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Rachel Walden
Thank the FSM that a meeting requiring travel this week is canceled - will be the first uninterrupted work week I've had in a while!
YvonneM
I work at an academic institution where I'm staff. I'd like to relocate but the positions I've come across are largely tenure track. I haven't published or done research. Does this put me at a huge disadvantage? If I did get a job, would I be putting in lots of time beyond 35-40 hrs a week? (I have health issues at times). TIA
I can only answer for MPOW, which is rather more relaxed about these things than many research-intensive universities/libraries. We wouldn't hold it against you if you haven't published or done research prior to getting on the tenure track. We would ask you, as part of the interview process, what your plans for research/publication would be if you were hired. Forty hours a week would be... more... - Catherine Pellegrino
We're non-tenured at MPOW (private academic), and my previous POW (public academic, much larger) was, too. Not having published or done research wouldn't matter; you'd just be appointed as an instructor or maybe assistant prof depending on your experience. We can research within our 40ish hours/week, too, but we know there may be times when we need to do things outside of that. - Laruia Ingalls Botts
I don't think it matters as far as getting hired. You might firm up a statement about your research interests, in case you're asked during an interview (or mention them in the cover letter, if you already have something in mind, and doing research and publishing is something that appeals to you about the position). It varies a lot by institution, and probably a bit by role, how much research (and what kind) would be expected, and how you would be expected to handle that workload. You'd have to ask them. - Meg VMeg
Thanks for the feedback; it is much appreciated. - YvonneM
I concur on it not mattering as much for hiring, though some evidence of interest, plans, thoughts will be looked for during the application process. I had zero research experience coming in. I'd put 40 at a very low week for me and my research work is done almost entirely outside of work. I have meetings with my research partners during the day but the work itself, I can rarely carve... more... - Hedgehog
^^^ This. Expectations vary enormously. Not having published shouldn't be a problem but I would avoid saying "I don't like doing research" (which I've heard) or "research in librarianship field is so terrible, I'm only interested in (history, lit, whatever - in some places that might count, but dissing your own field is bad form). Having an idea or two of what area seem resarch-worthy is a winner. - barbara fister
This is all good to know. Thank you. I was surprised to see that some community colleges consider librarians as tenure-track faculty, when not all universities do so. - YvonneM
It varies widely, and the meaning of "tenure track faculty" can vary as well. My theory is that it's all a complicated plot to give us something to bitch about at conferences. - Catherine Pellegrino
Expect to work much more than 40 hours a week - maʀtha
Where I am it would depend on the pool of applicants. If you don't have a record of scholarship, it would be really important to have stated research interests. Also, having some professional presentations under your belt would look good. As for working more than 40 hours a week, I would say I cherish the odd weeks I can work that or less.. Especially for a subject liaison like me who... more... - kaijsa
Librarians at my college are non-tenure track faculty. We are not always expected to do research, but research/presentations can be named as one of our formal annual goals, in which case we are expected to work on those within our normal hours (we're oddly heavily discouraged from going outside our hours, but my director has a time-banking system set up b/c obviously that's not realistic). - Lily
For the hours thing, you might want to look specifically at campuses that have faculty unions and where the librarians are included in the bargaining unit. The contract(s) for librarians may (MAY) specify hours per week, and the campus culture may (MAY) be less inclined to overwork than at non-union campuses. - Catherine Pellegrino
Re above: we have a faculty union. The contract for librarians is the same as the contract for all faculty. Hours are not specified for anyone and everyone works a million hours. Instead of having research days on Fridays, we have five billion meetings on Fridays. Working off campus for research is allowed, but frowned upon. YMMV, though. - maʀtha
I can't believe we have to ask "is it > 40 hours"? That's one of my big concerns - I like to work, and I like to read, sleep, play with kittehs, etc. too. This is just a general rant about work life. Grateful I can "get away with" "only" working 40 hours most weeks. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
btw, in Connecticut, there are unions, and the state work week is *35 hours*. (that was a union concession back in the 70s when raises weren't possible) I miss my 35 hour work-week. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Definitely frustrating. I remember being condescendingly told that "well, you know, 40 hours is really just the minimum" when asking how on earth we were supposed to expect to do ALL THE THINGS - Hedgehog
This is good to know. Not sure I have the physical stamina for the kind of work weeks that seem to be the norm, which means I'll have to re-tool my search. - YvonneM
Yeah, I've been limiting myself as much as possible because I also like to have a non-work life. I feel like we need a discussion about work-life balance. - kaijsa
Teaching credit-bearing classes can eat tons of time and energy, in my experience. - maʀtha
^^yes. This is my experience, too (but I love it). - kaijsa
DJF
DJF
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
Meg VMeg
Installing EndNote right now requires you to sequentially install an additional 5 updates after downloading and running the software installer.
