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I understand this Dorothea Salo knows stuff about things.
I've heard the same. Too bad she's hard to get ahold of. - lris
She's kinda Looney, but I really like her ideas and she's a lot of fun - Aaron the Librarian
Look for the purple streak. - ♫Maurice the Trainer♫
It's all lies. - RepoRat
RepoRat, I think that's libelous and slanderous. Just wait till Dorothea sees that! - lris
LIES I TELL YOU. (Besides, Dorothea's one of those commie open-access, information-justice freaks, she won't sue.) - RepoRat
*I've* heard she doesn't just know stuff about things...but things about stuff... - Cameron Neylon
Our library is hiring a Librarian for Collection Development & Evaluation. See the position posting at I am on the search committee and am eager to answer any questions you may have.
*APPLY NOW bump* - Marie
Galadriel C.
ER&L quasi meet up in which Joelle and Courtney demonstrate the presence of wine *and* cupcakes while Jaclyn converses in the background. Not pictured: Anna and I.
I did not find the wine and cupcakes... of course I was #sundaybrarianating - Aaron the Librarian
laura x
I am supposed to be "crafting a summary" of my accomplishments over the past 3-4 years for work. So let's all do it! What awesome things have you done, big or small, revolutionary or just a little bit different?
We now have a schedule that you can look at and modify online. Before I researched and got that set up for us, the schedule existed on a single piece of paper that lived at the circ desk, unless someone else had it. - laura x
There are now formal procedures (including forms!) for what to do when you check in an item that is damaged or missing pieces. - laura x
For two years running, I've put on a small press and self-published authors fair for local writers. We had 5 authors the first year and 15 last year, and the event was attended by over 40 people both times (and filmed for PATV). - laura x
Wow, so, that actually takes me to the start of current job. So: built three classes from scratch, rebuilt one (that I inherited), learned to teach three others, revamped one in a major way and another gradually. Learned to advise students. Did four keynotes. Published some stuff: couple peer-reviewed articles, lots of trade-pub stuff. Got onto a journal's editorial board; rotated onto... more... - RepoRat
I'm going to say that completing my OA journal survey is at least mildly awesome. I sure never would have done it if I'd started out to do the whole thing... Otherwise, I'd go back 30 years to "causing most all the pseudo-MARC-compliant library automation systems to get their acts together" by writing MARC for Library Use, and at the time that was a big step. - Walt Crawford
Got together a process so our researchers can use our "data" repository for releases of the science code and software that they create. So they now can get a DOI and attribution and it's easier to for them to cite it. Finding a legal person on the same wavelength was the enabler. Sadly he has now moved but we got it done. - suelibrarian
I recently submitted my portfolio for professional registration revalidation, and it contained the last year of me being an information librarian, a year in my new job of me learning all the systems plus pushing open access and data management, and a year of me doing the above and also basically-running an LMS/discovery layer migration project and managing two staff. [They accepted my portfolio and gave me a pretty certificate.] - Deborah Fitchett
the past 3-4 years? Conatining myself and sitting quietly so as to not derail several (most of our current) initiatives (that I started planning to do 6-7 years ago, but got blocked from implementing) which were labeled high-priority (in two rounds of planning 5-6 years ago) and which are presently actively being worked on (by people other than me) and which are coming into fruition... more... - Aaron the Librarian
The last few years have been a bit odd, career-wise. First was my last year as dept head, during which I was sort of waiting for that to be over. Then was a year keeping the AUL job warm for the guy on sabbatical, which was a mad scramble to not break anything while he was away. Then one year back to my "old job" which sort of felt like I was keeping the job warm for the person that was... more... - John Dupuis
Meg VMeg
Thought this was neato:
"Today we’re releasing Let Me Get That Data For You (LMGTDFY), a free, open source tool that quickly and automatically creates a machine-readable inventory of all the data files found on a given website." - Meg VMeg
I know I can get kvetch-y on here sometimes, but y'all are the best and I appreciate your posts. :-)
GOUP HUG - lris
Mr. The Jason Fleming
The mobile display cart in action
I had mentioned this a little while ago, so I thought I would send an update. This is an example where we wanted to have video running to augment a display for Black History Month - Mr. The Jason Fleming
I told a vendor rep to go away and not to come back until he had better gossip.
