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Did you all see that our own Barbara Fister is on Slate? Excellent.
Thanks. I thought maybe they just took note of my CC-BY license, but apparently they have a deal with IHE to syndicate an artilcle once a week, and this time it got to be me. Interesting - different gang of commenters. Luckily no trolls. - barbara fister
Definitely a different crowd. Wonder what else you could get over there! - RepoRat
Shelf Check: Approachability Buttons -
Shelf Check: Approachability Buttons
Shelf Check: Approachability Buttons
Shelf Check: Approachability Buttons
I love the magic 8 ball one - maʀtha from Bookmarklet
I should just buy a Magic 8 ball for the desk - maʀtha
Magic 8 ball FTW! - RepoRat
omg I love the argyle one - Soup in a TARDIS
Embedded in a EduTech MOOC of sorts as librarian--the instructor is very pro Google & "yay for shiny, happy tech!" So I like to post subversive links about privacy & data mining, along with the edu info. ::twirls mustache::
I <3 you most muchly. - RepoRat
Well, this is my 2nd year, and last year I'd about had it with all the "Google is great!" stuff. These are current & future teachers and they need to know the cons. Any suggestions or resources you think would help would be cool. :-) - YvonneM
Well, the BIG one in an edu-tech context is Sure, they've stopped, they say -- but who the hell thought this was okay in the first place, is what I want to know! - RepoRat
Yes yes yes! Posted that to our Twitter hash tag, will post other places. I'm on G+ though (req'd 4 class), so I fear this makes me somewhat hypocritical. But, I mainly want them to be informed, since this isn't being addressed at all. On the bright side, information literacy is addressed (albeit briefly--I plan to add to that as well). They're a good group. If anyone wants the hash tag to see the convos feel free to PM me. - YvonneM
hey, if it's required, it's required. - RepoRat
So far, the response has been ::crickets:: - YvonneM
Doesn't mean you're not making an impact -- means they don't want to buck the instructor. ;) - RepoRat
I like how you think! :-) - YvonneM
Martha and Sarah today at the party celebrating their wedding.
That's a good picture! thanks, Iris! - maʀtha
You two are very cute. :) - Laura
Iris, would you be willing to share this pic with me? - maʀtha
that is a very happy picture, made my day. :) - Benedicta
As Aunt Ann says, "That is cute a while" - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
you look so happy!! congratulations!! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
A big ol' grin spreads across my face every time this scrolls by. - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
happy day! - barbara fister
so … we haz sticky notes now? LSW Set of 320 "Side It" Page Flags and Sticky Notes [4 booklets each with 4 styles, 20 sheets each]
I was eyeing that coper tray Joe. I think someone should get it and take a look at it - Sir Shuping is just sir
people still buy ash trays?! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Steele Lawman
More new-to-me art from the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Library gift. A. R. Penck did the black and white image, while Otto Neumann did the sepia-colored drawing.
More Otto Neumann grotesques here: - Steele Lawman
At the end of July, I'm cycling from Toronto to Montreal (600km, or 370 miles) to raise money for the Toronto PWA Foundation. The foundation provides support and services for people living with AIDS in the city, and this annual ride raises 40% of their funding for the year. Please support me, and the Foundation....
