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Stephen Francoeur
Digging into stats from our collection of LibGuides. Here's a choice nugget to discuss: of the 7482 links on our guides, 63% of them were never clicked on in 2013. Lessons learned?
People are not eating from the trough of the library linkfarms. - Joe - Systems Analyst
can you characterize links that were clicked on vs. links that weren't? or is that analysis ongoing? - RepoRat
Are the guides to linkfarmy, not specific enough? I've inherited a few guides I still haven't tackled, because they are simply too massively linkfarmy for me to even think about. I'll have to look and see if the course guides I build get clicked enough though! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
I'm curious about RR's question as well. I'm wondering how placement comes into it - at the guide / page / box level. (In other words, were unclicked links not clicked because that guide wasn't very prominent on the home page, or because they were on the fourth or fifth tab of the guide, or because they were the fourth or fifth link in a box, etc...) - Laura
this could turn into a worthwhile article for EBLIP: I would read the hell out of it. - RepoRat
I'm not sure I have the brainpower to answer all your good questions. I'm dipping into the stats and probably won't do much more than share that one stat with my colleagues. Eyeballing the list of what's at the top, middle, and bottom of the list of links as ranked by clicks, I'd say that database links get the most clickage, then links to guides that are collections of subject-specific... more... - Stephen Francoeur
Laura's question about how link placement affects use is a good one that I don't even know how I'd begin to analyze (there are nearly 8000 links). - Stephen Francoeur
Up next in my quickie analysis: what kinds of things do people type into our site search. Sneak preview: it ain't pretty. - Stephen Francoeur
loooooooool it never, ever is. - RepoRat
8 ways to type JSTOR in site search: jstar, jstor, Jstor, JSTOR, Jstor database, jstore, jstorr, jstors - Stephen Francoeur
Interesting, [in the most recent 7 days] 216 links clicked at least 1 time out of our ~3890 links at MPOW's LGs. [ETA: only 12 links clicked more than 100 times in last 7 days] - awd
Aaron, it's always going to be a long tail when you view usage stats (page views, links clicked on it, etc.). Try looking back at 1 year of data to get a more complete picture. - Stephen Francoeur
yup, that's what I'm running right now :) - awd
Year to Date: 46,229 clicks on 3,886 links. ~900 links (of the 3,886) were clicked at least once leaving ~2,000 superfluous links (many apparently from subject guides and library-process guides) ETA[clarification: the superfluous links were form subject guides and from library-process guides) - awd
students don't remember that we've told them we made a page for them!!! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
I suspect some of them do remember, though, and what they see isn't all that compelling. - Stephen Francoeur
Be interesting to compare this to results from Guide on the Side. I guess the only methodologically-correct way is pairing peer libraries? - RepoRat
I studied the searches in libguides a while back. decided to just switch the default to summon search since besides the numerous database names people would just enter very specific keywords with zero results. but maybe we just don't have enough content ? may revisit this decision, - aaron from BuddyFeed
Ooooh this is all very interesting! Now I'm very keen to run some stats also. - Fiona Jones
Quick test of ours, 11,261 out of 14,409 have zero clicks in 2013. That's 78%! - aaron
Guess is timely to start studying all this data for revamp due to Libguides 2.... Must admit use of libguides here was never very considered as I focused more on the LibAnswers platforms. - aaron
I am deeply interested in this. Are you talking about links outside of paid resources? When we redid our publib website, I insisted that we get rid of curated link lists because it was apparent that mostly, no one cared. I'm curious to see if that results in higher e-resource stats. - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
Aaron, a look at search queries in our LibGuides system is on my to-do list this week as well. I suspect that it is as consistently misused as the site search on the library website. Rochelle, I'm talking about all links on our LibGuides, the vast majority of which are to free resources on the web (but it's the database links that get the most clicks by a hugemongous margin). - Stephen Francoeur
It would be interesting to consider whether there is some causal connection between the number of links per guide and the percentage of links that get clicked. Common sense says yes but evidence and careful analysis would be better way of knowing. - Stephen Francoeur
Stephen my impression is that the search in libguide is used as a site search and/or article/book/database search. One of those bento style searches that is currently in vogue would serve best. I would argue if someone is searching for a specific database they heard about, searching libguides for it would be extremely inefficient due to number of clicks to get to it. - aaron
I hide the libguides search box in ours. Don't really see a use case for it. - JffKrlsn from Android
Here we go again, yet another attempt to convince that the search tab on the main library page should *replace* with results not open a new window... Sigh...
