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Meg VMeg
How much I love Katy Perry for stealing the phrase, "eye of the tiger".
And if any Kacey Musgraves fans have missed this, it's so fucking great: - Meg VMeg
And if anyone isn't familiar with Kacey Musgraves: - Meg VMeg
"Damned if you do, and you're damned if you don't, so you might as well just do whatever you want." - Meg VMeg
"just cuz you can't beat them doesn't mean you should join them" - LOVE - jambina
I love Katy Perry, though that surprises me every time I acknowledge it. I generally disdain the manufactured pop radio tastemakers, but she's just so damn versatile and always seems to have this look in her eyes as though she letting this happen because she wants it, and she's in control, and she's having a laugh with us. - Holly's favorite Anna
Love Kacey Musgraves, but hadn't seen your first link yet - thanks! - ellbeecee
Crap, Anna, I missed your comment. Yes. - Meg VMeg
Those of you who do library instruction: who is on your wishlist of speakers at an instruction-related conference? I'm hoping to bring more than the usual names to a brainstorming meeting, and you're our target audience.
Maria Accardi, Anne-Marie Dietering, Randy Hensley, Carrie Donovan - Catherine Pellegrino
Char Booth, Iris Jastram, Kristin Partlo, Catherine Pellegrino - RepoRat
Lauren Pressley, Repo Rat. and a metric ton of Public Library Trainer Folks. Julie Strange, but she is mostly baking these days. - ♫Robot Chicken, Trainer♫
Oh! Also Andromeda Yelton. And Char Booth is on my list, but I think she's headed into "usual names" territory at this point. - Catherine Pellegrino
Are you talking instructing Staff? Public? Students? Academia? Special Libraries? - ♫Robot Chicken, Trainer♫
I'm talking mostly instructing students in higher ed. - kaijsa
I'll add Randy Hensley to the list. (seconding Catherine) - lris
Emily Drabinski - Stephen Francoeur from Android
Thanks, all. I'm familiar with many of those names :) and will look up more info on the others. If you've been mentioned in this thread and are interested in speaking, I would love to be able to link to relevant speaker info you have online. Feel free to DM me! - kaijsa
well, okay, I'm pretty sure I'm not anywhere near the top of your list, but and the nearest one to on-point is probably - RepoRat
All of the above + Meredith Farkas - YvonneM
Jay Turner Georgia State Library Commission. - ♫Robot Chicken, Trainer♫ from FFHound!
Proposal defense this afternoon. Wish me luck!
Met with a student for advising, she bought me coffee! WOW!!
I'm still excited about this. What a nice gesture. - jönαthaη
We got the venue & we got the food, but that's it. I've decided that I'm completely indecisive about anything else involving the wedding.
BYOD. (Decorations/DJ/Dance partner) - jambina from FFHound(roid)!
I like that! - Miriella from Android
Meg VMeg
TMBG first album live, free download:
holly #ravingfangirl
First order of business, grabbed the partner in crime @jezmynne
First order of business, grabbed the partner in crime @jezmynne
YAY - Meg VMeg
laura x
Things you feel like you're the only person in the world who has read/seen/listened to. Go!
"Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep" by Eleanor Farjeon; The Good Master and The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy - laura x
Emmet Swimming - Something like this "Listen to the River". They had one hit (Arlington to Boston), but I really like all of their stuff. - Joe
Books, e-author John Locke; Donovan Creed series. Music: Gypsy Soul and Sass Jordan - Janet from FFHound!
