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laura x

laura x

Librarian. Native Iowan. Wyoming expatriate.
Janet is the best, you all. The. Best.
Okay, folks. It exists. Please populate. Damn You Auto Suggest -
Okay, folks. It exists. Please populate. Damn You Auto Suggest
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"or Primo Knows Best. Auto-suggest failures from library catalogs and databases." - laura x from Bookmarklet
Happy to contribute! - Zamms
Laura, you are a treasure. - kaijsa
Hey Laura, can I send you a revised Berlin All graphic? Just noticed my kid's name mentioned it so I want to crop it a little. - Zamms
And now it is also automatically fed into the LSW room. Heeeeeeeeeeee - lris
Well played! - Zamms
Zamms, yes, please do--or just go ahead and submit it and I'll delete the other one. - laura x
I found the avatar by searching for search fail, licensed for reuse with modification on Google images: - laura x
"yoga poses" and "otitis externa" just made me guffaw at the reference desk. Damn you, Auto-Suggest! - Catherine Pellegrino
This is just so awesome. - Galadriel C.
Oh darn. Can't recreate my favorite. They turned of suggest globally in our ebscohost. Oh wait - publib! - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Delightful. - Marie
I am sending this link to MPOW's cataloger. *evil chuckle* - Catherine Pellegrino
I love this so much. - Meg VMeg
This definitely goes in my best thing ever file. - Megan loves summer
related, in a weird way: - RepoRat
I don't know if I did it right but I tried submitting. PQ took this exact title New Research Center Aims to Develop Second Generation of Surgical Robots and wanted to change aims to maims :) - Christina Pikas
Oh phooey. I need to get it to email me when people submit so I remember to post them. :) - laura x from iPhone
Turns out, we might be getting Primo. Soon I'll be a contributor. - lris from Android
Gave this to my coworker who is doing a little comparative research on discovery systems . she was much amused - Hedgehog
Getting inspired by @IArtLibraries at #ialib14
Psyched to hear @bfister at #ialib14!
"It's a mutant statistic that lives on." Secret Agent Fister on the Reagan administration's invention of statistics about serial homicide. - laura x from iPhone
"Real crime involves real causes." - laura x from iPhone
(If I didn't know she wrote crime fiction, I'd be so confused right now) - Steele Lawman
This was a brilliant talk about information seeking AND crime fiction. :-) - laura x from iPhone
"These were places to drink, or to meet someone you shouldn't." Enjoying the heck out of Off Course by Michelle Huneven.
My book is in 100 libraries.
That is a great accomplishment! - Ulrich von Liechtenstein
I do find the wording of this URL interesting... - Joe
this book contains 'unexpected Laura Crossett' ;-) - Marina's Godmother :-)
Checked out 7 times here! - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
No one expects Laura Crossett, surprise is her greatest weapon. - Blake
I know at least one library that has it that is not in worldcat. - Katy S from iPhone
*wonders who will play him in movie version* what? it could happen ... FF could be a kind of pseudo Greek Chorus - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Katy, yup, my library has it and isn't in Worldcat. I assume there are others. - laura x from iPhone
So I think you could safely say "my book is in 100 PLUS libraries." - Regular Amanda
...and no MINUS libraries! - Aaron the Librarian
And it's on my kindle. I checked Wyldcat to verify that only 4 WY libraries have it, and it's true. BAD FORM, Wyoming librarians. - kaijsa
For a friend: recommendations for an almost 12 year old boy whose dad is choosing his new wife over his kids and generally absconding with parenting responsibilities. Good reader, likes books, etc.
