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laura x
I am now taking name suggestions for the new x-mobile, which will be here in a few days. It will be a baseline 2014 Subaru Impreza in either blue or silver. Go!
The X-Mobile - Catherine Pellegrino
The My Story Machine - Pete : Team Marina
Subaruversive - Pete : Team Marina
Imprezi *grins, ducks, runs* - RepoRat
Jack. - Marianne
I always suggest the name Urabus for a Subaru. - A Gunny named Slickback
Previous cars have been Viktor ('98 Honda Civic), Maximus ('87 Chevy Nova, named for Charles Olson's Maximus poems), the Phoenix ('83 Subaru that I drove for one summer), the Sphinx ('86 Volvo wagon), and the Octopus ('84 Chevy Cavalier). Weirdly I never named my most recent car ('00 Subaru Outback) or the one I've had on loan since January ('00 Toyota 4Runner). - laura x
New Rambler - maʀtha
Midnight Blue? then Midnight Rambler. - ♫Robot Chicken, Trainer♫
Oooh. I like Midnight Rambler. I might just call it Midnight. - laura x
Stephen Francoeur
This 1954 video of how use new dial phones reminds me of challenges in changing library system interfaces. #libux
This 1954 video of how use new dial phones reminds me of challenges in changing library system interfaces. #libux
She calls both the six an "oh" as well as the number zero a letter o. I am sure that did not confuse anyone. - Joe
I noticed that, too. She's clearly not librarian material. - Stephen Francoeur
Meg VMeg
Kinda stressful/awkward doing a one-shot for grad-level instructional design class. I kept wanting to say, "Sure, I could get away with incorporating more active learning into this session if you were really my students, but I promise that it would only lead to resentment and boredom in this situation. Personal evidence-based, yo."
"Instead of class tonight, we're going to watch this filmstrip. Who wants to volunteer to advance the film?" - Stephen Francoeur
Ha! In my experiences with grad one-offs, as soon as the words, "smalllll grouuuuupssss," leave my mouth in slow motion, the disdain is as palpable as though I've just informed them, "hey guys, we are going to play a fun get-to-know-one-another game!!" I can't take it. - Meg VMeg
This is fascinating to me. Do they really prefer just straight lecture? Or is it that they're instructional design students? Or is it both? - Catherine Pellegrino
Oh, this is my first/last instructional design class (subbing for their usual librarian), which is why it was stressful. I don't know what the grad students want. It feels like, when I ask them to *do* something, they think I'm wasting their time? It's not enough information for them? They think it's a ploy? My MLS students are more willing to humor me (BECAUSE I CAN DESTROY THEM???? or because they trust I'm not making them do it for my own self-satisfaction? dunno) - Meg VMeg
Again: fascinating! I guess I would anticipate that grad students in general would have less patience with small-groups-active-learning stuff and be all, "we're in this for real, we can take the straight lecture, don't waste our time with this namby-pamby feelgood bullshit," except for the part where these are instructional design grad students, who presumably would KNOW BETTER. Or maybe they feel like, BECAUSE they know better, they can skip all that? I dunno. But I'm still fascinated. - Catherine Pellegrino
that was gonna be my guess too. even in MLS teaching I get some people who get downright offended if I use any teaching technique that doesn't come across as 100% Srs Bzns. - RepoRat
In my experience, if there's not something immediately useful in it for them, the adult/grad students tune out. I get more meaningful teaching moments in the post-talk walk-around. - GretelSK
If it's something I think they've heard before, I tell them to think of it as something they can turn around & teach their students. to them: don't pay attention for yourself, pay attention for your future students. I dunno if it helps, but it makes me feel better. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
I'm just gonna say that teacher-types are some of the worst students to deal with. They all want to be the ones teaching and struggle with being in the learner seat. They're also some of the most fun people, but the pain is real, yo. - kaijsa
^^ Yes! As you say, generally really interesting people, but also used to being professionals in a professional setting, and (I'll horribly generalize here) want me to answer their individual off-topic question RIGHT NOW instead of going with the flow of the class and letting me lead everyone there together. And these are usually busy folks, so I can respect that, but the class isn't me... more... - Regular Amanda
