the CAF tour is the one the page linked above labeled "Historic Downtown (North Loop): Treasures of Culture and Commerce"? (That's the one that starts at 2:00.) - Catherine Pellegrino
Yep, that's the one. - RepoRat
Won't make the tour, but thoroughly looking forward to meeting for coffee/tea + dinner! (Hoping that the Northeast has dug out from the pending blizzard by the time I'm scheduled to head to Chicago.) - Galadriel C. from Android
Okay, if your plans have changed from what you've stated already in this thread, let me know! I'll be calling the restaurant tomorrow (Friday). Weather at this point looks workable; no precipitation and temperatures in the low 30sF. - RepoRat
I send my good wishes to all of you to enjoy Chicago; I always liked Midwinter there, but obviously won't be there this year. (I wonder when or if I'll ever go to Midwinter again...) - Walt Crawford
I'm bringing a colleague to dinner. - bentley
Cool! I'm bringing the huz to tour/coffee/dinner. - RepoRat
I haven't decided about the rest of the day. It depends on how Friday goes. Colleague can only do dinner because she's working till 5pm. - bentley
Okay, so for dinner, I've got Galadriel, copystar, Lily, Hedgehog, Jen, Courtney F, Megan's partner, bentley + colleague, me + husband, also Becky Yoose (@yo_bj) and Kathryn Lybarger (@zemkat). Should be a pretty great shindig! - RepoRat
(You counted me twice for dinner.) - bentley
Hah! So I did. - RepoRat
(Also, I can't be at dinner -- unless that's a different Catherine! -- but I'll be at coffee) - Catherine Pellegrino
thanks! apparently I cannot brain today. - RepoRat
Thank you for coordinating/reserving dinner RR! I'll be there and must say I'm surprised that it's warmer in Chicago than CT! - Galadriel C.
Yay! I might miss the coffee but I'll be there for the dinner! - copystar
Just to confirm, only my partner will be there (not me, alas). He plans to turn up for the tour and tag along for coffee and dinner. Thanks for organising! - Megan loves summer
Oh, I will not be there for dinner. I might be there for coffee. It depends on Things. I am sorry to be so vague. - laura x
Ughhhh. It's a 45 minute ride from where I'm staying to coffee. I'm trying to make two meetups in one weekend work, but I'm just going to have to play it by ear. - laura x
Hope you all have a great time. Pics, please! - maʀtha
Reservation has been made; it's in my name. - RepoRat
Stephen Francoeur
Who should we trust? - Scholarly Communications @ Duke via @instapaper
I love Kevin, but who says most academic authors have ANY VALUES AT ALL relative to scholarly communication? Certainly hasn't been my experience even with most ACADEMIC LIBRARIANS ffs. - RepoRat
Put another way, they're not publishing because they value communication. They publish because it's an enforced activity. They can't not. - RepoRat
I wonder how he'd have to rewrite that post if he were to start from the premise you suggest. Would the issue of trust still pertain? - Stephen Francoeur
Good question. I think yes, but it'd be exactly the twisted, selfish kind of trust we're seeing now -- "whom/what can I trust to advance my career?" - RepoRat
Stephen Francoeur
Never neutral: Libraries, technology, and inclusion via @instapaper
Never neutral: Libraries, technology, and inclusion via @instapaper
Engaging in purring cat therapy.
Holly's favorite Anna
Oh, right. #alamw15 means none of my sales people will get back to me until late next week. Thanks, Obama!
Sarah G.
RT @impactstory: Doing outreach on #altmetrics at your #library? We’ve just released LibGuides that can help:
RT @impactstory: Doing outreach on #altmetrics at your #library? We’ve just released LibGuides that can help:
oh, good for Stacy! this was a really smart thing to do. - RepoRat
Sarah G.
...what is that?!? - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
YES! - Kevin Johnson
oooh maybe I'll have pizza tonight. - jambina from iPhone
man, i cannot wait. - holly #ravingfangirl
Mr 13 would probably like one of those to go. - sglassme
Mr. 13 will bust his stomach. A Chicago stuffed pizza is hyooooooooooge. - RepoRat
Mr 13 can put a dent in it. When he was Mr 3, if it was a eating day, he could pack away more than I can. - sglassme
Gotta admit: the Midwinter-related American Libraries "Chicago food" feature had a slice of Chicago pizza from the apparent current hotspot, and looking at it killed my appetite for *anything* for several hours. It just looked gross. (And, based on previous experience with two-days-calories-in-a-big-slice pizza in Chicago, it's just not my cup of tea.) - Walt Crawford
<thread hijack> Susan - when I pick up the old people next Sunday from Union Station, I think I'm going to take them to the good cinamon roll place for breakfast. - Sarah G.
