LazyLibrarian request: I've been charged by my library with drafting a problem-reporting-and-resolving procedure (like a helpdesk ticketing system) for e-resource access problems.* Mostly this involves our link resolver, and occasionally our proxy server and various individual subscription weirdnesses. Is this, like, a Standard Thing...
Every year I see the call for proposals from LITA for Midwinter/Annual so I create calendar reminders for myself and do some brainstorming, and then nothing. Maybe I'm not being innovative or maybe I can't be objective about myself. What types of things about library technology would interest you all?
Summon users -- have you made decisions about keeping, paying for, or killing Flow yet? We've recommended we turn off Flow, until they develop RIS export functionality. Just curious if others have been making like decisions
Is anyone holding off on migrating to the LibGuides v2 because it's "too beta"? (Rather than because e.g. it's a big job that requires extra care.) I was planning on just doing it, and now getting a little worried that so much is not quite there yet...
Reality check: for the whole LibraryLinks thing in Google Scholar, is there any respect in which libraries ever deal directly with Scholar for the set up? Or is it all entirely done through one's vendor? Is it even *possible* to talk to Scholar?
Big Thinky Question for the day: What have you (or your library) stopped doing in the recent past, and how has that worked out for you (or your library, or your patrons/users/public)? This could be a large, library-wide or department-wide initiative that's been discontinued, or something you individually have stopped doing.
When a job posting explicitly says to include "salary expectation" in your cover letter, what do you do? Generally, I've heard it's better to turn that question around on the asker, which you can't do here.
I don't want to work with 1-shot instructors who don't respect me or my time enough to plan effectively for a session (outside of emergencies). Unfortunately my boss feels differently. I've just had too many last-minute sessions that could have so much better if they were actually integrated into the course.
Surprise Wednesday: just backing out to go to the Wednesday hike, fellow walking waves at me, tells me "you have a flat tire." Sure enough. CSAA on its way (I've managed to avoid ever changing a tire), then off to the store where we bought the tire a year ago to get a replacement...
I'm embedded with an online class of current & future teachers. I really want to encourage them to collaborate with their school librarians once the year begins. What would be a good, non-pushy way to do this? I'm guessing many of them have never thought of working with a librarian before.
In the course of things, I came across a great assignment suggestion which indicated that Academic Search Premier had "cited reference" searching. Try as I might, I'm not finding it. I'm not even seeing linked citations, which I know are in other EBSCO databases. Am I missing something here? Have you done cited reference searching in ASP?
Sigh. LibGuides 2.0 did not bring over any of my custom database descriptions. Sigh is the polite version of me feeling the giant sucking of my time as I hand fix scores of descriptions on a couple dozen pages. :(
I don't have supervisory experience and I'm afraid this is going to stall out my career progress. No chance of getting any in current position. Closest thing I have is teaching high school students nearly ten years ago. Ideas on how to overcome this?
Those of you who do library instruction: who is on your wishlist of speakers at an instruction-related conference? I'm hoping to bring more than the usual names to a brainstorming meeting, and you're our target audience.
Trialing browzine again for the second time, since they are now supporting aggregators like ebsco, proquest and Ovid. Any of you who have this for a while? How are users taking it? I got the impression it's quite well received on the medical side.
We go live with Summon 2.0 on Friday. I have two classes the following Thursday. All I've been able to figure so far is that complex searches work better than simple, and that facets are essential to retrieving good results in 2.0. Have you been using 2.0 yet? Have you developed tips or strategies for appears to me to be a new approach to search)?
Reference question: what does the 2002 edition of the New York Times Manual of Style say about using the title "Dr" for people who have a PhD, and who are speaking about their area of expertise? I can check the 1975 edition myself on Monday, so don't bother looking if you've only got the older edition.