Open in a new tab instead? ;) - awd
I'm confused. Do you think results should be in a new window/tab or do you think that search results should be in same tab as page from which the search was run? In my experience, users find it confusing and annoying when the results are on a different page (Google and Amazon, two places that probably create the platonic ideal of searching in our users' minds don't put results in a separate tab or window, so why should our search tools be any different?) - Stephen Francoeur
In the same tab it came from of course is what I want. Yes as I feared, I got back a response with a terse it is "current policy". Never mind, one of our focus groups specifically pointed this out as a pet peeve. Never mind our own librarians periodically get confused because they accidentally go back to the original library homepage, enter search term again, click enter repeatedly. not realising the results are replaced in the already existing new tab/window... - aaron
Don't even talk about Google, a quick look at other library homepages with Summon and the tabbed search box design, so far none I've seen open new window/tab.. But yeah.... they are all wrong, after all Libraries are lousy at UX, is good we not following the crowd . :P - aaron
Much sympathy to you. I've butted against those same stubborn opinions, too. - Stephen Francoeur
If you can't persuade them of the larger issue, you could at least ask them to remove the "win" from the following string:,"win","toolbar=1,menubar=1,scrollbars=1,resizable=1,location=1,status=1,directories=1"); Doing that should stop the behavior you describe where new results appear on an already open but unfocused tab. - JffKrlsn
Is a opportunistic push to change this (we discovered there's some weird issue for Summon 2.0 urls with IE 10 opening in new windows) but right now the thinking is to do a complicated workaround, first opening a dummy new window before directing the search! Just to preserve the "policy"... The behavior is all cross the board depending on browser sigh... - aaron
But really, why do people want to open in new window? Do they really think is better for users? Or do they think it will ensure higher views of the library homepage? Or some technical issue I am unaware of? - aaron
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Anyone know anything about PhilPapers? Just got a weird email from them that seems a bit off in tone. Here's a snippet. "Those institutions that have not purchased a subscription by June 1, 2014 will have their access restricted in various ways explained on the site. Since PhilPapers replaces traditional commercial indexes, we believe that it is...
Since PhilPapers replaces traditional commercial indexes, we believe that it is appropriate for university libraries to support the service by purchasing subscriptions. This is why we write to you. " - Stephen Francoeur
Then, I'm told that 22 faculty and students use the site. As far as I can tell, there are no faculty. Just students. Anyone seen anything like this before? It reminds me a bit of the problem arXiv is having in getting institutions to pitch in with $$$ but I've never even heard of PhilPapers before. - Stephen Francoeur
I've never heard of it either. Looks like it is a free site that scrapes the content of various publishers. I'd guess that it replaces traditional commercial indexes the way Google Scholar has replaced traditional commercial indexes. Not quite yet. - Joe - Systems Analyst
MPOW hosts PhilPapers, starting last year when we recruited the guy that created it. Yeah, the group that runs it is having problems figuring out a stable funding situation, and they do think that the larger schools should be paying a bit for it. The people I know in the field find it very useful. - DJF
There's a certain tone-deafness in saying, "hey, we built this thing that you didn't ask for, or even know about, and some folks at your university may have kicked its tires once or twice to see what it does, so now we're going to send you a threatening email demanding that you pay for it." - Catherine Pellegrino
Wayne has updated his blog post following an email conversation he's had with Bourget. It also looks like the message that went out to people who subscribe to the PhilPapers newsletter might have had a slightly different tone from the one that librarians have received. - DJF
I guess they are working on users too, because I heard from one of my philosophy profs today that she wants us to make sure we retain access once this goes to a pay model. - Steele Lawman
Hi Everyone. PhilPapers is a very widely used service in philosophy. We have 65,000 registered members and half a million visitors per month, about half of which are returning users. This is huge for a research tool in philosophy. However, since PhilPapers has always been entirely free, there has never been any reason for librarians to be involved in setting up access to it. As a... more... - David Bourget
P.S. Sorry about the tone. We obviously got that wrong and should have explained more. For more background see my comment on Wayne's blog here: - David Chalmers
If only you'd talked to one of your local librarians before sending the message out. - DJF from Android
Hi David and David -- thank you for commenting here and explaining the situation more fully! I appreciate your taking the time to do that, and the situation sounds a lot more reasonable than I'd characterized it above, so I apologize for my snarky tone above. I've just taken on liaison duties to the Philosophy department at my college (which isn't on the list, despite being one of many... more... - Catherine Pellegrino
