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RepoRat
This is better than the usual library song parody: https://www.youtube.com/watch...
Yeah, that singer can really sing. - Steele Lawman
She's talented! - RepoRat
Love this video. It's Nashville - we joke that everybody at karaoke has had singing lessons. - Rachel Walden
because puppets - maʀtha
Christopher
Apparently @jonathancoulton now has a gig on, NPR's Ask Me Another. That's nice. Way to go JoCo, looks like I got a new show to enjoy.
That's a fun show, I listen every weekend. - Rachel Walden
YvonneM
Do you (and/or your colleagues) dress up for Halloween at your place of work?
We used to at MFPOW. I have no idea if they do at my new one. - bentley
Not really. I generally try to wear something tastefully-orange, though. - Catherine Pellegrino
I'm gonna wear my usual black outfit & pink feather boa. Feathers, they will be everywhere - amusing cats (at home) and people at MPOW. Probably not amusing the wonderful cleaning people tho. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
No - maʀtha
they do. I pretty much outgrew Halloween around age 10 or so. So I don't, no. - MoTO: #TeamMarina
MFPOW last year. Some departments went with group costumes. http://www.youtube.com/watch... (I was part of a three-person costume. I was the ampersand. http://m.friendfeed-media.com/e143135... ) - bentley
No. We do have trick-or-treating in the union (tons of booths) and it's great to see all the kids in their costumes. Colleagues will bring their little goblins by my office to trick-or-treat me--I need to remember to get candy before Friday--which is mostly an excuse for me to see them all dressed up. It's fun. ETA: we do have a lab school (K-9) and a daycare/preschool on campus, so we have a lot more kids around than many universities. Plus trick-or-treating is open to the public. - kaijsa
Probably not. Mostly because I have my hands full enough getting everybody ready for the day - Mr. The Jason Fleming from Android
Nope. - laura x
It's an option with the caveat that we shouldn't wear something that might scare young children. I'm wearing a monster-themed t-shirt under my cardigan. - Katy S
i used to have these killer elf ears that i'd wear and dress normally. some folks didn't even notice. - jambina
My default is a baseball hat with Yoda ears, but I don't know where it is right now. - bentley
Years of LARPing have ruined me for wearing costume. It feels too much like work. - Andy
we have the option. I usually do something that also doubles as a normal outfit, because i don't feel right teaching students in a costume :) I'm thinking Rosie the Riveter this year. - ~Courtney F
We're hosting a costume contest for the students this year, so we're encouraging staff to dress up as well. I have a costume planned, but I also have a meeting that the provost might be at that day, so I may be changing in and out of my costume as needed. - Freeda B.
No, we do not appreciate whimsy. I haven't even been offered any candy yet. - Rachel Walden
Steele Lawman
So I re-installed YikYak just in time to see students claiming they had sex in the library last night.
yay. also I bet they were lying. - RepoRat
Young adults lying about sex in an anonymous online forum? Surely you jest! - Steele Lawman
Huh, mine aren't bad at all. Though one is complaining about the wifi at Stephen's work? - Meg VMeg
Our study rooms have clear glass walls for related reasons. - kaijsa
Same for us, but some students have figured out that the moveable white boards do a good job of covering up those windows. - Joe
Ours get the boot if they cover the windows! - kaijsa
I was inspired to peek at ours again and found that somebody is doing a Gossip Squirrel thing. "Spotted: Squirrelrina Van Der Woodsen eating an apple core on a trash can. I heard she was dating Nut Archibald but he is nowhere to be found. -XOXO Gossip Squirrel." I approve. - kaijsa
Oh, that's quite good. Our students have a thing for squirrels, too. It's sex, food/bathroom, drinking/drugs, slandering the college president, complaining about campus technology, and squirrels, roughly in that order. - Steele Lawman
I am on the verge of installing it here... - laura x from iPhone
I don't have a device that would support it, but even if I did, there is not enough money in the WORLD to get me to see what ND students are posting. No. Way. - Catherine Pellegrino
Someone is spamming ours with Bible quotes and it's pissing everyone off. - Meg VMeg
I deleted my app again because I don't need to see all the "I'm so drunk in class" posts (ugh), but was happy to see a bunch of our students who post fond things about some of our local eccentrics. They seem to enjoy seeing people let their freak flags fly, which is nice. - kaijsa
My latest favorite: "I apologize to my neighbors for the dying whale sounds. I'm trying to get out of bed." - Julie Kane
(Most of ours are about Netflix and mainlining Gilmore Girls episodes when not slamming the wifi). Also, everybody seems to want a Cuddle Buddy. - Julie Kane
Why do classes start so early on Friday, food in Burge, complaints about other people having sex, Adderall, pro/con Asian students, I wish I had a boyfriend. It's actually sort of sweet. - laura x
Oh, why did I download Yik Yak... - Rachel Walden
Rachel, I hear ya. More like Yik Yuck a lot of the time: racism, sexism, ...and more! - Stephen Francoeur
YvonneM
Instruction question--what's a good way to explain to students why the DB uses subject terms that are much different than from what they might type into the DB unaided?
I always say it is because databases are very literal. They don't understand which meaning of the word you mean. E.g. nursing, cavity, Ed (emergency dept or education) - Hedgehog from Android
also, I call the subjects "tags." Maybe they'd understand that different people would apply different tags to the same item? - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Seconding Stephanie's advice. I tend to use the word "tags" for the same reasons. - Stephen Francoeur
Thanks. I do the literal thing sometimes too. I like the word "tag." - YvonneM
I say that subject headings are what librarians think they should be, not what normal people think they should be. Which at least flags them as useful but problematic, without actually explaining why they are that way. - Steele Lawman
All of this. Also, it has to do with learning disciplinary lingo. What terms would a sociologist/psychologist/anthropologist use for this concept? - maʀtha
I also give the example of diabetes - who wants to search for >10 different terms for diabetes? The correct subject heading exploded retrieves everything regardless of variations in terminology. - maʀtha
I explain to them that there are a lot of different ways people could write about the same concept, and give them an example (e.g, heart attack, MI, myocardial infarction), and explain that using the subject terms help make sure they're using the "right" term for the database, helping them capture articles on the topic even if people wrote about them in different ways - Rachel Walden
sometimes, depending on the audience, I tell them that it's like learning another language - along the lines of what others have said. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
I say that there are different groups all referring to the same concept by different names so they have to pick one name and go with it, even if it a) isn't what you'd call it b) might be slightly different in connotation (like optical radar, ladar, lidar) - Christina Pikas
laura x
I wish I could stop being depressed for me, but I really, really, really wish I could stop being depressed for toddlerx. He just said, "Stop crying, Mommy."
i can't wait til i'm a 4 hour drive from you. - jambina
LAURAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA - Meg VMeg
oh, my dear friend. *hugs you and Peter* - Marianne
Oh Laura. :( :( :( :( :( - lris
Thank you all. My mom just got here. - laura x from iPhone
I'm glad you're mom is there to help. Take care! - Katy S
I am so sorry this is happening and hope it is a brighter tomorrow. - Janet from FFHound!
