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Regular Amanda
And so it is near the end of the semester, when the cries of students echo throughout the library "please, I've already finished my paper and just need a few sources", and the librarians despair.
sob - lris
*wince*....yup, I get those for case reports from my dentistry students. - Hedgehog
Now that I've been teaching semester-long classes for a few years, I am convinced that finding sources for a complete-ish paper is actually a BETTER strategy than getting so overwhelmed by sources that the writing becomes a patchwork of badly-integrated quotes (barely) held together by very little student-generated thought. - kaijsa
I see that point, because at least it means that most of this paper is the student's reaction to the text rather than the regurgitation of other opinions. But it also means that the student is now going to find a few articles in JSTOR, ctrl+F for applicable phrases, and patchwork that nonsense in anyway. I hate setting these poor articles up for abuse like that. - Regular Amanda
Ugh. I think this is symptomatic of how students are told to write a paper but never taught how to write a paper or told why they should write papers, beyond hoop-jumping and grade-making. Kaijisa, I see what you're saying, but I worry about the effects of the "write up thoughts, then find support" approach because the students are not necessarily properly relying on evidence to guide... more... - Rachel Walden
Just to be clear, I am not defending any of these practices. Writing AND research are iterative and interconnected processes. Using sources well is really, really hard and requires a lot more instruction and opportunity for practice than is typically given. As Rachel says, requiring something is not teaching it. I'm kicking myself over this and many other things this semester. - kaijsa
^^Yup. - Rachel Walden
Jaclyn aka spamgirl
That moment when your chair mistakes you for the other Asian tech services librarian. *sigh*
do. not. like. - Rachel Walden
good grief. - Marie
She came by just now to clarify. She was confused, but she also did need to meet with me. I'm putting it down to her being discombobulated with the earthquake craziness. - Jaclyn aka spamgirl
earthquake craziness? (also, good on you for going gentle) - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Yeah, the whole south side of the building (which houses admin, IT, special collections, ILL, access and tech services, in addition to the book collection) is closed. All is craziness. - Jaclyn aka spamgirl
Marie
Being referred to in a group as "you guys" is so, so irritating to me.
It's possible I have a bad attitude today. - Marie from iPhone
I'm trying to break myself of that habit - maʀtha
one of my faculty told me off in a email for addressing her and male colleagues as "you guys" - Sir Shuping is just sir
all y'all - Greg GuitarBuster
Nah, just "y'all." Reserve "all y'all" for situations in which a group is in trouble: "All y'all better X if you know what's good for you!" ;) - Rachel Walden
I know where you're coming from. Related problem: the word gals seems awkward to me. Similar to dudes in a non-surfing context. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
From my experience, the use of "all y'all" requires a mid-air finger snap. - Marie
I've been making a conscious effort to switch to "folks" for exactly this reason. - Catherine Pellegrino
I've developed a negative reaction to 'folks', probably because of its overuse in political speeches "folks are having a hard time, they're hurting" (of course the speaker isn't REALLY connected to 'folks') - Greg GuitarBuster
Maybe it's because I grew up with a lot of brothers, but I have no problem with "you guys". I don't see it as gendered. "Ladies", on the other hand, raises my hackles as a way to refer to a group of females. - Spidra Webster
I usually refer to a group as "y'all" out of habit. A weird habit to have for a native Californian, really. :) And Spidra, I detest when someone rolls up and refers to a group of women as "ladies". It always feels so disingenuine and almost patronizing. - Hookuh Tinypants
I got your second-person plural pronoun right here, Ladies. - Holly's favorite Anna
I've seen enough instances of people saying "you guys" to all-female groups that I believe it really is gender-neutral for a subset of native speakers - but also try to avoid it myself because of the subset for whom it really really isn't. I think formally I say "you all" if disambiguation is required ("y'all" isn't a word here; "youse" is but isn't natural in my own mouth), and on social media I say "folks" or "tweeps" or use the Māori "hoa mā" (friends) depending on audience. - Deborah Fitchett
Sometimes, I will say "Hi everyone," or "Hi all," when sending an email to a buncha people. - Joe - Systems Analyst
I HATE it. - VALZ SCARLETTS MAMA
What is wrong with you guys? - Joe - Systems Analyst
Hi all, or You all. - Betsy
People - maʀtha
I am actually quite irritated when someone at work sends an email to everyone in the support dept, and opens it with something like "Hey guys and gal" or "Hey guys (and April)", since I am the only female in the group. I don't like being singled out like that. For me, I'd much prefer "Hey guys" without the additional add-on just for me. I also consider "guys" to be gender neutral, in... more... - April Russo
I find that the use of "guys and little ladies" can instantly achieve nearly universal disdain. (I don't actually use this. Really.) - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Rachel Walden
Anybody have recommendations for students on sources of financial aid/grants/scholarships?
More specifically, student was told to get a book on sources of grants/scholarships, but I am not sure what to recommend. - Rachel Walden
Wow. We used to keep books like that in our reference section, until they invented this thing called "the internet." We've weeded them all, but maybe your reference section has one? Or the public library? Can the student narrow it down any: grants/scholarships for college? grad school? students with particular characteristics? studying particular fields? - Catherine Pellegrino
pub lib has these big floppy books that list grants/scholarships... tons of them. they're with the gre/gmat/act/whatever study books - Christina Pikas
Collegeboard.com, fastweb.com, and collegenet.com are all free databases that are pretty good. - kaijsa
What is this "internet" you speak of? ;) Thanks for the online suggestions, will pass along. - Rachel Walden
Rachel Walden
Talking to a libschool class today. When did I become a real (library) grown-up? ;)
SCARE THE BABYBRARIANS IT'S THE ONLY WAY - jambina
It's possible I told the babybrarians not to be supervisors or go into management unless they really loved unsticking problems for people and helping good people do their best work. - Rachel Walden
Victor Ganata
It occurs to me that "The Princess Bride" could totally take place in Westeros. Maybe there's not enough nudity and whoring, but there's certainly plenty of treachery, scheming, plotting, torturing, and running people through with swords.
Sounds like you have your next crossover fanfiction idea. :) - Rachel Walden
A little too much whimsy for Westeros. - Todd Hoff
You'd really just need to put off-screen events on screen: like all the other trumped-up wars that Humperdinck has probably started, all the crimes Vizzini, Iñigo, and Fezzik had to commit to pay the bills before they got the job from Humperdinck, all the people Wesley probably robbed and murdered as a dread pirate, all the people that Count Rugen arbitrarily tortured and/or slaughtered, that sort of thing. And I actually think there's a lot of whimsy in Westeros :D - Victor Ganata
I mean, Count Rugen kind of strikes me as a cross between Tywin Lannister and the Bastard of Bolton, to be honest :D - Victor Ganata
The novel version of *The Princess Bride" actually goes a little more into detail about the torture and other perversions that Humperdinck and Rugen are into. - Victor Ganata
Heh, according to William Goldman's framework conceit about *The Princess Bride* being an abridged story, the fictitious original text by S. Morgenstern is supposed to be primarily about the excesses of nobility. So one can imagine Goldman just cleaning up all the sexual perversion and whoring and all the torture and murder not relevant to the main plot to make it PG-13 :D - Victor Ganata
Rachel Walden
Okay, ladies of the LSW: I need a new pair of black flats, professional enough but comfortable and very walkable (think for use at conferences, with skirts, etc.). Any brands/styles you particularly recommend? I hate shoe shopping because I have short wide feet that are hard to fit, will probably order online.