go DJF go! - maʀtha
I probably should have posted this before everybody started travelling for ALA - DJF
That *is* you on Stephanie's team! - Hedgehog from Android
I hope people chip in anyway - maʀtha
Oh your'e riding with Connie Crosby! - kendrak
Hedgehog, yes, the Yarn Harlot is one of my team captains. - DJF
kendrak, yup, we're on the same ride. Different teams though, so you should contribute to me and NOT to her ;-) - DJF
i already contributed to hers! but i can do both. - kendrak
*bump* - maʀtha
*bump* - DJF
Melissa M
Last month I asked about online privacy education in libraries, for an essay I was writing. Well, it's been published as "How your local library can help you resist the surveillance state":
SWEET! Bookmarked! Also, I think I owe a friend of yours an email. It's coming. - RepoRat
Including a link to a RepoRat slideshow! - Melissa M
I am clicking ALL THE LINKS except that one -- so much good stuff here, thank you! I think you just refreshed my privacy readings for intro-tech singlehandedly. - RepoRat
I have no idea who that might be, but I'll be sure to tell them. :) And thank YOU! - Melissa M
Nice job!! - YvonneM
Excellent roundup indeed! - laura x from iPhone
thank you for writing this - maʀtha
I love this bit: "As Seeta Peña Gangadharan argues, 'Data literacy can’t be taught by parachute or evangelism. The best thing would be to give resources to schools, libraries, and other community anchor institutions to teach this new material.'" - Megan loves summer
Thank you, everyone! And yeah, Seeta is great. - Melissa M
Steele Lawman
I'm processing a gift of several thousand art books. One joy of the project is running across artists I hadn't seen before, like Finland's Olli Lyytikäinen. That's Donald Duck and Hamlet on a bicycle.
Cool. Thanks for sharing these! - Laura
IT SURE IS! - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
There is another one I love in the book that I can't find online called "Bunny Plays Bach on an Electric Piano" - Steele Lawman
Deborah Fitchett
You've got to respect a data/API licensing page that just says "Hell if *we* know."
That's one aspect of their documentation that I ignored in my article - DJF from Android
I think I ignored it, at least. It's been a while - DJF from Android
Catherine Pellegrino
Member of the Week: Marie R. Kennedy -
Member of the Week: Marie R. Kennedy
Look who's the ACRL Member of the Week! And she name-checks Laura X's book, too. - Catherine Pellegrino from Bookmarklet
Holy wow! Thank you, Marie! And go you! - laura x from iPhone
full of win - maʀtha
and look! it's a picture of me without food on my face! - Marie
well, that just removes half the fun - RepoRat
there could be spinach in your teeth, we can't tell - maʀtha
So awesomeness! - Jen
*dies of cute* - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
Happy dance in honor of the awesomeness that is Marie! - Galadriel C. from Android
Marie is my ERL idol. - kaijsa
*waves tiny "Yay" flag* - The Lunatic Ur Lookin 4 from Android
Thinking of making this an animated gif by shopping in a cheerio fang for a second about ever 20-30 seconds. Also, maybe a blink. - Joe
^ LOL - Marie from iPhone
I want to know what things Marie DOESN'T do well. She's kind of amazing. - Holly's favorite Anna
I see you, Anna. - Marie
Yay - Julian
Deborah Fitchett
This is awesome - Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand are working on a free legal notice that Māori can use to release cultural works more openly:
How do you feel about the "protection against culturally offensive uses", compared to the problems people see with a non-commercial CC license? - Meg VMeg
It is restrictive, yes; but it's less restrictive than no open release at all. Creators need the reassurance that, say, their photo of their granny isn't going to end up on someone's Cafepress teatowels, otherwise they're not going to go anywhere near open. At the moment there's huge amounts of information that is locked up for use by the iwi itself and in many cases people would be... more... - Deborah Fitchett
(It has been a journey for me, with a natural Western bent towards "Knowledge wants to be free!", to get my head around the fact that some knowledge *doesn't* and I have no right to it. Comparing with my thoughts about privacy has been a useful benchmark/triangulation point when my brain's otherwise been tending to flail in despair.) - Deborah Fitchett
What would be the benefit of this license over registered copyright? Is copyright not strong enough? I am not at all saying that indigenous knowledge needs to be free. I'm just curious what niche this license fills. - Meg VMeg
There was a wonderful talk at Access Vancouver about work that was done at University of Washington about designing systems for managing culturally sensitive information. - DJF from Android
Like, in the US we have laws against falsely ascribing Native American ownership/creatorship (e.g., ), so I'm wondering if this is, like, the contrapositive to that. Or something. - Meg VMeg
