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Today's one of those days that makes me nervous about our desk consolidation plans. We're taking librarians off and training existing staff (from multiple departments) to work a research help station at circ. Talk me down? Or not?
Questions today: faculty asking how it works to rush order a book for reserve; teaching honors students how to find books that have a zillion confusing hits in the OPAC (Paradise Lost, Much Ado About Nothing); new grad student wanting help using SciFinder Scholar; complicated room reservations; questions about library instruction. - kaijsa
I feel like so much of service at many places is just hit or miss--like, the circ desk here gets a lot of questions taht would be better handled by ref, but people aren't going to go to the ref desk because they are in a hurry and don't want to walk halfway across the building. So if you get someone at circ who also does ref or is knowledgable, you're set; otherwise, not. - laura x
I think almost the most important thing is making sure you have good systems and training in place for when the front desk person isn't the best person to answer (which is inevitable no matter who the front desk people are). So they need good reference skills to be able to work out what the info need really is; they need to be answer the basics; they need to be able to recognise when... more... - Deborah Fitchett
Are there any realistic options other than consolidation? I am kind of a reference desk aficionado/evangelist, but I realize that it's not applicable in all settings. - Meg VMeg
Catherine Pellegrino
Hey, Oxford/Grove? You are not covering yourselves in glory, here.
what happens when you ain't got metadata. - RepoRat
The thing is, I *know* there are entries in there on composers who happen to be women. I just...what the everlivin' $#@% are those search results? - Catherine Pellegrino
Little known biographic details... - Deborah Fitchett
I guess I would never have thought such a search would work in the first place. But then, I don't have any better ideas as to how to get at that kind of information. Probably with a book or reference work that takes "women composers" as its major subject. - Steele Lawman
You know, it is funny, because in high school I actually asked my orchestra director if sometime we could play something written by a woman, and she was like, "Well, if you can find something...." - laura x
Every time I come back to this, I facepalm again. I see what Steve is getting at, maybe a little, but there's just SO MUCH wtf about the search results (Martin Luther? For real?) that I kind of wonder about what on earth they're using as search logic. And THAT makes me wonder exactly how often Oxford Music Online is used for anything OTHER than known-item searches. - Catherine Pellegrino
Definitely a metadata problem... without linking out to a name authority record set there's no real way to get to the results set you want. (I feel the search-desire is not broken, but the silo'd data is definitely a broken way to manage access to things) - Aaron the Librarian
Martin Luther wrote many hymns (aka Lutheran dirges). I wouldn't have guessed gender would be in the metadata, but I could be wrong and it's part of the controlled vocab. I totally agree that there has to be a better way to find these things, because they are definitely genuine info needs. - kaijsa
Lisa Hinchliffe
Anyone know of any libraries that have "loyalty programs" (e.g., like hotels, restaurants, coffeeshops) - e.g., get points for using different services and convert to xyz. Especially interested in academic libraries. Note: summer reading programs and the like for children/teens exempted from this query.
U of Huddersfield was doing a kind of gamification version of this: - Deborah Fitchett
Good example. Tho all rewards are in-game. Any one know of any programs with real-life rewards? E.g., free printing credits, etc.? - Lisa Hinchliffe
Might check with some of these people: - Hedgehog
The closest I can think was when you could get discounts at several stores and restaurants in town if you showed your library card (at MFPOW). 2012: 2014: - bentley
I don't, but I sure as hell would be turned off by any library that did. I just want the library to be a library, and I want to be left alone. And I want one place left in this world that isn't advertising to me. - laura x from iPhone
^^same. We've had other offices on campus use the library as one place people had to go to earn points for an activity, and it's not genuine use, just a hoop to jump through (and annoy the staff actually trying to help people). - kaijsa
I think I'm with laura x on this one. The concept of "power users" is bad enough; the loyalty program idea just feels wrong. - Walt Crawford
You might also contact Annie Pho @catladylib on Twitter could tell you about the "Student Experience Program" that we're part of. The library has some of the items on it. I know the grad students are eligible but not sure any of them are going to have time/interest. Gamification doesn't work in my brain....but it seems to be popular. - Hedgehog
I've been reading the literature on loyalty programs in retail. I am intrigued - definite overlap with gamification but also theoretically quite different. - Lisa Hinchliffe
I'm also intrigued by branding and customer segmentation (related to power users) so ... may be in the LSW minority of finding value in these. :) - Lisa Hinchliffe
Its been a while, but I looked into this and could never quite figure out how to make it work for an academic library without it killing my head. In theory it made some sense to me, because we want to attract and keep patrons, but on the other hand it seemed kinda like a cheap ploy because a) ideally they should come to us anyway and b) the library isn't really competing with another... more... - Sir Shuping is just sir
Seems to me academic libraries are competing with a lot of other entities - e.g., other study spaces on campus and in surrounding coffeeshops, IT units, campus bookstore, online content sites, open access journal collections,, the local public library, advice from parents, etc. and of course the all time option of just doing without? Maybe not "another academic library" but... more... - Lisa Hinchliffe
While I can't quite parse out why at this moment, a library loyalty program turns me off, too. I think there's something in the idea of offering "perks", while I see the library as a fundamentally broad access place that *deliberately* offers the same service to all. I love the idea of surprise perks for all, like a fine amnesty day. Power users often get informal perks, just because they know people. But something about a formal rewards program feels anti-public-commons to me? - Regular Amanda
Noting that I use public libraries, not academic libraries, I'd be *very* turned off, just as I am by the idea that weekly users are "power users" who deserve special attention. It has little to do with competition and a lot to do with inferred special treatment. - Walt Crawford
Lisa, I see your point. I work with lots of PR students, and (no offense to anyone), girly girls -- and I think both groups might be excited by some kind of loyalty program. I wouldn't like it myself, but I think my users might. It's the gamification thing, maybe. Anyway, curious to know what you find out. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
I'm always puzzled by the notion we compete with other study spaces or informaiton providers. I don't really care if a student can do their work in their dorm room or a vacant classroom. I don't care if they find what they need on Google Scholar instead of an expensive database. It doesn't hurt the library's mission. This reminds me of discussions we had when resisting a bad campus... more... - barbara fister
There are other ways to recognize people who use the library a lot - like talking to them about their interests, developing a relationship with them. . - barbara fister
I want to second what Barbara said, about not caring if students study in the library or elsewhere, or if they get what they need through a library database or through Google Scholar. And then I also want to add that I don't think it serves the library or students well for students to be using the library *because* of a loyalty program (like what Kaijsa said upthread); I want students to use the best service/facility/information *for their needs* whether that's the library or something else. - Catherine Pellegrino
I think a significant issue with the loyalty idea is the very notion of the library as a diffuse thing. Like others, I don't care if students study in the library (although I am always curious why they choose the library over other spaces) and I also am thrilled if they use library resources from places other than the building my office is housed within. I agree that ensuring that folks... more... - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Barbara, Catherine, and Rudi have all summarized a lot of what I think. I'm definitely concerned about making sure that people know when the library can meet their needs, and that's where marketing comes in for me. It's not okay when we find out that somebody has an unmet need that could have been satisfied by using a library resource or service, but I don't have a problem with people... more... - kaijsa
Posit for a moment ... what if we knew from research (well-designed, etc. so that casaulity can be claimed) that students who study in the library are more likely to succed than those who study elsewhere? Would that justify then trying to incentivze? To take it out of the competitive framework ... - Lisa Hinchliffe
so are we interested in getting them to study in the library OR talk to a library staffer for help? (that's my current conundrum - library is full; ref question basket is nearly empty). I'd like to incentivize question-asking. OR increasing their use of library things like EBSCO vs. Google Scholar ? - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
It seems to me that what's at the heart of this idea is relationship building (deepening engagement, etc.) I'm not sure I'd be willing to get behind a loyalty program at my library, but I'd be sure to get behind other efforts that share the same goal, such as personal librarians, embedded librarians, staffing library services outside the building, working with student government and student clubs, etc. - Stephen Francoeur
I should add that it would be interesting to run a focus group with a bunch of students to float the idea of a loyalty program and see what kind of reaction you'd get. - Stephen Francoeur
Examples on - see replies to my tweet of query today. I'm all for relationship building but that isn't actually what I am positing as goal here - I see goal as encouraging students to engage in behaviors that are known to be positive correlated with (or in some cases we are at least beginning to see causally related to) better student learning and success. (I am also comfortable with the competition framing but it isn't necessary to my interest.) - Lisa Hinchliffe
It's not explicitly incentivizing, but isn't locating tutoring and academic support services in libraries a way of encouraging behaviors correlated with student success? We have a new evening supplemental instruction program for a slate of first-year courses, because we have research linking certain behaviors (studying regularly, using tutoring and SI, working the library) with... more... - kaijsa
