An alumna wants to talk to me about librarianship as a career. She wants to know about "the nature of your interaction with books and the literary community." Should I tell her the truth, that lately it's mostly throwing them away?
I'm in scheduling hell. trying to set the student work schedule for spring … one person just dropped / added a class that threw my masterpiece from yesterday into CHAOS. *sigh* …….. anyone have good way of coordinating student work schedules???
Has anybody heard of a database that automates knowledge mapping to help identify gaps in the research (in any discipline)? This sounds like the holy grail for researchers, and I assume it's still the stuff of fantasy, but I have a researcher insisting he heard from some librarian somewhere that it exists. Blerg.
I'm playing with the new WorldCat interface, and am about to lose it all over the screen. This is crap. This removes all the tools that WorldCat users have depended upon for decades. AND, it brings back crap results.
Am I hitting a programming glitch on our side, or is this is known set of things about the new interface?
Random poking up of the head: I've been missing from the librarian interwebs for a while due to life stuff and figuring out my next step. Many of you already know, but starting in January I will be the new Associate Dean for Learning Resources in charge of the medical library and biomedical communications at ETSU in Johnson City, TN.
The VHS issue is rearing its ugly head again. Unbeknownst to me, we didn't finish deaccessioning all the tapes and because I didn't install a VHS player in the new media screening room (was told we weren't supporting the format), a handful of people are irate. Do not want.
I would love to see some LSW faces at this summer's Institute for Research Design in Librarianship. Consider submitting a proposal so you can hang out with me for two weeks and learn how to construct a research project? http://irdlonline.org
Aaron gets cited by Ben Wagner on PAMnet. Not a full-blown study, but a very thoughtful (I think brilliant) blog post is here: "Why Nested Boolean search statements may not work as well as they did" http://musingsaboutlibrariansh... by Aaron Tay of the National University...
Is there something like ReferenceUSA but for nonprofits? My friend's boss wants a list of all nonprofit organizations in several major cities along with an actual human contact, title, and email address.
Looks like I'm the first faculty member to ask if I can add my collected data, codebooks, and instruments for various research projects to our repository. Very pleased about this (especially as I'm coming up against unwillingness to share a validated instrument for librarystuffs *sadpanda*).
Codsignal request: I need to build a tool that will take textual information from a Google spreadsheet, reformat it and display it differently, probably in a document of some sort. I don't even know what keywords to type to find instructions for doing such a thing. Can you help me describe the task specifically enough ...
Vendor salesperson repeatedly emailing me plus 4 faculty in two different depts. about setting up a trial. Salesperson is starting to really annoy me and said faculty. Folks that deal with this more than I do: does it work to just call vendors and tell them to knock it off? I feel like, I dunno, if I engage then they'll never stop.