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Zamms
People of LSW using Primo: what kind of usage reports are you getting? ASKING FOR A FRIEND!
Our Primo admin is out and my login isn't working, so I got nothin'. - Kirsten
Hey, our login isn't working either! We get emailed weekly search stats that just lists "local searches" and "ds searches" which is not really enough detail. - Zamms
Kirsten, if you don't mind me asking, what sort of access do you have? We had a login to a site, which stopped working and Ex Libris seems to have given up on fixing the problem. - Zamms
I've now got the ability to see reports in our Primo instance (and still seem to have access to Summon stats too even though our subscription ended last month). Here is a screenshot of reports available in Primo: http://screencast.com/t... One thing that I really don't like is that if you want to scoop up all the search queries used in a given time period, you have to run a series... more... - Stephen Francoeur
Zamms: We've recently switched to hosted (NA01 server, says the URL) but as far as I know there's not been anything wrong with the back-end site itself. Primo admin still on her well-deserved vacation, so I still can't ask her about it. - Kirsten
Thanks, everyone! - Zamms
laura x
APB out on Big Thomas, Little Thomas, and Percy at Casa X this morning. Please let us know if you see them.
Sir Topham Hat is going to be RIGHT PISSED at those shirkers. - Stephen Francoeur
Turns out both Thomases were in the car. Peter found Percy, so I assume he hid him on purpose. Rascal. - laura x from iPhone
I am interested in knowing why he'd hide Percy on purpose, but I know Toddler X has his mysteries. - kendrak
Stephen Francoeur
Chris Zammarelli, "On a Need to Know Basis," Chris Zammarelli - http://chris.zammarelli.com/on-a-ne...
Pull quote: “That is going to be our biggest challenge moving forward, because, while the hard numbers can be impressive, they don’t measure the impact the resources have had on our users. And that is really what is going to show the value of our services.” - Stephen Francoeur
I really need to do an actual library blog. This is making me look like an EGOMANIAC. Which I am, but still... - Zamms
Lily
Are there any business/marketing databases that show, within a company profile, a visual hierarchical employee tree that goes further down than executives and directors?
Helping a student look for common job titles of entry and mid-level employees at specific companies in the advertising field. Have tried Hoover's, Mergent, LexisNexis, & Plunkett without getting at quite what he's looking for. - Lily
I can't think of any, because those are the levels that have to get reported in SEC filings. There may be something, but I'm not coming up with a name - let me poke at the Wharton db's and see if the name jumps out - ellbeecee
so, library databases:nothing jumps out from the Wharton list. There might be something through the Bloomberg terminal PEOPLE (or maybe BIO?) function, but it's not going to be a visual hierarchy. - ellbeecee
Yeah, I talked about using Ferguson's and OOH to look at related job titles and actual postings, but he's worried that they're too far up the pole, I guess. We even found something called hierarchystructure.com that has charts of related job titles...problem is they don't show any companies specifically. I may have to tell him he's as close as he can get. - Lily
Seems like "company hierarchy" usually refers to the structure of the organization and subsidiaries, if it's gonna be visual at all. Just making sure I was covering all my bases--I appreciate the help! - Lily
There are some people who mine LinkedIn for this sort of data. One could get job titles and descriptions, but probably not a reporting tree. - Joe
Yellow books? Maybe not - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Can you do something with linked in? - Christina Pikas from iPhone
I think the student has all the tools he needs to put together the pieces of this and was mostly hoping for a more direct route. He said he'd printed some company information from LinkedIn, but didn't seem to want to continue with it, so we left it there for the day. - Lily
Daniel Russell noted a couple of org chart websites I hadn't heard of before that might be useful: http://searchresearch1.blogspot.com/2014... - Stephen Francoeur
aaron
A sneak peak at our Libguides V2 with search modified for "bento style" (Summon API fuels catalogue, Articles and our suggestions boxes)
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Did you have to work with Springshare to alter the LibGuides search box functionality like that? - Stephen Francoeur
Nope. It's basically css/html you add to the search template "search page layout". The hard part was to manipulate the Summon API. Requires a server to host yr script (edited to avoid confusion "Server side") - my colleague used php. If you have questions, I can relay them to my colleague who did the work. I am sure he wouldnt mind sharing. We did ask Springshare about *their* API for... more... - aaron
When you say server-side, which server? and will it work through https? - Aaron the Librarian
As in you need to run an independent script on your own server. I think the scripts send your api key etc to the Summon server, get back results in json etc. Then parse back the results to appear on the Libguides Search page. I know he used and adapted this http://libx.lib.vt.edu/service... . - aaron
thanks for the clarification and the link *plots madly* - Aaron the Librarian
Wow. Thanks for this! I don't kno if we'll be able to do it here, but now it's a goal! - lris
Stephen Francoeur
Wayne Bivens-Tatum, "The Best that Can be Done," Academic Librarian - http://blogs.princeton.edu/librari...
