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Involved in my new institution's Alma and Primo Central implementation... Wish me luck... Any tips?
Remember it's a marathon, not a sprint. And plan on going to ELUNA - lots of sessions on managing Alma. - Jen
Paging Kirsten! Kirsten to the Cod Courtesy Phone, please... - Catherine Pellegrino
Having watched implementations elsewhere, stock up on alcohol and prepare yourself for an onslaught of whining. - Holly's favorite Anna
thankfully I am doing more Primo than Alma but i anticipate a ton of reading now that I have access to the learning centre - aaron from Flucso
I think you're hosed no matter which end you're involved with. - Holly's favorite Anna
stop you are scaring me... :( - aaron
Now that you have the worst expectations, the actual tasks involved will seem less bad? You'll weather this just fine, Aaron. You got this :) - Aaron the Librarian
ELUNA's pretty fun tho - 'least it was in the old days. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
You've already found the Alma support group here, so that's good. In addition to the print documentation, there's training videos for Alma (not sure about Primo, since we were already on it when we went to Alma) that you'll get a link to eventually. It really, really helps to watch them, even though they don't always make a lot of sense at first. Play in the sandbox as much as you can. And there's the mailing lists for each here: - Kirsten
As an opac interface, I think Alma is great. As a discovery tool, well - we no longer have Primo. :) - Lisa Hinchliffe
How'd you swing that, Lisa? I thought ExL was requiring Alma libraries to get Primo. - Kirsten
Yeah, Lisa, I need to know more about that! We are moving over to Alma this summer & I thought Primo was required to use it. - Zamms
Oops! Let me clarify as I was in a rush ... Primo is the interface for Alma - and it is a great OPAC interface in my opinion. But, Primo Central Index and the discovery service - not so much. In reality, we have neither now since we only had a Primo OPAC as a "view" within Primo discovery when we had Primo discovery for a couple of years. We didn't re-up with Primo and so no longer have Primo OPAC. We never had Alma - just ran Primo over the top of Voyager. - Lisa Hinchliffe
Ah, gotcha. Thanks! - Zamms
holly #ravingfangirl
RT @dannyanimator: me: what can possibly go wrong tho anxiety: im glad you asked
Anxiety is such an asshole. - Melly
Christina Pikas
I must stop reading posts from another person doing a similar dissertation who started 10mo ago did 50 interviews and has now written her entire 250pg dissertation an is sending to advisor.
Who spends 4-6hrs a day on it - Christina Pikas from iPhone
who apparently just will get 10 pages written in a day. - Christina Pikas
Stop. Now. $100 says this person does not have children. - laura x from iPhone
^ This. Also, that they might be on fellowship and have no other responsibilities. - Katy S
Another $100 says they are boring as all get out. - Meg VMeg
Thank you - Christina Pikas from iPhone
don't compare your insides with their outsides. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
As opposed to the other kinds of ebooks
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I wanted an analog ebook, dammit. - laura x from iPhone
I responded on Twitter: to wit, if you believe CDs aren't really digital music (as some seem to), then you could claim that PDF eBooks aren't really digital eBooks. - Walt Crawford
I would like an ethereal ebook. - Marianne
I would just like an ebook I can own outright and not just license. - kaijsa
kajisa, that's why I personally never pay for ebooks that have DRM on them. So, I still read a lot of print. - DJF from Android
There are such ebooks. In fact, Lulu stopped supporting DRM for ebooks some time ago, not even as an extra-cost option. (I think Tor dropped DRM some time ago as well.) - Walt Crawford
Walt, i'm well aware of the options. I buy Tor ebooks on occasion, when I don't already have the beginning of the series in print, and from a few other small presses. Unfortunately, some of my favourite authors (including certain friends), publish with less forward-thinking houses. - DJF
Actually, I was commenting to kajisa as much as you--I was pretty sure you knew about exceptions. Which, unfortunately, is what they still are: Exceptions, and for Lulu it was a fairly bold move. (Well, for Tor too; now if they could get their parent to listen...) - Walt Crawford
Sarah G.
I've gone a little house plant crazy...