yes! what djf said! huge community involvement in the collections for both authentication and access. i know that ubc has adopted some of the tech for their Xwi7xwa library. - jambina
It's not that copyright isn't strong enough; it doesn't replace that at all. Everyone gets copyright. It's that *creative commons licenses* don't give/withhold the appropriate permissions when it comes to indigenous knowledge. You can say "Go ahead and use it but attribute" (CC-BY) or "Go ahead and use it but not for commercial purposes" (CC-BY-NC) or "You can't use it at all without... more... - Deborah Fitchett
An example of the challenges of Creative Commons that are simpler for us to understand is the all the CC licences also waive the creators moral rights to restrict how material may be used. So, if you CC license something, you can't stop the KKK from using it. - DJF from Android
Sure, and I'm wondering whether people imagine it will face the same problems as NC. Because, in theory, NC is a good idea too. But, in other theory, NC is *not* a good idea, because no one knows what it means, so it's useless (e.g., ). And "culturally offensive" seems even more ambiguous than NC. Ergo my initial question. - Meg VMeg
I want this to be a clearcut awesome good thing. But NC-CC licensing has not at all been a clearcut awesome good thing (even though I would have thought that would be the case). So I'm wondering how/whether this can be a DIFFERENT clearcut awesome good thing. Or whether trademarks/law/something else are a better recourse. - Meg VMeg
I think it's a bit strong to say NC is "useless." "Not as useful as it might be," yes, but it's still useful. Half a loaf and all that. - Walt Crawford
Hence why they're consulting at the moment about what restrictions it should and shouldn't include. I think trademarks/law would do the exact opposite of opening things up. - Deborah Fitchett
Deborah, can you explain why things are not open currently? Is it something about Māori protectiveness, beyond whatever would or wouldn't be allowed by NZ law? The laws we have here prevent falsely ascribing ownership or creatorship to Native American tribes (and many of the tribes have registered trademarks for their names). So they don't close things down, exactly, but allow legal recourse when IP is used improperly. - Meg VMeg
Sorry, I am not trying to be contrarian. I would like this to be good news. I was excited until I remembered all the NC turmoil. - Meg VMeg
Two part answer: 1) Can you explain why a white person doesn't make their content open? It's because we want to retain certain rights. Sometimes I might want to make something open but I don't want a company to profit off that; NC was created (however imperfectly) to allay these concerns. Likewise a "no culturally offensive use" license can allow people to open their content up without... more... - Deborah Fitchett
That wandered so encompassed part of 2) which is the tikis on teatowels kind of thing. Some things do not belong in the wrong kind of context. Western law does not deal with this. Existing Creative Commons licenses don't deal with it. So the goal is to create a license that does deal with it, by (presumably) spelling out what uses are and are not appropriate. Then a creator can say "I... more... - Deborah Fitchett
I'm not sure if this clarifies things because I'm not sure where the gap is, because I've got all this cultural context you don't. But it's basically for the case where authors want to be open but also want safeguards. Existing CC licenses provide the safeguards that matter to Western creators (attribution, share-alike, non-commercial, no-derivatives) but they don't provide the... more... - Deborah Fitchett
Meg: Have you been following the furor here in Oklahoma surrounding the way Christina Fallin appropriated a plains tribe headdress? I know it's a physical object rather than knowledge, but to me, seems like this is the exact sort of thing that this license option is trying to protect against. American Indian tribes have always dealt with white people appropriating pieces of their... more... - Kirsten
I am not saying that protection isn't called for, or that I don't understand why it might be called for (my last question about the Māori was asking if there was something specific to their traditions/culture that made this different from a CC license for all indigenous people, because it seemed like Deborah was saying that). It is ABSOLUTELY called for, and I 100% understand why. What... more... - Meg VMeg
It seems like a way to put your hand up and say "hey, you can use this, but if I think you're using it in a way that offends me, I'm gonna revoke that right." I see the complexity of limits, but I also see why people may want "some rights reserved" defined in specific ways so that they can say yes while saying no to some uses. People would presumably still have uses that fall under fair dealing (?? is that the phrase in NZ for what yanks call fair use?) - barbara fister
