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Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Yesterday's class learned that .org sites are not reliable. Yay! (in a class I did on searching the interwebs for first-year students)
many of the 250+ students said that they learned about "using quotes" to narrow results in Google, meaning that they didn't know that before. More Yay. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
love this comment, re CRAAP test: "The CRAPPY technique is really helpful and is an easy acronym to remember." - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
and they liked that I showed 'em how to limit by date in Google searches. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
I [heart] this one: I learned the importance of quotation marks in searches. They may not seem like they make a difference, but it could be crucial when you're looking for specific information. One simple phrase in quotation marks could narrow a search from over 100 million results to less than 1 million. I used quotation marks in the search queries for homework and I noticed the result number drop significantly and I found what I was looking for faster. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
and this: I learned how to get to the Park Library! Tomorrow, I'm going to go visit it, so I know where it is, and do some homework. I'm excited! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
this is true, tho' sort of sad: "I learned that nothing has really changed in the world of Boolean searching over the semesters it has taken for library employees to give me this lecture at least 5 times" - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
student in the class made this wikipedia entry while he was in hs - it's Totally Bogus! lol. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
*love* Today I learned the method of CRAAP in determining the helpfulness of the article. CRAAP stands for Currency, Relevance, Accuracy, Authority, and Purpose. I also learned that the librarian is super cool, and I want to be her best friend. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
jambina
huh, thought i posted this to LSW too earlier today but apparently not. happy to finally be able to announce that in early November i'll be starting a new gig at the University of Chicago as their IR manager. #fuckyeahChicago!
Woo! - lris
Woo-hoo! - Betsy
Congrats! - Jen
Cool. - Joe
Hooray + Congratulations! - Galadriel C. from Android
I think it will soon be time for another LSW Midwest Meetup. *nods* - RepoRat
YAY! - maʀtha
@RR: YES! Are we heading to Chicago this time? I like Chicago - maʀtha
I could go for Chicago, sure. - RepoRat
Yay! - Betsy
Let me know when you're thinking, too, so I can see if it coincides with a trip home to see the family :) - Katie
so happy for you - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
congrats! Lots of luck in your new position. - Elizabeth Brown
laura x
Okay, folks. It exists. Please populate. Damn You Auto Suggest - http://damnyouautosuggest.tumblr.com/
Okay, folks. It exists. Please populate. Damn You Auto Suggest
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"or Primo Knows Best. Auto-suggest failures from library catalogs and databases." - laura x from Bookmarklet
Happy to contribute! - Zamms
Laura, you are a treasure. - kaijsa
Hey Laura, can I send you a revised Berlin All graphic? Just noticed my kid's name mentioned it so I want to crop it a little. - Zamms
And now it is also automatically fed into the LSW room. Heeeeeeeeeeee - lris
Well played! - Zamms
Zamms, yes, please do--or just go ahead and submit it and I'll delete the other one. - laura x
I found the avatar by searching for search fail, licensed for reuse with modification on Google images: http://bestandworstever.blogspot.com/2013... - laura x
"yoga poses" and "otitis externa" just made me guffaw at the reference desk. Damn you, Auto-Suggest! - Catherine Pellegrino
This is just so awesome. - Galadriel C.
Oh darn. Can't recreate my favorite. They turned of suggest globally in our ebscohost. Oh wait - publib! - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Delightful. - Marie
I am sending this link to MPOW's cataloger. *evil chuckle* - Catherine Pellegrino
I love this so much. - Meg VMeg
This definitely goes in my best thing ever file. - Megan loves summer
related, in a weird way: http://blogs.wsj.com/persona... - RepoRat
lris
Me, to a student, making fun of my inability to follow alphabetical order: "No, really, I can alphabet."
I alphanumeric at a collegiate level. - Julian
No really! I acn tyope! - Aaron the Librarian
maʀtha
You know, if this is on the front page of your catering business' website, I don't think we will be hiring you - maʀtha from Bookmarklet
Have you tried the Lorem Ipsum here? It's delicious! - Steele Lawman
I so want to order a Lorem Ipsum sandwich now. - laura x
apparently, there are three kinds - maʀtha
I prefer my Lorem Ipsum chilled with a cilantro garnish. - Holly's favorite Anna
lris
Dear film makers everywhere. No, I do not want to buy your new documentary.
BUT YOU HAVEN'T EVEN SEEN IT - Meg VMeg
^^ME NEITHER - maʀtha
Reading this right after cleaning out my inbox was lolz. - kaijsa
AND IT'S THE ONLY ONE EVER MADE ON THIS TOPIC - Jen
Also, "Dear film askers, we already own your documentary. Stoppit." - ~Courtney F
DIRECTOR'S CUT - Meg VMeg
But you might need another copy of this journey to planet earth! - Joe
Megan loves summer
Rock on. "To promote openness and fairness among libraries that license scholarly resources, the University of Alberta Libraries (UAL) will no longer enter into vendor contracts that require non-disclosure of pricing information or other information that does not constitute a trade secret." http://www.library.ualberta.ca/aboutus...