I assume a molotov cocktail is not what we're looking for, here. - barbara fister
I also assume it's not much comfort that Huckleberry Finn's father is a nightmare. - barbara fister
anything rick yancey--alfred kropp series, monstrolugist, 5th wave series, piers anthony xanth series--early books at least. - Sir Shuping is just sir
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow is good. I haven't read Homeland yet but it also got good reviews. His In Real Life graphic novel also seems good. - John Dupuis
Barbara, the molotov cocktail is so tempting. But yeah, probably not quite what we're looking for. - laura x
this series of books my my yoga teacher's husband are pretty good: The Nine Pound Hammer (Book, 2009) [] - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Trouble with Cory Doctorow's books is that his parents are so awesome. At least real, and there. Well worth reading, though (just still pondering the "books to help out a kid who's father is absent." ) - barbara fister
The rangers apprentice series might be good, I think justin went through that about age 9-11 or so. - Joe
Kids that age often love Riordan's Percy Jackson series, but since one of the problems for Percy and his friends is that their dads are VERY much crappy absconders (being gods and all...) It might be too on the nose. - Marianne
This Boy's Life, Tobias Wolff? (Edit: That's probably too old for him. I was looking at this list: ) - Steele Lawman
Is he willing to read books with female protagonists? I just finished Rain, Reign and it has a horrendous father (and a very good uncle). It might skew too young, though. Sure Signs of Crazy by Harrington is good. Stroud's Bartimaeus books are good if he likes fantasy, as are Sage Blackwood's Jinx books. Zebra Forest is good if her prefers more realistic fiction. If he can handle books... more... - Katy S
(Threadjack: I've actually met Doctorow's parents and they are awesome. Jewish Toronto is a pretty small place and Cory's dad went to school with my wife's cousin's husband. I've met them at a couple of birthday parties, etc.) - John Dupuis
John, I wonder if you know my family, then. David & Rebecca Harris? (Despite the last name, I'm actually related to Rebecca, on my mom's side.) - Laura
I don't think so, but I'll have to ask my wife, who's my connection into the Toronto Jewish community. - John Dupuis
Absolutely True Diary because it's worth reading? Also love Flight which is aobut a really messed-up teen which has a (spoiler alert) insanely hopeful and happy ending and i love that subversive gesture. It's also just phenomenally an ode to empathy in the face of painful history. - barbara fister
Portable Childhoods - Ellen Klages; One Is One - Barbara Leonie Picard - MoTO: #TeamMarina from Android
Speaking of Ellen Klages, Green Glass Sea and White Sands, Red Menace are both great historicals set around the Manhattan Project. - John Dupuis
I've noticed everyone in the Chrestomanci series have absent parents and/or treacherous uncles... - Deborah Fitchett
My Side of the Mountain - maʀtha
The Green Book by Walsh. - maʀtha
I'm thinking of giving up on therapy and just watching Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood instead. #toddlerlife
he has a spin off show? - maʀtha
Today I was on a panel with a woman who wrote a memOIR.
Is this how she pronounced it? - Janet from FFHound!
Like mem oh ear? - Joe
Or Mem WAAAAR - Joe
Yup. Like Joe's second comment. - laura x from iPhone
Oy - lris from Android
That's how we say it here. Only perhaps not so long in the second syllable. - Pete
Yeah, but we're in America , and this lady lives in Iowa. #provincialasfuck - laura x from iPhone
How would you like it to be pronounced? - Eivind from Android
'diary' or 'autobiography' ;) - Pete
DiARY it is :) - Eivind
MEMoir, emphasis on the first syllable. - laura x from iPhone
I can't figure out how to emphasize the first syllable, unless you deemphasize the 'r' to the point of almost silence (MEM-wa), but don't like how it sounds. - NOT THE CRICKET
"I gave her my heart and she gave me a pen."
<3 - Jenny H. from Android
"You've just described every great success story." - laura x from iPhone
"I don't want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don't want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don't want to do that." (I had to look this up, of course.) - Steele Lawman
"The world is full of guys. Be a man. Don't be a guy." - Corinne L
At Citibank we will meet accidentally We'll start to talk when she borrows my pen - Joe
"Choice, man. We're here by choice." - laura x from iPhone
"Joe lies." - Jaclyn aka spamgirl from Android
If you guys know so much about women, how come you're here at like the Gas 'n' Sip on a Saturday night completely alone drinking beers with no women anywhere? - Jen
One of my favorite movies. How did you get Diane Court to go out with you? I asked her. Wow. Nice. - ♫Robot Chicken, Trainer♫
"I love you. How many more times do I have to say it?" "Once more would be nice." - laura x
I have forgotten. Do we still make fun of Vanilla Ice or is he someone I now supposed to take seriously?