Pull quote: “Really? That’s it? The best that can be done? Make me create an account, login to that account, install a plugin I shouldn’t need to read a PDF, fail to give me a PDF that I can read, and then tell me to go follow some special instructions and change browsers to view a file format I should be able to view with any standard browser. That’s the best that can be done?” - Stephen Francoeur
Surprised he didn't post it under the Annoyed Librarian moniker this time. - Holly's favorite Anna
Well, because this time, he has a point. (ducks and runs) - Catherine Pellegrino
I thought that Wayne wasn't one of the ALs. Where has this gossip been hiding? - Joe
I had come to the conclusion a long time ago that Wayne was the AL, and shared it with some people. Seems likely others arrived at that same conclusion, too. In my case, someone that I had talked with ended up calling Wayne out publicly on a way that made it clear that I was the source of the rumor, which embarrassed me. Wayne denied it, for the most part. I no longer have an opinion, and regret getting wrapped up in it at the time. - Steele Lawman from Android
Just to clarify, I don't know (or not know) (or care, really) whether Wayne is the AL. My sense was that the question of his relationship to the AL wasn't resolved, so I was riffing off that, and also taking a potshot at the AL that I probably shouldn't have taken. - Catherine Pellegrino
I wish his blog was called Bivens-Tatum Overdrive. That is all. - Zamms
Yep. Zamms wins this one. :) - Catherine Pellegrino
I assume that all of the cranky "get off my lawn" older bloggers are one of the voices of the AL, if not just acolytes. - Holly's favorite Anna
It would be easy enough for a younger blogger to channel an older cranky mindset. That is fun to do if you are anonymous. Not that I would know much about that. - Joe
Catherine Pellegrino
There are too many reasons to love this to pieces: "This Sat. @11am B&N book shops across the U.S. will teach your kids how to infringe on my copyright." https://twitter.com/The_Pig...
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I love Mo Willems . Saw him at a lecture a couple of years ago where he taught us all to draw the pigeon and told us all the stories he receives from children who are blatantly copying/infringing and how it's he started as well (drawing peanuts, Calvin etc) before figuring out his own art style. - Hedgehog from Android
Love this! - Stephen Francoeur
I heard an interview with him on NPR where he talked about how he specifically designed the Pigeon to be something that a kid could draw. It was hilarious, because he was going on in the happiest possible way about how he *wanted* kids to infringe on his copyright. - Catherine Pellegrino
There's a page in Don't Let The Pigeon Finish This Activity Book* where he lays out the steps just like in the sign pictured above, too. (*Highly recommended for any 4-8-year-olds in your life.) - Catherine Pellegrino
~Courtney F
Today's stumper reference question... There were many important and impactful Civil Rights organizations (e.g., SNCC, SCLC, NAACP, CORE). Which group had the most significant and long-lasting contributions to advancing racial equality? (I expect you to compare and contrast the impact of at least 3 key Civil Rights organizations in arguing your...
point.) I have found sources that have a lot of information about these different organizations but I am having a hard time finding really useful information regarding their long-lasting impact. I think I mostly need help figuring out how to condense my search to find sources that more specifically talk about that." - ~Courtney F
I would be inclined to tell the person to examine the orgs' histories for evidence of impact, I guess? - RepoRat
i'm thinking also that this student needs to figure out what counts as impact - ~Courtney F
This is not a great thesis, imo. As you say, Courtney, the student needs to make a more specific argument that is suppotable by evidence. - maʀtha
yeah...it's a freshman paper :) hopefully, the research appointment will help with the thesis - ~Courtney F
Yeah, that's a book, not a research paper. Sheesh. Courtney, you're right about the student having to first figure out what they mean by "impact." - Stephen Francoeur
The challenge won't be finding sources, it will be focusing and then digging deep into the material. Also, lots of primary documents available on Web. - maʀtha
FWIW, you can keep yourself pretty busy in America: History & Life by putting the name of one group in the first search box and something like this in the 2nd box: effective* or impact* or legacy - Stephen Francoeur
And what Martha says is absolutely true. I think the student's performance on this project depends more on analysis of sources than on finding the perfect sources (which likely don't exist or would only be known to someone who's already an expert scholar on the topic area). - Stephen Francoeur
This looks interesting (and the author is a known expert). LITWACK, LEON F. "Fight The Power!" The Legacy Of The Civil Rights Movement." Journal Of Southern History 75.1 (2009): 3-28. America: History & Life. Web. 18 Nov. 2014. - Stephen Francoeur
Wondering if Opposing Viewpoints might be better source for a freshman to start with. - Stephen Francoeur
Also, so many great books on this. Books will help with context. - maʀtha
This is a crazy assignment for a freshman. What are the assigned readings for the class? - Laura Krier
i'm not sure - i didn't get a copy of the syllabus - but it sounded like several books at least. - ~Courtney F
Stephen Francoeur
Aaron Schmidt, "Developing a Service Philosophy," The User Experience - http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2014...
