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So librarians. Much distraction. Very LOL. Wow.
Christina Pikas
I want to start an LSW award for old follower for those not eligible for ASIST's new leader award or SLA's rising star. I will hereby nominate myself as the first "old follower" awardee :)
or ALA emerging leader - maʀtha
shover and maker? - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
The Methuselah Award for Outstanding Achievement In The Field Of Excellence - Pete
Me second (unless there's an Ancient Follower category). And, Pete, maybe change "Excellence" to "Persistence" for my version. "Keep on keeping on" is the motto. - Walt Crawford
The LSW Emerged Leader. - Joe - Systems Analyst
there you go! - maʀtha
lsw submerged follower? - Christina Pikas
Esteemed Colleague? - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Now stuck in my head: "Not waving, but drowning". (Is there term for this? Poetry worm?) - maʀtha
oh, how about Submerged Minion? Submerged Serf? - maʀtha
The LSW Plebeian Proletariat Librarian of the year. - Joe - Systems Analyst
shover and pusher. - henry
Fwd: RT @wawoodworth: "Ranganathan descended from the mountain with the tablets holding the Ten Laws of Library Science,but they managed to talk him down to five. (via
Happy Birthday, Marianne!
Happy bday! - Joe - Systems Analyst
Happy, happy birthday Marriane! - Galadriel C.
Thank you! - Marianne
Yes! Happy birthday, my dear friend. May the coming year bring peace and excitement in proper proportion. - lris
Happy birthday! - John (bird whisperer)
Very best to you, today, Marianne! - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
Happy Birthday!!! - Hedgehog
Happy birthday!! - ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
Happy birthday! - Steele Lawman
Happy birthday! - LB: Ratchet Bear from Android
happy birthday! - Sir Shuping is just sir
Happy Birthday! - Jen
Happy Birthday to you!!! - Kathy
Happy birthday Marianne!! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Late but happiest of days, my friend! - laura x from iPhone
And another belated birthday wish from me, too! - Catherine Pellegrino from iPod
Thanks, all! - Marianne
So, is anyone else considering taking this ALA ASL class?
Whoa, didn't know this was a thing. I'd definitely request it and try it out if I had a full-time job/could afford it... - Lily
Are you going this alone, or are other colleagues of yours being encouraged to take it? - Lily
I was thinking about it but I'm not sure I can afford it right now. Also, I'm taking other online courses right now (soon). - Betsy
I thought about it. Then I remembered that I get to take a rest once library school is over. But I definitely think it's a neat thing to be doing. - Marianne
No, just me on my own volition. It would be more fun if someone else took it with me, though... - maʀtha
Hang on, it's in June! I'll have to think about it. - Betsy
yes - Libby Ryan
♫Jorge Covert, Trainer♫
Our own Royce Kitts is doing this great class at ALA. Make some awesome stuff at ALA in Vegas! Fwd: Learning Round Table offers Annual preconference on creating effective videos and screencasts (via
I remain convinced, however foolishly, that there is a way to change the axes in an Excel spreadsheet by viola and not by retyping it all.....
you mean transpose columns and rows? there's copy paste transpose - paste into a new sheet... or somethign else? - Christina Pikas
that is exactly what I was looking for! Transpose paste. It's the magical thing I knew must exist! Thank you! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Sorry I was offline; yep, right on the paste menu. VERY convenient. - Walt Crawford
Anyone planning to go to IFLA in Lyon next august ?
No, but one of my students will be there on the Rovelstad Scholarship. I'd love for her to meet you both! - RepoRat
pas moi, but I'd love to!! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Feel free to do an email intro ( - happy to meet up with her at some point in the conference. - Lisa Hinchliffe
yes, have her drop me a line, I may help if needed (I'll be there as a volunteer) - marlene
Regular Amanda
And so it is near the end of the semester, when the cries of students echo throughout the library "please, I've already finished my paper and just need a few sources", and the librarians despair.