Thanks, I'd never heard of either of those! - Rachel Walden
are Danskos flat enough? I find their clogs & summer sandals incredibly comfy & walkable. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
The Cole Haan flats with Nike Air soles are spendy, but amazing. My coworker & I both have the one with a slight heel; she's had hers for years & they still look great. A friend has the ballet flats, & she was the one who recommended them to me. - Jaclyn aka spamgirl
If you don't mind old-ladyish shoes, maybe look at Propet. Zappos carries them. - RepoRat
Ooh, will look at all those too! Thanks! - Rachel Walden
I don't know how professional you'll think these look (I categorize 99% of ballet flats as casual), but Tieks are very comfortable. Expensive, but worth it in my opinion. In general, flats are UNcomfortable to me. http://tieks.com/ - kaijsa
I am a HUGE fan of Cole Haan with the Nike Air soles. FYI, you can often find them at Nordstrom Rack for about 30% off. They last a long time. - Lisa Hinchliffe
I live in Aerosoles ballet flats during the summer. They tend to have wide sizes and wear like iron. - Hedgehog
If you don't mind butch shoes, I find my short wide hard to fit feet fit a lot better into men's sizes than womens. these are my go-to shoes right now: http://www.bornshoes.com/Product... - Marianne
Marianne, those remind me of the Rockport men's shoes I've worn for years. I don't know what the model. I just take them to the store every couple of years and ask them for a new pair just like it. :-) - Betsy
In addition to some that have been named (I love my Jambu shoes), Clarks and Born. - Katy S from iPhone
Amy Mather converted me to the FitFlop flip flop a few years back. I always have a difficult time with my feet at conference (now diagnosed and being treated, yay!) and those shoes save my life. And I truly abhor flip flops. They are, as a whole, more blingy than I would like, but that makes them more professional, right? - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
As someone who's had problems with plantar fasciitis in the past, I like the orthaheel (and this made me go check 6pm.com where I found some new ones on sale. Yay! - ellbeecee
you've reminded me that I need to try on all my work shoes now that I'm postpartum. I dread this. - Jenica
i bought these at TJ Maxx 3 weeks ago and i lurve them. superlight and comfy. do not, however, suddenly become a n00b and try and break them in during the conference. because that is just dumb, buckland. http://www.aerosoles.com/eng... (i have wide feet too) - jambina
*scribbles notes* Thank you! Many in here I've never heard of. - Rachel Walden
I bought these in summer 2012, and they are amazing. Wide feet, and one of them was swollen for most of 2012 due to injury -- these were the only shoes I could reliably and comfortably wear. They've also held up well. http://www.zappos.com/dr-scho... - Jenica
As someone with wide feet as well, I'm in love with the Bendables line from Clarks. - Katie
Keen - maʀtha
Wide feet here too and the brands I have the best luck with are Keen, Naot, Alegria and no Vionic (though my shoe-shopping is complicated by the need to also need orthotics) - kristin buxton
I really want to try Alegria shoes. And Jambu looks really cool. - maʀtha
DO NOT BUY PATENT Alegria shoes. I love them to death, but they squeak horribly! Two pair like that. I have a non-patent pair that are wonderful and squeak-free. - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
*goes to look at Cole Haan with the Nike Air soles * - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
(I'm going to have to blame you all for the really cute shoes winging their way to me right now! It's as much you as the fact that I'm in an air cast and can only wear sneakers!) - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Catherine Pellegrino
Confessing once again that I am a Truly Incompetent Librarian: I have a list of 6 journals that I need to arrange for TOC alerts for. One has an RSS feed [EDIT: they all have RSS feeds and I am a goober. Carry on.] One is in Ingenta. Is there any way -- ANY way AT ALL -- to get TOC alerts from all 6 journals unified in one place?
so, four of them you'd basically have to watch for changes to the Current Issue page? do I have that right? - RepoRat
Well, one of the remaining four is on MetaPress, so I can get a TOC alert if I register for a free account with MetaPress. But that only works for one of them, and I've already got a free account with Ingenta that I'm using for Just This One Other Journal. What I'm trying to avoid is five different free accounts for Just That One Journal + one RSS feed. - Catherine Pellegrino
Both Ingenta and http://www.journaltocs.ac.uk/ promise "all your TOC alerts in one place!" except, not really. - Catherine Pellegrino
Oh, and the one that has an RSS feed didn't used to, so I had a "watch for changes to this one webpage and alert me when they happen" service set up for that one -- which, again, one service for one journal. GAH THIS IS 2014 THIS SHOULD BE EASIER BY NOW WHERE IS MY JET-POWERED BACKPACK. - Catherine Pellegrino
AND A PONY. - Catherine Pellegrino
yeah, a website-watch service was what I was gonna suggest, with IFTTT or Yahoo Pipes to tie it all together. - RepoRat
oooh, I hadn't thought about IFTTT or Yahoo Pipes. Good call. Got a website-watch service you'd recommend? (I've forgotten what I used to use, and it's probably been shut down or bought by Facebook by now). - Catherine Pellegrino
Okay, now I feel like an Even More Incompetent Librarian: they all, actually, have RSS feeds. Every one of them. I just hadn't looked hard enough and got all caught up in TOC alerting systems and email alerts and the foo and the wah. Now they're all just piped into my feed reader. Stand down, everyone. (I still want my jetpack, though.) - Catherine Pellegrino
Yay! In case you need it in future though, Yahoo Pipes itself can watch and scrape websites. It's how I built an RSS feed for the news items on MPOW's website. --It's a long story don't ask. - Deborah Fitchett
Might be able to do something like that through some EBSCO databases? - Joe - Systems Analyst
If they were all indexed in a common database, you could potentially set up email alerts of new results based on a search for the titles, but that might get messy. - Rachel Walden
There was this great lightning talk at LibTech 2014 where a Yahoo Pipe was already created for this kind of thing. Here's the pipe: http://pipes.yahoo.com/infosos..., and the presentation (http://prezi.com/00omtsb...) - GretelSK
Catherine, I know/hope you're kidding, but I still want to say you're FAR from an incompetent librarian. You're on my secret list called Awesome Librarians to Know and Learn From. - kaijsa
^^^ mine too. (not that it's particularly secret.) - Marianne
Aw, shucks. *digs toe awkwardly in the sand* :) - Catherine Pellegrino
You are on a beach, I knew it. - Joe - Systems Analyst
If you have RefWorks, this used to be somthing I did there. (To my knowledge, RW still has function - I just gave up on keeping up with TOCs!) - Lisa Hinchliffe
Tom Bruno
RT @john_overholt: I should remind everyone that there are still two putative human skin bindings that haven't been confirmed or denied. http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/houghto...
Derrick
The provost of the university is having the big faculty recognition dinner and I need to RSVP. Part of me is curious and wants to go; part of me is intimidated? It's fancy, at the National Press Club, high class invites and while I've worked hard to get here, part of me is like...do I *belong* here? Trying to make sense of it all, I guess.
