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Stephen Francoeur

Stephen Francoeur

User experience librarian @ Baruch College (New York, NY). Interested in usability, information literacy, open access, & scholarly communication.
Can you click this link for what I hope is a stable URL for my search in our not-yet-launched instance of Primo and let me know if you are seeing the results for a search for "turtles?" Thanks....
seems to have worked for me - lris
Great! Thnx. - Stephen Francoeur
Yep, looks good. - Steele Lawman
turtles all the way down! - RepoRat
^ - Marie
all turtles. - Lnorigb
Awww, no pics. Just turtles. - Alix May
...Okay, so how did you do that? - Deborah Fitchett
Do what? Get a stable URL for the search? I just copied the one in the address bar. If I'm not mistaken, in most discovery services this works. - Stephen Francoeur
Ours is defigured by a session id. (Bloody session ids.) Seems to work in the short term, will see if the session timeout breaks it. Extracting the session id from it works fine too of course, just harder to explain to lecturers. - Deborah Fitchett
Deborah, are you talking about Summon at your library? http://lincolnnz.summon.serial... - Stephen Francoeur
No, about our own not-yet-launched Primo: http://primo-direct-apac.hoste... ...Which now does a search for me without session id. What? I swear it was there before. - Deborah Fitchett
Are you guys switching from Summon? I think one of the discovery services that don't have stable URL is EDS. very annoying. - aaron
EDS is same as all other EBSCOhost: permalinks are available but copying url from address bar doesn't work - JffKrlsn from Android
Yes really annoying, I always forget. - aaron
Yeah we're migrating from Voyager/Summon to Alma/Primo. - Deborah Fitchett
We're sticking with our ILS, Ex Libris Aleph, but are dropping Summon locally (later on) and picking up Primo consortially. While other schools in our consortium (the City University of New York) may provide Primo fairly quickly, we're going to keep going with Summon for a while until the Primo instance is as good (in terns of UX) as our Summon v1 instance is. - Stephen Francoeur
Turtles on Arrested Development! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
One of the reasons why I use turtles as my default search term is my sister, who helps keep the little fellers out of harm's way at JFK. - Stephen Francoeur
Story on Bucknell U's controversial web redesign, Interested in how this shaped its lib site, too. #libux
the little clock thing is creepy-treehouse liek whoa. lemme use my dang back button; don't track me. - RepoRat
The good thing is that probably no one will ever notice that clock icon or think that it represents a web history function (as opposed to a time/calendar function that the icon is more typically used for). - Stephen Francoeur
I would have assumed it was the schedule of campus events for the day - ellbeecee
My Top 3 #lastfm Artists: Late Bloomer (16), Calexico (6) & The Pioneers (6)
My Top 3 #lastfm Artists: Late Bloomer (16), Calexico (6) & The Pioneers (6)
Meredith Broussard, "Why Poor Schools Can’t Win at Standardized Testing," The Atlantic -
Pull quote: “In the meantime, there are a few things the district—and other flailing school districts in America—can do. Stop giving standardized tests that are inextricably tied to specific sets of books. At the very least, stop using test scores to evaluate teacher performance without providing the items each teacher needs to do his or her job. Most of all, avoid basing an entire education system on materials so costly that big, urban districts can’t afford to buy them.” - Stephen Francoeur
Listen To The Most Desperate Cable TV Rep In America via @
Listen To The Most Desperate Cable TV Rep In America via @
o_O that's the most f'ed up thing ever - Sir Shuping is just sir
The comments on the SoundCloud page where the audio recording was posted illuminate a bit about the world of "retention specialists" at cable companies. Bunch of rat bastards if you ask me. - Stephen Francoeur
"I'm moving out of your service area" seems to cut way down on the shenanigans. What with all the mergers and stuff, it's harder to use, though! - RepoRat
When I went to the TimeWarner customer service center a year ago to ask about a cheaper bundle of channels, they gave a me a 2-year deal to get the same package at nearly half as much money. When that deal ends, though, I'm cutting the cord. - Stephen Francoeur
I've never had a problem, but I've always left TWC/Comcast to go back to Canada and they usually accept that pretty quickly. - Andrew C (✔)
Why Poor Schools Can’t Win at Standardized Testing via @instapaper
Why Poor Schools Can’t Win at Standardized Testing via @instapaper
My Top 3 #lastfm Artists: The Clean (26), The Fall (18) & Eagulls (15)
My Top 3 #lastfm Artists: The Clean (26), The Fall (18) & Eagulls (15)
Got that phone call at home tonight where someone says they are from a cybersecurity monitoring service and that they've noticed from their servers that there is a virus on my computer. They then want you to go to a website and download a program to fix the problem. I played dumb as long as I could before the caller wised up and hung up on me.