sob - lris
*wince*....yup, I get those for case reports from my dentistry students. - Hedgehog
Now that I've been teaching semester-long classes for a few years, I am convinced that finding sources for a complete-ish paper is actually a BETTER strategy than getting so overwhelmed by sources that the writing becomes a patchwork of badly-integrated quotes (barely) held together by very little student-generated thought. - kaijsa
I see that point, because at least it means that most of this paper is the student's reaction to the text rather than the regurgitation of other opinions. But it also means that the student is now going to find a few articles in JSTOR, ctrl+F for applicable phrases, and patchwork that nonsense in anyway. I hate setting these poor articles up for abuse like that. - Regular Amanda
Ugh. I think this is symptomatic of how students are told to write a paper but never taught how to write a paper or told why they should write papers, beyond hoop-jumping and grade-making. Kaijisa, I see what you're saying, but I worry about the effects of the "write up thoughts, then find support" approach because the students are not necessarily properly relying on evidence to guide... more... - Rachel Walden
Just to be clear, I am not defending any of these practices. Writing AND research are iterative and interconnected processes. Using sources well is really, really hard and requires a lot more instruction and opportunity for practice than is typically given. As Rachel says, requiring something is not teaching it. I'm kicking myself over this and many other things this semester. - kaijsa
^^Yup. - Rachel Walden
Stephen Francoeur
My reactions to the EBSCO announcement that it will "share" records with other discovery services.
From the page about partnership terms: "c.) The discovery result record that comes from a database must also identify that source database in the full record, and include any copyright statements as required by the content provider." My reaction: So records in Summon that came from an EBSCO database have to mention the database name? Not cool. - Stephen Francoeur
From the page listing databases whose records will be shared: My reaction: Where is CINAHL? - Stephen Francoeur
From the main announcement page: "III. The only EBSCO research databases that are not yet included in the above policy are those resources that are built upon and subscribed to primarily for their subject indexing. EBSCO believes very strongly in the need for precision in search – a need that becomes even more paramount within discovery... more... - Stephen Francoeur
Indeed re CINAHL - maʀtha
“We’ll share but sometimes we won’t.” - A lesson learned from Harvard Business Review, perhaps? - Zamms
We will share to the point that it makes us look good, but only up to that point. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Emailing with a faculty member about why he can't just log on to St. Olaf e-resources. Blerg.
His response is on the one hand commiserating and supportive, and on the other hand frustrating because he suggests that maybe someone should raise this as an issue to be solved. I'm sad that libraries get cast as gatekeepers when we often have so little power. - lris
Yes - maʀtha
Raise this as an issue? We should have thought of that! </snark> - barbara fister
replace "St. Olaf" with "Notre Dame" and welcome to my life. :/ - Catherine Pellegrino
replace "St. Olaf" with Columbia, NYU, and the 21 other schools in CUNY and welcome to my life. :-( - Stephen Francoeur
Is it in poor taste to cast the blame back on faculty? So often I want to say: this is the system you all collectively built and actively maintain! - Freeda B.
we might want to clean up our own house before we do that. - RepoRat
I think faculty are not in a position of power here, either. Sure, the rank and tenure processes make changing scholarly communication avenues a chore, but faculty didn't make the decisions about lending ebooks. - lris
Hell, the faculty here actively work against us even buying ebooks (and I'm on their side) - DJF
We have a browser button that some people like to use. (Developed by a chemistry student.) I think that has helped some people figure out an easy way to log into content that we subscribe to without having to go through the library linkages. See the thing about the DU Lib Proxy. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Yeah, here it's less about OA and more about "we're two distinct institutions that share a founding congregation and an online catalog, but that's about all we share, despite your fervent desire that the situation be otherwise." The provosts of the two institutions got together recently and hatched a Brilliant Plan for the bigger university to just "add" our smaller college to their... more... - Catherine Pellegrino
Yeah, it's REALLY hard to share stuff if you're not a single funding agency. We would have to incorporate if we wanted to be able to sign agreements together. - lris
My public library version of this is, "Yes, I know you have a Coralville Public Library card, but do you live in Coralville, University Heights, or rural Johnson county? Because if you live in Iowa City or Hills, you will have to use your Iowa City card to get ebooks, and if you live somewhere else, well, then, they might belong to one of these two other groups...." - laura x
LOLsob - lris
