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360 Linker seems to be held together with rubber bands and chewing gum. We're getting weird no results errors intermittently that our ERLs can't replicate and there's nothing that can actually be reported well. Link resolver fails make us look bad and I'm tired of it. This isn't a question, just a rant.
Link resolvers promise the world. And then black our eyes on a daily basis instead. - lris
*adjusts your microphone so the world can hear this better* - Marie
Speaking from ancient history: A link resolver can be no better than its targets--and some link resolvers have made poor assumptions about completeness of target metadata. - Walt Crawford
when i present it, i say it works 80-90% of the time. At MFPOW, i said to call it "Find @ Univ?" (question mark) because it was so unreliable. *sigh* - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Thanks for tolerating the rant. I'm just at the end of my rope with problems that seem to get worse over time, not better. This is NOT a dig on our ERLs, who are doing a great job, but the products we have. - kaijsa
You could also call the link : I'm Feeling Lucky - Dominique Papin
Relatedly? So sick of find it/get it links that require additional clicking and choices before actually finding/getting it. - Rachel Walden
Kaijsa -- have you guys implemented the sidebar option? It doesn't improve the linking for reasons noted above, but it does a better job of offering options when the linking borks. - Holly's favorite Anna
Mr. The Jason Fleming
Do you have a Workload Policy? Something that includes %'s for Librarianship, Service, Research and Scholarship? What percentages do you have? Are these reflected in your job description or are they just a general policy? Do you have time set aside for research that your supervisor encourages?
This sounds like a survey... - Mr. The Jason Fleming
We were just working on this today, internally, for new hires. No answers yet... - Jenica
Officially we are 80/10/10, with any administration percentages deducted from the 80. We manage our own time, so practice on setting aside research time varies. I have been known to block off days or half days to work on research away from the office *when possible*, but many weeks that is not possible. In my department, the chair (now a rotating position like in academic depts.) is supportive of our individual choice. - kaijsa
80% librarianship, 10% academic activity (aka "research"), 10% service. But no fixed workweek, so the days just stretch into eternity. - DJF
^^^^yes - kaijsa
Nope. - Meg VMeg
No - maʀtha
I don't think we have anything formal in terms of percentages. Junior faculty are encouraged to block a half day each week to work on research-- realistically that doesn't happen for most of us because of our heavy committee responsibilities and teaching/liaison duties. - Hedgehog
Our AVP for the Library is working on this quantification, since we're technically the equivalent of so many WTUs (weighted teaching units), and she wants to get hard and fast numbers so that when we get release time, we know how much. Currently, actual practice varies - ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
For promotion and tenure it's supposed to be 1/3rd job description, 1/3rd research / creative, and 1/3rd service. In reality, the job eats all the clock time and research/creative & service are on your own time. However, library faculty contractually cannot be scheduled for more than 35 hours/week, so that's something? - Aaron the Librarian from Android
We are 70/15/15 with no time set aside for research. The percentages *are* the job description. - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
This humanities librarian is about to teach a session on how to find and use international datasets, world development indicators, and other statistical resources to a senior/grad global studies class. I sort of know what I'm doing.
You know more than they do! (probably) - Meg VMeg
I did. It went well, I'm happy to say. Our new social sciences liaison starts in a few months and I can't wait! - kaijsa
Dang, I would have wanted to be there for that session. - Aaron the Librarian from Android
LITA is offering a statistics course in April/May. This has been far too long in the making, I'm super excited about it.
Also, Courtney Fuson gave me the idea that stats education was needed, so Courtney, long last thank yous! - Hedgehog
cool. shared with our librarians. - Marie
Sharing with our librarians, too. - kaijsa
Tangentially related, I just learned about a *self-paced* free MOOC in Applied Data Science that's being offered by Syracuse - Meg VMeg
Ooh. That Syracuse course looks very interesting. - kaijsa
Shared. This looks great! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
oh, hey, you're welcome! :) - ~Courtney F
Already two of our library faculty have emailed and thanked me for sending it to the list. So thanks from me, too! - kaijsa
Huge interest at MPOW... now to go beg for $ - Aaron the Librarian
I hope it does well. After doing some preliminary investigation on doing something in this area a couple years back, I gave up on it as a hopeless idea--but what LITA's doing may work better. - Walt Crawford
As far as I can tell, LibCal allows the creation of recurring events (like a film series) but there is no way to link to the series/entire recurrence? Am I just missing the way to do so?
did you call the support? - ♫Maurice the Trainer♫
I tweeted springshare, but was also hoping the hive mind might have already found an answer to this. - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
You can make a calendar feed by event type, so if you made a category for film series, then the feed would pull all of those events together. I can't find a way to make a regular link. Perhaps in 2.0? We're migrating later this month. - kaijsa
did you email Twitter is only variably useful for support calls at any vendor in my experience - Aaron the Librarian
ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
Call for chapters specific to directorship - if you have an awesome director, please do send them my way, or offer to co-write with them :)
Do you EVER slow down? :) - Hedgehog
Maybe a stupid question, but are academic library deans okay, or just directors? Mine is an amazing leader, and I'd like to send the cfc to her. - kaijsa
Academic library deans are also welcome to submit! - ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
@Abs - I do! I swear :) I was actually supposed to send out the call in January, but got too swamped. - ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
I'm with Abs on this. No new projects for a while! :) - maʀtha
Public Library directors? - Andy
barbara fister
Need reference assistance, plz. Do anybody have gale's Encyclopedia of Business, 2nd ed?