Oh hon... *HUG* - Soup in a TARDIS
(((Laura))) - Anne Bouey
:( *hugs* can we do anything to help? - Sir Shuping is just sir
I think it's more than okay for our children to see us being sad. It shows them that sadness is okay, crying when you feel sad is okay, it's nothing to be scared of, even grown ups feel sad, etc etc. And they learn sympathy and empathy. Even at toddlerx's age! Josiah learned very early on that sometimes Mummy cries for "no reason", but she won't always be crying, and if he wanted to... more... - Melly - #TeamMarina
Hugs and positive thoughts and some prayers, if you like. - Friar Will
Hugs and more hugs. - Steele Lawman
(((((laura))))) - Jenny H. from Android
Best wishes to you and family - Steve C Team Marina
Hope you're feeling better, or at least getting lots of hugs from your mom. I'm prone to the crying, too. {{{Hugs}}} - Yvonne Renee
Courage, sister. - Corinne L
*hugs* - Stephen Mack
Love you, Laura. - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
*hugs* to both you and toddlerx. I'm so glad your mom was able to be there for you. - Katie
much love to you, Laura - maʀtha
Aww honey. - YvonneM
:( positive thoughts to you. - Jen
Moar hugs. - Joe from iPod
wish I could help in some way. hoping it gets better, soon. - MoTO: #TeamMarina
what everyone else said, plus ep. what Melly said. And big hugs to both of you. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Yes to what Kelly said too and sending big hugs your way. - Galadriel C. from Android
hugs and support - Rachel Walden
Christina Pikas
Mom fell last night, hurt her leg, and apparently didn't move from the chair where Dad parked her until 15 min ago when my sister found out and called 911. what is with these people not calling for help?
:( that sucks i'm sorry! *HUGS* - Sir Shuping is just sir
Sorry that happened with my parents too - Steve C Team Marina
I'm so sorry about this. - Galadriel C. from Android
Oh God, how awful. - laura x from iPhone
Any news? How's she doing? - Kirsten
nothing was broken (this time - they did locate all of her previous breaks - she's dissolving from osteoporosis) but they kept her in the hospital so she could get started on physical therapy also because they were seriously concerned about what help she has at home (none) - Christina Pikas
Oh my gosh. Hope she's okay. - Rachel Walden
Rachel Walden
I'm looking for examples of emerging technology labs/technology sandboxes in libraries. I have the NIH Library and NCSU libraries - not really looking for just "makerspaces" - know of any off the top?
Would UNR's DeLaMare library count? We have all the various Maker stuff, are a force in the community, run all kinds of play.maker/tech workshops, arduino, Oculus Rift, Google Glass etc kinds of things? - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Not 100% certain of your criteria but we do. Ish. I think? http://commons.lib.washington.edu/ - Nikki D.
Yes, definitely thinking Oculus, etc. Thanks! - Rachel Walden
Chattanooga Public Library and their 4th floor? http://chattlibrary.org/4th-flo... - Hedgehog
t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
the nonprofit I interviewed with last week needs a yes or no by week's end. I honestly don't know what to do. I've listed the pros and cons and it comes out mostly a wash in terms of potential risks versus rewards. part of me is truly excited by the challenge and sheer insanity of the job. the other part just wants a decent paycheck and benefits.
por ejemplo: $9/hr at 20 hours a week. no benefits, no tech provided, no budget for anything unless I raise the money myself. ED hasn't been paid in 3 years and I've no doubt he expects a similar level of sacrificial attitude about "the mission." - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Hold out for something that pays better and has bennies. You can get it. Work that network. - Spidra Webster
OTOH: I could make it my own, build it into a permanent gig over time and meanwhile stretch my skills and exposure, connecting to a ton of people here I otherwise have limited access to. Even if I just did it for a few months. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
I hear you, Spidra. Trust me. At the moment I'm lured by my romantic imaginings of being The One That Made This Organization What It Is or She Without Whom None Of This Would Be Possible. I COULD RULE THEM ALL! And still get to sleep in late. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Is the mission something you are truly, personally, passionate about? If not ... you're worth SO much more. - Laura Norvig
It is, Laura. That's what I'm struggling with. It's a nonprofit supporting tech start-ups in Athens. It combines a lot of what I love in terms of helping people find the resources they need to realize a vision that in turn helps the community at large and solves problems. Plus I could spearhead adding a program for veteran entrepreneurs, which the ED said he was open to. And that (as... more... - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
this is the org: www.fourathens.com if anyone wants to take a gander and share impressions. always appreciated. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
well, I said yes. we'll see what happens. first day will be Tuesday the 7th. I'll be spending the weekend trying to dig up some professional looking clothes. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
I would try to look into their financials as well and see how their $ divides up into %s for staff support, fundraising, etc. I feel like the burnout potential is going to be super, super high. On the other hand, if you are super into the mission and see it possibly as a temporary situation (2-3 years), it might be perfect. - Rachel Walden
I wish you the best of luck in this new PT job, t-ra! - Spidra Webster
Thanks ffolks. I'm gonna give it my best. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
Good luck! - Rachel Walden
Marie
that meeting i was just in was BRUTAL. omfg, i had nothing but expletives in my heart. - http://media.giphy.com/media...
that meeting i was just in was BRUTAL. omfg, i had nothing but expletives in my heart.
what was the topic at hand? - RepoRat
the mis-use of a MARC field in our catalog records. - Marie
Guilty! (runs for cover under a desk). - Jen
yikes - Rachel Walden
run awaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! - RepoRat
Oh that is downright terrifying. - Galadriel C. from Android
Just horrible. - Joe
Derrick
How to Make Calzones (And Freeze Them for Later!) - http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitc...
How to Make Calzones (And Freeze Them for Later!)
How to Make Calzones (And Freeze Them for Later!)