Pull quote: “Of these requisites, library staff might impact the user experience the most. After all, library workers are often the vehicle though which library service is delivered. And while an unusable website might be frustrating, a lousy customer service inter­action has the potential to do some serious damage to the library–member relationship. Humans are social creatures, and we all react emotionally to face-to-face encounters. What’s more, we’ve all had memorable customer service experiences—both good and bad—and have felt how that affects us.” - Stephen Francoeur
aaron
So what does everyone think of Flipster. Possibility of getting Time, Newsweek, Fobes, Fortune, Businessweek, Foreign affairs etc http://flipster.ebsco.com/browse-...
Not impressed. May be more useful to public libraries where users are likely to want to browse popular magazines than students at an academic library are. - Stephen Francoeur
What Stephen said. Seems like they're going after Zinio more than BrowZine - ~Courtney F
Courtney definitely they going for Zinio rather than Browzine. But don't your academic users ask for Time,Newsweek, Fobes etc on tablet? Mine do. I would think in terms of usage many more (think UG) will flock to Flipster than browzine :) Of course I agree most of the offerings do seem more suitable for Public libraries but there's a small bunch that might be worth it. - aaron
I've never heard users ask for magazines on a tablet. But they do want app/tablet subscriber access to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and sometimes the Economist. We're only able to do the NY Times as app through the Academic Pass service all of CUNY signed up for this year: http://guides.newman.baruch.cuny.edu/newyork... - Stephen Francoeur
How much did that NYT access cost CUNY at large? - Aaron the Librarian
Nope, I've never been asked for popular magazine or newspaper access on a tablet, whether through their app or other methods. - ~Courtney F
NYT access cost? I dunno. I think we got a really good deal, as I can't imagine us having the funds for anything other than a bargain. - Stephen Francoeur
marlene
What are the best goodies you've ever had (or wish to have) at conferences ? Not particularly library- oriented.
I may be the goodies person for a tedx conference next year, so I'm looking for inspiration... thanks ! - marlene
In the early 1990s, when I was still in publishing and worked our company's booth at the American Psychiatric Association meeting, I remember getting a pen from from a pharma company that looked like a syringe (it even had colored liquid inside). - Stephen Francoeur
When I helped organize Library Camp NYC in 2007, we ordered custom printed moleskine notebooks like this: https://c2.staticflickr.com/4... - Stephen Francoeur
The tedxs I've been to, we've had the standard fare of pens and notebooks. Other conference swag has included t-shirts, coffee mugs, hats, flashing programmable pins. Sharice Collins of the IOP might be able to say what the most popular is. - Joe
From romance conferences, here's the stuff I still use: a foldable fan, magnet clips that I use as chip clips, Chico bags, and pens that double as a stylus. - Katie
I like the bags that fold into their own pocket or carrying case. I still have one in my purse (and use it regularly) from a conference several years ago. - ~Courtney F
The fan might be a good idea if it's summertime and the air conditioning conks out. (Of course, if you do give out fans, it will be freezing inside.) - bentley
I got a little (3x3?) hardbound thing full of various post-it note sizes a while back, and I love it. I am also a big fan of small hardbound notebooks, especially if they have short pens attached. - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
USB drives, USB car chargers, stylus pens. I see my tech is showing. - Jenica