That is really interesting. My MSW students used to glaze over and look resentful at my lecture style research seminar. The vast majority of them are much happier with the "pair up and do stuff" version I have now. Maybe I just suck that bad at lecturing... - LibrarianOnTheLoose
Christina Pikas
Fml. Vacuuming after giving up trying to get the toys off the floor first. Using the onboard crevice tool with two little helpers watching everything. Then noticed a barrette in the crevice tool slot, went to get something to fish it out, half stepped on mr2 who had snuck up, stepped back onto a Lego that had also moved in the last minute,
Tried to find another place to step. Didn't. Fell heavily on knee and hand. Foot hurts worst. Then wrist and knee. - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Then hanging out on floor, ms 32# 2 jumped wwf style on my weak back so now maybe that hurts worst. Fml. - Christina Pikas from iPhone
That sounds super frustrating! - Laura from iPhone
That's no fair that they're tag teaming you. Where's the ref when you need him? - Stephen Francoeur
Stephen Francoeur
Curtis Kendrick’s Testimony before the City Council via @instapaper
Pull quote: "CUNY’s Office of Library Services has begun preliminary plans to establish an Open Educational Resources Pilot Project. The project would test a model of training and incentivizing faculty and librarians to identify, adapt and adopt OERs and deploy them in classroom settings. The project would pilot OERs in 50 courses and in doing so capture the technological, logistical and legal processes undertaken to provide guidance to those considering OERs for the first time in the future. The project would also include assessment by the highly regarded nonprofit, Ithaka S+R to evaluate the pilot’s impact on student learning outcomes ( Most importantly, students will be provided with high-quality open learning materials and save them a projected $5.8 million over the course of the four-year project." - Stephen Francoeur
Stephen Francoeur
Anyone have access to RUSQ? Looking for this article on the current issue. Send me a DM if you've got it.
I'm on it. - Steele Lawman
Steele Lawman is the Awesome. - Stephen Francoeur
<obligatory rant>RUSQ used to be open access...</obligatory rant> - Catherine Pellegrino
<obligatory fistbump>You got that right.</obligatory fistbump> - Stephen Francoeur
Why isn't it? RUSA needs to get it together! - kaijsa
<comment>RUSA busily running in the opposite direction from LAMA, LITA, PLA...</comment> - Walt Crawford
Kaijsa: oh, mercy. it's complicated: - Catherine Pellegrino
Stephen Francoeur
Meredith Farkas, "Whistleblowers and what still isn’t transparent," Information Wants To Be Free -
Pull quote: “That said, that this information comes second or third-hand does concern me. I don’t know for a fact that Joe Murphy is a sexual predator. Do you? Here’s what I do know. Did he creep me out when I interacted with him? Yes. Did he creep out other women at conferences? Yes. Did he behave like an entitled jerk at least some of the time? Yes. Do many people resent the fact that a man with a few years of library experience who hasn’t worked at a library in years is getting asked to speak at international conferences when all he offers is style and not substance? Yes.” - Stephen Francoeur
I like this post - it's about how I feel, too. - Christina Pikas
Me too...and I found that Wayne B-T's post (noted elsewhere) amplified that. - Walt Crawford
this is great. - holly #ravingfangirl
"We ran out of the Jabba the Puppett standees, but we will send you an Emperor Pickletine standee instead." I like pickles better anyway.
My boys are nuts for all those Star Wars origami books. Our house is overflowing with the origami puppets they've made. - Stephen Francoeur
Aw, that's awesome. - Miriella
Stephen Francoeur
Veronica Arellano Douglas, "What First Year Students Discovered With EDS," More Questions Than Answers -
Pull quote: “It’s interesting to note the kinds of topics that came out searching in this tool that I don’t think would have been brought out by only focusing on the catalog or on a specific database.” - Stephen Francoeur
that is really good, thank you for posting it - RepoRat
Meg VMeg
For three days, LibGuides have been hella slow to load?