Stephen Francoeur
Uhhhhhhh. Yeah. Wut?
dunno, wut? - RepoRat
Brain. Fried. Is. - Stephen Francoeur
^^^This. - Kirsten
Turned down for? - MoTO: Team Marina
Lalala - FLEMING from Android
What is brain? - Deborah Fitchett
~Courtney F
I don't quite understand vendors who say to me "Would you like to renew? I can send a quote". Just send me the quote! I can't decide on a renewal without cost information.
I presume that they're hoping that if you say "Yes" you'll feel psychologically pressured to stick with that even after you see the price hike. - Deborah Fitchett
Answer: "No. But send the quote to me anyway so I can more easily justify my refusal" [eta and/or giggle about the size of your increase from last year with my acquisitions colleagues] - Aaron the Librarian
"Can I call you this, the first week of classes, to talk about the renewal quote that I will send you after we have said confirmation? Can we talk even after I know you're going to renew?" - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
"Before I send you the quote, please send me my major competitor's quote for this product." - Heather
Yo Dawg, I herd you like quotes, so I put an quote in your renewal so you can decide while you decide. - Holly's favorite Anna
Catherine Pellegrino
First and second slides of a short deck I'm using in a class later today:
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Whoa, is that on purpose? Or a backronym. - Meg VMeg
The M - ML - MT arrangement? I have to think it's on purpose. We happen to have the only logical letter in the entire LC classification. - Catherine Pellegrino
"Awesome. So when I go to BS...." - barbara fister
Every schedule in LC was designed by a different working group with subject matter expertise. This is why there's no uniformity between major classes. - DJF from Android
I do have a really hard time helping students find call numbers in the BS range while keeping a straight face. - Catherine Pellegrino
^^ I am so glad it's not just me. I predict that this will continue to be funny to me, for as long as I work in libraries. - Regular Amanda
"All of this section is total BS. Enjoy!" - YvonneM
The LOC classification makes me cry. - ♫Robot Chicken, Trainer♫
Damn right library science is under Z. - Zamms
Chris, I think you mean Zzzzzzz. - Stephen Francoeur
I was thinking ZOMBIES. - Zamms
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
I'm over at their library now, and yep: guest wifi can't access their databases. Bastards. - Catherine Pellegrino
So if one of your students is registered for one of their classes, how are they supposed to do the readings and the research? - Betsy
If one of our students is registered for a class, they have a login for BRUATS that is valid during the semester in which they're registered. So, there's that. But there are a lot of students (never mind the faculty!) who need access to their e-resources as a matter of course for their classes at MPOW as well, and they are pretty severely limited in how they can access those resources. - Catherine Pellegrino
What? They couldn't have figured out a way to call it BRUTAS instead of BRUATS?? - Joe
was assuming bruats was pronounced like the sausage... (insert random jokes here) - Christina Pikas
Marianne
All summer, I *knew* intellectually that I'd finished my degree, and that I wouldn't have to do the school/work two-step this fall, for the first time in 3 years - but it wasn't until I was walking home tonight, at the end of the first day of the academic year where I work, that I really FELT IT down to my bones.... I AM FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I had so much free time this weekend! I had so much free time *today*! I was happy and interested and intellectually engaged at work all day, never overwhelmed or anxious at how few brain cells I had left (even though it was a crummy day physically, and involved a lot of saving my strength - but it didn't seep over into panic - BECAUSE THERE IS NOTHING TO PANIC ABOUT)! HOORAY. - Marianne
High fives! - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
Yay. :-) - Megan loves summer
It's THE BEST feeling not to start school as a student! - Lily
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
Hedgehog
It's Here! The NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Library Edition | The New Media Consortium - http://www.nmc.org/news...
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
Marie
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
lris
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.
Marie
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.
Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
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!!
LibrarianOnTheLoose
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
L.A.M.B. tbh
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. - L.A.M.B. tbh 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! :) - L.A.M.B. tbh 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."
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this would make a good slide for something - maʀtha
CC-BY. :D - laura x
lris
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
lris
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 - http://www.acrl.ala.org/acrlins...
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: Team Marina
Happy dance in honor of the awesomeness that is Marie! - Galadriel C. from Android
Marie is my ERL idol. - kaijsa
*waves tiny "Yay" flag* - L.A.M.B. tbh 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
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