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Stephen Francoeur
A Scourge Is Spreading. M.T.A.’s Cure? Dude, Close Your Legs. , via @nytimes
A Scourge Is Spreading. M.T.A.’s Cure? Dude, Close Your Legs. , via @nytimes
Didn't you love that old slogan? "Hit him again, lady. We don't like door-blockers either." - Meg VMeg from Android
Yes, that was awesome. And my exact sentiment. - Stephen Francoeur
Steele Lawman
I hope you will join me in wishing Mama and Pop Lawson a happy 49th anniversary!
Happy anniversary, Mama Lawson and Pop Lawson! - bentley
Happy anniversary! - Marianne
Happy anniversary! - Catherine Pellegrino
Happy anniversary! I think that cake is bigger than both of you! - laura x
Happy anniversary! - ellbeecee
Congratulations! - Stephen Francoeur
Happy anniversary!!! - lris
Happy anniversary to them! - Pete
Happy Anniversary! It's a great time of year for those (my parents are celebrating their 49th tomorrow). - Katy S from iPhone
Happy anniversary, Lawsons! (It's funny, Katy, my aunt & uncle will have their 49th this month, too.) - Corinne L
Also, that's a great wedding photo! Congrats! - Katy S from iPhone
Congrats to Pop and best wishes to Mama! - Mary B: #TeamMonique
Happy Anniversary! :) - AHnix (Anna Haro)
Happy anniversary! - Meg VMeg from Android
Happy anniversary, Mama L! - The First NoeLB from Android
Thank you all! - Mama Lawson
It's Laurax's birthday!!!!!
happy day! - ellbeecee
Happy Birthday Laura X!! - Hedgehog
happy birthday Ms X!! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
happy birthday! - RepoRat
Many happy returns of the Xday! - Lily
Happy birthday :-) - Pete from FFHound(roid)!
X marks the birthday. - ♫Maurice the Trainer♫
Happiest birthday to my dear friend and very favorite Laurax! May this year bring you perfect steaks, lots of sleep, and good writing time. - maʀtha
Happy birthday, Laura! - Steele Lawman
Happy birthday, comrade! - kendrak
Happy birthday! - Jen
Happy day and happy birthday too! - Galadriel C.
happy happy happy! - Jenica
Happy birthday, fellow Laurabrarian! - The First NoeLB
Have a glass of wine. No, not that size, a BIG glass of wine. You deserve it. - Stephen Francoeur
An extremely happy birthday to you! - Catherine Pellegrino
Thank you, one and all! - laura x
Happy Birthday! - Katy S
Happy birthday! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
LSW roll call! Go!
I especially encourage those who might be quietly reading out there or might be new to say howdy. - maʀtha
👋 - Julian
Martha, medlib in an academic library with strong focus on serving external community as well as the university. Dark chocolate, yes anchovies on pizza, don't call me on the phone, dogs love me, cats not so much, I like winter. - maʀtha
Dorothea, instructor in a library school. Dark chocolate, vegetarian pizza hold the mushrooms, PLEASE don't call me, cat person, winter's okay except when it's injurious. - RepoRat
Jenica, director of two academic libraries at a small SUNY in upstate new york, and coordinator of our campus's upcoming bicentennial celebrations. Dark chocolate (intense orange is my jam), pizza is best with pepperoni, i only answer the phone for family, my dog weighs more than my child and my cats combined, and I live in the land of perpetual winter so I try not to whine. - Jenica
Science & engineering librarian at York University in Toronto, the largest university you've never heard of. Currently on sabbatical. Interested in open access and its related ideas. As well as sf, horror, mysteries, popular science writing, classic rock, blues, jazz and related genres. Oh yeah, a strange obsession with science-themed graphic novels. - John Dupuis
Laura, middle management at a public library (dear God, how did that happen?). Dark chocolate. I am actually sick of pizza. I envy you people who can get away without using the phone. I love winter, and I am getting a new winter coat for the first time in 22 years. - laura x
Catherine, reference & instruction librarian at Saint Mary's College. No, not that St. Mary's. The other one. No, not that one either. The one that's across the street from Notre Dame. Pizza: yes. Chocolate: yes. New cat: yes. Winter: yes. Dumbphone: yes. - Catherine Pellegrino
Julian, working for a major vendor (not in Libraryland; hint: think about bridges...). Apizza > pizza, good dark chocolate (of course), Android, Linux, likes other people's cats. I take your calls every day. I like October. - Julian
