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Stephen Francoeur
Digging into stats from our collection of LibGuides. Here's a choice nugget to discuss: of the 7482 links on our guides, 63% of them were never clicked on in 2013. Lessons learned?
People are not eating from the trough of the library linkfarms. - Joe - Systems Analyst
can you characterize links that were clicked on vs. links that weren't? or is that analysis ongoing? - RepoRat
Are the guides to linkfarmy, not specific enough? I've inherited a few guides I still haven't tackled, because they are simply too massively linkfarmy for me to even think about. I'll have to look and see if the course guides I build get clicked enough though! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
I'm curious about RR's question as well. I'm wondering how placement comes into it - at the guide / page / box level. (In other words, were unclicked links not clicked because that guide wasn't very prominent on the home page, or because they were on the fourth or fifth tab of the guide, or because they were the fourth or fifth link in a box, etc...) - Laura
this could turn into a worthwhile article for EBLIP: http://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index... I would read the hell out of it. - RepoRat
I'm not sure I have the brainpower to answer all your good questions. I'm dipping into the stats and probably won't do much more than share that one stat with my colleagues. Eyeballing the list of what's at the top, middle, and bottom of the list of links as ranked by clicks, I'd say that database links get the most clickage, then links to guides that are collections of subject-specific... more... - Stephen Francoeur
Laura's question about how link placement affects use is a good one that I don't even know how I'd begin to analyze (there are nearly 8000 links). - Stephen Francoeur
Up next in my quickie analysis: what kinds of things do people type into our site search. Sneak preview: it ain't pretty. - Stephen Francoeur
loooooooool it never, ever is. - RepoRat
8 ways to type JSTOR in site search: jstar, jstor, Jstor, JSTOR, Jstor database, jstore, jstorr, jstors - Stephen Francoeur
Interesting, [in the most recent 7 days] 216 links clicked at least 1 time out of our ~3890 links at MPOW's LGs. [ETA: only 12 links clicked more than 100 times in last 7 days] - awd
Aaron, it's always going to be a long tail when you view usage stats (page views, links clicked on it, etc.). Try looking back at 1 year of data to get a more complete picture. - Stephen Francoeur
yup, that's what I'm running right now :) - awd
Year to Date: 46,229 clicks on 3,886 links. ~900 links (of the 3,886) were clicked at least once leaving ~2,000 superfluous links (many apparently from subject guides and library-process guides) ETA[clarification: the superfluous links were form subject guides and from library-process guides) - awd
students don't remember that we've told them we made a page for them!!! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
I suspect some of them do remember, though, and what they see isn't all that compelling. - Stephen Francoeur
Be interesting to compare this to results from Guide on the Side. I guess the only methodologically-correct way is pairing peer libraries? - RepoRat
I studied the searches in libguides a while back. decided to just switch the default to summon search since besides the numerous database names people would just enter very specific keywords with zero results. but maybe we just don't have enough content ? may revisit this decision, - aaron from BuddyFeed
Ooooh this is all very interesting! Now I'm very keen to run some stats also. - Fiona Jones
Quick test of ours, 11,261 out of 14,409 have zero clicks in 2013. That's 78%! - aaron
Guess is timely to start studying all this data for revamp due to Libguides 2.... Must admit use of libguides here was never very considered as I focused more on the LibAnswers platforms. - aaron
I am deeply interested in this. Are you talking about links outside of paid resources? When we redid our publib website, I insisted that we get rid of curated link lists because it was apparent that mostly, no one cared. I'm curious to see if that results in higher e-resource stats. - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
Aaron, a look at search queries in our LibGuides system is on my to-do list this week as well. I suspect that it is as consistently misused as the site search on the library website. Rochelle, I'm talking about all links on our LibGuides, the vast majority of which are to free resources on the web (but it's the database links that get the most clicks by a hugemongous margin). - Stephen Francoeur
It would be interesting to consider whether there is some causal connection between the number of links per guide and the percentage of links that get clicked. Common sense says yes but evidence and careful analysis would be better way of knowing. - Stephen Francoeur
Stephen my impression is that the search in libguide is used as a site search and/or article/book/database search. One of those bento style searches that is currently in vogue would serve best. I would argue if someone is searching for a specific database they heard about, searching libguides for it would be extremely inefficient due to number of clicks to get to it. - aaron
I hide the libguides search box in ours. Don't really see a use case for it. - JffKrlsn from Android
Jeff, I tried that a few years ago and got pushback from my colleagues. I hope to revisit it again, this time armed with data from query logs that show how the search box is misused by the majority of searchers. - Stephen Francoeur
I just realized that the number of links I mentioned at the start of this thread, 7482, includes links not just from published guides (i.e., those that are fully visible on your LibGuides site) but also those from your private guides (those that are available only if you have the direct URL to it) and those from unpublished guides. I don't see an easy way to run a report on links that... more... - Stephen Francoeur
Sarah G.