The combining FTEs thing sometimes works on vendors/publishers. My uni has successfully negotiated statewide access to databases, ebook packages from Proquest, Gale, Lexis-Nexis and probably others I'm forgetting. So we pay and all community colleges, schools, and publics in Wyoming get remote access. Our small population is a big reason why we get away with it, but if a big school says they will pay for a sub if they can add on a small school, it can work. You can do this with an MOU. - kaijsa
Dang it! Now I want a Sugar Daddy school! ;) - lris
Yep, I was going to say that too. We subscribe to med/science titles "consortially-ish" with a few smaller, affiliated institutions because we're so big that everyone else is a drop in the bucket (I have no idea what the extra-library university/administrative financial entanglements might involve). - Meg VMeg
Coming back to say that the ebook issue is still a big deal and a huge pain in the rear, etc. etc. Not trying to minimize that at all. Steve, Marianne, and Joe and I are all in the same consortium and I'm sure have all had to explain to a patron from another school why they can't access one of our ebooks that tantalizingly sits there in the shared catalog. To make it more confusing, we... more... - kaijsa
^^^ yep - Steele Lawman
Crazy mashup of shared catalogs and proprietary collections. Hello, new world. Ugh. - barbara fister
Possible silver lining: it's going to be hard to get these problems fixed until faculty are aware of them, and obviously they're becoming aware. The trick there, of course, is how to get their outrage pointed in the right direction. - RepoRat
One thing that's really not working in our favor is that Carleton and St Olaf have been branding our libraries as "two collections working as one." All of a sudden people are saying, "hey why can't I use St Olaf stuff? I thought our collections work as one." - lris
"One System One Library [only not]" fistbump. - RepoRat
ayup - lris
Stephen Francoeur
Anyone know anything about PhilPapers? Just got a weird email from them that seems a bit off in tone. Here's a snippet. "Those institutions that have not purchased a subscription by June 1, 2014 will have their access restricted in various ways explained on the site. Since PhilPapers replaces traditional commercial indexes, we believe that it is...
Since PhilPapers replaces traditional commercial indexes, we believe that it is appropriate for university libraries to support the service by purchasing subscriptions. This is why we write to you. " - Stephen Francoeur
Then, I'm told that 22 faculty and students use the site. As far as I can tell, there are no faculty. Just students. Anyone seen anything like this before? It reminds me a bit of the problem arXiv is having in getting institutions to pitch in with $$$ but I've never even heard of PhilPapers before. - Stephen Francoeur
I've never heard of it either. Looks like it is a free site that scrapes the content of various publishers. I'd guess that it replaces traditional commercial indexes the way Google Scholar has replaced traditional commercial indexes. Not quite yet. - Joe - Systems Analyst
MPOW hosts PhilPapers, starting last year when we recruited the guy that created it. Yeah, the group that runs it is having problems figuring out a stable funding situation, and they do think that the larger schools should be paying a bit for it. The people I know in the field find it very useful. - DJF
There's a certain tone-deafness in saying, "hey, we built this thing that you didn't ask for, or even know about, and some folks at your university may have kicked its tires once or twice to see what it does, so now we're going to send you a threatening email demanding that you pay for it." - Catherine Pellegrino
Wayne has updated his blog post following an email conversation he's had with Bourget. It also looks like the message that went out to people who subscribe to the PhilPapers newsletter might have had a slightly different tone from the one that librarians have received. - DJF
I guess they are working on users too, because I heard from one of my philosophy profs today that she wants us to make sure we retain access once this goes to a pay model. - Steele Lawman
Hi Everyone. PhilPapers is a very widely used service in philosophy. We have 65,000 registered members and half a million visitors per month, about half of which are returning users. This is huge for a research tool in philosophy. However, since PhilPapers has always been entirely free, there has never been any reason for librarians to be involved in setting up access to it. As a... more... - David Bourget
P.S. Sorry about the tone. We obviously got that wrong and should have explained more. For more background see my comment on Wayne's blog here: - David Chalmers
If only you'd talked to one of your local librarians before sending the message out. - DJF from Android
Hi David and David -- thank you for commenting here and explaining the situation more fully! I appreciate your taking the time to do that, and the situation sounds a lot more reasonable than I'd characterized it above, so I apologize for my snarky tone above. I've just taken on liaison duties to the Philosophy department at my college (which isn't on the list, despite being one of many... more... - Catherine Pellegrino
thanks for the information on this y'all, especially David and David. I didn't get that message, but I'll pass it on to the philosophy liaison so that she can talk to the department about it and see if they have any money to kick in. I do have one small note of concern in that the site identifies faculty/students by this something that when folks register are aware of? - Sir Shuping is just sir
