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Stephen Francoeur
If you're looking for a song to keep you going steady at work, this Booker T song from 2013, "Sound the Alarm," works like a charm.
There is also an hour-long Green Onions loop: - Kirsten
That's totally "gettin' shit done" music! - Stephen Francoeur
and if you need to chill out, there's this - - kendrak
Kendra, I'm embarrassed to admit that the only version of Time Is Tight I knew was the Clash's cover. Thanks for schooling me; I needed that. - Stephen Francoeur
I forgot the Clash covered it! Thanks for the reminder. One last Booker T thing - check out this whole (hour long) performance from the Stax/Volt Revue from 1967. - kendrak
Awesome! Music rocks, the camera work though is making me nauseous. Damn 60s. - Stephen Francoeur
Stephen Francoeur
Cool tool from NY Times: Vellum, a reading layer for your Twitter feed h/t @J450NK
Cool tool from NY Times: Vellum, a reading layer for your Twitter feed h/t @J450NK
oh, that IS a great idea. I currently have a list of "good linkers" in Tweetdeck that I've limited to just tweets with links, but this would be even better. - RepoRat
ooooooh! - jambina
Since I'm not really on Twitter that often, I find the News.Me service pretty useful. I get a daily email with the most linked to items among the people that I follow on Twitter. This Vellum tool looks purdy and all, but it does require that you visit it to view what's there. I've used the Bottlenose app off and on for the same purpose over the past few years and kind of like it as well. - Stephen Francoeur
Bottlenose is a pretty full-featured Twitter client. Nova Spivack, who's been laboring in semantic web/linked data world for years, is one of the folks behind it. - Stephen Francoeur
Now that I think of it, Bottlenose also lets you monitor Facebook and Bitly as well. - Stephen Francoeur
Looks cool and useful, but does some seriously buggy caching if you try it with one twitter account, log out, and try it with another twitter account. With a force refresh (after also removing cookies and revoking app access) I managed to get it to admit that I had logged in with my second account, but it still gave me the results from my first account. - Deborah Fitchett
Meg VMeg
What are some good resources (books?) on how to facilitate meetings/discussion? Or what was something that you learned or tried that instantly made you an amazing facilitator?
There are some business texts on the topic I believe #nothelpful - Mr. The Bible Test from Android
I was just talking with someone about this! I haven't looked extensively, but I keep this one on hand, and find it very helpful - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
For me, "facilitating" means remembering it's about coaching and shepherding group decisions, and that as facilitator, my will is not to come in to play. It's about getting the group to actually lead. - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
This I believe: If you can't run a good meeting, run a short meeting. - Deborah Fitchett
I learned everything I know about meetings from being an anti war activist in 1990-91. Maybe I should write a book. - laura x from iPhone
I'm going to throw in Crucial Conversations - not about meetings, but teaches some good tools that can help facilitate even the toughest discussions at meetings. - Jen
i've used/read Facilitation at a Glance! (it's a tiny spiral bound book) - ~Courtney F
This might not be exactly what you're looking for, but Char Booth wrote a thoughtful piece about facilitation: - Freeda B.
Pull quote from Char Booth piece: "The more I witness and engage, the more I am convinced that facilitation is not about privileging one opinion over another simply because it is convincing or moves things forward, it is about creating an equilibrium of voices and ideas and discouraging implicit and explicit structures that can so easily thwart consensus. It’s about clarifying the tasks... more... - maʀtha
Who would be convinced otherwise about facilitation, martha? A good facilitator pulls all voices into the conversation and acts neutrally (and if they can't be neutral, pulls an outside facilitator in). I've used the same as Courtney - in fact, the U of AZ gave (maybe still does) every new hire one of those and put us through some basic facilitation training. - ellbeecee
[This paywalled article might be of interest. ...] Scratch that. That was the first article in this small bibliography, some others might be more relevant at - Joe
I found Patrick M. Lencioni's Death by Meeting helpful in defining different types of meetings, their purposes, and ideas for facilitating each. - Galadriel C.