Internal and external motivation are (1) far more intertwined than popularized psych might have us think and (2) I think it would still be better for them to do the right things for externally motivated reasons than to not do them. Finally, do you drink coffee (if you do - otherwise sub tea, sandwiches, whatever), because of the punch card? Or, does punch card give you added benefit for doing so? I drink coffee for sake of coffee - but I still like the loyalty program! - Lisa Hinchliffe
Your set of businesses that offer loyalty program suggest to me one reason I'm so repelled by the idea: Because it's businessifying the library, not just gamifying it--your examples are all commercial, and I think that's telling. - Walt Crawford
And I do apologize for "businessifying." Maybe "commercializing" is better. - Walt Crawford
Coffee is a consumer product. I was unaware that library services had become consumer goods. - laura x
I like Lisa's analogy - and I do think our students would respond to a loyalty program. (not sure for what, yet) If the decision is: "study at the student union or get my card punched at the library" I might just decide on library instead. I might have gone anyway, but I think it's a fun idea. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
We do this. Users get a special card called a "Library Card" and if they show it at the desk they can check books out for free. Customers love it. And the really sneaky thing is that they have to give the books back after a set time, so that incentivizes a return visit. - Steele Lawman
Steele: slow clap... even if "customers" is my second-least-favorite term for library patrons/users/members. - Walt Crawford
I think the point about how intertwined nature of internal vs. external motivation is a good point. Grades are a form of external motivation that, hopefully over time, encourage internal motivation towards curiosity and research and all those other liberal arts goals. I can't figure out how to square that with loyalty programs for consumer goods. I appreciate the larger question of "certain things, whether they know it or not, help students be better students, so how do we get students to do those things?" - Regular Amanda
Thinking more about this: I prefer Friends of the Library as a frame. What would an undergraduate Friends of the Library look like? What are the most successful models for Friends in public libraries? - Regular Amanda
FWIW Walt - tho maybe you would consider it commercial - our local co-op has a coffee stamp card. "Profits" go into pursuing the "ends" of the co-op, e.g., educating people about local foods, food pathways and providing discounts to low income families, etc. A local church also runs a coffeeshop that funds a food pantry. - Lisa Hinchliffe
Yes, I guess I would: in both cases there are customers paying directly for goods, which is not what libraries are (normally) all about. At least not what I think they're all about. - Walt Crawford
And yet libraries require users to pay directly for some goods - e.g., photocopying, printing. So, copy 100 get 10 free okay in those cases? Since already charging? - Lisa Hinchliffe
Oddly enough, that wouldn't bother me at all. - Walt Crawford
Isn't the logical question there, why not make copies fractionally cheaper instead of rewarding use? - Steele Lawman
I guess my problem here is that I know what the grocery store wants from me when I sign up for a card. They want me to prefer to shop with them as opposed to their competitors, and they want to gather information about my shopping habits to improve marketing, inventory decisions, etc. For me giving up a little privacy, they give me discounts on cans of beans. I really don't know what... more... - Steele Lawman
Yes, communicating clearly what the "exchange" is would be crucial in any system. Re - copies ... can only reduce costs if can guarantee volume. If give free, already know that cost of free is underwritten by the expenditures on first 100. But, of course I agree make overall as inexpensive as possible based on volume that can be assured. - Lisa Hinchliffe
But the question that I'd have in mind as a patron is, why does the library want to reward me for printing more? Why not make the first 10 free instead of waiting for me to print 100 first? I don't want to get hung up on one bad example, but it's clear why a business wants us to visit more, buy more, etc. It's much less clear what the library wants here. - Steele Lawman
^^Yes. I don't get it. - kaijsa
Don't libraries do things all the time to get students to come in to the Library? So they become aware of other services? See the friendly staff who want to help them succeed? Would this be more mystifying that the Library giving away stickers during a campus info fair? Putting up posters across campus? Etc.? - Lisa Hinchliffe
I think it is when reward gets linked to behavior that things get weird? Like, we give gifts to first-year students in their introduction to research classes. I tell them that it's to remind them that the library loves them, and that we love helping first-year students in particular. That feels good to me. Now what if instead I pass out cards and say "if you visit the circulation desk,... more... - Steele Lawman
And while I have been outspoken and very skeptical in this thread, it still wouldn't surprise me if some clever librarians out there had made this work in their context and community. People are clever. - Steele Lawman
Hopefully obvious but to make it explicitly so ... I've really appreciate all who have pushed back and articulated their qualms about this. We may not agree but we are all better for understanding those with different perspectives and I am grateful for thoughtful commentary! - Lisa Hinchliffe
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
holly #ravingfangirl
J. J. Abrams on S. » EarlyWord: The Publisher | Librarian Connection -
J. J. Abrams on S. » EarlyWord: The Publisher | Librarian Connection
"Media attention is heating up for a book that many librarians are calling a “processing nightmare,” S., by Doug Dorst and J. J. Abrams, (Hachette/Mulholland; Hachette Audio), a book within a book that includes loose pieces of ephemera (see more in our New Title Radar, under “Special Note”). It may be a processing nightmare, but, as Abrams described on yesterday’s CBS This Morning, it is tribute to his love of the printed word. - See more at:" - holly #ravingfangirl from Bookmarklet
i just got to peek at it. definitely a processing nightmare, but really quite neato. - holly #ravingfangirl
It won't be any worse than Bantock's "Griffin and Sabine" ;-) - DJF
oh man i loved that book. - jambina
didn't Griffin and Sabine have pockets for stuff? I thought that was what i remembered. - holly #ravingfangirl
Catalog the sucker as a kit. [for example,] - Joe
Yes, each of the letters in the epistolary novel came in an envelope glued to/built into a page. - DJF
everything is completely loose and just slipped in between the pages for this one. that's what makes it... "challenging". ;) - holly #ravingfangirl
It's kind of sad when a book is horribly wrong because it challenges our workflow. - barbara fister
who said anything about it being horribly wrong? it's going to be a pain to circulate and parts will be lost, but that isn't stopping us. we have copies of this too: - holly #ravingfangirl
Saw a lot of "we've been robbed" on Fiction-l - barbara fister from iPhone
ah. hooray inflexibility! #nothooray - holly #ravingfangirl
We will catalog it as a kit, just like we did for Chris Ware's Building Stories. Our tech services folks didn't even bat an eye, to their credit! Librarian hand-wringing over this kind of thing really pushes my buttons. The media makes it worse. - kaijsa
same here, pretty much, kaijsa. our tech svcs staff came to us and said "here's a plan, how does it sound?" - holly #ravingfangirl
Also ALERT! Don't buy this book!" Like its a scam or something. Posted this to the wrong thread. I need a hug. - barbara fister from iPhone
How is it any more of an issue than circulating a book that comes with a CD? Or one of the many children's books that come with pieces of stuff (like all of those -Ology books)? I don't see the problem. - Katy S
the one quibble I will make: this is all the annotations say on Baker & Taylor: "A work from famed director J.J. Abrams and noted novelist Doug Dorst combines a traditional narrative with a second story in the form of notes scribbled in the margins by two readers of the main narrative, in a story that also features clues online and in real life." That really gives no indication of what you are getting. it would be nice to have a heads up so you know what you are getting before you buy it. - holly #ravingfangirl
*hugs barbara* - Steele Lawman
Aha. Now I understand that post. :) - kaijsa
Just talking about this today. I'm excited about reading it! - Larua Boats
At my MfPOW, we eventually had to add a sticker to the front identifying the books as "S." Because the outside and title page looks like an entirely other book (Ship of Theseus), people were returning it unread, saying that they hadn't put this book on hold. - bentley
Mr. The Jason Fleming
I am trying to account for everything that I would need for an interactive display setup. Can you tell me what I am missing? Touchscreen, Kiosk enclosure, MacMini (assorted cables) I am planning on putting together the content so I wasn't figuring in any cost for software unless you think you have seen a product that is great that you would reccome
Are security cables included in "assorted cables"? - RepoRat
We have been using macminis for non-interactive displays so I'll check to see what we have been using to date. So, I'll say yes :) - Mr. The Jason Fleming
We're also thinking about (desiring) to put together something similar. I'm curious what you'll plan to use it for? - Freeda B.
Here are just thoughts I have put together so far for content: (no particular order)Hours/Calendar, Bus Schedule, Dining Options, Group Study Rooms reservation, Floor Plans/Directional Aids, Computer Availability/TAC notebooks, Parking Map/Information for Visitors, Partner Location and Highlights (TAC, IPrint, Women Studies, Honors etc…_), Campus building map, phone directory?, Staff/ and Department, FAQs (how to print from laptop, how to add money to one card etc…), ?Group finder service* - Mr. The Jason Fleming from Android
Even just using easy stuff like RSS for an open hours feed and a slideshow using powerpoint, we needed software to plug content into channels. I can't remember what we have, but I don't know how else you would do this other than having a website set on the page or a slideshow you manually update. Is this going to be a networked kiosk? I'm just confused, and you might have solutions already in mind. - kaijsa
I am going to look at some software options, but looking at this paper from NCSU it seems doable with some browser addons, javascript (AJAX, jquery) - Mr. The Jason Fleming
Ah, it's not surprising that NCSU has built a solution. - kaijsa
I just wondered over to our business school where they have just made an interactive website with Form buttons without any of the big considerations mentioned in the paper to make it sleek and effective against tampering etc.. They just used a screen overlay for $500 to convert an old LCD monitor into a touch device - Mr. The Jason Fleming
oh dear. trying to prep showing students Early American Newspapers & African American Newspapers from Readex. Great content, but … oh my, the interface is confusing for just about everyone.
