Style question: Do you think of open access as a proper noun? That is, should I be referring to it as Open Access in writing? I tend to think of it the same way I do information literacy, as in, not something to capitalize. I would write " open-access PDF" or "let's talk about open access." I'm open to correction!
Z is for Zotero! Has anyone ended up paying for storage for files? See http://www.zotero.org/support.... For those of your libraries that have dropped RefWorks, has this come up as an issue for your patrons?
Aw, I just got my first "We're a totes reputable publishing house who want to publish your work which we appear to think is postgrad research" spam. I feel like I should be celebrating this important milestone. Or posting a warning to other researchers on our library homepage.
Okay, librarians, I have a "uh, it was red..." puzzle for you. When I was a kid and not long into reading (say, age 4 or 5, which would have been 1982-3ish), I had a series of hardback books that each explained a main concept or thing. They were large (roughly 8x12) but only a 1/2-1 cm thick. One of them was called, simply, "Time." I think it was..
This might be one of the most generic vendor emails I've ever gotten - "Dear Librarian, Your institution subscribes to somewhere between none and not much of our content. Yet many similar research oriented institutions around the world subscribe to somewhere between most and all of it."
OMG, I love Evernote. And Skitch. Am I the last one to this party? If you use either/both, what's your favorite thing? I'm thinking Skitch will be very helpful in preparing instructions for doing library-type things.
So...ummm...it looks like I'm having lunch tomorrow with Herb Richardson of the Edwin Mellen Press. For real. Other than the obvious (drop the Askey suit), what would you want to say/ask if you had the opportunity?
A small section of our outreach librarian's summary of end-of-semester feedback: "Less Feasible Suggestions: • Add a third floor. • Larger elevator. • Catering during finals, or an all night diner. • 14 pleas for kittens."
So I just learned that Proquest dumped hundreds of thousands of dissertations into Turnitin. I think this is evil. I also learned, poking around, that many ETDs have a "run it through Turnitin" step. I don't think libraries should be supporting a private corporation that relies on a dubious fair use claim to build their empire of badness.
I was thinking somebody (or pref. group) really does need to start an ethical Predatory Publishers List--but a better definition of predatory is needed. Splitting journals, lots of new journals, phony "sponsored" journals, republishing articles, excessive page charges, double-dipping...
A senior from the college I went to contacted me to talk about library school and career advice. Aside from Lauren Pressley's book, So You Want to Be a Librarian, I'd like to recommend some things to read. Didn't some of you CodFolk write blog posts about what to expect in library school?
I recently submitted a co-authored chapter for an ACRL book. The contract arrived today, with this wonderful passage in the email: "This agreement basically allows you to retain copyright. If you would prefer *not* to retain copyright, please let us know and we will send you a different form that allows us to hold copyright of your chapter."