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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.
Tal Rozen, "Walkabout," UX Lab - http://wp.nyu.edu/library...
Pull quote: “Dear [Name]: Thank you for sending the publishing agreement for Johns Hopkins University Press and portal. I’m very pleased to see that I will retain the right to post a copy of the article on my personal or institutional repository or online site. Retaining the copyright to my professional work is also important to me, so I’m wondering if there is an alternate agreement, or if the current agreement can be altered, so that I retain the copyright but the Press still has the ability to do what it needs to do with the content. If not, the current agreement is fine and I will happily sign, [etc.]. But if an alternate agreement is possible, I would prefer to pursue that option. Sincerely, etc.” - Stephen Francoeur
Jessica Olin, "When the Answer is Always No (or at least it seems to be)," Letters to a Young Librarian - http://letterstoayounglibraria...
Pull quote: “Dear [Name]: Thank you for sending the publishing agreement for Johns Hopkins University Press and portal. I’m very pleased to see that I will retain the right to post a copy of the article on my personal or institutional repository or online site. Retaining the copyright to my professional work is also important to me, so I’m wondering if there is an alternate agreement, or if the current agreement can be altered, so that I retain the copyright but the Press still has the ability to do what it needs to do with the content. If not, the current agreement is fine and I will happily sign, [etc.]. But if an alternate agreement is possible, I would prefer to pursue that option. Sincerely, etc.” - Stephen Francoeur
Aaron Schmidt, "Give Them What They Want," The User Experience - http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2014...
Pull quote: “Dear [Name]: Thank you for sending the publishing agreement for Johns Hopkins University Press and portal. I’m very pleased to see that I will retain the right to post a copy of the article on my personal or institutional repository or online site. Retaining the copyright to my professional work is also important to me, so I’m wondering if there is an alternate agreement, or if the current agreement can be altered, so that I retain the copyright but the Press still has the ability to do what it needs to do with the content. If not, the current agreement is fine and I will happily sign, [etc.]. But if an alternate agreement is possible, I would prefer to pursue that option. Sincerely, etc.” - Stephen Francoeur
Junior Tidal, "2014 LACUNY Institute," juniortidal.com - http://juniortidal.com/2014...
Pull quote: “This then got me thinking about how database interfaces are just plain awful. They are not intuitive. I like to think that if they were, then we wouldn’t need to have classes on how to use them in the first place. Secondly, databases may not necessarily engage the user in a meaningful way. Look at Wikipedia for instance. Wikipedia links its pages back and forth throughout the site. If there is a term that a user sees on a Wikipedia page, 9 times out 10, a user can gain more information about that term and read about it. I feel there are very few resources that allow one to do that. I also feel that the database pages are so overwhelming. There are numerous fields, check mark boxes, and jargon labels that it can be a bit much for an incoming freshman who’s experience with online research may just be Google.com. What’s the solution? Already, it seems that APIs may be the best way to go. If there’s a coder who can construct a better interface, or even better yet, tailor it... more... - Stephen Francoeur
Updating all the WordPress blogs to 3.8.2.
Hoping for more responses to my survey about ideal Twitter hashtags for UX & libraries https://baruch.az1.qualtrics.com/SE... #libux #libraries #ux
RT @leanuxnyc: Just 3 more days until #LeanUX14. Follow us here for updates before and during the conf. Retweet this if you're attending.
First Listen: Slint, 'Spiderland (Remastered)' http://www.npr.org/2014...
First Listen: Slint, 'Spiderland (Remastered)' http://www.npr.org/2014/04/06/297723543/first-listen-slint-spiderland-remastered
Iris Jastram, "Locations of Literacy: Information Literacy (plenary panel at MnWE 2014)," Pegasus Librarian - http://pegasuslibrarian.com/2014...
Pull quote: “No, information literacy is about negotiating understanding within a context. It means being able to map out the community of inquiry and the various conversations that community is having. And then, it means being able to show that community where new knowledge fits. Parroting back other people’s conversations is not an effective conversation tactic in real life, right, so why should it work here? This is where you get to expand the conversation in very real terms. But even this mapping is not yet enough. It helps us see the social and relational aspect of information literacy, but it doesn’t highlight the very real importance of the local culture of these conversations.” - Stephen Francoeur
Karen Harker, "Problems analyzing LIS data," Libraries are for Use - http://librariesareforuse.wordpress.com/2014...
Pull quote: “But there was precious little on analyzing count data. And in librarianship, there is a lot of data that are simply counts — reference questions, book use, journal use, citations, attendees at workshops, Twitter posts, students who graduate or stay in school or dropout. And these are not distributed normally. This data is severely skewed, usually to the right (think “long tail”). And the variance (standard deviation) is much greater than the mean – that’s because of the long tail, all those very high counts. How the heck are you supposed to analyze that?” - Stephen Francoeur
Krista Godfrey, "The website is everything," the wee librarian - http://www.weelibrarian.com/blog...
Pull quote: “What’s become even more apparent to me is that everything that is online/linked to from the library website is considered the website. I’d guess that about 1/3 to 1/2 of the comments so far have actually been about problems that are not the website but the OPAC, the discovery layer, our databases or the link resolver.” - Stephen Francoeur
Carl Grant, "The library automation company mergers resume," Thoughts from Carl Grant - http://thoughts.care-affiliates.com/2014...