Normally I'd say fake it til you make it, but you've already made it, so go and have fun. - Katy S
GO and enjoy yourself. Have a free meal on the university and mingle with folks. - Mary Carmen
You got an invite, therefore you belong. Free fancy food! - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Looking at what I just wrote, I guess it's telling about my insecurities, but I *have* worked hard to get here. It's just...such a thing. Mulling it over in favor of attending, I think. - Derrick
Go, but find someone to go with -- a coworker, somebody. I've been to these things (though not as high-falutin' as all that) on my own as a new faculty member and it was weird and awkward to sit at a table with a bunch of old farts (sorry, now-valued colleagues!) who all knew each other but didn't know me. You DO belong, so find someone to belong there WITH. - Catherine Pellegrino
Dude. Go. Your right to be there is beyond question. - Pete
Ooh, plus one. Hrm. - Derrick
I have to think that somewhere there was an invite meeting and someone said "Derrick?" and everyone else said "Fuck yeah" and gave small fist pumps. - Johnny from iPhone
^ Love this. - Steele Lawman
We gonna need to get poppa some new shoes to roll there in style ;) - Jeff (Team マクダジ )
Do you need me to come down there and shake you? Of course you belong. Go, have a great time. - ♫Jorge Covert, Trainer♫
what everyone else said, esp. Catherine -- GO! and go with a good (preferably work) buddy. Also, new shoes might be required, or a new tie or something. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Alright, I'm on it! Thanks for talking me back down from the ledge. - Derrick
take photos & show us!! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
haha, I don't know about all that. :) - Derrick
Glad you're going, D. Belonging is beside the point. They need you. - MoTO Moca Blend
Acquiring plus one... - Derrick
everyone's going to be thinking "Dang, who is that sharp-looking, magnetic guy?" Except for the people who already know you. They'll be thinking, 'YAY DERRICK." - Marianne
Yay Derrick! Be sure to post pics of what you'll be wearing to this soiree. - Corinne L
Y'all are great. For all of my sassy strutting, there are times I really struggle with feeling like I have the chops for these kinds of things. Very much appreciated. - Derrick
Most welcome. FWIW, I still feel that way every time I get a special invitation to something. Or sometimes even a regular invitation :D. - Marianne
Do the damned thing. I feel the same often, but when you're doing it right... - Eric - Watch Me Now
Swanky! Enjoy! - LB: Ratchet Bear
Go have fun. Going to the National Press Club means you will now be a reporter. Be sure to wear a hat that says PRESS on it.http://vervecast.net/wp-cont... - Joe - Systems Analyst
Go! Wear spiffy tie. Win. - Rachel Walden
Go celebrate your success and be comfortable Have fun and yeah it's a good excuse to buy some spiffy clothes - WarLord
I feel the same way sometimes! I give a ++++1 for a "campus events" buddy. - Regular Amanda
So glad you decided to go. Have fun! - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
I'm late to the party and happy you decided to go. Events like this are where I've met my best friends/most valuable contacts on campus. - kaijsa
Are you on the faculty? Try it on for size. - awd
Yay D! We want to hear all about it (meaning the food and the gossip and what everyone was wearing, of course). - laura x from iPhone
Jaclyn aka spamgirl
Well, the good news is that, barring asbestos, we'll likely get to open the stacks sooner than we thought. Don't know whose photos these are, but linked from a friend's FB post. http://s1128.photobucket.com/user...
Oh wow. :( - Marie
Oof. - Kirsten
oh, so sorry to see that. - barbara fister
Oh no - that looks like a major re-shelving project. - Jen
Whoa. - Galadriel C. from Android
Hate to think what it'd look like without the bungee cords. :-( - Deborah Fitchett
Wow. Best wishes for the re-opening. - kaijsa
laura x
Dammit, Iris made it snow here.
I DID NOT - lris
I'd like to know who made it snow here. - ~Courtney F
WELL WHO DID THEN? - laura x
Iris made it snow here, too. - Rachel Walden
what the heck is wrong with you, Iris? It didn't snow here but it's far too chilly for late March (yes, I know I shouldn't complain about 50ish degrees. I WILL ANYWAY :) ) - ellbeecee
I don't think it was Iris at all. *gazes in a southwesterly direction* DYSP! It's supposed to snow here, too. - MoTO Moca Blend
I'm sooooo glad Iris didn't make it snow here. :-) *ducks* - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Maybe LAURAX is the one who's making it snow everywhere. Did you ever think of THAT? HMMMM???? - lris
I'm with you, Iris. She's probably in it with Perez. - MoTO Moca Blend
it's snowing here - Christina Pikas
Snow, snow, go away / come again some other day / but if you have to snow today / snow down Laura X's way. - Steele Lawman
LOL - lris
It snowed here, too. Who do I blame? - Betsy
it's always my fault; blame me. - RepoRat
culpa Dorothea - Pete
(it snowed here last night FWIW; the walk to work took a little extra care) - RepoRat
One of the cashiers at Target this morning said she'd put her boots away a couple days ago. I say we all blame HER. - Catherine Pellegrino
Oh, right. Blame the person making minimum wage, Catherine. Way to pin it on the working class. ;) - laura x
dammit, I *knew* there was a flaw with that plan. - Catherine Pellegrino
I have no idea why it snowed anywhere. *whistles innocently* - Steven Perez
Yep, Iris and Steven are to blame for snow in Eastern PA as well. - Friar Will
*sulks* - lris
Iris, I am sadly disappointed with your aligning to DYSP and the snow thing. - Janet
RepoRat
Help me design the most outrageously expansive list of must-dos for academic libraries ever. "What every academic library MUST DO" that you know is off the rails, but sounds superficially plausible. GO.
(As usual, this is for an LJ column I am meditating. If I want to use your contribution, I'll ask first and follow your desires as far as credit.) - RepoRat
3D printers! Makerspaces! Hackathons! - John Dupuis
Create a learning commons with study rooms with an iPad-run reservation system. - laura x
Must have an active and interactive presence on every single social networking platform. - copystar
Must evaluate every student against every information literacy competency - copystar
Have a reference desk that looks more like ... well I don't know what, but not like a reference desk. Also must eliminate the reference desk, AND must staff the desk with students, not librarians. Preferably young, hot students. - Catherine Pellegrino
Roving reference, especially 24x7 in dorms. - Jaclyn aka spamgirl
Must have collection development skills that *include* the assessment of existing and new electronic resources not just buying books. - Galadriel C.
