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So librarians. Much distraction. Very LOL. Wow.
Meg VMeg
Anyone know of a good resource that lists scholarship opportunities for undergrad women pursuing STEM majors? Something national/international and/or that breaks down these opportunities by institution?
Or is this not a kind of money that undergrads traditionally apply for? I can't figure out why there's not a list. The best I've found so far is this Gender Equality one from Berkeley: but it's not entirely science, and includes UC-specific info. - Meg VMeg
US news has an old list I don't know of a newer centralized list but the groups they mention all seem to have undergrad and grad $$ available. - Hedgehog
Yeah, that's the next best thing I found. But it's missing so much stuff! Now I'm finding some good stuff in a bunch of different places, but I'm surprised there's not a more comprehensive list (maybe some kind of reference source), and I do not have time to compile one. - Meg VMeg
Where's a LIS intern when you need one.... :p - Hedgehog
lol - Meg VMeg
There are books at the public library. Scholarships by major by region by other decriptors - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Steele Lawman
I'm processing a gift of several thousand art books. One joy of the project is running across artists I hadn't seen before, like Finland's Olli Lyytikäinen. That's Donald Duck and Hamlet on a bicycle.
Cool. Thanks for sharing these! - Laura
IT SURE IS! - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
There is another one I love in the book that I can't find online called "Bunny Plays Bach on an Electric Piano" - Steele Lawman
Tumblr question: is it possible to "reblog" from Tumblr to a standard library website? Any chance this could be done automagically? (I want a photo site where I can post images & info. that will automatically update on my library's home page. Instagram isn't it. Maybe Flickr?)
Tumblr has an RSS feed, so you could feed in the entries using an RSS import system. - Joe
Quick check, do you guys teach (A OR B OR C) AND (D OR E OR F) type searches? Where a/b/c & d/e/f are synonyms?
Yep. "One concept per line, ORs between words in a concept" - lris
Are there situations you think where searching this way is not appropriate? - aaron
I preface that (usually) by reading something that will help us generate words/phrases that all appear in an article about a concept that won't appear in articles about a different concept. - lris
re second question, I don't think it's always necessary, but it's a useful skill to know for everything from google to databases. - lris
Also, students feel like they "learned something" so I gain legitimacy and a fairly free-form classroom. - lris
Iris, the gain legitimacy is the reason why i do it too. But I am starting to wonder, do such techniques really help in improving the search results? - aaron
My students have consistently gotten better results in their hands on portion when they've tried this. It is sometimes because the search technique is important (usually in databases) and sometimes because it helps them think about keywords rather than questions (in everything), and always because they're thinking about terms that appear in their ideal article but that won't appear in every single article out there. - lris
Also, the way I teach it, I emphasize matching the language of the community you're hoping to engage, learning the terms of your conversation, and "teaching the computer" the language you're talking. I don't emphasize boolean, or usually even mention the name. - lris
I have taught it in the past; there are occasions when students think it's the coolest thing ever. Depends on class and context whether it's the most useful thing I can impart to them or not. - Deborah Fitchett
"Computers can't read," I tell them, "they simply match letters in a row. So we have to show them the letters-in-a-row that might match things they know about." - lris
When I *do* teach Boolean I like to show them my optical coincidence cards: -- only covers AND but they're just so awesomely retro. - Deborah Fitchett
Yeah, there are plenty of classes where this won't help enough to make the cut. But if they have to use certain databases (esp. MLA International Bibliography, for me) it is a life-or-death kind of thing to know. - lris
I am going to say it helps less in full-text databases AND/OR cases where the system already tries to be "helpful" with stemming or find related words. In extreme cases like some Discovery services which tend to have high recall anyway, adding more words in the concept can explode the search even more. - aaron
Yeah, it doesn't help in Summon. But it does help in JSTOR if you're good at choosing discipline-specific keywords and you're also good at selecting your discipine(s) from the advanced search check boxes. - lris
Yup - Hedgehog
Maybe I am doing it wrong. Anyone like to share a good example of such a search statement? - aaron
Google Scholar: recidivism (youth OR adolescent OR juvenile OR teen) (prevent OR reduce) (program OR intervention) - maʀtha