Just like Marky Mark? - Joe
The splash page on his website says: "Spokesman for Habitat for Humanity, Vanilla Ice also supports The Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Little Smiles Organization, and the Toys For Tots Organization." So, on the one hand there's the charitable work, on the other hand there's the web site with a splash page. I think we can still make fun of him. - Steele Lawman
I've actually caught his remodeling show a couple of times - he pokes fun at himself. I think he's fine with it. - Christina Pikas
Vanilla Ice visiting the Amish with his posse and building together is a hoot Yeah I think he's OK with making fun of "vanilla Ice" - WarLord
Am I the only person in America who doesn't like new car smell?
Oh, no. I can't handle it at all - I call it 'new migraine smell.' - Jennifer Dittrich
No, I'm not a fan, either. - Jenny H. from Android
What Jen said. - Spidra Webster
Nope. - Katy S from iPhone
I love it. - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Nope. I really don't care for it. It can be distracting. - MariWeaver
If I had to choose between that and sour milk? Lol! Otherwise, I'd prefer no smell. - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
It bothers my breathing...but will never have to worry about it. Since I will never have a new car. - Valz 4 TEAMMARINA
New car smell makes me sad in the pants. If I could get an unscented car, I would. - Hookuh Tinypants
As materials get lower VOC's and reduced vapors in general due to stricter controls on what goes in what companies now actually add new car smell sometimes to make cars smell a little newer even before they leave the factory. - Ulrich von Liechtenstein
So, Steve, I wonder whether we could specify "no new car smell" as an option next time we do get a new car? (My wife's asthmatic, so it's at least a mild concern.) Probably an extra-cost option to NOT spray on the smell... - Walt Crawford
Walt, that's what I did with my car (it's an Elantra, bought back in '03.) The dealer actually asked which I'd prefer (smell or no smell.) - Jennifer Dittrich
Can someone remind me of this in 10 or 15 years? - laura x
(Also, I NEVER thought I'd buy a new car. Then again, I also never planned to have a kid, so...) - laura x
Jennifer: THANKS for that. I never thought it was a choice. (For odd reasons, I've always owned new cars, and some year we'll eventually replace our nine-years-new which point, I'd just as soon avoid the new-car smell.) - Walt Crawford
I would pay good money for it to not smell like a new car. I'm just fine with whatever smells come up out of the leather and other bits after a while. If anything, I just like a car that smells clean. But dear god, no "Clean Car Smell" please. - Hookuh Tinypants
Who would like to make a No Monsters Allowed sign for #toddlerx's room?
Could I send toddlerx a special stuffed toy with documentation no monsters can be in same room as said fluffy creature? - Janet from FFHound!
Sure! - laura x
DM me a shipping address - Janet from FFHound!
I could cross stitch him one... - Marina's Godmother :-) from Android
I had somehow not seen the video for "Handle with Care." It's kind of adorable.
Speaking of which, what giveaway item should I have at my table at the book fair? Don't say condoms.
literature for local Planned Parenthood and similar orgs? you probably already thought of that one. - RepoRat
Yeah. I am actually DEEPLY tempted to get condoms with the statistics on unintended pregnancy and the numbers of PP and the Emma Goldman Clinic attached. - laura x
See, now i can't unthink condoms. They'd be kinda perfect. - Kirsten from Android
A baby? - Pete
Or perhaps strap a fitbit on for a day and give away laminated graphs along with a sachet of coffee. - Pete
Condoms, totally - maʀtha
This Mortal Coil cds - Pete
Just don't attach the information about the clinics with staples to the middle of the condom. Protip. - ♫Robot Chicken, Trainer♫
My friend also suggested morning after pills. - laura x
Whiskey - maʀtha
^^^^^^^that - Meg VMeg
Sweatbands? - Christina Pikas from iPhone
I love those business card magnifying glasses. Came across some recently and they are so handy. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
breath mints? - Big Joe Silence
"I mean, I'm drowning here, and you're describing the water."
What's that from? - Yolanda from Android
As Good As It Gets. - laura x from iPhone
I'm going to be at this thing next Saturday! Celebrate Writing @ MPL 2014 | Marion Public Library -
I'm going to be at this thing next Saturday! Celebrate Writing @ MPL 2014 | Marion Public Library
Meet Galahad. Also, bonus new car selfie.