in which the pull downs for "standard title" and "title as published" are for SOURCE titles, not article titles. and in which the option to search "headline" is not recommended. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
and in which a search of the entire America's Historical Newspapers from 1800-1827 for the word "Negro*" (for a class on the Black Press) yields 174,000 results. With no real way to limit that makes sense to a novice (or even a seasoned professional). *sigh* - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
any pro tips in teaching this to upperclass students? - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
"OK. So pretend you've traveled way back in time. Back to 2001, when search interfaces looked like this." - Stephen Francoeur
lol!! and when you were, oh, 8 years old. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
(note, I'm really grateful for the content! and glad to go talk to this class!) - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Don't forget to make "dial up modem" noises so it feels more authentic. :-) I hope the class goes well. - YvonneM
Oh hey, we just licensed this recently, but I haven't had a reason to explore it yet. I, um, wow. - Catherine Pellegrino
so I am going to introduce this as the Google of old newspapers… if it were the late 90s. and then show 'em how to search & narrow results from >170,000 matching their term. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Is there access to general n00bs? I would peruse this database. - MoTO: #TeamMarina
no, MoTO - it's prolly very expensive. And it's really got great content - this class on the Black Press is going to love it. (once they get past the 90s, that is) - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
*cries* - MoTO: #TeamMarina
B: Check the academic libraries near you! The might have access, and most university libraries will give database access to walk-in users. - Kirsten
Yay! Thanks, Kiki! <== *consistently my favorite* - MoTO: #TeamMarina
*struts* - Kirsten
There's another product from Accessible Archives that also gives access to historic African-American newspapers. We don't have the Readex product. There's also Chronicling America from the LOC - which is a broader focus - ellbeecee
Hey, Readex -- 2003 called and they want their GUI back. - Holly's favorite Anna
boy, the content is amazing tho. we were looking for coverage of African Americans pre 1827 (first Af. Am newspaper). I don't think the students realized JUST HOW COOL the search was, but they were impressed with the stuff they found. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
One nice thing about Readex is you can buy collections outright, so if you have a little money at the end of a budget year, it's possible to build up your holdings over time. I don't remember if maint. fees are much. - kaijsa
Meg VMeg
How is your workplace handling (if at all) the transition (or whatever this is) from RefWorks to Flow?
Sticking with refworks, not recommending flow. - Joe
Is RefWorks formally transitioning now? (we turned off Flow in August, and I suppose it's time to pay attention to it again....) - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
I hadn't heard there was a formal transition, either. We have both, but we're trying to promote Flow because it's only a matter of time before the OG version is gone. We're doing that through our liaison work and by offering sessions on Flow in our workshop series. - kaijsa
Flow does not exist, and we cancelled RefWorks anyway? With a huge end user communication plan and lots of support for library staff getting used to the idea that RefWorks isn't available. - DJF from Android
No known formal transition, but they've told us that the products will be merged at some point (they've also said that both products will be supported indefinitely, so...) - Meg VMeg
Hello. Who is going to ACRL 2015?
I am - lris
Me, too. - kaijsa
*raises hand* - Catherine Pellegrino
Me! - Marie
I haven't decided. - Meg VMeg
me! and I'm running a scholcomm camp on the 25th if ya wanna join in! - jambina from iPhone
Of course I am! :) - Lisa Hinchliffe
I'm hoping that I am... - Laura Krier
I have to make that decision within the next week or so, about CiL and ACRL (and? or?) - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
I might go. - Joe
I will be, I believe - Sarah
Trying to decide - maʀtha
me. - henry
Hi Henry, I haven't met you yet. LSW meetup? - Marie
Me - yes, let's try a meetup! - barbara fister
Put in for the time and funding yesterday. Fingers crossed. - LibrarianOnTheLoose
Still on the fence - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Yes. - J. Marie B
Steele Lawman
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?
Yes. If I'm reading her app, I want it to demonstrate she knows what she's getting herself into. - RepoRat
Yes, tell the truth. I will say that my interactions are very different. I work with an MFA program, buy and don't weed books, and bring authors in a lot. - kaijsa
I guess I was mostly kidding--I'll surely tell her the truth. The problem is, my own truth is wrapped up in a lot of unhappiness and dissatisfaction that has nothing to do with books. - Steele Lawman
Well, and I think you can tell her your truth, and frame and contextualize it such that she can make of it what she will. I mean, I have virtually no interaction with books and the literary community, but that's largely a function of what KIND of librarian I am; someone like LauraX undoubtedly has a very different experience. - Catherine Pellegrino
Yes, Catherine, that's a good point. And I bet I could be more involved in the English department's extensive program hosting literary visitors if I had the inclination. - Steele Lawman
Most of my interaction with books and the literary community is emailing people my template instructions for how to download a doggam ebook from doggam ebrary. - Deborah Fitchett
Maybe tell her about your experiences and then put her in contact with other librarians as well? There's a huge range of "truths" out there - Soup in a TARDIS
Yup to what others have said-- my truth is students want e-access to textbooks and faculty occasionally (very occasionally) want to see books. Medical is so much more in the articles. - Hedgehog
I buy about 100 fiction titles a month and weed probably not quite that many (I'd have to check the numbers). I run a small press and self published authors fair every year (well, I've done it two in a row--that counts as every, right?). I am organizing a series of talks by Marvin Bell, Marilynne Robinson, and Robyn Schiff (who will be talking about Jorie Graham, as my budget does not... more... - laura x
My last job had a lot to do with books (buying and throwing away) and the literary community. This one, not so much, or at least not as tangibly. :) - Mr. The Jason Fleming from Android
Cod Signal: Have you customized your Libguides v2 home page? What's the link? I may be interested in stealing ... er, BORROWING... your work.
library or personal homepage? - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
I customized mine in the previous version, and it carried over. (I borrowed mine from Abigail, but it's morphed) - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Rudy's is better than mine. - kaijsa
Sorry, The main landing page for your institution's libguides. Here's what I have so far: - lris
That's on v2? I'm gonna have to share that. I don't like ours, but i had thought it was all we could do! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Mine is just a guide used as a homepage. If you don't have more than one tab, the tabs don't show up. - lris
Iris, I like the way you did yours with the tabs separating course, subject, and general guides. Ours annoys me because guides are mixed together and just alphabetical in each subject category. I want the main subject guide above course guides in all subject categories, but don't know if it's possible. - kaijsa
I wrote to springshare about that, and they said they're working on a solution that will let people put one or two guides on top. Like a "best bets" option for guides within a subject. I just made widgets and added them to a tabbed box. - lris
quite proud of ours. also try the search - trying to appeal to researchers as well as we can't easily touch the library website. - aaron from Flucso
Aaron, I'm so so so jealous of your search. - lris
Aaron, I really like it, too. Particularly the way doing a search for, say, literature will get you results from the guides, database suggestions, FAQ answers, etc. I want to steal this. - kaijsa
Also the option to find librarians by subject area or expertise is super! Sorry for the threadjack, Iris. - kaijsa
We have v2, but I don't know that it is anything to write home about. - Joe
Favorite serif fonts and sans serif fonts NOT Times New Roman, Arial, Calibri, or Cambria. Go!
context? I would have very different answers for a 8.5x11 document than for a presentation. - RepoRat
Yes, both, either (this is just for fun) - maʀtha
I like Candara a lot, and Constantia is growing on me. My old stand-bys are Tahoma and Trebuchet. - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
I have FF display in Verdana, which for some reason I like greatly for reading short bits on the computer. - laura x
Comic Serif. - Julian
Garamond and Gill Sans - jambina from iPhone
Not surprising, laura x; that's the use-case Verdana was designed for. So, um, personal idiosyncratic faves: Constantia, Palatino (yeah, yeah, I know, shaddap), Gill Sans, Futura, Diavlo (presentations only; it's an awful body-copy typeface), Optima (especially Bold), and I generally dig the design trend toward all-caps relatively narrow-width sans-serifs of various weights. - RepoRat
Perpetua is my all time favorite. I like Georgia too. And Cooper Black and Centaur. I really like Janson, in books. And Garamond of course. Bembo and Baskerville Old Face. Cheesily enough, Book Antiqua. #predictable. I don't really like san serif fonts. I mean, I am not theoretically against them but I never develop a fondness for them. - Marianne
comic serif? you jokester - maʀtha
Yes, I had heard that about Verdana. It's nice to be in line with something for once. - laura x
I love Book Antiqua, actually. I'm very partial to Caslon and Baskerville and all the old typefaces because my father ran a hobby press and those were his favorites. - laura x
Palatino Linotype as a generally-available typeface; Berkeley (which I paid for) for my own printwork, but it's NOT freely available.. Palatino is superbly readable, even if that capital Y says it wasn't designed as body type. (Yes, I have Firefox display in Palatino.) Constantia's also good. - Walt Crawford
Oh, I like Constantia, which is new to me - maʀtha
Constantia is (cough cough) a Microsoft commission, one of the "C family" (Cambria, Calibri, Candara...) designed for high on-screen legibility with ClearText. What's neat about Constantia (and I do use it sometimes) is the non-lining "text figures," pretty rare in typefaces that come with computers. - Walt Crawford
And look what I just came across: - laura x
I like Garamond and Palatino Linotype for printed materials and Geogia and Verdana for on-screen materials. - John (bird whisperer)
Garamond and Palatino when I'm feeling lazy. - Katy S
I'm a Helvetica fan from way back, but when I need a serif font I often use Palatino or Verdana. Georgia tends to be a tiny bit too round and big for my tastes, but it's pretty. I'm more into oval-shaped letters than round. I also enjoy Utopia and ITC Century because they pair nicely with Helvetica. - kaijsa
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???