Database: recidivism AND (youth* OR adolescen* OR juvenile* OR teen*) AND (prevent* OR reduce* OR reduction) AND (program* OR intervention*). - maʀtha
BUT, in reality, I would use the advanced search screen in many databases with, as Iris says, one ORed set per row, leaving the AND defaults in between the rows. And I would replace some of the terms with subject headings and use search limiters as appropriate. - maʀtha
and yes to everything else Iris says above - maʀtha
This kind of searching can be very important to searching in medical databases/indexes. The automatic term mapping in PubMed is getting better all the time, but it does miss things, especially if the search terms are way off. Using MEDLINE & CINAHL this kind of Boolean searching is essential. - maʀtha
I am going to agree with the case of Medical searches, high precision. I am not sure if the searches for GS, the results are appreciably bad with say recidivism adolescent reduce intervention - aaron
Sure, and GS is searching fulltext while PubMed is not. - Meg VMeg
yes. esp. to what Iris said (and martha agreed to). I don't call it Boolean, but I ALWAYS show it to students one-on-one & in class. Today's example: patron said "story telling" Database calls it … storytelling (one word) - but when you OR in "narrative*" you triple the results. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
also from today's patron, who wanted the term "race:" race OR racial OR minorit* OR African American* OR black OR hispanic* OR Latina* OR Latino* OR Asian American* (I capitalize OR for emphasis not because it's required; I also discuss importance of using current / older / sometimes-not-politically-correct terms for concepts like "African American*" vs "black"). Definitely use OR with age groups, esp. teenagers, as in martha's example. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
you know what else I use a lot? (drug* OR alcohol* OR substance OR chemical) AND (abuse* OR dependenc* OR addict*) AND (hispanic* OR latino* OR latina*) AND [whatever other concept you want here]. This is for a particular assignment in the drug counseling program where they have to pick a certain population. - maʀtha
oh, and my most popular is: (social media OR social network* OR twitter OR Facebook OR instagram OR myspace OR youtube) - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
(ps, I LURVE this thread) - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
that is great! totally stealing ^^ - maʀtha
I have an instruction session Wed--the students have to research a key educational figure (Piaget, Montessori, etc.) in groups of 3-4. I'd like to do something interactive, but they won't have computers. I'm going to have them jot down possible search terms & databases to use--any other ideas?
I've seen some nice handouts on forming a research plan, asking things like: what do you already know about the topic? What do you not know that you need to know? What types of sources do you think will have that information? You could answer those without computers. Ack, I can't find any of the samples I've used in the past right now... - Regular Amanda
Thanks Amanda...that sounds a little KWL? (Know-Want to Know-Learn) - YvonneM
I've had good luck in similar situations handing out a short article (something accessible like from a reputable magazine or newspaper) and having groups work together to read the article carefully for clues about related concepts (what concepts work together, what people are named, what words or phrases might make good search terms, etc). Then we work together to compile lists of terms... more... - lris
Thanks, Iris. I like this idea (& analogy). They won't be able to do searches because no student computers (there's too many of them for a lab), but we can still do most of this. - YvonneM
Oh, yeah, I do the searches based on their suggestions. - lris
I've always thought it'd be good to have students come up to the front computer & do the search(es), but I haven't actually done it. Might be good to try in this situation tho. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Meg VMeg
When you tell someone that the thing doesn't work in Safari, and then watch them download Firefox from some random website in their Google results, one that is obviously spammy and untrustworthy, and it's like the slow-motion screaming "NNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOoooooooo" but they're done before you can open your mouth.
Listening to an OCLC Reordering Ranganation webinar in the background, and I see that Lynn Connaway cited Sarah Glassmeyer. And, she got the quote off a little bit. It should be...
"...change is a constant. Deal with it. Not (sic) matter what type of library you’re in or what you do in it, it’s important to remember that you are in a service industry." - Joe
I don't think I am going to call Lynn on it. - Joe
A wonderful recent graduate died in a tragic swimming accident yesterday. You think this kind of thing can't happen to a smart, talented athlete, but I guess it can.
Oh, lris, that is sad. I am sorry. - Marianne
:( - RepoRat
Truly sorry. - Joe
We've had so many tragic deaths this year. Especially for such a small school. - lris
Wow, yeah. - Meg VMeg
I'm so very sorry. - Galadriel C.