Ouch, Galadriel. - Jaclyn aka spamgirl
Must archive every data set produced by every faculty member, student, staff, or person otherwise involved with the campus. - Regular Amanda
Must provide personalized, 24/7 reference service to all undergraduates. - Regular Amanda
Must subscribe to every journal and database needed by everyone on campus while keeping materials-budget inflation to no more than the prevailing inflation rate. - RepoRat
Must acquire every print copy of written work by faculty even if they decide to publish their work in a $400+ anthology. Also, the library must pay $$$ for the author's rights to publish the same work in their repository. - copystar
Must have a librarian embedded in every course. - Catherine Pellegrino
must have a search interface that looks like google, goes thru all library resources, and brings back the five things perfect for the professor's research, the phds thesis, and/or the undergrads paper, without being told audience - Hedgehog from Android
Gamification of everything - Hedgehog from Android
Get all of the big deals, and might have to cancel the small non-profit publishers to keep the big deals. - Joe - Systems Analyst
MUST provide travel to higher level administrators to many, many conferences. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Must keep all print journals to appease That One Guy on the faculty. - Steele Lawman
Must have converted their entire ILS to run on linked data. (Gimme more tech-services stuff if ya got it. Access services, too.) - RepoRat
Must allow faculty to check materials out for unlimited periods of time. - Steele Lawman
Must own enough copies of all required textbooks so no one actually has to buy one. - Hedgehog from Android
Must have both print and electronic for every book & journal. - Jaclyn aka spamgirl
Must have a space that is inspiring but not intimidating, welcoming but not mall-like, with quiet spaces and group study spaces that are well-marked but multi-purpose. Include as many non-library services for students in this space without sacrificing either study space or stacks. - Steele Lawman
every department on campus must have their own librarian (that is, a unique librarian for every department) - ellbeecee
(add "embedded" to the above for Buzzword Compliance *g*) - RepoRat
Must be able to perfectly manage holdings information for online resources so that no user is ever put off by incorrect info on any of the 150,000 different titles we have full text access to. - Stephen Francoeur
Free printing for all users. - ellbeecee
Including color printing, 3D printing, poster printing, and plotter printing. - RepoRat
Free lunch for everybody for life. Or just faculty. - Rachel Walden
Technology support for any type of device users may have. - ellbeecee
Separate, adequately-sized areas for quiet study, social study, and group study; all three study-space types must be further divided into undergraduate, graduate, and faculty areas. - RepoRat
Free immediate one-on-one support for all patrons and all projects in the following areas: digitization, GIS, digital humanities, research-data management (in all disciplines), journal publishing (including editing and production), MOOCs, copyright management (including copyright-status searches), patent management, metadata creation, licensing for text-mining, research statistics, grantwriting... - RepoRat
Individual temperature controls for study spaces, i.e., each group/individual study room has its own thermostat. - ellbeecee
Provide unlimited streaming of all the new hot movie releases. - Marie
Provide Advanced Forelock Tugging and 'Just Do My Friggin' Research' services - Pete
All books available in English (or at least instantaneous, free translation services) - Meg VMeg
Must have accurate usage data for every database since the beginning of time. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Must seamlessly integrate all subject databases, catalogue, institutional repository, electronic art/archives collections, subject guides, university expertise management system, university datasets register, etc etc, into a single user-friendly discovery layer. - Deborah Fitchett
Well, for what it is worth - here's ACRL's answer to the question: http://www.ala.org/acrl... Though, I think you can just focus on #1 and get a LONG WAY "Libraries define, develop, and measure outcomes that contribute to institutional effectiveness and apply findings for purposes of continuous improvement." - Lisa Hinchliffe
Libraries must efficiently provide all information resources needed by their constituency...</depressed-now> - Cameron Neylon
^^^ even if that means abandoning all values to do so. And no whining! - barbara fister
Must have a digital humanities center. Oh wait! nevermind ...http://oclc.org/researc... - barbara fister
Oh, I forgot! Must be humble at all times. - RepoRat
but it's hard to be humble, when you're perfect in every way ;) - ellbeecee
Must not wear cardigans, buns or glasses. (Currently I have two of the three.) - Deborah Fitchett
Must be highly influential in setting and implementing academic policies, and well respected by the campus community. Must also be unexceptionable and not rock the boat. - Jenica from iPhone
*** dies *** - barbara fister
Must measure & assess everything. In real time. In minute detail. And provide ROI for every activity done, with clear cause and effect stated. - aaron
Implement a card catalog system capable of providing information about books meeting specific keyword filter criteria. And produce a listing of candidate volumes in real time. (I was a college student inthe 70's, so we're talkin' dream material here.) Wait... whut? They do? Since when? Okay... nevermind. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
Heh - maʀtha
Did anyone mention: provide access to all the things electronically, remotely, to all alumni, local business people, recent prisoners , local school children , students of community colleges... Forever. - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Must provide services allowed by data mining (like amazon "also bought", reviews, etc.) but still completely protect patron privacy. And prevent spamming and manipulating the system, too. - Rebecca Hedreen
Hyper-accurate RFID/GPS on every item so it's location can be pinpointed when it "goes missing." This should also specify when the person who has an item out will bring it back... - Megan loves summer
^Also allow you to email the person (without disclosing their identity to you, of course), to ask when they're going to return it. - ellbeecee
Without privacy violation. - RepoRat
Must eat shit and buy next year's shit at 5-10% markup. - Andy
lris
Does anyone have access to the periodical La Prensa Gráfica from 1956 and 1957? I need citation verification before ILL will work for me.
looking... looks like nope, sorry. - RepoRat
Nope. - Meg VMeg
Thanks for checking! - lris
i'm only seeing 3 places in worldcat University of Saskatchewan Library, grant macewan university, simon frasier university library - Rachel Walden
UT-Austen also apparently has it, on microfilm, in storage. - lris
There are so many bad worldcat records. Blerg. - lris
Reports from people with the electronic version say that it doesn't go back far enough - lris
If Austen has it on film, can't you just ILL the whole roll? - DJF
No, sorry. Was hoping we had it in our miles of microfilm cabinets. - kaijsa
Only the most recent two months, no archive - sorry! - Lily
No major academic libs in colorado has this. - Joe - Systems Analyst
DJF, most libraries don't loan whole rolls of film, unfortunately. - lris
you could try, tho - our ILL people will request rolls & have occasionally had success. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Yes, you're right. The worst they can say is "no" and then we're still where we are now. - lris
I know I've seen rolls arrive at our ILL office. - DJF from Android
We totally lend reels of film. Not that it helps you in this case, but we do. - kaijsa
kendrak
Faculty member recently told me he was burned when he tried to open up his research data (survey data) because people attacked his methodologies. Anybody hear this complaint before? Trying to research non-science data stories.
Were his methodologies legitimately shit, tho? - Zamms
this is academia, buddy. own your shit. if they don't like your methodologies, explain'em, or change'em. - jambina
I have used free-response questions on online surveys to offer constructive criticism of the researchers' methodology. Is that what you're asking about? EDIT: oh, wait! By "open up" you mean "release the data to the public so that it can be re-used, etc." as in OPEN DATA. Somehow I missed that. My apologies. - Catherine Pellegrino
most of the research is designing surveys, collecting results, and using the data to tell a more complete story with other existing data sets (such as property values, zoning regulations, population density, etc.) i guess they were burned when joe q public tore the research apart. wish i could say, "isn't that why you're faculty?" but that's not gonna help. - kendrak
Methodologies are supposed to be attacked/questioned. That is what academic discourse is all about. At least, it was in POLS. - ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
well i do see some of the concern about the attacks in a non-academic environment. this happens a lot with our researchers because everybody thinks they're a transportation expert. - kendrak
Ah. Hm. Maybe he can include notes with his data? Academicwise folks are accustomed to outlining their methods and acknowledging confounding factors? - ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
what jambina said - Rachel Walden
I think there is an interesting question when releasing data to the public, but I like what warmaiden suggests. Some sort of "here's what this data does, here's what it doesn't do, here's why we made these choices, thanks." I'm thinking of how a lot of climate data can be misunderstood and misused, which doesn't mean not to release it, but that there might need to be plain language descriptions of methodological choices. - Regular Amanda
i kinda thought this was the point ... i have researchers who are afraid to share their data before they've wrung every droplet of value from it. - henry
Victor Ganata
I swear people drive berserk in Pasadena public parking structures. I just watched an SUV back up full speed right into a car behind it waiting for their spot. *crunch* The funny thing is I think the car only got a little scratched up but the SUV's left rear light got totally taken out.
