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Rachel Walden
And I was just asking yesterday if we had plastic sheeting in this place...
uh oh... - lris
... that does not sound good. - RepoRat
oh no! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
...I hope the answer was yes? - Deborah Fitchett
We've had three floods in 18 months. I hope for better for you. - kaijsa
The answer was no about the plastic sheeting, although I did scrounge up two large black trash bags. There was water from the hvac system condensing and coming through the ceiling, down the light fixture, into the computer lab. Minimal damage except for the ceiling. Oh, the joys of a 100+ yo library building. - Rachel Walden
Even newer buildiings seem not to be leak-proof. We most definitely have plastic sheeting availble at all times. - barbara fister
"acquire plastic sheeting" definitely went on my to-do list - Rachel Walden
did I tell you the one from MfPOW where contractors working on the Historical Society accidentally backed up a water main into the library basement, where the preservation/conservation unit is? Yeah. - RepoRat
Tangent. Why are archives and server rooms ever located in a basement? - ♫Maurice the Trainer♫ from Android
weeeeeell, my take on the specific case I just discussed is not for public view. - RepoRat
yikes! - Rachel Walden
At mfpow, the first big rainstorm after moving to the new building revealed a large leak over the Spanish-language books. The rain in Spain and all that. - bentley
^snerk - maʀtha
Well NOW I'm awake. Thank you so much, false carbon monoxide alarm. #freakedout
Ugh. *hands over soothing mug of something warm* - Kirsten from Android
ow. feeling better at least? - MoTO Boychick Devil
Yes, I'm doing better. Not 100% yet but definitely improving. - lris from Android
Yikes. Glad it was a false alarm, but what a dreadful way to wake up. - Marianne
My landlord is going to have the furnace man come check things out. Whew. - lris
ugh. I need to figure out where to put mine. - Rachel Walden
I kind of figure that "anywhere" is better than "not plugged in." - Catherine Pellegrino
Although if it's not plugged in, then you don't get false alarms! #lauraxlogic - laura x
You have plugin CO alarms? (Having been woken up, but slowly, by the periodic "battery running down" beeps on ours last Friday.) - Walt Crawford
I've got two (one my mom gave me when I moved in, and another came with my furnace) and they're both plugin with a battery backup. - Jennifer Dittrich
Yeah, mine are plugged into a regular socket, too. They're kind of a pain because they're huge and if you knock it out of the socket it screams bloody murder. - lris
So TIL that there are such things as plug-in carbon monoxide alarms. - Walt Crawford
Mine is battery with screws for the wall, and we're renting. - Rachel Walden
Rachel Walden
Well, we might as well do a website redesign. :)
couldn't hurt - lris
shouldn't take long, right? ;) - ~Courtney F
Eh, that's a summer project. Put an intern on it. - Catherine Pellegrino
Just live edit the current one? - Aaron the Librarian
I was kind of being facetious, but we definitely will be overhauling some content piecemeal. - Rachel Walden
Rachel Walden
In my new position I'm taking a much more active role in serials/subscription issues than I did at the previous place. If anyone has any must-reads for me, they would be greatly appreciated. If my current headspace helps, it's "we can't possibly incrementally cut our way to keeping the budget in line re: journal subs."