So sorry for your loss. - Hot Bubba. 114F Hot.
so sorry to hear this - maʀtha
Oh wow. - Marie
I'm sorry. That's awful. - YvonneM
I'm sorry to hear it. - Steele Lawman
Gould Outlook Newsletter: Summer edition
thank you; saved that gender-and-RDA piece for org-of-info, if I ever get to teach it again. - RepoRat
:) - lris
Catherine Pellegrino
I have never bothered to set an "out of office" email autoresponder thinger. Should I?
Honestly, I never do. Only if I'm going to be out more than a week with scanty email access. - RepoRat
Since I don't have off-site email access (I've chosen not to learn how), I set it when I know I'll the out for more than a day. The one time I forgot, my director emailed me about something and eventually went to my boss when she didn't get a response. - Katie
i always do, but a MPOW there's a global rule so it never goes outside of the firewall. otherwise i might not for fear of listserv hell.eta: it's difficult for me to check my work e-mail from away as it requires 2-factor authentication and i've also set the expectation of quick responses. - Christina Pikas
I started setting it (and changing my voicemail message) after the first time I was out of town and a faculty member left 3 voicemails, emailed twice, and called my officemate (who told him I was out of town). It seemed like an unnecessary level of panic that was pretty easy to avoid. Also it helps me not check my email on vacation. I only do it for extended vacations though - not for being sick or taking an extra day off here or there. - Marianne
Hm. Okay, maybe I'll look into setting one for my upcoming week of vacation. I've just never set one before, for any length of time, and never had it come back to bite me. And frankly, I find them annoying as heck, but I guess I can see the purpose. - Catherine Pellegrino
I do, but all my lists go to a gmail acct, and that doesn't get one. But it's a courtesy, since I'd rather students/faculty get one if they contact me with a question and know they can go to someone else if it's urgent. - ellbeecee from Android
I find them annoying when I already know the person is gone (like a direct co-worker) but helpful in other circumstances. Also, we were pretty much told "do it" so I do it. I always include contact information for the reference desk in my email and voicemail messages when I know I'm going to be out for more than a day or two and don't want to be checking email while I'm out. - lris
yes, for the reasons above. especially what Christina said about my having set an expectation of a quick response. if I know I'm not going to check email, I set the out of office thingie. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Good point about the contact info, Iris, I do that too (esp. since there are two major sets of things people are likely to be urgently contacting me about, with two different sets of people they should talk to if I am not here). - Marianne
Yeah, the contact info thing is tricky for me in this instance, since neither reference nor circulation is what you might precisely call "staffed" in the summer, but we make do. - Catherine Pellegrino
I should have set one while I was on maternity leave but forgot. Doh. I do it only if I'm really not going to be checking my email. - laura x
I don't...but I also typically check my email even when I'm off/out of the office....primarily because I'm insane. And also it keeps other people out of things they don't need to be involved in - Sir Shuping is just sir
I set one for longer than 1 day out of office. Ours allow for responses only to direct emails--so listservs shouldn't get spammed (I hope). It's pretty common in our campus culture and helps me manage expectations of response. We had wireless at ALA but I didn't have brain capacity for a couple of hours of email at night, so...out of office and I just cleaned things out yesterday. - Hedgehog
I used to but don't now unless it is overseas where I have limited email access.The manage expectation part is why I am considering adding it back in, even though I do (typo) check my email when on leave. - aaron
If you do it, for God's sake refrain from emailing people when it's active. So irritating to reply to an email and get an out-of-office message. - JffKrlsn from Android
At MPOW I don't have access to email offsite (and, in fact, I don't want to) so I set an out of office message identifying who can help while I'm away. Principals in my lab know how to contact me when I'm offsite (another email address which I can get to from offsite) for something urgent+important. - henry
hijack: Does anybody else get people posting direct research/tech questions to your social media accounts when they know you're out of office? Because I am, and I'm trying to be nice while telling my friends to back up. (I do set out of office messages because our AUL asks us to and for reasons identical to Iris's above.) - kaijsa
I set my out-of-office email message for times when I'm not going to reply to office email. That way when someone needs something immediately they know know not to wait for me to respond. I usually only do this when I'm going to be out of town. - John: Thread Killer
Reference question: what does the 2002 edition of the New York Times Manual of Style say about using the title "Dr" for people who have a PhD, and who are speaking about their area of expertise? I can check the 1975 edition myself on Monday, so don't bother looking if you've only got the older edition.