Christina. Librarian in a research lab and phd student. Any kind but white chocolate is fine with me. Have a big dog and toddler twins. - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Mary Carmen, former academic library administrator. I now manage the care and feeding of one small human and am currently incubating another one. I actually never answer my phone. Sesame Street is my jam. If the television is on, it's tuned to Sprout. When I can actually eat food, pizza is number one, although I've been very into bagels lately. Dark chocolate. 3 cats. I miss winter. - Mary Carmen
Hello lurker Martha! *waves* - maʀtha
Walt, mostly-retired (except for research/writing) former library professional/non-librarian. Omnivore. Dark chocolate. Landline phone if we recognize the number (the flipphone's almost never on). Mild OCD-like attitude on providing facts to flesh out OA and other debates. My 15 minutes were about 20 years ago. Two cats. California native and enjoy the weather (esp. if we get more rain/snow this year). - Walt Crawford
Good work, people! I would like to hear from more usual and unusual suspects, please. - maʀtha
Sarah, currently Scholarly Communications Librarian at large public research university but soon to be Associate Dean at large private research university library. All chocolate except bad chocolate. My spouse and I make our own sausage. Three cats and a dog. And let's just say that I'm very happy to be moving about as far south as you can go in the US! Also, hate the phone but am getting better at it because I have to. - Sarah
Congratulations, Sarah! Very cool. - maʀtha
Pete. Law and Social Sciences information adviser at Sheffield Hallam University. My main professional contribution is library themed silly songs. - Pete
Rochelle, adult public services manager at a public library. Cat wrangler. I have developed a bedtime ritual of listening to old episodes of Gunsmoke at I seldom stay awake to hear the ending, but it's very soothing. I get a huge kick out of supporting my staff in developing and implementing their awesome ideas. Migraines are my unfortunate jam. - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
Laura. Currently Team Leader for Social Science, Business & Education at large research university library. Come January 1, the Head, Research & Engagement with the same employer. No kids, no pets, no spouse, though I'd like a cat. I just haven't convinced myself to pay the pet deposit at my apartment complex. - ellbeecee
Laurabrarian tally 2 and counting! - maʀtha
Jaclyn - soon to be ex-electronic resources lib at large public teaching university. Dark chocolate, pizza (hold the anchovies), no pets unless you count the 2 children. In SoCal, where we get no winter (to our detriment). OA/accessibility reviews/diversity in libs are three things I'd like more of. - Jaclyn aka spamgirl
John. Assistant Director at largish public library. In charge of technology and stuff. Hugo award winner. Editor of the SFWA Bulletin. Aspiring writer. Not a fan of dark chocolate. Loves to cook (and eat). Mostly love winter but hate all the house upkeep it makes. - John: Thread Killer
Heather, collections strategy librarian at mid-sized Canadian university. Pizza and chocolate are dandy as long as I don't have to pay in USD. Medicated me will love your cats and dogs. Winter's also dandy but I need a new set of yak tracks. I'll pass on Gunsmoke: Terry Prachett audio books do the trick for me. - Heather
Rachel, medical librarian at Vanderbilt *until tomorrow* - then taking on directorship of medical library and biomed communications at ETSU. Will be paying a $600 pet deposit at the new place due to the 3 cats and 100lb dog. - Rachel Walden
Jason Fleming, Information Technology Librarian at a medium sized academic library - Mr. The Jason Fleming from Android
Stephen Francoeur, user experience librarian at a medium-sized public college in New York City. - Stephen Francoeur
Community college library director in the mitten. Chocolate is good. 3 dogs. Winter is good. - J. Marie B
Oh, hey, I'm on a committee which is trying to reach more community colleges with NLM resources. Ping me if interested in learning more. - maʀtha
Stephan!e, small branch library director at oldest public univ. in US. Likes *good* dark chocolate, cats, and pizza. Ordered $45 worth of pizza for student staffers tomorrow, along with therapy dogs. library interests = reference, promotion, journalism, PR, and interdisciplinary things. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Mita, user experience librarian from a mid-sized university in the rust-belt of Canada - but who knows what I will be when I return to work from sabbatical in January. I just talked for an hour for a webinar that no one attended. And it was still awesome :) - copystar