Justin said, "How To Build Military Grade Suppressors, by Keith Anderson" Me, The Gooseberry Bluff Community College of Magic, by David Schwartz. - Jenica
The Skipper Chuck tv show for kids that was broadcast from a studio in Miami in the 1950s-1970s. - Stephen Francoeur
There's a video with a bunch of segments that I must have seen about a bajillion times in grade school; the first segment was an animated short called "Why Man Creates" (yes, it was the 1970s). - Catherine Pellegrino
Sister by Jim Lewis. I need to reread it to see if it holds up after 20 years, but I LOVED it. I've never known anybody else to have read it. - kaijsa
Lucky: . Wife and I loved this program. I think we were the only ones. Superfolks: . The copyright is 1977, so I must have been around 15 or 16 but I could have sworn I was younger. Either way, had my mom known of it's content (like explicit s-e-x), she wouldn't have let me read it.... more... - MoTO: Team Marina
Also, this is a very good thread starter. - MoTO: Team Marina
Since leaving Canada, the series Slings and Arrows. Also the CD "Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier!" by Corb Lund. (P.S. Jenica, I read Gooseberry Bluff!). - Soup in a TARDIS
I was telling someone at work a few days ago about Slings and Arrows. - bentley
Every American Doctor Who fan has had the "I thought I was the only one who knew about Doctor Who" moment. - bentley
Who? - Joe
I like, Art…Vandelay. Art Vandelay? He’s an obscure writer. Beatnik, from the village. - Stephen Mack
I <3 <3 <3 <3 Slings and Arrows, Betsy. Ever since learning about it (when I lived in Canada) I've been promoting it ceaselessly. - Soup in a TARDIS
Trixie Belden books. - Jaclyn aka spamgirl
Jonny Chase: Secret agent of space (70s radio drama) - DJF from Android
@Soup: as a fan of Forever Knight, KF-TLC and Due South, how could I not know about Slings and Arrows? :-) - bentley
The historical novels- for children- of Cynthia Harnett - Pete : Team Marina
Dinosaurs. I make mention of this every few months, and it's like nobody remembers that show. Also Tucker, is another one. - NOT THE CRICKET
The sitcom family dinosaurs Dinosaurs? I remember that :) - Pete : Team Marina
NOT THE MAMA - kendrak
Indeed. Of course, I'm normally talking to people my age or younger. So they probably didn't see it at all. - NOT THE CRICKET
So glad I'm among Slings & Arrows fans! It's about as good a TV show as I can fathom existing. Well, I'd watch anything with Paul Gross in it :) - Lily
Aw, I remember THE GOOD MASTER - loved that book, and haven't thought of it for yonks. - barbara fister
Only an American would think they're the only person who's listened to Corb Lund ;-) - DJF from Android
Probably Reynke de Vos or Til Eulenspiegel. In English, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists. - kendrak
For a time, Waif called me "Not The Mama". Wife pleaded ignorance - MoTO: Team Marina
There's MoTo's new nickname. - NOT THE CRICKET
Jaclyn, I loved Trixie Belden! - Jenica from iPhone
Jimminy - "so let it be written" - MoTO: Team Marina
Jenica - until the internet came around, I was half convinced I'd made them up. :P - Jaclyn aka spamgirl
from my childhood: Wonderama and The Magic Garden. - ♫Robot Chicken, Trainer♫
Die Strudlhofstiege by Heimito von Doderer, a novel I love. - Maitani
Pete, I read some Cynthia Harnett. My grandmother had a great many of them. (I know of Slings & Arrows and Trixie Belden and have seen a few episodes of Dinosaurs, in part). - laura x
My TV shows would be The Tomorrow People and Against the Odds ( - laura x
Read: David Graham - Down to a Sunless Sea, Jean Karl - The Turning Place, Strange Tomorrow, But We Are Not of Earth. Re: Dinosaurs - I remember when it was on and I've been watching it on Netflix recently! - ellbeecee
Ooh, I remember Trixie Belden! Also Cherry Ames. - ellbeecee
LBC--I've got the first 8 Cherry Ames books at home. :) They've reissued them. - Hedgehog
I know - I've got the old editions though. :) - ellbeecee
The Moomin books. - barbara fister
Now, Secret Agent, let us talk ;) Although I saw the TV adaptation before I read the books. - Pete : Team Marina
Old Sci Fi UFO and Space:1999 - ♫Robot Chicken, Trainer♫