same (excellent) worker just added a new class that threw yesterday's masterpiece into chaos AGAIN. Fortunately, the other person affected by her schedule change is her brother, so I tasked her with getting the msg to him. also: a new masterpiece has been created!! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
You are awesome. I make mine sign up for their own schedules and then I only tweak at the end. I also refuse to do the first post-break schedule until post-break, because if I were doing it now, they'd just have to change everything a month from now anyway. But I'm pretty sure they way I do it is both a feature and a bug of them changing schedules every month (yaaaaay block plan). - Marianne
who goes first? how do all the hours get covered? I do it now because I NEED THEM on the very first day of classes, and I like to get their sign off before they leave for break, so I know they'll be back when I need 'em. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Yeah, I used to try to do it now but many of their profs are tiresome about changing everything or not getting syllabi (including class times) out till the last minute, WELL after holiday break is over, so I just let whoever wants to work first day, work, and they need the money enough that we get decent coverage. It makes for a zany first week, but better than a zany last couple of... more... - Marianne
wow, Marianne, that all makes my head spin!! sounds like you've got a great system going there!! (I love making the students who missed mandatory meetings get last preference in schedule!!) - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Marianne is so great at doing the scheduling in a way that works for both the library and our students given our eccentric academic calendar. I'm so appreciative, because I don't think I could do it (at least not without pulling my hair out). - Steele Lawman
Scheduling is a Rubik's cube. I schedule a couple dozen part-time people, all of whom have other jobs, classes, and/or children, all of which needs to be worked around. I have no idea how we manage to make it work. - laura x
We just upgraded our Springshare package and are getting LibStaffer as part of it. It allows people to input their availability and generates schedules. We're changing the reference model from library faculty on the desk to pulling in staff from many departments and think this might work better than making our department admin staffer do it all by hand. Circ uses something else that's tied to the time clock for hourlies, but may try LibStaffer if it works for research help. - kaijsa
ooooh, really curious about LibStaffer. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
LibStaffer! It works brilliantly. - Jenica
^^glad to hear this! - kaijsa
Oh, we use Volgistics. It's not perfect, but it's cheap. - laura x from iPhone
Academic librarians! Do you get professional development money from your campus? Is it from The Library or the campus?
We do. It's from the library. Amount per faculty member has been between 1500-2500 per year that I've been here. There's also a separate research fund of $5K that my Dean has set aside that we can apply for --student labor, printing posters, help defray presentation costs. I'm currently Chair of the committee that reviews how the 'Faculty Dev money" is spent (we have to eyeball it--most goes to conference fees). I'm concenred that this may be greatly reduced with upcoming budget changes. - Hedgehog
Librarians are faculty here, and all faculty get support for travel to one conference per year, with full reimbursement of costs (up to $1200) if you're presenting, half reimbursement (up to $600) if you're just attending. - Catherine Pellegrino
Follow up - are all librarians working for The Library? - kendrak
There's one librarian working in a small dept library somewhere in the College of Medicine. I've never met her, I've only spoken with her a few times when something of our electronic resources was broken. Other than that, we're all under UnivLibrary - Hedgehog
(At Berkeley, 25-30% of librarians work outside The Library.) - kendrak
(Ah. No, we're not like that. There are seven of us librarians. We all work for and in The Library.) - Catherine Pellegrino
Librarians are faculty at Illinois; untenured faculty get 2250 and tenured faculty (and academic professionals) get 2000. Faculty can also apply for Scholar's funds from the campus. This is not available to APs. - Sarah
We do, from the library. (We can apply for additional campus minigrants) - ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
Yes.Both. Also, our union. - J. Marie B
Yes. We get from the library's departmental line, which all faculty in all departments have. We are 12 month non-tenure track faculty rank and all work for the library department. I don't know what the librarians at the law library get, as they are all staff and their budget is completely separate from ours. - ~Courtney F
We're staff and not tenure-track, and get no dedicated development money. There's a small budget to help someone get to a conference if they're presenting, or to pay for webinars. But that's it. The money comes through the library's budget. - Kirsten
We are faculty here and get $750/year, which is never enough. Thanks to all those who posted amounts - good evidence to have! - Jen
There isn't money per person, but there are line items in the 'library' budget for conferences/seminars/etc, travel, misc associated expenses. It's allocated as opportunities arise basically. - Deborah Fitchett
Yes, from the library. All library faculty get a stipend that varies per year depending on budget, but is very generous. Currently it's $2500. I have also been funded above that for international travel a couple of times, and we often get additional funding when we're accepted to present papers or on panels at certain conferences. - kaijsa
Yes, from the library, though I had to slash it this year due to budget cuts, and it pisses me off. - Jenica from iPhone
yes, and the amount varies each year, depending on the pot of money available and the requests submitted. - ellbeecee
Yes. Librarians are professional staff. We get professional development funds from the library and the union. The amount varies a little each year, but it's usually enough to cover one national conference. The library also sometimes has funds allocated for specific training/professional development. - Galadriel C. from Android
Ours is a very mixed bag, which helps a ton. We get the typical $450 annual faculty travel funds to be used however we want, plus an additional $150 if we sit on a national-level committee or present at a conference. Beyond that, the library's funding varies from year to year based on budget cuts but in a "lean" year, my boss will say "We can pay for the ALAs and maybe one other, but... more... - Julie Kane
McGill had 500$ from the Provost plus 1500 (pre tenure)/1150$ (post) from the library. anything you had to do as part of your job (law librarian to AALL) was on administrative money, not your own allocation. UofC is a pot of money you apply for and each AUL gives their people what's in line with priorities. I think. - jambina from iPhone
At MPOW the library sets aside development funds for professional staff, and it seems to be in the medium range of what you all are describing. - Regular Amanda
LSW roll call! Go!
I especially encourage those who might be quietly reading out there or might be new to say howdy. - maʀtha
👋 - Julian
Martha, medlib in an academic library with strong focus on serving external community as well as the university. Dark chocolate, yes anchovies on pizza, don't call me on the phone, dogs love me, cats not so much, I like winter. - maʀtha
Dorothea, instructor in a library school. Dark chocolate, vegetarian pizza hold the mushrooms, PLEASE don't call me, cat person, winter's okay except when it's injurious. - RepoRat
Jenica, director of two academic libraries at a small SUNY in upstate new york, and coordinator of our campus's upcoming bicentennial celebrations. Dark chocolate (intense orange is my jam), pizza is best with pepperoni, i only answer the phone for family, my dog weighs more than my child and my cats combined, and I live in the land of perpetual winter so I try not to whine. - Jenica
Science & engineering librarian at York University in Toronto, the largest university you've never heard of. Currently on sabbatical. Interested in open access and its related ideas. As well as sf, horror, mysteries, popular science writing, classic rock, blues, jazz and related genres. Oh yeah, a strange obsession with science-themed graphic novels. - John Dupuis
Laura, middle management at a public library (dear God, how did that happen?). Dark chocolate. I am actually sick of pizza. I envy you people who can get away without using the phone. I love winter, and I am getting a new winter coat for the first time in 22 years. - laura x
Catherine, reference & instruction librarian at Saint Mary's College. No, not that St. Mary's. The other one. No, not that one either. The one that's across the street from Notre Dame. Pizza: yes. Chocolate: yes. New cat: yes. Winter: yes. Dumbphone: yes. - Catherine Pellegrino
Julian, working for a major vendor (not in Libraryland; hint: think about bridges...). Apizza > pizza, good dark chocolate (of course), Android, Linux, likes other people's cats. I take your calls every day. I like October. - Julian
Christina. Librarian in a research lab and phd student. Any kind but white chocolate is fine with me. Have a big dog and toddler twins. - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Mary Carmen, former academic library administrator. I now manage the care and feeding of one small human and am currently incubating another one. I actually never answer my phone. Sesame Street is my jam. If the television is on, it's tuned to Sprout. When I can actually eat food, pizza is number one, although I've been very into bagels lately. Dark chocolate. 3 cats. I miss winter. - Mary Carmen
Hello lurker Martha! *waves* - maʀtha
Walt, mostly-retired (except for research/writing) former library professional/non-librarian. Omnivore. Dark chocolate. Landline phone if we recognize the number (the flipphone's almost never on). Mild OCD-like attitude on providing facts to flesh out OA and other debates. My 15 minutes were about 20 years ago. Two cats. California native and enjoy the weather (esp. if we get more rain/snow this year). - Walt Crawford