Rudy, currently an outreach & instruction librarian in Nevada. Feminist, vegetarian, foodie, speculative fiction, cats. Dark chocolate. Chicago pizza. Cheese. Library interests: outreach and engagement with campus, the role of liaisons, social science data users, social media and emerging technology in libraries. Looking to move into administration - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Lily, newly-minted, fresh-outta-library-school ref/instruction librarian at a medium-ish for-profit college in NYC. Pomegranates. Ask me about accessibility (universal design, library services to patrons with disabilities, assistive tech, etc.). - Lily
Maurice Coleman -- Master of Training and Speaking. Keynote and Speaker of Color for Hire. Trainer at Best Damn Public Library in Maryland. Host and Producer of Library Training Podcast T is for Training. Geek. Sports. Next week I start heading up our new Innovation Lab. Winter shoveling sucks. Any pizza is good pizza when served with a good beer. - ♫Maurice the Trainer♫
Marianne, circulation team coordinator at a small liberal arts college. I am also fresh outa library school, although for me it's more of a "fresh back from" since I did my degree online while still working at my current job (which I've had for about 4 years now, and a similar job at the same place for 3 before that). Pro-pizza, love all chocolate, but there's a lot of stuff I can't or... more... - Marianne
Definitely interested, Martha. - J. Marie B
Now I want pizza..... - Mary Carmen
Zamms, metadata librarian at an office in the international department of a large, well-known North American country. - Zamms from iPhone
Newbie systems librarian (former e-resources and serials) at large regional university in Oklahoma (yes, we have winter; no it isn't too bad, mostly). Learning the new ILS and my new job at the same time! Dark-dark chocolate (80%+) and cracker-thin-crust pizza are now topping the list of possibilities for my last meal. Yes, I'm suggestible. - Kirsten
Krista, web services librarian at a mid-sized university on a rock in the north atlantic (with our own half-time zone) - weelibrarian
But no halftime show - DJF from Android
*looks around for more lurkers* Come say hi, we're friendly, I swear! - maʀtha
Jen, e-resources/periodicals at medium midwest public university. Winter - no thank you. Pizza, yes please. Chocolate - dark. My mantra is "everything will be fine" because it will, of course. - Jen
Ruth, systems librarian for an astronomical observatory. I'm in Arizona, the observatory is under construction in Hawaii. Chocolate, coffee, pizza and beer: hell yes. Eggplant: hell no. Winter: I've heard of such a thing but not experienced it since I was a child, and I'm damn happy for that. Dogs, cats, child and multiple computers at homestead. Ask me about Drupal or PDM systems! - Ruth Kneale
Colleen, InfoLit Coordinator, Printer Whisperer, and General Purveyor of Awesome at CSU Channel Islands. Former 8-year Access Services/LibManagement wonk, reuniting with my original love for teaching and curriculum. Dog lover and slave to 2 basset hounds, Otto and Igor. Married to fellow ubernerd Jed, Lord of Comics and Pop Culture. I collect advanced degrees for fun (MA, MLS, MFA,... more... - ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
Joe, at the University of Denver. I even remember when the LSW was using the pre-FF Meebo Chat Room way back in 2008. - Joe
Another Laura, a/k/a LB. Associate Director for Special Collections at a private university in GA, so I'm more of an archivist, really. All pizza is fine as long as you hold the mushrooms and anchovies. All chocolate is welcome. Two dogs, but I will pet your cat. Winter is not a problem. I need to learn more about DSpace and institutional repositories, but I love my job. (I do not, however, love bureaucracy.) - The First NoeLB from Android
Jonathan, Head of IT at a mid-sized public university library in SoCal - the land of no seasons, also de facto web librarian and institutional repository manager. Moonlights as a brewer at local craft microbreweries, and free time spent as a youth soccer coach/ref. - jönαthaη
(All anybody needs to know about DSpace is RUN AWAY VERY VERY FAST.) - RepoRat
Deborah, sort-of-accidental systems librarian at small New Zealand university's combined library-and-teaching/learning/research-support dept (two of us supporting *all the systems*, occasionally getting in a bit of training as we go). Dark chocolate, all the pizza. Hot chocolate over coffee or tea, ginger beer over beer. (I don't mind a little alcohol with food if it tastes good but... more... - Deborah Fitchett
Laurabrarian Tally: 3 - maʀtha
(RepoRat: Not nearly as fast as one ought to run away from integrating DSpace and Elements.) - Deborah Fitchett
I see how it is, @DJF, you and your driveby snarking - maʀtha
(Also, I have eaten pizza with Martha. :D ) - The First NoeLB from Android
(TRUE!) - maʀtha