They will like that. Plus, carb load after not sleeping well on train means that they will sleep the rest of the way to your house (don't punch them in their head). Unless they are planning on driving home that day. Then take them to Starbucks and tell Dad to stop questioning why they just can't call it large. - sglassme
I start training for my new test development job tomorrow! Woot!
Jaclyn aka spamgirl
Presentation to Council of Deans about Open Access scheduled for next week. Everyone cross your fingers for us. #oa
Would love to hear more about what approach you are taking and how it is received. Fingers crossed for you. - Jen
NYC is freaking out about this weather--I'll likely be off work most of today and tomorrow. As a former Minnesotan, I say "bah."
Heck, even my first 18 years in NY I only had one snow day ever... - Lily
Stephen? Meg? Are you all closing early today? - Lily
Welp, closing at 1pm and closed tomorrow. - Lily
as a former New Englander who can deal with snow (but doesn't like it) who moved to the south, snow and ice *do* scare me now - because there is no infrastructure to deal with it down here. Infrastructure is better in NYC, but still not up to MN standards. Still: I bet you'll enjoy!! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
I keep hoping there will be pretty snow to watch at eventually. I miss snow. Except when we have it and then I don't miss it all because I'm in the south and it's a PITA. :) - ellbeecee
What's funny is that they didn't use to close stuff like this (like you said, Lily). It started after Bloomberg fucked up the big storm in 2010. - Meg VMeg from Android
No word on whether we're closing early.I'd be surprised if we do. I'm betting on a snow day tomorrow though. Lily, do you think having a notably larger percentage of commuters having to rely on mass transit here is why we're more likely to have snow days than you might have seen in MN? I honestly don't know, but I can assume that at the very least, the commuter bus schedule must get really screwed up when it snows like this. I don't know how often trains get delayed or stalled, too, because of snow and ice. - Stephen Francoeur
I think it makes more sense for us mostly because we have 6 of our 9 campuses in New Jersey, and several faculty/staff commute between several, and students could be coming from anywhere since we're 90% non-residential. Right now the MTA looks more or less okay--but it's definitely the buses and LIRR/MetroNorth that are going to have worse trouble, I imagine... - Lily
What You Need to Know About Today's "Crippling" Blizzard: Monday Update - WarLord
^^ "Your flight is cancelled. Don't even bother." heh. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
"Travel advice: Don't." - RepoRat
We'd be happy to have your snow (in the Sierra Nevadas, which are woefully short), but admittedly not so happy about the temps--or if we got sustained snowfall hereabouts, with I'm guessing zero snow-removal equipment. Hope it works out OK there. And that we finally get some precipitation here. - Walt Crawford
As Stephanie said, I have learned to be scared of driving in insignificant snow fall here -- both because no one here knows how to drive in it, and because the county has 6 snow plows. In these parts, two inches of snowfall becomes crippling ice very quickly! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
That said, blizzards are blizzards. Its not just snow, but the wind blowing the snow around, making zero visibility on the ground. 3' of snow might be meh, but with blizzard, very intense! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
I was living in New Haven during the blizzard of '96, and I remember hearing a report on NPR from NYC (where they'd gotten at least as much snow as we had) about how, in a city that densely built-up, there basically isn't anyplace to PUT the snow once you've plowed it off the streets, so they were having to truck it to ... somewhere. (Probably New Jersey, I don't know.) I vividly recall... more... - Catherine Pellegrino
I was here in NYC in 1996 for that blizzard. It was awesome. I went to work the next day and walked up the middle of Fifth Avenue (in the 20s), where there was no traffic but plenty of people on cross country skis. It's true that there is no place to push all the plowed snow, so they end up loading it into dump trucks and dumping it in into the Hudson (or maybe they used to do that before they realized what an environmental disaster it was). - Stephen Francoeur
I was in Poughkeepsie during that blizzard. Pretty much every street in town was down to one lane because of the no place to put the snow problem. The course catalog for college the next year used a photo of one of the benches on campus--or rather the inch or two of it that was above the snow. - laura x
Got word that we're closing at 4 pm here. Snow day called for my younger son's elementary school (sure there will be a citywide announcement momentarily about all NYC public schools). - Stephen Francoeur
The '96 blizzard WAS the one snow day I had!! Except I was in first grade, so it totally didn't count for anything. And I was in public school, so you know that's big deal s#*&. - Lily
The 2006 storm was actually bigger than the 1996 one. I found this fun page on NYC winter storm history on the site just now and thought you'd get a kick out of it: - Stephen Francoeur
1996: "On Jan. 8, New York City public and parochial schools were ordered closed, several Broadway shows canceled performances, and the New York Stock Exchange had a short day." Heeheehee... - Lily
who was there for the 1978 storm? *raises hand* (in Conn.) - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
If money were no object they could just melt it all and it would drain away. - Brian Johns
Some of TEH shopping centers with big parking lots are melting their huge snow piles - WarLord
Yeah, he's explicitly referencing the 2010 storm in his press conference. - Meg VMeg
Sarah G.
