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Meg VMeg
Today I got to show how bad an expensive thing's search algorithm/logic was, to the person who made the thing, in front of people much more important than I am.
I felt bad, but what could I do? Socialization is a bitch. - Meg VMeg
Usually I only get to demonstrate how bad things are to vendor reps at conferences. They're always terribly distraught but so far it's never really helped anything. - Deborah Fitchett
Awesome. - laura x from iPhone
You're a good egg, Meg. - Stephen Francoeur
it's a dirty job, but somebody's gotta do it. - RepoRat
If the person is interested in building a good Thing, you did him/her a huge favor. - barbara fister
It's Here! The NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Library Edition | The New Media Consortium -
Do you find this useful? - Hedgehog from Bookmarklet
Not really. Usually, I like the NMC reports. This one is striking a very meh note for me. - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
I was part of the panel that essentially voted on the various technologies and where they ended up in the various rankings. The downside to this kind of averaging out of multiple opinions is that if you're living this stuff every day, nothing that comes out in the report is particularly surprising. I believe a couple of other LSWers were also involved. - John Dupuis
John, maybe that's it? That there's not much "breaking news" but it's much the stuff I work in hear.about fairly regularly. I will shift my feeling to "validated"!! (I think also, I have a general meh response to a lot of "libraries in aggregate' reports, probably for the same reasons) - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
I usually find the Horizon Report useful as a tool for opening conversations, rather than as breaking news. I've had this one open for a couple of days, but haven't had time to look at it yet. Glad to see something focusing on libraries, though! - kaijsa
I also found this to be a little lacking in "breaking news". It's tough to brand your report as "identifying emerging technologies", because then you have to identify emerging technologies, when I think now we're rather in a period of wide adoption of emerging tech that's been around for quite some time. I thought the challenges section was nicely done, and each trend had a good... more... - Regular Amanda
Was in the NMC panel too. I guess If you are the type that keeps your ears and eyes open by reading twitter,blog,LSW, mailing lists aka the typical LSWer - I would expect you won't find anything news breaking given that this is in our domain area. It's the same thing when attending some conferences, I suppose - where you may find some attendees going "wow, this is so amazing" and you are internally going "meh" because you read about it already. - aaron
I will be adding this to my librarybox - ♫Robot Chicken, Trainer♫ from Android
Thinking about this more, Kaijsa's point is a good one: these are good overviews that can be used to start good conversations. I feel like maybe I was overly negative yesterday. - Regular Amanda from Android
Catherine Pellegrino
YOU GUYS. Big Research University Across The Street apparently now has guest wifi. This is (or may be) a total game-changer.
It has yet to be determined whether that guest wifi also confers access to licensed electronic resources, but I'm about to test that out. - Catherine Pellegrino
Let us know!!! - laura x
Can you connect to their guest wifi from within your library? That would be wonderful/evil. - Steele Lawman
Nah, we're way too far away. ("Across the street" is actually a mile+). But they've NEVER had guest wifi before, so this is HUGE. - Catherine Pellegrino
signal booster? - ♫Robot Chicken, Trainer♫
rogue mesh network! - RepoRat
excellent. - MariWeaver
Come on out to Denver. We have guest wifi. - Joe
We have guest wifi, too! With access to e-resources. - kaijsa
No guest wifi, no eresources....over here.... - aaron
We have guest wifi. Access to e-resources depends on which IP range we've given vendors, which depends on our license. - Deborah Fitchett
Heh. Dean of the Big Research Library Across The Street confirms that guest wifi does not confer access to licensed resources. If they want to use BRLATS's e-resources, our faculty and students are still limited to the two "guest" workstations with no printing or access to email. - Catherine Pellegrino
That's bogus. We count guest wifi users as walk-in users--they get the same privileges as anyone who walks in and uses one of our computers. Which means full access to all our e-resources. Or is this another of those public uni vs. private uni things that I just can't seem to wrap my head around? - Kirsten
I have no idea. My experience has been that large private research universities can get VERY growly about random walk-in users, and this is no exception. Where it really burns me, though, is that they're treating our faculty and students -- who have full borrowing privileges with their print collection, co-register in their classes, etc. -- the same as random walk-in users. - Catherine Pellegrino
Oy. Yeah, that's messy and confusing. And y'all are probably the ones who have to explain it to your students most, even though it isn't a policy you can do anything about. Frustrating. - Kirsten
Seconding what Kirsten says. If you're in university guest wifi range, you're a walk-in user. There are maybe a few things that don't work on guest network, but that's because they need individual accounts and only university emails work for those. - kaijsa
Oh, I just caught that this uni is private (reading comprehension, may I have some?). Yeah, that makes a big difference, I think. Still, if your students can register for their classes, seems like they should get to use the network when ON CAMPUS. Jeez. - kaijsa
No printing/email is even meaner than my private academic library is to walk-ins. - Steele Lawman
We are a tier or three below ND, but even as a private U, our guest wifi provides access to our resources, even for walkins. - Joe
Sounds like ACRL proposal decisions are coming today. Who's in? Report here!