A USB drive that comes pre-loaded with the speakers' slides would be perfect. - DJF
Yes! That's definitely my favorite. - Regular Amanda
USB batteries? (e.g. Anker batteries) I've started carrying one of those and I'd totally pick one up if someone was offering one. I never have enough phone/tablet charge at a conference - Hedgehog
Seconding USB drive with slides, and the USB battery. Both are very useful. - Kirsten
Keychain flashlight! - Meg VMeg
I got a simple backpack at a conference that was unadorned with ads but was a bright lime green, so it still served the immediate purpose of being able to find other conference goers in the city. Also, I managed to score a small blanket at said conference which was also great. - copystar
The 25th Army Library Institute handed out a high-quality bag with zippers, pockets, etc., that turns out to be perfect for my wife's notebook (or mine, but I never travel with mine). Heavily branded, but a great/useful gift. - Walt Crawford
One of my favorites was a t-shirt - but this was special in that it was actually a woman's tee (and not a skintight one either) that is comfortable and flattering. I've NEVER seen a woman's tee at a conference. - Grumpator
When I do my liveblogging thing I actively go on the hunt for any vendor who might have a squeezy ball or some such, to ward off RSI. More generally I do also pick up nice pens. USB drives are about the most technologically advanced giveaway NZ conferences tend to get outside of the "enter your business card to win an iPad" things. Oh, and one particular vendor is famous for licorice allsorts. Calendars with cats? - Deborah Fitchett
Ooh wait I forgot the real best was a laser pointer. Use them for your powerpoints, use them to torment your cats, the possibilities are endless. - Deborah Fitchett
Swedish fish and M&Ms are my favorite snacks that ER&L puts out. - Holly's favorite Anna
Thanks a lot everybody ! - marlene
I got a portable hard disk once. Not a library conference though. - aaron
Stephen Francoeur
NYTimes: At College Where Alumni Pockets Are Shallow, a Struggle to Raise Money http://nyti.ms/1BpJr5U
NYTimes: At College Where Alumni Pockets Are Shallow, a Struggle to Raise Money http://nyti.ms/1BpJr5U
I loved this article. - Meg VMeg
Pull quote: "The plight of community colleges has not captured the interest of the wealthy donor class, where the narrative of the young child plucked from poverty and channeled through a system that will get him to Princeton and repackage him in the image of his benefactors has proved to be so mythically compelling. In 2012, more than twice as much money — $297 million — was awarded to... more... - Stephen Francoeur
It makes me wish I had more money or were better at fundraising. I am much more likely to give to these folks than to my alma mater. - Meg VMeg
You could come work for CUNY instead...that'd scratch that itch, I bet. - Stephen Francoeur
I knew Dean Dad would be all over this: http://suburbdad.blogspot.com/2014... - Catherine Pellegrino
Stephen Francoeur
18 Best Movies On Netflix You Haven't Yet Seen | A Good Movie to Watch http://j.mp/1vkegW4 via @instapaper
18 Best Movies On Netflix You Haven't Yet Seen | A Good Movie to Watch http://j.mp/1vkegW4 via @instapaper
Well, I have seen about 1/3 of them, but still, it was worth a peak at the list if only to find some films in Netflix streaming that are worth adding. - Stephen Francoeur
Joe
Joe
Philae landed on the comet three times. Good to see this update from S&T. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astrono...
Philae landed on the comet three times. Good to see this update from S&T. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/philae-lands-three-times-111220143/
Third time is always a charm. - Stephen Francoeur
Joe
Joe
Interesting tab with LJ content.
