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Stephen Francoeur

Stephen Francoeur

User experience librarian @ Baruch College (New York, NY). Interested in usability, information literacy, open access, & scholarly communication.
<3 the new promotional video from the @cunycommons about what the CUNY Academic Commons is for. http://commons.gc.cuny.edu/what-wi...
<3 the new promotional video from the @cunycommons about what the CUNY Academic Commons is for. http://commons.gc.cuny.edu/what-will-you-build/
RT @amber_welch: #Librarians, how do you use social media in the workplace? Please take this #academiclibrarian #socialmedia survey. https://docs.google.com/forms...
RT @amber_welch: #Librarians, how do you use social media in the workplace? Please take this #academiclibrarian #socialmedia survey. http://goo.gl/forms/gLlisL5FXz
Opportunity: Help us analyze 2 million scraped syllabi! | Open Syllabus Project http://opensyllabusproject.org/opportu...
I can't believe we landed a craft on a comet this morning. Amazing pix at http://nyti.ms/1szoyuv
RT @nicholsonkp: Doing away w #discoverylayer (& eventually the catalogue) at Utrecht U. I'm intrigued. #infolit http://uksg.metapress.com/content... via @pamelajacobs
How many covers of "Just Like Heaven" are there on Spotify? Maybe too many even for this long-time Cure fan. Dinosaur Jr's remains the best.
Smoking in the bus shelter is so obnoxious.
Google Scholar pioneer on search engine’s future http://j.mp/1xnWoIa via @instapaper
Google Scholar pioneer on search engine’s future http://j.mp/1xnWoIa via @instapaper
1) "We crawl the whole web, and for a new blog, for example, you see what the connections are to the rest of scholarship that you already know about" I have never EVER seen a blog in Scholar. 2) "One big difference was that we were relevance-ranking [sorting results by relevance to the user’s request], which scholarly search services had not done previously." Is this really true? No... more... - Meg VMeg
Also, I love Google Scholar. I have no idea why this makes me so angry. Maybe it's his expression in the photo. - Meg VMeg
He seems a little out of touch with what library services this is competing against. - Joe
I met Anurag Acharya years ago at an SFX conf (before it was ELUNA) - he was great & eager to work with librarians / libraries. I get a different vibe from this article, but it is interesting. when I tweeted it, I ps'd: use the library. :-/. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Usability testing on Android devices? "Mirror Records Your Android Screen Without Root on Lollipop" http://lifehacker.com/mirror-... #ux #LibUX
Usability testing on Android devices?  "Mirror Records Your Android Screen Without Root on Lollipop" http://bit.ly/1uWfasm #ux #LibUX
My Top 3 #lastfm Artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers (20), David Byrne and Fatboy Slim (20) & Fatboy Slim (15) http://www.tweekly.fm/twitter...
My Top 3 #lastfm Artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers (20), David Byrne and Fatboy Slim (20) & Fatboy Slim (15) http://bit.ly/aBmvWE
Louis Menand, say what??? http://j.mp/1EsFNWZ via @instapaper
Louis Menand, say what??? http://j.mp/1EsFNWZ via @instapaper
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
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
The Internet Arcade and the textures of emulation | metaLAB (at) Harvard http://j.mp/1s91lz4 via @instapaper
The Internet Arcade and the textures of emulation | metaLAB (at) Harvard http://j.mp/1s91lz4 via @instapaper
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
Sigh. Just signed off Summonclients mail list after 3+ years. Now learning who's who on the Primo list. #movingon
Please Remove All Links to Bearcat Search in LibGuides - http://blogs.baruch.cuny.edu/newmanr...
Inspired & demented: putting clips from start of animated movie "Up" with the Swans "God Damn the Sun." https://www.youtube.com/watch...
For once, they had "I voted" stickers at my polling station.
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ooh, I like your stickers. Mine has a peach on it! - ellbeecee
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
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
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
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
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
The top 100 papers http://j.mp/1ztLEuV via @instapaper
The top 100 papers http://j.mp/1ztLEuV via @instapaper
28 Important Philosophers List the Books That Influenced Them Most During Their College Days http://j.mp/1upCLl3 via @instapaper
28 Important Philosophers List the Books That Influenced Them Most During Their College Days http://j.mp/1upCLl3 via @instapaper
Transformations: Migrating to a New Model of Web Stewardship - For Further Reading http://j.mp/10PoS2w via @instapaper
Transformations: Migrating to a New Model of Web Stewardship - For Further Reading http://j.mp/10PoS2w via @instapaper
My Top 3 #lastfm Artists: Palma Violets (7), Tijuana Panthers (5) & Skrillex (5) http://www.tweekly.fm/twitter...
My Top 3 #lastfm Artists: Palma Violets (7), Tijuana Panthers (5) & Skrillex (5) http://bit.ly/aBmvWE
Just started watching the1931 Frankenstein with Mr 11yo.
Top 5 Things to Know about OneSearch, the Bearcat Search Replacement - http://blogs.baruch.cuny.edu/newmanr...
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