good luck. (I mean that sincerely. It's a hard one.) - Jenica
Thanks, Jenica. I have thought about you numerous times recently. - Rachel Walden
Did you get Walt's book on the big deal? Looking for a citation. (Wayne covers it with a synopsis. - Joe
Big-Deal Serial Purchasing: Tracking the Damage. Library Technology Reports 50:4 (May/June 2014). - Walt Crawford
There is also, to be sure, my self-published $45 extension of that report; if your library purchased it, you'd be in an EXTREMELY select group (you'd be the second)--but it's less specifically about serials. If your library subscribes to LTR, you already have the monograph and could look up the extensive free online addendum (which almost nobody has done). - Walt Crawford
My magic solutions for your problem are, well, like most magic: nonexistent. But it's good info. - Walt Crawford
For that matter, here's the online addendum--supplements but does not replace the LTR issue: - Walt Crawford
FIXED. The first link now points to the actual 76-page online supplement. - Walt Crawford
Thanks, Walt - I had come across your item while looking for reading, but hadn't tracked it down yet. It looks like I do have access to LTR, and will check out the supplement. - Rachel Walden
Rachel Walden
fyi - if your library ever sets up a Twitter account and loses track of the password and associated email address, it's a real PITA
Haven't done that with Twitter but have with So Many Other accounts, due to staff turnover. At least most library vendor places are okay with you just emailing and explaining yourself. (Security schmecurity...) - Deborah Fitchett
Yep. That. Which is why I yanked back the 2-3 accounts set up by rogue employees and told them they had to be in the master password file, or they were not to post as related to our Library. AT. ALL. - Louise "Weezy" Alcorn
It took me over a year to get Yahoo to let me reclaim a Flickr account started by some grad student in the distant echoing past.... - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
This might be an issue now that I left my place :) - aaron from Flucso
aaron, I didn't know you left! - kaijsa
me either! what happened? - RepoRat
he was offered a new opportunity - he interviewed and everything ... right? didn't we follow along for that? and then they offered him a going away lunch? - Christina Pikas
I admit that I try to follow all of LSW, but don't really follow individuals' feeds on FF. I probably missed everything. - kaijsa
I missed everything, but hope it's a good move for you Aaron and congrats. - Rachel Walden
ALSO I GOT THE PASSWORD RESET. I now have access to the library's Twitter account. I consider this a win. :) - Rachel Walden
Wow, I missed that too, Aaron. Congrats! - lris
Thanks guys! Yes should have done a public announcement and all that rather than just on my feed. just feeling kinda lazy, on vacation and all that. :) - aaron from Flucso
Holly's favorite Anna
RT @justbilley: Just submitted a proposal to add "transgender" to the #RDA terms for describing the gender of a person! #alamw15
RT @justbilley: Just submitted a proposal to add "transgender" to the #RDA terms for describing the gender of a person! #alamw15
I wonder if there are any actual transgender people involved in this effort? Because many transgender people will tell you their gender *is* either male or female, and object to being singled out as trans men or trans women instead of just as men or women. - Rachel Walden
I know that some of the people involved identify as genderqueer. Maybe you could ask. - Holly's favorite Anna
Doesn't Facebook have like 31+ ways of describing genderness? Could that be the starting point of a list? That facebook list would need to be librarianified. - Joe
Prairie & I Know It
Those of you who have charging stations in your libraries or on your campuses, can you tell me what brands they are? Thanks!
I think the one we had at Eskind was maybe a Power Tower? - Rachel Walden
I went to look - Kwikboost - - ellbeecee
Thank you both! *bumpity* - Prairie & I Know It
Ours are Accell. They have A/C and USB. - kaijsa
Thanks for mentioning us, ellbeecee! If anyone has any questions, please don't hesitate to tweet me :) - KwikBoost
We've got two of these mounted on every table in the library: - Stephen Francoeur
We used to have a few charging stations, but then students would leave their phones there unattended (guess what happened next?) - Stephen Francoeur
The first week we had ours, I saw a large station with three unattended phones. We had to do some public service advertising. Most of ours are small and sit on every few study tables--those get used by the people sitting there. - kaijsa
Good things to think about! Our students leave laptops and phones unattended all the time. Freaks me out! - Prairie & I Know It
We've got solar-powered patio tables by Zon. UC Riverside has more powerful ones but I don't know who makes them: UCLA's student union apparently got two from this company - Spidra Webster
Rachel Walden
Current mood: reluctant to spend staff time digging up info so vendors can decide how to price their product to us.
If any of you have had any luck doing anything other than digging up all the info, I'd love to hear about it. - Rachel Walden
What happens if you "estimate"? #ididntsaythat - Meg VMeg
Not sure with this one. I just resent being asked to essentially do their market research for them. - Rachel Walden
Correct - Meg VMeg
Rachel Walden
Anybody have experience with Alma and Primo? Apparently we're moving to that.
Yup! There's several of us who either have moved or are in process. We've got a group here: - Kirsten
Welcome to the madness! - Jen
Oh, awesome, thank you! - Rachel Walden
We have it - I'm starting to learn all about it - copystar
We're considering it. - lris
We're in the middle of implementation with plans to go live in July. - Galadriel C.