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I think you may have changed your browser settings so that tab length is at "I am twelve." - Stephen Francoeur
Funny, you were the one who alerted me to the event. - Joe
Stephen Francoeur
Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework http://j.mp/NMWd6V via @instapaper
Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework http://j.mp/NMWd6V via @instapaper
Fuck you, Atlantic (Guess who's helping his son with his math right now?) - Steele Lawman
My parents never helped, but they may not have known how :( :) :S ?? Steele, why does he need your help? What happens if he gets it wrong? Isn't that the teacher's job? #nochildren #vaguememories - Meg VMeg
now my folks are going to think they were trendsetters - jambina
There was a recent tv ad, part of Andrew Cuomo's campaign, where he appears to be helping his teenage daughter with homework, and I'm like, "There is no fucking way you remember calculus better than she understood it before you opened your mouth." - Meg VMeg
Yeah, I have had that talk with him, too, Meg. Like, "didn't you learn this today in class? Where are your notes?" Sometimes that resonates for him, sometimes not. - Steele Lawman
I think "fuck you, Atlantic," is a good general life principle, actually. - Catherine Pellegrino
I find my evenings go a lot better if I try to ignore Mr. 12yo when he's doing his homework (except to make sure he's actually doing it and not daydreaming). - Stephen Francoeur
Old mother's thought: if Steele had trouble with homework, it was my job to help him. If I just let him flop around, my feeling was that ignoring him would demonstrate to him that I didn't think it was all that important. I do have a teaching degree, though I only used it at home! Steele, ignore the Atlantic. Proud of you. And by "help" him, of course I don't mean do it for him while the kid does something else! Steele wouldn't do that, but I knew some parents who would and did. - Mama Lawson
<threadjack>Catherine: I like The Atlantic generally, but have realized that they have one essay each month that I've come to think of as the A**hole Essay (or linkbait if it's online). Sometimes it's the overlength essay, sometimes not.</threadjack> Steele: Oh well, you already got good advice from Mama L. anyway, so... - Walt Crawford
Whatever. I still called my mom when I was in college to run ideas by her when I was working on stuff. (Of course, sometimes asking my mom for help backfired... witness the time both of us ended up in tears when she tried to explain what "adjusted for inflation" meant or the time that the ending of The Last Battle and Plato (I think in Greek) were hauled out--it was two hours before I could get back to my geometry homework.) - laura x
Thanks for that link, RepoRat. "If x equals spending time making The Boy laugh and helping him learn, then I’m happy to solve for it," is a very corny line, but it's close to how I feel. - Steele Lawman
Dean Dad is one of my parenting heroes. - Catherine Pellegrino
I'm glad that was a congenial read, Steele. - RepoRat
The Atlantic ceased to have any credibility for me when they did had a "guest writer" promoting for-profit control of public schools. - Elizabeth Brown
Catherine Pellegrino
Academic librarians: a librarian at Mount Holyoke is doing a survey of social media use by academic librarians (link to Google form: http://t.co/ZqspdUl2bW). She lists a variety of popular social media platforms, but not Friendfeed. I think it would be interesting/fun/subversive to get a bunch of responses that write-in FF in the "other" category.
via: https://twitter.com/Amber_W... Also, it's not a badly-designed survey and she went through her IRB, so I'm inclined to help her out. - Catherine Pellegrino
heh. I took it this morning and absolutely put friendfeed in there. (and yes, the IRB thing was the first thing I made sure if. If there had been no IRB, I wouldn't have taken it. Because I'm a stickler for punishment. ;) ) - ellbeecee
I wish I'd saved my comment at the end; it was something to the effect of "social media is way more useful to me as a professional than the 'official' communication channels like listservs, ALA/ACRL communications, etc." except a little more diplomatic than that. - Catherine Pellegrino
Done. I found it odd that the survey didn't mention blogs either. I wrote in Friendfeed for the "other" option where I could but wish I could also have written in blogs somewhere, too (aside from the comments at the end of the survey). - Stephen Francoeur
What I found interesting was that the activities were limited to social media monitoring for work/professional org or personal. Much of my social media use is professional but not in the form of monitoring networks for my employer. Crowd-sourcing info sources, discussing e-resources, talking through research consultations--that's not personal interest, but professional, and it makes up the bulk of what I do on SM during the "workday." - kaijsa
Huh, I didn't read the questions that way, but now that I think about it, that might have been an underlying assumption of what the survey meant by work/professional use of social media. EDIT: I just went back, and the survey actually does specify: "'Professional activities' includes discussion of professional topics; image sharing through social media; information sharing; work on behalf of a committee; or work on behalf of your employer." - Catherine Pellegrino
I did find it odd that there was one question where, if you don't monitor social media for your work/professional org, there was no way to answer the question accurately. - Catherine Pellegrino
Yeah, but info sharing, etc. isn't exactly on behalf of my employer. I don't think of monitoring social media as the same thing as using social media, either. And yes, for that one questions that didn't have a correct answer for me, I marked other and used the comment to say "I do not do this." It's not a great survey. - kaijsa
Sarah G.