thanks for the information on this y'all, especially David and David. I didn't get that message, but I'll pass it on to the philosophy liaison so that she can talk to the department about it and see if they have any money to kick in. I do have one small note of concern in that the site identifies faculty/students by this something that when folks register are aware of? - Sir Shuping is just sir
I'm happy that they pushed the date back but it's still way too soon. A 6-month window would have been more in line with the way interface changes/license changes are offered. Plus, our $ are all gone for this fiscal year (ends in June). If we know far enough in advance, we can encumber the funds and plan for it. Not happy with the way this played out and not making me terribly... more... - Stephen Francoeur
For some reason that I don't entirely understand, Wayne Bivens-Tatum deleted his original blog post at Academic Librarian about this and then posted a new one: My comments on the original post have now gone poof, too. - Stephen Francoeur
Stephen yeah on the money as well. I hadn't thought of that til I started writing the email. $500 isn't bad compared to other things, but my library has no way of paying for this for the upcoming year given that we're already tight with just keeping access to what we have and whether the department or someone else at the univ. can swing it, i don't know. I can kinda understand why Wayne... more... - Sir Shuping is just sir
Could someone refresh my memory on the link to the information about subscribers on their site? - lris
I'm also bothered by the lack of user privacy in this, and the money issue is very real. Since most of our registered users are faculty, they're very interested in supporting. But they're going to have to cancel a journal subscription or two in order to pay for it, and we don't do our journal renewal until this summer. There's no way we can start a new subscription until after the... more... - Kirsten
Thanks. Sir. - lris
I wish W B-T hadn't deleted his post and the comments. I understand the urge to retract but now I'm even more confused. - barbara fister
Concerning the privacy issue, do the faculty and students know that they are going to be listed on the website as a user of the database? That is really the first time that I had seen that. Maybe it is part of a click through agreement when you sign up for the database. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Even more from Wayne Bivens-Tatum on PhilPapers: - Stephen Francoeur
And perhaps PhilPapers could talk to librarians at their own institution, if this hasn't happened? - maʀtha
Still not that I know of, but I haven't asked the Phil librarian about it - DJF from Android
I do find it a little disheartening that, before launching a subscription drive aimed at libraries, they wouldn't first take a few minutes to talk to a librarian at their home institution. Maybe they did, or maybe they tried and didn't get a response, I don't know. On the other hand, I am glad to see an OA project like this in the humanities! - Regular Amanda
On privacy: as it says at the top of the listing, some users have opted to make their profiles private and do not appear there. It is possible to opt out. The profiles listed are public profiles created on purpose by PhilPapers members. Everyone knows that these profiles are public and we go to great lengths to allow everyone to opt out if that's their wish. PhilPapers isn't just a... more... - David Bourget
On contacting librarians: I didn't reply to this point earlier, but, yes, we did talk to librarians at UWO (three in total), and we followed their advice. We also wrote to about 20 other librarians. Then our first batch of communications was sent to an initial sample of 35 librarians. We talked to a lot of librarians before we made our campaign public, and we paid very close attention to everything they said. - David Bourget
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Do anybody no a librarian living in Las Vegas? I have an unusual need for a volunteer sherpa.
I know this guy a little bit... Cory Tucker at UNLV. What kind of Sherping do you need? - Joe - Systems Analyst
Rudy is at UNLV, too. - ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
I thought she was at UNR up the road? Both can gamble though. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Tom Ipri used to be there. I wonder if he can offer suggestions. - Stephen Francoeur
Rudy's at UNR :). but, what kind of sherpa-ing do you need? - RudĩϐЯaЯïan from YouFeed
Are you traveling there to shift the stacks or something? ;) - maʀtha
(aren't the sherpas going on strike?) - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
I mean, who would you need a library sherpa for on the road? You are a librarian of mystery - maʀtha
Should it be spelled sherping or sherpaing? - Joe - Systems Analyst
I'm acquainted with a couple of people at UNLV who are different people from the one that Joe knows. - ellbeecee
I know a few UNLV people. One of my former colleagues here took a job there 6 weeks ago. - kaijsa
A public librarian who is cooridinating the Sisters in Crime booth at ALA needs someone local (or nearby) whose mailing address could be used to collected donations of books, then to deliver them to the ALA exhibit hall. Probably about four boxes of mysteries, something like that. (There are drawings. People seem happy to get free books without knowing anything about them other than that they are free.) We may have some volunteers further afield but thought I'd check on locals. - barbara fister
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My reactions to the EBSCO announcement that it will "share" records with other discovery services.