Nothing like the 37th cup of coffee to make you finally feel alive...
Just wait till #42. - Joe
Good grief. If you list out some of my professional work in an all professionaly way, it makes me look like this experienced professional person. So very weird.
bio: "Iris Jastram has been a Reference & Instruction Librarian at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, since 2005. She speaks and writes on information literacy and instruction, is a founding member of the Library Society of the World, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Creative Library Practice. She also blogs about these topics (as well as technology and intellectual property and whatever else comes to mind) at Together with the other members of the Carleton Library Reference & Instruction Department, she has engaged in the Information Literacy in Student Writing project since 2008, helping to draft two publications and several presentations and workshops based on that work, all of which are linked from" - lris
Is this a bio for me? :) - kaijsa
It is :-) - lris from Android
yay! - kaijsa
You're all that. :-) - YvonneM
And a bag of chips, my dear. - Louise "Weezy" Alcorn
💯 - Julian
Steele Lawman
Me, at end of class: "Any further questions? Anything you have always wanted to know about librarians but were afraid to ask?"
Student: "Do you spawn?" - Steele Lawman
March of the Librarians video time! - RepoRat
Me: "It's sexual reproduction, but you aren't guaranteed to give birth to another librarian. Anyone else?" - Steele Lawman
I want to like this about five more times. - Catherine Pellegrino
Like salmon returning to the stream in which they were hatched, the intrepid librarian returns to the top floor of of the academic library where their librarians dreams were hatched.... (Basement of public library or nook in school library, etc, as appropriate.) - John Dupuis
LOL - lris
That is excellent. Nice footwork - Aaron the Librarian
I'm stealing this for my class on Monday. - Lily
If you bring up the sexual reproduction part yourself, it might be awkward. - Steele Lawman
"Why are you all so awkward?" - Lily
nice. - YvonneM
a student once asked me why so many librarians wear cardigans. he said he'd always wanted to ask that. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
How did you answer? Something like "Concealed carry?" - Steele Lawman
"It hides the second brain." - Louise "Weezy" Alcorn
Stephen Francoeur
Barbara Fister, "The Information Literacy Standards/Framework Debate," Library Babel Fish @insidehighered -
Pull quote: “From my perspective, the new Framework recalls the original spirit of the Standards and deepens our thinking about what students need to learn. They also move us beyond a sequence of components that looks suspiciously like a “how to write a paper in college” to concepts that are more challenging, sophisticated, and durable post-graduation.” - Stephen Francoeur
Jason P
Dad's got a new drinking buddy who's an IT guy. THANK YOU SANTA
So, news: I'm now the TV editor for FreakSugar. :)
I've never been an editor before. :) - Jed from iPhone
Rock on! - Corinne L
Yay! - Yolanda
Congrats! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
I've been saying that FreakSugar has been lacking representation in the transvestite community for such a long time. This is welcome news. - Mark H
@Mark H - :) - Jed from iPhone
Thanks everyone! - Jed from iPhone
Congratulations! - MoTO: #TeamMarina from Android
Woo hoo! - Soup in a TARDIS
Congratulations, Jed! - Stephan from iPhone
\o/ Congrats! :) - AHnix (Anna Haro)
Woo-hoo! - bentley
Congratulations! - Jenny H. from Android
Thanks, everyone! I'm pretty pumped! - Jed from iPhone
woot and congrats! - Sir Shuping is just sir
#Mr3 has his own hatbeard now.
hatbeards are the new neck gaiters, I hear - maʀtha
Mary Carmen
Definitely felt the baby move. Still amazed by it.