Just realized that I got my MLS in 2005 which is almost ten years ago which means I guess I'm not a newbie #librarian anymore. #libraries
I also got mine in 2005. *cheers* - Marie
I got mine in 06! - Sir Shuping is just sir
1995. Old ---> - LB's never Kippled from Android
Oh, we're degree twins! And I still feel like a newbie. - lris from Android
*clutches her 2004 pearls at the shocking naïveté of these newcomers* - Catherine Pellegrino from iPod
2004 here, and I hit that conclusion recently too. - ellbeecee
2016 here... ;) - WebGoddess
Class of 2005 fistbump! *g* - RepoRat
*shakes cane at the whippersnappers* - LB's never Kippled from Android
2002! - Christina Pikas from iPhone
December 2000. *Just barely* last century. - bentley
*sobs into an afghan* - LB's never Kippled from Android
but I did that whole internal auditor thing before library school, LB - ellbeecee
2000, but 37 when I got it, so old. - John Dupuis
January of 2005. Yup. - Hedgehog
December 2003. Close to 10 yrs at current job, which is weird. - ~Courtney F
August 2005. *fistbump* - Jaclyn aka spamgirl from Android
Oh, 1998. I'm with you, LB. Lemme just get mah ear-horn. - Julie Kane
Courtney, I'm coming up on 5 at GSU next summer, which astounds me. This is the longest I've ever worked anywhere. Or lived anywhere since undergrad. Every day is a new personal best. ;) - ellbeecee
2005, at the age of 35. - Pete
This would be a good article - class of 2005 ten years on. We all came into it right at the point where Web 2.0 started to get big and the idea of user generate content on the web (and the web itself and thus information) became much more prevalent and accessible. iPods existed, but not smart phones, really. No kindles. If someone said App I'd think they were trying to be cool in saying Apple. - Sarah G.
December 1999. I'm a 20th century librarian! - Stephen Francoeur
Obviously, I am not a librarian. "Masters of Library Sciences" (or whatever MLS stands for in this case) was the 3rd thing that came to mind when I saw the acronym. Major League Soccer was the first (which made absolutely no sense), and then the usage of MLS within real estate was the second (no idea what it stands for in that usage, though). - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
(Multiple Listing Service - but our MLS' are the cool ones. ;) ) - ellbeecee
2002 at the age of 32! - Sarah from iPhone
Stephen Francoeur
Stumper question from a prof: say you wanted to track over time the rise and fall of a specific word on the web on an annual basis, is there way to do that? Can you get a set of Google search results from 2001, 2002, 2003, etc.? I realize the very nature of the question is highly problematic, as the number of sites on the web grows exponentially.
Google's advanced search that lets you limit by custom date range doesn't give you a count (and I know that those counts are themselves estimates from Google anyway). Trying to help this prof but have a feeling what he wants to do really can't be done exactly. - Stephen Francoeur
Does Google Trends have an advanced option that would let you do this? - Hedgehog
I think you used to be able to do this with Google Trends, but you can't anymore. - Meg VMeg
Dunno. I was just there poking around when I thought I'd come back to this thread. It seems like Google is more interested in sharing with you the rise/fall of search terms. - Stephen Francoeur
Also, maybe I'm misremembering. - Meg VMeg
Here's a report on searches for "obama" in 2004: http://www.google.com/trends... - Stephen Francoeur
There's a difference between number of searches for a word and number of results / frequency of the word, though. - DJF from Android
You can't even figure out how frequently the word is used *currently* on the web. That "About 23480000 results" figure is *wildly* inaccurate, and wildly *inconsistently* inaccurate, as demonstrated and discussed by countless Language Log posts the finding of whose URLs I leave as an exercise to the reader. - Deborah Fitchett
^^ Thanks, Deborah. "About" is one of those wonderful words... - Walt Crawford
I pretty much figured out from the get-go that my job when I first got this question was to prove a negative--there isn't any way to do this--but wanted to see what folks came up with in the way of alternatives. I need to get a better sense of why he wants this info, as maybe the search query data might also help him make the point he is aiming for. - Stephen Francoeur
Stephen Francoeur
Check out Helena Bonham Carter as the sad librarian in the video for this new song by Rufus Wainwright. http://www.vulture.com/2012...