From the page about partnership terms: "c.) The discovery result record that comes from a database must also identify that source database in the full record, and include any copyright statements as required by the content provider." My reaction: So records in Summon that came from an EBSCO database have to mention the database name? Not cool. - Stephen Francoeur
From the page listing databases whose records will be shared: My reaction: Where is CINAHL? - Stephen Francoeur
From the main announcement page: "III. The only EBSCO research databases that are not yet included in the above policy are those resources that are built upon and subscribed to primarily for their subject indexing. EBSCO believes very strongly in the need for precision in search – a need that becomes even more paramount within discovery... more... - Stephen Francoeur
Indeed re CINAHL - maʀtha
“We’ll share but sometimes we won’t.” - A lesson learned from Harvard Business Review, perhaps? - Zamms
We will share to the point that it makes us look good, but only up to that point. - Joe - Systems Analyst
EBSCO and EDS has always been database centric, so mentioning the database name is not surprising, in fact many librarians would like that - Summon 2.0 lists things like Scopus, Web of Science, PILOT etc anyway now, those count as databases I think? The one thing that may be problematic is the demand not to merge records from EDS into other records. And yes CINAHL is glaringly missing... - aaron
The other thing they're saying: sometimes we work hard at subject indexing, and sometimes we don't. (This doesn't surprise me--they generally treat CINAHL differently from their other databases.) - JffKrlsn
What is really ironic, though, in demanding that the source database be recognized: recently EBSCO stopped listing the database in EDS records not only when the source is one of the "foundation" EDS indexes, but also when the source is one of the Academic Search databases. (There was much protest against this on the EDS listserv.) So it is critical that other discovery services credit Academic Search, but not critical for EBSCO to do so... - JffKrlsn
Fascinating.. Does this mean you can't filter by source to that? Any reason given why? - aaron
Correct, can't filter to the base indexes, or to Academic Search Premier/Complete, or, strangely, to Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection. Yes, they gave a reason. I'll quote instead of paraphrasing: "With regard to Academic Search, because EDS is essentially the largest "multidisciplinary index" in the world (which includes the full text of Academic Search for subscribing... more... - JffKrlsn
Hmm. Kinda makes sense to me. But seems too much trouble to bother to remove on purpose. I havent used EDS much, so I am not sure how useful filtering by source database really is. - aaron
I posted something saying it seemed odd that they were saying Academic Search is replaced by EDS when they make such a big deal about their high-quality metadata, but much of the metadata in EDS is not under EBSCO's control... In some ways I agree, there's logic in it, and I generally recommend EDS over Academic Search Complete. - JffKrlsn
Today, on a somewhat related topic: "Asked whether Ebsco favors its own content in the results generated by its search tool, Sam Brooks, executive vice president for sales and marketing, dismissed the idea as "competitor-driven propaganda." He added, "There’s no truth to that whatsoever." Bias toward a content provider, he says, "would be commercial suicide for any discovery vendor." - See more at:" - maʀtha
Ex Libris has now offered a statement. Here's a snippet from the email from Shlomi Kringel (VP Discovery and Delivery Solutions) I found on the SFX mailing list today: "While we welcome the new EBSCO approach to sharing and collaboration and look forward to a real change, we are concerned by the fact that EBSCO only selectively complies with the above industry standards and that only... more... - Stephen Francoeur
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Marc Parry, "As Researchers Turn to Google, Libraries Navigate the Messy World of Discovery Tools," Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education -
Pull quote: “Mr. Asher is familiar with the criticisms of Google Scholar. After all, his own study listed them: ‘limited advanced search functionality, incomplete or inaccurate metadata, inflated citation counts, lack of usage statistics, and inconsistent coverage across disciplines.’ Perhaps for this reason, he sounded a bit sheepish admitting his preference. ‘I kind of hate to say it, since I am a librarian,’ he says. ‘We pay a lot of money for discovery tools. And then I go off and just use Google Scholar.’” - Stephen Francoeur
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I still haven't been to Bonchon, though. Merry said she was interested. - Meg VMeg
There's a Bonchon on Fifth Avenue and 33rd or 32nd. Lunch there soon? - Stephen Francoeur
Emailing with a faculty member about why he can't just log on to St. Olaf e-resources. Blerg.