Jaclyn aka spamgirl
Oh ho! It's out! Here's the big deal we're cancelling.
This was the publisher that tried to force us to sub to their ebooks in order to keep our current deal. Also, their idea of when a title could be cancelled is insane. - Jaclyn aka spamgirl
Just sent this to my head of collections. - Hedgehog
This is the first US consortium I've seen announcing a big Big Deal cancellation. Did I miss anything, or are y'all pioneers? - RepoRat
Also sent to mine.... - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Wow. Thanks for posting. Forcing subs to e-books to keep journal deal is indeed insane. - Galadriel C.
Head of CollDev sent it out to our faculty this morning - Hedgehog
With that budget cut, I imagine big deals are on the table? - Jaclyn aka spamgirl
"the CSU libraries did not find the value of the additional content compelling" - Marie
Shared with our collection development librarian. - ellbeecee
shared with our peeps too - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Good for you for challenging the Big Deal. - maʀtha
booyah - Meg VMeg
I'll be curious to see how many campuses subscribe to Wiley packages on their own (I'm also at a CSU library and we've decided not to subscribe to any Wiley packages until the system can re-negotiate something). - Laura Krier
From my small sample of 4 people I've happened to talk to, no one is taking a package, just individual subs. That's at least 2 of 3 biggest ones, though. Can't wait for the report from EAR next week. - Jaclyn aka spamgirl
Steven Perez
A little bunneh told me that it's Lady Botts' special day. :) -
A little bunneh told me that it's Lady Botts' special day.  :)
Happy Birthday LB!!! - vicster
Happy Birthday!! - Kevin Johnson
Happy birthday! - John (bird whisperer)
Happy birthday, LB! - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
happy b !! - Franc, a rememberer from FFHound!
Happy birthday, Laura! - Corinne L
Happy birthday, Laura! I hope you're having a great day! - Stephan from iPhone
Happy Bday FFer!!!! - Valz 4 TEAMMARINA
Happy birthday, LB! :) - Jenny H. from Android
Thank you! - Laurie Boots from Android
Happy birthday, Laura! - Anne Bouey
Happy, happy! - Galadriel C. from Android
Holly's favorite Anna
All I want for Christmas is properly formatted ISSNs in COUNTER usage reports. #ERMwoes
I made this silly beard to sew into a hat for #babyR. He is bemused.
that's a lot of cute. - jambina from iPhone
SO. MUCH. WIN. - Spidra Webster
*dead* - Catherine Pellegrino from iPod
*so dead* - MoTO: #TeamMarina
!! - Yolanda
:-) - Galadriel C. from Android
I... don't think this is what's normally meant by "Santa Baby," but I guess I can still dig it! - RepoRat
Bumping this again. Just because. - Catherine Pellegrino
Last night I made another one for Mr3, at his request. :-D - lris
Those'll have to wait. I need a hat to sew the beard into and then I need to mail the whole thing to Mr3. - lris
:( The people will learn patience. - Catherine Pellegrino
How we got here A historical look at the academic teaching library and the role of the teaching librarian -
shared on FB [eta: meaning I saw this here and then shared it on FB] - Aaron the Librarian
Catherine Pellegrino
Email exchange at MPOW today:
Me to all staff: "Kevin from the printer repair place just arrived to take our public printer back to his shop for a full cleaning and tuneup. He expects to bring it back later today or tomorrow. This sounds an awful lot like the situation with the Grinch and the Christmas tree, doesn't it?" - Catherine Pellegrino
Boss to me: "I hope he's not stuffing it up the chimney!" - Catherine Pellegrino
Me to boss: "I don't know anything more than this. I came out to ask what he was doing and he gave me a drink and sent me to bed." - Catherine Pellegrino
Holly's favorite Anna
RT @jacobsberg: 10 Comics That Shut Down Terrible Internet Arguments via @io9
RT @jacobsberg: 10 Comics That Shut Down Terrible Internet Arguments via @io9
laura x
Downloads of my MFA thesis since I put it online with a BY-NC-SA license.
thesis downloads.JPG
Holly's favorite Anna
Holly's favorite Anna
RT @bitterarab: Old white man hit the nail on the head so hard, for all you exclaiming all lives matter. #BlackLivesMatter
RT @bitterarab: Old white man hit the nail on the head so hard, for all you exclaiming all lives matter. #BlackLivesMatter
Wow, and in the responses, some very very dim people are literally responding with variants on "all lives matter". *deep sigh* - Andrew C (✔)
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