L. O. L. sob - lris from Android
barbara fister
Have other noticed a degradation in Google relevance results now that they favor sites that have security certificates? 'Cause I feel as if I'm seeing different, less small-guy results.
Huh. I this change passed me by entirely. How interesting. - lris
I know that the google interface changed for me in the last day or two. - Joe
I hope and believe that https://letsencrypt.org/ will help with this, once it launches. - RepoRat
I am hoping for that too. Google said it would be taking https into account last year - http://searchengineland.com/google-... - but I'm not sure it's why I'm getting crappier results. - barbara fister
Google also adjusted their algorithms to value newer content higher than older. Which is what killed MetaFilter's pagerank. - DJF
The results do feel less relevant and less useful lately. - bentley
Huh. I didn't notice. Oh, wait: Bing probably wasn't affected, and I've been getting better results from it for quite a while now. - Walt Crawford
Catherine Pellegrino
This seems like the kind of thing that the LSW might want to have a hand in: The Kentucky Challenge | dolly megan dot com - http://dollymegan.com/the-ken...
"We raised money and books for the Ferguson Library because we recognized the importance of the role they play their community; we can reach out to this library and its association and see what, if anything, they need. I hope to hear from everyone who wants to put their money and time out there for Elliott County, because it’s the right thing to do. Email me. Tell me you’re in." - Catherine Pellegrino from Bookmarklet
Related post from @griffey that, if you haven't read, you really ought to: http://jasongriffey.net/wp... - Catherine Pellegrino
YOU ALL NEED TO GO READ THAT POST FROM GRIFFEY RIGHT NOW. A lot of library director jobs in my state pay only slightly more than that. Many of them are part time. It's probably true in your state, too. - laura x from iPhone
I only wish she'd done more footwork or something? Emailing her doesn't feel useful, and there are only 15 posts on that blog (the Griffey post is great). - Meg VMeg
If we want to help jumpstart this, should someone contact her, so we can make it more official, because there are many of us? Or do we assume that it will be official and that details are forthcoming? - Meg VMeg
Did y'all see that the incumbent library director commented on Griffey's post? (http://jasongriffey.net/wp...) Since the incumbent director is part of the conversation now, I've been holding off on emailing Dolly, waiting to see if the director has ideas about whether the effort would even be helpful or wanted by the community. But yes, I agree with Meg that it feels like it needs more infrastructure -- which the LSW might have a hand in providing. - Catherine Pellegrino
She's in conversation with all the right folk. - barbara fister
Whew, good. - Meg VMeg
Metafilter weighs in (disclaimer: I haven't read all the comments yet): http://www.metafilter.com/147365... - Catherine Pellegrino
I'm in - maʀtha
Thanks for the kind words, gang. That was a hard post to write. - Jason Griffey from iPhone
Zamms
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
DOOOEEET! - Zamms
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
Katy S
"- Public schoolteachers in Kansas could be jailed for teaching "harmful material," and university professors would be banned from signing op-ed letters with their titles when writing about public officials, if two new bills become law. Senate Bill 56 , introduced on Jan. 22 by state Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook, R-Shawnee, would amend Kansas' public morals statute by deleting an exemption that protects K-12 public, private and parochial schoolteachers from being prosecuted for presenting material deemed harmful to minors. According to the bill, "harmful material" includes depictions of nudity, sexual conduct, homosexuality, sexual excitement or sadomasochistic abuse "in a manner that is patently offensive to prevailing standards in the community with respect to what is suitable for minors." Teachers could be charged with a class B misdemeanor and face up to six months in jail if teaching materials contain depictions that a "reasonable person" would find to lack "serious literary, scientific, educational, artistic or political value for minors."" - Katy S from Bookmarklet