One panel accepted, the other rejected. This is good, as I wasn't as enthused about the second. - kaijsa
Rejection here. :-( (It was a co-authored thing; I wouldn't have been able to go anyway) - Megan loves summer
Preconference rejected. Should mean RDAP is a go for me then financially, so I'm okay with that. - Hedgehog
rejected. - jambina
rejected too. Glad I'm in good company :) - copystar
This is why we need to do an LSW online conference. There is no need to hide the ideas and presentations of you awesome folk. - Joe
one rejected, one accepted (should add that i was not the lead on either - other folks did the heavy lifting) - barbara fister
A panel accepted. - Sarah from FreshFeed
rejected - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Catherine Pellegrino
Posted the Fall reference desk schedule this morning. Now frenetically deleting trade request emails.
Steele Lawman
"Never ask a rhetorical question of a librarian!" - Amanda, the college assessment guru.
Mea culpa. - Meg VMeg
Dear Student Research Assistant: Unfortunately we won't be able to get that book your prof wants fast enough, but don't worry, what he wanted to do with it is illegal anyway. Love, Me.
Kaijsa sighting at the Library Assessment Conference!
Aww. I was internetless, mostly. I enjoyed my Marie sighting! - kaijsa
ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
Squee, y'all. Crunching through dissertation data, and there is actual interesting stuff in here to back up anecdatal complaints about library leadership/management. This might actually prove *useful* in terms of defining the gap so we can solve it. Hunh.
prepping to talk to a bunch of pr faculty tomorrow. I love doing the orientations BEFORE school starts. Esp. for the group o' faculty that provides most of my instruction business!!
7 days of unread email: first pass took from 9:05-11:07am. Do you think I regret even for one nanosecond not answering anything while on vacation? Did I miss anything here/in LSW since the 19th?
I first read that as "7 days of undead email." - Regular Amanda
Undead email sounds way scarier than zombies. ::shudder:: - YvonneM
B. LB.
Taking a research day and opening a book to find Steve's article on his History and Future of the Book class, as you do.
Neat! - Steele Lawman
I have to confess that I've checked out _Past Or Portal?_ at least three times but haven't actually opened it until today. - B. LB. from Android
If you are interested in using special collections in concert with a history of the book class, feel free to ask me questions. I can pass them along to Jessy, my co-author and co-teacher. - Steele Lawman
Thanks, Steve. My class is more of an intro to archives, but I'll keep that in mind! :) - B. LB. from Android
ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
Sent an email to IT about getting access to Qualtrics for a study I want to do this fall. Got an email *SIX MINUTES* later with an individual log-in & temp pw, links to training, and links to IRB. Bonus of working on small and young campus - shit gets done FAST.