His response is on the one hand commiserating and supportive, and on the other hand frustrating because he suggests that maybe someone should raise this as an issue to be solved. I'm sad that libraries get cast as gatekeepers when we often have so little power. - lris
Yes - maʀtha
Raise this as an issue? We should have thought of that! </snark> - barbara fister
replace "St. Olaf" with "Notre Dame" and welcome to my life. :/ - Catherine Pellegrino
replace "St. Olaf" with Columbia, NYU, and the 21 other schools in CUNY and welcome to my life. :-( - Stephen Francoeur
Is it in poor taste to cast the blame back on faculty? So often I want to say: this is the system you all collectively built and actively maintain! - Freeda B.
we might want to clean up our own house before we do that. - RepoRat
I think faculty are not in a position of power here, either. Sure, the rank and tenure processes make changing scholarly communication avenues a chore, but faculty didn't make the decisions about lending ebooks. - lris
Hell, the faculty here actively work against us even buying ebooks (and I'm on their side) - DJF
We have a browser button that some people like to use. (Developed by a chemistry student.) I think that has helped some people figure out an easy way to log into content that we subscribe to without having to go through the library linkages. See the thing about the DU Lib Proxy. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Yeah, here it's less about OA and more about "we're two distinct institutions that share a founding congregation and an online catalog, but that's about all we share, despite your fervent desire that the situation be otherwise." The provosts of the two institutions got together recently and hatched a Brilliant Plan for the bigger university to just "add" our smaller college to their... more... - Catherine Pellegrino
Yeah, it's REALLY hard to share stuff if you're not a single funding agency. We would have to incorporate if we wanted to be able to sign agreements together. - lris
My public library version of this is, "Yes, I know you have a Coralville Public Library card, but do you live in Coralville, University Heights, or rural Johnson county? Because if you live in Iowa City or Hills, you will have to use your Iowa City card to get ebooks, and if you live somewhere else, well, then, they might belong to one of these two other groups...." - laura x
LOLsob - lris
The combining FTEs thing sometimes works on vendors/publishers. My uni has successfully negotiated statewide access to databases, ebook packages from Proquest, Gale, Lexis-Nexis and probably others I'm forgetting. So we pay and all community colleges, schools, and publics in Wyoming get remote access. Our small population is a big reason why we get away with it, but if a big school says they will pay for a sub if they can add on a small school, it can work. You can do this with an MOU. - kaijsa
Dang it! Now I want a Sugar Daddy school! ;) - lris
Yep, I was going to say that too. We subscribe to med/science titles "consortially-ish" with a few smaller, affiliated institutions because we're so big that everyone else is a drop in the bucket (I have no idea what the extra-library university/administrative financial entanglements might involve). - Meg VMeg
Coming back to say that the ebook issue is still a big deal and a huge pain in the rear, etc. etc. Not trying to minimize that at all. Steve, Marianne, and Joe and I are all in the same consortium and I'm sure have all had to explain to a patron from another school why they can't access one of our ebooks that tantalizingly sits there in the shared catalog. To make it more confusing, we... more... - kaijsa
^^^ yep - Steele Lawman
Crazy mashup of shared catalogs and proprietary collections. Hello, new world. Ugh. - barbara fister
Possible silver lining: it's going to be hard to get these problems fixed until faculty are aware of them, and obviously they're becoming aware. The trick there, of course, is how to get their outrage pointed in the right direction. - RepoRat
One thing that's really not working in our favor is that Carleton and St Olaf have been branding our libraries as "two collections working as one." All of a sudden people are saying, "hey why can't I use St Olaf stuff? I thought our collections work as one." - lris
"One System One Library [only not]" fistbump. - RepoRat
ayup - lris
Someone forgot to tell DeBlasio the fireworks aren't supposed to happen for another 2 1/2 months.