Did the palm get the boot? - sglassme
No, it's over by the big brown chair - Sarah G.
Btw, I went to ikea yesterday. I think I got a non slip duvet for the small guest room. - Sarah G.
Meg VMeg
I'm really uncomfortable with cooking instructions like, "When the oil begins to smoke...."
you must whip it! - Pete
must be 25 feet from building. - Micah from iPhone
Not as long as Step 1 is "take the batteries out of your smoke detector." - Catherine Pellegrino
Actually, now that I think about it, the instructions that really freak me out are "just before the oil begins to smoke..." - Catherine Pellegrino
Yeah, I can't do that one either. - Meg VMeg
shield your eyes and pray to 灶君 in the appropriate dialect. - Big Joe Silence
Oh snap. Golden Girls was The Blues Brothers in a different light.
Now you have me imagining Frank Oz giving a list of Betty White's possessions for parole. - Spidra Webster
Ha ha. That would be a great skit. - Micah from FFHound!
^ I'm just imagining her telling him a story from back home the whole time he's counting everything out. - Jennifer Dittrich
Michael W. May
Princess Gretta May, adopted today @ the little white home on the corner
Princess Gretta May, adopted today @ the little white home on the corner
Awwww <3 - Jennifer Dittrich
shut up! oh my goodness. it is too much fabulous. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Pretty baby! Congratulations <3 - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
So adorable! - Katy S
I'm a happy boy :) - Michael W. May
Congratulations! - Stephan
holly #ravingfangirl
RT @bookrarian: NO. The REAL question about this dress is DOES IT HAVE POCKETS?
No, Primo, I did not mean that.
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That Primo instance has an attitude problem. - Stephen Francoeur
Ours has occasionally started saying "Did you mean:" and then the thing that I typed. Which makes me wonder what it actually searched, if not the thing that I typed. - Meg VMeg
My favourite "did you mean" continues to be when it offers me an alternative that has fewer (often zero) results than the thing for which I actually searched. Or when it gives me an exact match for my search string, and then offers an alternative search that is, again, worse. - DJF
I'm getting that a lot lately, too, Meg. I figure Primo can't improve on my inherent search perfection, so it just gives up. - Megan loves summer
I was going to submit, but I lost my screenshot and couldn't remember the search. - Meg VMeg
Oh, I will approve tomorrow when I am back on the computer that knows my tumblr password. - laura x from iPhone
Submitted! - Meg VMeg
Posted! - laura x
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
holly #ravingfangirl
RT @emrgencykittens: It's a kitten hairband!
RT @emrgencykittens: It's a kitten hairband!
kitten hairband just makes me want to watch the viking kittens - holly #ravingfangirl
Kitten hairband = Faster Pussycat - Zamms
obviously! :D - holly #ravingfangirl
or Cats in Boots #soobscure - holly #ravingfangirl
Sarah G.
I know it's uncool to be excited by your life, but some days I'm pretty amazed by myself and how far I've come. #UnhumbleBrag #BraggyBrag
And to think, I knew her when... - sglassme
I think we need an UnHumbleBrag thread somewhere. - John Dupuis from iPhone
just don't forget us little people? - MoTO Boychick Devil
Just thinking about Miss 8's rendition of "I'm Sarah and I know it". You are both delightful. - sglassme
And I'm going to paint my house rainbow! - Sarah G.
de-light-ful. - sglassme
"Is someone protesting the Westboro baptist church?" "No, I just couldn't decide what color to paint my house." - Sarah G.
Too bad you can't lift it off its foundation, and put it in a big swirl art machine. - sglassme
Rachel Walden
Small things that feel good: getting a collection box set up in the medical library for the campus food pantry, which aids hungry students and staff
Sarah G.
There's a week in April where I'm speaking at my law school alma mater, keynoting a conf for KY colleagues and speaking at techshow event.
Meg VMeg
Yeah, sorry, I can't come downstairs and have security let you in, they think I'm a student.