"Calzones are a favorite in my house, not only for a relaxed weekend dinner but also for wrapping up, freezing, and eating for lunches all week long. Lunch or dinner, they're the perfect little "hot pockets" (ahem!) of cheese, veggies, and leftover meat. Here's how to make them." - Derrick from Bookmarklet
I just read this. SO HUNGRY. - holly #ravingfangirl
I've never made them, but now I'm all curious. - Derrick
Homemade hot pockets sound Awesome. - Kamilah Reed (K. Gill)
I've had a real hot pocket exactly once. I bought it out of a vending machine and it made me sick. I hope to have better luck with these homemade ones. - Derrick
I wonder what kinds of cheese work best. - Rachel Walden
I had to live off of the broccoli, cheese and chicken Hot Pockets for a time because I worked nights (6p to 11p and then 3a to 8a, back to back; it was Hell) and I had time and budget constraints. Those were the only truly palatable ones. I had Pop Tarts, too, and a few other things, but the food all had to be very fast and simple. My life sucked. But that particular flavor of Hot Pocket wasn't too bad. (The chicken could have been less like lunchmeat and more like actual pieces of meat, but, oh, well.) - Kamilah Reed (K. Gill)
maʀtha
Everyone please to wish Rachel a very happy birthday!
Happy happy, Rachel! And keep up the good fight. - laura x from iPhone
Happy birthday, Rachel! - bentley
Happy birthday :) - Pete
Happy birthday, Rachel! - RepoRat
Many happy returns! - Megan loves summer
Happy birthday! - Catherine Pellegrino
Happy Birthday! - Katy S from iPhone
Happy bday! - Joe
Hope it's a good one! - Stephen Francoeur
A very happy birthday to you Rachel! - Galadriel C.
Happy Birthday Rachel!! - Hedgehog
bonne fête, ma belle! - jambina
Happy birthday! - Jen
A belated but very enthusiastic thank you! - Rachel Walden
Rachel Walden
Do we have any Kansas City Public Library folks on here?
Kansas or Missouri? The KC Kansas public library is in my region and I have contact info for folks there, but not so much for the Missouri side. - WebGoddess
It's Kansas City, MO. We had a few book donations turn up with their barcode on them that aren't clearly (to me) withdrawn, so I wanted to try to check on them. - Rachel Walden
Yeah - good luck - I have nothing more than what you'd find on their website. Hopefully someone from the library will be here, though! - WebGoddess
They've got live chat help on their website, but it's QuestionPoint, so I don't know if you'd get someone actually from that library or not. - Catherine Pellegrino
Ok, thanks anyway though! - Rachel Walden
Rachel Walden
I know a medlib who is taking a Coursera on data science right now and is enjoying it a lot. She'd like to talk to someone who does data science work, and I know there are some of you here, but my mind is completely blank. Help? Anyone willing to be put in touch w a good egg?
@DainaBouquin & @l_zilinski were both in my IRDL cohort & were awesomesauce. Daina's more medical, Lisa more academic. And yeah, @hedgielib. - Jaclyn aka spamgirl
Sure point her my way. Also @KristinBriney, Dorothea, Amy West at Milwaukee, and I've some other people on Twitter from RDAP if that'd help. - Hedgehog
Depends on what you mean by data science. If it's analytics or visualization, I can't help you. If it's management and preservation of data, I can. - RepoRat
Thanks all! - Rachel Walden
Rachel Walden
YOU GUYS. What was the name of the guy who would always post complaints to email lists about, uh, (afraid of summoning...) a public library in a city in Massachusetts? Something reminded me but I can't find it and now it's bothering me.
Don Saklad? - LB's never Kippled from Android
Don it is, the one and only. - Walt Crawford
The scariest thing? I didn't even have to Google to recall his name, just to find a link to share. - LB's never Kippled from Android
Thank you. That's exactly who I was thinking of. - Rachel Walden
omg ... i know that guy! he also tips into glbt* groups to remind us all to have safer sex. - henry
Rachel Walden
Requesting IT to unblock an LGBT news site...do not make me unleash Friday hell, people.
*cowers* - MoTO: #TeamMarina
I once had to write to our IT folks to unblock FriendFeed. Turns out, it was right after the auto-timeline moving was added, and the spam-protecting bots thought it was malicious software. - lris
Don't make me have to come down there and box the IT department's ears. Here's hoping it's something innocuous. - laura x
It took until today but they've unblocked it now. - Rachel Walden
*whew* ... Is Friday hell anything like fresh hell? - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Friday hell is just like fresh hell except worse because why are you messing up my Friday I mean I'm prepared for nonsense on Monday... ;) - Rachel Walden
Steele Lawman
My 12-year-old son seems to be coming across YouTube videos filled with misinformation about feminism. I don't want to raise another aggrieved privileged white boy, so any recommendations for videos, channels, sites that are pro-feminist and boy-friendly?
*father of 11yo boy tunes in* - Stephen Francoeur
Recommending this with some reservations because of a recent poorly-considered and poorly-handled site merger, but: http://www.themarysue.com/ - RepoRat
this post is probably too "on point" to be of interest, but it made me feel better than I had in ages about video game sites, and eurogamer, in particular: http://www.eurogamer.net/article... - Marianne
I wish it were A LOT EASIER to answer this question! - Marianne
I'm planning on having my 14 yo kid look at http://mic.com/article... when he gets back from his week away at camp. - Joe
Crap, all I can think of is Target Women: https://www.youtube.com/playlis... But I don't know if that's too adult or (even worse) too boring for 12 year-olds. - Meg VMeg
Scraping my tumblr I'd recommend this: http://tinyurl.com/o4edyo2 and this: http://tinyurl.com/p6lcl6n and this: http://tinyurl.com/l96e9tq and maybe this: http://tinyurl.com/q97mtqr - MoTO: #TeamMarina
I wonder if John Scalzi's "lowest difficulty setting" post would be too preachy for a 12yo? http://whatever.scalzi.com/2012... - Catherine Pellegrino
Thanks, everyone! I have a lot of watching/reading to do. (And thanks, Catherine, because I knew that I'd read that analogy before but didn't know where. The analogy might resonate for him, even if Scalzi's delivery might not.) - Steele Lawman
Interesting article, Marianne! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Yes, the Brain Scoop! that's what I was trying to remember, e.g., http://youtu.be/QTP3wRzJXBM - maʀtha
(You're welcome, Steve! I thought the analogy might communicate well. And honestly, depending on how you feel about salty language, a LOT of what Scalzi writes might be good for him to hear.) - Catherine Pellegrino