We have the 1999 edition, and according to our vendor, the 2002 is a reprint of the 1999. Here's the entry for Dr. "Dr. should be reserved for those with earned doctorates. Physicians' or dentists' titles should be used in all references....Others with earned doctorates, like Ph.D. degrees, may choose to use the title or not; follow their preference. Do not use the title for someone whose doctorate is honorary." - kaijsa
thanks! - DJF
You're welcome. My research desk shift is sloooow. - kaijsa
I'm so sorry I missed this question … I have created a local subject heading for Journalism Styleguides for mai collection … which includes 4 different editions of the NYT stylebook. :-) - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Sir Shuping is just sir
my brain is not working well today, but figured I'd ask and see if anyone there a health metadata standard? i've found that there's one being developed for patient records and the like, but is there one for just health related materials?
The one I know about is MeSH, but I'm not a medlib. - lris
there's also schema like these - maʀtha
Regular Amanda
Twiddly resume/CV question (biggest reason I hate applying for grants? they require an updated resume): I want to point out that I helped organize a conference, but don't want to use "co-organizer" as it seems to imply there were only 2 organizers. I was one of four or so. And "organizer" seems to imply I was the only one. What should I use?
I don't think "co-organizer" necessarily implies just two. "Organizing team?" - laura x
I like organizing team, or that sort of feel. Maybe I'm nuts, that co-organizer implies two. I don't know why this particular detail is sticking in my craw, but I can't say "had some phone calls, emails and meetings while grad students did most the work", so I feel stuck. - Regular Amanda
That sounds more like "managed the organizing team." - Katy S
Member, Organizing Team? (I don't think co-organizer = two but if it doesn't feel right to you then need something else!) - Lisa Hinchliffe
I think most people will assume that more than two people are involved in an organizing team, so I would use co-organizer. - Zamms
If you're feeling grandiose, you could make it a Committee! - Megan loves summer
Thanks, everyone! I think I'm going to go with co-organizer, then, since multiple folks have said it doesn't sound limited to two. Dunno where I got that connotation from. - Regular Amanda
I am now transferred to loans/circulations department after 2 years in technical services and 5 in reference/information services. Any advice/recommendations on what to read, what mailing list to subscribe etc would be greatly appreciated.
lib-circplus is a mailing list I'm on: - Freeda B.
I hope that's good news for you! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Good in the sense there are new things to learn. Bad in the sense I still retain responsibility for all prior duties and roles. - aaron from YouFeed
Aaron, that sounds like more than one job. - Marie
in a way yes. but the saving grace is it's not as if I am replacing anybody (at least for now), so it all runs without my intervention. I haven't been given any specific instructions by the powers that be, as per usual, given free reign to look around and decide what to improve. though been ignorant of basic concepts like shelf reading , stock take might make it Hard. - aaron from BuddyFeed
shelf reading is No Fun. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
when i used to have to do it at the publib I enjoyed it and got sucked in... then ddc is much more fun than lc. what was no fun was the children's picture books on the bottom shelf. Oy! - Christina Pikas
I wonder how many libraries are actually using ColorMARK (or whatever it's called), that vaguely bizarre product that attempts to ease shelfreading by using a spine label with colored bands that match the first few characters of the call number? (Or has the company quietly disappeared?) - Walt Crawford
I would comment on the thrill of shelfreading in the Doe stacks, all three million volumes, but there was very little of that done and only for specific purposes. - Walt Crawford
lib-circplus is the best list for access services type info. if you do interlibrary loan the ill-l list is also a good one to sub to. just never, ever ask about mailers. it sets off an argument for a week. i'd also look in the journal of access services, just to see if there's anything that catches your eye that's interesting. otherwise...i'm blanking on places/thing to look at - Sir Shuping is just sir
Be kind to your circ staff, and your shelvers. They do the most monotonous but important work in the library, and the circ staff, especially, deal with the most angry people. And they all get very little respect for it. - laura x
Shelf-reading can be very soothing if you're doing it as a break from other tasks that are driving you up the wall. If it's your regular job, you need an iPod so badly it's not funny. - Deborah Fitchett
Yeah, well, unfortunately, iPods and other MP3 players were in short supply in 1963-67, when I might have been doing shelf-reading. Not that I think we'd have been allowed to use them in the stacks while on paid status in any case. - Walt Crawford
When I was a student worker, we weren't allowed to wear headphones at all. We had to be available and approachable to help patrons in the stacks. Our shelvers here wear them all the time and I have to admit I don't like it because I'm an old crankypants and have very particular customer service expectations. But I am not a boss. - kaijsa
Other things I am looking at RFIDs & security (we apparently have a unusual hybrid system because our RFIDs were implemented fairly early in 2001), and yes ILL though for here this means books only. Document delivery refers to articles, which is under another dept. - aaron
RFID is the devil. As is security in general. Good luck! - laura x from iPhone
Laura yes, Circ staff deal with the most angry people. We currently don't have a one-desk approach (reference desk is one level up from entrence level), so they tend to get to deal with even non-circulation complaints (ahem.. discovery service). I got a couple of mths to figure out how to bring about a combined desk approach. - aaron
How's it going at ALA?