We went live in December and are having ALL KINDS of problems. :-( - Megan loves summer
We rejected it. - JffKrlsn from Android
What did you select in its place? - lris
we're moving to it too - weelibrarian
We would have gone with it two years ago, but the cost was prohibitive. Keeping what we had for now. - Holly's favorite Anna
We went live with Alma/Primo at end of August and it's working well. Teething problems of course and minor bugs but very little of that is at all visible to the enduser. - Deborah Fitchett
Iris, in its place we selected nothing... we closed out our process and started over. Several months later we are recommending Sierra (more update than migration--we currently use Millennium and they didn't change much), and will be using EDS for the public interface; OPAC will still exist but be very much in the background, not easy to find. - JffKrlsn
Ah, ok. If you'd be willing to tell me more about what made you turn away, I would really like to hear it: ijastram at - lris
Well, I've decided to go to MLA in Austin instead of ACRL. Anyone else going?
medlibs? is this thing on? - maʀtha
Rachel? Nicki? - maʀtha
A couple people from my place are going, I think, but not me - Hedgehog from Android
aw, too bad, Hedgie - maʀtha
I am going to an acrl preconf to hang with the jambina. [And, sorry that I read this wrong...] - Joe
I will almost certainly be going this year. - Rachel Walden
yay! - maʀtha
The straw that broke auto-suggest's back. We've turned it off, we're so frustrated by it.
Yes! - Kirsten
I dunno, I know people who'd watch that movie. - RepoRat
i LOLed here and i had food in my mouth! there should be laugh warnings on these posts... - Marie
So is a penis labyrinth what the kids are calling a vagina these days? - Steve C, Team Marina
A penis labyrinth is the pentagon #satire - Pete
you two are just full of beans today, aren't you? Edit: though you are also near the top of your game - MoTO Boychick Devil
lololol - Rachel Walden
I suspected some of y'all would run with this one. - Kirsten
Somewhere someone is making a porn parody of Pan's Labyrinth with this title... - Pete
Rule 34, Pete - Aaron the Librarian
Do you have bX too? I'd hate to see what it would recommend... - Zamms
Wow. Our Did You Mean hasn't done anything near this interesting, to my knowledge: I'm a little sad. - Deborah Fitchett
This wins, like, everydamnthing. :D - Catherine Pellegrino
oh, thank you! I really needed that ROTFL today!!!! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
LSW roll call! Go!
I especially encourage those who might be quietly reading out there or might be new to say howdy. - maʀtha
👋 - Julian
Martha, medlib in an academic library with strong focus on serving external community as well as the university. Dark chocolate, yes anchovies on pizza, don't call me on the phone, dogs love me, cats not so much, I like winter. - maʀtha
Dorothea, instructor in a library school. Dark chocolate, vegetarian pizza hold the mushrooms, PLEASE don't call me, cat person, winter's okay except when it's injurious. - RepoRat
Jenica, director of two academic libraries at a small SUNY in upstate new york, and coordinator of our campus's upcoming bicentennial celebrations. Dark chocolate (intense orange is my jam), pizza is best with pepperoni, i only answer the phone for family, my dog weighs more than my child and my cats combined, and I live in the land of perpetual winter so I try not to whine. - Jenica
Science & engineering librarian at York University in Toronto, the largest university you've never heard of. Currently on sabbatical. Interested in open access and its related ideas. As well as sf, horror, mysteries, popular science writing, classic rock, blues, jazz and related genres. Oh yeah, a strange obsession with science-themed graphic novels. - John Dupuis
Laura, middle management at a public library (dear God, how did that happen?). Dark chocolate. I am actually sick of pizza. I envy you people who can get away without using the phone. I love winter, and I am getting a new winter coat for the first time in 22 years. - laura x
Catherine, reference & instruction librarian at Saint Mary's College. No, not that St. Mary's. The other one. No, not that one either. The one that's across the street from Notre Dame. Pizza: yes. Chocolate: yes. New cat: yes. Winter: yes. Dumbphone: yes. - Catherine Pellegrino
Julian, working for a major vendor (not in Libraryland; hint: think about bridges...). Apizza > pizza, good dark chocolate (of course), Android, Linux, likes other people's cats. I take your calls every day. I like October. - Julian
Christina. Librarian in a research lab and phd student. Any kind but white chocolate is fine with me. Have a big dog and toddler twins. - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Mary Carmen, former academic library administrator. I now manage the care and feeding of one small human and am currently incubating another one. I actually never answer my phone. Sesame Street is my jam. If the television is on, it's tuned to Sprout. When I can actually eat food, pizza is number one, although I've been very into bagels lately. Dark chocolate. 3 cats. I miss winter. - Mary Carmen
