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laura x
This morning I am doing some book talks for a library school class on public libraries. Should I mention that this is the first time I've ever been asked to do book talks in my public library career?
Yes. - RepoRat
Mind you, I absolutely think you should be able to talk about books, but on-the-fly, 30 second interactions with patrons are a much more likely scenario than formal book talks. - laura x from iPhone
I would like to teach a session on How to Talk to Reporters. - laura x from iPhone
That was so fun! They were all so young and adorable! They had so many questions! I got to disabuse them of so many notions! - laura x
Glad it went well! - Kirsten
Oh, how very cool. I love disabusing people of notions! - Catherine Pellegrino
"I hate to say this to you all, since you're in school and I'm sure are working very hard, but really, nobody cares what classes you took or what your grade point average was. You can put those on your resume if you want, but I'm not going to look at them." - laura x
And no, no I don't pick out books for the mystery group with the goal of improving their minds and furthering their education. - laura x
I will say that going into the Main Library did make me feel more Gorman-y than I've ever felt before. The main floor has been totally remodeled with group study spaces and a gazillion touchscreens and all that other collaborative learning commons stuff, and I breathed such a sigh of relief when I got to the third floor and found the dim stacks full of bound periodicals. - laura x
The only people I know who regularly do book talks are school librarians and they have a captive audience. - Katy S from iPhone
One of my staff members was in the class, and he told me when he got to work that my book talks were much more engaging than the ones that they watched a recording of (done by another local librarian). I am ever so slightly chuffed. - laura x
Out of curiosity: do public library job interviews ever include book talks by the candidate? - RepoRat
I think children's departments sometimes have people do book talks or story times. I think maybe I once got asked about what I was reading. - laura x
I did once do an impromptu book talk for a selection of books to help a kids' book club decide which books they wanted to read for their group. While it's good to know how to prepare one, I think it's more important to be able to be able to do it on the fly. Obviously, this means knowing your collection reasonably well. - Katy S
Catherine Pellegrino
EEBO fans at undersourced libraries, rejoice! (with modified rapture): 25,000 Early English Books Open to Public | U-M Library -
"The texts of the first printed editions of Shakespeare, Chaucer, and Milton as well as lesser-known titles from the early modern era can now be freely read by anyone with an Internet connection. The University of Michigan Library, the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries and ProQuest have made public more than 25,000 manually transcribed texts from the first 200 years of the printed book (1473-1700). These texts represent a significant portion of the estimated total output of English-language work published during the first two centuries of printing in England." - Catherine Pellegrino from Bookmarklet
Jaclyn aka spamgirl
Presentation to Council of Deans about Open Access scheduled for next week. Everyone cross your fingers for us. #oa
Would love to hear more about what approach you are taking and how it is received. Fingers crossed for you. - Jen
Ran into a faculty member on the train last night who had been reading a New Yorker article (this one - ) about permanently saving things online. She was fascinated by the Internet Archive along with - which is new to me (that doesn't mean I didn't just miss conversations ...
...about it before. I have no questions, really. It was just nice to see one of the business faculty all excited about this. :) - ellbeecee
It's a nice article to share with folks for whom the idea of link rot and reference rot is a new thing. - Stephen Francoeur
laura x
I had forgotten how awful the ref desk is on Sundays. I have now thanked all the people who work this shift far more often than I do for handling it with such grace.