this is just a list of facts, related to that post, but they are IMPORTANT facts: http://www.jimchines.com/2012... I found when people eyeroll at the analogy, some solid facts from solid sources are a good way to make them rethink. especially if they've been getting a lot of misinformation. - Marianne
on a related topic, when the time comes, you know about Scarleteen, right? http://www.scarleteen.com/about_s... - maʀtha
Feminist high school boys ask: Are you a feminist? http://youtu.be/9Vh60p4p2QM (perhaps a little dry, but, relevant) - maʀtha
and what about some anime? Spirited Away, perhaps? - maʀtha
Might be something useful toward the bottom of http://geekfeminism.org/2011... - RepoRat
What sort of misinformation is he encountering? I am just curious. - laura x
and are you able to discuss it with him? or is he too sulky teen for that? - maʀtha
He brings it up, so it's something he's interested in and apparently he wants to talk about it. By "misinformation," I mean the notion that feminists think that women are better than men, or that violence against men is funny. I think he's also encountering the "not all men" point of view that feels unfairly targeted. - Steele Lawman
It's going to be hard to find a lot of video channels, because YouTube is one of the most hostile places to women posting feminist content. Will think on it and recommend if something comes up. - Rachel Walden
The "Tropes vs Women in Video Games" series? https://www.youtube.com/playlis... (I haven't actually watched very much of it so no idea if it's suitable for him or not but came to mind when Rachel mentioned YouTube as a hostile place for women...) - Deborah Fitchett
Adventure Time - who's main character ages each season and is now 15 - deals with the emotional life of a teenage boy in a remarkable way (caveat: not having been a teenage boy, this opinion is just a hunch) and the Vlogbrothers channel is great too, although the advice is usually the same: "use your words": an example: Why I love makeup: https://www.youtube.com/watch... - copystar
Jim Hines's cover-pose series is a great way to talk about representation, while also getting across the idea that men can be feminists: http://www.jimchines.com/cover-p... - RepoRat
I definitely do not think of Adventure Time as explicitly feminist or educational about feminism. Vlogbrothers can occasionally get the point, but it would be nice if we could come up with some recommendations of actual women for him to listen to. Most of the feminism 101 materials I'm familiar with are going to be too advanced for him at this age, as are most of the books I would... more... - Rachel Walden
I didn't mean to suggest that Vlogbrothers or Adventure Time were explicitly feminist. But I think that they are "boy-friendly" media where relationship matters are addressed in a serious way that I think most feminists would respond positively to. - copystar
Read this before you recommend it to Mr. 12, because there's some pretty intense stuff in it, but maybe Strong Female Protagonist http://strongfemaleprotagonist.com/ - RepoRat
lris
Policy question: Do any of you have wording in a policy or two about indemnification? Basically, if the staff member follows the policy, they won't be punished for the outcome? If so, could you shoot me that wording either here or at ijastram at gmail?
More information: we're developing an emergency plan that asks staff at all levels to make decisions during stressful situations, and we'd like something in there about how they won't get in trouble for acting according to the plan just for everyone's peace of mind. Are there policies that require decision making at your institutions that build in protections for the people making the decisions? Or do you have other policies that say "you can only question the outcome of the process if you think the process wasn't followed?" - lris
I think I see what you're getting at, and I think it would be a laudable thing to include in a policy of this sort; I just don't have any examples to hand. - Catherine Pellegrino
Yeah, the key here is that we're trying to encourage staff at all levels to make stressful decisions based on a framework for action. No two emergencies are alike, so we can't spell out what to do in every situation, so as part of helping people feel empowered to act rather than hesitate, we want those who aren't used to making this kind of decision feel extra super safe in doing so. - lris
We don't have such language but if I were constructing such a thing I might call our campus Public Safety office or Office of Risk Mgmt to ask what phrasing they would suggest. - Marie
Seconding the advice to talk to Risk Management or Legal. I think what you want is something like the Good Samaritan laws that cover emergency responders, for example. - Rachel Walden
Rachel Walden
I got my "if nothing else today, this" item done. And then someone broke the glass in the front door of the library.
Wow. You really know how to punctuate an exit from a building. - lris
LOL it wasn't me I swear! Amazingly, nobody seems to have seen or heard anything. - Rachel Walden
Rachel Walden
All I know is I have "Harry Potter meeting" on my calendar for this afternoon. :)
Use a time turner to go back to figure out why it was scheduled. - Joe
I will be sure to use expecto patronum to keep dementors out of the meeting. - Rachel Walden
Accio agenda! - copystar
let me know if you need ideas for stuff to do in your library along with the exhibit - maʀtha
Martha, I absolutely need ideas! That's what yesterday turned out to be - planning meeting. I'd be really grateful for any thoughts you want to share. - Rachel Walden
Are you familiar with the good people of the Harry Potter Alliance? http://thehpalliance.org/ I'm wearing my Granger Lovegood 2016 tee right now - copystar
I have a ton, because we really leveraged the exhibit to do a lot of stuff. - maʀtha
excellent! - Rachel Walden
Patricia F. Anderson
RT @KingCiDot: Here is a graphic that breaks down signs of an abusive relationship. Please read it. https://twitter.com/KingCiD...
Let me point out a version of these signs can absolutely take place in abusive workplaces, too, with very minimal adjustment of the language. - Rachel Walden
Rachel Walden
Anybody have suggestions on tools/software for allowing library users to make reservations and see availability online? Wanting something to use for a special room and also day-long check-out iPads. Thanks!
We are looking at OpenRoom: http://www.bsu.edu/librari... Is anyone using that? - Rebecca Hedreen
We use MRBS for self-booking. University of Washington uses it, too. http://mrbs.sourceforge.net/ - kaijsa
We use OpenRoom at Baruch College. Here's an article about it at Virginia Commonwealth U. http://crln.acrl.org/content... - Stephen Francoeur
I like to look and functions of this one at UNC Charlotte https://library.uncc.edu/groupst... - Stephen Francoeur
We also use MRBS. - Deborah Fitchett
thanks! - Rachel Walden
Rachel Walden
Have any of you all written anything about changes to PLOS's institutional membership charges?