When one door closes, another one opens. I mean, sometimes you have to kick it in SWAT Team style, but you know...it'll get opened.
Stephen Francoeur
My reactions to the EBSCO announcement that it will "share" records with other discovery services.
From the page about partnership terms: http://www.ebscohost.com/metadat... "c.) The discovery result record that comes from a database must also identify that source database in the full record, and include any copyright statements as required by the content provider." My reaction: So records in Summon that came from an EBSCO database have to mention the database name? Not cool. - Stephen Francoeur
From the page listing databases whose records will be shared: http://www.ebscohost.com/metadat... My reaction: Where is CINAHL? - Stephen Francoeur
From the main announcement page: http://www.ebscohost.com/metadat... "III. The only EBSCO research databases that are not yet included in the above policy are those resources that are built upon and subscribed to primarily for their subject indexing. EBSCO believes very strongly in the need for precision in search – a need that becomes even more paramount within discovery... more... - Stephen Francoeur
Indeed re CINAHL - maʀtha
“We’ll share but sometimes we won’t.” - A lesson learned from Harvard Business Review, perhaps? - Zamms
We will share to the point that it makes us look good, but only up to that point. - Joe - Systems Analyst
EBSCO and EDS has always been database centric, so mentioning the database name is not surprising, in fact many librarians would like that - Summon 2.0 lists things like Scopus, Web of Science, PILOT etc anyway now, those count as databases I think? The one thing that may be problematic is the demand not to merge records from EDS into other records. And yes CINAHL is glaringly missing... - aaron
The other thing they're saying: sometimes we work hard at subject indexing, and sometimes we don't. (This doesn't surprise me--they generally treat CINAHL differently from their other databases.) - JffKrlsn
What is really ironic, though, in demanding that the source database be recognized: recently EBSCO stopped listing the database in EDS records not only when the source is one of the "foundation" EDS indexes, but also when the source is one of the Academic Search databases. (There was much protest against this on the EDS listserv.) So it is critical that other discovery services credit Academic Search, but not critical for EBSCO to do so... - JffKrlsn
Fascinating.. Does this mean you can't filter by source to that? Any reason given why? - aaron
Correct, can't filter to the base indexes, or to Academic Search Premier/Complete, or, strangely, to Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection. Yes, they gave a reason. I'll quote instead of paraphrasing: "With regard to Academic Search, because EDS is essentially the largest "multidisciplinary index" in the world (which includes the full text of Academic Search for subscribing... more... - JffKrlsn
Hmm. Kinda makes sense to me. But seems too much trouble to bother to remove on purpose. I havent used EDS much, so I am not sure how useful filtering by source database really is. - aaron
I posted something saying it seemed odd that they were saying Academic Search is replaced by EDS when they make such a big deal about their high-quality metadata, but much of the metadata in EDS is not under EBSCO's control... In some ways I agree, there's logic in it, and I generally recommend EDS over Academic Search Complete. - JffKrlsn
Today, on a somewhat related topic: "Asked whether Ebsco favors its own content in the results generated by its search tool, Sam Brooks, executive vice president for sales and marketing, dismissed the idea as "competitor-driven propaganda." He added, "There’s no truth to that whatsoever." Bias toward a content provider, he says, "would be commercial suicide for any discovery vendor." - See more at: http://m.chronicle.com/article..." - maʀtha
Ex Libris has now offered a statement. Here's a snippet from the email from Shlomi Kringel (VP Discovery and Delivery Solutions) I found on the SFX mailing list today: "While we welcome the new EBSCO approach to sharing and collaboration and look forward to a real change, we are concerned by the fact that EBSCO only selectively complies with the above industry standards and that only... more... - Stephen Francoeur
Jason Griffey
New film written by Joss Whedon available on Vimeo on Demand? Interesting. http://gigaom.com/2014...