Good work, people! I would like to hear from more usual and unusual suspects, please. - maʀtha
Sarah, currently Scholarly Communications Librarian at large public research university but soon to be Associate Dean at large private research university library. All chocolate except bad chocolate. My spouse and I make our own sausage. Three cats and a dog. And let's just say that I'm very happy to be moving about as far south as you can go in the US! Also, hate the phone but am getting better at it because I have to. - Sarah
Congratulations, Sarah! Very cool. - maʀtha
Pete. Law and Social Sciences information adviser at Sheffield Hallam University. My main professional contribution is library themed silly songs. - Pete
Rochelle, adult public services manager at a public library. Cat wrangler. I have developed a bedtime ritual of listening to old episodes of Gunsmoke at I seldom stay awake to hear the ending, but it's very soothing. I get a huge kick out of supporting my staff in developing and implementing their awesome ideas. Migraines are my unfortunate jam. - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
Laura. Currently Team Leader for Social Science, Business & Education at large research university library. Come January 1, the Head, Research & Engagement with the same employer. No kids, no pets, no spouse, though I'd like a cat. I just haven't convinced myself to pay the pet deposit at my apartment complex. - ellbeecee
Laurabrarian tally 2 and counting! - maʀtha
Jaclyn - soon to be ex-electronic resources lib at large public teaching university. Dark chocolate, pizza (hold the anchovies), no pets unless you count the 2 children. In SoCal, where we get no winter (to our detriment). OA/accessibility reviews/diversity in libs are three things I'd like more of. - Jaclyn aka spamgirl
John. Assistant Director at largish public library. In charge of technology and stuff. Hugo award winner. Editor of the SFWA Bulletin. Aspiring writer. Not a fan of dark chocolate. Loves to cook (and eat). Mostly love winter but hate all the house upkeep it makes. - John: Thread Killer
Heather, collections strategy librarian at mid-sized Canadian university. Pizza and chocolate are dandy as long as I don't have to pay in USD. Medicated me will love your cats and dogs. Winter's also dandy but I need a new set of yak tracks. I'll pass on Gunsmoke: Terry Prachett audio books do the trick for me. - Heather
Rachel, medical librarian at Vanderbilt *until tomorrow* - then taking on directorship of medical library and biomed communications at ETSU. Will be paying a $600 pet deposit at the new place due to the 3 cats and 100lb dog. - Rachel Walden
Jason Fleming, Information Technology Librarian at a medium sized academic library - Mr. The Jason Fleming from Android
Stephen Francoeur, user experience librarian at a medium-sized public college in New York City. - Stephen Francoeur
Community college library director in the mitten. Chocolate is good. 3 dogs. Winter is good. - J. Marie B
Oh, hey, I'm on a committee which is trying to reach more community colleges with NLM resources. Ping me if interested in learning more. - maʀtha
Stephan!e, small branch library director at oldest public univ. in US. Likes *good* dark chocolate, cats, and pizza. Ordered $45 worth of pizza for student staffers tomorrow, along with therapy dogs. library interests = reference, promotion, journalism, PR, and interdisciplinary things. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Mita, user experience librarian from a mid-sized university in the rust-belt of Canada - but who knows what I will be when I return to work from sabbatical in January. I just talked for an hour for a webinar that no one attended. And it was still awesome :) - copystar
Rudy, currently an outreach & instruction librarian in Nevada. Feminist, vegetarian, foodie, speculative fiction, cats. Dark chocolate. Chicago pizza. Cheese. Library interests: outreach and engagement with campus, the role of liaisons, social science data users, social media and emerging technology in libraries. Looking to move into administration - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Lily, newly-minted, fresh-outta-library-school ref/instruction librarian at a medium-ish for-profit college in NYC. Pomegranates. Ask me about accessibility (universal design, library services to patrons with disabilities, assistive tech, etc.). - Lily
Maurice Coleman -- Master of Training and Speaking. Keynote and Speaker of Color for Hire. Trainer at Best Damn Public Library in Maryland. Host and Producer of Library Training Podcast T is for Training. Geek. Sports. Next week I start heading up our new Innovation Lab. Winter shoveling sucks. Any pizza is good pizza when served with a good beer. - ♫Maurice the Trainer♫
Marianne, circulation team coordinator at a small liberal arts college. I am also fresh outa library school, although for me it's more of a "fresh back from" since I did my degree online while still working at my current job (which I've had for about 4 years now, and a similar job at the same place for 3 before that). Pro-pizza, love all chocolate, but there's a lot of stuff I can't or... more... - Marianne
Definitely interested, Martha. - J. Marie B
Now I want pizza..... - Mary Carmen
Zamms, metadata librarian at an office in the international department of a large, well-known North American country. - Zamms from iPhone
Newbie systems librarian (former e-resources and serials) at large regional university in Oklahoma (yes, we have winter; no it isn't too bad, mostly). Learning the new ILS and my new job at the same time! Dark-dark chocolate (80%+) and cracker-thin-crust pizza are now topping the list of possibilities for my last meal. Yes, I'm suggestible. - Kirsten
Krista, web services librarian at a mid-sized university on a rock in the north atlantic (with our own half-time zone) - weelibrarian
But no halftime show - DJF from Android
*looks around for more lurkers* Come say hi, we're friendly, I swear! - maʀtha
Jen, e-resources/periodicals at medium midwest public university. Winter - no thank you. Pizza, yes please. Chocolate - dark. My mantra is "everything will be fine" because it will, of course. - Jen
Ruth, systems librarian for an astronomical observatory. I'm in Arizona, the observatory is under construction in Hawaii. Chocolate, coffee, pizza and beer: hell yes. Eggplant: hell no. Winter: I've heard of such a thing but not experienced it since I was a child, and I'm damn happy for that. Dogs, cats, child and multiple computers at homestead. Ask me about Drupal or PDM systems! - Ruth Kneale
Colleen, InfoLit Coordinator, Printer Whisperer, and General Purveyor of Awesome at CSU Channel Islands. Former 8-year Access Services/LibManagement wonk, reuniting with my original love for teaching and curriculum. Dog lover and slave to 2 basset hounds, Otto and Igor. Married to fellow ubernerd Jed, Lord of Comics and Pop Culture. I collect advanced degrees for fun (MA, MLS, MFA,... more... - ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
Joe, at the University of Denver. I even remember when the LSW was using the pre-FF Meebo Chat Room way back in 2008. - Joe
Another Laura, a/k/a LB. Associate Director for Special Collections at a private university in GA, so I'm more of an archivist, really. All pizza is fine as long as you hold the mushrooms and anchovies. All chocolate is welcome. Two dogs, but I will pet your cat. Winter is not a problem. I need to learn more about DSpace and institutional repositories, but I love my job. (I do not, however, love bureaucracy.) - Larua Boats from Android
Jonathan, Head of IT at a mid-sized public university library in SoCal - the land of no seasons, also de facto web librarian and institutional repository manager. Moonlights as a brewer at local craft microbreweries, and free time spent as a youth soccer coach/ref. - jönαthaη
(All anybody needs to know about DSpace is RUN AWAY VERY VERY FAST.) - RepoRat
Deborah, sort-of-accidental systems librarian at small New Zealand university's combined library-and-teaching/learning/research-support dept (two of us supporting *all the systems*, occasionally getting in a bit of training as we go). Dark chocolate, all the pizza. Hot chocolate over coffee or tea, ginger beer over beer. (I don't mind a little alcohol with food if it tastes good but... more... - Deborah Fitchett
Laurabrarian Tally: 3 - maʀtha
(RepoRat: Not nearly as fast as one ought to run away from integrating DSpace and Elements.) - Deborah Fitchett
I see how it is, @DJF, you and your driveby snarking - maʀtha
(Also, I have eaten pizza with Martha. :D ) - Larua Boats from Android
(TRUE!) - maʀtha
Meg, science librarian at a large research university. In my spare time, I teach data-related workshops here and there, in addition to a semester-long MLS course on data librarianship, and I also have a science-writing gig. Clearly I'm bad at hobbies. Beer? Beer. I also love snow. - Meg VMeg
Robin, Director of Technology at a regional system in Kansas. I also write books and teach Project Management at Library Juice Academy. Milk chocolate - any kind; carnivore toppings on my pizza, 2 dogs but I have a cat tattoo. I'm not a fan of winter, but not enough to move away from it. - WebGoddess
(Deborah: what a nightmarish idea. :/ ) - RepoRat
Betsy, newspapers and microfilm librarian at a large midwestern public library. Pizza yes, hold the olives. Like Deborah, hot chocolate over coffee or tea, ginger beer over beer. Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, it’s all good. I love winter. Currently dog-less, but hoping to remedy that in the next couple of years. Whovian since 1981. - bentley
Anali, Scholarly Communications/licensing librarian at a large research university. I live in Phoenix, I don't do winter. I love coffee, beer, pizza, but am middling on chocolate. 2 kids under 3 & 3 needy cats, but luckily I have a husband to help manage all the needs. - Grumpator from iPhone
Hi Anali! - maʀtha
Jeff, title-free community college librarian, stapler fondler, tweaker of borrowed scripts, support-ticket-enterer. Somebody is giving out dark chocolate? Ok. - JffKrlsn
Katie, collection development in a specialized division of a very well-known governmental library. Baking addict, yarn connoisseur, romance genre wonk. Lives part of her life as an alter ego. No pets or any other living things in my home, though I wouldn't mind some plants or a dog at some point. Chocolate, yes--though I prefer milk, and pizza as long as I have dairy pills handy. - Katie