I assume this would include school librarians. - Katy S
laura x
Morning Hair (including from a few librarians you may know) - http://morninghair.tumblr.com/
Morning Hair (including from a few librarians you may know)
Morning Hair (including from a few librarians you may know)
Morning Hair (including from a few librarians you may know)
"Show the world what your hair looks like when you wake up." - laura x from Bookmarklet
my hair looks exactly the same. - royce
Usually mine looks like the pointy haired boss from Dilbert. Except thinner on the sides - Aaron the Librarian from Android
I should submit a photo - DJF from Android
YOU SHOULD ALL SUBMIT. - laura x from iPhone
I'll try to remember to get a pic this weekend. It's usually some variation on a fauxhawk. - Kirsten from Android
Fiander. Hahahaha. - Jenica
if i submitted a photo of me in the morning then the use of electronic communications technology would be banned for 20,000 years. - Big Joe Silence
maʀtha
you woke up hanging from the ceiling? that would explain your hair. - DJF
There's something about Martha? - WebGoddess
there certainly is - MoTO Boychick Devil
robin just made me LOL - holly #ravingfangirl
Stephen Francoeur
Trying to do some background reading for some research projects that will look at user experience and the search process. I need to read some notable works on information seeking behavior and have begun reading Carol Kuhlthau. I'm looking for models that I can use in my analysis of usabilty test results. Who should I be reading also or instead?
I see lots of intriguing models detailed in this book: https://www.worldcat.org/title... - Stephen Francoeur
It would be ideal, of course, to read everything, but if I do that, I'll never get to the point of collecting my own data. So where should I begin? - Stephen Francoeur
I've looked at a previous edition of this book in the past, Looking for Information: A Survey of Research on Information Seeking, Needs and Behavior (Library and Information Science) Hardcover – April 19, 2012 by Donald O. Case - Joe
Lots of thing by Carol Tenopir, http://scholar.cci.utk.edu/carol-t... - Joe
Bates, M. J. (1989) The design of browsing and berrypicking techniques for the online search interface. Online Review, 13(5), 407-424. - Marie
Dervin, B. (1977) Useful theory for librarianship: Communication, not information. Drexel Library Quarterly,13(3), 16-32. - Marie
Wilson, T. D. (1981) On user studies and information needs. Journal of Documentation, 37, 3-15. - Marie
Marchionini, G. (1995) Information seeking in electronic environments. New York: Cambridge University Press. - Marie
What they said and I really do like Wilson so I'll recommend something different. How about Marti Hearst's book on search interfaces ? It's free on her site - Christina Pikas from iPhone
I'm wondering if anyone has tried to answer the question about whether the way we conceive of search (our mental model) has changed (and, if so, in what ways) since the web made the very concept of search a regular feature of our lives. - Stephen Francoeur
Maybe something from Weave or Matt Reidsma's work? http://matthew.reidsrow.com/ One of my coworkers is working on some research into discovery tools comparisons--I can also put you in touch with her. - Hedgehog
I've got a backlog of articles to read in Weave. I've been reading Matthew Reidsma's blog since it started and trying to keep up with his presentations that he shares online. I'm thinking there must be someone who has written about search outside of libraryland. This book is on my to-read list and is in the ballpark: http://designingthesearchexperience.com/ - Stephen Francoeur
Search outside of libraryland??? There are some JASIST articles on everyday information seeking, and a book, "Everyday Information: The Evolution of Information Seeking in America, ed. William Aspray and Barbara M. Hayes. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2011. p. $60 (ISBN 0-262-01501-3). - Joe