I'm working on a thing and sombody is citing a site that looks like a complete ripoff of the Gale pub. But I'm unsure. - barbara fister
Yes, we have it in print. Want me to grab it? - kaijsa
The entry is SIC 5942 BOOK STORES. - barbara fister
You would be my hero if you did thanks! - barbara fister
Running down to ref to get it. Will report back. - kaijsa
I FEEL SO POWERFUL. Run,my librarian friend, run! - barbara fister
Of course I could be wrong and guilty of Wasting LibrarianTime. - barbara fister
"Her cardigan flapping in the wind, the librarian dashed through the stacks, seeking until she finds. To the left of this student, to the right of that one, until, through her glasses she spies it. HF1001 .E466. "it's here", the librarians sighed, as she blew the dust off the top of the book" - ellbeecee
(also, we only have the 1st edition. :) ) - ellbeecee
You are not wasting our time. It's our job to help people. - DJF from Android
I won't have to pay a fine? Whew. - barbara fister
This website reads so like Gale reference language. And yet is an advertiing biz. - barbara fister
Also, may I whine about MLA's newest rules for citaions? Because this person used them faithfully and nothing is findable easily because MLA decided URLs are optional. Just Google it. - barbara fister
ellbeecee's adventure story is fusing with the DOJ Ferguson report in my head and making me think of a dystopian library system that fines people passing through because the money's so good and the power, the power.... (very freaked out by that gov doc.) - barbara fister
Whine publicly on Twitter and @ Kathleen Fitzpatrick at @kfitz. - RepoRat
Haha, no cardigan here, just a slightly goth minidress and boots. I have Gale Encyclopedia of Business 2nd Edition in hand, and it isn't set up under SICs. - kaijsa
Thinking now I may create a whole class on the topic of "government documents that will make you cry." - barbara fister
And yes, that link makes me think very much of Gale. - ellbeecee
But yes, that's the call number! - kaijsa
Okay - thanks so much. I am not sure what this site is but evidently not quite the ripoff I suspected. Inspector General dusts off hands, apologizes to those who had to do my invesitagion for me. (Seriously, many many thanks - and so cool to have friends available on the fly.) - barbara fister
Repo - will shake my Tweet fist at kfitz (not that it's *her* fault...) - barbara fister
AHA! I think i may have found what you're looking for. - kaijsa
It's probably in Gale's Encyclopedia of American Industries. Which we have online, tra la, tra la. - kaijsa
We have 4th, 5th, and 6th editions, not 2nd. But I'd be happy to email you the entry. - kaijsa
Thanks muchly - fister at gac dot edu will work. - barbara fister
Done! - kaijsa
wow. I think Barbara's right. It looks like it was lifted with just a few paragraphs moved around. - ellbeecee
I heard that voice and I thought "Gale. Gale, is that you?" (Actually thought it was lifted from some public domain document, but it wasn't. So.) - barbara fister
She's totally right, just thought of a different Gale title at first. It's word-for-word the same. - kaijsa
A thousand thanks. It would have been embarassing for a report by a writers' organization to cite a copyright-ripoff website. - barbara fister
GROUP HUG LSW! I LOVE YOU ALL!! extra hug for Kajsa. - barbara fister
I will take the barbara hug gladly! - kaijsa
Rachel Walden
Looking to revise our reference stats collection and struggling with too much vs. not enough info. Anybody have examples of what you're collecting (type of patron, type of question categories, other data) that you find really useful and would be willing to share?
For desk stats: type of question (reference, circulation, technology assistance) and then a 4 point scale. For consultations: location, patron type, question type (that same 4 point scale), time spent, format (phone, email, etc), department. On chat (we use libchat): chat question or knowledgebase, that 4-point scale, question status (answered, follow up, practice/test, lost call) . The... more... - ellbeecee
I have mpa students trying to sort this out now... Ask me in early May? - Hedgehog
We gather the following: Who took the question (student or staff); method of contact (chat, email, in person, phone, text); whether it took longer than 20 minutes (y/n); and the service/question type (research, technology, printing/copying, directions/referrals, library services, scheduled appointments, and other). We also have a comments box (required to fill in for the "other" question type). - Kirsten
For Desk Stats if we all adopt the READ Scale we could arguably do cross-institutional comparions... with trend lines once we have enough data... - Aaron the Librarian
Thank you! - Rachel Walden
Aaron, we just left the READ scale last fall - we decided it didn't work for us, because it wasn't something we could apply across all service points to all types of questions, which is why we went to the 4-point scale. - ellbeecee
I love the READ scale, but inter-rater reliability seems problematic without periodic training. We use LibAnalytics and record the actual question, contact type, duration, patron status, service location, and READ scale. It records who's logged in (usually generic desk accounts), but we can use a dropdown to change that, which liaisons do when things turn into consults at the desk. - kaijsa
Nice article - "Bridges and Barriers: Factors Influencing a Culture of Assessment in Academic Libraries" By Meredith Gorran Farkas, Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe and Amy Harris Houk
Thanks for posting this Joe; the timing for an assessment project I'm planning couldn't be better! - Galadriel C.