Kathy, still in the "who the hell put me in charge?" phase of my career at an acad lib. App to Ed Leadership doc program submitted. Milk chocolate. Pizza is best made at home with friends to feed. I screen my calls. Winter is best with snow. Bouncy guard dog of a rat terrier, Link. H-son's broadening my parenting skillz with lots of new things this year: girlfriend, show choir, wrestling, and low interest in getting his learner's driving permit. - Kathy
(Btw, you don't have to share real names or job details or real anything, say hi anyway) - maʀtha
Jen. Information Technology librarian in the wilds of Maine. Longstanding fascination for 'how to have a better online life' (in terms of getting what you want out of it), computers, books, and organising all the things. (Also currently engaged in an epic knitting project.) One cat named Astra, one folk harp, and I am fond of chocolate that involves either coffee or hazelnut. - Jennifer Arnott
Beth/Elizabeth. Administrator at a medium-sized public university in upstate New York. Coffee: dark roast, chocolate: Cadbury's royal dark; cats: two; child: one; snow: OK but I don't have much choice; pizza: sausage and onions; beer: Spaten or a good Czech pilsner; hobbies: knitting (although in a dry spell right now) and cooking. I like to think of life as material for the ultimate movie comedy. - Elizabeth Brown
(Jen: I miss Maine. I get to go to Waterville in June for my 20th reunion and can't wait. :) ) - ellbeecee
Kaijsa, academic librarian at the only university in Wyoming. I have many titles to choose from, but mostly work with humanities, teach, and play with tech. Am an outgoing introvert. Love coffee, dark beer, white wine, and bourbon. Dark chocolate but into savery more than sweet foods. Am from the PNW and prefer to keep snow in the mountains and not town, but live at 7220 feet--so, you know. Snowshoeing is fun. Hobbies are reading, music, perfume, and being a smartass. - kaijsa
(This feels like an online dating profile.) - kaijsa
Abigail, medical librarian in Chicago. Lots of interest in Data. Compulsive knitter and drinker of tea. 2 cats and one Philosopher at home. Chocolate is always welcome, though I think white chocolate is weird. - Hedgehog
Kendra, transportation librarian in Berkeley. Likes data, policy, and research. Record collector and plucky left back. 2 guinea pigs and a computer chip maker. Chocolate is OK, but I prefer pickles. - kendrak
(I know, Kaijsa! Everyone is sticking with my format which I didn't intend to be a format) - maʀtha
Another Laura, web services librarian at Sonoma State. All the pizza and all the chocolate, yes, please now. Plus coffee. Plus beer. I like California winters, which are actually fall. Feminist bleeding heart liberal. I read and I sew and I knit. Is there anymore pizza? - Laura Krier
Courtney F., electronic and educational resources at Belmont U in Nashville. Pizza should not have vegetables on it at all. I run so I can eat what I like (and drink beer). Winter stinks because it's so gray all the time. I am librarychic around the web and have more hobbies than i can handle :) - ~Courtney F
Laurabrarian Tally: 4. Do we have a quorum yet? - maʀtha
I really feel like there are tribes of librarians, and I'm pretty sure the Lauras are one of them. Also the Jasons. - ellbeecee
(Martha: a friend used to call it a quarrelum.) - bentley
Katy. Supervising Librarian at smallish medium public lib. I work mostly in Adult and Children's services, but I've been known to work in Teen and Genealogy. I've also done some cataloging when one of the catalogers was out. I manage the Children's collection (doing most of the selecting, but i have a few selectors for other areas) and I select in the following areas for the adult collection: 000s, 400s, 500s, 600s, and sf/f. I also manage the blog. I'm the person they can put anywhere in a pinch. - Katy S
Oh yeah, I have no life. Chocolate is almost always appreciated. Servant to two cats. - Katy S
You people are awesome. Okay about the other >900 of you? Feel free to start making stuff up :D - maʀtha
Those other 900 may be making up their entire existence, judging the number of them posting weight loss tips... - Zamms
Andy,head of the reference department at a public library in NJ, very late to this thread, and the my boss's most frequently asked question of me in the six months i've worked there is "have you pissed off any librarians today?" (Usually yes, mostly on Twitter.) - Andy
Nancy, former systems librarian at a small, public, liberal arts college in FL.Currently "between jobs." Likes: dark chocolate, pizza (no mammal-based toppings except cheese, of course), vodka, cats & dogs, cool weather. Dislikes: bullies, humidity. LSW rocks! - Nancy Sp♠id
Galadriel, head of e-resources services at large university library in New England. Only very good and very dark chocolate; two cats; pizza with spinach, feta, and onions; leave a message and I might eventually call back for immediate reply, e-mail. I like all four seasons, am bummed that winter here is sans snow so far. - Galadriel C.
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.
And don't get me started on everybody and their mother referring researchers outside my subject areas to me. I know I'm an amazing generalist ;) but my job is supporting humanities research and I can't even stay on top of all of that! - kaijsa
I had a student ask me once if there was such a thing. it's a good thing she used chat reference, because it meant she couldn't see me laugh and laugh and laugh... - Catherine Pellegrino
Thank you for validating me, Catherine. - kaijsa
I mean, I think she stated it *slightly* differently, in terms of "is there a database somewhere that keeps track of research questions that haven't been answered yet" but it was basically the same sort of holy-grail thing. :) - Catherine Pellegrino
I know of some researchers who fill much needed gaps. - Joe
There was just a post by Neil smallheiser (?) from the arrowsmith project talking about a newestti d literature based discovery - that's relAted. Also automatic extraction of knowledge claims from articles - maybe Catherine Blake? - Christina Pikas from iPhone
There is a technique literally known as GRAIL that also does like blast searching to do literature based discover. - Christina Pikas from iPhone
It sounds like that stuff is on the researcher him/herself to implement, which fits into my general understanding of this issue. I really appreciate this help! I know for a fact my library doesn't support any of this software and we aren't staffed to implement it, nor do any of our subscription databases include the kind of functionality this researcher wants. It's always good to check... more... - kaijsa
You know what this question reminded me of? The Mind Map feature in Credo Ref. Obviously that has nothing to do with the "questions unasked" format, but if the student was interested in visually drawing links between topics, that might be something to consider. It's probably too broad topic-wise, but it's a start? - Lily
Nah, I've suggested all kinds of mind map types of things, but this person doesn't want to do the work needed to choose a dissertation topic and I'm done, especially as I am not the subject specialist for the area of study. I've punted to the advisor. - kaijsa
Thanks, though! - kaijsa
Blerg indeed! - Lily
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?
A search for keyword "terrorism', set to "most widely held' (default for regular WorldCat) brings back a top hit of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I am agog. - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Also, and I know this one is picky, I really loved the ability to eliminate juvenile and fiction from results, especially as WorldCat grew among public libraries. - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
supposedly, and this is a big supposedly, those are on their list to add back in because the ILL folks bitched at them loudly for removing these limiters. - Sir Shuping is just sir
I think I figured out which defaults need to be tweaked to make it work like a real search tool, but I can't believe how much of the unique awesome of WorldCat has been taken away. Phrase searching, without the phrase indices (I know no one knew how to use them, but they were brilliant once you figured them out!). And the personal true love of my library life is the subject exploder. Which is now gone. I feel like LCSH has died for me. - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Newer version of search tool sucks way more than previous version of search tool! (Yes, I have read this story before.) - laura x
(and if I feel this way, I can't even imagine what my faculty are going to feel like!) - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
We haven't switched interfaces, but know the old one is dying. At a webinar for the new look, a colleague leaned over to me and said, "this is a crappy OPAC in a Summon suit." I feel like she summed it up nicely. - kaijsa
Rachel Walden
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.
Congrats! - Jaclyn aka spamgirl from Android
Yay and hi again! Sounds like a great move -- wishing you the best! - RepoRat
hooray hooray hooray! You deserve the change, and you will be awesome. - Jenica
Congratulations! - bentley
congrats! Awesome news! - ellbeecee
awesome sauce - ♫Maurice the Trainer♫
Thanks all! :) I'm pretty excited. In addition to jobby goodness, I'll be about an hour from where I grew up/where my parents still live, and close to the mountains again. - Rachel Walden
Congrats! - John Dupuis
Tell us about the biomedical communications part. I'm curious. - maʀtha
Congratulations! - Jen
Right now, biomedical communications is a digital design and print shop housed inside the medical library. They design & print large-scale items like research posters (including the fabric ones!). They do other signs, displays, table tents, etc. One project they did was to work with a pediatrician to produce a book for his patients. I think there's actually a lot of potential there re:... more... - Rachel Walden
that sounds SO exciting, Rachel. - Jenica
that is cool! - RepoRat
That's awesome! Congratulations on the new gig and best wishes for it to be a great experience! - kaijsa
Oooh. You kinda have a built in makerspace. - maʀtha
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.