Hello lurker Martha! *waves* - maʀtha
Walt, mostly-retired (except for research/writing) former library professional/non-librarian. Omnivore. Dark chocolate. Landline phone if we recognize the number (the flipphone's almost never on). Mild OCD-like attitude on providing facts to flesh out OA and other debates. My 15 minutes were about 20 years ago. Two cats. California native and enjoy the weather (esp. if we get more rain/snow this year). - Walt Crawford
Good work, people! I would like to hear from more usual and unusual suspects, please. - maʀtha
Sarah, currently Scholarly Communications Librarian at large public research university but soon to be Associate Dean at large private research university library. All chocolate except bad chocolate. My spouse and I make our own sausage. Three cats and a dog. And let's just say that I'm very happy to be moving about as far south as you can go in the US! Also, hate the phone but am getting better at it because I have to. - Sarah
Congratulations, Sarah! Very cool. - maʀtha
Pete. Law and Social Sciences information adviser at Sheffield Hallam University. My main professional contribution is library themed silly songs. - Pete
Rochelle, adult public services manager at a public library. Cat wrangler. I have developed a bedtime ritual of listening to old episodes of Gunsmoke at I seldom stay awake to hear the ending, but it's very soothing. I get a huge kick out of supporting my staff in developing and implementing their awesome ideas. Migraines are my unfortunate jam. - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
Laura. Currently Team Leader for Social Science, Business & Education at large research university library. Come January 1, the Head, Research & Engagement with the same employer. No kids, no pets, no spouse, though I'd like a cat. I just haven't convinced myself to pay the pet deposit at my apartment complex. - ellbeecee
Laurabrarian tally 2 and counting! - maʀtha
Jaclyn - soon to be ex-electronic resources lib at large public teaching university. Dark chocolate, pizza (hold the anchovies), no pets unless you count the 2 children. In SoCal, where we get no winter (to our detriment). OA/accessibility reviews/diversity in libs are three things I'd like more of. - Jaclyn aka spamgirl
John. Assistant Director at largish public library. In charge of technology and stuff. Hugo award winner. Editor of the SFWA Bulletin. Aspiring writer. Not a fan of dark chocolate. Loves to cook (and eat). Mostly love winter but hate all the house upkeep it makes. - John: Thread Killer
Heather, collections strategy librarian at mid-sized Canadian university. Pizza and chocolate are dandy as long as I don't have to pay in USD. Medicated me will love your cats and dogs. Winter's also dandy but I need a new set of yak tracks. I'll pass on Gunsmoke: Terry Prachett audio books do the trick for me. - Heather
Rachel, medical librarian at Vanderbilt *until tomorrow* - then taking on directorship of medical library and biomed communications at ETSU. Will be paying a $600 pet deposit at the new place due to the 3 cats and 100lb dog. - Rachel Walden
Jason Fleming, Information Technology Librarian at a medium sized academic library - Mr. The Jason Fleming from Android
Stephen Francoeur, user experience librarian at a medium-sized public college in New York City. - Stephen Francoeur
Community college library director in the mitten. Chocolate is good. 3 dogs. Winter is good. - J. Marie B
Oh, hey, I'm on a committee which is trying to reach more community colleges with NLM resources. Ping me if interested in learning more. - maʀtha
Stephan!e, small branch library director at oldest public univ. in US. Likes *good* dark chocolate, cats, and pizza. Ordered $45 worth of pizza for student staffers tomorrow, along with therapy dogs. library interests = reference, promotion, journalism, PR, and interdisciplinary things. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Mita, user experience librarian from a mid-sized university in the rust-belt of Canada - but who knows what I will be when I return to work from sabbatical in January. I just talked for an hour for a webinar that no one attended. And it was still awesome :) - copystar
Rudy, currently an outreach & instruction librarian in Nevada. Feminist, vegetarian, foodie, speculative fiction, cats. Dark chocolate. Chicago pizza. Cheese. Library interests: outreach and engagement with campus, the role of liaisons, social science data users, social media and emerging technology in libraries. Looking to move into administration - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Lily, newly-minted, fresh-outta-library-school ref/instruction librarian at a medium-ish for-profit college in NYC. Pomegranates. Ask me about accessibility (universal design, library services to patrons with disabilities, assistive tech, etc.). - Lily