Take that for the compliment it should be? - Aaron the Librarian
I suffer from this a lot too and the only reason it's theoretically a compliment is because women are valued primarily for their looks and society associates beauty with youth. And when it also comes along with petty disadvantages like not being taken seriously by security, not to mention less petty disadvantages like potentially not being taken seriously for jobs (I don't *think* I've personally hit this, but people have) then what remains of the compliment starts to wear thin. - Deborah Fitchett
Show those assholes your LSW membership card. - Joe
What Deborah said. Once I was in my mid-30s, people stopped asking what my major is, but it got old. When I was younger I consciously dressed more professionally than the WY norm so people would take me seriously. It drives me crazy when people treat younger colleagues like small children--we shouldn't treat our college students that way, either. - kaijsa
Excellent points. My lens is shifty as I haven't been mistaken for a student for a really long time... but most students aren't as balding, paunchy, nor hairy as me. If it were a common occurence, I suspect I would be less enamored of the experience myself. Thanks for the perspective shift - Aaron the Librarian
I just turned 40 and am excited by more silver hairs on my head because I am so very tired of older colleagues saying to me "you're young and inexperienced" despite that I've been in e-resources for over 10 years and a librarian for nearly 15. - Galadriel C.
I got that "oh, you're so young" look just the other day, but it was more because I said that Pearson (the educational testing company) was in the business of profiteering off publicly funded entities. - laura x from iPhone
... speaking truth means you're young? - RepoRat
Yes. Because adults don't speak truth about people who give them large sums of money. - laura x from iPhone
You mean Pearson the world's largest publisher (by far)? Your last clause (business..entities) describes a big chunk of their $9 billion business plan. - Walt Crawford
It would be flattering if it didn't take so much time! If security doesn't call me then it's 30 minutes of: <waiting for the elevator> "Yes, no, yes, this is my ID, yes, I've worked here for 10 years. Nope, not a student! Nope! Yeah, I get that a lot!" <waiting for the elevator> - Meg VMeg
There is intentionally no closing tag for <waiting for the elevator> - Meg VMeg
^^^perfecf - laura x from iPhone
Walt, yes--Pearson and ACT are two of the biggest employers in my town (outside the university, which provides them with a well-educated labor force that will work for cheap). - laura x from iPhone
Meg VMeg
Today I learned that the "lake effect" stops when the lake gets super-cold. Makes total sense, I just hadn't considered.
Liberal Arts Colleges & the DLF -
Signal-boosting because we have a number of folks in LSW who fit this category. DLF's gotten a lot better since opening its doors wider. - RepoRat from Bookmarklet
I helped run that meeting in 2013 and I can vouch for DLF's interest in partnering with and supporting liberal arts folks. - jambina from iPhone
I'm an at-large member on the DLF Advisory Committee, and I'll just add that we are VERY interested in working liberal arts colleges and getting them involved with DLF. The DLF community has changed dramatically in the last four years thanks in large part to the vision of the former director (Rachel Frick). We're in process now of hiring a new director and this was an area that we talked about a lot with candidates. - Sarah
I should also add that if anyone wants to chat about DLF please get in touch - I'm happy to! - Sarah
if you are coming to Chicago March 23 for the ESRworkshop and want to talk libpub, i'm hosting a camp-style thing on March 22 in Evanston. register asap -
that sounds like fun. should I come? - RepoRat
i think it'll be great. are you going to the ESR thinger? - jambina
no, OCLC would kick me out acos I'm a troublemaker. they learned that when they asked me to speak at one of those thingers ;) - RepoRat
i am shocked. ; ) - jambina
I am not able to come, but I will have the schol comm section of SLA Academic advertise it. - Joe
Joe - hold off a few hours. i'm going to tweet it soon then you can retweet? - jambina
You need an extra minion? - Hedgehog
nope. just come and get your learn on! - jambina
Will wait until it is officially retweetable. - Joe
merci! - jambina
Sarah G.