I'm happy that they pushed the date back but it's still way too soon. A 6-month window would have been more in line with the way interface changes/license changes are offered. Plus, our $ are all gone for this fiscal year (ends in June). If we know far enough in advance, we can encumber the funds and plan for it. Not happy with the way this played out and not making me terribly... more... - Stephen Francoeur
For some reason that I don't entirely understand, Wayne Bivens-Tatum deleted his original blog post at Academic Librarian about this and then posted a new one: My comments on the original post have now gone poof, too. - Stephen Francoeur
Stephen yeah on the money as well. I hadn't thought of that til I started writing the email. $500 isn't bad compared to other things, but my library has no way of paying for this for the upcoming year given that we're already tight with just keeping access to what we have and whether the department or someone else at the univ. can swing it, i don't know. I can kinda understand why Wayne... more... - Sir Shuping is just sir
Could someone refresh my memory on the link to the information about subscribers on their site? - lris
I'm also bothered by the lack of user privacy in this, and the money issue is very real. Since most of our registered users are faculty, they're very interested in supporting. But they're going to have to cancel a journal subscription or two in order to pay for it, and we don't do our journal renewal until this summer. There's no way we can start a new subscription until after the... more... - Kirsten
Thanks. Sir. - lris
I wish W B-T hadn't deleted his post and the comments. I understand the urge to retract but now I'm even more confused. - barbara fister
Concerning the privacy issue, do the faculty and students know that they are going to be listed on the website as a user of the database? That is really the first time that I had seen that. Maybe it is part of a click through agreement when you sign up for the database. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Even more from Wayne Bivens-Tatum on PhilPapers: - Stephen Francoeur
And perhaps PhilPapers could talk to librarians at their own institution, if this hasn't happened? - maʀtha
Still not that I know of, but I haven't asked the Phil librarian about it - DJF from Android
I do find it a little disheartening that, before launching a subscription drive aimed at libraries, they wouldn't first take a few minutes to talk to a librarian at their home institution. Maybe they did, or maybe they tried and didn't get a response, I don't know. On the other hand, I am glad to see an OA project like this in the humanities! - Regular Amanda
This was one of those days where I had multiple "opportunities" to be very diplomatic. I think I'll score myself as about 60% successful. Sigh.
Still better than me on my best day. - RepoRat
I got another opportunity... yay? Maybe I brought my score up to 65%, though maybe it was too transparent. - lris
I often appreciate people who are transparently diplomatic, as long as "diplomatic" doesn't mean "lying." - Steele Lawman
being diplomatic is so tiring. - DJF
so true - lris
I have a strong feeling you did just fine. ;) - RepoRat
Raise your hand if you have helped a student find resources about bronies today
What's a "student"? - DJF from Android
no. but I helped one find articles about activism in European countries against forced sterili*ation of transgendered persons. (which is outside my usual topic schema). - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
In this case, the student appeared to be a rather bemused middle-aged white woman in an intro level gender studies class - maʀtha
Not today, but yeah. - kaijsa
Rachel Walden
Cleaning up around the service desks while I work the closing shift. Found the drawer for a cash register we don't even have anymore.
It had $200 of starting cash, right? - Joe - Systems Analyst
Free webinar: Preserving Scrapbooks | Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) -
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(posted here for the crafty among us) - Betsy
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Down for everyone or just me?
up again? or still? who knows - lris
up for me, 12:53 EST - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Took forever to load--about 30 seconds. Doing a search, it is at about a minute and counting. Gave up on that, and I thought I try to browse to someone. Able to get to browse screen quickly, but getting to Sir Richard Abberbury (d. 1416) took about 30 seconds to a minute for that to load. Yuppers, I am going to report this. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Going to try it without going through the proxy to see if that matters. Yes, it does seem quite a bit faster. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Now it is fast again, even through the proxy... - Joe - Systems Analyst
JAson FLeming
You ever want to share a link, and have the person you are sharing it with go to the exact spot you are looking at? The ability to embed your own anchor tags into someone else's page without needing your friend/colleague to install a third party product. THAT, that is what I want
Like footnotes. See "trails of association" in the other convo about discovery. - barbara fister
Ah. Yes. Wonderfully synchronistic - JAson FLeming from Android
LB: Ratchet Bear
Lisa Hinchliffe
Working on drafting principles for discovery/delivery/access. (Note: not for a web-scale discovery system but rather conceptual/strategic.) Care to opine? (See first comment for text.)