nope. hadn't heard, actually. link me up? - RepoRat
Oh, that's awfully disappointing. :-( - Deborah Fitchett
Oh..this is not good news. Sending notes to people now. - Hedgehog
well, shit. - jambina
I'm going to guess "not enough uptake from libraries to bother." Sigh. - RepoRat
How many no-fee Gold OA journals could Vanderbilt publish for $122K/year? Never mind; PLOS is a Verified Good Guy, so I shouldn't ask questions like that. - Walt Crawford
They're a Verified Good Guy who I'm pretty sure nevertheless could survive quite happily if they lowered their fees. - Deborah Fitchett
Deborah: The last chapter of my Library Tech. Reports on Big Deal Damages (out any day now) has as one possible "solution," after "Transparent Prices," "Transparent Costs." I'd love to see such transparency happen during my lifetime...but that only allows about 30 years. - Walt Crawford
Another way of saying: "quite happily" may depend on personnel pay levels and perks, but otherwise I'm inclined to believe you're right. - Walt Crawford
ooh, Transparent Costs! sounds lovely! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
As I say in the report (not remotely in these words!), it's mostly a dream...whereas with FOI, transparent prices should be reasonably achievable. (On the other hand, some OA startups devoted to fair pricing--and maybe with university backing--*could* establish some actual costs...) - Walt Crawford
So the point is that there was never actually a discount. Libraries paid a 'membership fee' which covered the discount to institutional authors. This was just getting silly because there was a huge administrative overhead on both institution and PLOS on managing a zero sum system. So now if an institution wants either direct billing or to pay into a fund both those things are available.... more... - Cameron Neylon
..speaking as the person who took the decision to sunset the old program. More than happy to talk to anyone about this but we did it to simplify things and reduce overall costs in the system. - Cameron Neylon
I was gonna say that I'm pretty sure jh has been moving toward dropping all memberships and putting the money into a fund you have to apply for but that will pay full - Christina Pikas from iPhone
With author-fee funds dying like flies... yeah, I admit I'm concerned. But I do see the reasoning. - RepoRat
Christina, who's in charge of administering the fund and evaluating the applications? Researchers/faculty? Or librarians/administrators? Also, where does the money sit? Library budget? University/departmental budget? - Meg VMeg
Part of the issues was exactly that it didn't seem we were helping with author fee funds. The way it worked was we'd estimate volume, assess a membership fee of 10% of the expected costs, then find the volume was a bit higher than expected then have to assess a bigger fee the following year, on top of the volume increase so there was sticker shock - and the amounts were rising to levels... more... - Cameron Neylon
What has happened is that we have fewer US institutions using the new tools but a lot more UK and European ones. Certainly we're seeing a lot more UK/EU institutions establishing funds, less clear on how many US ones are dropping them. - Cameron Neylon
Yeah, that figures. I don't have hard numbers on the US either -- it may be a wash, because other funds are being established even as older ones die. - RepoRat
@Meg - it's out of the libraries budget, administered by the library, and there are some requirements - drat, they deleted the online guide since they ran out of money this year and the new year money doesn't start until July 1. Basically 1 publication per author, author has to state that they can't pay the fees out of a grant or other source, a copy has to be archived in the IR... I can't remember what else. - Christina Pikas
Whatever PLoS's reasoning is is fine for them, we're just not going to take on the costs or local administration of a fund of that type. (Note that this was not my decision to make on our end, so I will not be engaging in conversation about whether we should or not) - Rachel Walden
*nodnod* At MfPOW it was a lot easier to sell a membership than a fund. It fits into existing green-eyeshade categories and it's a lot less hassle internally. That's not to say it was a piece of cake -- I had to do the homework on how many authors and articles we were talking about -- but I'm pretty sure MfPOW still has some OA memberships, while the author-fee fund is deader than Generalissimo Francisco Franco. - RepoRat
... maybe all this is my next LJ column. I need an idea for it anyway. - RepoRat
There's definitely a wider discussion to have about where it is best to administer different kinds of system. I can buy that it's easier to subsidise by putting a smaller amount of money into a third party place. The catch is two fold - there's an administrative burden which to my mind is very inefficient on our side (the intricate variety of what different institutions want is... more... - Cameron Neylon
All that said, if there's real demand for a deposit account that gets use to provide institution marginal discounts then we could look at that again. But at the moment we've got much more demand for systems where the eligibility varies author to author based on their funding sources within an institution. - Cameron Neylon
You'd enjoy my summer lectures, Cameron. I spend a LOT of time hammering on the chooser-isn't-payer market dysfunction. :) - RepoRat
the thing with memberships, imo, was that a chunk of money would go to 10% or 20% discounts... when it was like not that for, say, $1000 they couldn't pay the apc but for $800 or $900 they could. It was like they either could or couldn't. library may want to endorse oa, but instead, they're endorsing one publisher and their offerings. and really, biomed vs all other fields of endeavor.... more... - Christina Pikas
@Meg here's how ours is handled if that's useful http://researchguides.uic.edu/ROAAP - Hedgehog
DJF
LSW: DJF
Somebody needs to ask, "Now that we know you think that it's on to tell jokes with the word 'slut' in them on stage at a national conference, what other kinds of jokes so you think are appropriate in that setting?"
Also, I'm now wondering, when was the last time a male professional comedian used that word in his routine? Because Stephen might actually have been unprofessional in TWO professions. - DJF from Android
He also thinks it's funny to make racist jokes about people's last names, as of last year when my co-worker walked out of his presentation. - lris
Folks. Any one think this is NEW behaviour? This is a Donald Sterling Situation. Many I think knew he was like this, it was just done with someone willing to share it. - ♫Robot Chicken, Trainer♫
Iris, he WHAT??? Oh my god! - DJF from Android
Oh, I don't think this is new at all. One of my first impressions of him was from sitting in the audience while he put up a picture of his daughter in a bustier. Nobody laughed. He was disappointed in us. - lris
And that's when he doesn't have a few drinks in him.... - Mary Carmen
I've heard stories about inappropriate behaviour at conference adjacent social events, but never on stage. I have long judged him for the things I already knew about. - DJF from Android
Both of my examples were on stage, DJF. - lris
Iris, I understand. I meant that I've never seen him behave like that on stage before. But then I mostly avoid his talks because they're either out of date or vendor pitches disguised as keynotes. - DJF from Android
I think Mo nailed it. The only real surprise here is that there are still organizations that feel comfortable having Abram as their public face. - Steele Lawman
I'm not surprised. Until people complain then probably they either a) don't know or b) think that no-one cares. That's why everyone (by which I mean primarily people who aren't directly targeted/affected) need to speak up early and often to make them know that we do care. (And maybe doing this will prevent the idea cementing in speakers' own heads that doing these things is okay.) Silence is complicity. - Deborah Fitchett
I am seeing on Facebook that there are people for whom this is all news. - DJF from Android
The online librarian world is a still a microcosm. Just because the news travels around the world fast doesn't mean it hits all the spots between hops. - Andy
I'll probably get yelled at for taking this to Tangentville, but one of the things that bothers me is the unprofessional behavior in calling SA out on, well, unprofessional behavior. It's not like the inappropriate actions of one party gives a free pass to everyone else in commenting, remarking, and otherwise reacting to the transgression. (This is from shit I've seen on Twitter in... more... - Andy
I'm with you on the grand moral scale, Andy, but on the scale where Abram wields more power and influence than most of us combined--well, sometimes power and privilege can only be attacked via unprofessional means. - laura x from iPhone
I'm hemming and hawing at that, Laura, but I see your point. My question then becomes whether giving up the moral high ground is the best course of action. I don't see what slinging mud gets you except just as dirty. It shifts from a moment of responding to unprofessionalism with professionalism to just a bandwagon beatdown. - Andy
I must be missing the really cool tweets. I see a fair amount of anger and disappointment, a little mild snarkiness, and maybe a sense that SA has been High Keynoter of Librarianship a bit too long. I haven't seen behavior that struck me as inappropriate *on a social network.* - Walt Crawford