Did something go wrong? There were supposed to be fireworks over Ellis Island tonight,'s raining? And it sounded like everything went rather fast. Mostly I'm just writing this in case Stephen could hear it too. - Meg VMeg
I didn't hear them last night (just the sound of ice pellets on the windows). - Stephen Francoeur
It happened! - Stephen Francoeur
Yes, it did! - Julian
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Catherine Pellegrino, "Walking the walk may be trickier than it first appears: An open access publishing story," Spurious Tuples -
Pull quote: “Dear [Name]: Thank you for sending the publishing agreement for Johns Hopkins University Press and portal. I’m very pleased to see that I will retain the right to post a copy of the article on my personal or institutional repository or online site. Retaining the copyright to my professional work is also important to me, so I’m wondering if there is an alternate agreement, or if the current agreement can be altered, so that I retain the copyright but the Press still has the ability to do what it needs to do with the content. If not, the current agreement is fine and I will happily sign, [etc.]. But if an alternate agreement is possible, I would prefer to pursue that option. Sincerely, etc.” - Stephen Francoeur
I sometimes wonder whether almost every publisher has an Alternate Contract in hand (ALA divisional journals used to, before the best ones went straight OA, and all of the book publishers I've worked with do--the "you keep your copyright" clause is clearly, clearly well-prepared in advance). Actually, strike that: I now *assume* that all but the skeeviest publishers and the OA ones have Alternate Contracts ready. - Walt Crawford
["and the OA ones" because those shouldn't be asking for copyright assignment in any case, although some of them seem to.] - Walt Crawford
My dad just asked for and got a similar license for his forthcoming book. Woo! - lris
Great. This really is in the "it never hurts to ask" category, and that alternate agreement is likely to be there just waiting to be asked for. - Walt Crawford
To expand a little on the principle that "almost every [non-skeevy] publisher has an alternate contract in hand," when I first asked the managing editor, she honestly didn't know, and had to ask around. And the alternate contract that she eventually was able to find is clearly of an older vintage (she admitted to this up front) but is still apparently legally binding. (It also asked for... more... - Catherine Pellegrino
And then also, regarding the "never hurts to ask" principle: I really, REALLY have to see this as intimately connected to the "women don't negotiate because we're not idiots" principle. I added that footnote to the blog post about the whole Nazareth College fiasco precisely because I think it's relevant. An accepted article CAN be un-accepted. Which is why the wording and tone of the email I sent had to be so, so, SO carefully-calibrated. I really cannot emphasize this strongly enough. - Catherine Pellegrino
When I was initially casting about for homes for this article (I can't find the post now, because Friendfeed is a new service and they're still working out the kinks) I was given advice to submit it to various journals and "just add the SPARC addendum." Which was well-intentioned but not especially helpful: what if the journal said no to the SPARC addendum? (I had no way to efficiently... more... - Catherine Pellegrino
amazing how often bad unreflected-on advice contains the word "just." - RepoRat
I'd never suggest that my advice is good advice, but I wonder whether a journal that unaccepts a paper because you ask about an alternative contract is a journal you want to deal with. Easy for me to say, of course... - Walt Crawford
I asked for an alternate agreement from Springer and didn't get them, so I turned down doing the chapter. I did not even bother to ask the NYT, and I signed the draconian contract, because NYT. - laura x
Walt, by the time you discover it's a journal you don't want to deal with, you're already dealing with them. - Catherine Pellegrino
Ain't it the truth? It took me a year after LHT News was purchased by what's now Emerald before I realized that I had no business writing for them, even if the money was OK. - Walt Crawford
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Tal Rozen, "Walkabout," UX Lab -
Pull quote: “Dear [Name]: Thank you for sending the publishing agreement for Johns Hopkins University Press and portal. I’m very pleased to see that I will retain the right to post a copy of the article on my personal or institutional repository or online site. Retaining the copyright to my professional work is also important to me, so I’m wondering if there is an alternate agreement, or if the current agreement can be altered, so that I retain the copyright but the Press still has the ability to do what it needs to do with the content. If not, the current agreement is fine and I will happily sign, [etc.]. But if an alternate agreement is possible, I would prefer to pursue that option. Sincerely, etc.” - Stephen Francoeur
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Jessica Olin, "When the Answer is Always No (or at least it seems to be)," Letters to a Young Librarian - http://letterstoayounglibraria...
Pull quote: “Dear [Name]: Thank you for sending the publishing agreement for Johns Hopkins University Press and portal. I’m very pleased to see that I will retain the right to post a copy of the article on my personal or institutional repository or online site. Retaining the copyright to my professional work is also important to me, so I’m wondering if there is an alternate agreement, or if the current agreement can be altered, so that I retain the copyright but the Press still has the ability to do what it needs to do with the content. If not, the current agreement is fine and I will happily sign, [etc.]. But if an alternate agreement is possible, I would prefer to pursue that option. Sincerely, etc.” - Stephen Francoeur
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Aaron Schmidt, "Give Them What They Want," The User Experience -