Pull quote: “It is very unlikely that a new platform will happen more quickly and time is of the essence here because other organizations (OCLC, Ex Libris) do have LSP’s available that can be delivered and put into operation today. However, with Innovative/Polaris being combined, their first goal will be to merge operations, company cultures, customer services and sales. That involves some serious organizational disruption, overhead and thus time. Once that is achieved, they’ll start a more serious effort at combining the product plans. Customers of either company that believe their products of today will live on indefinitely are probably dreaming. Company mergers like this are ultimately dependent on re-consolidating the company offerings to one main product offering at some point in the not too distant future.” - Stephen Francoeur
My Top 3 #lastfm Artists: Japandroids (38), Bad Manners (24) & The War on Drugs (24) http://www.tweekly.fm/twitter...
My Top 3 #lastfm Artists: Japandroids (38), Bad Manners (24) & The War on Drugs (24) http://bit.ly/aBmvWE
So excited to be taking my family to see the Mets today. First baseball game for my wife and my younger son. Hoping for a Mets win.
Are there any other librarians going to #LeanUX14?
RT @dianeravitch: Andrea Gabor: Charters Are Harming Public Schools by Pushing Out Kids with Disabilities http://wp.me/p2odLa-7CC
RT @dianeravitch: Andrea Gabor: Charters Are Harming Public Schools by Pushing Out Kids with Disabilities http://wp.me/p2odLa-7CC
RT @roxanneshirazi: We need to stop believing that *only* access matters. Don't sign license agreements that sign away our other values @bfister #lacuny14
RT @barnlib: We have values that are really really important, beyond access & service. @bfister #lacuny14 We need to work on/value our own #infolit.
RT @cunylibrarians: 2014 LACUNY Institute April 04, 2014 at 09:00AM
Were Charter Teachers and Students Pressured to Rally for Charter Schools in Albany? http://j.mp/1i5PTzy via @instapaper
Were Charter Teachers and Students Pressured to Rally for Charter Schools in Albany? http://j.mp/1i5PTzy via @instapaper
Anthropodermic bibliopegy. You don't want to know.
is this about the books bound with human skin, which suddenly became something "new", even though everybody's referencing an eight-year old article? - DJF
Yep. Seems to be making the rounds online again this week. - Stephen Francoeur
RT @j450nk: METADATA MAVENS! Come work @mnylc on Empire State Digital Network (a @dpla service hub) as Metadata Specialist. http://metro.org/jobs...
You'd think after 7 years on Twitter that I'd know this: what happens if I change my Twitter username from s_francoeur to something else? Does that affect any of my followers? Does that screw up services that I've connected Twitter to (reposting to Facebook, for example)?
Ah, nevermind. I see that all the good variations on my first and last name are already taken. I'll just stick with @s_francoeur. - Stephen Francoeur
I changed my account from 9 to 5 characters. The people who were following me, still follow me, but if someone put me in a web list with my old twitter handle, that now goes nowhere. The odd thing is, I still have some apps that show the old handle, and if I tell the app to post to that account, it still works. Odd. Now that my old account is available again, I might regrab it, and use it to tell people to go to the new acct. Maybe. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Best practice indicates that if you do change your twitter username, it's a good idea to also register your old name, so that you don't end up with somebody grabbing your old name and pretending to be you. - DJF
Yeah. I will do that today. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Surprised by small # of entries categorized in Wikipedia as "Library automation." Here's a project to work on. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...
The reddit AMA with Tim Berners-Lee is fun. http://www.reddit.com/r...
Did somebody go "DUDE DRM WTF?" Hey, a girl can hope. - RepoRat
Who? Never heard of him. - Akiva
Mr. WorldWide, Akiva. - Not Me
P A N T S - Akiva
excellent. - RepoRat
"I think you just got burned on the web by its inventor. Very cool." - Micah
Al Gore was there? - Laura Norvig from iPhone
My Tumblr site, Stephen Francoeur’s Commonplace Book, turned 6 years old today. http://stephenfrancoeur.tumblr.com/post...
My Tumblr site, Stephen Francoeur’s Commonplace Book,  turned 6 years old today. http://bit.ly/1mL5hID
Stephen Francoeur’s Commonplace Book turned 6 today! - http://stephenfrancoeur.tumblr.com/post...
Stephen Francoeur’s Commonplace Book turned 6 today!
Here's a bunch of great ideas for images in any UX/usability slide deck. http://the-uncomfortable.tumblr.com/ #libraries #ux
Here's a bunch of great ideas for images in any UX/usability slide deck. http://the-uncomfortable.tumblr.com/ #libraries #ux
Nicholas Schiller, "One Shocking Tool Plus Two Simple Ideas That Will Forever Change How You Share Links," ACRL TechConnect Blog - http://acrl.ala.org/techcon...
Pull quote: “If we want to share information without donating our online reputation to the information’s owner, we can use donotlink.com to generate a link that does not improve their search engine ranking. If we want to go a step further, we can link to a cached version of the page or share a screenshot.” - Stephen Francoeur
Jie Zhang and Nevin Mayer, "Proactive chat reference," College and Research Libraries News - http://crln.acrl.org/content...
Pull quote: “These data indicate that for the period between October 2012 and March 2013, our trigger-initiated chats are more reference and research related than are our patron-initiated chats; while our patron-initiated chats are more direction oriented. Clearly, for us, the initiation of a business model with trigger-initiated chat reached students online with complex research questions, who might not have otherwise known where to go for help.” - Stephen Francoeur
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