1) Fully Develop and Deploy as Few General Tools as Possible 2) Wide-Scale Implementation of Adaptive/Contextual Assistance 3) Library in User Workflow 4) Fewest Steps from Discovery to Delivery 5) Everything Owned/Licensed/Provided Should be Discoverable 6) Full Library Discovery – Content, Services, Spaces 7) Consistent Language/Labeling 8) Greatest Discovery/Delivery at Lowest Cost - Lisa Hinchliffe
Do you feel like open access falls under 5? (6? 8?) I don't know if it is a foundational principle of discovery/access, but I feel like currently there is a real problem with integrating free content into the avenues of library discovery. - Freeda B.
Looks comprehensive. Any one of these points would be tough to pull off. I believe (2) is particularly tough with off the shelf packages. - aaron
"Provided" is our attempt at open content but with the concept of "selection" added in. We aren't looking to be Google. But, COMPLICATED! :) And, yes - these are a vision worth working toward ... not likely to be ever fully achieved! - Lisa Hinchliffe
I was about to suggest 'selected' in place of 'provided' because as you say, we don't want our discovery layer to index *all* the open access resources if our users are focused only on certain subject areas (as at MPOW). But yeah, all that looks pretty awesome. - Deborah Fitchett
Trails of association made visible and useful. Vannevar Bush. (But not with the microfilm part.) - barbara fister
"although I found the paper on a .org website, the fact that it is also in PubMed gives the published paper more authority" Discuss among yourselves.
I'm totally overthinking it, but I'm not certain it's a wrong statement. We do believe that the things in databases are quality, right? A database source gives an item more claim, yes? I think it's bugging me because it's not actually true? Or is it? (she says as she chases her tail....) - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
It's a correlation/causation fallacy. It's not more authoritative because it's in PubMed; it's in PubMed because it's more authoritative. (Or actually it's in PubMed because it's in [journal] because it was judged by hopefully authoritative people to be of sufficient quality/importance.) - Deborah Fitchett
okay, so, the problem is it doesn't tell you very much. there are lame things in PubMed. in itself, being in PubMed doesn't really tell you anything about the credibility, relevance, or authority of the source. so, it doesn't hurt her case, but it doesn't help it either. - maʀtha
also, in the age of OA, I'm uncomfortable with claims that a source is somehow more credible because it is owned by the library or in a database we pay buckets of money for - maʀtha
Ah, Martha's just clarified for me what was bugging me about what I just said. That is: *some things* are in PubMed because they're more authoritative. Other things are in PubMed for other reasons. From this end of it we don't know which things are in for which reasons, and that makes it hard to assess whether it's authoritative. - Deborah Fitchett
Yeah, authority comes from the creator, not the database. There are white supremacist rags in Academic Search Premier, and there are top notch works produced by Orgs. - lris
Yep. - maʀtha
Isn't mayo an org? - Christina Pikas from iPhone
You're right! I thought it was .com. - maʀtha
Exactly. So, it feels right (most folks do this, even if unconsciously)), but it isn't actually right. For students learning to identify authority, we practically force feed them that stuff in databases is the good stuff, right? But we don;t do it explicitly, so we leave the ins and outs of the details unsaid. (student isn't being graded down for this, I posted it here because it really struck me as identifying something) - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
We do? I don't think I know anyone who teaches that databases are de facto full of good stuff. - lris