lol - had this happen in my little 2-door Toyota when my friend rear-ended me in her SUV. Mine was driveable; hers was decidedly not. - Rachel Walden
Rachel Walden
Expecting to be working the last hour of full library services alone with a security guard about the time the tornado warnings start to hit.
yiiiiiiiiiiikes - RepoRat
Um. - Meg VMeg
Just reviewed all of our tornado-related emergency and evacuation procedures just in case. Feeling much more confident about it now. - Rachel Walden
*bad-weather fistbump* Blerg. - lris
Now I wish we hadn't broken the planet. - barbara fister
Dude. Me too. - maʀtha
laura x
The Old Reader wants to start charging me money. What are my other RSS options these days?
I like Feedly... - ~Courtney F
I've been using the Digg Reader successfully for a while. - WebGoddess
I've been using Newsblur quite happily. - lris
I'm using Netvibes. It's ok. They've been around long enough that I don't think they'll disappear, start charging, etc. - JffKrlsn from Android
I use Feedly too - works great. - Christa
Newsblur has been working well for me, but I think I chose it specifically because it cost money. - Catherine Pellegrino from iPod
I use feedly. I gave them money because I get a lot of value from it and they have been developing new things but the free was very useful. - Hedgehog from Android
Do I remember right that you're hosted with Blake? Maybe he could help you get TinyRSS set up on your site. http://tt-rss.org/redmine... - RepoRat
Feedly's been fine, even if it does make too easy to skip over most stories. (That's my problem, I think, not Feedly's.) - Walt Crawford
Another vote for Feedly. - Jason P
Been using Newsblur since Reader's announced demise. Has all the same features as google's reader did. I also am a paid subscriber as well as I want it to stick around. - Me
I use Fresh Milk Pro - Soup in a TARDIS
I went to (and paid for) Newsblur and like it very well. - ellbeecee
I tried TinyRSS, Feedspot, InoReader, CommaFeed, The Old Reader, Blogtrottr (RSS-to-email, which I still use for high-priority feeds), and several iOS apps, before settling on Digg. Digg has a decent web site, decent apps, and plenty of sharing options to get links out to other places. Business model is still mysterious, so I don't connect it to anything real-name (not that I would anyway). - Tinfoil 2.0
Who reads feeds anymore? Blogs are dead! Just kidding, I use feedly. - Marie
feedly for me, too - Rachel Walden
digg reader - kristin buxton
i like feedly. i'm one of the original handful who bought a lifetime on feedly because i want them to stick around. i tried fever (you have to self-host it) and it works kinda ok .. i quit the old reader because they were unreliable (and then they were going to shut down, and then not, and then ... ) and i don't have time for this nonsense. feedly works on every platform i use (and i use them all), and if i didn't like the feedly client there are others that will work with the feedly platform. - henry
i used netvibes for a while and it worked well ... and the price was right ... but there were a few ui quirks that annoyed me. - henry
As a front-end reader on Android devices I use, and really like, FeedR (it uses Feedly for syncing). - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Oh, my morning email reminds me that i keep getting spammed by feedspot as well. If you'd like to try them - Hedgehog
I read feeds once or twice a month. Old Reader says I have too many subscriptions. I exported my opml file from there (bottom of the Settings page) and will decide later. :-/ - Amit Patel
Feedly is quite nice for Google Reader style access. Reliable and fast, even with many hundreds of subscriptions. - Todd Hoff
For Google Reader-style I tried CommaFeed, which was good but a bit slow to load, and have now settled on Inoreader, which is great. - Deborah Fitchett
I use Digg reader. It has a very clean interface and is easy to setup - JAson FLeming from Android
Rachel Walden
Suggestions for databases to look for non-health outcomes of family planning services/programs in developing countries (educational attainment, workforce participation, etc.). Have tried EconLit, ERIC, Social Services Abstracts...what else could I be checking? Many thanks for ideas!
global health? I mean, I know you don't want health outcomes but it is global. How about the political science databases like PAIS? - Christina Pikas
++ for PAIS - jambina
ooh, I didn't think of PAIS, excellent, thank you! - Rachel Walden
Do you have the OECD iLibrary? Possibly there - ellbeecee
Will check, thanks. - Rachel Walden
Sociological abstracts? I think they're sort of international. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Developing countries won;t be in OECd :( But any PoliSci databases should cover that. - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Just looked int o some IGOs for family planneing, this UN group might have some useful white papers? http://www.awid.org/content... - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Lots of cites in this Science article from 2011 http://www.sciencemag.org/content... - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Sorry, made two libguides for international policy classes in the past week -- have too many IGO links to play with! But I had a good amount of luck here with just googling "impact of family planning in developing world". Since we only just barely got a poli sci database, I've come to depend on Google and Google Scholar for policy research.... - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Thank you very much, really appreciate your suggestions. Gotta love these cross-disciplinary topics! :) - Rachel Walden
Deborah Fitchett
Volcano!
Wasting an hour attending a meeting otherwise mostly-irrelevant to me where I was to speak to two agenda items, but due to confusion over how long it was to last, it got cut short right before my items. - Deborah Fitchett
new colleague in the office who has no "inside voice". - Marie
Snow. What happens if I throw snow into the volcano? - Katy S
<censored> - aaron
2014 so far. - laura x from iPhone
Small mountains of gray ice blocks mixed with garbage, dog pee, etc. on every street. The snow in NYC is only nice for a few hours, then it's a sad mess (except in the parks). - Stephen Francoeur
giant driveway snowpile - maʀtha
This damned cold I have. Still. - Betsy
The Wife is away this week on business. :( - Andy
today's incessant hammering, to fix a leak - Rachel Walden
My four dental caries, chipped tooth, and new teeth grinding habit. OTOH, I have the best, kindest dental hygienist of all time ever. - maʀtha
Credit card companies and their stupid overeager holds. It Is Me Darnnit. - Heather Piwowar from iPhone
Derrick
Have found: good research and online articles about how mainstream media favors white male expert sources and why this needs to change. Looking for: some kind of alternate viewpoint or justification, whether in an academic source or (more likely) online or in a conservative publication. Any help or suggestions?