I've been waiting for this since their presentation at the assessment conference. - kaijsa
Thanks! Kaijsa, this is the 4 year institution survey we presented at ACRL 2013. Not the 2 year survey we presented at LAC. - Lisa Hinchliffe
I just realized that! I went to both presentations, and I'm mostly interested in this one because it pertains to me. I'm glad to be reading it! - kaijsa
I work at an academic institution where I'm staff. I'd like to relocate but the positions I've come across are largely tenure track. I haven't published or done research. Does this put me at a huge disadvantage? If I did get a job, would I be putting in lots of time beyond 35-40 hrs a week? (I have health issues at times). TIA
I can only answer for MPOW, which is rather more relaxed about these things than many research-intensive universities/libraries. We wouldn't hold it against you if you haven't published or done research prior to getting on the tenure track. We would ask you, as part of the interview process, what your plans for research/publication would be if you were hired. Forty hours a week would be... more... - Catherine Pellegrino
We're non-tenured at MPOW (private academic), and my previous POW (public academic, much larger) was, too. Not having published or done research wouldn't matter; you'd just be appointed as an instructor or maybe assistant prof depending on your experience. We can research within our 40ish hours/week, too, but we know there may be times when we need to do things outside of that. - Laruia Ingalls Botts
I don't think it matters as far as getting hired. You might firm up a statement about your research interests, in case you're asked during an interview (or mention them in the cover letter, if you already have something in mind, and doing research and publishing is something that appeals to you about the position). It varies a lot by institution, and probably a bit by role, how much research (and what kind) would be expected, and how you would be expected to handle that workload. You'd have to ask them. - Meg VMeg
Thanks for the feedback; it is much appreciated. - YvonneM
I concur on it not mattering as much for hiring, though some evidence of interest, plans, thoughts will be looked for during the application process. I had zero research experience coming in. I'd put 40 at a very low week for me and my research work is done almost entirely outside of work. I have meetings with my research partners during the day but the work itself, I can rarely carve... more... - Hedgehog
^^^ This. Expectations vary enormously. Not having published shouldn't be a problem but I would avoid saying "I don't like doing research" (which I've heard) or "research in librarianship field is so terrible, I'm only interested in (history, lit, whatever - in some places that might count, but dissing your own field is bad form). Having an idea or two of what area seem resarch-worthy is a winner. - barbara fister
This is all good to know. Thank you. I was surprised to see that some community colleges consider librarians as tenure-track faculty, when not all universities do so. - YvonneM
It varies widely, and the meaning of "tenure track faculty" can vary as well. My theory is that it's all a complicated plot to give us something to bitch about at conferences. - Catherine Pellegrino
Expect to work much more than 40 hours a week - maʀtha
Where I am it would depend on the pool of applicants. If you don't have a record of scholarship, it would be really important to have stated research interests. Also, having some professional presentations under your belt would look good. As for working more than 40 hours a week, I would say I cherish the odd weeks I can work that or less.. Especially for a subject liaison like me who... more... - kaijsa
Librarians at my college are non-tenure track faculty. We are not always expected to do research, but research/presentations can be named as one of our formal annual goals, in which case we are expected to work on those within our normal hours (we're oddly heavily discouraged from going outside our hours, but my director has a time-banking system set up b/c obviously that's not realistic). - Lily
For the hours thing, you might want to look specifically at campuses that have faculty unions and where the librarians are included in the bargaining unit. The contract(s) for librarians may (MAY) specify hours per week, and the campus culture may (MAY) be less inclined to overwork than at non-union campuses. - Catherine Pellegrino
Re above: we have a faculty union. The contract for librarians is the same as the contract for all faculty. Hours are not specified for anyone and everyone works a million hours. Instead of having research days on Fridays, we have five billion meetings on Fridays. Working off campus for research is allowed, but frowned upon. YMMV, though. - maʀtha
I can't believe we have to ask "is it > 40 hours"? That's one of my big concerns - I like to work, and I like to read, sleep, play with kittehs, etc. too. This is just a general rant about work life. Grateful I can "get away with" "only" working 40 hours most weeks. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
btw, in Connecticut, there are unions, and the state work week is *35 hours*. (that was a union concession back in the 70s when raises weren't possible) I miss my 35 hour work-week. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Definitely frustrating. I remember being condescendingly told that "well, you know, 40 hours is really just the minimum" when asking how on earth we were supposed to expect to do ALL THE THINGS - Hedgehog
This is good to know. Not sure I have the physical stamina for the kind of work weeks that seem to be the norm, which means I'll have to re-tool my search. - YvonneM
Yeah, I've been limiting myself as much as possible because I also like to have a non-work life. I feel like we need a discussion about work-life balance. - kaijsa
Teaching credit-bearing classes can eat tons of time and energy, in my experience. - maʀtha
^^yes. This is my experience, too (but I love it). - kaijsa
As opposed to the other kinds of ebooks
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I wanted an analog ebook, dammit. - laura x from iPhone
I responded on Twitter: to wit, if you believe CDs aren't really digital music (as some seem to), then you could claim that PDF eBooks aren't really digital eBooks. - Walt Crawford
I would like an ethereal ebook. - Marianne
I would just like an ebook I can own outright and not just license. - kaijsa
kajisa, that's why I personally never pay for ebooks that have DRM on them. So, I still read a lot of print. - DJF from Android
There are such ebooks. In fact, Lulu stopped supporting DRM for ebooks some time ago, not even as an extra-cost option. (I think Tor dropped DRM some time ago as well.) - Walt Crawford
Walt, i'm well aware of the options. I buy Tor ebooks on occasion, when I don't already have the beginning of the series in print, and from a few other small presses. Unfortunately, some of my favourite authors (including certain friends), publish with less forward-thinking houses. - DJF
Actually, I was commenting to kajisa as much as you--I was pretty sure you knew about exceptions. Which, unfortunately, is what they still are: Exceptions, and for Lulu it was a fairly bold move. (Well, for Tor too; now if they could get their parent to listen...) - Walt Crawford
Meg VMeg
Yeah, sorry, I can't come downstairs and have security let you in, they think I'm a student.
Take that for the compliment it should be? - Aaron the Librarian
I suffer from this a lot too and the only reason it's theoretically a compliment is because women are valued primarily for their looks and society associates beauty with youth. And when it also comes along with petty disadvantages like not being taken seriously by security, not to mention less petty disadvantages like potentially not being taken seriously for jobs (I don't *think* I've personally hit this, but people have) then what remains of the compliment starts to wear thin. - Deborah Fitchett
Show those assholes your LSW membership card. - Joe
What Deborah said. Once I was in my mid-30s, people stopped asking what my major is, but it got old. When I was younger I consciously dressed more professionally than the WY norm so people would take me seriously. It drives me crazy when people treat younger colleagues like small children--we shouldn't treat our college students that way, either. - kaijsa
Excellent points. My lens is shifty as I haven't been mistaken for a student for a really long time... but most students aren't as balding, paunchy, nor hairy as me. If it were a common occurence, I suspect I would be less enamored of the experience myself. Thanks for the perspective shift - Aaron the Librarian
I just turned 40 and am excited by more silver hairs on my head because I am so very tired of older colleagues saying to me "you're young and inexperienced" despite that I've been in e-resources for over 10 years and a librarian for nearly 15. - Galadriel C.