The databases are a tool, just like search engines are a tool, and print indexes were a tool. There is nothing automagical about them that makes their content inherently better. I am constantly telling students, "It really is okay to use the Google. Here is how it can be helpful." Maybe there are instructors who tell students that the most important thing, and the only important thing... more... - maʀtha
Here are some more important questions: What is the source? How was it created, by whom, and for what purpose? In what culture does it exist? Can you tell how it fits into the larger universe of knowledge on this subject? and so forth - maʀtha
I think we imply it when we push the databases. I didn;t say we teach it. And this was a poor attempt to apply a lot of evluation criteria, but this one they pulled out of the air. We may as individuals take a different tact, but I think librarians, in general, send this message. (and especially at MPOW, where most folks go their middle years without seeing a librarian, ever. Profs... more... - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
I think you're conflating search tools and evaluation in ways that I haven't encountered. You can perform certain functions in databases that you can't in other places. And you can get to some content you can't get to other ways. But even with database results we still have to teach evaluation and critical thinking. I often teach google, Wikipedia, and a database, each as a tool with its pros and cons, each needing very similar evaluative skills. - lris
The fundamental problem here is the (on bad days not entirely groundless) belief that requiring students to *think* in this way is an idealistic but fundamentally hopeless goal and that the best we can hope to achieve is to train them to memorise a set of places that are good vs places that are bad and do research by, like a pigeon, pecking the right button to get the rewards of a good grade. - Deborah Fitchett
This assignment was that they search for their topic, and evaluate an item they found there, and also the potential usefulness of government information for their thesis topic. I didn't conflate evaluation and tool; the student evaluated with a criteria that suprisingly included tool, and I started thinking about how that entered into their toolbox. he wasn't explicitly taught it, but I do think he has been implicitly taught it along the way? Or at least, that's the theory I'm considering. - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
This doesn't surprise me at all. PubMed doesn't have a limit for peer-reviewed/scholarly content because the (research, non-editorial) articles largely tend to be peer-reviewed, so it is easy to come up with a correlation to authority. In fact, it's basically used as an advertisement for PubMed, that it doesn't include news/magazine sources. The medical literature employs a different (more nuanced?) scale of evidence than your "typical literature", though, so you have to think beyond peer-review. - Meg VMeg
I have heard librarians say "library databases are better than the free web" which tends to imply "if you use them, you'll always be safe." So yeah, I think in a sense people teach it. - barbara fister
I'm intrigued by the implicit ".org is less authoritative than .com" that seems to underlie the original statement. Am I reading too much into that? - Cameron Neylon
Oh, I read that as "Being on a .org site hints at a paper's authority, and indexing in PubMed confirms." PubMed isn't a .com. - Meg VMeg
I read it as "this advocacy group posted this info, but it's SCIENCE not advocacy and SCIENCE is truth." Or "it's not just on this website, it was published elsewhere and confirms what the website says." or something like that... - barbara fister
Meg VMeg
"The archive is a growing collection of items contributed from places that may disappear owing to the combined physical, political, and economic impacts of climate change, including glacial melting, sea level rise, coastal erosion, and desertification. Through common but differentiated collections, contributed materials form an archive of the future anterior; what will have been." - Meg VMeg
WEBCOMICS. Been a while since we had a rec thread. Rec us up some webcomics!