Jason Griffey
Parenting highlight of the day: driving home & hearing Eliza singing in the backseat “Dance your cares away, worries for another day…” #80s
Zamms
YOU GUYS, I AM NOW MARRIED TO A DOCTOR!!!!!!!!
woot!!! - Derrick
WOOOOOOOOO - lris
*dances and hugs everyone* - lris
Gratz! Trophy husband status achieved. :) - Lnorigb from FFHound!
Turn your head and cough? - Johnny from iPhone
Hey, I don't talk about our personal life in public, Johnny... oh wait, I saw what you did there... - Zamms
Does your wife know about this? - Steele Lawman
*rimshot* - Zamms
shut the front door! (tell her congrats) - Meg VMeg
I will! I will also shut the front door. - Zamms
GREAT NEWS!!!!... um, so i have this pain on my left side? - MoTO ChilliSauce
Yeah, and I've got this rash... - Melly
Were these ailments caused by the social networking between Broadway producers, directors, and writers? - Zamms
By "social networking" you mean what exactly? - MoTO ChilliSauce
In the sociological sense, not the interwebs sense. - Zamms
"Ooh babe, that's SO GOOD! Hey, while you're down there... does that look infected to you?" #ThingsNOTtoDoOnYourHoneymoon <Ducks & runs> - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
Ducks and Runs are also #ThingsNOTtoDoOnYourHoneymoon - Zamms
Truth. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
Marianne
One of our librarians brought in a giant tub of stuffed animals for end-of-the-block study relief with a big "Need a Study Buddy?" sign. And her favorite monkey puppet, which has been slung around both her and the ref desk monitor (alternating). Actual squeals of heartfelt delight have been heard. Some of them from hockey players.
There are stuffed animals dispersed throughout the building. I love this place. - Marianne
That's brilliant. We've been having fun with a bunch of donated stuffed animals (for teen craft this summer). Head of Circ arrived yesterday to find a Teddy Bears' Picnic Staff Meeting going on in her office. - Louise "Weezy" Alcorn
holly #ravingfangirl
chocolate: it's what's for breakfast. #grown
John Dupuis
RT @sc_k: Very April Fool's. RT @SLAClab: Wow. Just wow. RT @scicurious: We have a winner for best April Fools. http://mst.edu/
Yeah, I think that's a winner. - Betsy
very win. - RepoRat
amaze. - Christina Pikas
So winner. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Not so much an April Fool's joke as it is fantastic web presence. - Meg VMeg
wow so information *dies giggling* - Hedgehog
i'm doing this for our website redesign - weelibrarian
Stephen Francoeur
Anyone here actively using the U of Arizona's "Guide on the Side" tutorials software? Wondering about how good it is. Thought I'd heard of some problems folks were having with it.
I saw some folks from U of Arizona present at ALA Annual on it last year and I liked what I saw. Enough to consider sharing my then thoughts on it with library management for possible implementation at the library...and then I moved away to a new job. I'd have to go back and look at it, but I don't think I heard any negative comments. Would be interested in hearing both pro and cons. - Derrick
I wonder about accessibility for folks with vision impairments. How well does it work with screen readers? - maʀtha
Looks like there's been some progress on accessibility: https://groups.google.com/forum... - JffKrlsn
We do need to do accessibility testing, but really like the platform and have been creating, testing, and assessing all year. Students really like GoTS - it is really interactive. - Jen
We tried an html5/swf-based style tutorial (which has accessibility isses, too) but which did not allow for quite the same free-flowing options. for example: http://webspace.ship.edu/cmfic... or http://webspace.ship.edu/cmfic... (now that i've bragged on my colleague for putting these together...) I think I really like Guide on the Side, too. - awd
You know what I like about it? Not have to update screen captures all the freaking time when interfaces change. - maʀtha
So, the more accessible version is the 1.0-beta3 release? I guess? - maʀtha
I host 2 of them now. It's a bit buggy, but it's pretty nice. (sysadminly speaking) - Blake
The main problem i have with guide on the side when testing is that our library homepages have links that *open in new windows* sigh. Not going to change that any time soon. - aaron
aaron
How many people here use LibGuides but refer to them as something else when communicating to students etc. Eg "Library guides", "Research guides" etc? We thinking of doing that.