Sorry, Meg. I wasn't reading closely enough. Teach me to skim pre-caffeine. Anyway, to the point: I doubt the Maori license would be able to avoid all those criticisms, since there would always be people (like Fallin) who would want to use items with that license in a way that was disrespectful. Such people often fall back on some combination of free speech and capitalism to justify... more... - Kirsten
Purely pragmatically, the problem I have with NC is that it overprotects -- it renders uses problematic that the licensor probably wouldn't have any problem with. I honestly don't think that's true in the indigenous-knowledge case! So I'm in favor (for the little my white-ass approval is worth), partly in the name of getting more truth out there and drowning out the noisy appropriators. - RepoRat
Back to the U Washington work that I mentioned above, "culturally offensive" probably isn't just a vague phrase, but has strong, well understood, restrictions on culturally appropriate use associated with it that are well understood by the culture in question. For example, letting the US flag touch the ground is (well, was) a simple example of a "culturally offensive" use. - DJF
Barbara's comment about "It seems like a way to put your hand up and say 'hey, you can use this, but if I think you're using it in a way that offends me, I'm gonna revoke that right.'" is exactly why the Creative Commons licenses explicitly waive the creators' moral rights. So, even where Western European culture has a way to control uses, the CC stops one from doing so. - DJF
It seems as this particular effort a) is working very hard to come to a mutually-agreed-upon-by-creators, nuanced and detailed definition of "culturally offensive" (if you click through to Deborah's link, it includes a survey) - which I actually would expect to vary from indigenous tradition to indigenous tradition, given that their sacred / tapu / etc contexts also vary, and b) is... more... - Marianne
tl;dr: oooh, this is really interesting and shiny. - Marianne
An interesting discussion, but I must admit that my reaction to a "no culturally inappropriate uses" license would probably be "If you're not Maori (or Native American or whatever), stay the hell away." Because I would never be sure what was and wasn't culturally inappropriate, except that I'm not part of the culture. And maybe that's right? - Walt Crawford
Maybe museums and schools would be able to use more easily? - Christina Pikas
Walt, I think part of the idea is that the license would *tell* you what is and isn't inappropriate. Meg, yes, while indigenous peoples are in heaps of dialogue with each other for mutual support and sharing ideas on how to reclaim heritage in a coloniser-dominated world, their cultures and therefore needs are still very different from each other so I would expect licenses to vary... more... - Deborah Fitchett
OH HEY look what's on the new book shelf at the SLIS library: And look at that chapter written by our own Hedgehog Librarian!
(I wouldn't be surprised if there was more LSW involvement -- I had like five seconds to scan the ToC because conference call. If you're in the book too, speak up!) - RepoRat
Not LSWers (so far as I know), but Kim Duckett and Scott Warren are friends of mine from MFPOW -- super-smart people and all-around good eggs. - Catherine Pellegrino
I really enjoyed reading that book-totally full of smarties. Cheryl Ball (not a librarian) came to mpow to speak at a digital humanities symposium a couple years ago and I so thoroughly enjoyed talking to her and wish we worked at the same uni. - kaijsa
:D If you don't have a copy of the book but would like to read my chapter, the OA version is here This was a great process--the default was limited license to them. - Hedgehog
I love that the entire book, save one chapter, is available OA. So smart! - kaijsa
This tagline in INDIGO makes me laugh, though: "Items in INDIGO are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated." - Aaron the Librarian
Yeah..we're supposed to be able to mark stuff w/ a creative commons license but not sure if that has ever worked in my time there - Hedgehog from Android
Jason P
Folks, my wife Anne is doing a survey for her grad school class assignment. If you have ten minutes to take it and/or share on whatever social media, it would really help her out a lot (and thus make my life happier too). Thank you so much.
it asks for "student's full name". what's that? - t-ra: WeirdnessSandwich
Oh sorry! Put Anne Graham for the student's name. - Jason P
Done! - Stephen Mack
The link from her blog doesn't work? It won't load for me, FYI. Facebook times out. - Meg VMeg
Oh, I used the surveymonkey link already. I was just noting that the one on her blog doesn't work. - Meg VMeg
Thanks, Meg. I'll let her know. - Jason P
Remember a million years ago when my team was awarded the IMLS grant to create the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship? It starts next Monday!