Not bad, a fair amount of booze - Hedgehog from Android
Crazy busy - Aaron the Librarian from Android
Not very ALA-y for me yet, but very wonderful. Hung out with one of my former students, took him on his first (and he swears only, never again, really!) alcoholic bender until the wee hours of the morning, spent the day eating and exploring and drinking tea with a brilliant author who is also a friendly acquaintance and her friends, went to the Printz reception, now I am eating a crepe in my hotel room, but I am also exhausted, so it's even money whether I fall asleep face-down in the crepe or not. - Marianne
Cold! Of course :) - ~Courtney F
I think I missed the LSW meetup - copystar from Android
still crazy busy - Aaron the Librarian
I missed that there was an LSW meetup - ~Courtney F
did the meetup happen? - maʀtha
If it did, I missed it :( - Aaron the Librarian from Android
too damn hot. there was a LSW meetup? I only saw Marianne and Aaron ... - henry
I think we were going to have a meetup at the LITA thing but I was too tired to go to the LITA thing. Heat is exhausting. I had a good time though. - Marianne
I think we'd tentatively said maybe for around LITA Happy Hour but nothing official. Marianne--Ivan did pass on your greetings! - Hedgehog
A little bird has told me that the III no longer has a Director of Library Futures. "Too much investment for too little return", I am told.
The future is PLASTICS. - Julian
Right-o, Julian - ellbeecee
I'm bemused by the idea of Library Futures. Where can I buy them? And what is the timeframe to go long on? - Cameron Neylon
Cameron, at the Chicago board of profession, just across the street from the CBOT. - DJF from Android
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ win. - RepoRat
of course now we need to rewrite Trading Places. - Pete
Exactly, Julian - maʀtha from Android
Who wants to lay money on who the next DoLF will be? - maʀtha from Android
I'd last money on the position being eliminated - DJF from Android
that would be my guess too. I can say from experience that getting a position created for you has a way of not working out real well -- at least, where obvious nepotism isn't involved (it's never been for me). - RepoRat
yeah, it didn't last long - maʀtha
Which law suit? - Joe
Innnnnnteresting. - Jason Griffey
Hello fine peoples, what do you all use for Twitter analytics? What's free? What's good? What's good and free? Can one do this via Google Analytics?
Depends on what you trying to do? Besides third party analytics did you know there is a built-in ? Don't be scared away by the word "business" it works for free. - aaron
I did not know this! I'll go check it out - maʀtha
Twittonomy and Twopcharts are free and interesting - marlene
2nd on Twittonomy - YvonneM
Christina Pikas
Anyone seen the print edition of the May 26, 2014 Forbes? The Dell ad in the middle is supposed to have a working computer complete with usb, microsd (removable), lithium battery... sounds neat!
