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?
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.
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?
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?
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!
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?"
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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...