Yeah, who would? The problem is that some people just don't acknowledge the power dynamics at all. Badly facilitated meetings can be more about promoting group think than anything else. - maʀtha
And I'm getting my hands on a copy of the Bens book. Thanks for the recommendation. - maʀtha
Reading the Lencioni book now. Skip the faux case study and go straight to the "Model" section IMO. Some useful ideas here. - RepoRat
One hallmark of a facilitated meeting is usually that it is also a very well run meeting. But running a good meeting is not itself facilitating. So, it's at least 2 sets of skills going on at the same time. - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
(martha, thanks for the tip to Char's article! I really need to rebuild my bloglist again!) - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
I really like Facilitation at a Glance! Thanks so much for the rec - maʀtha
!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - Julie Kane from iPhone
That's really mean dude. Harsh! You don't even know her. - Miriella from Android
OK fine so she IS an ass. - Miriella from Android
Some friend you are. - Meg VMeg
I'm just telling it like it is. Aren't friends supposed to appreciate honesty? - Miriella from Android
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 : Team Marina
Aw, Pete, you're safe with us :) - maʀtha
Very proud of you Martha. Ignore the old git. - MoTO: Team Marina
*tosses glitter* - maʀtha
Hey, just cos I joke doesn't mean I'm not proud :) - Pete : Team Marina
So you want a biscuit now I suppose? - MoTO: Team Marina
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: Team Marina
I moved my comment so as not to detract from Martha's accomplishment :) - Pete : Team Marina
As well you should be proud! - laura x
Oh, please, Pete, you are fine. *glues sequins onto Pete* - maʀtha
*looks* at Martha. - Pete : Team Marina
heh - maʀtha
*tosses extra glitter onto the old git* - MoTO: Team Marina
I can figure out the headline text, is there a citation on there? - Pete : Team Marina
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
Jason Griffey
I just printed a Word doc with the title “Jason Griffey - Resignation.docx”. So there’s that.
wow! What's the next step in the great adventure?? - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Jason Griffey
hey librarians! I have a chapter in this new book that I'm REALLY happy with.Check it out:
John Dupuis
Anybody at a library with a 3d printer? Would you mind sharing what the physical setup is in terms of space, vents, enclosures, public access, etc? Pictures if you have them. Many thanks!
there was just a discussion of vents, etc., on the library makerspace listserv - Christina Pikas
dang. if I'd known last week, I'd have taken pix of the setup at Northeastern. - RepoRat
We have a couple of printers ready to deploy but we just need to get a sense of how people have dealt with various health & safety concerns. - John Dupuis
We dealt with these sorts of things at Dal and Marc Comeau (first name last name at would be happy to talk to you. Here's a link to our 3D Services Page: - Heather
john, if you use the cornstarch based plastic, not the lego plastic, there is no more smell than from an laserjet printer. It sits on our reference service desk with a sign up sheet for using the printer (when it is running) - ♫Robot Chicken, Trainer♫
John! You totes gotta talk to Brandon Vickerd, sculpture prof at York The sculpture studio has 3 printers AND a repo of designs they make. And you answer your question, we have two at hackforge/Windsor Public Library. They are on regular tables. No vents or enclosures - copystar
Hi everyone, thanks! Copystar I did suspect there were printers in Fine Arts but this place is so damn big that it's hard to know everything that's going on. Jorge, our H&S issue isn't smell but rather nanoparticles. And places seem to be going either direction on whether to account for those. - John Dupuis
Stephen Francoeur
RT @simonxix: @davidclover @s_francoeur @DonnaLanclos @mattjborg Surprisingly, no-one has said to me "Wow! QR codes! Awesome!"