Maurice Coleman -- Master of Training and Speaking. Keynote and Speaker of Color for Hire. Trainer at Best Damn Public Library in Maryland. Host and Producer of Library Training Podcast T is for Training. Geek. Sports. Next week I start heading up our new Innovation Lab. Winter shoveling sucks. Any pizza is good pizza when served with a good beer. - ♫Maurice the Trainer♫
Marianne, circulation team coordinator at a small liberal arts college. I am also fresh outa library school, although for me it's more of a "fresh back from" since I did my degree online while still working at my current job (which I've had for about 4 years now, and a similar job at the same place for 3 before that). Pro-pizza, love all chocolate, but there's a lot of stuff I can't or... more... - Marianne
Definitely interested, Martha. - J. Marie B
Now I want pizza..... - Mary Carmen
Zamms, metadata librarian at an office in the international department of a large, well-known North American country. - Zamms from iPhone
Newbie systems librarian (former e-resources and serials) at large regional university in Oklahoma (yes, we have winter; no it isn't too bad, mostly). Learning the new ILS and my new job at the same time! Dark-dark chocolate (80%+) and cracker-thin-crust pizza are now topping the list of possibilities for my last meal. Yes, I'm suggestible. - Kirsten
Krista, web services librarian at a mid-sized university on a rock in the north atlantic (with our own half-time zone) - weelibrarian
But no halftime show - DJF from Android
*looks around for more lurkers* Come say hi, we're friendly, I swear! - maʀtha
Jen, e-resources/periodicals at medium midwest public university. Winter - no thank you. Pizza, yes please. Chocolate - dark. My mantra is "everything will be fine" because it will, of course. - Jen
Ruth, systems librarian for an astronomical observatory. I'm in Arizona, the observatory is under construction in Hawaii. Chocolate, coffee, pizza and beer: hell yes. Eggplant: hell no. Winter: I've heard of such a thing but not experienced it since I was a child, and I'm damn happy for that. Dogs, cats, child and multiple computers at homestead. Ask me about Drupal or PDM systems! - Ruth Kneale
Colleen, InfoLit Coordinator, Printer Whisperer, and General Purveyor of Awesome at CSU Channel Islands. Former 8-year Access Services/LibManagement wonk, reuniting with my original love for teaching and curriculum. Dog lover and slave to 2 basset hounds, Otto and Igor. Married to fellow ubernerd Jed, Lord of Comics and Pop Culture. I collect advanced degrees for fun (MA, MLS, MFA,... more... - ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
Joe, at the University of Denver. I even remember when the LSW was using the pre-FF Meebo Chat Room way back in 2008. - Joe
Another Laura, a/k/a LB. Associate Director for Special Collections at a private university in GA, so I'm more of an archivist, really. All pizza is fine as long as you hold the mushrooms and anchovies. All chocolate is welcome. Two dogs, but I will pet your cat. Winter is not a problem. I need to learn more about DSpace and institutional repositories, but I love my job. (I do not, however, love bureaucracy.) - Prairie & I Know It from Android
Jonathan, Head of IT at a mid-sized public university library in SoCal - the land of no seasons, also de facto web librarian and institutional repository manager. Moonlights as a brewer at local craft microbreweries, and free time spent as a youth soccer coach/ref. - jönαthaη
(All anybody needs to know about DSpace is RUN AWAY VERY VERY FAST.) - RepoRat
Deborah, sort-of-accidental systems librarian at small New Zealand university's combined library-and-teaching/learning/research-support dept (two of us supporting *all the systems*, occasionally getting in a bit of training as we go). Dark chocolate, all the pizza. Hot chocolate over coffee or tea, ginger beer over beer. (I don't mind a little alcohol with food if it tastes good but... more... - Deborah Fitchett
Laurabrarian Tally: 3 - maʀtha
(RepoRat: Not nearly as fast as one ought to run away from integrating DSpace and Elements.) - Deborah Fitchett
I see how it is, @DJF, you and your driveby snarking - maʀtha
(Also, I have eaten pizza with Martha. :D ) - Prairie & I Know It from Android
(TRUE!) - maʀtha
Meg, science librarian at a large research university. In my spare time, I teach data-related workshops here and there, in addition to a semester-long MLS course on data librarianship, and I also have a science-writing gig. Clearly I'm bad at hobbies. Beer? Beer. I also love snow. - Meg VMeg
Robin, Director of Technology at a regional system in Kansas. I also write books and teach Project Management at Library Juice Academy. Milk chocolate - any kind; carnivore toppings on my pizza, 2 dogs but I have a cat tattoo. I'm not a fan of winter, but not enough to move away from it. - WebGoddess