Visitors and Residents project http://www.jiscinfonet.ac.uk/infokit... - barbara fister
Though I think user experience is not the same thing as information seeking behavior. If made into a Venn diagram, a lot would fall outside how search platforms work (or don't). - barbara fister
Also interesting to think of how UX that's designed for marketing differs from good UX for research and how the different assumptions might influence the questions we ask and how we read the results. - barbara fister
Here are some others, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi... and maybe http://www.sciencedirect.com/science... from 10 years ago. - Joe
Barbara, one thing that's got me wondering is how search that is designed for non-research purposes affects how our students conceive of search and conduct them. How have their expectations been shaped by Google, eBay, Amazon, etc.? What can I learn from those commercial search experiences that can help us design better research interfaces? - Stephen Francoeur
Some of our librarians will say that we have Summon because it is the "libraries response to have a google-like interface" to academic content. I don't quite buy that, but that is what some of my coworkers have said. Something like that anyway. - Joe
I'm still pondering that the Memex Vanevar Bush imagined in 1945 looked very little like our databases, which look like indexes turned into shopping platforms. I want my trails of association! - barbara fister
this is hearsay, but I think that the Triangle Research LIbs Networks' shared catalog interface (search.lib.unc.edu) was created by the software that created B&N (or Amazon's) Interface. This is years ago, now, but I could poke around down here if you want to see who knows more about that. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
distinct from NCSU's use of Endeca? - RepoRat
Jasist is outside libraryland?! - Aaron the Librarian from Android
JASIST is information scientists. *They* sure think they're outside libraryland. - RepoRat
My hubby studies this area. He adds: Elfreda Chatman - ethnographic approaches to info seeking behaviour, esp underserved groups Also: David Ellis, Bryce Allen, R. S. Taylor - Megan loves summer
I meant that there are some articles in JASIST that talk about how non librarians and regular people (not students, not faculty) try to find information. - Joe
I totally believe dicovery layers are an attempt to be more Google-like. I am not convinced but I see the appeal. (All the money and time they require? Would people love them as much if they knew that's where limited library dollars go? I dunno.) - barbara fister
Zamms
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
maʀtha
Just a few random blurry pics from the video gaming event tonight we hosted with the public library branch that shares our building. Over 75 people came within 2.5 hours, all ages. Super fun times! We had 6 consoles from the past 40 years starting with Atari.
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RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Hive mind: I'm looking for info about a GMO rice, that was rich in some vitamin, that was considered a brilliant solution for malnutrition in many parts of the wold and deeply funded. However, it turned out that the cooking of the rice destroyed the vitamin, huge scandal. This was at least 10 years ago. (everything I'm seeing is about current...
There were a variety of scandals, both real and imagined. The one I always heard was that the additional nutrition from golden rice was only enough to sustain parasites or something. - Meg VMeg
Greenpeace claimed that there wasn't sufficient beta carotene left after cooking, and here is the inventor's response (along with their claim): http://www.agbioworld.org/biotech... - Meg VMeg
Lisa Hinchliffe
Yesterday's online scholarly presence workshop (that I taught) leads me to think ResearchGate may be one of the best things to ever happen for institutional repositories. *IF* librarians can get avoid "shaming" researchers for using RG and instead create workflows that help researchers get things into RG and IRs efficiently. Anyone working on this?