I got that "oh, you're so young" look just the other day, but it was more because I said that Pearson (the educational testing company) was in the business of profiteering off publicly funded entities. - laura x from iPhone
... speaking truth means you're young? - RepoRat
Yes. Because adults don't speak truth about people who give them large sums of money. - laura x from iPhone
You mean Pearson the world's largest publisher (by far)? Your last clause (business..entities) describes a big chunk of their $9 billion business plan. - Walt Crawford
It would be flattering if it didn't take so much time! If security doesn't call me then it's 30 minutes of: <waiting for the elevator> "Yes, no, yes, this is my ID, yes, I've worked here for 10 years. Nope, not a student! Nope! Yeah, I get that a lot!" <waiting for the elevator> - Meg VMeg
There is intentionally no closing tag for <waiting for the elevator> - Meg VMeg
^^^perfecf - laura x from iPhone
Walt, yes--Pearson and ACT are two of the biggest employers in my town (outside the university, which provides them with a well-educated labor force that will work for cheap). - laura x from iPhone
Rachel Walden
And I was just asking yesterday if we had plastic sheeting in this place...
uh oh... - lris
... that does not sound good. - RepoRat
oh no! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
...I hope the answer was yes? - Deborah Fitchett
We've had three floods in 18 months. I hope for better for you. - kaijsa
The answer was no about the plastic sheeting, although I did scrounge up two large black trash bags. There was water from the hvac system condensing and coming through the ceiling, down the light fixture, into the computer lab. Minimal damage except for the ceiling. Oh, the joys of a 100+ yo library building. - Rachel Walden
Even newer buildiings seem not to be leak-proof. We most definitely have plastic sheeting availble at all times. - barbara fister
"acquire plastic sheeting" definitely went on my to-do list - Rachel Walden
did I tell you the one from MfPOW where contractors working on the Historical Society accidentally backed up a water main into the library basement, where the preservation/conservation unit is? Yeah. - RepoRat
Tangent. Why are archives and server rooms ever located in a basement? - ♫Maurice the Trainer♫ from Android
weeeeeell, my take on the specific case I just discussed is not for public view. - RepoRat
yikes! - Rachel Walden
At mfpow, the first big rainstorm after moving to the new building revealed a large leak over the Spanish-language books. The rain in Spain and all that. - bentley
^snerk - maʀtha
so I am starting a new job soon. Any advice? when was the last time you started a new job? what did you not do that you wish you did?
Last time I started a new job I got pregnant five months later. I don't recommend doing that, but I think you're safe. :-) - laura x from iPhone
Determine your work/life boundaries and goals now (e.g. leave work an time). Doing so has made a huge difference in my current position. - Galadriel C. from Android
Seconding boundaries. Do not try to do ALL THE THINGS right out of the gate. - Julian
Meet lots of people. You have about six months where you can just walk up to people and say "I'm new, tell me about..." - Hedgehog
Listen more than speak. Ask more than answer. Underpromise and over deliver. (especially during the honeymoon before the new guy halo wears off) - Aaron the Librarian
While institutional culture varies, I want new folks to participate in the conversations that will shape decisions. While it's important to gather a lot of info and figure out who does what, asking smart questions and making suggestions is awesome. We have five new faculty this academic year and I want to hear from them, not just from the people who've been here forever. - kaijsa
Take lots of notes about things you notice that are intriguing, odd, raise questions, etc. You'll only have new eyes for so long, but being able to look back at those notes can help you both remember particulars and slip back into that mindset. - Kirsten from Android
Here's my advice: ROCK ON - maʀtha
Aaron the Librarian
#VocabularyFail What is the term or phrase that describes lesser repercussions for infractions (e.g. sentencing for drugs or violence) #8am
Hmm. I can't think of a phrase. I can think of 'lenient' and its variants; 'reduced / suspended' sentences; mitgation etc - Pete
Clemency? - Laruia Ingalls Botts from Android
Statutory minimum sentence? Not sure what you're getting at exactly. ETA: plea agreements or suspended sentences generally have conditions. Is that it? - kaijsa
Student response for clarity just now: "when a famous person is punished for breaking a law (like abuse) they get a lighter sentence" I'm totally drawing a blank. (I'd say privilege, but that doesn't bring up useful (for assignment) results - Aaron the Librarian from Android
So...severity of punishment. hmmm - Hedgehog
"sentence disparity" seems popular - Hedgehog
ooh, that's a good one - Aaron the Librarian
after barnstorming a bit, I'm trying to come at it from another diection: athletes AND sentencing hints at a few things... sentence disparity and (sport* OR athlet*) returns a null set :| - Aaron the Librarian
you could throw in 'preferential' - Pete
or "preferential treatment" - ellbeecee
Help me brainstorm? I need to come up with a title, ASAP, for our "Surveillance, Privacy & Intellectual Freedom Film Festival" (something catchier than that please!!) Your creativity requested!
Sell You Lies - Pete
Panopti Con - Pete
Snowed In - Pete
Refractions Through PRISM - Pete
Screened - Pete
I know what you did last summer - ellbeecee
"Private Eyes, Public Lies, and NSA Spies?" Good luck! - YvonneM
"I Know What You Did Last Summer." :-) - bentley
I like Yvonne's. - kaijsa
You want a SPIFFFy title? - Joe
John Jackson
Dear LSW, please forgive my intrusion but I'm hoping your collective expertise can help MPOW with a policy decision. Faculty want us to rip DVDs and stream them through out CMS (Moodle). We understand that we can stream under the aegis of the TEACH Act but we don't know if we have permission (via copyright statute exemptions) to actually make a...