I discovered Strong Female Protagonist today and am enjoying the hell out of it. - RepoRat
I just started reading q2q, which is about working backstage in theater. Hilarious - Hedgehog from Android
Nimona is one of the diamond-quality websites where you DO actually WANT to read the comments: - RepoRat
Super U, by a good friend of mine: - RepoRat
Real Life Comics - Betsy
Yehuda Moon and the Kickstand Cyclery - unfortunately, it only ran for four years, but all the strips are still online. - Betsy
Not all necessarily safe for work, but channelate:; Something Positive:; Not Invented Here:; Connie to the Wonnie:; (most definitely not safe for work, but done by the awesome Erika Moen) Oh Joy Sex Toy:; Girls with Slingshots:... more... - Sir Shuping is just sir
Oh, well, if we're going NSFW then of course. - RepoRat
I love this thread. Non-web comic/gn - has anyone read Saga? It was recommended to me. Can't add to library, as we only have YA GN collection, and it's decidedly not YA, so I understand. - Louise "Weezy" Alcorn
saga is beyond awesome awesome. brian k. vaughn is my favorite comic writer of all time. - Sir Shuping is just sir
Mine are all several years old with semi-developed plotlines at this point... Sluggy Freelance, Questionable Content, etc. - awd
That's okay. Some of us are happy to chow down on archives. - RepoRat
Ok: Basic Instructions (occasionally funny) ; General Protection Fault (GPF - software company plus aliens and multiple dimensions) ; Unshelved (funny one-liners in the archive, some plot) ; PHD Comics (what you do on the way to get a PHD) ; Questoinalble Content ()too much awesome, funnt characters) - awd
Heh. I was in the middle of typing "Questionable Content, of course" when awd's post popped up :D - Katie
Sluggy Freelance (curently heavy plot, gods, demons, some big reveal on the way, about a web developer hero) ; Sinfest (not what one would expect from the title, good, strong conundrums) ; Sat Morning Bfast Cerial SMBC (similar to XKCD, less math) ; Head Trip (current plotline amuses me a lot) - awd
io9 just shared this list: lots of excellent ones on there like Broodhollow, Girls with Slingshots, Bad Machinery, The Intrepid Girlbot, Family Man, Octopus Pie, and on and on - Sir Shuping is just sir
I love Bad Machinery. - Steele Lawman
Weirdest patron return experience this year:
Someone (a student I quite like) brought back 6 or 7 books smelling incredibly intensely of buttered popcorn. Like, eyewateringly so at the time, 4 hours later there is STILL a (now-pleasant) buttered popcorn aroma at circ, smelling intensely. Which a) how did the smell get so intense??? does the person work at a movie theater???? and b) the books were totally clean. No stains, no damage, purely aroma.... so weird. - Marianne
(my used bookstore stories put that one to shame - black widow spiders, anyone? - but for purely weird with zero ick factor, that one might win the decade, not just the year.) - Marianne
maybe! to make it weirder the same person just brought back a bunch more books and they didn't smell of anything. - Marianne
Sir Shuping is just sir
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WoMentoring Project launch!! | Sally Jane Thompson's blog
WoMentoring Project launch!! | Sally Jane Thompson's blog
"Woo! Today is launch day for the awesome and exciting WoMentoring Project! Over 60 amazing, professional literary women (writers, editors and agents) have signed up to offer their time free to mentor women writers who could use it. As well as doing a few illos for the site, I’ll be offering free mentorship to a comics writer or cartoonist, or a prose writer who wants to try comics. I’m somewhat awed by the women who’ve signed up for this, and freely admit I don’t have the many years of experience that many of them do. But what experience, insight and encouragement I do have, from a few years in, I’d love to offer to one of you!" - Sir Shuping is just sir from Bookmarklet
Thanks...shared w/ a writer I know who this would be great for - Hedgehog from Android
Happiest birthday to you, Derrick!
HAPPY! - Jenica
D. Happy birthday my bfam - ♫Jorge Covert, Trainer♫
Happy Birthday Derrick!! - Hedgehog
Happy birthday!! - Jen
Felicitations! - Louise "Weezy" Alcorn
Belated but glorious birthday wishes to you Derrick! - Galadriel C.
happy happiest birthday! sorry I missed it on the day! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Happy Belated Derrick Day!!! I luhs you. I'm super glad you were born. xoxox - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
has anyone heard of "researchomatic" ? seems creepy to me: "Researchomatic is the World's largest e-library for Academic Research that contains more than 4 million research-based topics that help students to develop quality essays, book notes, AP notes, term papers, research papers, theses, assignments & dissertations on more than 1000 Subject...
...1000 Subject areas. Our wide range of academic research material assists students to conduct in-depth analysis over diverse topics & get outstanding grades in return." - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
sounds like an essay farm. - RepoRat
sounds like a Wallace and Gromit contraption - maʀtha
sounds like something that has asked me to link to them. - Joe - Systems Analyst
grad student asked about it - she is suspicious & so am i. suspicions not allayed by any of y'all. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Steele Lawman
Sometimes I feel a bit estranged from our profession, but then I encounter those people who try to control or intimidate other people by withholding or squelching information and I get all Conan the Librarian again.
video, pls - maʀtha
Kathleen A. Zar Symposium: Exploring Our Own Data: Practical Application of Data Management Skills to Library Data Sets -
Look what I just got an email about :) - maʀtha from Bookmarklet
Are you going to be there? - jambina from FFHound(roid)!
alas, no. but look who is presenting! - maʀtha
:-D I think the workshop is sold out (we were at 18/20 last I heard from Barbara) but we'd [or at least I, can't speak for R] be interested in doing a repeat performance if anyone is looking for such a thing :) - Hedgehog
laura x
We're gonna party like it's 2005 and have blogs on our new website. Please help me think of a better name than Adult Blog.