I managed to throw out my back whilst filling bird feeders, which may be the most Sarah Glassmeyer thing ever to happen.
laura x
(Slightly belated) birthday dinner for my mom tonight. In lieu of buying a present, I told her I spent my time and money on food and wine:
Loin lamb chops, assorted root vegetables roasted with rosemary and garlic, steamed Brussels sprouts, green salad with creamy garlic dressing, a French red blend recommended by the coop wine person to go with the menu, carrot cake cupcakes with maple cream cheese frosting, decaf. Mostly local organic blah blah blah. - laura x from iPhone
yum - Meg VMeg
My mom was very pleased. Mr. 3 blew out a candle on a cupcake for her. - laura x from iPhone
Yes, yum. - Joe
Sounds tasty! - Anne Bouey
What a feast! :) - Jenny H. from Android
Andrew C (✔)
CT Scan of 1,000-Year-Old Buddha Sculpture Reveals Mummified Monk Hidden Inside | Colossal -
CT Scan of 1,000-Year-Old Buddha Sculpture Reveals Mummified Monk Hidden Inside | Colossal
"What looks like a traditional statue of Buddha dating back to the 11th or 12th century was recently revealed to be quite a bit more. A CT scan and endoscopy carried out by the Netherlands-based Drents Museum at the Meander Medical Centre in Amersfoort, showed the ancient reliquary fully encases the mummified remains of a Buddhist master known as Liuquan of the Chinese Meditation School. While it was known beforehand the remains of a person were inside, another startling discovery was made during the scan: where the organs had been removed prior to mummification, researches discovered rolls of paper scraps covered in Chinese writing." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
wow - Meg VMeg
cool - lris
^ - Micah
holly #ravingfangirl
cake CAKE cake CAKE cake CAKE cake CAKE cake CAKE cake CAKE cake CAKE
They band or yummy treat? - Yolanda from Android
The yummy one. - holly #ravingfangirl from iPhone
Cake would soothe my soul right now. - Yolanda from Android
haha i'd try it! - holly #ravingfangirl
holly #ravingfangirl
i will admit, i was dubious about the Twix Egg, and while it's no Reese's PB Egg, I would eat it again.
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
At some point, doesn't it make more sense to re-number the doors?
That is...... wow. - Micah from FFHound!
On first blush you'd think what's stopping them from renumerating? Well, perhaps a lot. To deviate from the construction drawings numbers could mean the fire alarm zone labelling would mismatch, along with other infrastructure references and so on. A pricey change. - Micah from FFHound!
So it's the architect's fault? - Meg VMeg
well, there are only five rooms affected by the strange numbering. And I'm willing to bet that this happened because a circular hall got sealed up at the far end for some reason. - DJF
Interesting theory, I'll look for a floor map on my way out. - Meg VMeg
Nope, I blame the architect: - Meg VMeg
Interesting. After looking at the dropbox image I think the architect followed standard methodology. Odds on one side, evens other side of corridor ascending from the main entrance point. The wayfinding sign is the weak link, that can certainly be improved. Here's some bedtime reading: - Micah from FFHound!
Seems like they should have looked where the main elevator would be, then do ascending/descending on either side of that (and have however they wanted to handle even/odd be secondary, I've seen it both ways). How would you improve the sign? The sign is accurate, is the problem, in my mind. - Meg VMeg
Oh, maybe what you're not seeing in the dropbox image is that they started numbering from the emergency stairs, at the far end of the floor. Not from the (only) elevator which is nearest to rooms 316-317. - Meg VMeg
To me the sign would be quicker to decipher like this: << ODD 301-321 EVEN 302-320 ... ODD 323-345 EVEN 322-340 >> - Micah
Sarah G.
Restaurants called "Osaka" and "Fuji"? PROBABLY NOT CHINESE.
I know I can get kvetch-y on here sometimes, but y'all are the best and I appreciate your posts. :-)
GOUP HUG - lris
laura x
ten years in libraries
ten years in libraries
I always enjoy your writing Laura with an x. I will finish this when I get home later. I was wondering what you think inclines you towards the Episcopalians? - MoTO Boychick Devil
Scripture, tradition, and reason. Gotta love a church where reason is one of the three main pillars. But mostly I suppose I love the liturgy, in part because it's lovely and in part because it is familiar. - laura x
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