... copy (sorry, looks like FF cut me off). - John Jackson from iPhone
Take a look at the AIME v. UCLA case; run it past your legal beagles. - RepoRat
my gut says no, but I agree with RR's legal beagle reco. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Thanks for the recommendation RR. For classes we offer entirely online, it seems the "time-shifting" argument in the AIME v UCLA case may suffice. I wonder if it gets complicated though for classes held on campus where time-shifting isn't necessary for normal class operations. Our faculty are clamoring for this. Lots of people wanting to flip the classroom and don't find DVD reserves convenient enough. - John Jackson
If it's homework, students are still time-shifting. The question then becomes whether your legal beagles are willing to back you up if AIME decides you're a target. *g* - RepoRat
I totally agree with having uni legal look at it. My gut says on-campus time shifters could be reasonably expected to view DVDs on-site or by checking them out, so I doubt streaming would be covered. IANAL, tho. - kaijsa
Oh how I wish we were a TEACH Act Compliant institution... - Lisa Hinchliffe from Android
Catherine Pellegrino
I just clicked on a link to ProQuest Statistical Insight and got prompted by Oxford University Press to log in to the Chinese Journal of International Law. This, ladies and gentlemen, is why my co-worker and I click every link on our A-Z list, from off-campus, monthly. #WTF
o.O - RepoRat
"click every link on our A-Z list, from off-campus, monthly" <- wut. - Marie's not a very long list, you know. - Catherine Pellegrino
Oh wait, it's Databases A-Z, not E-Journals A-Z. So actually much shorter than you're probably thinking: - Catherine Pellegrino
I'm with Marie (although it's an excellent practice). We have almost 300 links on our DB A to Z, though - ~Courtney F
We keep telling ourselves that if we manage to get two months in a row with no errors, we can reduce the frequency to every-two-months, etc. We've never made it even ONE month with no errors. - Catherine Pellegrino
Yeah, clicking every database link we have would kill my will to live. We have more than 700. - kaijsa
This is what student workers are for. Just set them up on a computer that's had its IP address hidden from the proxy server, so it registers as off campus. - Kirsten
I... feel like... a lot of this ought to be automatable? If we know the URL to which a link should redirect, the computer can check that, eliminate a lot of "working fine, next?" and forward any "huh, that's weird" to human beings for further checking. - RepoRat
Also, they're WAY cheaper than those databases. - barbara fister
(GRRRRRR) - barbara fister
There was such a product/service that exhibited at ER&L last year, RR, but if it's a choice between that and another product... - Jaclyn aka spamgirl
bah, doesn't need a product, any half-competent scripter could hack that up -- I know because I'm pretty damn sure I could, and I'm half-competent at best. - RepoRat
I love that LibGuides has a link checker built-in, so we always know if something on a guide is wonky. I wish we used that to manage our e-stuff, but we have a homegrown database that the ERLs are loathe to abandon. So we duplicate effort and I hates it. - kaijsa
So, to answer the suggestions: 1. Hiding a computer's IP from the proxy server requires intervention from IT; our experience is that the fewer interventions from IT into the inner workings of the proxy server, the better (also, we'd need to ask them to hide it, and then un-hide it again, monthly, because we can't afford to have a workstation permanently register as "off campus"). - Catherine Pellegrino
2. the kind of error-checking that we're doing is a bit more complex than can generally be delegated to a student worker, in our experience. (For example, the issue that I described above displays different behaviors in different browsers and operating systems.) - Catherine Pellegrino
3. We're checking not only for 404s, but also for proxy errors, redirects to the wrong database, etc. so a scripted link-checker, such as is built into LibGuides, won't cut it. (We already considered and rejected LG's link checker for this reason.) - Catherine Pellegrino
4. We don't always know the URL to which the link should redirect; part of the problem that I describe above is that it goes through (from what I can tell) three or four redirects along the way, and vendors change their redirects all the time. What we're checking for is "does clicking on this link take the user to the place s/he expects to land," which is kind of hard to script. - Catherine Pellegrino
On roughly what number of databases do the problems in 4. arise? The stuff in 3. can be worked around, if the scripter is told the correct eventual target. - RepoRat
(And yeah, there are always gonna be edge cases. My half-competent self wouldn't dream of writing a script that could check every link. I could, however, write one that cut link-checking time by a lot by limiting human intervention to the edge cases, and that would be my goal.) - RepoRat
We have such a script. We did not write said script but it is freely available. It goes to a URL, looks for specific text on a page, and then reports back if that text was found. It is good for checking packages of eresources where the pages in each package have the same text. - Marie
Funnily enough I found two databases where URLs had changed and I didn't know about it today. While the redirects worked, the proxy drops out because it doesn't know the new URL. Bah and humbug. - Jaclyn aka spamgirl
Marie - can you give us a bit more direction to that script? - Lisa Hinchliffe
If you're on ezproxy, you can add a noip element (will get from work computer after lunch) and it will pretend you are not inside your ip range - Aaron the Librarian from Android
I use IncludeIP {internal IP address} in EZproxy, which forces me to login through ezproxy even though we've done ExcludeIP {full campus internal range} so on campus people go straight to the resource. But it sounded from the way Catherine wrote it that they're using a different proxy system under the control of IT? - Deborah Fitchett
hmmm. plus I have a campus developed layer between me and ezproxy itself, so the script looks for teh noip statement, not ezproxy :| - Aaron the Librarian
Here's an article introducing the script: - Marie
Thank you! - Lisa Hinchliffe
I'm still recovering from the near riots when we stopped providing staplers for a few months back in 2008 or 2009. Thankfully, wasn't a Thing back then...
When I was a community college student, I had a tiny stapler I carried in my bag because we got zero free supplies from the library or anywhere else. And I didn't expect them. Confession: sometimes I feel like a grumpy ol' jerk when I see stuff like this, but I suspect I'm just blue collar to my core. - kaijsa
It's funny because everyone I know who's around my age or older says "whadya MEAN you hand out staples?" But I'm becoming increasingly convinced that college students today don't know that staplers are personally ownable items. Like, they don't carry around their own toilet paper, and they don't carry around their own staplers. - lris
When I was a TA at Iowa, I used to bring a stapler with me every time my students had a paper due. It saved a lot of grief. - laura x
Wow. But I do love "How are you supposed to share your research if it's falling apart???" - Deborah Fitchett
Do ministaplers still exist? Are they a thing that campus PR could give out as swag? - RepoRat
Yes, we've given out branded ministaplers as swag. Very popular! - kaijsa
Meg VMeg
What have you heard re: C&RL's turnover? Is it really 10-12 weeks from submission to preprint?
That's doable with fast review... but IME review is the sticking point. If C&RL cracks a heavier whip than I do, though, it's certainly possible. - RepoRat
Yeah, I'm wondering how well it works in practice #portfoliodeadlineapproachingsigh - Meg VMeg
Is in-press status good enough for tenure review where you are? It is for us. - kaijsa
Yeah, I'm conflating in-press with preprint, because they say that's a week after acceptance or something. - Meg VMeg
IME preprints go up fast after acceptance. The glacial sets in between preprint and final. - barbara fister
btw, recently talked an LIS prof into repo-deposting an article I admired - publisher allowed final PDF but she had no idea whether that would be allowed. in other news, I'm experiencing frustraion-pattern baldness. Plus good-deed-itis. - barbara fister
I feel you, SA Fister. LIS faculty are the worst OMG. I've learned it's a fight I shouldn't fight at MPOW, so I settle for being an example. - RepoRat
Provided accepted, it really is that fast (required of course that you make any revisions required promptly!) ... - Lisa Hinchliffe
Thanks! - Meg VMeg
Ok, I'm moving my life into Asana. What's your favorite Asana trick?