ah geez, so what now, deaccession all or buy a player? - Marie
deaccessioning may not solve the problem if people are bringing their own tapes. - RepoRat
Will some staff member (or other) donate/lend the VCR they have sitting in their garage? (Or you can buy a used VCR/DVD combo for $50-$100 or so, or a new one for $100 or less, e.g. - Walt Crawford
We can afford VCRs. The problem is that campus is moving away from VHS altogether, but two or three people are kicking up a fuss. People can bring in whatever they want, but that doesn't mean we have to support it (laser disc, anyone--actually, one prof brings in a LD player and discs on his own). - kaijsa
I guess as long as there are VHS resources that either aren't available on DVD/Blu-ray or that haven't been acquired on disc, the question is whether "moving away" justifies denying access? (I know my answer...) - Walt Crawford
^ this is why we still have VHS in our collection. Miserably-formatted access is better than none, in our media manager's opinion. - Marie
^ this is why my consorita is working on a last copy agreement for VHS. - Holly's favorite Anna
A few years ago, we went through our collection and identified all the VHS and ¾" tape. We determined what was still needed and found suitable replacements, or digitized the original if it was no longer available (this is allowed for educational and cultural institutions under Canadian copyright law), and then removed all the tape from the collection. - DJF from Android
There is demand for a tiny handful of stuff not available on DVD/streaming. I recommended looking into digitizing if we can do it semi-legally. - kaijsa
Anna, I'm interested in hearing what you all decide. The last copy agreements I know of specifically exclude VHS format. - kaijsa
If the VHS items are not reasonably available in commercial form, you may be covered for digitization by Section 108 of copyright law. Here's Mary Minow's commentary (IANAL, but she is): - Walt Crawford
Yeah, we can either digitize but have to keep that in-library, or more likely, deaccession and give the VHS tapes to the people who want to use them so they can show them in classrooms. We don't have large enough classrooms to make an LUO digital film workable for the affected classes. Distance learners are screwed either way. - kaijsa
^Giving the tapes to profs is still a band-aid. They will eventually break and campus will not replace VCRs as they go kaput. - 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
LSW: Joe
Hah. I know which show is 28. "29 Moments Any Librarian Knows Too Well."
WARNING: Buzzfeed clickbait. - Joe
Buzzfeed Clickbait was the original name of Buzz Lightyear. Little-known fact. - Steele Lawman
Unfortunately, I will probably never again have the problem is #16. My current library has a 3-holds limit (not counting items in transit or ready to pickup). Three items! Yes, really. - bentley
I think that's still fallout from the great holds back up from a few years. - Hedgehog
Ah. I didn't know about that. Thanks. - bentley
#24 clearly isn't a *real* librarian. A *real* librarian wouldn't just label all the boxes "Books": they'd include the author range (or LC number or whatever) that they shelve the books by. - Deborah Fitchett
When I moved, all my boxes of books just said books. Between this, not wearing Danskos, and not liking cats, my librarian realness is always called into question. ;) - kaijsa
I also just shelve my books largely at random, with a few "clumps" of favorite authors, etc. - Steele Lawman
(I also don't wear Danskos. I own a cat, but I don't like him terribly much, so I'll give myself half credit on that.) - Steele Lawman
I have alas yet to see any Danskos in New Zealand. They have some gorgeous ones on their website, but buying shoes untested seems like a terrible idea, plus the site doesn't give the general impression of wanting me to buy off them anyway. - Deborah Fitchett
Is anyone here on a Canvas campus?
We are. - Marianne
Have you used it? How do you like it, or what do yo hear? We just got word we are most likely moving off BlackBoard on to Canvas in the next 12-18 months. - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
We are. I like it better than any other LMS I've ever used. - kaijsa
I've barely used it (part of my job is supporting the people who are not as fast to transfer off of Moodle to the new system, so that keeps me pretty focused on Moodle for now). But even as an inexperienced user, I like it far better than Moodle, Blackboard, or D2L (the three other LMS's I've used). I was actually part of the selection committee that picked it from a wide field, and we... more... - Marianne
That's really good to hear! This will be coming from the system, so we haven't had a process to build buy in or make a decision in a communal way. - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
there do seem to be a few printing related challenges, but less than we had on moodle or i had as a recent student using blackboard? also our printers are so borked in multiple ways (plus we have weird printing usage patterns) that I'm extremely hesitant to blame Canvas for even a piece of that... - Marianne
Customer service is leaps and bounds better than what we got from our previous vendor, too. - kaijsa
This makes me feel much better about the possibly moving. Thanks!! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
We might be moving to canvas. I don't know anything about it though. - Joe
LSW: Joe
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...
of Singapore. Basically, the argument is that databases are now so very, very large, searching the full text is now so common negating the need for truncation/synonyms, etc., and relevant ranking/search query processing has gotten so sophisticated, that there are many cases were one gets better search results by ignoring Boolean and/or putting in a bunch of synonyms. The bunch of synonyms and liberal use of truncation actually degrade the results given how relevance web engines work. He gives a number of specific search examples (so in that limited sense, a study). - Joe
I will get the link to the archive once I stop using this iPad. - Joe
I just sent this to our library faculty. Let's see how long it takes for them to come to my door with torches and pitchforks! - LibrarianOnTheLoose
This is excellent, Aaron, and reiterates some of the frustrations we're having with our web-scale service as well as lays out some great examples to illustrate how things work. I'm going to share this with colleagues. - kaijsa
A great piece. Now if there was just a way to determine whether it is the RIGHT set of results rather than how many ... (not at all a criticism of Aaron's work ... just a challenge for the group I'm co-leading at our library). - Lisa Hinchliffe
This is where I grabbed the text above. - Joe
Oh dear. I was really feeling warm and fuzzy when I read your kind words. I respect you guys so much, so this means a lot. - aaron
reviewing article now, as I review S 2.0. Thanks, Aaron for writing it, and Joe for pointing to it. Oh, and the LSW / FF for just being you. :-) - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
laura x
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.
She has so far tried, The Leadership Library (Yellowbook Directories), and but found they have not enough detail or way too much. - laura x
Maybe GuideStar? - Steven M. Cohen
Gale has a "National Directory of Nonprofit Organizations" but we don't subscribe. And try then you can add city name. - Meg VMeg
Yeah, I would also try Guidestar - maʀtha
Do you have Associations Unlimited? You can search by City and NAICS codes, which might help you triangulate what you're looking for. - kaijsa
It looks like you can custom search ReferenceUSA with SIC number 839998 to get only nonprofits. - Meg VMeg
clever - maʀtha
Yeah, I meant SIC for Associations Unlimited, too. Why did I say NAICs? - kaijsa
I thought SIC was depreciated and NAICS ascendant now? - Aaron the Librarian
Maybe that's why I said it, but AU doesn't have a field for NAICS. However, I completely overlooked that it has a nonprofits search. Yay! - kaijsa
yeah, I would investigate ReferenceUSA further too. It always surprises me - in a good way. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Alert to SerSol 360 linker customers! No open URL links are visible in Google Scholar until next week, possibly as late as Tuesday or Wednesday!!!
"For any Summon clients who are using 360 Link please be aware that 360 Link links are currently not appearing in Google Scholar. Google alerted us late Monday that they had a problem retrieving our 360 Link holdings files. This issue was resolved yesterday, but due to the timing that Google uses to update holdings on their end, 360 Link customers will not be seeing links appearing in Google Scholar until Tuesday or Wednesday of next week. We apologize for the inconvenience this causes your customers and are working with Google to ensure this doesn’t happen again." - maʀtha
And may I just say, ACK!! - maʀtha
That explains it. - Joe
EEP - lris
ah geez. - Marie
also, I did not receive any communication about this from the company, so THANK YOU to martha for noting it here. - Marie
Blerg. - kaijsa
Marie -- the text Martha posted was sent to the Summon client listserv from someone at ProQuest. - Holly's favorite Anna
Yes. Got feedback on this early yesterday from many users. It's cold comfort to note we are not alone. Not sure if it is "good" though a small number of vendors are so dominant that when they go down they take out a fair number of the university libraries together. - aaron from Flucso
it's up! - aaron from Flucso
We just started seeing our links in Scholar again, too [eta: though there are some variances with former results - or my memory is faulty - or somehwere the data got munged improperly... plus a few holdings errors that I don't remember seeing before] - Aaron the Librarian
What should I search for in Business Source Premier right now?
economic effects of wolves on livestock - kaijsa
"Note: Your initial search query did not yield any results. However, using SmartText Searching, results were found based on your keywords." - Zamms
First article: Livestock depredation by wolves and the ranching economy in the Northwestern U.S. - Zamms
beer. - Joe
PR Newswire release from something called Reportlinker called "Sweetening The Pils - The Market for Flavored Beer and Beer Mixes" - Zamms
So you were asking for what to put in verbatim? I would have done wolves econ* livestock (I might have put in cattle instead of livestock). - kaijsa
I just wanted some random stuff to search. We updated our proxy settings and needed some inspiration. I thought the initial search query alert was interesting, since I got good search results for the topic even with it! - Zamms
marijuana legalization - Steele Lawman
"How Not to Make a Hash Out of Cannabis Legalization." HA I SAW WHAT WASHINGTON MONTHLY DID THERE! - Zamms
reputation management and health care - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
boring sponges - copystar
Stephanie: "Accountable Cave Organizations Taking Shape." Captain CAAAAAVE ORGANIZATIONS! - Zamms
Copystar: 2 results - 1: The familiar tale of the digital tortoise and the digital hare - "What fun technology had with us last week out here on The Edge, boring sponge-like holes into the brain of our newest, most powerful PC." 2: Cooks turn up their noses at hole-in-the-wall kitchens. - "The trend has been helped along by the new cooking shows that offer hip food, rather than how to make boring sponge cakes and Irish stew." - Zamms
cave organizations?! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Oh, Kaijsa, you're taking me back. - laura x from iPhone
^ :) - kaijsa
Anyone tried the Browzine "Smart Banner" code on their libguides? , surprisingly locked me out until I couldnt edit the boxes.