I loved Home Movies! - kendrak
Night Court. - Hedgehog
"The Brown Bird," as sung by Maxine Sullivan (on the B side of her version of "Blue Skies"). - laura x
@Jorge: I have the Space: 1999 DVD box set. - bentley
And I remember watching UFO around the same time. - bentley
@Hedgehog: I was telling them at work this week about the Turbo Shatner 2000. - bentley
Blake's 7 (except for Sarah, of course) - maʀtha
@Martha, are you familiar with the Bizarro 7 zines? - bentley
Fan of Trixie Belden, Dinosaurs, and Night Court -----> - LB put a spell on you. from Android
Here's my list (for now): Herman's Head, Jason's Quest by Margaret Laurence, The Juniper Game by Sherryl Jordan. - Marianne
Oooh, also the TV show Pretender. - Hedgehog from Android
Oh, I'm a fan of Spike Jones and the City Slickers. Plenty of folks are familiar with them, but they're all older than I! - LB put a spell on you. from Android
@Hedgehog: Miss Parker? - bentley
Mrs. Pigglewiggle - maʀtha
I had not, Betsy - maʀtha
I remember Space 1999! - maʀtha
i have all of the first SPACE:1999 series on DVD. second one was a terrible kiddie show, tho, and discarded nearly everything important to the premise in the name of pandering...which ultimately led to its cancellation. - Big Joe Silence
Most of the Arthur Machen I've read. - Katy S from iPhone
I mostly remember big banks of computers with flashy lights and people in jumpsuits (re Space 1999) - maʀtha
Why do people always think there are jumpsuits in the future? What's wrong with pants and shirt? - maʀtha
there's alot of SPACE:1999 episodes on YouTube. watch the pilot called "Breakaway". - Big Joe Silence
Yes Betsy, that's the one. Martha, I loved Mrs. PiggleWiggle, I still think of it when I am making the bed - Hedgehog from Android
That book I can't remember the title of. =P It was a high fantasy where magicians all had specialties and didn't cross over, and the main hero (?) might have been from one of the disrespected specialties, the one that could talk to animals. His order would have secret conversations by having multiple wizards all basically teleconference into a turtle sitting on the table. And they had a... more... - Andrew C (✔)
ooh, something I watched: "Space Giants", with Goldar Silvar and Gam (see for example: ) - ellbeecee
that old Lathe of Heaven PBS production. I saw it on PBS when it aired and it inhabited my dreams for years - maʀtha
I remember seeing ads for it and I didn't know what it was but it sounded great and I tried to get my parents to let me watch it but something else the rest of the family wanted to watch was on at the same time and we only had one TV set, as one did back then, so no go. - bentley
I watched it totally by chance and had no idea what it was or what was happening - maʀtha
agree on … Wonderama!! (wackado, wackado, wackado; lolhusband also watched it growing up, on channel 5). And yes, Cherry Ames, Student Nurse. LOVED Mrs. PiggleWiggle. I bet she shopped at the Piggly Wiggly. I remember, but didn't read Trixie Belden. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
adding: Enid Blyton (tho' I bet the tea eaters have read her). - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
I have read SO MUCH Enid Blyton (as well as Cherry Ames). #canadian - Marianne
Buckaroo Banzai. - bentley
Betsy, I saw that at a con filled with people, and then had all the mutual friends of myself and the friend I went to the con with say, "YOU NEVER SAW THAT UNTIL NOW? HOW!?!?!?" And yet, I still feel that way sometimes too. - Marianne
i saw "Buckaroo Banzai" in the cinema when it was first release. 5 minutes before the credits there was a direct lightning strike on the power to the building and everything blacked out for a moment before the backup lights came on. we exited the emergency doors and there was a tornado outside. i didn't see the whole thing til it was on cable a few years later. - Big Joe Silence
SPECTREMAN. I watched quite a few sentai shows in the late 70s, and that one still surprises people. - Vampire Hunter DYSP
For a very long time, I didn't know anyone else who had watched the BBC production of Gormenghast with Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Steerpike. I started to wonder if I had imagined seeing it. - Katy S