It's on my list of things to investigate, so I will eavesdrop on your updates. ;) - kaijsa
so far I'm really liking it - lris
I renewed my ALA membership last week, and got my new membership card via email overnight. I've been a continuous member for 12 years? I don't quite know how that happened.
You managed to renew on time 11 times (That's all it takes). I otoh have managed to forget to renew 3 times so my continuous years and anniversary date are awry. (I forgot so often that I saved up plus used second job income to do life membership - I'll save about $600 if I remain working until I'm 65) - Aaron the Librarian from Android
ok, mr pedantic. :) It's the 12 years thing, more so than the I managed to renew on time thing. ;) - ellbeecee
i think i'd be 12 years, maybe 13, if i hadn't let it lapse after i started here. not sure if i'll pick it up again. - Katie
I'm in the same boat as Aaron. I used to have to renew in January, back when I was both poorer and unwilling to spend a couple hundred bucks right after holiday travel. Now that I renew in March and am paid more, I've racked up 7 years continuous. It's really more like 10. - kaijsa
i'm at 12 years too! - holly #ravingfangirl
LSW: Joe
Justin wonderin'. How did people hear about the LSW?
Josh's blog, I think. - Pete
Twitter - ellbeecee
It was whispered to me in an elevator at CIL in DC 2008. By Josh Neff. Also the picture from CIL2008 in Meredeth's article makes me miss a whole bunch of folks who I don't see enough anymore. Let me get this stuff out of my eye. - ♫Maurice the Trainer♫
Iris and Martha, back when LSW was still in a meebo room - Sir Shuping is just sir
From Ruth at SLA - Christina Pikas from iPhone
I'm not sure. Probably Josh's blog, too. - bentley
I was in the Meebo room on the day it was born. Cigars were handed 'round; there was a brandy toast. It was a beautiful baby. *dabs at eyes* - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
I think I couldn't get on Meebo because I had the ancient computer then or something. :-( - bentley
I think from Rochelle's blog post about it, which also led me to getting onto Twitter in the first place. Almost 8 years there now. - Katie
blake had a tweet in his feed that led to a link to here, and to see what the link actually said, i had to sign up... - LibrarianOnTheLoose
From some pamphlets my doctor gave me when I asked about spells of dizziness. - Stephen Francoeur from Android
Meebo... oh look, Rochelle Said It Better Than I Could. Summer of 2007, iirc - Aaron the Librarian
I don't believe you Stephen... - Joe
As you shouldn't, because actually I heard about it in a vision. I was in the Zs, dusting some of my favorite library science titles, when a flash of light blinded me and knocked me to the floor. A booming voice told me, "Go ye online to find ye brethren, like minded folk who, enticed by calls for slatterns and powders of mystery, make sport of all that is sacred." - Stephen Francoeur
I do remember the Meebo room from the summer if 2007...mainly because I'd pop in the evening from whichever hotel as I drove cross country from Youngstown to Tucson for the new job. Terre Haute, Joplin, Amarillo, Albuquerque, Tucson. It was gone by the time I moved back east in 2010. That was Van Horn, Tyler, Birmingham, Atlanta. (the things that stick in my head...) - ellbeecee
From laurax, I think. It's so hard to remember. - kaijsa
Actually, Stephen's recounting might mirror what happened for some of us - especially the description provided by the Great Cataloguer. - Aaron the Librarian from Android
I don't remember specifically, but I do know that at a conference sometime before CiL 2009, there was a small crowd of people having entirely Too Much Fun, and I kinda-sorta recognized some of them from their blogs, and thought "that right there? That's the LSW." And then at CiL 2009 I was sitting on the floor in the hotel lobby with 'em. :) - Catherine Pellegrino
Roundabout way. I was invited to a crime & mystery fiction FF group by Maxine Clarke (super-crimeficfan and Nature editor who sadly is gone now but did a lot of Nature's media stuff and was a good online friend). Then I browsed around and thought "wait, I think Iris mentioned this Library Society of the World thing..." AND THEN A VOICE SAID .... like Stephen, only not in the Zs. - barbara fister
I'm guessing one of the founders mentioned it to me *or* I picked up on it from an early blog post. I don't believe I was one of the really early folks, but probably among the first 200. - Walt Crawford
I remember your posts from your drive too, LBC! - laura x from iPhone
Meebo room. I'm going to with probably Rochelle dragged me in :) - Hedgehog
Meebo room, mentioned by Steve? - Megan loves summer
I came across LSW through Friendfeed. Wish I could remember exactly what/when/where the connection was made but...see para 8/9 in http://book-shaped-object.came... - Cameron Neylon
It's all Rochelle's fault circa 2008/2009. - Galadriel C.
^^ that. All my friends are here, even if I'm mostly silent. - Louise "Weezy" Alcorn
*takes a bow* - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
I was there at the beginning...? - Julian
I think it was probably Mark Lindner. Meebo was definitely involved. I was looking for a way to stay connected to libraries while I lived abroad. - Jaclyn aka spamgirl from Android
Iris was my college librarian and showed me the light when I began applying to library schools. - Lily
Meebo room, but I forget how I found that. It was 2007, probably, and I was lonely at work. Sort of what stephen said, only in the basement with the shelf list catalog. We called it "the B level." - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
I found this on the earlier version of my blog: It seems that it was the science gang that got me on FF not the librarians. No idea how I ended up in LSW at this point, probably just by accident or following the trail from someone I already knew. - John Dupuis
I found it when the group was raising funds for Walt to attend ALA...and I'm not sure where I saw that, probably on LIS News? - John: Thread Killer
I think maybe Josh's blog? - maʀtha
Meg VMeg
Did anyone else read (or hear a rumor) that Google Scholar might be phasing out its "My Citations" author profile functionality? Or did I dream it?