Sunday = full of suck. Yes. - Louise "Weezy" Alcorn
Because I'm truly clueless: why is Sunday so bad? - RepoRat
It's 10.5 hours packed into 4 hours, plus extra because it's the weekend. Not enough stuff (computers, study rooms, headphones...) or enough librarian to go around. - laura x from iPhone
For public libraries, it was our busiest day of the week. LSE was open 4 hours when I worked there and it was PACKED from the second the doors opened til they shut. - Hedgehog
So you've got a room full of people with minimal computer skills, all of whom have to get shit done on shakey thin clients in a very short time period. - laura x from iPhone
And homework assignments due Monday which require 3 books, all 100+ pages, on the topic of zippers, for a 1st grader. - Hedgehog
... got it. wow. - RepoRat
Sympathies. Sunday's kind of a shitshow at my library, too, because after a weekend of sloth and partying, students realize they have things due on Mondays and become stressed and demanding. Is this universal? - kaijsa
Every time someone suggests we close on Sunday to save money, we laugh and laugh. - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
kajisa: Same thing happened when I worked at the university library years ago. Sunday 9pm, and they desperately need a book that is kept in the storage facility that doesn't open until 1 hour after their paper is due tomorrow morning. - bentley
Dutifully came out of office cave so I could send student worker off to do stacks-work. Promptly rewarded with repeat-visitor reader's advisory ("I really liked the book you recommended last time...") and a visit from one of my favorite professors I don't actually know at all. :D
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
Major shout-out to Aaron and his work with NUS on discovery in this meeting I'm in. "One of our aspirational models" for working with discovery. :)
Thanks, wasn't all me. My colleagues did the work too. See my next blog post - aaron
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
*Deep breath* - Just did Step VI: Moving your LibGuides v.1 site to its new domain. One more step to go for Libguides v2 migration
I just finish our migration yesterday. Hang in there, the tedium is not over yet! (Fixing all the v1 links took me a while.) - lris from Android
We migrated yesterday, too! I'm working on the v1 links as well. - Stephen Francoeur
All I can say is, watch out for the differences between the URLs on the editing interface and the public interface. Also for URLs from v1 that start aecontent.php. - lris
We are live. The main issue we having is when people used friendly urls pointing to pages/tabs (as opposed to the guide). V2 friendly links are all <domain>.<guidefriendly>.<whateverfriendlyyouchose>, but if you are linking to pages/tabs using friendlyurls that dont follow that format, it will break. - aaron
We have film shoots in our library a few times a year, but I think this is my favorite so far:
We have film shoots in our library a few times a year, but I think this is my favorite so far:
The most recent issue of the alumni magazine from my undergrad announced this. It's just JSTOR though.
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Christina Pikas
Catherine Pellegrino
The Paper Boxes Project, after one semester: (Original post:
I have J with me at work this morning because C's grades are due at noon and he's not done. J is now building a fort with the boxes. <3 <3 <3 - Catherine Pellegrino
Wow... - Hedgehog
Catherine Pellegrino
Well done! - Catherine Pellegrino
Note to self: Check tumblr more frequently now. :D - laura x
@mathowie replied to @jessamyn citing this one, which really really deserves to be posted to the Tumblr: - Catherine Pellegrino
^ nice one. - Marie
Done. (And thank you for following Twitter so I don't have to!) - laura x
Going live with Libguides2 today. Wish us luck!
luck! - Marianne
Wishing. - Joe
It's Laurax's birthday!!!!!
happy day! - ellbeecee
Happy Birthday Laura X!! - Hedgehog
happy birthday Ms X!! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
happy birthday! - RepoRat
Many happy returns of the Xday! - Lily
Happy birthday :-) - Pete from FFHound(roid)!
X marks the birthday. - ♫Maurice the Trainer♫
Happiest birthday to my dear friend and very favorite Laurax! May this year bring you perfect steaks, lots of sleep, and good writing time. - maʀtha
Happy birthday, Laura! - Steele Lawman
Happy birthday, comrade! - kendrak
Happy birthday! - Jen
Happy day and happy birthday too! - Galadriel C.
happy happy happy! - Jenica
Happy birthday, fellow Laurabrarian! - Laurie Boots
Have a glass of wine. No, not that size, a BIG glass of wine. You deserve it. - Stephen Francoeur
An extremely happy birthday to you! - Catherine Pellegrino
Thank you, one and all! - laura x
Happy Birthday! - Katy S
Happy birthday! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
laura x
My friends send the best cards.
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"It's been a great party... but as soon as I find my panties I really must go." - laura x
Steele Lawman
Remember, kids; when a student comes in and says "my professor recommended I read an article in [publication] by [author] about [subject], that they read [time period] ago," at least one of those variables is certain to be incorrect.
Only one? - Aaron the Librarian
Oh, you said *at least* ... alrighty then :) - Aaron the Librarian
That should also be "an [article]". - Deborah Fitchett
The public library version is "My friend recommended [title] by [author]. The book cover is [color] and it's about [plot]." - Andy
You know what I love most about this? I bet in 90% + of the cases we can find the book/article/etc. for them... - Lisa Hinchliffe
The straw that broke auto-suggest's back. We've turned it off, we're so frustrated by it.