And, frankly, "bandwagon beatdown" is starting to sound to me like an implicit defense for the offense and for SA: Without the "bandwagon" it just goes away. As has been happening for decades (not specifically him). I think more people saying "No, this was wrong, and the apology was worse" is essential. - Walt Crawford
"Sometimes the best you can hope for is to make the sons of bitches look bad." - Meg VMeg
Walt: the 'beatdown bandwagon' is part of my question about the benefits of abandoning the moral high ground. It's the difference between a group of people stepping up to say "this behavior is unacceptable and we are going to take steps to insure that it doesn't happen again in the future by insisting on better choices" versus "this behavior is unacceptable and we are going to take steps to insure that it doesn't happen again in the future by beating the shit out the offender as a public spectacle". - Andy
If people are using language about him like the language that he used, that's not so cool (and yet it's also not as bad, because *he used it as a powerful speaker in front of heaps of people*). If people are making substantive threats, that's really not cool and also a police matter. But if people are merely (as I've seen) saying vocally and maybe sometimes angrily that what he said was... more... - Deborah Fitchett
Shorter me: I need specific examples or at least description in order to read your comment as anything other than a tone argument. - Deborah Fitchett
I found them as part of a Twitter search for "abram" earlier this afternoon. For the most part, the reactions I've seen have been in the latter category that Deborah describes. I don't have any problems with that. But there are ones that fit into that first category. - Andy
I've seen some swearing, which I'm not entirely comfortable with. And I admit I have wondered today at what point the big pile on becomes harassing in itself. I think it is a valid question. - maʀtha
I also still think the initial comment was absolutely unacceptable and that the apology is lame & ineffective, that he doesn't really accept responsibility for his behavior. So, yeah. - maʀtha
+++martha - Andy
Well, I don't know about all the plus signs :) I'm still pissed off and I totally understand other people being pissed off. - maʀtha
It's agreement. :) - Andy
Interesting. I tried an "abram" search and found myself drowning in references to somebody's son AbRam and other stuff. Other than "Satan Librarian," still didn't find anything inappropriate re SA. - Walt Crawford
I suspect that, for some of us who've been around for a while, the possibility that SA's apparent Teflon coating may be wearing thin is too good to pass up. Which may not be moral high ground, but hey, most of us are just people. - Walt Crawford
Walt: So, are you saying "I didn't see it, therefore it did not happen"? As someone who by their own admission does not give me the benefit of the doubt, I'm curious as to the motivations for your nitpicking. I'm feeling that if someone else in this group had said it, you would be taking them at their word. - Andy from Android
Maybe I am, and maybe that's unfair. If a few people have gotten "inappropriate" in criticizing SA, that may (OR MAY NOT) be unfortunate--but not too surprising at this point. And I do know that Twitter moves too fast to do anything like comprehensive look-backs. Sorry. - Walt Crawford
I appreciate it. I'm not trying to defend SA; I'm just looking at a particular subset of the reactions that I find distasteful. I will concede that they are a minority of the tweets, that I don't fall into a tone de-rail, and that what matters here is what happens in the future. - Andy
Unfortunately, I can place a bet on what will happen in the future (by 2015): SA will continue to be in Hot Demand as a speaker (and probably on every CI/IL program) because he does such awesome PPTs. Once you're on top, it's remarkably difficult to be unseated. - Walt Crawford
Is he going to be in Vegas later this month? - Julian
Walt, which is why the high visibility "pile on" is important. It makes it more difficult for people to claim they didn't know about this behaviour. - DJF from Android
*nod* - maʀtha
Walt, under most circumstances, I'd agree with you on this. In the 21st century, i do have my concerns that the gossip rounds going to a (sort of) international audience, with various degrees of interpretations and extrapolations has some broader implications than you are admitting to. It doesn't really pass Kant's universality test (to me), for instance. That's a broad philosophical... more... - ɥsıuɐʎɹ
Note that I'm all for the "pile on"--it's the best chance of seeing some lasting change. - Walt Crawford
Ohhhh Walt, I'd like to see some causal connection to that last statement. As a counterfactual, I suggest Eric Montpetit's "Misplaced Mistrust" and Baumgartner and Jones "Politics of Attention" that suggests pile ons can and do lead to some disastrous policy effects in the long run. - ɥsıuɐʎɹ
1. Can't offer causals. 2. It may depend on the "pile on." For many people, some with their own high standing, to point out the error of SA's ways seems likely to have more lasting effect than for everybody to say "ho hum, it's been two days and a couple people were distasteful, let's move on." Note that I've been scare-quoting "pile on." What I hope for is widespread recognition that this stuff was bullshit 35 years ago and it's even worse bullshit now. - Walt Crawford
(Pardon the possibly distasteful language.) - Walt Crawford
Well, I think "it may depend on what the "pile on" is important. For instance, "Groupthink" is often criticized for policy disasters, but the evidence suggests that high cohesion is not more responsible for failures than other factors. However, "feedback" effects based on what captures our attention, can create real policy problems. For instance, violence on the news tends to capture... more... - ɥsıuɐʎɹ
On the other hand, I think that the so-called "pile-on" has been dead on in other areas. Most recently the story of Rob Ford in Toronto. In my ideal world, there would be a limited "pile-on" (which these days is not feasible as we cannot control the Internet), with a judicious use of limited formal institutions to deal with these issues. Policies around harassment and appropriate... more... - ɥsıuɐʎɹ
Wait. Do you honestly think that children placed in protective custody fair worse than they do when they live with the people who rape or otherwise abuse them? Really? - Katy S from iPhone
This thread has gotten way off the rails, so let me try to guide it back by saying that Stephen Abram is a dipstick. - Steele Lawman
Katy - that is a HUGE extrapolation of what I said. I said that our concern for child abuse results in more child protective services which in turn results in more kids taken from their homes for all purposes, because at least in Canada, the burden of proof for such cases is (rightly) much lower for protective services. But yes, I have it from a number of very prominent former deputy... more... - ɥsıuɐʎɹ
I'll admit this is a hot button issue for me. Here, the goal is to always place kids with family when possible. So, perhaps the laws and regulations are a bit different. But, I found the analogy a bit off for this case, anyway, for a variety of reasons - Katy S from iPhone
Back to Abrahm: I find it interesting that someone who felt the need, at several points, to call for civility could rationalize that joke as appropriate in a professional context. - Katy S from iPhone
I guess what I'm saying is ... should Abram ever be the focus of a whole whack of people's attention librarian or no? It's like how Carrottop and Pauly Shore are so unfunny that they become famous for how unfunny they are. The end result is more Carrottop and Pauly Shore, while other more important stuff (including how society should deal with child protective services) are ignored. - ɥsıuɐʎɹ
I don't think Abram is the whole focus; Abram is a particular case of some generally ugly undercurrents in librarianship generally and High Powered Consultant Librarianship in particular. I'm also concerned and unhappy that this conversation is turning into a http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki... bingo card. E.g. ryanish's comment struck me as a textbook http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki... . - RepoRat
Thanks, RR: I deliberately avoided the whole "silencing" issue because I think it has more resonance from those who have to cope with it--but I also believe it's absolutely legitimate. (Unfortunately, I lack John Scalzi's writing talents...) - Walt Crawford
Dude, I think the guy is a dipstick, but his name is Abram, no S. Let us have authority control in our pile on, or whatever the hell this is. - laura x
Sorry about that. Edited my comment! - RepoRat
I'll take your tone policing and raise you two pluralistic discourse theories and 10 positivist counter-factuals, RR! I should have stopped at the book recommendations I suppose. Thanks. (I also edited my comment.) - ɥsıuɐʎɹ
What RR said about the bingo card. - Rachel Walden
Anyone else noticed that the "pile on" essentially stopped about a day ago? Anyone want to take bets as to any actual consequences for SA? Or RR's HPCL in general? (High Powered Consultant Librarianship...) - Walt Crawford
Hahaha consequences hahaha. - Deborah Fitchett
jambina
LGBT vs LGBTQ - a friend is working on policy documentation and wants to use lgbtq (province uses lgbt) so she wants to cite some best practices about why Q is important. thoughts on where to find'em?