Congratulations. It's a tough road. - RepoRat
Woooo! - Joe
So excited that this is happening, best of luck! - Galadriel C.
Thank you! We are like kids in a candy store, waiting to see how it all turns out. - Marie
I will not take on my students' procrastination as my own anxiety. I will not take on my students' procrastination as my own anxiety. I will not take on my students' procrastination as my own anxiety... #finals
My own procrastination,on the other hand ... oh, say, would like some of my anxiety? You're so helpful, thanks. - barbara fister
Yeah, I just got a panicked annotated-bib-due-tonight email. That I'm posting this during the 10 free minutes I have to shove a luna bar in my mouth before the desk tells you a bit about how sympathetic I'm feeling. - kaijsa
Security Blanket: “I asked my students to extract the 1000 most popular passwords from the RockYou data set and provide a list to me with frequency counts. I then went through the list and sorted them into a number of thematic groups. I assigned a color to each group and entered the passwords with weights and colors into the Wordle online word cloud generator. I then saved the output as a PDF and edited it in Adobe Illustrator to rearrange them in a shape that I liked, with some pairs of words purposefully place in close proximity. I designed a border, and had the whole thing printed on one large sheet of fabric bySpoonflower. When the fabric arrived, I layered it with batting and quilted it. I bound it with matching fabric from Spoonflower that I designed.” - Betsy
Password Dress: “This is old news, but just now getting around to posting it. I made a password dress to go with the password quilt. I wore it to the opening of theComputers, Quilts & Privacy show and to give my artist’s talk. I also wore it to a faculty meeting and disrupted the meeting. As with the Security Blanket quilt, I generated a Wordle from the RockYou password set, and then... more... - Betsy
I love it that the dress fabric also comes in "clean edition." - Betsy
Jaclyn aka spamgirl
Iris just got name checked by our instructional design candidate as being one of her inspirations.
Obviously a stellar candidate who is on the ball. - barbara fister
Clearly I should meet this Iris person. - lris from iPod
Deborah Fitchett
Good news: the Koha NZ trademark is now safely registered in the name of Te Horowhenua Trust -
In the Library with the Lead Pipe » Who are you empowering? - http://www.inthelibrarywiththe...
In the Library with the Lead Pipe » Who are you empowering?
Longish, but worth the read - maʀtha from Bookmarklet
You had me at "Murphy couldn’t be more wrong." - Joe
Yes, but there is much more to it :) - maʀtha
Nice shout out to Kathryn (and Con), too! - Megan loves summer
I was at that keynote. This is a great article. - Deborah Fitchett
" A role as ‘gap filler’ puts libraries in the precarious position of being always second best. The death spiral will then kick in, as we become gradually less relevant to average community members’ lives and eventually merely a charity service for those with no other options." - Brilliant. Seeing this for academic libraries as well. - aaron
<muse>There's an interesting meme in there based on the idea of "a library of the gaps" cf god of the gaps</muse> - Cameron Neylon
I'm an amateur curmudgeon! - Andy
God is/was a librarian. - Joe
Second verse, as same as the first : - copystar
I'm going to start insisting that students receive special training and certification before they're allowed to touch the big stapler.
Steele Lawman
Just got my end-of-the-year margarita from the people in the Learning Commons. #privatecollege
Here is a picture of me at convocation this weekend. I really do have an MSLIS now! HUZZAH. (this is the converse of POIDH. :D) (Notes: the person next to me with the curly hair is my upstate NY job/philosophical doppelganger; the one next to her is checking a picture she took on her phone, not her email!)
Congratulations again, Marianne! - Soup in a TARDIS
Congrats! - Anne Bouey
One of us! - Meg VMeg
Woohoo! - Kirsten
*waves*... you can see me waving, right? - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
*shrieks from the balcony* WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! - Catherine Pellegrino
:D Thanks all. - Marianne
Congratulations Marianne!! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Congrats! - YvonneM
Steele Lawman
Steve's guide to weeding: if there's a chicken on the cover of a philosophy book, don't weed it. It just hasn't found its reader yet.