Also, I got the No. 22 with sweet potato fries from here for lunch: - laura x
Should I call it sir? - Joe
I love the color - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
She's cute, and the car is nice, too. - Glen Campbell
Nice! - lris
nice! - ellbeecee from Android
Most excellent! - Galadriel C. from Android
WHAT CAR? (also, cute Lawra is cute) - MoTO: #TeamMarina from Android
2014 Subaru Impreza, base model. (It has Bluetooth but no cruise control--wtf?) - laura x from iPhone
Suhweet! - Stephen Francoeur
Is it time to take it drifting and rally racing yet? :) - imabonehead
#toddlerx is disappointed that it is not black. In that case, however, I'd have to name it Mordred. - laura x
#toddlerx is apparently metal as fuck. (or totally goth) - DJF
I love my base impreza - 2008 model does have cruise control. - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Welcome to Club Impreza! I love mine (not only because I bought it online, and it was damaged coming off the truck so they upgraded me a Sport version available in the lot the day I showed up to get it!) - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
I always wanted an Impreza. I've test driven them. - Eric - Regulate
just about every car I've owned has been black. Malcolm and I are simpatico - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Katha Pollitt's 'Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights' - -
Katha Pollitt's 'Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights' -
"Pollitt is correct to insist that the right to an abortion is merely society’s down payment on all the rights we are yet due." - laura x from Bookmarklet
YES. YES YES YES YES. - laura x
In addition to the food, Nodo also boasts the best music. #pixies #dylan
Recommendations for urban fantasy for a young teen boy, preferably without much sex?
Clockwork Orange? - Janet
what's urban fantasy, Laura? - Pete
Would Diane Duane's Young Wizards series work? Or too young? ( - Jennifer Dittrich
Emma Bull, War for the Oaks? (I think there's a little sex in there, definitely some attractions-stuff, but not much -- but follow up on that if it's a concern) - Catherine Pellegrino
Also, "The Planet of Junior Brown" (and by "Urban Fantasy", I presume you mean fantasy stories in a urban setting?) - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Also, "The Planet of Junior Brown" - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Not a huge fan of Charles deLint personally, but his stuff might fill the bill. - RepoRat
Oh right! Gaiman. American Gods. - Catherine Pellegrino
Or Anansi Boys. - RepoRat
As usual, Catherine and RR are ahead of me. - MoTO: #TeamMarina
I'm wondering what urban fantasy is too. - Stephen Francoeur
Urban fantasy: think Shadowrun if you ever played it. Basic idea is fantasy elements (elves, dragons, magic) in a recognizably urban, modern-ish setting (so not steampunk, or Regency fantasy). - RepoRat
Neverwhere would work. - Katy S from iPhone
An argument could be made for the His Dark Materials series, if they're willing to be patient with the first book to get to the second. - RepoRat
If he's interested in graphic novels, "Fables" and "Sandman" fit the bill. - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Oooh, yes. And if superheroes are fantasy enough, Astro City. - RepoRat
Other graphic novels: the Courtney Crumrin series from Ted Naifeh and The Good Neighbors series by Holly Black and Ted Naifeh. (Actually, I think the latter might have been adapted from Black's novels.) - Andrew C (✔)
The Story of Owen is pretty good. Grasshopper Jungle if foul language is okay. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown if he will read books with female protagonists. Maggot Moon is very good. Holly Black's Curse Workers series. - Katy S from iPhone
Me and RR need to sit down over coffees on a cold day and share book lists. This needs to happen soonest. Edit: Actually, I'd like to talk books with all you criminals. Katy could bring a nice pie. - MoTO: #TeamMarina
The Bordertown books. They're shared world anthologies of short stories set in a town that lives on the border between this world and Faerie. There are a bunch of them, but the most recent, published after a gap of over a decade, is "Welcome to Bordertown". The real world publishing gap is actually taken into account in the stories. - DJF
Dresden Files? I think there's some sex? I can't remember, so it must not have been very good. - Steele Lawman
The sex in Dresden is mostly of the "happens off camera" type. I like those and I think a teenage boy would too. - Marianne