Meg, science librarian at a large research university. In my spare time, I teach data-related workshops here and there, in addition to a semester-long MLS course on data librarianship, and I also have a science-writing gig. Clearly I'm bad at hobbies. Beer? Beer. I also love snow. - Meg VMeg
Robin, Director of Technology at a regional system in Kansas. I also write books and teach Project Management at Library Juice Academy. Milk chocolate - any kind; carnivore toppings on my pizza, 2 dogs but I have a cat tattoo. I'm not a fan of winter, but not enough to move away from it. - WebGoddess
(Deborah: what a nightmarish idea. :/ ) - RepoRat
Betsy, newspapers and microfilm librarian at a large midwestern public library. Pizza yes, hold the olives. Like Deborah, hot chocolate over coffee or tea, ginger beer over beer. Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, it’s all good. I love winter. Currently dog-less, but hoping to remedy that in the next couple of years. Whovian since 1981. - bentley
Anali, Scholarly Communications/licensing librarian at a large research university. I live in Phoenix, I don't do winter. I love coffee, beer, pizza, but am middling on chocolate. 2 kids under 3 & 3 needy cats, but luckily I have a husband to help manage all the needs. - Grumpator from iPhone
Hi Anali! - maʀtha
Jeff, title-free community college librarian, stapler fondler, tweaker of borrowed scripts, support-ticket-enterer. Somebody is giving out dark chocolate? Ok. - JffKrlsn
Katie, collection development in a specialized division of a very well-known governmental library. Baking addict, yarn connoisseur, romance genre wonk. Lives part of her life as an alter ego. No pets or any other living things in my home, though I wouldn't mind some plants or a dog at some point. Chocolate, yes--though I prefer milk, and pizza as long as I have dairy pills handy. - Katie
Kathy, still in the "who the hell put me in charge?" phase of my career at an acad lib. App to Ed Leadership doc program submitted. Milk chocolate. Pizza is best made at home with friends to feed. I screen my calls. Winter is best with snow. Bouncy guard dog of a rat terrier, Link. H-son's broadening my parenting skillz with lots of new things this year: girlfriend, show choir, wrestling, and low interest in getting his learner's driving permit. - Kathy
(Btw, you don't have to share real names or job details or real anything, say hi anyway) - maʀtha
Jen. Information Technology librarian in the wilds of Maine. Longstanding fascination for 'how to have a better online life' (in terms of getting what you want out of it), computers, books, and organising all the things. (Also currently engaged in an epic knitting project.) One cat named Astra, one folk harp, and I am fond of chocolate that involves either coffee or hazelnut. - Jennifer Arnott
Beth/Elizabeth. Administrator at a medium-sized public university in upstate New York. Coffee: dark roast, chocolate: Cadbury's royal dark; cats: two; child: one; snow: OK but I don't have much choice; pizza: sausage and onions; beer: Spaten or a good Czech pilsner; hobbies: knitting (although in a dry spell right now) and cooking. I like to think of life as material for the ultimate movie comedy. - Elizabeth Brown
(Jen: I miss Maine. I get to go to Waterville in June for my 20th reunion and can't wait. :) ) - ellbeecee
Kaijsa, academic librarian at the only university in Wyoming. I have many titles to choose from, but mostly work with humanities, teach, and play with tech. Am an outgoing introvert. Love coffee, dark beer, white wine, and bourbon. Dark chocolate but into savery more than sweet foods. Am from the PNW and prefer to keep snow in the mountains and not town, but live at 7220 feet--so, you know. Snowshoeing is fun. Hobbies are reading, music, perfume, and being a smartass. - kaijsa
(This feels like an online dating profile.) - kaijsa
Abigail, medical librarian in Chicago. Lots of interest in Data. Compulsive knitter and drinker of tea. 2 cats and one Philosopher at home. Chocolate is always welcome, though I think white chocolate is weird. - Hedgehog
Kendra, transportation librarian in Berkeley. Likes data, policy, and research. Record collector and plucky left back. 2 guinea pigs and a computer chip maker. Chocolate is OK, but I prefer pickles. - kendrak
(I know, Kaijsa! Everyone is sticking with my format which I didn't intend to be a format) - maʀtha
Another Laura, web services librarian at Sonoma State. All the pizza and all the chocolate, yes, please now. Plus coffee. Plus beer. I like California winters, which are actually fall. Feminist bleeding heart liberal. I read and I sew and I knit. Is there anymore pizza? - Laura Krier