So this chicken comes into the library and says, "BOOK book book book!" The librarian's slightly bemused but gives it a book and the chicken goes away happy. However shortly afterwards it brings the book back again and repeats, "BOOK book book book!" The librarian checks in the book, checks out another book, and off the chicken goes. But then it comes back a third time, "BOOK book book book!" - Deborah Fitchett
Well now the librarian's really curious, so gives the chicken its third book then takes a coffee break and follows it all sneaky-like. And there the chicken takes the book down to a nearby pond and offers it to a frog, who says, "Reddit! Reddit!" - Deborah Fitchett
^^^ chuckle. - barbara fister
So, I'm ridiculously proud of this
Ally Award Martha.jpg
from our LGBTQA student group - maʀtha
But it's backwards! - DJF from Android
I swear I flipped it. - maʀtha
Use a mirror - maʀtha
Don't. I did and the Spirit of Stonewall showed up. - Pete
Aw, Pete, you're safe with us :) - maʀtha
Very proud of you Martha. Ignore the old git. - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
*tosses glitter* - maʀtha
Hey, just cos I joke doesn't mean I'm not proud :) - Pete
So you want a biscuit now I suppose? - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
AND YOU WOULD ENJOY IT FOR IT WOULD BE GRAND AND LIFE AFFIRMING! (you realize that we are preening all over Dear Martha's accomplishment) - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
I moved my comment so as not to detract from Martha's accomplishment :) - Pete
As well you should be proud! - laura x
Oh, please, Pete, you are fine. *glues sequins onto Pete* - maʀtha
*looks* at Martha. - Pete
heh - maʀtha
*tosses extra glitter onto the old git* - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
I can figure out the headline text, is there a citation on there? - Pete
They do know that you're not JUST an "ally" right? - DJF
Oh, yes, they do. This is the only award they have for someone who is not a student. - maʀtha
I don't understand images. I always rotate mine and they're beautiful on my computer and then I upload them via Tweetdeck and bam! upside down making me look computer-illiterate. --But </derail>, yay!!! - Deborah Fitchett
Yay! And, hey, it isn't upside down! WIN - maʀtha
Steele Lawman
update to previous bulletin: It is a three-legged chicken with glasses on a cord around its neck. Who could weed such a thing?
Photo on 5-13-14 at 10.48 AM.jpg
Not I, said the duck. Er, chicken. - laura x
Happy birthday, Rochelle!
Never mind! Next week!! - lris
Happy almost-birthday-and-Iris-can't-work-a-calendar day! - lris
Iris-can't-work-a-calendar day has gotten so commercialized. It's not like when I was a kid. - Jason P
Good, this will give us time to rig up the fireworks display and procure a canon. - maʀtha
also, fire dancers - maʀtha
sooooooo, I should tell the pipe and drum corps to come back next week then? will do. - RepoRat
is a canon canon for b'day celebrations? a cannon would be much louderish - Aaron the Librarian
oh, let's celebrate anyway. life is short! happy birthday to Rochelle -- and to all of us!! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
happy birthday lady! - kendrak
Happy Birthday! - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte from Android
Happy Birthday! - Katy S from iPhone
Happiest! - Meg VMeg
As long as an extra celebration doesn't add an extra year, I'm IN! - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
go have one of those ginormous Hackberry's shakes for me. - RepoRat
Happy birthday! - Jen
Guess what day it is?! Happy birthday! - The Lunatic Ur Lookin 4
Happy birthday! - John (bird whisperer)
And look! It's your birthday! - lris
Happiest of days, today and every day! - laura x
Happy birthday :) - Pete
happy birthday!! - Marianne
happy birthday today!! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
And the happy birthday wishes continue! Have a fabulous day :) - Jen
Happy birthday Rochelle! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Happy birthday!! - Meg VMeg
Yay for Rochelle! Happy un-un-birthday! - Steele Lawman
Thanks you guys! I made cupcakes with my daughter, went to work late, then came home and planted radishes, carrots and snow peas in between rain storms. Pretty darn good day! - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
:D - lris
Steele Lawman
Tutt Library's Seventh Annual Haiku Contest Zine.