There's a series of collections of SFF short stories aimed at teens, edited by Sharyn November, starting with Firebirds... all the other ones also have firebirds in the title. Anyway, they're not all UF, by any means, but a lot of them are, and would be potentially a good way for him to find authors he wants to read more by. - Marianne
oh, another couple of anthologies that might be good: Beagle's unimaginatively titled The Urban Fantasy Anthology and Ekaterina Sedia's Paper Cities. (I'd steer him away from the many many anthologies that solely collect novellas of existing series, as usually one of those novellas will be very steamy.) - Marianne
Also, "Portable Childhoods". Great collection of short stories. Some sex IIRC. Nothing explicit. And there is at least one homosexual relationship if there is any concern by the parents. - MoTO: #TeamMarina
China Mieville's "The CIty and the CIty" and "Kraken" are kind of atypical urban fantasies. I thought they were both great, and if the kid's taste is a bit more literary/adult, he might like them. - Steele Lawman
Mieville's "Un-Lun-Dun" is actually YA, and very good, although it's a bit younger than many of the other suggestions. He'll have to cope with the main character being a girl POC, though, so don't tell him that before he starts reading. - DJF
Thank you all--sent this on to the person who was asking. You rock. - laura x
War of the Oaks [whoops, already there upthread] - maʀtha
I LOVED City and the City. Also, speaking of Sedia, The Secret History of Moscow - maʀtha
Among the hidden? Too young ? - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Because my staff rocks, this is bookmarked as Day in the Life on all the circ desk computers. anigif_enhanced-buzz-29111-1381845968-0.gif (GIF Image, 245 × 150 pixels) -
Because my staff rocks, this is bookmarked as Day in the Life on all the circ desk computers. anigif_enhanced-buzz-29111-1381845968-0.gif (GIF Image, 245 × 150 pixels)
MARU! <3 - RepoRat
Overheard in Dunkin' Donuts: Do you have any gluten free items?
But I bet they did! - Meg VMeg
The coffee is about it but if you go to a fancy shop they have them. :) - Ulrich von Liechtenstein
I was going to say coffee, too. =) - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
The napkins? - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
They did not. - laura x
Whoever took the link to the library off the front page of is dead to me. (Because it's so hard for me to type in But seriously. It stymies me every time.)
I wish we'd collectively decide whether the library subdomain is library. or libraries. or lib. or libs. or heydoyourresearchhere. or whatever. - RepoRat
Or we could be like most successful commercial sites and have all the lib/library/libraries/etc. URLs redirect to the correct one. - Steele Lawman
BUT THAT WOULD MAKE SENSE can't have that. - RepoRat
At least you're not us. We have a www-lib address. Yes, it's weird. - kaijsa
we are .edu/library but at least that's better than .edu/~library, which is what we used to be. - Catherine Pellegrino
Oh, yes. UWYO wins for sheer weirdness. - laura x
Actually, wait. I think .edu/~library was an alias or something that redirected to .edu/TeachingResearch/library. - Catherine Pellegrino
Laura, we win for weirdness in so many ways. - kaijsa
I type "l" and hit enter. Which isn't the point really but auto-complete ftw. - Deborah Fitchett
Adobe is Spying on Users, Collecting Data on Their eBook Libraries - The Digital Reader -
Adobe is Spying on Users, Collecting Data on Their eBook Libraries - The Digital Reader
So there may be such a thing as a free lunch, but there's no such thing as a free ebook? - laura x from Bookmarklet
it's a good thing patrons don't care about privacy. #sarcasm - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Micro$oft Windows 10 is doing something similar in the early release - Aaron the Librarian
Woman at the library, after asking who my mom is: Oh, you kept your maiden name! Me: Oh, no, I'm not married. Woman (with dawning horror): Oh. Oh. Oh!
I am so sorry you had to deal with class-less lady. :( - Janet
Love. It. - Meg VMeg
This shit cracks me up. It's terrible, but I get such pleasure from these interactions. - laura x
ha! - Amit Patel
#toddlerx selfies from the other day.
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Video provides evidence of our racial divide
Video provides evidence of our racial divide
RT @melvillehouse: What is it with Amazon and George Orwell?
RT @melvillehouse: What is it with Amazon and George Orwell?
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