"If Miss Honeychurch ever takes to live as she plays, it will be very exciting--both for us and for her." - Steele Lawman
I have been playing this over and over since yesterday. "Look at you, look at you, look at you / Suckers! Does your momma know what you're doing?" I want to re-make the video (starring me in the HBC role) in my library. - Steele Lawman
Do you think the skirt would fit you? - Stephen Francoeur
I want to see Steve do that. With those shoes. - Spidra Webster
This beats hearing her actually sing... - Zamms
BUMP - Steele Lawman
Hillarious! - maʀtha
and, yes, very much Miss Honeychurch - maʀtha
Lily
Very pleased to announce that in two weeks I'll be starting as a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Berkeley College in Midtown NYC! *official workforce-joining dance*
wooot and yay and congrats!!!! - Sir Shuping is just sir
congratulations! - RepoRat
congrats! - ellbeecee
Great! Make sure you check out METRO's great assortment of professional development opportunities when you get here. There's a lot going on, much of it free. http://metro.org/trainin... - Stephen Francoeur
Woohoooooo!!! - Kirsten
Congrats! Let me know when I can buy you a celebratory beverage! - Meg VMeg
Congrats! - Mary Carmen
Fantastic and congrats! W00t! - YvonneM
Congratumalations! - Catherine Pellegrino
Wowza! Congratulations! - laura x
Thanks for the support, everyone! You've now witnessed the making-of-librarian process from its humble beginnings at Iris's desk to gainful employment! - Lily
Huzzah! - barbara fister
Congratulations! - Jen
Congratulations!!! - Hedgehog
Congratulations! - Galadriel C.
marvelous news! - Marianne
Walt Crawford
Good news/bad news on my Semi-Random Reading Regimen (SRRR™): Good: After giving up on Thomas Pynchon part way into Mason & Dixon, I tried the newer Inherent Vice...and liked it quite a bit. Less good: Tried to read Gene Wolfe's Urth of the New Sun (years after I read The Book of the New Sun)...and gave up after 100 pages or so.
Library subnote: When I turned in Inherent Vice, a librarian or staff member waved me over to the circ desk because "the dragon"--the returns reader & belt--was tied up. She saw it and said she liked it, and had also given up on Mason & Dixon. And not to bother with Pynchon's next novel... - Walt Crawford
I have never even started Mason & Dixon. I have decided that means I'm ahead of you. - laura x from iPhone
Yeah, I'd just skip right past it. Unless you're really, really fond of spelled-out dialects. Really, REALLY fond... apparently the problem with the other book she mentioned is that it stops without coming to any conclusions. - Walt Crawford
I tried to read Mason and Dixon two times and got about halfway through each time, so by my reckoning reading two halves equals one whole book. - Stephen Francoeur
You got halfway through? Twice? You're more persistent than I am... - Walt Crawford
lris
Happy birthday, Steele Lawman!
YES INDEED. - Zamms
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DUDE!!! - laura x
Keep on truckin, etc. - Stephen Francoeur
VOTE FOR STEELE TODAY. (and happy birthday!) - Catherine Pellegrino
wait, what is Steele running for? - RepoRat
President of Awesometown. Happy Birthday, buddy! - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
Happy Birthday Steve! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Happy birthday! - John (bird whisperer)
Happy birthday! - Marianne
cheers! enjoy your day. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Happy birthday, Steve! - Pete
Happy birthday to a legend in his time.. - Steven M. Cohen
Happy Birthday Steve! - Hedgehog
Happy birthday! - Jen
Vote #1 Steele for birthdayness! - Meg VMeg
BIG HUGS - maʀtha
Happy birthday! - LB's never Kippled
Happy Bday - Steve C Team Marina
Happy birthday!!! - Galadriel C. from Android
happy birthday steve! - Sir Shuping is just sir
Happy birthday!!! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Hope you enjoyed your day :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
THANK YOU EVERYONE. MY BIRTHDAY WAS CAPS LOCK ALL THE WAY. I REALLY APPRECIATE YOU ALL, WITH A SPECIAL SHOUTOUT TO OUR FAVORITE LURKER, STEVEN FUCKING COHEN, AND TO THE INCOMPARABLE IRIS. - Steele Lawman
YAY FOR ALL CAPS!!!! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Happy Belated Birthday, Steele - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Many happy (belated) returns - Megan loves summer
Another place for me to extend happy birthday wishes! And you'll have to tell me sometime the story of lurker Steven Fucking Cohen. Love you, Steele. - Mama Lawson
Hi mom! SFC was a pillar of the library blog community back in the day, and very active on FriendFeed in the early times. Now he seems to just pop in a few times a year, just to remind us that he's still out there. In this photo from a million years ago, Steven has his head on my shoulder: https://flic.kr/p/4E2YNK - Steele Lawman
That's a great photo. - bentley
Mama Lawson TYPED THE F WORD! I love Mama Lawson. - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Happy belated all caps f'ing birthday, man o'steele - barbara fister from iPhone
*faints while clutching pearls* - lris
Wow. Remember Flickr? - laura x
Oh, Barry, I washed my hands after I typed it. - Mama Lawson
Mom wins again. - Steele Lawman from Android
I love it when Steele gets p0wned by his mom. :D - Catherine Pellegrino
Stephen Francoeur
Stephanie Gioia, "Card Decks: Tactile Tools for Pattern Finders, Integrative Thinkers, and Inspiration Seekers," UX Magazine - http://uxmag.com/article...