As far as non-library folks are concerned, ours are either "research guides" or just "guides". - ~Courtney F
what do you put on your marketing materials? - aaron
We use library guides, but, honestly, it means nothing to the students - maʀtha
I wonder if research guides would be better? - maʀtha
The argument here against this is "research" sounds scary to Undergraduates. Personally I think this underestimates them, at least the ones here. - aaron
Research Guides for us. I like it in part because it helps me figure out what belongs there and what belongs on the website. - JffKrlsn from Android
Research guides here. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Research guides. - Meg VMeg
Research guides. We complicated it by having "subject research guides," "course research guides," and "general research guides," but yeah, no "libguides." - lris
Subject guides - Megan loves summer
Has anyone done user testing about this? - maʀtha
I did some card sorting and so on back in 2009. Was inconclusive. - aaron
Has anyone ever tried calling them "Assignment Guides"? - RepoRat
Collectively, we call them "Subject Resource Guides" but when people refer to individual guides they usually say a more precise type - course guide, subject guide, topic guide, assignment guide, etc. There are relatively few places we refer users to them in the collective because mostly we refer users to a specific one. - Lisa Hinchliffe
LibGuides is a brand that means something to librarians only. We've had research or course guides for much longer than Springshare has existed, and calling them by the brand name would mean nothing to users. - Holly's favorite Anna
^ what Anna said - ellbeecee
I surveyed more than 60 students, showing them what the pages looked like, asked them to pick which name fit best: research guides, subject guides, topic guides, or something else. Students overwhelmingly voted in favor of research guides. - Stephen Francoeur
We dropped subject/course/citation and just label them guides on the website. In classes, I often tell the students, "I made a guide for your class," or something. At other times, I point them to a specific research guide or give general advice to look for a subject guide. - kaijsa
the title on the website is "research and subject guides" --usually we use some variation of that. - Hedgehog
RR, if we used "assignment guides" here, student would expect it to include guides to any assignment they got in their classes. "Research" isn't perfect either (there are plenty of kinds of research that don't involve the library) but it's closer. - lris
gotcha, thanks. - RepoRat
DJF
LSW: DJF
Since "Discovery happens elsewhere", as Lorcan Dempsey so famously said, how do we make it easy for users who have discovered the perfect thing get it (or even find out if they CAN get it), even when getting it requires going through library authentication mechanisms that are on the opposite side of the internet from where they are.