*waves at Laura and wonders if it's only us* - Meg VMeg
*honestly only posting to see if others were having the same problem and hopes laura doesn't respond if she's on vacation or it's not her turn or she simply doesn't feel like it* - Meg VMeg
No problems here at UIC - Hedgehog
We're OK here. Are you on the new platform yet? - Stephen Francoeur
Yes, I believe we are. - Meg VMeg
No problems here but I did find late in the day on Monday that if I made edits, they weren't reflected on the live site... that cleared up after Monday though. - JffKrlsn
There is some general internet sites lag here... but not bad enough to sqwak about it (not sure if the pipes are just full today or what) - Aaron the Librarian
Sorry I didn't see this earlier - was in a training session. Meg, your guides load quickly for me -, right? Am curious whether your site is slow for anyone else here in LSW. If it seems like they are just slow for peeps at NYU, it would most likely be a networking issue to talk to your IT folks about. Jeff: that was a bug, and others reported that too. It WAS fixed on I'm glad to hear that confirmed from you too. :) - Laura
NYU loads about the same speed as my site does for me if you want to compare? - Aaron the Librarian
It's a mystery. - Meg VMeg
Thanks, Laura (I really wasn't trying to harass you into responding, just figured you'd see my post at some point, so I waved :) - Meg VMeg
Stephen Francoeur
Any advice for the best way to read a JSON file? Using the Backupify service, I downloaded a copy of my contributions to Facebook. The file I got had to be unzipped and then included thousands of JSON files (as welll as JPEGs). Opening a random JSON file in Firefox proved to be unsatisfying.
I'd love to know what you find out - I've got a JSON file of a Ning that I'd like to import into a Drupal site, but no idea how to do it - ~Courtney F
Without looking at an individual JSON file, I can't suggest too much, but the simplest thing to do is create an HTML page with some embedded javascript that takes the name of a file, and then opens that file, parses it, and displays the contents somehow. Think of it as an advanced web programming exercise (unfortunately). Facebook said you could get it out; they didn't say what you got would be useful. - DJF
I've done some work with php on the twitter api json thingy, pretty painless, though that's assuming some php skillz I guess. lots of this->and(that) - Blake
I thought it had a "bankruptify service" for a moment. - barbara fister
What you have when you have a JSON file is a frozen Javascript data structure. Exactly *what* the data structure contains and how it organizes it was up to the exporter programmer. You'll basically have to stare at it with your Javascript goggles on -- figure out what's in it and how it's organized -- and then write some code to pull out the bits you want. - RepoRat
Surely we have enough Jasons around here -- Puckett, Griffey, Fleming, etc. -- that ONE of them could get the gist of it for you, no? - Catherine Pellegrino
I should say that the only reason why I'm bothering with this activity is that it is my last hope for figuring out what date I started using Facebook, which might have been in 2005 or 2006. The exported data from Facebook is incomplete. What I got from Backupify is likely the same limited set of data from my account. If only I had saved the confirmation email from Facebook, I would have my answer without all this other nonsense. - Stephen Francoeur
Jason, thanks! That made the files eminently readable to humans. Now, to get cracking on determining what's what in the ~41,000 files that I got from the Backupify tarball. Somewhere in there may be my first post to a Facebook wall. - Stephen Francoeur
OOh. That's neat, Griffey. - David Rothman (☤)
This will also help to analyse json data - James Malvi
Catherine Pellegrino
Hey, y'all, remember this? I forgot to mention that we're doing it. :D
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Dude! Awesome! - Marie
In the run-up to launching this, we learned that a) that printer prints more than any other printer on campus, including the two printers in the 24-hour computing lab COMBINED, b) last year it printed nearly half a million pages, or 377 pages per on-campus student, and c) the library spent $8000 on paper and toner last year. That's half of our non-endowed book budget. Holy crap on a cracker, people. - Catherine Pellegrino
But students like screens. Everything online! We can go paperless! - kaijsa
Tell that to the faculty who require students to bring printouts of each lecture's powerpoints to class... :-/ - Catherine Pellegrino
Yep. I want to lol every time an undergrad complains that we only have an ebook and not a print copy of something they want. - kaijsa
Skip printing the copyright notice page. Like it. - Joe
I came in this morning and the boxes were rearranged into a tall tower. Love it. - Catherine Pellegrino
I hope the tower was teetering. That would add drama to the display. - Stephen Francoeur
Meg VMeg
Hey, has Time Warner ever loaded an ugly Roadrunner page reminding you about your bill, when you opened a new tab?