That's not good. We're trying to decide whether or not to renew Browzine right now, incidentally, - kaijsa
Never mind, got it to work. Out of curiousity if it is possible to disclose, what will your decision be based on? - aaron
Good question. We're trying to get some use data out of them to see if people are actually using it. It doesn't have the key journals some of my faculty want, and I don't see a lot of tablet/smartphone use in some groups. But I don't know exactly how that decision will be made. When asked for a recommendation I said that I don't know enough to advise. - kaijsa
Other than Ulrichs (which is kind of a mess) where would be a good place to look for conferences across disciplines?
I'm not sure I understand the question. - Holly's favorite Anna
I'm trying to compile a list of conferences to monitor, recommend. Right now I have a brute force method, but it seems like this sort of thing should have a database? - kendrak
hahahhahahahahahha .... in my experience, this is really really hard if not impossible. In CS there are some lists and tools but I don't know of any decent ones in engineering. - Christina Pikas
that's what i thought. i was being stupidly optimistic. (in related news... i think we might start publishing something like that.) - kendrak
It's not exactly the same thing, but CFPs may help you identify meetings. and (sub-databases from CSA, your library may have?). - kaijsa
kaijsa, thanks for the tip! i think it kind of helps. different angles and all that. - kendrak
Glad it helped a little! - kaijsa
I don't know how comprehensive etc but might be worth checking out. - Lisa Hinchliffe
laura x
Do you have a MacBook Air? If so, what size, and do you like it?
I have a 4-year-old Air in the big size (13") and I love it. It's still running like new and is on Yosemite, but I've had to replace the charger twice because the cords fray eventually. A good friend got the 11" at the same time and I'm kind of jealous of him because that would fit my purse. - kaijsa
3 year old 11". Its good laptop. Sits by my bed for when the tablet can't cut it. Its also the bedrooms Media center for when the Roku won't cut it. It also is the guest laptop when needed. I don't like people on my main rigs. - Me
Two year old, 13", love it. - Todd Hoff
2012 Macbook Air 13" with 256G SSD. Best laptop I've ever had. - Eric - ill subliminal
I miss my 13" Air. Easily best laptop I ever had. - Jason Griffey from iPhone
I live off of my 2013 11" Air. Can be fully opened on any economy class plane or train on the planet* [*that I've tested it on] - Cameron Neylon
So for someone who has never owned a mac and want to start using what would you recommend? - aaron from Flucso
That depends. If you're using it for normal library stuff, then a macbook air of some size is probably fine. If you're going to be doing media editing on it, then a macbook pro. - DJF from Android
I really just want something I can write on (and check FF on) that doesn't want to install updates for 15 minutes every damn time I open it up. - laura x from iPhone
For writing, do you need Word? Because if not -- especially if Google Docs is an acceptable alternative -- I'd really recommend a Chromebook. Plus, they're super-inexpensive. - Catherine Pellegrino
No, I almost never write in Word (I haven't even owned it in years). I just want a keyboard and trackpad I don't hate and a computer that's not constantly in need of Windows updates. - laura x from iPhone
I still use the 2010 11". I still love it. The battery could be better. - Rodfather from Android
We got J this one about 6 months ago, and I use it for Google Apps work stuff sometimes, and it's been lovely: extremely portable and reliable, no (noticable) updates. Can't say whether you'd hate the trackpad, though: - Catherine Pellegrino
I'm LOVING my new Chromebook 11 for writing!!! - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
I have a Chromebook and it's good for web surfing stuff, but the sound and trackpad are so inferior to my Air that I rarely use it. I use mine mostly in the kitchen with recipes. Can't beat the price, though. - kaijsa
Yeah, the price is great, but so was the price on my current laptop, which I hate. Maybe I'll brave Best Buy tomorrow and see if I can try some things out. - laura x from iPhone
If you're willing to pay more for a better machine, I am biased toward recommending a Mac. - kaijsa
Macs cost more than cheap laptops. They also last two or three times longer than cheap laptops. - DJF
I adore my 13" Air. And I also am quite fond of the gaming laptop we have at home, but my hatred for its constant need for Windows updates is unspeakable. So if you don't need the graphics or processing power of something more robust, the Air is, IMO, unbeatable. - Jenica
Windows updates take forever, too. - kaijsa
Mac all the way. Jojo (son) loves his Air. I have a 13" non-Retina Pro that I'll trade in for a 15" Retina this summer (it's a VAR program here where I trade in the machine every two years). Because Macs last longer when you're not driving it into the ground with giant image and video files and hundreds of megs of font files, you can save a few hundred dollars by buying a refurb from Apple or a machine that's a couple years old from or - Mary B: #TeamMonique
2 yr old 13" MacBook Air - Best thing I've ever owned. - SAM
I made my wife and parents all get 13" MBAs. They like 'em just fine. My parents travel at least two-three times a year so they really like the lightness. - rönin
Wow. You *made* your wife get a specific computer. I've only been married 36.9 years so far; I can't even imagine *making* my wife buy a specific computer (or much of anything else). (OK, so we're both happy Windows users, even with the usually-once-a-month updates.) - Walt Crawford
And, admittedly, if I was traveling a lot I'd probably buy a lighter machine. It would probably be a Chromebook. - Walt Crawford
Tech stuff are the only things I can get away w/doing that. She just doesn't care w/computers & phones. I just hand her things, "Here, use this." Anything else in the house though, forget about it. - rönin
Until my current machine, I've always had Macs at home. I decided to save money last time I got a computer and I have been regretting it ever since. I've gone back to writing by hand because I know by the time the current machine gets going, I'll have forgotten my idea. Mostly I'm wondering if people find the Air a satisfying alternative to a MacBook Pro, which I don't want to pay for. - laura x from iPhone
It doesn't have the retina screen, otherwise I like mine (13 in) - maʀtha
Laura, the biggest differences between the air and the pro are the optical drive and the number of ports. If you don't use cds/dvds, and don't plug a lot of stuff into your computer, then you can get away with an air. I got a pro because I needed those extra connections. - DJF
Thanks--that was my impression, but I wanted to be sure I wasn't missing something I should be thinking about. Now I just have to find some money hiding under a rock or something. - laura x from iPhone
well, the pro also has a faster processor, but that's not a problem if all you're doing is web/email/youtube/netflix. - DJF
If you buy an Air, I've heard that getting extra RAM will make the computer last much longer (i.e., you'll have room for OS upgrades and new applications). You can also buy discounted Applecare on Ebay (though you should use PayPal and "beware fraudulent sellers" : ). These are all my plans when I get around to replacing my MacBook with an Air. - Meg VMeg
You can also get extra RAM and flash memory later. My bro is a Genius and is going to help me upgrade my Air (I might put in a faster processor, too). I'd love the retina screen, but can't justify replacing a machine that runs almost perfectly even if it's getting old. Correction: he's a Creative who works Genius a few hours a week. Sorry, Brother. - kaijsa
DJF: no more cd/dvd drives in the MacBook pro, fwiw...haven't been for a couple of cycles now. - Jason Griffey from iPhone
Kaijsa: you can't actually get new RAM for the Air...the ram is soldered to the motherboard, not slotted. I'm fairly sure even the Geniuses don't do that level of hardware work. - Jason Griffey from iPhone
Yeah, he just corrected me and said I can add bigger flash memory but not RAM. This is okay for my purposes. - kaijsa
So I assume I would then want to start with the largest amount of RAM possible? - laura x
^^ yes. And I TOTALLY support a MacBook Air - I LURVE mine. It's so light for conferences & so much easier to type on than a tablet. It's pricey tho, but worth it, imho. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
I have the latest 15" MacBook Pro, and I like it much better than the previous version I had. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Get the best standard config MacBook air (ie they sell four models at Best Buy, the best one) as d you should be good for the life of the laptop. - Eric - ill subliminal from iPhone
I'm going with the 13" with 8GB. I thought about the 11", but I think that's a little too small even for me. Thanks, everyone! - laura x
Awesome call. I would advocate for those 2 extra inches pretty aggressively. Makes all the difference. - SAM
I'm late to the party, but I'd like to comment that the 13" MBA's 12 hour battery life is amaaaaaazing! Very comfortable with all day usage without a power adapter. - Arlan K.
My new giant iMac came in 6 weeks ago, and IT still hasn't joined it to the domain. Today I'm attempting to do it myself. IT wants us all to be Windows, but they will fail at wearing me down.
Success! Damn the man! - kaijsa
while it's fresh in your mind, scribble down the steps somewhere. Evernote is where I do this. - RepoRat
It was stupid easy. I connected the external drive that has my Time Machine backups and set it up from there. The domain settings transferred over. It took longer to get it out of the box and remove all the plastic than it did to get to the login screen. - kaijsa
Haha. I just got a satisfaction survey from IT after contacting them to say I don't need them. How to fill that out... - kaijsa
Very negatively, since they didn't respond to your request. - DJF from Android
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