Pull quote: “Dear [Name]: Thank you for sending the publishing agreement for Johns Hopkins University Press and portal. I’m very pleased to see that I will retain the right to post a copy of the article on my personal or institutional repository or online site. Retaining the copyright to my professional work is also important to me, so I’m wondering if there is an alternate agreement, or if the current agreement can be altered, so that I retain the copyright but the Press still has the ability to do what it needs to do with the content. If not, the current agreement is fine and I will happily sign, [etc.]. But if an alternate agreement is possible, I would prefer to pursue that option. Sincerely, etc.” - Stephen Francoeur
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Junior Tidal, "2014 LACUNY Institute," -
Pull quote: “This then got me thinking about how database interfaces are just plain awful. They are not intuitive. I like to think that if they were, then we wouldn’t need to have classes on how to use them in the first place. Secondly, databases may not necessarily engage the user in a meaningful way. Look at Wikipedia for instance. Wikipedia links its pages back and forth throughout the site. If there is a term that a user sees on a Wikipedia page, 9 times out 10, a user can gain more information about that term and read about it. I feel there are very few resources that allow one to do that. I also feel that the database pages are so overwhelming. There are numerous fields, check mark boxes, and jargon labels that it can be a bit much for an incoming freshman who’s experience with online research may just be What’s the solution? Already, it seems that APIs may be the best way to go. If there’s a coder who can construct a better interface, or even better yet, tailor it... more... - Stephen Francoeur
Meg VMeg
My neighborhood (borough?) is full of smoke. Picked the wrong day to start jogging again *cough*
I could smell smoke over on the Upper West Side. Wonder where the fire is? - Stephen Francoeur
Brush fire in Jersey? It definitely smells like autumn. - Meg VMeg
That must be it. - Stephen Francoeur
It's fine outside, but I can smell it in the atrium at work. - Meg VMeg
!!! - jambina
Stephen Francoeur
Iris Jastram, "Locations of Literacy: Information Literacy (plenary panel at MnWE 2014)," Pegasus Librarian -
Pull quote: “No, information literacy is about negotiating understanding within a context. It means being able to map out the community of inquiry and the various conversations that community is having. And then, it means being able to show that community where new knowledge fits. Parroting back other people’s conversations is not an effective conversation tactic in real life, right, so why should it work here? This is where you get to expand the conversation in very real terms. But even this mapping is not yet enough. It helps us see the social and relational aspect of information literacy, but it doesn’t highlight the very real importance of the local culture of these conversations.” - Stephen Francoeur
Stephen Francoeur
Karen Harker, "Problems analyzing LIS data," Libraries are for Use -
Pull quote: “But there was precious little on analyzing count data. And in librarianship, there is a lot of data that are simply counts — reference questions, book use, journal use, citations, attendees at workshops, Twitter posts, students who graduate or stay in school or dropout. And these are not distributed normally. This data is severely skewed, usually to the right (think “long tail”). And the variance (standard deviation) is much greater than the mean – that’s because of the long tail, all those very high counts. How the heck are you supposed to analyze that?” - Stephen Francoeur
Stephen Francoeur
Krista Godfrey, "The website is everything," the wee librarian -
Pull quote: “What’s become even more apparent to me is that everything that is online/linked to from the library website is considered the website. I’d guess that about 1/3 to 1/2 of the comments so far have actually been about problems that are not the website but the OPAC, the discovery layer, our databases or the link resolver.” - Stephen Francoeur
Stephen Francoeur
Carl Grant, "The library automation company mergers resume," Thoughts from Carl Grant -
Pull quote: “It is very unlikely that a new platform will happen more quickly and time is of the essence here because other organizations (OCLC, Ex Libris) do have LSP’s available that can be delivered and put into operation today. However, with Innovative/Polaris being combined, their first goal will be to merge operations, company cultures, customer services and sales. That involves some serious organizational disruption, overhead and thus time. Once that is achieved, they’ll start a more serious effort at combining the product plans. Customers of either company that believe their products of today will live on indefinitely are probably dreaming. Company mergers like this are ultimately dependent on re-consolidating the company offerings to one main product offering at some point in the not too distant future.” - Stephen Francoeur
Stephen Francoeur
So glad I finally met Secret Agent Fister, who gave the keynote at a really great conference on critical information literacy: I've been at CUNY as a librarian since 1999, but the last few years, I feel like our library association, LACUNY, has been hitting it out of the park with conferences and...
professional development opportunities. - Stephen Francoeur
:D - lris
Yep, you guys are great. I wish I could have been there! - Meg VMeg
It was amazing! And meeting Stephen was a big part of amazing. I agree that LACUNY (which has been around for decades) is holding fabulous conferences, so very happy to be part of it. My brain is full. - barbara fister
Query, anyone has gotten to LibGuides v2 to play with yet?
No :( - lris
Last I heard, it might be several months before our beta comes. - lris
No. Sort of a relief, as we're in the middle of a site redesign and not sure I'd have time to migrate. - JffKrlsn from Android
Nope. It does pretty much eliminate the problem of "are we going to upgrade in the middle of the semester?" - Rebecca Hedreen
We've got ours, but no one has had time to look at it yet. - Freeda B.