I haven't heard anything like that, which doesn't mean anything really. - kaijsa
Bite your toungue! I just started highlighting that to my faculty peoples - Aaron the Librarian
Maybe I am misremembering this: - Meg VMeg
I think Google Authorship is a different animal (or I'm pollyanna). This is what I think of as "My Citations" - Aaron the Librarian
Megan loves summer
Font nerds: Help! A prof has asked for my opinion on fonts...
...for conference papers that will be distributed in print and then archived online. He's seeking advice on the best (most attractive/readable?) font and size. Any thoughts? - Megan loves summer
James Grimmelmann has been doing a nice series on design in law reviews. See e.g. There might be something in though perhaps not, as most of my typography links are kind of theoretical. - RepoRat has some nice fonts that you can look at. But honestly with something that's a conference paper I would go with something in the Arial family in a size 10 or 11 font or another common font. You're going to want something that's readable and that computers are going to have access to. if it's a pdf the font will have to be embedded in the pdf so that any computer can have... more... - Sir Shuping is just sir
NOT ARIAL. no no no no no no no. heavens no. - RepoRat
What RR sez, and for a text-heavy paper I'll say NO SANS TYPEFACE period (RR may disagree). If typefaces not embedded, Palatino's almost universally available and less boring than Times New Roman, and 11 points is usually a good size. But there are certainly others. If distributed in print, though, serif is demonstrably more readable for body text. - Walt Crawford
I wouldn't do a sans-serif, no, though I have a sneaking fondness for serif-lite "humanist" fonts in body copy. I like spiky fonts! - RepoRat
I also tend to like light-serif typefaces at time, but they really have to be embedded. Another pretty good choice (but don't know if Macs come with it): Constantia, highly legible both in print and online (a Microsoft commission, designed for legibility/readability). Also Cambria, but I don't like that quite as well. - Walt Crawford
OK, I skimmed over the "" piece. Simpler advice to make sure PDFs are univerally readable: Always use PDF/A. All typefaces will be embedded. - Walt Crawford
Arial is the devil. I don't know why I hate it so, but I do. - kaijsa
Of possible interest, but the sources I cited back in 2005 are likely not the most recent: - Galadriel C.
Huh (noting reference at end of article). That Crawford guy turns up in the damnedest places. - Walt Crawford
I. too, am not a fan of Arial. - Katy S
Ooh, thanks for the Grimmelmann link. I neglected to say that this is for a law publication, so that's perfect! - Megan loves summer
So the consensus seems to be NOT Arial, light serif that's not Times New Roman. Thanks. :-) - Megan loves summer
Looking at Grimmelmann's piece, I *love* Berkeley Oldstyle (I use it for Cites & Insights and some books; it's probably my personal favorite text face)...but you have to pay to license it. - Walt Crawford
hey, I like that constantia - maʀtha
okay, what do you mean by humanist fonts? - maʀtha
Fonts that don't believe in God, obviously. - DJF from Android
Do you have russian language newspaper access (electronic) at your library? Through what vendor?
Yes, through Factiva, so it's primarily business focused sources, and they're included by default, so other than choosing to have subscribe to Factiva, we didn't choose to have access to these papers specifically - ellbeecee
Oh really? I had no idea. We don't have Factiva, but it's up for discussion here. - lris
East View... (maybe others?) (or is that only translation?)(maybe I don't know)(nevermind) - Christina Pikas
It's too bad that Factiva (and EastView, and yes, it does this) are both ridiculously expensive - lris
We have PressDisplay/Newspapers Direct - lots of russian language newspapers - and it has a translation feature. - Jen
Jen, does that have archives? Or just the most recent issues? - lris
Factiva, PressDisplay (w/60-day archive), Universal Database of Russian Newspapers, Current Digest of Soviet and Post Soviet Press (1949-present) - Meg VMeg
Maybe I'll just move to Meg's library! - lris from Android
Lol, I believe we have a very active Russian and Slavic Studies program. - Meg VMeg
We just got Factiva, too. - kaijsa
PressDisplay is mostly current 60 days - so no archives. I imagine it's how they keep the price affordable. - Jen
Thanks. That's useful to know. - lris
Stephen Francoeur
If I hadn't been paying close enough attention to Aaron Tay's posts, I might not have noticed this cool Android app for FriendFeed that he uses: Flucso.
Amused by "ggelardi.flucso." IIRC, I went to school with a Gerardo Flesca. - bentley
I switched to Android a few months back and this was the free app I found for android for LSW, what is everyone else using? - aaron
I use the phone browser, no app. - ellbeecee
I just use the mobile version on my iPad. Web version on my laptop. - Joe
Just realized I only look at FF on the computer. The only social networking I do on phone is twitter and instagram. - kaijsa
So far I've just used the browser on my android phone. But I'm going to give the app a try. - lris
I use ffhound and like it. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I use the browser most of the time, and FFHound for posting photos. - Holly's favorite Anna
Odd. The Google Play link works on my computer, but on Google Play Store on the phone it tells me that Flucso doesn't exist. EDIT: Oh. When I follow the above link on the phone, it does find it on Google Play Store, but it tells me, "Your device isn't compatible with this version." I wish it had said that all along, instead of telling me it doesn't exist. I still can't get it, but I wouldn't have wasted time wondering what was wrong with my phone. - bentley
So, let's pretend you are a small college with no archivist, and minimal tech support, but you have about 1200 photos scanned on drives. And you want to put them into an online gallery for public display. What would you use to do that?
