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Courtney F

librarian. knitter, sewer, runner, crafter, baker, reader and occasional blogger. mostly Mama for this season. http://about.me/library_chic

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Let's talk about libraries offering e-textbooks! I got this email from my director today:
"I have been asked to join a subcommittee of the return to learn the committee to explore ebook access for students via the library. The Provost has asked this subcommittee to explore the following:

What are the costs to have e-book access/electronic access to textbooks for classes via the library? How we might be able to procure electronic access to these texts for our students via the Library, and the costs associated with that?
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Let's talk about libraries offering e-textbooks! I got this email from my director today:
"I have been asked to join a subcommittee of the return to learn the committee to explore ebook access for students via the library. The Provost has asked this subcommittee to explore the following:

What are the costs to have e-book access/electronic access to textbooks for classes via the library? How we might be able to procure electronic access to these texts for our students via the Library, and the costs associated with that?
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Below is an email [she] sent to [her boss] last week when he inquired about copyright for linking to ebooks the library owns. This kind of gives you a context for where this started. I had a discussion with [Course Materials Manager] this morning along with [Office of Accessibility Svcs]. The bookstore sent me the list of textbooks for the fall. The first tab has all of the books I would like to explore e-access to through our vendors. Can we run this list through Gobi or send to our major vendors - either proquest and ebsco - to see which books they have access to in electronic format and what the cost would be for unlimited access? I also want to consult with VitalSource and see what kind of licensing they have for libraries. [MPOW apparently] has a contract with Vital Source for student purchasing. He was going to send me the contact information for VitalSource as well. I don't know much about Vital Source, so Courtney you may know more about them than me. "

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Yes

 ‎· StephAnie Wear A Mask
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anyone here ever worked with a library catalog from Library World? We are *not* switching - we're integrating a library that was using it into our collection and I have some questions about reports and ISBNs and all sorts of things.

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so i don't threadjack @hedgielib - Director level people go back June 8. The rest of us start going back to the library June 15, provided we get the required training (no idea what it involves) before hand. One mask for each employee from the university - required when outside your own office space. (I just realized - what about cubicle peeps like the registrar's office) The library will go back phased - 2 wks at 30%, 2 at 50%, 2 at 75%, with everyone back in the building sometime in August. Students come back to class August 19, with 40 minutes between classes for cleaning of classrooms. No idea what we're going to do about bathrooms and our crappy library HVAC system. I'm considering buying a UV-C air purifier for my personal office.

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Guessing air purifiers are going to be hard to come by in the coming months.

 ‎· hedgielib
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nope, no idea. My boss goes tomorrow, so maybe i'll know more after that?

 ‎· Courtney F
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Our OCLC hosted proxy sever has been down most of today. It's going to be fun if it's not back up tomorrow!

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Sorry to hear about your, um, cough that developed over the weekend. You should def call in sick tomorrow.

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Ah yeah, I saw Worldcat.org and FirstSearch were both down this morning :(

 ‎· Meg Vmeg
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it appears to be back up and running now....

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anyone using Leganto? Can you tell me about your experience?

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We are using leganto, but I am essentially an observer from the outside. I am not on the library committee that is trying to get faculty to use it along with Canvas. The uptake was slow before COVID-19. I can ask my colleagues if there has been any increased interest since.

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Ah, that's good! Thanks.

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just hosted an hour long (productive!) teleconference meeting and now I am *wiped*

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I'm attending "ALA Connect Live: COVID-19: Well-being of Library Workers". So far, it's *super* scripted (like you can see them reading the script) and the most interesting thing is that J. Jefferson kept disappearing into his virtual background because of his solid colored jacket.

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i'm not going to be able to stay for the whole thing, and i'm not sure what i was expecting, but this wasn't it....

 ‎· Courtney F
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I don't understand why, if our account auto-renews (so they tell me), I can't get an invoice *and* we're still being charged tax. Why is it so hard to give some vendors money?

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We're not allowed to have deposit accounts or auto-renew and a certain company was 1) charging tax 2) autorenewing 3) sending the invoices and late notices to a random e-mail that was not the one on the PO.

 ‎· Christina Pikas
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it seems like everything "auto-renews" these days, in that we don't get asked about a renewal, we just get an invoice.

 ‎· Courtney F
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our purchasing lines out the bit with "this will renew unless subscriber gives notice 2 months in advance"... but it's ignored.

 ‎· Christina Pikas
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yeah. my director is like "no auto renewals!" so i have to be careful with phrasing

 ‎· Courtney F
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apparently when I said "you can see my availability at the link below", our EBSCO person looked at it, but didn't actually request a time. So the 8am meeting I missed with her this AM was a complete surprise to me!

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I think 8 a.m. meetings are *always* evil, pandemic or no.

 ‎· hedgielib 2
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especially since my availability starts at 8:30am Central... :)

 ‎· Courtney F 3
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8am meeting requests are summarily denied unless it's a time zone thing and even then nope.

 ‎· Anna C. 1
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My work day starts at 9, so....yeah no. (There is one group I work with that I'll make an exception for, but we're working across the international date line.)

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is there a (legal) way to get a book turned into an ebook? or is it solely the publisher that does that?

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It's the rights-holder. That's probably the publisher, but depends on the contract the author signed as publishers buy different sets of rights depending on how the author/agent negotiates.

 ‎· Deborah Fitchett
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Your jurisdiction may have copyright exceptions for Marrakesh Treaty, preservation, or other such things though.