I love the printer one. It should be posted by all printers everywhere - maʀtha
hey, we have those couches too!! Except ours fart when you sit on them :) - ~Courtney F
Martha, I think the printer one is my favorite one this year. :) Update: I posted it on our print release station, currently WAY overworked from printing writing portfolio submissions, which are due today. - Steele Lawman
^ i just posted it by our printer, too. thanks for sharing! - Marie
I just had a total brainwave, and after chatting with my developer, he made it better. How about an custom list of "My Databases" on the library homepage that's automatically updated for each user based on the database links that they click on when they're on the library website?
This INSTANTLY resolves the most common complaint we get, "Why isn't [my favourite database] on the library homepage" - DJF
UMN does this through the portal. They get a starter list based on the affinity string from the x.500 account. - maʀtha
oh hush. I thought of it, so it's mine. - DJF
YES! You are a genius. - maʀtha
BUT, if you can do it without making the user log in first... that would be cool. - maʀtha
When I was on the web team here, we talked about this. The hurdle for our users is making them sign in to something that they then think should sign them into everything, ie the individual databases. Why can't we have integrated accounts? Ugh. - kaijsa
exactly. It works for users whether they're on or off campus, and regardless of whether they use the database link on the website or one in the catalogue. - DJF
No sign in required. But it's based on cookies, so it's technically just "My Databases on this computer". for most users, this will work out well enough in the long run. - DJF
See? Genius! - maʀtha
Also, this isn't something that requires users (or administrators) to set anything up. It just remembers what users have done and presents them with their individual "top picks" based on the databases that they actually use. - DJF
Brilliant. - Jason P
now to figure out how the hell to implement it - DJF
Let us all know if you figure it out! - Rebecca Hedreen
We have custom favourite databases but you will need to login which they don't of course. But based on cookies without sign-in is indeed brilliant - aaron
Cookies would work brilliantly. Right until the user uses a different computer and thinks the website's broken because it's got the wrong databases on it. Not to knock the idea because it's awesome, just that some users really are broken. :-P - Deborah Fitchett
I did cover that. The way our computers work on campus, users won't see each others databases as they move between public PCs, but they might not see _their_ set of databases, until they've used the computer for a bit. - DJF
(How to implement: assign all databases a unique ID. Add javascript to databases links that 1) gets the cookie, which contains an array of up to five IDs; 2) if the ID isn't there, it replaces the oldest ID that is; and 3) sends the updated cookie, before 4) taking the user to the database.) - Deborah Fitchett
That's one way. The other way is to add code to the proxy login script to do all this, since all the links on the website and in the catalogue are proxy links anyway. So, the proxy pushes the cookie back to the user along with the redirect to the database. And if we do it right, it works regardless of whether the user in on or off campus. - DJF
I'm trying to decide if we want to track the frequency of visits, so that it's not just age, but also how often a user uses a database that decides whether it's included on the list (although we probably want to always include the LAST database a user went to, even if it was their first time). - DJF
One obvious challenge is dealing with SFX links to articles in JSTOR (eg). That shouldn't count as a database visit. - DJF
Ooh, cunning. --I was once going to design a library webpage that gave a list of commonly visited pages, weighted by both frequency and recency. So a page someone visited today would count more than one someone visited yesterday, but one visited by a dozen people yesterday would count more than one visited by only one person today. - Deborah Fitchett
Maybe take into account the referrer page? - Deborah Fitchett
That's my guess right now. - DJF
So many thank yous to everyone who helped send me presents (everything in the picture except mr iron fist is from y'all - Jay got me the superhero :D), and really to all y'all, for helping me do this thing. Sometimes it takes an internet village, you know? xxoo - Marianne
Also, it's fitting that these arrived today; I'll be getting on a plane for Syracuse, and gradumacation, tomorrow. - Marianne
Enjoy your graduation ceremony! - Soup in a TARDIS
Rupetta won the Tiptree. - maʀtha
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