of course, if this was easy, they wouldn't pay me so much *cough* - DJF
OPEN ACCESS, that's how. - RepoRat
Bookmarklet thing-y seems most likely to be helpful but getting it marketed and pushed out is of course challenge. We are not a shining example of getting this tool out to users... E.g., http://www.library.illinois.edu/it... - Lisa Hinchliffe
RepoRat, yes, that is the answer moving forward. But that doesn't solve the problem for our licensed backfiles not for our ebook collections. - DJF from Android
Lisa, yes, we have an ezproxy bookmarklet that is also badly promoted. But that doesn't help when we have access from a provider other than the one that our user discovered. - DJF from Android
yeah, I know. best answer I got is "umlaut." - RepoRat
that ezproxy bookmarklet looks pretty sweet. we just moved to ezproxy this year and i didn't know about the bookmarklet. - Marie
i <3 libx ... but that's just me. - Christina Pikas
Bookmarklets are great except of course when you use multiple computers. - laura x
I think what we need to be thinking about is how we can work with our vendors so that when users randomly wind up their sites, they can log in directly somehow. JSTOR, for example, has thought of this, but I'm willing to bet money that if you did usability tests with students, they'd fail to figure out how to use JSTOR's system to see if their institution has access. But I think what... more... - Stephen Francoeur
I should have prefaced my comment by agreeing that users find a lot content by searching elsewhere online, often when they are not on our IP range and things can't magically appear to them in the way they do on campus. We can't start thinking about this problem soley as one of user education, marketing bookmarklets, etc. We have to think bigger. - Stephen Francoeur
Stephen, that's the dream of Shibboleth. Unfortunately, Shib is a huge complicated protocol that seems to require a lot of fiddling to configure correctly, if my local experience is anything to go by. - DJF
Yeah, that its complicated and requires a lot of fiddling is a shibboleth about Shibboleth from what I hear, too. I wonder if I should look into it more and decide if I should start advocating for it here at CUNY or just Baruch College where work. - Stephen Francoeur
Yes, limits to Bookmarklet. But, we should really at least promote what we have set up! Not a criticism of anyone but myself here. :) Putting this higher on my to-do list ... - Lisa Hinchliffe
I've been thinking about this because we've recently had a flurry of questions to MPOW's technical support email (which I oversee) about getting access to things where the person is including the link to the thing they want, so they obviously found it via Google (Scholar). - DJF from Android
Well Lisa, as you know promoting the proxy bookmarklet is one thing my place does right. But it's out of necessity, since we have to route all access via ezproxy even within campus and until recently we were not registered on Google Scholar library links. "Discovery happens elsewhere" is pretty old but I don't know about you guys, but my stats are showing, % of direct/referrer access to... more... - aaron
Another thing we have and don't promote enough is our locally developed "Journal and Articles Locator" - http://search.grainger.uiuc.edu/linker... ... which also features a copy/paste my citation option - http://search.grainger.uiuc.edu/linker... I'm not sure if we could add a function that would take a URL and try to parse the relevant data - I'll check with our developers... - Lisa Hinchliffe
Lisa, yes you guys have awesome stuff. Quite surprised you not promoting them. Still I wonder, perhaps our sessions end up focused on just "tools and tricks" rather than focusing on the real goals of IL. There is limited time after all, so something have to give. - aaron
Lots of ways to promote besides taking time in sessions. We suffer from being large - hard to have anything stand out, be consistent, etc. We're making good progress toward addressing this come fall tho so I have hope! - Lisa Hinchliffe
upthread, "But that [proxy bookmarklet] doesn't help when we have access from a provider other than the one that our user discovered" -- and this is why LibX is so great, right? linking from DOI, ISBN, etc., to your link resolver, which *always works and never fails* oh well... - JffKrlsn
I love libx. Except libx doesn't work in IE sigh.. That's why some librarians here dont want to promote it unlike the bookmarklet. And your remark on the link resolver is sarcasm of course. - aaron
I really like RR's solution. Simple and clean and no need to be affiliated with a dues-paying institution. - barbara fister
Miriella
Went #geocaching tonight and all I found was this scratch off ticket & an engagement ring. <3 http://instagram.com/p...
Went #geocaching tonight and all I found was this scratch off ticket & an engagement ring. <3 http://instagram.com/p/k57W8mDpFq/
Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat??! - Melly
My boyfriend did this super sneaky thing in which he actually went tracking down the geocache before me. He stuck the scratch off ticket (I flipping LOVE scratch off tickets) in the geocache and I had no choice but to scratch it. When the words started to reveal, he got down on his knee (in the snow?!) and had the ring in his hand. And the rest is history. :) - Miriella
Oh. My. Gosh. CONGRATULATIONS! What an awesome proposal!! xoxoxoxoxox - Melly
<3 - Marie
so awesome!!! - Lnorigb
Congratulations. That's incredibly sweet of him. - Anika
How sweet! And exciting! - Anne Bouey
That's awesome! Congratulations! - vicster: full-bodied
Congratulations! - Jennifer Dittrich
thank you thank you thank you! - Miriella
Well played, boyfriend... Well played *claps* - Johnny from iPhone
Congratuations! - Stephan Planken
Congrats! - Spidra Webster
Wow! That was an amazing way to do it! Congrats! - Monique Judge
Brilliant. Congratulations! - Jenny H. from Android
o_O congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and woooooooooooooottttttttt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - Sir Shuping is just sir
Congratulations! - Betsy
How fantastic and congratulations! - Galadriel C.
thanks guys :-) - Miriella
also, congrats! - MoTO ChilliSauce
What a lovely gesture - Mo Kargas
!!!!!!!!!! - Marissa
Congratulations! - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Yay! Congrats! - LB: Ratchety Goodness from Android
congrats!! - imabonehead
Mary Carmen
Scott and his Mini-Me.