Yeah, the URL looks like it's really them. How scary. - Meg VMeg
No, I haven't seen that. I have seen the annoying search page they through up. I forget how I turned that off (a lot of ISPs do that obnoxious trick that you have to undo). Relatedly, fuck Time Warner. - Stephen Francoeur
Background on DNS hijacking by ISPs: - Stephen Francoeur
"Relatedly, fuck Time Warner." LOL. Isn't that sentiment universally applicable? - Catherine Pellegrino
I suppose so. - Stephen Francoeur
Stephen Francoeur
NYTimes: At Climate Change March in New York, a Clarion Call for Action
NYTimes: At Climate Change March in New York, a Clarion Call for Action
Props to all the folks who came from many miles/kilometers away! - Stephen Francoeur
tomorrow is talk like a librarian pirate day.
Bump. Now today. - Joe
I'm chairing a meeting in 20 minutes and the first item on the agenda is "conduct meeting in pirate voices? Y / N" - Catherine Pellegrino
About to open up the ref desk. I think me hearties will be disappointed, as I'm not really feeling it this year. - Stephen Francoeur
Better World Books: eDelivery -
Better World Books: eDelivery
So, BWB now has a "2 hour edelivery" option. Rather than mailing you the print copy you just purchased, you can have them destructively scan the book and email it to you. - DJF from Bookmarklet
Has anybody tried it? I'm curious. - DJF
I guess you'd have to pick just the right book to destroy. That could be tricky. - Stephen Francoeur
I'm going to pick something relatively inexpensive and very common. Probably something I already have in print. - DJF from Android
hmm. could be interesting for some things I have in print but would like an eversion of as well. - ellbeecee
US customers only. The rest of us get a confusing error message. - DJF
interesting implications for ILL?! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
1) it's an Internet Archive style book scan: a PDF of page images with unedited OCR text. 2) It's watermarked with the purchaser's contact info, so I wouldn't want it release it into the wild. - DJF
Somebody tell the author's guild so their heads can explode. - barbara fister
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! - Betsy
Happy birthday :) - Pete : Team Marina
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
Stephen Francoeur
The big list of "Did you mean?" messages you wish you could program in your library's catalog, discovery service, site search, or article databases:
Like, "You probably didn't mean..."? - Meg VMeg
Did you mean to search for something as banal as that? - Stephen Francoeur from Android
"American history?" Srsly? - Stephen Francoeur from Android
"Harvard Business School Case Study"? let me tell you about those asses. - ellbeecee from Android
"This is not a phone directory." - Zamms
"Stress in the workplace?" Just try managing this library's electronic resources. I'll tell you all about stress in the workplace. - Stephen Francoeur from Android
"Library hours? WRONG SEARCH BOX, braintrust." - RepoRat
WTF? Maybe you should see someone real, and not just try to figure it out yourself. - Christina Pikas
What you're asking for is physically impossible, despite what any vendor may have told you - Christina Pikas
"Rent a book from the library?" We're not that desperate for cash...yet. - Stephen Francoeur
I LOVE YOU PEOPLE. - Catherine Pellegrino
"um, ouch?" - Christina Pikas
"Bio 532? Yeah, your professor's stuck in 1983. Go to the desk for the assignment cheat codes, 'k?" - RepoRat
"'Messianic claimants'? Go talk to a librarian; we've been fielding this assignment every semester for YEARS." - Catherine Pellegrino
Did you mean "United States relations Nigeria" instead of "Dear blessed sir, I would like to find out more about the relationship the United States has had with Nigeria over the years. Any help that you can provide will be greatly appreciated. THE LORD BE WITH YOU!" - Zamms
"controversial topic" Did you mean "gun control" "assault weapons" "open carry" "same sex marriage" "health care" "minimum wage increase" abortion - ellbeecee
write down the call number of that reserve book, because we take the unusual position of shelving our books by call number, not by class nmber - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
"What am I, spellcheck?" - YvonneM
Stephen Francoeur
Uhhhhhhh. Yeah. Wut?
dunno, wut? - RepoRat
Brain. Fried. Is. - Stephen Francoeur
^^^This. - Kirsten
Turned down for? - MoTO: Team Marina
Lalala - FLEMING from Android
What is brain? - Deborah Fitchett
Aaron the Librarian
Academic Librarians - Are you following YikYak?