I got some good stuff from our EBSCO vendor today, but I can't tell. :) - Louise "Weezy" Alcorn
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
Last call! The application center closes tomorrow night. - Marie
Submitted my app on weds! - LibrarianOnTheLoose
Couldn't make it this round but hope it's an amazing pool! - Hedgehog
Uploaded! - kaijsa
ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
Guess who's going to the Immersion Program Track in Seattle???!!!
what are you going to be immersed in? should i recognize the program? - Christina Pikas
ACRL Immersion - a weeklong program for instruction librarians, which I hear is fabulous. I made it into the program track (, which will be useful since we're looking at a natural evolution point in our infolit program. Also, I've never been to Seattle! - ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
As a faculty member in the program, I'm biased - but I've also seen the evaluations - you are in for a great program! Plus the location in Seattle is one of the best host sites we have. Unfortunately, it isn't downtown - but the city buses are easy to figure out. Seattle is awesome. Stay an extra day if you can! - Lisa Hinchliffe
Hooray! I loved the program when I did it, and Seattle is my beloved hometown! Seattle U is in my old hood on Capitol Hill, which is so great. Even if you don't go downtown, there are freaking amazing bars and restaurants galore within walking distance. Hit me up for suggestions if you want. - kaijsa
Catherine Pellegrino
Sending you a password in clear text via email is for amateurs. The Indiana State Library sends you your password on a POSTCARD.
Bless their hearts. - ellbeecee
wooooooooooow. woooooooooooooooooooooooooooow. wow. - RepoRat
holy st. omg. - Christina Pikas
Wow. - bentley
That's rather horrifically amazing. - Kirsten
Joe wins - DJF from Android
The least they could have done was ROT-13 it... - Peter Murray
Christina made me LOL. To be fair, the worst thing that could happen should this password fall into nefarious hands is that someone might get unauthorized access to a suite of public-library oriented databases mostly from Gale and EBSCO. But still, it's the principle of the thing, right? - Catherine Pellegrino
I suppose it would be harder to datamine passwords that are printed on postcards than passwords sent in emails.... but yeah. - laura x
Oh woolpigs....let me ask my sister if she knows about this. She works there. - Hedgehog
"woolpigs" - Aaron the Librarian
if they're holy woolpigs, watch out ;) - RepoRat
Once again, my home state embarrasses me. - Katy S
Yep, same here. Since the State Library is on Twitter, I tweeted this yesterday (, but haven't heard back from them. Their Twitter stream seems to be basically one-way communication, though -- and the governor is cutting $2 million from their budget, so I imagine they're kind of focused on that right now. - Catherine Pellegrino
The proposed cuts are catastrophic. I'm pretty sure everyone's in panic/survival mode right now. - Katy S from iPhone
Y'all, I just got a phone call from a guy at the State Library. Short explanation: this kind of thing only happens when someone very close to a state border (like, say, me) has an IP address that doesn't immediately authenticate as "within the state of Indiana." And of course, the postcard saves them $$ over sending it in an envelope -- needless to say, that $$ is probably much better... more... - Catherine Pellegrino
I don't think you should feel bad. Nobody should send out passwords on a postcard, full stop. I understand resources are tight, but this was poor judgement. - kaijsa
Also, a postcard costs more than an email. - lris
Oh, I forgot to mention why the postal mail: they have to ensure that it's going to an actual postal address in Indiana, because licensing agreements. So, email won't work. Should have mentioned that from the get-go. - Catherine Pellegrino
that's both horrifying and awesome. great example of vendors requiring crap security. may I borrow it for my NASIG talk? - RepoRat
Of course you may borrow it, but I'll point out that the vendor isn't requiring crap security: the vendor is requiring that the State Library confirm that the user has a postal address in Indiana. - Catherine Pellegrino
ah, so the password-in-the-clear doesn't actually need to be part of this scheme? - RepoRat
Based on what the person I spoke with said, no the vendors are in no way requiring the password be sent in the clear. They're (legitimately) requiring that the person using the password be a resident of the state of Indiana. The State Library uses postal mail to confirm Indiana residence, and uses a postcard -- as opposed to a letter-in-an-envelope -- to save money. - Catherine Pellegrino
Got it. So it's the use of the password on the postcard that's completely hornswoggling, and the library's to correct. (Spitballing because app dev is not my thing, but if I ruled the State Library, postcard would say "log into your library account and enter the following PIN:". So an attacker would have to both intercept the postcard AND hack the account to do something evil.) - RepoRat
Yeah, there are definitely other ways they could do this, especially since when you sign up for an account, you get a 'temporary' password immediately, which is then followed up by the 'permanent' password-by-postal mail. But again: appdev costs money. And, also, Indiana is modeling their system after other states, so it's not just us in this particular handbasket. - Catherine Pellegrino
oh, I totally believe that, no question. - RepoRat
I will be moving on from my current position after 7.5 years to the Singapore Management University (SMU) as Library Analytics Manager in late Feb. Many exciting plans in store at my new University but currently trying not to think about it too much and enjoy my long vacation.