(On my first day, when I walked in, my computer was up and running with a working login, I had access to all shared drives, I had Outlook, etc., my key was waiting for me. Crazy business. I love it.) - ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
How fantastic! - Galadriel C. from Android
laura x
Found at the library today. Label reads "Files from old computer index--see 'Computer Files' pre Y2K."
this would make a good slide for something - maʀtha
CC-BY. :D - laura x
I'm looking for a really good online tutorial on MLA citation style. Does such a thing exist?
Dang, I was just going to steal yours. ;) - kaijsa
Oh wow, I just found my notes and handouts from my very first library instruction session! And man oh man have I learned a lot since then...
I covered everything and the kitchen sink in 20 minutes. Hold onto your hats!!! - lris
I kind of think that my library instruction career has been a consistent trend towards covering less and less as time goes on. By the time I retire I probably won't be teaching anything at all. - Catherine Pellegrino
You must be faculty... - Aaron the Librarian
Catherine Pellegrino
Member of the Week: Marie R. Kennedy -
Member of the Week: Marie R. Kennedy
Look who's the ACRL Member of the Week! And she name-checks Laura X's book, too. - Catherine Pellegrino from Bookmarklet
Holy wow! Thank you, Marie! And go you! - laura x from iPhone
full of win - maʀtha
and look! it's a picture of me without food on my face! - Marie
well, that just removes half the fun - RepoRat
there could be spinach in your teeth, we can't tell - maʀtha
So awesomeness! - Jen
*dies of cute* - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
Happy dance in honor of the awesomeness that is Marie! - Galadriel C. from Android
Marie is my ERL idol. - kaijsa
*waves tiny "Yay" flag* - B. LB. from Android
Thinking of making this an animated gif by shopping in a cheerio fang for a second about ever 20-30 seconds. Also, maybe a blink. - Joe
^ LOL - Marie from iPhone
I want to know what things Marie DOESN'T do well. She's kind of amazing. - Holly's favorite Anna
I see you, Anna. - Marie
Yay - Julian
laura x
My book is checked out in Madison, Laramie, Syracuse, Iowa City, and my library. You cannot check it out from Harvard, but you can look at it in the library.
Meg VMeg
I hope we all know never to say the word "e-science" to anyone even remotely involved with science. Ever.
What happened? - Joe
Yeah you gotta use Science 2.0 instead, - John Dupuis from iPhone
Catherine Pellegrino
I may or may not have stood up and cheered upon encountering ACRL Threshold Concept #4 ("Authority is constructed & contextual.")
Says you ;) - Aaron the Librarian
Indeed. (And in fact, am I not by this very post admitting that I am just now getting around to reading the silly things? I undermine my own authority by the very act of posting. I'm so postmodern I can't stand myself.) - Catherine Pellegrino
I tend to try to be pre-post post-modern, personally - but it does get confusing every now and always. (also, you're an authority now, so you can't get out of it) - Aaron the Librarian
You also undermine their authority by pointing out that you haven't read them until now. Obviously you were doing quite well without them. "Who needs the ACRL when you have the LSW?" :D - Marianne
^ heh heh heh ++Marianne - Aaron the Librarian
"Framework? We don't need no steenkin' Framework!" :) Hey, y'all, if you haven't read the Carleton/St. Olaf joint response to the Draft Framework, you really should: Iris et al. make some excellent points and really helped me focus my thinking on what was valuable in there and what was head-scratchin' material: - Catherine Pellegrino
Troy posted w some additional info (unofficial) re how being framed now. I also commented. I'm concerned. - Lisa Hinchliffe
Hm. So, if I'm understanding the post that Lisa linked above correctly (and it gets a bit convoluted in here, so apologies if I go astray): certain unnamed critics of the ACRL Framework are criticizing it because, in order for the Threshold Concepts to be true Threshold Concepts, they need to be "bounded" (in addition to a bunch of other adjectives like "integrative" and my favorite,... more... - Catherine Pellegrino
I guess I have several thoughts on this, some more relevant than others: A) It would have been helpful if Troy had linked to, quoted, or otherwise specifically referenced at least one of these criticisms, rather than paraphrasing them, because I'm having a hard time making sense of the argument without a specific reference. B) I'm not sure I agree with Troy that IL is a discipline. C) I... more... - Catherine Pellegrino