why RG and not Academia.edu? - jambina from iPhone
I'm still waiting on a way to get an article into Dspace w/o it taking 10 pages of things to fill out. - Hedgehog from Android
Wow, I totally did not get that ResearchGate was the name of a product rather than the name of a scandal involving research (a la "watergate"). I think they need a new name! - lris
*giggling* *hadn't thought of that one* - RepoRat
Yeah, I think at minimum ResearchGate provides us with an example of how you can actually get researchers interested in making their publications available. --Re getting things into IRs efficiently, see Symplectic Elements - designed by researchers for researchers, and researchers do indeed love it; I think the research office is pretty happy with it too; a caveat that the company... more... - Deborah Fitchett
Oh, workshop was on more than RG but everyone who came had a RG account already so that is what we ended up talking about more. Not meant to be commentary on Academia. edu. - Lisa Hinchliffe
So, is anyone working on the RG (or Academic.edu) crosswalk? It is seriously easier to manage both RG and A.edu for myself than to work through depositing things in our IR ... - Lisa Hinchliffe
Academia.edu's use of .edu top-level domain seems intentionally misleading - JffKrlsn from Android
I'm working right now with a faculty member who has a full publication list in ResearchGate that we're trying to get into our IR instead. Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be any way to export from ResearchGate to make this easier. - kristin buxton
The new Project Information Literacy report mentions ResearchGate as a source graduates use. - barbara fister
Galadriel C.
Joelle and I's slide deck for MAPing Scopus and Web of Science: Using Massive Amounts of Data for Collection Analsysis #erl15 http://www.slideshare.net/gchilto...
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
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
Sir Shuping is just sir
These Basic Skills Are On The Verge Of Extinction - http://io9.com/these-b...
"Every group of people has a set of skills that they think of as fundamental — but what those skills are tends to change a lot, depending on where, and especially when, you are. Here are the skills that, if they do survive in the future, may be so fundamentally changed that we can no longer even recognize them." - Sir Shuping is just sir from Bookmarklet
huh, image didn't carry though but its a picture of a card catalog. people stating that its easier to search these days vs ye olden days, with a nice decent response by a librarian - Sir Shuping is just sir
laura x
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to voice the NYPL lions at Radio City » MobyLives - http://www.mhpbooks.com/tina-fe...
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to voice the NYPL lions at Radio City » MobyLives
"It’s unlikely that Fey and Poehler will devote much time to discussing the Central Library Plan, but then again, the show is all about a New York City tour guide who comes up against a villain who wants to use virtual reality to supplant the physical, real-life experience of seeing NYC institutions. So…there actually is a bit of thematic overlap." - laura x from Bookmarklet
Aaron the Librarian
#lswjobs STEM Librarian @shiplibrary https://jobs.ship.edu/posting... (extra bonus, you get to work with me!)
STEM Librarian - undergrad degree in a STEM discipline plus MLS plus 2nd Masters in any subject discipline (graduate degree can be in STEM if that's what you have) - Aaron the Librarian
App Deadline moving to April 2nd... plz feel free to share widely (the pool is not yet certifiable, all qualifying apps welcome!) - Aaron the Librarian
Go, Joe! Thanks - Aaron the Librarian
laura x
Our staff door might be working for the first time since March 2014.
Marie
Our library is hiring a Librarian for Collection Development & Evaluation. See the position posting at https://jobs.lmu.edu/posting.... I am on the search committee and am eager to answer any questions you may have.
*APPLY NOW bump* - Marie
Lily
How I know I've been away a long time from the library where I did my graduate assistantship: I just drew a complete and utter blank on the name of the somewhat obscure Civil War Union General on whom I helped a particular community patron do research a minimum of twice a week for about two years straight.
(20 minutes of searching Wikipedia jogged my memory, but GEEZ did I think that was gonna stay with me forever). - Lily
Enquiring Minds want to know which General! - Aaron the Librarian from Android
Ah yes. Fitz John Porter, for the record :) - Lily
He had a ship named for him! (also, I'd say he was unfairly shafted after McClellan's removal - but that's me) - Aaron the Librarian
Rachel Walden
And I was just asking yesterday if we had plastic sheeting in this place...