I just grabbed our copy and didn't find a Dell ad anywhere - kristin buxton
I found a Dell add on page 32 or something like that, but it was just a regular ad. I guess it was supposed to be like this? - Joe
I checked the copy at my evening POW and it was just a regular ad. - Betsy
Huh. Strange. I guess I heard wrong - Christina Pikas from iPhone
But that video shows that some people got it. Limited distribution. - Joe
i wonder if it was random or selected somehow. - Christina Pikas
it may have been non-institutional subscribers - ~Courtney F
don't think my copy had that (i usually scan the toc for interesting stuff, read that, then shred the cover and recycle the rest). i get mine on a personal (free) subscription. - henry
I'm totally thinking about badging the library -- at least, the reference encounter -- in mai library next year. Has anyone done this? See Webjunction "Badging the Library, Part 2: How"
mentioned this to my marketing prof colleague who said "oh, gamifying research help! great! you could do a study too!" - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Rachel Walden
All I know is I have "Harry Potter meeting" on my calendar for this afternoon. :)
Use a time turner to go back to figure out why it was scheduled. - Joe
I will be sure to use expecto patronum to keep dementors out of the meeting. - Rachel Walden
Accio agenda! - copystar
let me know if you need ideas for stuff to do in your library along with the exhibit - maʀtha
Martha, I absolutely need ideas! That's what yesterday turned out to be - planning meeting. I'd be really grateful for any thoughts you want to share. - Rachel Walden
Are you familiar with the good people of the Harry Potter Alliance? I'm wearing my Granger Lovegood 2016 tee right now - copystar
I have a ton, because we really leveraged the exhibit to do a lot of stuff. - maʀtha
excellent! - Rachel Walden
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
laura x
Today's library materials challenge: Nine to Five (1980) - IMDb -
Today's library materials challenge: Nine to Five (1980) - IMDb
Why?!?! - Katie
... really?! on what grounds? - RepoRat
but... but... it's the BEST. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Drugs. - laura x
Must be the M&M scene. - Ruth Kneale
It's enough to drive you crazy if you let it. - Steele Lawman
drugs are bad but hanging him from the ceiling attached to a garage door opener is a-ok - Christina Pikas
and being a serial harasser is also a-ok - Christina Pikas
I was thinking it's pretty bad on the sexual harassment front … but prolly no one but us wimmin care about that. (wicked funny movie tho) - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Totally disappointing conversation with the patron in question ("I just think if we're going to change society we have to start with the youth!"). Oh well. - laura x
"Won't anyone please think of the children!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" - Stephen Francoeur
9 to 5 is also a 35 hour work week. What kind of message does that send? - Andy
Sends the message that we all deserve a paid lunch. - Steele Lawman
Sends the message that you should live on the east coast, where it's not uncommon to work a 35-hour week. - Meg VMeg from Android
instead of where i live, where it's a salaried 60-70 hour work week...or mandatory unpaid overtime, if you're hourly. - Big Joe Silence
I think this movie was the first one I'd seen that I remember addressed pot, and I remember my mom explaining that whole scene to me. I do remember thinking that hallucinating about Dabney Coleman's character didn't seem that much fun, no matter what the revenge entailed or how much they laughed. - Jennifer Dittrich
I saw this movie several times as a youngun and again as a young adult, and I had no recollection of drug-taking scenes. just sayin. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
We have 38.75 hour work weeks. I still haven't figured out what 7.75hr days translates to with a "normal" schedule -- 8.5hr day with .75 hr lunch just seems weird and nit-picky. - Holly's favorite Anna
we have 40 hour weeks, but as professional staff that's supposed to be a bare minimum. can't even take something like comptime unless it's super duper over (like 60 hours on a specific project) ... - Christina Pikas
We have 35 hour weeks with unpaid lunchtime. That's also supposed to equal 12 credits because we're faculty. 35/12 = ugly. - Rebecca Hedreen
Our work week is 37.5 - translates to 8-hour day with half hour lunch at MPOW, or at MFPOW it was 8.5 hour day with 1 hour lunch. (Easily negotiable at either place, that's just the default of what most people tend to.) If I work a bit long one day I take it out of the next and vice versa. *Nobody* wants to see me getting tired and cranky. - Deborah Fitchett
I watched this as a child, I'm pretty sure one scene of middle aged (ish) women smoking pot didn't suddenly make it vastly appealing. But hey, my mom believed in actually parenting. - Hedgehog
I still think all the calculations about how many hours a person is supposed to work a week is weird, if you're not working a specific shift in a public service setting. Work until the job is done, then go home. - Laura Krier
Just think of how different it would be to work in a culture where our employers trusted us to want to contribute and accomplish things. Whoa! Crazy! - Laura Krier
And I haven't had any coffee yet so I managed to digress completely from the original topic of conversation. Oops. - Laura Krier
Which do you prefer? "Sustained Silent Reading" or "Drop Everything And Read" #ramona
Woah, flashback! We had USSR in grade school (Uninterrupted Silent Sustained Reading) and the Ribit program in 8th grade (Reading In Bed Is Terrific). - Melly
We did DEAR in grade school. DEAR time, every morning, 20 minutes. - Meg VMeg
I would love it if people would order me to drop everything and read, so that's my preference. I apparently practice Ribit routinely. - barbara fister
i practice Read When Everyone Else Has Gone To Bed Cos That's The Only Uninterrupted Time You'll Ever Get. not sure i can backronym that one. :P - Big Joe Silence
We did DEAR; I don't know (U)SSR. Is there a difference. These days I read on the bus, which gives me two hours a day. Or sometimes I write, or sleep, but right now it's reading. Also on breaks because Jung Chang's biography of Cixi is utterly riveting OMG. - Deborah Fitchett
We tried DEAR when I was at CPL...I didn't like it but I htink we needed better structure, one day of it wasn't effective. In a school I could see it better. - Hedgehog
We had SSR, though we mostly just called it Silent Reading. I cannot imagine calling anything USSR in the 1980s. - laura x from iPhone
I do not believe that there is a pipeline shortage of school librarians as CPS is saying. Maybe they don't want to go somewhere that they often see their jobs cut, have to cover multiple schools?