? clearly not... - ellbeecee
what the heck is yikyak? - Sir Shuping is just sir
Nope. - Signs Point to LB from Android
Who in the what now? - Catherine Pellegrino from iPod
I checked it out earlier this year and then uninstalled it after a few days. Creepy place full of douchey bros. Not a cool place. Lots of k-12 schools are banning it because of the heartache it can cause. For example: When I tried it in Manhattan, I found tons of awful posts from NYU and Columbia students. - Stephen Francoeur
good lord. based on that article, wouldn't touch it with the proverbial ten-foot pole. - RepoRat
oh crap...i did hear about yikyak and blocked it out of my mind because the early press on it was so poor, much of the same reasons for what occurred in the article stephen linked to - Sir Shuping is just sir
Yep. What I see when I'm at home (local high schools, other colleges) is different than what I see at work. It's interesting/useful to see what's going on when they're having real dialogue there, but the high school age stuff is abhorrent. - Julie Kane
Tl;dr me about this, please? - Marie
YikYak is an app that uses your device location to show you anonymous posts by people in your vicinity (not sure of the range, maybe a few miles or so). You can post your own anonymous comments. - Stephen Francoeur
Merci - Marie from iPhone
I am now. Second post is a vulgar joke that mentions the library. - Steele Lawman
I can't even handle monitoring mentions on Twitter, I'm pretty sure this will kill me. - Meg VMeg
I downloaded to check it out. It's somewhat amusing. - Andy
Meg VMeg
Drinking expensive margaritas in the airport because they're damn good expensive margaritas.
And because I'm getting in to Newark at 10pm, which was a terrible idea. - Meg VMeg from Android
Newark at any time is a horrible idea, so yeah. - RepoRat
Timing it. Landed at 9:48, found the express bus at 10:05, left Terminal C at 10:15. - Meg VMeg from Android
Well played, Smith. - Stephen Francoeur
Welllllllllllllll we may or may not be dropping someone off at her friend's house. - Meg VMeg from Android
That is not a euphemism, there is a passenger (not me) who would strongly prefer to be dropped off at her friend's house. - Meg VMeg from Android
i still can't believe you made that connection! - jambina
The express buses come every 15 minutes, allegedly, so it would have been fine either way (allegedly). Got to Bryant Park at 10:50, train showed up at 11:03, then went FUCKING LOCAL DAMMIT, home at 11:40. Much better than NJTransit, I think. - Meg VMeg
Subway driver wanted to take you on the scenic route, as you were probably wondering what all the stops looked like while you were away (and all the excitement you missed in NYC while you were gallivanting around TX). - Stephen Francoeur
Meg VMeg
My dad had the same kindergarten teacher as Bob Dole. Here he is at age 1.
Sorry, that's my dad, not Bob Dole nor the teacher #pronouns - Meg VMeg from Android
Who's riding your dad? - Stephen Francoeur
I thought the horse was named Bob Dole. - Steve C Team Marina
Stephen Francoeur
Great series of events at Baruch this week as part of Genderfluid festival.
Great series of events at Baruch this week as part of Genderfluid festival.
Laverne Cox from "Orange Is the New Black!" - Stephen Francoeur
Kate Bornstein! - Stephen Francoeur
I saw a McLaren (I'm guessing the 650S) on the road today in the marina. First time I have ever seen one of those. Stunning! All black.
Nobody? - Marie
You people are the best. :) - Marie
I don't think I've ever seen one, but sounds pretty cool :) - Jennifer Dittrich from FFHound!