(Deborah: what a nightmarish idea. :/ ) - RepoRat
Betsy, newspapers and microfilm librarian at a large midwestern public library. Pizza yes, hold the olives. Like Deborah, hot chocolate over coffee or tea, ginger beer over beer. Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, it’s all good. I love winter. Currently dog-less, but hoping to remedy that in the next couple of years. Whovian since 1981. - bentley
Anali, Scholarly Communications/licensing librarian at a large research university. I live in Phoenix, I don't do winter. I love coffee, beer, pizza, but am middling on chocolate. 2 kids under 3 & 3 needy cats, but luckily I have a husband to help manage all the needs. - Grumpator from iPhone
Hi Anali! - maʀtha
Jeff, title-free community college librarian, stapler fondler, tweaker of borrowed scripts, support-ticket-enterer. Somebody is giving out dark chocolate? Ok. - JffKrlsn
Katie, collection development in a specialized division of a very well-known governmental library. Baking addict, yarn connoisseur, romance genre wonk. Lives part of her life as an alter ego. No pets or any other living things in my home, though I wouldn't mind some plants or a dog at some point. Chocolate, yes--though I prefer milk, and pizza as long as I have dairy pills handy. - Katie
Kathy, still in the "who the hell put me in charge?" phase of my career at an acad lib. App to Ed Leadership doc program submitted. Milk chocolate. Pizza is best made at home with friends to feed. I screen my calls. Winter is best with snow. Bouncy guard dog of a rat terrier, Link. H-son's broadening my parenting skillz with lots of new things this year: girlfriend, show choir, wrestling, and low interest in getting his learner's driving permit. - Kathy
(Btw, you don't have to share real names or job details or real anything, say hi anyway) - maʀtha
Jen. Information Technology librarian in the wilds of Maine. Longstanding fascination for 'how to have a better online life' (in terms of getting what you want out of it), computers, books, and organising all the things. (Also currently engaged in an epic knitting project.) One cat named Astra, one folk harp, and I am fond of chocolate that involves either coffee or hazelnut. - Jennifer Arnott
Beth/Elizabeth. Administrator at a medium-sized public university in upstate New York. Coffee: dark roast, chocolate: Cadbury's royal dark; cats: two; child: one; snow: OK but I don't have much choice; pizza: sausage and onions; beer: Spaten or a good Czech pilsner; hobbies: knitting (although in a dry spell right now) and cooking. I like to think of life as material for the ultimate movie comedy. - Elizabeth Brown
(Jen: I miss Maine. I get to go to Waterville in June for my 20th reunion and can't wait. :) ) - ellbeecee
Kaijsa, academic librarian at the only university in Wyoming. I have many titles to choose from, but mostly work with humanities, teach, and play with tech. Am an outgoing introvert. Love coffee, dark beer, white wine, and bourbon. Dark chocolate but into savery more than sweet foods. Am from the PNW and prefer to keep snow in the mountains and not town, but live at 7220 feet--so, you know. Snowshoeing is fun. Hobbies are reading, music, perfume, and being a smartass. - kaijsa
(This feels like an online dating profile.) - kaijsa
Abigail, medical librarian in Chicago. Lots of interest in Data. Compulsive knitter and drinker of tea. 2 cats and one Philosopher at home. Chocolate is always welcome, though I think white chocolate is weird. - Hedgehog
Kendra, transportation librarian in Berkeley. Likes data, policy, and research. Record collector and plucky left back. 2 guinea pigs and a computer chip maker. Chocolate is OK, but I prefer pickles. - kendrak
(I know, Kaijsa! Everyone is sticking with my format which I didn't intend to be a format) - maʀtha
Another Laura, web services librarian at Sonoma State. All the pizza and all the chocolate, yes, please now. Plus coffee. Plus beer. I like California winters, which are actually fall. Feminist bleeding heart liberal. I read and I sew and I knit. Is there anymore pizza? - Laura Krier
Courtney F., electronic and educational resources at Belmont U in Nashville. Pizza should not have vegetables on it at all. I run so I can eat what I like (and drink beer). Winter stinks because it's so gray all the time. I am librarychic around the web and have more hobbies than i can handle :) - ~Courtney F
Laurabrarian Tally: 4. Do we have a quorum yet? - maʀtha
I really feel like there are tribes of librarians, and I'm pretty sure the Lauras are one of them. Also the Jasons. - ellbeecee
(Martha: a friend used to call it a quarrelum.) - bentley