No, we asked for it but are still waiting. - kaijsa
What would it do for us again? #lazylibrarian - maʀtha
Yes, but like Freeda, I haven't had a chance to play with it yet - kristin buxton
Okay, so some libraries do have theirs already. That's what I wanted to know. Ours is going to be quite late too I suspect, since we are a relatively new account. The lack of a estimated rollout date makes it really hard to plan for us, hoping for Aug rollout... too optimistic? - aaron
We have it (we were one of their first customers and are also one of their biggest users as indicated by # of guides in system). We will be starting to plan our migration next week - either migrating in late March or mid-May is my thinking right now. Somewhat depends on how many policies we have to re-consider in light of new tech options. Is there something in particular that interests? - Lisa Hinchliffe
thanks Lisa nothing yet. just wanted to confirm if other libraries had it yet and there wasn't a delay. - aaron from BuddyFeed
I'm finally taking time today to play with our beta and I'm having trouble reimagining my guides with the new options even though I wanted them! If I convert my lit guide, I may post it here and let you all pick it apart. I'd be willing to do the same for others. Maybe I should start a new thread for that? - kaijsa
many betas are apparently built, there are 4643 instnaces of LibGuides (the most recent of which is Hookset School District (#4643) ... - awd
Stephen Francoeur
Anthropodermic bibliopegy. You don't want to know.
is this about the books bound with human skin, which suddenly became something "new", even though everybody's referencing an eight-year old article? - DJF
Yep. Seems to be making the rounds online again this week. - Stephen Francoeur
Stephen Francoeur
You'd think after 7 years on Twitter that I'd know this: what happens if I change my Twitter username from s_francoeur to something else? Does that affect any of my followers? Does that screw up services that I've connected Twitter to (reposting to Facebook, for example)?
Ah, nevermind. I see that all the good variations on my first and last name are already taken. I'll just stick with @s_francoeur. - Stephen Francoeur
I changed my account from 9 to 5 characters. The people who were following me, still follow me, but if someone put me in a web list with my old twitter handle, that now goes nowhere. The odd thing is, I still have some apps that show the old handle, and if I tell the app to post to that account, it still works. Odd. Now that my old account is available again, I might regrab it, and use it to tell people to go to the new acct. Maybe. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Best practice indicates that if you do change your twitter username, it's a good idea to also register your old name, so that you don't end up with somebody grabbing your old name and pretending to be you. - DJF
Yeah. I will do that today. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Stephen Francoeur
The reddit AMA with Tim Berners-Lee is fun.
Did somebody go "DUDE DRM WTF?" Hey, a girl can hope. - RepoRat
Who? Never heard of him. - Akiva
Mr. WorldWide, Akiva. - Not Me
P A N T S - Akiva
excellent. - RepoRat
"I think you just got burned on the web by its inventor. Very cool." - Micah
Al Gore was there? - Laura Norvig from iPhone
Sarah G.
RT @simoncan: Screenshot of amazon integration w/ library catalog. (via reddit). Anyone know how it works?
That's the Library Extension for Chrome. - Stephen Francoeur
"What’s become even more apparent to me is that everything that is online/linked to from the library website is considered the website." WORD. - Zamms
This even includes EBSCO. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Yep! "Why can't you do this?" "I'll need to talk to the vendor." "Oh, you can't fix that yourself?" "No..." - Zamms
I'd like to fix Elsevier. - Joe - Systems Analyst
And how! - Stephen Francoeur
"fix" - DJF
Stephen Francoeur
Nicholas Schiller, "One Shocking Tool Plus Two Simple Ideas That Will Forever Change How You Share Links," ACRL TechConnect Blog -
Pull quote: “If we want to share information without donating our online reputation to the information’s owner, we can use to generate a link that does not improve their search engine ranking. If we want to go a step further, we can link to a cached version of the page or share a screenshot.” - Stephen Francoeur
Stephen Francoeur
Jie Zhang and Nevin Mayer, "Proactive chat reference," College and Research Libraries News -
Pull quote: “These data indicate that for the period between October 2012 and March 2013, our trigger-initiated chats are more reference and research related than are our patron-initiated chats; while our patron-initiated chats are more direction oriented. Clearly, for us, the initiation of a business model with trigger-initiated chat reached students online with complex research questions, who might not have otherwise known where to go for help.” - Stephen Francoeur
This? is WAY more amazing than anything I ever do at work:
How does he DO it? - lris
What font is that? - Joe - Systems Analyst
dude! - Marie
by the end I was wondering why the other dude even bothered with the stick thing. - Catherine Pellegrino
Moral support. - lris
*jaw drops* I'm also impressed that he managed to never step on the wet paint. - Betsy
That's a thing of beauty. - Stephen Francoeur
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