Yes! - Kirsten
I dunno, I know people who'd watch that movie. - RepoRat
i LOLed here and i had food in my mouth! there should be laugh warnings on these posts... - Marie
So is a penis labyrinth what the kids are calling a vagina these days? - Steve C Team Marina
A penis labyrinth is the pentagon #satire - Pete
you two are just full of beans today, aren't you? Edit: though you are also near the top of your game - MoTO: #TeamMarina
lololol - Rachel Walden
I suspected some of y'all would run with this one. - Kirsten
Somewhere someone is making a porn parody of Pan's Labyrinth with this title... - Pete
Rule 34, Pete - Aaron the Librarian
Do you have bX too? I'd hate to see what it would recommend... - Zamms
"I didn't mean it before, but I certainly mean it now!" - Steele Lawman
Wow. Our Did You Mean hasn't done anything near this interesting, to my knowledge: I'm a little sad. - Deborah Fitchett
This wins, like, everydamnthing. :D - Catherine Pellegrino
oh, thank you! I really needed that ROTFL today!!!! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
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
Holly's favorite Anna
Voyager did something right? That seems like a first. - RepoRat
18 years since day one, iirc? - Aaron the Librarian
My version of patron-driven acquisitions continues to consist of saying to patrons (esp but not always faculty / staff patrons), "Yes! We would totally love to buy that book for the library! If you would like I will write an email to your liaison and the acquisitions person right now! I don't mind AT ALL." #slaclife #handsellingisahardhabittoshake
(we have, you know, a form. and also they could just email the people. which I also make sure they know. but when someone expresses "want book," my reflex is BUY BOOK NOW RIGHT NOW YAYAYAYAYAY.) - Marianne
(it's pretty awesome when we get visiting faculty who just finished or are finishing a ph.d. at some R1. "I can... order stuff?? ALL THIS STUFF??? Even though I'm just a visitor??" And it is pretty awesome to be able to point out that they are enriching our collection and we're actively grateful to them.) - Marianne
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
if you will be at ACRL, consider coming a day early to unconference with Char Booth and moi. we'll be talking about scholarly communication and trying to fix the world.
laura x
New computer! Step 1) Download Firefox. Step 2) Open PhotoBooth. Step 3) Post to FF. Hi, all!
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Air? - Meg VMeg from Android
Yup. 13" with extra gigs. - laura x
*waves* 👋 - Julian
Your hair looks great. - Meg VMeg from Android
Hi Julian! And thanks, Meg! My stylist is a genius. Also I am experimenting with leave-in conditioner. - laura x
Hi Laurax! - Aaron the Librarian from Android
Don't forget: 5) PROFIT! - imabonehead
The hair is stunning, kudos to your stylist and which leave-in conditioner? - Janet
Yes, love the hair!! - Mama Lawson
Pretty Laura is pretty. - MoTO: #TeamMarina from Android
Hooray for a new computer!!! - maʀtha
Hi and congratulations on the new computer! - Galadriel C. from Android
Janet, it's some hippie stuff from the coop. Whatever was on sale. Sadly, the waves fell out when my hair dried. Oh well. My stylist is still a genius, though, 'cause it still looks good. - laura x
hair looks great! … what computer did you end up getting? - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
13" MacBook Air with extra memory and stuff. - laura x
JELLUS! - MoTO: #TeamMarina
yay you!! nice hair AND a MacBook Air!! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
*cuteness bump* - Marie
Still so cute! - Meg VMeg
incredibly so - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Holly's favorite Anna
Do you have something to say about usage statistics? Your opinion could win you a travel award to a major conference!
Usus (, a new community-based usage statistics initiative, is offering a travel award worth £1,000/$1,500 to a librarian who contributes the best opinion piece for the News & Opinions section of the Usus site. (Thank you to Project COUNTER for providing the funding for this award!) The award can be used to travel to the Charleston Conference, UKSG Conference, Electronic Resources & Libraries Conference, or NASIG Conference. Please send your submissions of 1,000 words or less to by December 31, 2014. - Holly's favorite Anna
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
Steele Lawman
I don't know if I'm a good teacher, but I'm pretty sure I'm a good host.
you're cute too. In a strictly manly manner of course - MoTO: #TeamMarina
You are definitely a good teacher. When I was finally getting started on a computer, you talked me through a lot of things. Including once when your dad was on a trip and I couldn't figure out how to turn off his computer, remember? You did all of this over the phone, while you were in San Diego and I was here in Parker CO. You are logical and concise. And of course Barry's right, you're also cute. - Mama Lawson
I'm putting these comments in my assessment file. - Steele Lawman
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