Katy. Supervising Librarian at smallish medium public lib. I work mostly in Adult and Children's services, but I've been known to work in Teen and Genealogy. I've also done some cataloging when one of the catalogers was out. I manage the Children's collection (doing most of the selecting, but i have a few selectors for other areas) and I select in the following areas for the adult collection: 000s, 400s, 500s, 600s, and sf/f. I also manage the blog. I'm the person they can put anywhere in a pinch. - Katy S
Oh yeah, I have no life. Chocolate is almost always appreciated. Servant to two cats. - Katy S
You people are awesome. Okay about the other >900 of you? Feel free to start making stuff up :D - maʀtha
Those other 900 may be making up their entire existence, judging the number of them posting weight loss tips... - Zamms
Andy,head of the reference department at a public library in NJ, very late to this thread, and the my boss's most frequently asked question of me in the six months i've worked there is "have you pissed off any librarians today?" (Usually yes, mostly on Twitter.) - Andy
Nancy, former systems librarian at a small, public, liberal arts college in FL.Currently "between jobs." Likes: dark chocolate, pizza (no mammal-based toppings except cheese, of course), vodka, cats & dogs, cool weather. Dislikes: bullies, humidity. LSW rocks! - Nancy Sp♠id
Galadriel, head of e-resources services at large university library in New England. Only very good and very dark chocolate; two cats; pizza with spinach, feta, and onions; leave a message and I might eventually call back for immediate reply, e-mail. I like all four seasons, am bummed that winter here is sans snow so far. - Galadriel C.
Rachel Walden
Random poking up of the head: I've been missing from the librarian interwebs for a while due to life stuff and figuring out my next step. Many of you already know, but starting in January I will be the new Associate Dean for Learning Resources in charge of the medical library and biomedical communications at ETSU in Johnson City, TN.
Congrats! - Jaclyn aka spamgirl from Android
Yay and hi again! Sounds like a great move -- wishing you the best! - RepoRat
hooray hooray hooray! You deserve the change, and you will be awesome. - Jenica
Congratulations! - bentley
congrats! Awesome news! - ellbeecee
awesome sauce - ♫Maurice the Trainer♫
Thanks all! :) I'm pretty excited. In addition to jobby goodness, I'll be about an hour from where I grew up/where my parents still live, and close to the mountains again. - Rachel Walden
Congrats! - John Dupuis
Tell us about the biomedical communications part. I'm curious. - maʀtha
Congratulations! - Jen
Right now, biomedical communications is a digital design and print shop housed inside the medical library. They design & print large-scale items like research posters (including the fabric ones!). They do other signs, displays, table tents, etc. One project they did was to work with a pediatrician to produce a book for his patients. I think there's actually a lot of potential there re:... more... - Rachel Walden
that sounds SO exciting, Rachel. - Jenica
that is cool! - RepoRat
That's awesome! Congratulations on the new gig and best wishes for it to be a great experience! - kaijsa
Oooh. You kinda have a built in makerspace. - maʀtha
This is better than the usual library song parody:
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
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
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 Boychick Devil
MFPOW last year. Some departments went with group costumes. (I was part of a three-person costume. I was the ampersand. ) - 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
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
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
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
Hugs and positive thoughts and some prayers, if you like. - Friar Will
(((((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}}} - The Other Yvonne
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 Boychick Devil
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? - Nikki D.
Yes, definitely thinking Oculus, etc. Thanks! - Rachel Walden
Chattanooga Public Library and their 4th floor? - 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: 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
that meeting i was just in was BRUTAL. omfg, i had nothing but expletives in my heart. -
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
How to Make Calzones (And Freeze Them for Later!) -
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)
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? - Prairie & I Know It 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. - Prairie & I Know It 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 not make me unleash Friday hell, people.
*cowers* - MoTO Boychick Devil
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 Boychick Devil
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
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
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