Courtney F., electronic and educational resources at Belmont U in Nashville. Pizza should not have vegetables on it at all. I run so I can eat what I like (and drink beer). Winter stinks because it's so gray all the time. I am librarychic around the web and have more hobbies than i can handle :) - ~Courtney F
Laurabrarian Tally: 4. Do we have a quorum yet? - maʀtha
I really feel like there are tribes of librarians, and I'm pretty sure the Lauras are one of them. Also the Jasons. - ellbeecee
(Martha: a friend used to call it a quarrelum.) - bentley
Katy. Supervising Librarian at smallish medium public lib. I work mostly in Adult and Children's services, but I've been known to work in Teen and Genealogy. I've also done some cataloging when one of the catalogers was out. I manage the Children's collection (doing most of the selecting, but i have a few selectors for other areas) and I select in the following areas for the adult collection: 000s, 400s, 500s, 600s, and sf/f. I also manage the blog. I'm the person they can put anywhere in a pinch. - Katy S
Oh yeah, I have no life. Chocolate is almost always appreciated. Servant to two cats. - Katy S
You people are awesome. Okay about the other >900 of you? Feel free to start making stuff up :D - maʀtha
Those other 900 may be making up their entire existence, judging the number of them posting weight loss tips... - Zamms
Andy,head of the reference department at a public library in NJ, very late to this thread, and the my boss's most frequently asked question of me in the six months i've worked there is "have you pissed off any librarians today?" (Usually yes, mostly on Twitter.) - Andy
Nancy, former systems librarian at a small, public, liberal arts college in FL.Currently "between jobs." Likes: dark chocolate, pizza (no mammal-based toppings except cheese, of course), vodka, cats & dogs, cool weather. Dislikes: bullies, humidity. LSW rocks! - Nancy Sp♠id
Galadriel, head of e-resources services at large university library in New England. Only very good and very dark chocolate; two cats; pizza with spinach, feta, and onions; leave a message and I might eventually call back for immediate reply, e-mail. I like all four seasons, am bummed that winter here is sans snow so far. - Galadriel C.
laura x
Happens to me once in a while. A reboot fixes it on my machine usually. - Stephen Francoeur
*sends provisions* - Julian
also someday I will stop yelling. - laura x
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Thinking about whether our library needs an entry in Wikipedia. Anyone have good examples of academic libraries with their own entries?
I would say the Geisel Library is a good example - - ellbeecee
Thanks! That is a good one. I found more by using the category link in Wikipedia for University and college academic libraries in the United States. - Stephen Francoeur
So I got one started for my library: - Stephen Francoeur
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Roger Schonfeld, "What Role(s) Should the Library Play in Support of Discovery?" Ithaka S R -
Pull quote: “It is hard for many of us to take a critical perspective on whether we are making the right level of investment today in a traditional strength like the library as search starting-point. But budgets are not unlimited and there are opportunity costs associated with these choices. For example, if librarians are holding on unduly to the search starting-point role, are they doing so at the expense of new discovery roles where the library’s impact might be greater? These choices have consequences for our communities and over time our libraries’ strategic position within them.” - Stephen Francoeur
Holly's favorite Anna
RT @kendrak: SUV at Telegraph and 49th turns into the crowd because they have places to be right now! #berkeleyprotests #walksafe
RT @kendrak: SUV at Telegraph and 49th turns into the crowd because they have places to be right now! #berkeleyprotests #walksafe
Don't trust SUVs (says this NYC pedestrian who daily dashes from speeding SUVs barreling through crosswalks and red lights). - Stephen Francoeur
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Here's an argument for letting students bring drinks into the library: if you don't, then they hide stuff in terrible places. "Vandalism and liquid cause near $20,000 in damages to books"
Of course, this case involves Bailey's Irish Cream, so I'm guessing students would hide that even if they were allowed to bring in coffee, soda, water, etc. - Stephen Francoeur
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SAGE email asked me to take a survey about them, so I let them have it in the comment sections regarding GSU lawsuit and open access FUD. Such fun for such an otherwise crummy day.