Has anyone ever argued that having predominantly white male expert sources is justifiable because 1) There are more white male experts in reality so it reflects that population; 2) Journalists should have the freedom to choose the best possible experts without worrying about fulfilling a "quota" and concerns about diversity will hamper good journalism or the organic reporting process. (maybe Heritage Foundation or Enterprise Institute? National Review? Fox News?) - Derrick
Do you have CQ Researcher? Their reports tend to point to multiple viewpoints, might lead you to some sources. - maʀtha
hmmm...I'm thinking that there is probably some historical stuff, not so much current unless it's really, really far out there. I'm finding some articles that say that fox news actually had more female and minority reporters than ABC, CBS, etc...which is very strange thing. I had some luck with searching in communications & mass media complete using: report* AND diversity AND race and a... more... - Sir Shuping is just sir
Maybe something about civic journalism would be useful, e.g. http://jmq.sagepub.com/content...? - maʀtha
Thanks, friends. This is great. Helping me be a better librarian (and helping me remember that sometimes I can get a little TOO granular and need to back it up a bit and be a little more broad). Much obliged. - Derrick
More in the cultural realm, but VIDA annually reports on how few women are hired to write for major magazines or have books noticed. Unfortunately their site is down. Hmm. but here's the Wikipedia page about VIDA and the Count. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... - barbara fister
Thanks, barbara! I'll share that as well. - Derrick
I feel like I've seen an analysis of guests on cable news shows or some such recently (one indicated MHP has more diverse representation in guests), but I can't think of where I saw that. - Rachel Walden
So, to finish my earlier thought, no one with any sense is going to say that diversifying the voices heard in the media is bad - well, not directly. I thought of civic journalism as one specific approach to diversifying the media that people might support or criticize. Seehttp://www.salzburg.umd.edu/lessons.... I'm not confident that it is an ideal example. Another lens... more... - maʀtha from Android
This is all great, thanks. I think at this point, I'm going to shift to looking at other sources of media, that might be alt or fringe, or seeing what I can gleam from L/N...I've exhausted academic sources and again, if I could find someone who justifies the white male perspective because of the sheer number of white males (and I'm thinking someone might've been so brazen to say so), then that'll be awesome. All of this has been great, still learning! - Derrick
People argue that kind of thing all the time on messageboards; in wider forums people might be slightly more careful with *how* they say it but I'm sure they say it. Maybe add "politically correct" into your keywords, if you're full-text searching? (Eg http://www.aim.org/media-m... though this is about language used in the media.) - Deborah Fitchett
lris
All hail the newly tenured Catherine Pellegrino!
Congratulations Catherine! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
HAIL. - RepoRat
All Hail C! - Joe - Systems Analyst
Wow! Congrats!!! - YvonneM
woot! congrats! - Sir Shuping is just sir
Most hearty congratulations to you! Huzzah! - maʀtha
Now you're stuck, congratulations! (I've left a tenured gig to earn tenure at another place, so it is doable if that's a plan) - awd from Android
All hail Catherine! - laura x from iPhone
*genuflects* - MoTO Moca Blend
Congrats! - Megan loves summer
Hurrah! - kaijsa
woop! - ~Courtney F
Hooray + congratulations!!! - Galadriel C. from Android
Congrats! - Rachel Walden
Thank you, everyone! So far I've painted my nails an outrageous color, and emailed the chair of the Rank & Tenure committee about an issue with the procedure for external reviewers that I think could be changed to make the process work better. Nobody parties like a tenured librarian, I tell you what. - Catherine Pellegrino
Ten Things To Do After You Get Tenure: http://hopejahrensurecanwrite.com/2013... - John Dupuis
Holy crap, John, that is an awesome post! Thank you for linking it. - Catherine Pellegrino from iPod
There's a faculty member here that loudly proclaims that if you don't do something once a year that would get you fired in (X repressive regime), you don't deserve tenure. Perhaps too high a bar to be taken literally, but I get where she's coming from. And yes, she is pretty damn outspoken. - John Dupuis
I followed her briefly on Twitter but it was too much of a firehose. I'm adding her blog to my reader, though. - Catherine Pellegrino
Rachel Walden
Looking for image of a very traditional, desk-centered, library-based librarian for a presentation - suggestions?
here ya go, CC-BY license: http://www.flickr.com/photos... - RepoRat
What a clock! - Meg VMeg
Liking for the clock. - Joe - Systems Analyst
thanks! - Rachel Walden
Here are some more. http://www.flickr.com/search... Classic b&w ones. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Hedgehog
Jobs I'd like to have in Librarianship that I'm not sure I'll ever be able to:
Collection Development of a Regency Romance collection - Hedgehog
Knitting Book and Magazine Archivist - Hedgehog
Any job at all. - RepoRat
Director of Library Common Sense. - ♫Jorge Covert, Trainer♫
librarian for firstsecond (graphic novel publisher) - Sir Shuping is just sir
I always wanted to work at the International Dada Archive at the University of Iowa. Seems unlikely :( - Meg VMeg
Chocolate librarian. (There are some at Hersheys.) - Joe - Systems Analyst
Burning Man Librarian, Utne Reader's librarian - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Working at the Globe in London. - YvonneM
Pre-Internet reference librarian - Meg VMeg
Restricted Section Librarian at Hogwarts. - Kathy
NPR Research Librarian. - Betsy
Also, what Meg said. - Betsy
Hedgehog, you ARE responsible for collection development of a Regency Romance collection. It's just that it's in your home. - DJF
Ahh but I want someone else to give me $ to buy books and shelf space. - Hedgehog
What Kathy said - maʀtha
Planned Parenthood librarian. NPR librarian. - Rachel Walden
Collection development librarian for essays and memoirs. Liaision librarian to people with mental illnesses. - laura x from iPhone
Archivist, Natural History Museum, London, England. - LB: Ratchet Bear from Android
I've wanted to be a Curator of Valuable Knowledge-Base Threads for at least two online communities. In fact, I think I wrote a paper for my required core colldev class about this. - Catherine Pellegrino
btw, the head NPR librarian is always looking for good data librarians. She's pretty awesome, and if I were a (meta)data librarian, I'd be all over it. :-) Their librarians also have to be able to do reference & promote the library in addition to excellent audio / video metadata skillz. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
newspaper reference librarian at a place that actually had reference librarians & would for a while. NFL librarian. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
new librarian. LEGO librarian. there was something else a while back, but i don't remember what it was... - ~Courtney F
Ben & Jerry's librarian. - Joe - Systems Analyst
I'd love to work for the CIA (the cooks, not the spies). - Kirsten from Android
Library Accessibility Coordinator. Which should exist everywhere and doesn't because usually politics. - Lily
Theater librarian/researcher, culinary institute librarian - ~Courtney F
newsroom librarian. - jambina
The FA librarian or the BBHOF librarian. - kendrak
2nd Assistant Librarian at Unseen University - Hedgehog
What Kirsten said. - Derrick
kaijsa
A pipe burst in our main library penthouse overnight, flooding tech services plus our five floors of stacks. Water flowed down through the telecom runs, soaking each floor through those closets. Even though one faculty office was hit hard, most of the damage to the collection is confined to three boxes of gift books. It's amazing, and credit goes
to our custodians who started cleanup fast enough to save the stacks areas. - kaijsa
I was pretty useless, showing up at the usual time to a library well under control and open. Our administration, staff, and student employees were really amazing and were here starting at 3am and working for hours to clean up. Just wanted to share that I work with some pretty amazing people. - kaijsa
Wow! - Katy S from iPhone
Yes. Wow. - Betsy
Wow. - Rachel Walden
I've been seeing the temps (or lack thereof) up in Laramie thinking of you. Guessing I should have been thinking of Coe instead of you. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Wow indeed. That's some great luck combined with hard work. Kudos! - Jenica from iPhone
Thanks, all. Joe, it's warming up a bit (to the teens!), but snowing again for the next few days. We're hearty up here in SE Wyoming, but it's getting old. - kaijsa
oh gosh - maʀtha
Wow. - Steele Lawman
Yipes! - RepoRat
Wow. Well done! - Catherine Pellegrino
Go Wyoming! - laura x from iPhone
I want to know what goes on in the library penthouse. *waggles eyebrows* - Marie
oi. Custodians are the unsung heroes of libraries. - barbara fister
Holly's favorite Anna
remind me where/how to get these? - Rachel Walden
I created them using the images Emily provided and a custom card company called Printers Studio. http://www.printerstudio.com/ - Holly's favorite Anna
Emily Lloyd designed these - maʀtha
Yes, she did, and I had my set printed up on glossy playing cards rather than printing it myself on card stock. - Holly's favorite Anna
Image files can be found here: http://t.co/6MTEMjQWgr - Holly's favorite Anna
Okay, thanks - wasn't sure if they could be ordered complete (printed and whatnot) or were DIY-print-only. - Rachel Walden
DIY, but I think Emily was looking into something. - Holly's favorite Anna
Out of curiosity, how much did you pay to have the set printed? - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
About $45, which is more than I wanted to, but they turned out really nice. They're the size of bridge cards, and have custom fronts and backs. I had to buy in three groups (one for the black and two for the white because they were more than could fit in one order), and I filled out the rest of the group with blank ones to write-in more later. - Holly's favorite Anna
t-ra: lose,find,repeat
question: (and I feel like I should know this as a grownup person, but) I have a thing plugged into an outlet that has room for three plugs, a green "ground" light and a red "surge" light. both the green and red lights are illumniated. Is that normal? They should both be lit up? Or is something wrong?