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Yes, she does have two dimples. She just always half smiles so you only see one. But when she really cracks up, you can see them both. - Mary Carmen
She is just so cute! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
When she's in your arms, I see how she's your Mini-Me, and when she's with Scott, I see how she's his Mini-Me. Babies are sneaky like that. :-) - Corinne L
Thanks to MC I have that photo sitting on my desk, helps me through the tough times at work. - Scott. Cat Herder.
<3 <3 <3 You guys!!!!!!!!!!! - Melly
I love that you can see her diva pic in the background. - Mary Carmen
Mini Me is ready to learn some awk, sed and openssl! - imabonehead
The geeks always notice the books. Always. Like librarians. - Scott. Cat Herder.
I was born a geek. Long live the geeks! :D - imabonehead
Holly's favorite Anna
#fitbit emailed me to say I'm among the top Fitbit users when it comes to upping my step count in 2014.
You go, girl. - Meg VMeg
Big thanks to Marie for talking me into getting one over a year ago! :) - Holly's favorite Anna
:D - Marie
laura x
I have a car to drive for as long as I need one. It's possible I may be able to plug my new dryer in as soon as tonight. My websites are back up (thank you, Blake!!!) and can get fixed up gradually. I don't care much about the dishwasher. And I even got 5 hours of sleep in a row last night. So things are looking up.
this makes me happy - MoTO ChilliSauce
I'm glad to hear this! :) - Laura
lris
Marco Werman signed my picture of him giving today's Convo talk. Squeeeee
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Also #nprnerd - lris
Holly's favorite Anna
I LEFT MY FITBIT IN THE LOCKER ROOM. NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!
The staff are all in a meeting. They're going to have someone look for me soon, but it's probably gone gone gone. - Holly's favorite Anna
OMG! THEY FOUND IT! THEY FOUND IT! - Holly's favorite Anna
HOORAY! - ~Courtney F
huzzah! - kendrak
Glad it was found! - Katy S from iPhone
holly #ravingfangirl
I swear I spent half my time in philly sitting on high barstools, swinging my legs like a little kid. wtf Philly. get more normal chairs. :P
No! You get normal legs! - DJF from Android
make me, longlegs! - holly #ravingfangirl from iPhone
So you spent half your time in Philly sitting in bars? - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
I might have spent some time with her. - Derrick
Mary Carmen
Yup...definitely my kid.
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Liking is not enough for this pic. :^) - Friar Will
Middle finger! - Marie
i lurve her - jambina
*.* - LilaLaMarea from Android
Ready or not world, HERE I COME! - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Meg VMeg
Howdy from Finland!