I suspect my name is going to get removed from the iPad Air drawing, though. - Stephen Francoeur
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Looking for source for Alan Kay quote: a computer is an instrument whose music is ideas. (Heard quote from @GardnerCampbell last week).
This book attributes the statement to: A. Kay, “Computer Software,” Sci. Am., 251 (1984): 53. - bentley
Thanks! It doesn't have the exact quote but I can see why someone might reference it in relationship to the quote. The person who I heard repeat the quote (Gardner Campbell) told me on Twitter he found it here: - Stephen Francoeur
A printer is a grenade whose shrapnel is paper jams. - Steele Lawman
holly #ravingfangirl
my @spotify Year in Music is... bananas. #badcalculations
Hehehe... - Bren - pseudo-Buddhist from iPhone
Mine's pretty crazy, too, but that's to be expected since I share it with my wife and two boys. - Stephen Francoeur
example: apparently artists/songs i listen to via a playlist are not counted in the overall top song/artist lists. as in, Butch Walker is #3. and you all know that ain't even close to right. - holly #ravingfangirl
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I know what I'll be watching this Sunday night. ‘The Librarians’ on TNT, Charged With a Special Collection
I know what I'll be watching this Sunday night. ‘The Librarians’ on TNT, Charged With a Special Collection
Lol, I've had to tell my parents 5 times that I'm not watching this with them when they visit. - Meg VMeg
Yeah, it's special, so you'll want to watch it in private. - Stephen Francoeur from Android
Exactly! - Meg VMeg
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5 Design Concepts for New York's Branch Library of the Future
5 Design Concepts for New York's Branch Library of the Future
Did you hear about the AHA panel? - Meg VMeg
I didn't. Tell us about it? - RepoRat
AHA panel? American Historical Association? - Stephen Francoeur
Yep, they're meeting here in early January - Meg VMeg
That would be a great session to attend. The person on the panel from the NY Times is the father of my younger son's best friend. He's written some great article on NYPL in the past few years. - Stephen Francoeur from Android
Do we get to lobby them about open access to dissertations? - RepoRat
You betcha. - Stephen Francoeur from Android
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One of the things I love the most about having an extensive network of friends on the computer is that from time to time I finally get to meet people in person after years of lively online interaction. Last night, I met up with up with John Dupuis. So what do two OA advocates do to cap off the night? Why, take selfies in front of Elsevier's NA...
NA? - Joe
Joe: I'm guessing what got cut off was Elsevier's North America offices. - bentley
Ah. - Joe
Thanks. I usually think not affiliated or not applicable, but these two didn't seem applicable in his instance. - Joe
Dang mobile browsers. Yes, meant to say NA (North American) offices. Until about three years ago, Library Journal had its offices in the same building. - Stephen Francoeur from Android
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NYTimes: How Cost of Train Station at World Trade Center Swelled to $4 Billion
NYTimes: How Cost of Train Station at World Trade Center Swelled to $4 Billion
This is seriously depressing. $4 billion: imagine what half of that could do to the schools, to homeless outreach, to affordable housing efforts, etc. - Stephen Francoeur
#Mr3 asks every few hours if it's Christmas yet.
Say yes? - Stephen Francoeur
Got an Advent calendar? - The First NoeLB from Android
Unintentionally confirmed that I am still allergic to mangos. *sadface*
Oh, shoot :( - Jennifer Dittrich from FFHound!
Aww. =( - rönin
Me, too. It's a weird allergy, isn't it? - Stephen Francoeur
Me too! - Meg VMeg
I discovered I was allergic to it as a kid when I had to help take care of the mango tree in our yard. I'd get a rash if I brushed against the leaves and branches and got sap on my skin. - Stephen Francoeur
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: 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
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Chris Zammarelli, "On a Need to Know Basis," Chris Zammarelli -
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
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 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: - Stephen Francoeur
A sneak peak at our Libguides V2 with search modified for "bento style" (Summon API fuels catalogue, Articles and our suggestions boxes)
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 . - 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 -
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."
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'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 -
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
So what does everyone think of Flipster. Possibility of getting Time, Newsweek, Fobes, Fortune, Businessweek, Foreign affairs etc
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: - 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
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: - 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
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