I don't agree that IL is a discipline, but do think it lives within each of the disciplines and gets expressed differently depending on each. That's as bounded as I need it to be to buy in. - kaijsa
I also don't entirely agree with Lisa's comment on the blog post she linked above ( where she says that "our goal is to advance students in the 'abilities, practices, and dispositions' of the field(s) that they are studying." While... more... - Catherine Pellegrino
If you can't meet at the requirements of being TCs, then you don't have TCs and shouldn't label them TCs. Here's comments I sent in to the draft that says a bit more: - Lisa Hinchliffe
(#s refer to the Q #s in the feedback form - sorry I didn't copy the Q; most relevant is my #5 response. I presume I am one of the unnamed...) - Lisa Hinchliffe
#3 - I would like to see these sections articulate process for developing robust experiences for students. Many of the examples are so low-level right now I could never show this document to my faculty or they will think I am proposing remedial education. I would also like to see guidance to avoid the idea that "here is how to teach a TC in 50 minutes" - the theory of TCs says that they... more... - Lisa Hinchliffe
For those on Twitter, there was a fair bit of discussion re the Framework in last night's #CritLib discussion. I suppose you don't really have to be on twitter given the hashtag and search! - Lisa Hinchliffe
Hi Lisa -- thank you for including your comments here! I think I have a better understanding now of the issues and challenges of framing the new document in terms of Threshold Concepts, so that helps a lot, and I share your concerns about the "what next?" aspect of the "threshold" part of Threshold Concepts. I guess I'm not as personally invested in the theoretical aspects of what the... more... - Catherine Pellegrino
Let me offer one thought on why I think the theoretical aspects do matter. Librarians are often concerned with our credibility as collaborators. What happens to that if the "new document claims to be" a "particular kind of construct" but isn't? - Lisa Hinchliffe
BTW, pretty sure your #1-3 are exactly what librarians said the Standards would do for us when they were created. FWIW, I don't think it has been the Standards document that has been holding us back. AND - thank you for reading what I wrote and considering it. I do appreciate that immensely! - Lisa Hinchliffe
Hm. Even more to think about here -- thank you! (I kind of wonder if anyone else is even paying attention at this point. :) ) Okay, so if the new document claims to be a particular kind of construct and then isn't, we lose face with faculty for being theoretically/methodologically sloppy? I guess I can see where that would be a problem, though I honestly don't think that the faculty I... more... - Catherine Pellegrino
And that's fascinating about how the 2000-era Standards were framed as a tool for collaboration with faculty. I wasn't a librarian then, so wasn't a part of those conversations, but I can see where that might have been an important part of the discourse at that time. I wonder if it says more about where educational theory and scholarship has gone in the intervening 14 years that the... more... - Catherine Pellegrino
You can really see the thinking of the time if you look at the Objectives document that was developed to pair with the Standards. Especially the Appendix. - Lisa Hinchliffe
So, what do I think would help? Bluntly - allocation of resources. I take some hope from the ITHAKA Library Directors survey on where they plan to hire. But, there is also the problem of the Coordinator Syndrome (well articulated by GaviaLib - So, give me staff, a unit, and a budget. Those are the things we get done in libraries.... more... - Lisa Hinchliffe
FWIW, I am also concerned with ACRL's standing as a professional organization in the realm of higher education associations. To me, the framework is, dissonant, for example with the Degree Qualifications Profile, the AAC&U VALUE (Valid Assessment of Undergraduate Education) Initiative, etc. But, all things the same - there is no need to withdraw the standards to have the framework. So,... more... - Lisa Hinchliffe
(I am reading this & appreciate the comments … no brain to add to the conversation, but thanks for having it!) - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Well worth your time to read if you want to know more about concerns.Note that Lane was on the TF and resigned (he explains) - - Lisa Hinchliffe
Last day of my graduate assistantship! Best part of library school hands down, but *man* did these two years whiz by...