Whoa! Finland? - Julian
finland? o_O - Sir Shuping is just sir
Ooh, cool! Hi! - Jenny H. from Android
Tell them 'satana perkele' from me :) - Eivind
Yep, we're in Helsinki for another day, then taking the night train to Lapland, to stay in glass igloos, in hopes of seeing aurora borealis, then Helsinki again. If anyone has any specific Helsinki recommendations, I'm all ears. - Meg VMeg
I might be in love with Helsinki. - Meg VMeg
Right now, we're watching Law & Order: LA, which I didn't even know existed. - Meg VMeg
DO NOT TELL THEM SATANA PERKELE!!!!! (I'm no fun anymore.) - Zamms
Mostly we say, "Kiitos," or "Anteeksi!" - Meg VMeg
Today we went to an amazing cafe/bakery (related to Tintin?), then naked sauna/pool here: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attract... - Meg VMeg
hey from Long Island NY USA - VALZ SCARLETTS MAMA
People who live in glass igloos... oh hell, do whatever you want. Do a naked sauna and swim, even. The Finns don't care! - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
"You simply have to try this public sauna. First of all, there is a wide selection of different kinds of saunas. Second, there is a swimming pool. Third, the ambience is straight from Cold war agent movies. Fourth, you can order food. And booze. And enjoy them whilst swapping illicit documents and spy photos." -- TripAdvisor comment - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Does Marimekko have a showroom in Helsinki? - Marie
There is a huge flagship Marimekko store, a normal-sized Marimekko store, a Marimekko stall in the amazing market, and a Marimekko outlet store. We went to only three of these in one day. Because we are slackers. - Meg VMeg
I am intrigued by the glass igloos - maʀtha
Holly's favorite Anna
Miriella
Sir Shuping is just sir
Happiest of happy birthday wishes to the awesome Iris!
Happy happy! - Megan loves summer
Happy day! - ellbeecee
^^^ !!!!! - Julian
happy happy birthday Iris!! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Enjoy your day Iris! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Happy birthday Iris! - Rachel Walden
Soar, you pegasus! - RepoRat
Happy birthday! - John (bird whisperer)
Flap your happy wings on this most wonderful of days like you have never flapped your wings before. Happy Birthday. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Happy Birthday! - Katy S
Happy Iris Birthday!! - Hedgehog
Thank you, all. :D - lris
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, IRIS! - MoTO ChilliSauce
Happy birthday! - Steele Lawman
Many, many happy returns of the day, my friend! - Catherine Pellegrino
All the best to you, my wise and laser-eyed friend. - maʀtha
Happy birthday :-) - Pete
Happy birthday! - Jen
whee! happy birdies! - barbara fister
Happy birthday, Iris! - Betsy
You are all so kind. I'm so glad to know you. - lris
Happy Birthday Iris! <3 xxx - Melly
Happy birthday, Iris! - Anne Bouey from iPhone
lris
Dog meets bird. Dog can no longer see or hear or smell anything other than OH WOW OH WOW BIRD.
so are you adopting a dog now? - Sir Shuping is just sir
So bird. Much wow. #ObligatoryDoge - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Julie Kane
I don't understand using umbrellas in snow? People, you're going to put someone's eye out. I've been repeatedly assaulted by umbrella tine today. It's snow. SNOW. Wear a hat.
Gotta learn to bob and weave around the umbrellas, especially the knuckleheads who use golf umbrellas in the city. - Stephen Francoeur
ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
Now that the boss has announced it, so can I: As of July 1, 2014, I'll be the newest member of the instruction and reference team at CSU Channel Islands!
Well, congratulations :) - Pete
California! - Derrick
CONGRATS! - MoTO ChilliSauce
Congratulations! - Galadriel C.
had to look up where that is. I take it for granted that it is beautiful there though ;) - JAson FLeming
Thanks, all! It's gorgeous :) - ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
Congratulations!!! - Hedgehog from Android
Californy, here I come, right back where I started from....er, that's not quite right. Well, congrats all the same. - Stephen Francoeur
Congratulations - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Congratulations! - vicster: full-bodied
congrats! xxx - Melly
Congratulations! - Kevin Johnson
Congrats! - Katy S
Congrats! It's a very nice library -- I used to work quite close. Glad to see they filled that slot too, they've been looking for some excellent people. Looks like they found one :D - Soup in a TARDIS
Congrats! - Joe - Systems Analyst
Congrats! - John (bird whisperer)
Congratulations! (tho very slightly miffed as thought you meant the Channel Islands ie Jersey, Guernsey which would have put you in our neck of the woods so to speak) - Heleninstitches
So happy for this wonderful news! - Janet from FFHound!