Katy, same! I have the DVD set rolling around the house somewhere. - Jennifer Dittrich
Except for Star Wars (asterisk), Buckaroo Banzai was the first movie I saw multiple times in the theater. My friend Dottie and I were kinda obsessed with it. EDIT: and I found out last year that they actually released the soundtrack ("for like five minutes"). - bentley
i have that soundtrack. i even posted some of it on FF once. - Big Joe Silence
That must've been before we met on FF or I would've pounced on it. :-) Fortunately, I was able to get a copy of it last year. - bentley
Herman's Head! I loved that show. :) - Laura
The music of Pavlov's Dog. - Mary B: #TeamMonique
What's Alan Watching? - bentley
My Secret Identity. - bentley
My Secret Identity! My sibs and I used to sing the theme song to that show. - Marianne
I watched Herman's Head and My Secret Identity! - Andrew C (✔)
The Charmings. - LB put a spell on you. from Android
I remember that, but I didn't watch it. Hang on, it's the sitcom version of Once Upon a Time! Sort of. - bentley
Oh, also for movies, The World of Henry Orient and A Little Romance. And has anyone else read The Blue Cat of Castletown or The Wheel on the School? - laura x
Wheel on the School, yes! - maʀtha
Another that sticks in my mind is Paddle-to-the-Sea, of which there was a riveting (at least to my very young self) film - maʀtha
Oh, my dad loves the book Paddle to the Sea and gave a copy of it last year to Mr. 7yo. - Stephen Francoeur
Anyone here remember the sitcom, ¿Qué Pasa, USA?, which was on PBS in the late 1970s? One of the actors in it got his big break in 1983 as Al Pacino's sidekick in Scarface. - Stephen Francoeur
Let No Man Write my Epitaph by Willard Motley. - Jenny H. from Android
Oh god. Paddle to the Sea. - DJF from Android
It might be one of those books like Babar that I *loved* as a kid, but would now cringe upon reading - maʀtha
(Yes to Wheel on the School.) - LB put a spell on you.
This is one not "only one in the world" 'cause these were big at my grade school when I was a kid, but I'm probably the only one here who has read the Comtesse de Segur books. I don't remember much about them except for one random scene. - bentley
My grandmother got the book Paddle-to-the-Sea into an episode of Northern Exposure. (I had no idea there was a film, but I still love the book.) - laura x
OH. John Verney's Ismo. My youthful introduction to anarchism. What a great book. - barbara fister
(I read Trixie Belden! :)) - Jenny H. from Android
Fargo the show. - Valz 4 TEAMMARINA
The band 9353 - Gabrielle
I thought I was the only who lurved John Bellairs until I met Amanda. - Jenny H. from Android
Lila Downs! - Jenny H. from Android
For music, I'll go solo work by bassists from famous bands: Geezer Butler, John Entwistle, John Paul Jones. For books, how about early Norman Spinrad like Men in the Jungle or Bug Jack Barron. Also probably not too many have read any of the Matt Helm books. - John Dupuis
When I was a kid I loved this Disney movie called The Challengers about a girl who masquerades as a boy so she can be in a band. I also had this VHS tape that was called something like "The Kids' Encyclopedia" and it had short video segments on things like learning how to mime and how to breakdance and how to speak a secret language called Ob. My brother and I LOVED that videotape. - Laura Krier
I also listened to a band called Butt Trumpet in high school. Super classy, as you can imagine. Very, very few people in my life have heard of Butt Trumpet. - Laura Krier
Oh AND my brother and I constantly watched this movie called Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller that I think was Canadian. I loved that movie. - Laura Krier
Oh, ok, The Challengers was NOT a DIsney movie. And it was also Canadian. No idea why we watched so many Canadian movies when I was a kid. - Laura Krier
Speaking of Canadian shows: this one aired on Saturdays mornings on CBC when I was in library school: Secret Adventures of Jules Verne, with Michael Praed. - bentley
oh, and I LOVED Dinosaurs. "Not the Mama!!" - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