A quick Google search suggests that resource centers at universities might be a good place to start. I believe that Q is extremely important. - Julian
to cpmplicate: I just heard that LGBTQI is becoming the phrase - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
I've seen QUILTBAG, as well. - Katy S from iPhone
I've seen MOGAI, LGBTQIA+ - Pete
I've seen LGBTQIQA as well. No examples of best practices for you though. - ellbeecee
this is an nyt article rather than a best practices doc, but it's well written and also links to a LOT of those university resource centers Julian refers to http://www.nytimes.com/2013... - maybe some of them have documentation? [I edited my thoughts about various acronyms to be clearer but they got REALLY long and they are beside the point so now I am taking them out.] - Marianne
One thing I suggest is using whole words as much as possible instead of any abbreviations. Also, don't use the B or T (or bi or trans) unless one really means it. So often, B and T are included, but get no real attention or resources. I think it is a little harder to participate in bisexual erasure or trans erasure when the complete words are used. - maʀtha
Also, in response to your original question, queer is so much more inclusive (at least for many folks of my generation, though folks of older generations may find it offensive because it was often used hurtfully against them) and a less restrictive box than bisexual, gay, or lesbian. - maʀtha
I also suggest including ally along with lesbian, bisexual, gay, trans, and queer. - maʀtha
I like QUILTBAG, and find it whimsical, but I think that it's limited to the sff/geek community, and I've heard criticism about the whimsy - DJF from Android
Yes, it is also important to talk about intersex people, esp. since many of us are woefully ignorant about how biology works - maʀtha
in an academic context, using the word queer also maps nicely to queer studies and queer theory - maʀtha
thanks for the link, marianne! martha - my friend is a social worker specializing in same sex violence working at a feminist organization, so they have all kinds of acronyms they use internally, but they are advising the govt on policy, and want to advocate for including "Q" so i'm trying to give her a list o'sources that have reasons why it should be included. - jambina
Ah, that helps. Would something like this be helpful? http://www.tandfonline.com/doi... - maʀtha
I was hoping GLAAD's media guide would address this, but they don't, except to include LGBT. LGBTQIA+ seems to be what I'm seeing most. - Rachel Walden
lris
So, I just had a faculty member call the reference desk because he had two students in his office who need library materials but don't want to come to the library because they think our fluorescent lights are carcinogenic?
This, from students living in wifi-enabled dorms. Also, there's the sun. - lris
...okay, I'm dying of curiosity here. What did you SAY? - Catherine Pellegrino
I said that we have the same lights that the rest of the campus has. The faculty member (in physics, no less) said he would send them over. - lris
Wow, the kids are really getting creative with the laziness excuses these days. - Mary Carmen
There are sometimes PCBs in the ballasts of light fixtures. Here in NYC, we're spending a fortune to remove such fixtures from school classrooms, where they occasionally start smoking and sometimes dripping who knows what on the heads of unsuspecting students and faculty. http://www.epa.gov/epawast... - Stephen Francoeur
Yeah, we had that remediation done a couple of years ago, too. At that point, they also changed out the entire lighting system for a spiffy new one (which also happened in other major buildings on campus). - lris
Oh. I guess those kids didn't get the memo...or maybe deviously thought their professor didn't get the memo. - Stephen Francoeur
Yeah, I'm kind of suspicious of their motives... - lris
I'm picturing the prof being all, "weeeeeeelllll, oooooookaaaaaay, lemme just check and see what the library says, hm?" and basically letting you be the bad guy. I'm having a hard time imagining a physics prof falling for this BS. - Catherine Pellegrino
you could quietly put out a couple of tinfoil beanies at the ref desk... - Marie
You should make them a couple of tin foil hats and tell them that blocks the light rays. - John Dupuis
Marie! Love it! - Janet from FFHound!
heeeeeee - lris
LOVE the tinfoil hats. LOVE. THEM. - Catherine Pellegrino
heeee - lris
Yeah, I think the bar also has safer lighting. - lris
Rachel Walden
Nonurgent lazylibrarian request: is there any research on student retention when taking notes by hand vs. typing? By pen/pencil vs. stylus? Just curious, because I find that handwriting notes (which I tend to mark for emphasis, go back over, etc.) helps me retain in a way typing does not.