partly I ask b/c it's what I plugged my sewing machine into and she's not pulling as much power as she used to. - t-ra: lose,find,repeat
same deal if you test/reset it? - Rachel Walden
The red light in a surge-protected plug is to indicate that the surge protection circuit has done its job and sacrificed itself to protect your sensitive equipment and now needs replacing. If it's made by SpikeFree, theyll replace it for free. The green light tells you that mains voltage is currently healthy - Steel Penguin Slippy from Android
Future tip: dont run anything with a motor from a surge-protected plug :-) (This kind of thing is part of my trade - im an electrical and electronic technician) - Steel Penguin Slippy from Android
^^ agree they are *probably* indicating that everything is working. but if this is a change from usual or from other outlets exactly like it, i would investigate further. - Rachel Walden
thanks, Slippy! I was hoping to get your electrician expert opinion. :) Rachel, there's no reset and both lights come on when I unplug and plug it back in. So, I plugged the sewing machine directly into the outlet and the printer and lamp are on the other thing. We'll see how that works. - t-ra: lose,find,repeat
I know the wiring in my apartment is wonky as well. the lights constantly flicker and the speakers on the stereos in every room constantly buzz. - t-ra: lose,find,repeat
Ah, hence the surge filter. Generally, one would only plug sensitive devices (computers and peripherals, mostly) into a surge filter, but in a situation with wonky electrics, it'll help all the electrical stuff plugged into it last longer....until the red light goes on. Now it's just an outlet extender :-) - Steel Penguin Slippy
Depends on the power strip or outlet. On the one my HDTV's plugged into, both lights being on mean you're grounded and surge protection is still working (once the circuit sacrifices itself, one of the lights goes out). So: It depends. (I suspect Slippy's right about running motors off surge-protected circuits: Some motors generate huge amounts of electrical noise.) - Walt Crawford
*admires electrical knowledge base and general friends helping friends from across the globe* - MoTO Moca Blend
*does some reading* Hmmm. Walt and Rachel are correct. I must have amended my memories because having both red and green lamps to indicate proper functioning seems illogical :-) [edit] Nope, I'm wrong there too. Green is safe, red is dangerous. Green because the ground connection is healthy AND safe to touch. Red because mains is there, protected and entirely NOT safe to touch :-D - Steel Penguin Slippy
good to know. thanks all! just wait till I have to use the iron, the sewing machine, and the lamp all at the same time. livin on the edge! - t-ra: lose,find,repeat
As long as you don't use the iron while sitting with your feet in a tub of water because they ache, you'll be good. Context: My Dad caught his Mum doing that once. She was rather shocked by the speed at which he moved across the room and knocked the iron away from her. - Steel Penguin Slippy
oh dear. yeah, no. - t-ra: lose,find,repeat
#oohNanaLane will do, I think :-) - Steel Penguin Slippy
indeed - MoTO Moca Blend
I support all of the experiential deductive reasoning presented here. I would however offer that, if this phenomenon started just before Christmas, it may well be a special seasonal feature not disclosed in the documentation. #OrMaybeNot - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Slippy: Difference between surge-protected outlets and *some* surge-protection power strips. The Socket Sense strip I'm using for TV & Blu-ray (from Ideative) is VERY explicit: Red light means "protected" (and goes out if the surge protection's been fried) and green light means "grounded." Counterintuitive, I admit. I think the *most common* is green=good, red=bad. - Walt Crawford
Walt: Yup, and further reading on my part has illustrated that both-lit method of indication to be the general case in consumer power systems. I sometimes confuse the standards for electrical systems (where green is safe and red is danger) with the standards for control systems (where green is healthy and red is faulty). I'm always happy to realise I'm wrong *before* something explodes.... more... - Steel Penguin Slippy
Honestly? I think the "green good, red bad" standard makes a LOT more sense. [Of course, if you're red-green colorblind and it's a single bicolor light...] - Walt Crawford
Andy
On the heels of the #libtechgender, I got curious and just did a little census of the bloggers and columnists for Library Journal and American Libraries. Library Journal: 13 total, all white, 3 women, 10 men. American Libraries: 5 total, all white, 2 women, 3 men.