This is the best response I've seen to these fake Microsoft support calls: - Stephen Francoeur
Jealous! - Meg VMeg
When she said that there was malware on my computer and that I needed to get rid of it, I told her in my nicest, sweetest voice, "Oh, I don't really mind so much. I don't like that computer anyway." That's when she hung up on me. - Stephen Francoeur
Avi Wolfman-Arent, "11 University and Library Groups Release Net-Neutrality Principles," Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education -
Pull quote: “Net-neutrality advocates worried then that the new rules, if unchanged, could prove detrimental to cybereducation and research collaboration, among other uses of the Internet.” - Stephen Francoeur
Rick Anderson, "Being Essential Is Not Enough, Part 2,"Peer to Peer Review -
Pull quote: “Map your library’s programs and services to the mission of the university and you will be seen as an essential strategic partner, not just another piece of costly infrastructure.” - Stephen Francoeur
Abigail Goben, "My Experience with a LibraryBox," Hedgehog Librarian -
Pull quote: “My primary use for this was my preconference: I was bringing data sets with me that I wanted my preconference attendees to download and use on that day. I have been to too many conferences and watched wifi crash too often to trust that I could rely on the convention center internet, so I loaded everything onto my LibraryBox, which was as simple as plugging the content USB into my laptop and creating a new folder. On that day, my attendees just needed to connect and download.” - Stephen Francoeur
Whoa! Never saw this early 80s video by The Chills for "Pink Frost," one of my fave songs of all time
Whoa! Never saw this early 80s video by The Chills for "Pink Frost," one of my fave songs of all time
"Photos: An Overdue NYPL Book Notice From 1928 Unearthed On Orchard Street"
"Photos: An Overdue NYPL Book Notice From 1928 Unearthed On Orchard Street"
Services and Functions Affected by the Library Catalog Upgrade -
Who Used to Live in Your Apartment? Here's How to Check via @Dnainfo
Who Used to Live in Your Apartment? Here's How to Check via @Dnainfo
Research Guide for 2014-2015 Freshman Text -
Google Calendar Sync to stop syncing with Microsoft Outlook on Aug. 1. #dangit Any other options for syncing GCal to Outlook?
How your local library can help you resist the surveillance state via @wagingnv
What airline will you no longer fly and why?
TWA - Blake
Oh, we're going to go that way? OK, then I say Braniff. - Stephen Francoeur
Interflug. - Uli
B.O.A.C. - Uli
I refused to fly Northwest after they stranded me in Minneapolis one time. They got absorbed by Delta though - Hedgehog from Android
TACA (AKA Take A Chance Airlines, now known as Avianca El Salvador ) - ellbeecee
Oceanic Airlines - Professor A.I.
I miss Ozark, myself. - laura x
United. Because of routes. - Julian
Ryanair. True cattle car. - Spidra Webster
Frontier, because their fee structure fills me with resentment. - Meg VMeg
Spirit Airways, because the flight I took with them filled me with much rage for their poor method of handling things and their flight attendants/pilots violating faa rules - Sir Shuping is just sir
Concorde :( - Professor A.I.