Pull quote: “What gives card decks this unique power to create new meaning in the world? The basis of visual thinking is the analysis (i.e., disaggregation) of a complex idea into “nodes”, followed by the synthesis (i.e., reintegration) of those “nodes” through “links” into a new meaningful whole. At the most basic level, cards are “nodes” in search of “links.” In personal creative practice, card decks are a powerful problem-solving tool because we often know the parts of a problem or solution, but we don’t yet know how they fit together in an insightful way. Decks are a way for us to hold those nodes in creative tension until a pattern emerges.” - Stephen Francoeur
That'd be a hoot to use those in a study of students. - Stephen Francoeur
This is totally not a library: http://www.deckaholic.com/library... #nitpick - Meg VMeg
Stephen Francoeur
Jacob Berg, "On 'Pitching' and What Goes Unmentioned," BeerBrarian - http://beerbrarian.blogspot.com/2014...
Pull quote: “There’s too much agency, too much bootstrapping, too much of what is basically the respectability politics of library advocacy (“if only I had pitched better!”). And while that’s important, sometimes it doesn’t matter how well you pitched, because it’s not up to you.” - Stephen Francoeur
Dude, you are on a roll (or FF is suddenly dumping all your Tumblr stuff here) - Meg VMeg
I'm chipping away this morning at a huge backlog of posts and articles in my Instapaper account. - Stephen Francoeur
Stephen Francoeur
Chris Zammarelli, "Measurement Points" Chris Zammarelli - http://chris.zammarelli.com/measure...
Pull quote: “So what is the most reliable indicator of usage? I’m putting a lot of reliance on our makeshift Google Analytics page views solution, but as you can guess, clicking on a link to a resource does not mean the resource was used. I can unscientifically correlate our sessions with other usage data, like searches and full-text downloads, and it feels like it all ties in together. Not the most compelling argument to make to anyone who holds the purse strings.” - Stephen Francoeur
Stephen Francoeur
Kevin Smith, "Free speech, fair use, and affirmative defenses," Scholarly Communications @ Duke - http://blogs.library.duke.edu/scholco...
Pull quote: “When we say something is an affirmative defense, all we are doing is indicating how it would be raised in litigation. Many of our most cherished freedoms would be raised as affirmative defenses. So we must resist the urge to allow ourselves to be frightened by that phrase or to accept arguments intended to make fair use seem odd, unusual, or risky. Fair use is no more unusual or dangerous than free speech is.” - Stephen Francoeur
Stephen Francoeur
Richard Van Noorden, Brendan Maher, and Regina Nuzzo, "The top 100 papers," Nature - http://www.nature.com/news...
Pull quote:” The colossal size of the scholarly literature means that the top-100 papers are extreme outliers. Thomson Reuter’s Web of Science holds some 58 million items. If that corpus were scaled to Mount Kilimanjaro, then the 100 most-cited papers would represent just 1 centimetre at the peak. Only 14,499 papers — roughly a metre and a half’s worth — have more than 1,000 citations (see ‘The paper mountain’). Meanwhile, the foothills comprise works that have been cited only once, if at all — a group that encompasses roughly half of the items.” - Stephen Francoeur
Stephen Francoeur
Maura Smale, "Digging Into Institutional Data," ACRLog - http://acrlog.org/2014...
Pull quote: “Reader, I nearly missed dinnertime as I fell down the rabbit hole of the survey results. It’s a fascinating look at student data points at the 19 undergraduate institutions that make up the university. There’s the usual info you’d expect from the institutional research folks — how many students are enrolled at each college, part-time vs. full-time students, race and ethnicity, and age, to name a few examples. But this survey asks students lots of other questions, too. How long is their commute? Are they the first in their family to attend college? How many people live in their household? Do they work at a job and, if so, how many hours per week? How often do they use campus computer labs? Do they have access to broadband wifi off-campus? If they transferred to their current college, why? How do they prefer to communicate with faculty and administrators?” - Stephen Francoeur
Meg VMeg
"Reminder: Leaving early @ Annually from 4pm to 6pm on October 31"
It's a freaking jungle out there. - Meg VMeg
It makes me wonder how I keep from going under. - Stephen Francoeur
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