What a great throwback question, Stephen, yes I remember Que Pasa USA? with it's catchy theme song. And Dinosaurs all of the in jokes about the environmental future of the earth. And how about High Feather? - ♫Robot Chicken, Trainer♫
Kelly and Amanda, my grade school once got to have a conference call with John Bellairs! - laura x from iPhone
I lived outside of Marshall MI where all the Bellairs books were set :) Philosopher and I went there to visit last summer - Hedgehog
Ooh, I got one. “Who Am I This Time?” It was on American Playhouse on PBS in 1982. It was the very first time I saw (or noticed) Susan Sarandon and Christopher Walken in anything. It was great. It’s still the first thing that comes to mind whenever I think of either of them. - bentley
I used to watch Brimstone. I was going to say I have it on VHS, but I threw out most of my home tapes this week. - bentley
Okavango. - bentley
A Fine Romance (aka, Ticket to Ride) with Christopher Cazenove and Margaret Whitton. Except for a commercial, YouTube only has it in German, which doesn't help me any. (Originally, the lead was going to be Anthony Andrews, but shooting was delayed by the TV writers' strike and he had to be elsewhere by the time it got resolved.) - bentley
"Tales From The Dark Side". there was also that werewolf show on FOX in the 80s where the protagonist would get a bloody pentagram in the palm of his hand just before changing each time. i forget the name. was bummed out when it went off the air. - Big Joe Silence
Yeah, the one with Chuck Connors as Janos Skorzeny (I recognized that they borrowed the name from Night Stalker). It was called Werewolf. It'd forgotten about that one. - bentley
How about The Phoenix, with Judson Scott? - bentley
Starman, TV series with Robert Hays. - bentley
A few animated movies from when I was young - Gandahar, The Devil and Daniel Mouse, The Sea Prince and the Fire Child. - Jennifer Dittrich
Jennifer, I loved the devil and daniel mouse. - Marianne
Mr. The Jason Fleming
From the seven year old. You're a librarian right? It almost sounds like you are a Library.
Also, you must be one of the most famous readers - Mr. The Jason Fleming from Android
then he started asking me if I knew how to fence cause that's part of it too right? - Mr. The Jason Fleming from Android
Why, yes. Yes we do know how to fence. - bentley
plus, we juggle too - Aaron the Librarian from Android
I know a Canadian librarian who lettered as part of the fencing team when she was an undergrad - DJF from Android
is there a list somewhere of the skills we should have in our repertoire? Let's see I can fence (badly), juggle. find answers to questions.... - Mr. The Jason Fleming
Meg VMeg
There's a special place in my heart for expensive typos.
Fine typo. - Joe
:( - Anne Bouey
They sure fnest that ad campaign. - Spidra Webster
who needs coffee editors when we have auto-corrupt? - Big Joe Silence
Holly's favorite Anna
When your boss sticks a plastic viking helmet on your head, just roll with it.
When your boss sticks a plastic viking helmet on your head, just roll with it.
Meg VMeg
<3 - RepoRat
yes you are!!! - maʀtha
so close... - jambina
I am resisting all urges here to be funny... - Julian
That really is one of those "can't unsee it" images. - Catherine Pellegrino
Apparently, the architect was shooting for "peacock". Seriously. - DJF from Android
Turkey. Totally. - maʀtha
Is that cranberry sauce I see? Perhaps stuffing? - Julian
It's a seriously fantastic space. Great signage. - Meg VMeg
If you head a block west from there, along Harbord street to just past Spadina, you'll find Bakka Books, the best science fiction bookstore in Canada. - DJF from Android
BMV on Bloor just west of Spadina is also a huge cornucopia used/remainder bookstore. - John Dupuis
Lorna's Laces just sent me this picture. It's one of the new fall colors. I want some RIGHT NOW. Kinda odd, as I don't really like yellow.
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 Jason Fleming 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* - LB put a spell on you. 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
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