Stephen Francoeur
Nearly done making Clay Shirky's Here Comes Everybody serve as textbk for course I'm teaching this spring. @cshirky
Nearly done making Clay Shirky's Here Comes Everybody serve as textbk for course I'm teaching this spring. @cshirky
I really dig the assignments - maʀtha
I'm hoping to get Clay Shirky's attention somehow, thus the tweet. - Stephen Francoeur
How many credits is this class? - maʀtha
are you going to keep the wiki after the conclusion of this class? Or would you have a future cohort create their own wiki from scratch? - maʀtha
The next time I teach the class, we'll use a different book and make a new wiki. - Stephen Francoeur
You should bring out the original Coase as well; and maybe some Benkler. - ɥsıuɐʎɹ
Last time I taught the class, we used Eli Pariser's The Filter Bubble. Whatever book I use has to be pretty accessible. I think the next time I teach the class, I'm going to focus on copyright, innovation, where ideas come from, what is creativity, etc. There are a ton of books we could use for that (something by Lawrence Lessig, Steven Johnson, Lewis Hyde, Wiliam Patry). - Stephen Francoeur
Meg VMeg
Teaching library school has been some of the most fun I've ever had.
It is kind of awesome, isn't it. :D - RepoRat
They were so smart and pleasant and (this sounds dumb but) they were all clearly "full of potential", and it was so wonderful to teach people who don't require convincing. Although tonight's readings included something from one of your blogs, and I kept accidentally referring to you by your first name, but referring to the authors of the other readings by their last names, and I think they thought I was crazy. And maybe I am! - Meg VMeg
To this outsider, it doesn't sound dumb at all. It sounds like what adjunct teaching should be. And I'm guessing the first-naming was either ignored or read as "the person I'm talking about is not only smart, she's a friend"--not a bad thing. - Walt Crawford
What blog post??? (Always ready to learn more from One of Us.) - lris
Happy birthday to the LSW, founded 4/27/2007. It's been a fantastic 7 years. *hugs everyone*
*dons festive hat* - Signs Point to LB from Android
So much love to everyone - maʀtha
cake? will there be cake? - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
*sets up 15 French presses* - maʀtha
*cartwheels through the stacks* - laura x from iPhone
Huh, I joined tumblr the same day... - Aaron the Librarian
There will always be cake - Aaron the Librarian
The cake is a lie :( - Meg VMeg
Luckily, the professional development is the truth. #librarian - lris
I brought pie as a backup. - Julian
Thank goodness, Julian. We wouldn't want to disappoint #teampie - maʀtha
*raises a glass to Meebo* - RepoRat
Wow... happy anniversary to us. Can't believe it's been 7 years already - Hedgehog
How about Pie inside of cake. Because. - ♫Robot Chicken, Trainer♫
Hey, that means the LSW is exactly 39 years younger than C! - Catherine Pellegrino
Wait... we need full tea service for this party. - Julian
and a butler - maʀtha
white gloves? - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
I want to restart the pie conversation, cuz I Like Pie. Happy Birthday, LSW, you old coot! - Louise "Weezy" Alcorn
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
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: 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] - Aaron the Librarian
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 :) - Aaron the Librarian
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) - Aaron the Librarian
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'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: "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: My reaction: Where is CINAHL? - Stephen Francoeur
From the main announcement page: "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
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:" - 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.
Jason Griffey
Parenting highlight of the day: driving home & hearing Eliza singing in the backseat “Dance your cares away, worries for another day…” #80s
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.
Yeah, I think that's a winner. - Betsy
very win. - RepoRat
amaze. - Christina Pikas
So winner. - Joe
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: - 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: or (now that i've bragged on my colleague for putting these together...) I think I really like Guide on the Side, too. - Aaron the Librarian
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
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
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
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., - 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" - ... which also features a copy/paste my citation option - 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
Went #geocaching tonight and all I found was this scratch off ticket & an engagement ring. <3
Went #geocaching tonight and all I found was this scratch off ticket & an engagement ring. <3
Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat??! - Melly - #TeamMarina
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 - #TeamMarina
<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 #TeamMarina
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: Team Marina
What a lovely gesture - Mo Kargas
!!!!!!!!!! - Marissa
Congratulations! - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Yay! Congrats! - Signs Point to LB from Android
congrats!! - imabonehead
Mary Carmen
Scott and his Mini-Me.
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 - #TeamMarina
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: Team Marina
I'm glad to hear this! :) - Laura
Marco Werman signed my picture of him giving today's Convo talk. Squeeeee
Also #nprnerd - lris
Holly's favorite Anna
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
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