Typing does seem to lessen retention, there was just a study done on this: http://blog.seattlepi.com/bigscie... - Regular Amanda
(I would add that the methodology of the study is pretty blah. but, it is a study. peer-reviewed and everything.) - Marianne
what i said elsewhere is that I wish they would study people who are getting the most use out of new(ish) technologies like taking notes with a keyboard (or phone) or whatever, instead of exerting effort to demonstrate that most people aren't as able to benefit from a technology they didn't learn as a kid. - Marianne
Marianne, I'm super-interested in what you're saying! When you say the methodology is blah, can you expand on that? Or, what sort of study should we do? - Regular Amanda
Just to clarify, I'm not anti-digital notetaking or anything, just wondering if there is anything inherently different about using one's hand to write letters vs. typing them in. Marianne makes a good point about personal experience, that my better retention with writing is not necessarily a "brains work better this way" thing but could be an "I learned like this" thing. - Rachel Walden
Amanda, my biggest issue with the study I read (cf http://www.theatlantic.com/technol...) is that they instructed the students who were taking notes on laptops with a statement "People who take class notes on laptops when they expect to be tested on the material later tend to transcribe what they’re hearing without... more... - Marianne
oof, sorry to go on. i have to admit the only reason i paid attention to the study in the first place is that as a person with a hand disability, I've been successfully taking notes on a laptop for decades (because pen and paper isn't an option for more than 10 minutes), and been dealing with "OH NOES YOU WANT TO USE A LAPTOP" until about 2010 or so, when it stopped being an issue most... more... - Marianne
Thank you! That seems so strange to me, to prime the subjects like that. I'm not an expert, but isn't experimental design usually about figuring out how to NOT tell the subjects what's under study? - Regular Amanda
Nice take on the "pen is better than laptop" studies here: http://info-fetishist.org/2014... Excerpt: "See, I don’t think the takeaway is “don’t take notes with laptops.” I think the takeaway is — we have to start teaching people how to take notes. Better yet, we have to start teaching people how to use the information they gain from lectures, videos, infographics, textbooks, readings and learning objects." - Megan loves summer
Amanda, it depends hugely on the discipline, but yes, in psych it usually is. Certainly, even if the question is open to the participants, the hypothesis (or associated sub-hypotheses) aren't meant to be presented as facts. Megan, thanks for posting, that's a really good piece. - Marianne
weelibrarian
academic libs. i'm curious - how many prov/state/federal holidays do you get? how many vacation days?
15 holidays per year and I get 20 vacation days. Only 12 month faculty status and staff get vacation time. I'm trying to find where it's listed who gets how many - it's based on how long you've been at the institution. ETA: 12 month faculty get 15 days their first year and 1 extra day per year (up to 20) starting in year 2. http://www.belmont.edu/hr... - ~Courtney F
14 holidays per year, and either 22 or 25 vacation days, I'm not sure. ETA: oh yes, like jambina, we are also closed btw Xmas and New Years and paid for those days. - Meg VMeg
24 holidays this year, but that was up from past years (19 or so; we got fall break and spring break this year). I'm currently earning 18 days of vacation (started at 15). - Kirsten
12 holidays per year, and I accrue vacation at the max: 1.75 days per month, plus 1 extra annually. So 21 vacation days and 12 holidays = the equivalent of 6.5 weeks of paid discretionary leave. (New employees accrue at 1.25 days/month, then 1.5, then 1.75.) - Jenica
12 official paid holidays, Faculty (we are faculty members) members working on a fiscal-year (12-month) basis accrue 21 working days of vacation time a year, Faculty members on fiscal year appointments of less-than-full-time accrue annual leave in proportion to their fulltime equivalency. - ellbeecee
7 paid holidays (4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving day and the day after, Christmas eve and day, New Year's Day), 3 "floating holiday" days to use at other times, 20 vacation day. - lris
9 prov/fed holidays. 25 vacation days (cuz of tenure, tenure-track have 22). and the university is closed the week between xmas and new years (we get paid for those). - jambina
Dang, my college needs to step it up in the paid leave department. :/ - lris
wow, very interesting. thanks all! - weelibrarian
New Zealand public holidays are 1-2 Jan, 6 Feb, 25 April, Easter Friday and Monday, 1st Mon of June, Labour Day in Oct, and 25-26 Dec. There's also a provincial show day we get off. In addition, universities traditionally take Easter Tuesday and all the days between Christmas and New Year. In addition to that I get 5 weeks of annual leave (4 of which is the law, 1 of which is union-negotiated so varies a bit between universities). Oh, plus unlimited sick leave which is *not* usual but ought to be. - Deborah Fitchett
Funny you should ask now, because I was just explaining our new policy to someone. We get *NO* holidays (now) that are simply paid to everyone as holidays. They switched us to a paid time off system where not only do vacation and sick days come out of the same bank, but we have to draw from our PTO if we want to get paid on a holiday. If work is closed on a holiday and we have no PTO left, we go unpaid. We also have new, lower caps on how much leave we can have accrued at any one time. - Rachel Walden
168 duty days - maʀtha
(for anyone interested, our new cap on PTO accrual for those here >10 years is 34 days) - Rachel Walden
Holly's favorite Anna
RT @misspotkin: What does THE WORST SOFA THAT HAS EVER BEEN MADE look like? Wonder no more.... https://twitter.com/itsnotg...
RT @misspotkin: What does THE WORST SOFA THAT HAS EVER BEEN MADE look like? Wonder no more.... http://t.co/mfmcYbYmge
Or the best sofa... - Rachel Walden
It is a matter of perspective. Pretty sure this would be a hit in certain lesbian homes. - Holly's favorite Anna
Saves money as you don't have to buy inflatable dolls you just pork your couch - Steve C Team Marina
Rachel Walden
Ladies of the LSW, you have made many excellent and helpful recommendations for online ordering of pants and shoes. Now - anybody had any luck ordering bras online?
http://herroom.com/ . I find their universal-sizing system helpful; most sites strand you in the difference between US/Euro sizing. - RepoRat
I buy from La Senza, they're in Canada. Have had decent luck with them. - Hedgehog
I second herroom. before babies I used to get cheap ones from one hanes place... I think that's the one that even has models running in the sports bras to prove how supportive they are. - Christina Pikas
Thanks - I'd never heard of herroom! - Rachel Walden
Only after being fit professionally. I'll order the brands that work in styles I've already tried. Nordstrom = bliss for this hard-to-fit person. - kaijsa
I actually buy from ebay after being fit professionally, which taught me the exact (expensive) brand and styles that I like. - Meg VMeg
I'm taking a chance on ordering online this time - I don't have a car, and I hate shopping, so walking or bussing (on our terrible, slow system) all over Nashville to different stores to try things on is not gonna happen. - Rachel Walden
I got measured at a local store (and bought a couple of bras there as well). With my measurements in hand and good experience with brands I feel pretty comfortable buying from Bare Necessities. Though I'm glad to hear about other sites! - Sarah from FreshFeed
Where's a good place to be fit professionally? - YvonneM
The best fittings I've had were at Nordstrom. I've heard that small specialty boutiques can be good, but they aren't available everywhere. The idiots at Victoria Secret are NO GOOD. They only carry up to DD and try to get you into something there at any cost, even if it doesn't fit. No other department stores have come close to the perfection that is Nordstrom. - kaijsa
Second a specialty boutique if there's one in your area. - RepoRat
Rachel - Nordstrom and Rebecka Vaughan (http://rebeckavaughanlingerie.blogspot.com/, the boutique known for fitting) are both in Green Hills. I know that's not super-helpful with our crappy transit, but they're not far from each other if you wanted to get fitted. - ~Courtney F
Thanks, Courtney! - Rachel Walden
this just came across one of my feeds http://www.brabandproject.com/ - maʀtha
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