exciting! And yes, enjoy the long vacation. :) - ellbeecee
Congratulations! - bentley
wow, cool! congrats! - RepoRat
woot and congrats! - Sir Shuping is just sir
Congratulations! Here's hoping that the transition leads to adventures of only the very best kind! - Galadriel C.
That sounds like an awesome job - can't wait to hear about it! - Lisa Hinchliffe
They are awfully lucky to get you. - barbara fister
Congrats! - Meg VMeg
That sounds like fun! (The long vacation sounds good, too) - Aaron the Librarian from Android
congratulations!! I can't wait to see what you come up with while there! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
From the suggested version of the campus-wide performance appraisal form. *headdesk*
I don't think I've ever commuted a thing in my life. - lris
I commute daily. My commutation is sometimes frustrating though. Can I get advice on that through the evaluation process? - ellbeecee
but Iris, I'm sure you commutate daily, right? - Catherine Pellegrino
It would improve morale to take the death penalty off the table. - Greg GuitarBuster
I commute all the time! Just multiply A x B, and realize that it is the same as B x A. (A*B=B*A for some operation *, are said to commute with each other.) - Joe
but do you commutate? - RepoRat
Very commutatively. - Joe
First step to improve communication: Proofread - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
hillarious! - maʀtha
Performance appraisals really do sometimes feel like commutation of a nasty sentence. But not sure how that relates to being able to list communication opportunities. (Which by itself seems like a weird thing to do...) - barbara fister
Barbara, even weirder is that this is the ONLY thing other than what your goals were last year, how you did on those, and what your goals are for next year. Luckily they said departments could edit the form... - lris
Sometimes I think communication (or commutation!) is code for "big problems that are hard to overcome." - barbara fister
laura x
And I am back home, or rather back at work. I am sorry I slept too late to see Galadriel this morning but also grateful for the sleep. I-88 in Illinois was still a bit sketchy (but then anything called the Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway has to be, right?), but I-80 was clear sailing. 3 hours till I get to see my little boy.
I'm so glad you got to sleep - it is too rare an event with a little person about! My drive home from the airport was rather sketchy too - saw a couple folks slide into snow drifts and am very, very glad to be home with my kiddo, spouse, and cats. Someday we will see one another :-) - Galadriel C. from Android
so, now you are home home? - maʀtha
So relieved are are home safe :) - Jen
Yup! Home snuggling with a sleeping Peter. I swear he has grown and learned 70 new words in the past 60 hours. - laura x from iPhone
I think the last time I was this happy to see someone was when my grandmother met me at the gate at O'Hare when I was 8 and had just flown solo for the first time, including a miserable 3 hour layover at Logan. - laura x from iPhone
<3 - lris from Android
:-) - Galadriel C.
Holly's favorite Anna
<rant>Dammit, ProQuest! Get your shit together. It's one thing to have OpenURL linking issues to other company's products, but it's another when your own products can't connect to each other without a ton of errors.</rant>
See also: Cengage. - Kirsten
so say we all. - Jenica
Giiiiiiiiiiiirl... - Marie
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 Boychick Devil
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
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 Boychick Devil
*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.
Colby library access.jpg
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
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