Ooooh. ADULT blog. - SAM
You're going to have several? I would probably get clever and not say adult or teens or children explicitly. Is there something unique to your physical library/ies you could capitalize on? What is the focus of the blog? Reviews/events/services, or something narrower? I like SPL's names--Shelf Talk is their adult blog and Push to Talk is for teens. NYPL has some good names for their... more... - kaijsa
Sorry. Other people will probably be more helpful and think of actual names. - kaijsa
Yes, we're going to have an adult one, a teen one, and a children's one (as I said, it's like 2005!). I am only responsible for the adult one, which I very much do not want to call Adult Blog, for obvious reasons. - laura x
I would read something called Adult Blog if you were the author, laura. - Marie
Twenty-One Up; Read For Your Life - Pete
Could you be more specific about the focus? It will help with the clever. - Holly's favorite Anna
[No-one ever let me use the slogan "Lonely librarians waiting for your call" for our virtual reference service. :-( ] - Deborah Fitchett
Lonelylibrarianswaitingforyourcall would make a great tumblr. - Joe - Systems Analyst
The adulterated blog. You could have a click through agreement that asks if the reader is over 21 like a liquor website. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Is Coralville famous for anything? - maʀtha
Unadulterated - maʀtha
For mature audiences only. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Library L<3ve - maʀtha
Dial L for Library. - Joe - Systems Analyst
I Just Sit Around and Read Books All Day - maʀtha
Okay, I see you have fossilized coral, a dam, and a mall. Hrm. - maʀtha
It has no focus (can you tell how well we've planned? also have I mentioned we're also going live with a new ILS at the very same time as this new website?). So far I've written posts about the new catalog and cool things you can do with it, a nostalgic post about computer programming, and books with plot twists. - laura x
I'll bet that is how Coralville got its name. - Joe - Systems Analyst
We are mostly famous locally for being an endless strip mall. In fact, someone once wrote a book called The Strip just about our strip as an iconic American strip. Perhaps I should just call it The Strip. - laura x
Trying to figure out how to involve the word tease as part of that name. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Coralville Corral - maʀtha
I like that. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Literary Strip Mall. - kaijsa
There Used to Be Ocean Here - maʀtha
Am I helping yet? - maʀtha
The Strip: An Adult Blog - Holly's favorite Anna from Android
^^^LOL - lris
laurax, we use "adult blog" too, cuz yeah. It's in the "Adults" area of our website, cuz yeah. - Louise "Weezy" Alcorn
Mature Blog Would Read Again A++++++++++ - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
This might improve your Google Analytics stats - maʀtha
Joe - Systems Analyst
I want to thank jambina and many others in the LSW for giving me the inspiration and encouragement to initiate the startup of the Scholarly Communication Section of the Academic Division of SLA. We now have a basic webpage and twitter account. and
Jeez my pic is huge on the libguide. Think I will edit that to make it less huge. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Keeping my promise and joining SLA. *g* Looking for service opportunities, so lemme know whatcha got. - RepoRat
I am also tempted to rejoin SLA after many years. - John Dupuis
Dorothea, be sure to also join the data caucus that just started. - kendrak from Android
i didn't intend to let it lapse - despite my distaste for some of the hq stuff - but it came up for renewal when there was a freeze and haven't gotten around to it since. i miss the DC list - was very useful - Christina Pikas
thanks, Kendra, will do! - RepoRat
Thanks for the plug on the Data Caucus, Kendra!!! Repo,I am a co-convener and we would LOVE to have you :) - LibrarianOnTheLoose
We will sooooo plug data caucus stuff/resources/content as well. - Joe - Systems Analyst
linky to the data caucus? - RepoRat
Here is info on their first meeting. - Joe - Systems Analyst
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