barbara fister
OA book proposal - $20K first book subventions to be paid by libraries/institutions. Discuss.
This one snuck right past me. - barbara fister
I know that good editors need to be paid, and it takes a lot of work and time for editors to work with writers, but jeez. In many cases, the libraries would be paying for the prestige and cache of a brand name, not necessarily the cost of the base services. - Joe
I'll buy that turning a first-timer's academic work into a good-quality academic monograph requires skilled developmental editing and copy editing. That said, damn, $20K seems high: it feels like $3,000-$5,000 "hybrid OA" charges. - Walt Crawford
I love the way such proposals are so often self-described as "rational." "it's eminently rational that you should pay some of the costs we incur." - barbara fister
I wish someone would raise the rational question of whether we really need first books to evaluate whether faculty are keepers. - barbara fister
Then again, most faculty in the humanities who I know assume that though most of their time is spent teaching, their real job is writing books that will be read by people like them. All six of them. - barbara fister
I'm skeptical of the stated benefits for academic libraries. My library would theoretically pay $45K in this scheme and we'd get what? "...working in partnership with presses to aggregate, host, promote, curate, and preserve the growing corpus of open-access digital monographs...." Really? We get to pay money to do work we already don't have personnel to manage. I'm doubtful, but at a non-ARL research university (high level) with a fewer than 30 librarians. - kaijsa
Eh. Some stuff makes a helluva lot more sense at a level above the individual institution (cf Hathi Trust). I ain't arguing with you that the price is too high, though. - RepoRat
I think we haven't figured out what the price shoudl be - or maybe I should say the price we put on doing things this way. I think univesity presses make a big contribution, and most of them do it without a lot of resources, but focusing on "first books" seems to solve a problem that we should think about more critically first. - barbara fister
During AHAGate a blogger said there was no way any press would publish his dissertation, which was on Old Believers in Russia. I thought "damn, that's way more interesting to me than a lot of UP books" but his point was that there really isn't a reason to invest a lot of time and effort into something that wouldn't command a big audience just to prove he was a worthy historian. - barbara fister
Would these ideas still have value if they weren't refined and polished? Not as much, I'm sure, but maybe we could afford to share (and give credit for) scholarship that isn't lovingly buffed and polished. - barbara fister
Though a big piece of what editors at UPs do is coax people to write interesting books which might not see the light of day without encouragement. I don't know what it would take to create conditions for that to happen without it costing $20,000 per interesting project. (That $20,000 doesn't include the author's time or research expenses, remember, though it might include a small advance or occasional royalty check.) - barbara fister
standard in Canada (from back in the day when i knew this stuff) was 10K in funding per monograph at a UP. very few could be published without that (lots of grant-writing heappening). now, funding models for UPs are very different in canada (smaller presses, few popular titles published to support scholarly titles) but i don't think 20K is unreasonable at all. - jambina
subventions, now with open access. At least there's OA in this. - barbara fister
I'm not against this kind of proposal in theory, just think that libraries need to get some funding for personnel to do work that advances projects like this. Funding for human (not just collection) resources is scarce, but demands for services are high. OA is good, figuring out a new model for UPs is good, supporting scholarship is good. I'm just not convinced maintaining the traditional monograph as gold standard for tenure should be a given. - kaijsa
^^^^ yes. - barbara fister
An essay by the new director of the open access Amherst College press - scholarly books are luxury goods unless you decide up front that they are common goods. - barbara fister
Hi everybody! You've probably seen that Mellon is floating a proposal along these lines too, although it wouldn't be aimed at first books. - Jennifer Howard
MPOW is req 2 do intro library activity for freshmen over 2 days, twice a day. Each group = 550 students, for an hour and a half (2200 students over 2 days). I wasn't able to attend 1st meeting, but minutes say the favored option is a "self-guided tour." Waiting till next mtg for more info, but...huh??