Sooprize, sooprize! - Stephen Francoeur
That's worth a blog post, I think, if you're inclined, Andy. - RepoRat
It would also suggest to me that, statistically, the AL is probably a white male. - Andy
Yeah, I wasn't sure where I wanted to throw this grenade, but LSW has always been a good sounding board for these kinds of grenades. I think I will make it a blog post, even if its just a "hey look here at this" - Andy
Probably a good tone to take. I honestly didn't know that about LJ, and yeah, it bugs me and Imma see if there's anything I can do about it. (For those who don't already know, I blog for LJ at Peer to Peer Review. I'm white and female.) - RepoRat
My initial reaction revolves around something I read here a long while back in a discussion as to why keynotes and speakers at conferences were mostly male. - Andy
I can think of a lot of contributing factors. Networks are definitely one -- I was recommended by Secret Agent Fister. Impostor syndrome among likely columnists ("but I don't have anything to say!") is another. Pipeline issues may include the hazards of Blogging While Not StraightWhiteMale; individual blogs can generate enough confidence to take on a columnizing gig. - RepoRat
You might want to compare to some of the good group blogs out there -- Lead Pipe, TechConnect, etc. - RepoRat
Quick scan of Lead Pipe: 7, all white, 3 men, 4 women. - Andy
TechConnect doesn't have an author page, so not sure. - Andy
I would be careful, though, about imputing race based on author info provided. Not saying don't do it, but it's easy to make false assumptions. - Stephen Francoeur
True. Although, I will probably get bit on the ass about gender too. - Andy
And I really wouldn't want to say "white looking" or "white appearing". - Andy
No good deed goes unpunished. If you can hack the pushback, this (edit: by which I mean "the post pointing out this issue") is IMO worth doing. - RepoRat
I think that race assumptions might get an asterisk as, well, assumptions. - Andy
This is my shocked face. Really. Shocked. Very. - ♫Jorge Covert, Trainer♫
Sounds like you're going to stick to ALA-related publications? If not, consider adding SKitch to your analysis. You know, for fun. - Marie
Regarding the assumptions about race, I think the only way you could get around this is to survey the authors themselves. Given that race is socially constructed, not biologically, you can really only go off of what people self-identify as. You know, if you wanted to publish your findings elsewhere :). - Freeda B.
Gender, too, just to be safe! - Freeda B.
It seems to me that of people writing these columns appear to be white and male, that pretty much implies a lack of diversity, because they're perceived as part of an established power structure, even if they aren't actually. - laura x from iPhone
(Note to editors: I do not suffer from imposter syndrome. I rock. You should hire me to write a column.) - laura x from iPhone
To AL editors (LJ editors have so frequently approached me and then flipped me off that I won't speak of them): Laura's right. She's the real deal. Hire her. - Walt Crawford
Pfft. you think that's bad? 100% of Andy's blog posts are by a white male. - Steele Lawman
That Andy guy is a dick. - Andy
Aw. I like Andy. - maʀtha
Andy Dick, now there is an asshole. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Laura X would Kick Ass as a columnist. In fact there are a bunch of talented folks inside and outside of LSW that would Kick Ass as columnists. We just have to put the right person in contact with some hookers and blow. - ♫Jorge Covert, Trainer♫
I also told a radio host this morning, on air, that I could just take over his job, since he had just said that he couldn't remember what I was there to talk about or what my name was. - laura x
He said that on air? - maʀtha
Yup. He prefaced it by saying, "I'm the worst interviewer ever." So, you know, I felt I could joke about taking over his job. - laura x
I think it's fair to mark race/gender clearly as your assumptions. - Rachel Walden
This could be the birth of the Journal of Librarian Kick Ass. - Andy
Mary Carmen
It was better when Snuffleupagus could only be seen by Big Bird, yay or nay? I say yay!
Yay. - Jed
Do you know why they changed it? It's because at the time there were a lot of child molestation cases around. The producers felt that by the adults not believing Big Bird that Snuffy existed, it sent the wrong message and may have prevented kids coming forward in case they were thought to be making it up - Johnny from iPhone
wow...that is remarkable. good thinking. - Mary Carmen
Yay. But I had no idea about that backstory, so, um... - Rachel Walden
others can see snuffleupagus now? WHAT KIND OF FUCKERY IS THIS? - jambina
I remember when I changed, and I was but but but.... However, their explanation made sense. - Betsy
yay (I understand the reasons, and I think they're absolutely appropriate. But....) - ellbeecee
yay, but no idea about backstory - Christina Pikas
Yay. - Lnorigb from FFHound!
yay - April Russo
yay! - Yvonne
Gah! I hated hated hated that only Big Bird could see him! So frustrating to young me, and it felt so contrived and ridiculously unrealistic. It made me hate all the stupid adults who were acting so dumb, and also hate Big Bird for not standing up for himself and not doing a better job of calling over a witness at the right time. I found the whole situation stressful. I really disliked Sesame Street as a consequence. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Stephen, I think you should tell us all how you really feel. :^) - Friar Will
Heh! I know it's just supposed to be this innocent long-running gag but it never was funny to me, and I'm honestly flabbergasted that most of you preferred it that way. When I heard in 85 that all the adults apologized to Big Bird for not believing him, even though I was in high school I felt a flash of vindication. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I couldn't remember when they changed it, but if it was 1985, now I'm wondering if that means my siblings don't even know that Snuffleupagus used to be imaginary. - Victor Ganata
Wiki says 1985 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...): "This running gag ended with the Season 17 premiere of Sesame Street, episode 2096 (first aired November 18, 1985, following the release of the Sesame Street film Follow That Bird). Big Bird is sick and tired of not having the grown-ups believing him when he tells them about Snuffy, so he decides to arrange for them to... more... - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I'm with you, Stephen. I could never understand the reason for that motif and it just made me frustrated for Big Bird. I remember thinking "He's HUGE! How can you miss seeing Snuffy?!" I don't remember the big reveal, but by that point I would have been 14 and not all that interested anymore. - Corinne L
Yay. - Melly
I also hated the plot of no one believing big bird about his friend. I remember being really stressed out and frustrated about it when I was a kid. Though, admittedly, that says a lot about my stressed out childhood. - t-ra: lose,find,repeat from Android
lris
We just found out what a library is like when the Uninterruptible Power Supply for the network goes up in smoke.
Lesson learned here: high availability. - Julian
No logging in to computers, no photocopies, no printing, no internet, no checking out books, no access to timed Moodle quizzes... - lris
but you can still read the print books! ;) - ~Courtney F
I'm picturing the Thunderdome, but that might be catastrophizing on my part. - Regular Amanda from Android
and that is why plan for that happening at some point if you can. - ♫Jorge Covert, Trainer♫
Aaand another spam report logged. - lris
"no checking out books"? we always do a handwritten log and then catch up later.... (always = once a year or less often) anyway, that totally sucks for you all. - Marianne
We probably have something similar... but I don't know about it :) - lris
ooph - Rachel Walden
Good times - maʀtha
I remember when a server at UMN went down. Yep. - maʀtha
I'm pretty sure that a UPS (when it overheats) is the most fire-prone device in most offices, save for exposed element space heaters. One of ours caught fire overnight and came dangerously close to torching the whole building. Be wary of those buggers. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
They're supposed to know they're overheating and shut down. All the ones I ever built did, anyway. They generally only start fires if you don't get the batteries serviced/replaced regularly, unless they've gone REALLY wrong, which is rare...but it does happen. - Steel Penguin Slippy
Iris, you should suggest to the "powers that be" that y'all need a bypass switch with your new UPS, so if it goes down, you can get power back on without fuss. After all, a UPS is supposed to PROTECT your critical systems, not take them down :-) - Steel Penguin Slippy
Will do! - lris
Ours caught fire because the fail-safe switch didn't function properly, so it never shut down. I think the one in our situation was fairly new, but even thermostats and fusible links fail on occasion, I suppose. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Mostly they use thermocouples and software, with fuses as an absolute last resort, but yeah, anything can fail, given the right conditions. A big enough power spike, for example, can have some really odd effects. I guess you just got unlucky. - Steel Penguin Slippy
I should clarify that my experience was awhile ago... as I think about it, a LONG while ago, as in early to mid-90's. Seems like yesterday! - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
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