Air New Zealand because they advertise using Māori and Māori symbolism and then won't hire cabin staff who wear moko because they think it'll scare the poor widdle tourists. Then they compounded my despite with incredibly sexist inflight safety videos and refused to listen to passengers' complaints of increased sexual harrassment from fellow passengers. So I'll stick with budget Jetstar. - Deborah Fitchett
I try to avoid American. - J. Marie B
Grace L Ferguson (and Storm Door) Company .... I'm not helping, am I? - Shannon - GlassMistress
i hate American Airlines, but they seem to be the only show in town for some destinations in SE Asia. - Big Joe Silence
I avoid United as much as possible. They've screwed me over with cancellations twice at least. - Andrew C (✔)
Clearly I don't travel enough. :P - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
American and United. Their fees and general bullshit sent me running to Virgin, JetBlue, Alaska, and Southwest years ago. - Hookuh Tinypants
Delta. Always late. Always an old plane. Always a grumpy staff. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
American Airlines. Worst customer service ever and ridiculous fares. - Jenny H. from Android
I generally don't care; I go with whatever's cheapest through Expedia. I do try to avoid any airline that doesn't do assigned seating, though. Cattle calls can SaF. - Akiva
Jetstar. - Melly
I don't avoid airlines; I avoid airports. I don't connect via the NYC metro area. Ever. - Jenica from iPhone
True, Jenica. I hate Logan in Boston (kind of an irrational hate based on being stuck there for 8 hours in 1992 on my birthday trying to get back to school for fall semester), but I'll connect there if I must to avoid connecting in NYC. - ellbeecee
We have the United hub so they are hard to ignore. I try to avoid airlines like Spirit that charge you extra for just sitting down. - Eric - Back to the Grill from iPhone
Slim pickin's flying out of my small town, so we take what we can get. - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
Allegiant, the Greyhound of the skies. - Laura Krier
United, mostly because they price themselves out of consideration any time I am looking. American was on my shitlist for leaving me behind at DFW years ago, but they've been pretty reliable, and are often my only reasonable choice for flying through DFW. Delta has inconsistencies, but are often the best deal out of my mid-sized airport, though I hate flying through ATL all the time.... more... - Holly's favorite Anna
Spirit Airlines, an abomination - maʀtha
This whole thread fascinates me. I've never really thought about airlines and why one would or wouldn't choose them, other than price and schedule. - laura x
I am also an airport avoider. Will go well out of my way to avoid Chicago O'Hare and Toronto unless I really have no other choice. - Marianne
Spirit is totally a "you get what you pay for" thing. - kendrak
Here in London Ontario, all my flights connect through either Toronto or Chicago. I'm basically screwed. - DJF from Android
Clive Thompson, "How Working on Multiple Screens Can Actually Help You Focus," Gadget Lab | WIRED -
Pull quote: “Now that people have several devices at work—a laptop, a phone, a tablet—they’re finding their way to a similar trick, where they use each piece of hardware for a different purpose. Consider it a new way to manage all the digital demands on our attention: Instead of putting different tasks in different windows, people are starting to put them on different devices.” - Stephen Francoeur
♫ listening to Eagulls - Tough Luck ♫ //
♫ listening to Eagulls - Tough Luck ♫ //
So who is using linked data? And for what? via HangingTogether
So who is using linked data? And for what? via HangingTogether
Starting my Monday off right listening to @kendrak play 7"s at KALX.
Starting my Monday off right listening to @kendrak play 7"s at KALX.
.@kendrak @KALXradio No requests from me today. Surprise me!
.@semanticwill @United now on my list for failing to notify me that a flight my 11yo is taking next week has new flight # & arrival time.
Panoramic pic #2 of Central Park reservoir I took on my AM walk.
Panoramic pic #2 of Central Park reservoir I took on my AM walk.
Looking west across the Central Park reservoir.
Looking west across the Central Park reservoir.
My Top 3 #lastfm Artists: Thursday (33), The Bouncing Souls (19) & Anti-Flag (16)
My Top 3 #lastfm Artists: Thursday (33), The Bouncing Souls (19) & Anti-Flag (16)
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