They're awesome. A few years back, I saw an F1 parked at a Ruby Tuesday's in my small town in WV. - NOT THE CRICKET
Mr 7yo would plotz. - Stephen Francoeur from Android
Meg VMeg
This is what summers should sound like.
I wish I'd recorded the katydids when we lived in rural Tennessee. They were absolutely deafening. - Catherine Pellegrino
so tempted to process this and use it as a soundbed for a track. may i? - Big Joe Silence
Joe, be my guest! - Meg VMeg
Catherine, I was worried the neighbors would call the cops if I got any closer to their tree with my laptop, but yeah, it's much louder than this would indicate. - Meg VMeg
I bet! With the katydids, it wasn't just the sheer volume (though there was that, too) -- there were, like, thousands of them. It was like living in the middle of a Steve Reich phase-shifting piece. - Catherine Pellegrino
That's now my new ringtone. - Stephen Francoeur from Android
<3 - Meg VMeg
I really like cicadas, even the ones that sound like power saws. - John (bird whisperer)
barbara fister
Good morning, LSW! How's everybody doing?
We've been up for an hour and are eating breakfast. - laura x from iPhone
sleepy. Been up for almost 3.5 hours - Christina Pikas
Good morning! I'm drinking a ridiculously bitter mug of tea, but otherwise am fairly good for a Monday morning. - Kirsten
Good morning! Butt totally DID NOT WANT to be in bike saddle, but I got to work anyway. Time to slog through the email, catch up on the class discussion fora, and get tomorrow's lecture done. - RepoRat
Looking for my mojo. It may have been left at home today. - Stephen Francoeur
If you find it, can I have some? - barbara fister
I might need a mojito more this morning. - Stephen Francoeur from Android
Mr 19 just left the house for his first day of class at university! Yay! (Philosophy at York's bilingual campus Glendon College which is fortunately long walking/short transit distance from the house.) - John Dupuis
Having historic rain - 5 inches have fallen since midnight! Streets are flooding! Rain in Phoenix is always front page news, but this is crazy for us! I'm in my office, but probably half our staff are still at home. - Grumpator
It are sunny on my back. In the mornings I can only see one of my monitors at a time but it's worth it. :-D - Deborah Fitchett
Catherine Pellegrino
First and second slides of a short deck I'm using in a class later today:
Whoa, is that on purpose? Or a backronym. - Meg VMeg
The M - ML - MT arrangement? I have to think it's on purpose. We happen to have the only logical letter in the entire LC classification. - Catherine Pellegrino
"Awesome. So when I go to BS...." - barbara fister
Every schedule in LC was designed by a different working group with subject matter expertise. This is why there's no uniformity between major classes. - DJF from Android
I do have a really hard time helping students find call numbers in the BS range while keeping a straight face. - Catherine Pellegrino
^^ I am so glad it's not just me. I predict that this will continue to be funny to me, for as long as I work in libraries. - Regular Amanda
"All of this section is total BS. Enjoy!" - YvonneM
The LOC classification makes me cry. - ♫Robot Chicken, Trainer♫
Damn right library science is under Z. - Zamms
Chris, I think you mean Zzzzzzz. - Stephen Francoeur
I was thinking ZOMBIES. - Zamms
Stephen Francoeur
My Top 3 #lastfm Artists: The Clash (11), Ultravox (5) & Juicy J (4)
Good variety! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
My account scrobbles not only what I'm listening to but also what anyone at home is listening to (could be my wife or two boys). Some weeks, the variety of the top 3 artists can be bewildering. - Stephen Francoeur
Anyone have a favorite screeenscraper tool?
Irfanview does a decent job, but I use an older version because the newer ones are WTF'dup. Wait. Do you mean screenshots, or something different? - Holly's favorite Anna
Screencapture or screenscraper? For screencapture, I really like SnagIt. For screenscraper, I got nothing. - Stephen Francoeur
Screenscraper not screenshots. I want to pull down content. - Hedgehog
On our way out to the @usopen. Yayayayay! Rain, stay away! #usopen
Iz jealous. - Stephen Francoeur
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