Omeka seems like a good candidate. It's much like WordPress in that there's a hosted version for not much money, so you wouldn't have to do the tech support. It's good with metadata, and you can upload your collection and then configure the items into online exhibits to your heart's content. - lris
I second Omeka. We are one such example, and an intern has been doing this for us. I'm pretty sure the metadata is borked, but no one is going to care that much, or we can go in and fix it (when we have time and staff! Ha! Right!) later.... - Julie Kane
ayup, Omeka. - jambina
Omeka. I mean, if you already have access to something consortially, use that because it'll cut your maintenance needs, but if not, Omeka. See if the hosted version is hefty enough for you. - RepoRat
We are using ContentDM because it's hosted elsewhere and is part of our existing WorldCat subscriptions. Because we have zero funds and are trying to get *something* out there. - ~Courtney F
Is there a state thing you could load them into? - bentley
Yes, Omeka. There are some also neat plugins you can add later if you're feeling fancy or somebody wants to play around with timelines and mapping tools. The basic interface is pretty simple and it has a nice viewer. - kaijsa
I know Lyrasis is working on a couple of things in this arena. No idea of what they're going to use or cost though - Sir Shuping is just sir
Thanks everyone. When I had an archivist he did a self hosted omeka install, but that server is currently borked and campus IT is just as thin as we are, so I haven't asked for fixing. I'll look into the hosted version. - Jenica from iPhone
internet archive seems worth investigating given the circumstances you describe - JffKrlsn from Flucso
Didn't someone post recently about Internet Archive digitization grants, or something like that? Found it: - bentley
For non-archivally-safe options, maybe Flickr or Tumblr? At least the IT demand is minimal. - barbara fister
Omeka isn't archivally safe, for that matter. - RepoRat
At least it ain't owned by Yahoo, which is a plus. - barbara fister
lolyep - RepoRat
Academic librarians, what kinds of credit-bearing courses do you or your librarian colleagues teach at your institution? I'm trying to get a sense of the levels (lower-division, upper-division, graduate), type (for majors, gen ed, etc.), and subject or content areas. Thanks in advance!
none from within the library, at least currently. Several have taught Honors College seminars - these proposals have to be ok'd by the Honors college and the topics vary a lot. Some have taught GSU1010 in the past, which is basically an "intro to college life" kind of thing, and some have taught a gen-ed class (I want to say Eng1101, but I'm not sure about that.) - ellbeecee
Our music librarian teaches a 2 credit Music Bibliography course for the Crane School of Music -- I think it's a 400 level. - Jenica
I'm on one the instructors for DOAB 311/312 (Dentistry Courses); another coworker is an instructor for a grad class in the Health Information Management Program; third is working on a Graduate Med Ed elective course; and there's a med school elective taught by the librarians in Peoria. - Hedgehog
I've taught 3 different 3-credit courses that my library offers. Our library has an information studies minor that draws undergraduate students from the business school who are required to do a minor in the school of arts and sciences (our courses are all cross-listed there but are taught exclusively by librarians). - Stephen Francoeur
We don't have any "How To Library" courses, but one of our librarians teaches a section of the 1-credit "How To College" course for first-years. Another very occasionally teaches a specific course for the Art History department. Yet another is somehow involved in an experiential ed course, but I don't think she's the instructor of record. - Catherine Pellegrino
This is super helpful, thanks all. I will keep gathering info as long as people have stuff to add. It's difficult to find this stuff! - kaijsa
Oh. Huh. There used to be this, but there isn't any more. I don't know what happened. - RepoRat
We teach a 1-credit class for Honors student (200 level, but I prefer if the students are 2nd semester juniors or 1st semester seniors) preparing for their thesis work. Last semester, I piloted a 1-credit lab component for a 300 level Poli Sci research methods class. - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
A two credit junior/senior level seminar (but not this year cause two of us are on leave and we got zero replacements.) - barbara fister
We also sometimes teach first term seminars and january term courses. and a 1 credit intermediate pass-fail level book discussion course. - barbara fister
FWIW I started teaching for SLIS while I was still an academic librarian, and quite a few of our adjuncts are also academic librarians (*waves at Galadriel*). - RepoRat
We teach LIB courses (that are crosslisted with other disciplines) at all levels, UNIV courses on critical thinking at the 100, 200, and 300 level, and upper-level POLS and HIST and COMM classes. I'll probably end up teaching 200, 300, and 400 level classes in EDUC and ENGL, as well as our usual batch of LIB offerings. - ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
I may pester some of you with follow up questions later. You rule! - kaijsa
Here's our complete list of courses from the undergraduate bulletin: - Stephen Francoeur
^^^ a minor! wow. - barbara fister
I have approval from the Senior associate dean for undergraduate studies to teach a 1-credit info lit class. Audience would be majors (sops & jrs) in mai department, School of Journalism and Mass Communication. I just don't have the time to develop it. Or teach it, for that matter. Saving this thread for that mythical time in the future where I CAN create / teach this class. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
I was also admiring the minor at Baruch. I'm mostly interested in non-library courses and upper-level/grad courses, since I'm familiar with a wide range of IL first-year kinds of things. (But it's always good to stay abreast of what's happening at other schools.) My sabbatical next year will include developing a grad seminar in humanities research, likely to be cross-listed as a... more... - kaijsa
It's very difficult to find anything in LIS lit on credit teaching by librarians that isn't a 1-credit IL course. You fine folks have given me as much or more info as I've been able to grab on my own by searching uni and college sites. Another of my goals is to publish on the research I do to help me plan and develop the course. - kaijsa
If you need syllabi or publicy accessible course websites for the courses at Baruch, let me know. - Stephen Francoeur
^thanks! - kaijsa
in my experience, in depth info lit is a hell of a lot more interesting to students at higher levels than first or second year. - barbara fister
Agreed! Grad students who found out I teach a 3000-level course asked if I'd do one at the 5000 level, which is how this project started. - kaijsa
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?
I am, and I'm crossing my fingers I get accepted! - kaijsa
i suppose the research project would need to be something more than "learn what it's like to hang out with Marie for two weeks" huh? - holly #ravingfangirl
Observation is a legit research technique... - Marie
Holly, you stole my topic! Also, passed this onto my awesome colleagues who would rock it. - Holly's favorite Anna
I'm applying!! I just have to find five spare minutes :) - Hedgehog
Spend more than five minutes on your proposal! Applications close on Feb. 1, 2015. - Marie
Just sent e-mail to colleagues about this awesome event! - Galadriel C.
^ thanks for spreading the word, Galadriel. - Marie
You're most welcome! - Galadriel C. from Android
Last call! The application center closes tomorrow night. - Marie
Submitted my app on weds! - LibrarianOnTheLoose
Couldn't make it this round but hope it's an amazing pool! - Hedgehog
Uploaded! - kaijsa
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