Congrats! - Rachel Walden
YAY I GET WARMAIDEN AND JED ON MY COAST!!!! :D OMG must start planning the shenanigans... - Hookuh Tinypants
Congratulations! - Betsy
Congratulations to Warm-aiden from chilly Minnesota. No, really, I'm not jealous. - barbara fister
congratulations! - YvonneM
congrats!! - imabonehead
Congratulations! :) - Jenny H. from Android
Cool. Congratulations! - Spidra Webster
Oh yay! Another CSU-er! I may get to see you at systemwide events! - Jaclyn aka spamgirl
Congratulations! - Jennifer Dittrich
Many thanks for all of the good wishes :) I've missed instruction terribly, and while I've had wonderful opportunities to test my hand on the management side, my passion is for working directly with the students and faculty. And huge ups to Jed, who is willing to go on this adventure with me :) - ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
Congtats - Monique Judge
Congrats!! - Chris Topher
Awesome news! Congrats! - Jen
Congratulations and best wishes for the new job! - kaijsa
Congratulations! - Anne Bouey
Thank you! I'm doubly excited that in January I'll return to reference & instruction here at UTC until the summer. - ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
Congrats! Lots of great places to visit near Camarillo - and there's an excellent outlet mall there. - Corinne L
Yayyyy! Can't wait! Congrats! (Looks to be about an hour or so from here - maybe a touch more.) - Mary B: #TeamMonique
Very proud of my lady. :) - Jed from iPhone
Wonderful! Congrats! :) - AHnix (Anna Haro)
Sarah G.
Oh man, I may need to make a counted cross stitch sampler with "Feelings taste like carbohydrates" written on it.
Actually, last night they specifically tasted like dark chocolate goji raspberry candy. - sglassme
Is that a Trader Joe product? - Sarah G.
No Brookside http://www.brooksidechocolate.com/Usa... In the candy aisle of your local grocery store. Kroger only carries small bags, but at SETAC someone had a bag that was the size of a potato chip bag. Too dangerous to have at home. - sglassme
Let's just say I had my dose of antioxidants last night. - sglassme
If we were staying in a hotel room, would I turn on the light at 3am and catch you eating them? - Sarah G.
Err, no comment (nom-nom-nom) - sglassme
RepoRat
Hats off to our own jambina for shepherding this through publication! http://jlsc-pub.org/jlsc... (Graham Steel also puts in an appearance, and your humble servant serves as cleanup hitter.)
wherein Dorothea recommends we all become wasps :) WELL DONE - Hedgehog from Android
sting 'em all, devil take the hindmost - RepoRat
lris
It rubs me wrong when people say that "Librarians will never go for that," or "Librarians are afraid of change." Maybe YOUR librarians are, but you are not the universe.
Most of the librarians I know don't resemble the librarians I hear the Big Names talking about. - lris
For me, it's a matter of context. Is someone saying it out of hope/vision, or out of cynicism/derision. Fine line, of course. I try not to say things like that unless it's with people I know well enough, that I think they get that I am truly hopeful and momentarily despairing. - Meg VMeg
I sincerely hope that librarians will never go for crass generalizations like "Librarians will never go for that," or "Librarians are afraid of change." - awd
I dunno. There's a deep undercurrent of derision fairly frequently, even among some LSW members. Sometimes it makes me feel like I should just stop trying. - lris
I don't go for everything, and I don't like change for its own sake. But I don't know very many librarians who are as utterly tradition-bound as lots of people make out. - lris
"make out" - awd
Also, I'm with you on all of the above - the best of us are skeptical but encouraging of exploring new stuff - awd
Iris, I think those of us who have chosen to connect in this forum and other LSW-type places are of a kind that are more inquisitive and experimental. My current workplace is (for the most part) like that, too. However, my previous workplace was the epitome of complacency and defeat, so I get where that generalization can come from. - Holly's favorite Anna
I've seen this dynamic in play, oddlt from people who may think they are quite innovative. And maybe they are in some areas, but not others - maʀtha
Most of the libraries I've worked in don't resemble the libraries I hear the Big Names talking about. - Larry Schwartz
You don't stop trying but you know there will be people resisting even if it's obvious thing to do. Sometimes saying it is a way to protect yourself from disappointment. Other times reverse psychology. *after presenting a kickass analysis of why we need to do something* then say, "well, it's going to be very hard to convince staff here to do this due to radical changes" - more often than not I get contradicted..- "It's worth doing, we will get it done somehow". - aaron
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