uh oh... - lris
... that does not sound good. - RepoRat
oh no! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
...I hope the answer was yes? - Deborah Fitchett
We've had three floods in 18 months. I hope for better for you. - kaijsa
The answer was no about the plastic sheeting, although I did scrounge up two large black trash bags. There was water from the hvac system condensing and coming through the ceiling, down the light fixture, into the computer lab. Minimal damage except for the ceiling. Oh, the joys of a 100+ yo library building. - Rachel Walden
Even newer buildiings seem not to be leak-proof. We most definitely have plastic sheeting availble at all times. - barbara fister
"acquire plastic sheeting" definitely went on my to-do list - Rachel Walden
did I tell you the one from MfPOW where contractors working on the Historical Society accidentally backed up a water main into the library basement, where the preservation/conservation unit is? Yeah. - RepoRat
Tangent. Why are archives and server rooms ever located in a basement? - ♫Maurice the Trainer♫ from Android
weeeeeell, my take on the specific case I just discussed is not for public view. - RepoRat
yikes! - Rachel Walden
At mfpow, the first big rainstorm after moving to the new building revealed a large leak over the Spanish-language books. The rain in Spain and all that. - bentley
^snerk - maʀtha
aaron
so I am starting a new job soon. Any advice? when was the last time you started a new job? what did you not do that you wish you did?
Last time I started a new job I got pregnant five months later. I don't recommend doing that, but I think you're safe. :-) - laura x from iPhone
Determine your work/life boundaries and goals now (e.g. leave work an time). Doing so has made a huge difference in my current position. - Galadriel C. from Android
Seconding boundaries. Do not try to do ALL THE THINGS right out of the gate. - Julian
Meet lots of people. You have about six months where you can just walk up to people and say "I'm new, tell me about..." - Hedgehog
Listen more than speak. Ask more than answer. Underpromise and over deliver. (especially during the honeymoon before the new guy halo wears off) - Aaron the Librarian
While institutional culture varies, I want new folks to participate in the conversations that will shape decisions. While it's important to gather a lot of info and figure out who does what, asking smart questions and making suggestions is awesome. We have five new faculty this academic year and I want to hear from them, not just from the people who've been here forever. - kaijsa
Take lots of notes about things you notice that are intriguing, odd, raise questions, etc. You'll only have new eyes for so long, but being able to look back at those notes can help you both remember particulars and slip back into that mindset. - Kirsten from Android
Here's my advice: ROCK ON - maʀtha
RepoRat
Liberal Arts Colleges & the DLF - http://www.diglib.org/archive...
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
Meg VMeg
Ever hear of "On the Organization"? http://ontheorganization.com/
Now I have. - Stephen Francoeur
I deleted my commentary because I didn't want to bring the randos out of the woodwork. Maybe we could discuss in code. - Meg VMeg
E.g., "randos"=perfectly nice people who enjoy woodworking - Meg VMeg
no, but their 2016 conf is in Hawaii, so they've got that going for them - ellbeecee
Aaron the Librarian
#VocabularyFail What is the term or phrase that describes lesser repercussions for infractions (e.g. sentencing for drugs or violence) #8am
Hmm. I can't think of a phrase. I can think of 'lenient' and its variants; 'reduced / suspended' sentences; mitgation etc - Pete
Clemency? - Laruia Ingalls Botts from Android
Statutory minimum sentence? Not sure what you're getting at exactly. ETA: plea agreements or suspended sentences generally have conditions. Is that it? - kaijsa
Student response for clarity just now: "when a famous person is punished for breaking a law (like abuse) they get a lighter sentence" I'm totally drawing a blank. (I'd say privilege, but that doesn't bring up useful (for assignment) results - Aaron the Librarian from Android
So...severity of punishment. hmmm - Hedgehog
"sentence disparity" seems popular - Hedgehog
ooh, that's a good one - Aaron the Librarian
after barnstorming a bit, I'm trying to come at it from another diection: athletes AND sentencing hints at a few things... sentence disparity and (sport* OR athlet*) returns a null set :| - Aaron the Librarian
you could throw in 'preferential' - Pete
or "preferential treatment" - ellbeecee
jambina
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 - https://docs.google.com/a...
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
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