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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.
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
Eager to read the #critlib chat from Twitter last night now that it's on Storify & easier to follow after the fact: https://storify.com/aszinga...
Eager to read the #critlib chat from Twitter last night now that it's on Storify & easier to follow after the fact: https://storify.com/aszingarelli/critlib-chat-april-1-2
Details of InBloom deal fiasco here: http://nycpublicschoolparents....
Details of InBloom deal fiasco here: http://bit.ly/1pRj7GD
NYers: we just dodged a bullet. Deal w/ InBloom to aggregate student data but have no guarantees of privacy protections. is toast.(1/2)
Nice overview of new features in TV News Archive, project of the Internet Archive. https://blog.archive.org/2014...
Nice overview of new features in TV News Archive, project of the Internet Archive. https://blog.archive.org/2014/04/01/tv-news-intro/
Found answers to many of my emoji/Android questions here: http://android.appstorm.net/how-to...
Found answers to many of my emoji/Android questions here: http://android.appstorm.net/how-to/customization/how-to-use-emojis-on-your-android-device/
Anyone seeing Translate to Emoji option on mobile Chrome browsers yet? http://chrome.blogspot.com/2014...
Anyone seeing Translate to Emoji option on mobile Chrome browsers yet? http://chrome.blogspot.com/2014/04/a-faster-mobiler-web-with-emoji.html
I noticed it yesterday. - Holly's favorite Anna
I'm not seeing it today. I missed the announcement yesterday and am wondering if it was a one-day only thing. - Stephen Francoeur
Maybe it was an April Fool's Joke? - Laura
Yes, I assume so but I kinda hoped it would stay for a while. - Stephen Francoeur
Was Translate to Emoji feature in Chrome just April Fools Day only?
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