Yeah, you just graduated from Carleton last week, right? - lris
I'm not even sure where I am right now. - Lily
Lily, what happens next? - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Moving back to NYC in two weeks, job updates (hopefully) soon to follow! - Lily
Oooooh, are you looking for jobs here? What kind! DM me, if you want any help. - Meg VMeg
Congrats! "ACRL announces the publication of The Embedded Librarian's Cookbook, edited by Kaijsa Calkins and Cassandra Kvenild."
Any Chapter authors from the LSW as well? (other than Kaijsa and Cassandra...) - Joe
Thanks, Joe. I don't think any of our authors are in LSW, but my mind may be blanking. - kaijsa
Is that the LISNews Blake Carver? He's around here. - ellbeecee
Blake, you need to update your WP. - Joe
Hey now. Are you book signing at the big shindig next week? - ♫Robot Chicken, Trainer♫
Right! I can't believe I forgot Blake--my brain is overloaded. - kaijsa
I'm not doing a signing, but if you buy a copy, you should definitely get any of the authors you see to sign their chapters. We had so many amazing librarians contribute to this book. I'm very grateful. - kaijsa
also, I did my undergrad with Jenn Kelley - she's awesome :) - ellbeecee
Deborah Fitchett
TGIF: How many librarians does it take to figure out that the reason a patron can't get access to a J of Hydrologic Engineering article is because we actually subscribe to the J of Hydraulic Engineering? Go on. Guess.
6 plus three levels of supervisor. - ♫Robot Chicken, Trainer♫
Oy. That's an easy mistake to make! - Kirsten
I... don't see a difference? It's all engineering at some level... - Aaron the Librarian
"You searched for Hydrologic. Did you mean Hydraulic?" - ellbeecee
I would totally make that mistake. Probably more than once. - Regular Amanda
FTR, the liaison librarian and the library IT person (me) missed it; the serials librarian spotted it. - Deborah Fitchett
OH HEY look what's on the new book shelf at the SLIS library: And look at that chapter written by our own Hedgehog Librarian!
(I wouldn't be surprised if there was more LSW involvement -- I had like five seconds to scan the ToC because conference call. If you're in the book too, speak up!) - RepoRat
Not LSWers (so far as I know), but Kim Duckett and Scott Warren are friends of mine from MFPOW -- super-smart people and all-around good eggs. - Catherine Pellegrino
I really enjoyed reading that book-totally full of smarties. Cheryl Ball (not a librarian) came to mpow to speak at a digital humanities symposium a couple years ago and I so thoroughly enjoyed talking to her and wish we worked at the same uni. - kaijsa
:D If you don't have a copy of the book but would like to read my chapter, the OA version is here This was a great process--the default was limited license to them. - Hedgehog
I love that the entire book, save one chapter, is available OA. So smart! - kaijsa
This tagline in INDIGO makes me laugh, though: "Items in INDIGO are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated." - Aaron the Librarian
Yeah..we're supposed to be able to mark stuff w/ a creative commons license but not sure if that has ever worked in my time there - Hedgehog from Android
Remember a million years ago when my team was awarded the IMLS grant to create the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship? It starts next Monday!
Congratulations. It's a tough road. - RepoRat
Woooo! - Joe
So excited that this is happening, best of luck! - Galadriel C.