I feel like this is a baaad idea. - YvonneM
Library as art museum. - Joe
just line them up in one session in the stadium and get a bull horn. isn't that effective IL training :) - Christina Pikas
lol. "Y'all ready for this?" - YvonneM
Katy S
Women Remember: A Roundtable Interview - Lightspeed Magazine -
Women Remember: A Roundtable Interview - Lightspeed Magazine
Women Remember: A Roundtable Interview - Lightspeed Magazine
Women Remember: A Roundtable Interview - Lightspeed Magazine
"Pat: If you ever want to see writers treated like rock stars, go to an American Library Association convention and watch for a YA genre writer to show up. The librarians don’t scream and faint, but it’s a near thing. I saw the reception for Robert Cormier, author of The Chocolate War. I don’t think anyone threw underwear at him, but I wouldn’t be surprised." - Katy S from Bookmarklet
If people at ALA really did start throwing underwear at authors, I'd want to be there to see it. - Katy S
It sort of happened for Neil himself (sorta) - Aaron the Librarian from Android
That would not surprise me. - Katy S from iPhone
Hello friends. Looking for: vielen dank kendrak at gmail
no can haz, sorry. - RepoRat
haz. en route. - jambina
:)) - kendrak
Is the most recent breach of trust from FB a compelling enough reason for everyone to delete their accounts?
The more I come across the story the more it tugs at me to pull the switch. but it is still the best way to get passive notifications from friends and family - FLEMING
I'm sort of surprised at the surprise? Seems like people should know fb has been and will continue to manipulate information they're showing you to get the desired effect whether thats more frequent visits, more links followed when you visit, more advertising viewed/linked through - Christina Pikas
as one psychologist mentioned - there's some downright nasty behavior on fb and that's a shitload more depressing than suppressing a couple of posts a week of positive sentiment words using LIWC - Christina Pikas
I'm not particularly surprised by the research. creeped out, yes, but not surprised. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
I'd already pulled that plug, but this just confirmed for me that it was a good idea. Not following informed consent in human research is a serious ethical breach. - Kirsten
I hold no truck with "People know they're being manipulated to buy more" (yes, that's the point: they *know* that; they don't know their emotions are being manipulated) or "People's friends are nastier than suppressing a couple of posts can be" (maybe, but people can *choose* to follow or not follow those friends; they can't choose not to be part of the experiments) or anything else that misses the point of *informed* *consent*. - Deborah Fitchett
But the real problem is that, as egregious as this is - and as even-more-egregious as I bet their next actions will be - Facebook has successfully made itself central to many *many* people's social lives, to the extent that extracting themselves from it would amount to self-imposed social ostracism. And short term, the certainty of social ostracism is way worse for people than the risk of experimentation. - Deborah Fitchett
very true. Not arguing the informed consent part which they clearly did not get. other parts very true, as well... except for degree. If you look at the scale of the manipulations and the effect - when they *always* manipulate... I think they should be more transparent and people should be more skeptical - Christina Pikas
related to what Deborah said on this (and i COMPLETELY agree), FB has been used as an excuse for people who have my home phone number and personal email address to not contact me directly when a mutual friend died a few years back. "you didn't see the post about him? yeah, the funeral was this morning." i jettisoned alot of ppl from my life that day. - Big Joe Silence
I prefer twitter, but none of my family 'gets' twitter, so I lurk on FB every once in a while to catch the family news about once a week. - Joe
For me it constitutes the 'last straw,' on a pile of other things that bother me. As much as I'll miss some thing there, I don't post. I rarely interact. Right now, I'm just sorting out how to send messages to the few people that I don't see anywhere else to make sure they've got my e-mail address. - Jennifer Dittrich
Stephen Francoeur
I'm sure this has long ago made the rounds, but if not, check out "Professional Literature for Librarians."
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