Thank you! We are like kids in a candy store, waiting to see how it all turns out. - Marie
I will not take on my students' procrastination as my own anxiety. I will not take on my students' procrastination as my own anxiety. I will not take on my students' procrastination as my own anxiety... #finals
My own procrastination,on the other hand ... oh, say, would like some of my anxiety? You're so helpful, thanks. - barbara fister
Yeah, I just got a panicked annotated-bib-due-tonight email. That I'm posting this during the 10 free minutes I have to shove a luna bar in my mouth before the desk tells you a bit about how sympathetic I'm feeling. - kaijsa
Jaclyn aka spamgirl
Iris just got name checked by our instructional design candidate as being one of her inspirations.
Obviously a stellar candidate who is on the ball. - barbara fister
Clearly I should meet this Iris person. - lris from iPod
laura x
People, I need your reference help. #toddlerx has questions. Perhaps you have answers!
1) What water doing? - laura x
2) What door doing? - laura x
3) What cat doing? - laura x
Flowing, where it's going, there's no way of knowing (i) - Pete
Defining in and out (ii) - Pete
3) whatever it wants to do. - Katy S from iPhone
That is a mystery to all for all time (iii) - Pete
Pete has awesome answers! Channel Pete! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Answer all 3 with the question "What do you think it's doing?" - April Russo
(3) Cat judging you. - Regular Amanda from Android
1) Being water. 2) Being door. 3) Being cat. #zen - RepoRat
1 Being 2 Being 3 Being #heidegger - Pete
We need to get J and #toddlerx together. It would be an excellent object lesson for J in why his questions are SO GODDAMN EXHAUSTING. - Catherine Pellegrino
Either that, or they'd cure cancer. - Meg VMeg
Either way I'm for it. Damn 7 hour drive. - laura x from iPhone
Oh wait. Google tells me it's only 5 hours. Damn 5 hour drive. Though we could in theory do that some weekend. - laura x from iPhone
Maybe there's a playground halfway between? - Catherine Pellegrino
How about Starved Rock? - Betsy
With a toddler I bet it's at least a 7 hour drive. At least. - Deborah Fitchett
What Laura and Catherine doing? - Joe
Water is emoting, door is blocking, cat is cat - FLEMING from Android
Aaron the Librarian
Double checking myself before answering an easy copyright question: reproducing an image from a 1917 newspaper is fine because public domain. Right?
In the U.S., yep. - lris
Addendum, reproducing a reproduction may not be fine. But reproducing the thing itself: totally public domain. - lris
Reproducing a reproduction ("slavish copy") is also fine. Though many museums commit copyfraud on this point. - JffKrlsn from Android
Except if the reproduction is governed by a license agreement, as is pretty much all digital content. License trumps copyright. - lris
If there is a license agreement in the way, it would be slavishly reproducing a reproduction anyway ;) Thanks for the addendum, I think that's what was poking me that I couldn't think of - Aaron the Librarian from Android
To clarify, while contracts do generally trump copyright, not every contract is valid, and you may not actually be a party to the contract. A museum can post reproductions of public domain art on its website and say, "By using this website, you agree that if you use these images you will include x information". But that is likely not a valid, enforceable contract. The reproduction... more... - JffKrlsn
Turns out this was the author creating/saving a TIFF of a political cartoon from a physical microfilm copy of a local newspaper from 1917. So, totally public domain. My response above Jeff's was meant in jest about a digital microfilm copy downloaded and cropped from a licensed archival database :) - Aaron the Librarian
Meg VMeg
<3 - RepoRat
yes you are!!! - maʀtha
so close... - jambina
I am resisting all urges here to be funny... - Julian
That really is one of those "can't unsee it" images. - Catherine Pellegrino
Apparently, the architect was shooting for "peacock". Seriously. - DJF from Android
Turkey. Totally. - maʀtha
Is that cranberry sauce I see? Perhaps stuffing? - Julian
It's a seriously fantastic space. Great signage. - Meg VMeg
If you head a block west from there, along Harbord street to just past Spadina, you'll find Bakka Books, the best science fiction bookstore in Canada. - DJF from Android
BMV on Bloor just west of Spadina is also a huge cornucopia used/remainder bookstore. - John Dupuis
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