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"I spoke to an old therapist friend today, and finally understood why everyone’s so exhausted after the video calls. It’s the plausible deniability of each other’s absence. Our minds tricked into the idea of being together when our bodies feel we’re not. Dissonance is exhausting. - Gianpiero Petriglieri (@gpetriglieri) https://twitter.com/gpetriglieri/status/1246221849018720256

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i think it was @cogscilibrarian who asked me to post this after yesterday's Mokum Zoom... I thought it was a full-fledged article, but it's not.

 ‎· Courtney F
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dang, sorry to have missed teh Mokum zoom :(

 ‎· awd 1
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zoom parties are a paradox too: you're drinking alone, but with friends, but alone.

 ‎· семантическая кошечка 3
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That’s a fascinating thread, Courtney. Thanks for sharing.

 ‎· StephAnie Wear A Mask
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apparently our university head of info sec has discovered the proxy servers. He clearly has no idea how they actually work, but he's now concerned about their security. We host them via OCLC. I am not concerned about the security of the proxy servers themselves. If there's a security issue, it's with the fact that we are using the student's university logins, which can, of course, be hacked.

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Facepalm Extraordinaire

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yup, which is why i rely on reports from my vendors about excess downloading instead of proxy logs. We haven't had a report in years.

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hm. I just realized we were suppose to be having our SACS site visit for accreditation next week. I supposed it's safe to assume that isn't happening. Wonder how they're handling that...

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I can tell you how ours with HLC is happening on Monday and Tuesday. All via Zoom. I'm on our campus team and we are working so hard to get this in place!

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Ya, our CCNE accreditation site visit just got postponed.

 ‎· Disobedient Librarian
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any Access experts out there? I can't figure out why my report won't update with the data I added yesterday.... including updates to existing records and new records

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Paging @hedgielib to the cod phone. @hedgielib to the cod phone, please.

 ‎· lris 1
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Hmmm, sounds like there's a date filter somewhere in the backend that needs to be bashed with a hammer and the report is pulling from X to Y date where Y = -1 day. I'm going to assume you've hard restarted the database and all that. I have open office hours at 4 central if you would like to screen share :)

 ‎· hedgielib
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hmm.... i've got the person who created the database for me working on it, so i may ping you tomorrow afternoon, if that's okay

 ‎· Courtney F
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You bet! (Also I just got forwarded an email you wrote re: Kanopy :) was funny to see you there)

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and there it is.... we're moving online for the rest of the semester and postponing commencement. my director was trying to get us completely closed, so hopefully that announcement will also come soon. the dining hall is closed, but not the smaller food locations on campus.

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@libskrat will be pleased to hear that the Hodges Library at University of Tennessee will closed tonight until further notice. https://www.lib.utk.edu/contingency/ ETA: And several other campus libraries

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MIT is also closing.

 ‎· Christina Pikas
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My town's public library will be closed for two weeks.

 ‎· John B.
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growing more annoyed with my institution and the utter lack of any kind of communication from them on covid-19. This is what we've gotten so far: http://www.belmont.edu/health-services/coronavirus/ and http://belmontvision.com/?s=coronavirus

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It's a little overwhelming all the dominoes falling today. Hope no communication means everything is fine. I don't think our risk team has slept in a week.

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finally: http://www.belmont.edu/health-services/coronavirus/index.html We're extending spring break by a week and going online for the rest of March

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no idea what that means for the library yet, or for me (since i've been travelling)

 ‎· Courtney F
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By a week!

 ‎· Meg Vmeg
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yeah, the email we got from the provost immediately after this said that the week was for faculty to use to move their classes online. *sigh* our instructional technology department (a whole 2 people) is going to be *SLAMMED*

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let's talk about library travel grants - are there any? how do I go about finding them?
background: my professional development funds don't cover a full conference, much less more than that, so i'm looking for external sources. I've tried additional on-campus sources, but since I'm no longer teaching as much, the only source that I'm aware of here is no longer a good option.

let's talk about library travel grants - are there any? how do I go about finding them?
background: my professional development funds don't cover a full conference, much less more than that, so i'm looking for external sources. I've tried additional on-campus sources, but since I'm no longer teaching as much, the only source that I'm aware of here is no longer a good option.

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The National Network of the Libraries of Medicine used to have options for medical librarians --we could apply for travel grants for specific things related to our work in health sciences. I'm not sure there's a good equivalent outside of health -- usually all I see are early career or very targeted to a specific conference (Vendor offsetting for ACRL etc)

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Yeah, in some brief searching it looks like it's ALA focused, or new attendee type things, and that's not what I need :( (I was at an NNLM sponsored diversity training yesterday - it was excellent!)

 ‎· Courtney F
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Does your state library, state library association, or regional association offer scholarships? In AZ, our state library will fund up to $1000 for professional development for any library personnel...

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@grumpator - unfortunately not. There are state conference scholarships for directors of tiny public libraries to come to conference, and some stuff for library students, but nothing else

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so apparently i made an impression on TZanders the *one* time we met at MPOW. He just made a point to come and say hello and tell me he's not working with EBSCO anymore. (Also, he's still living in Lousiana and working for BU remotely)

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I so want you to have said "You sure made an impression on Library Twitter there!" but I totes understand that's not Library Nice.

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^ Yes, yes it is.

 ‎· Galadriel
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In case any of you are worried - I do live in the Nashville area, and there were severe storms and deadly tornadoes last night. I am safe, and so is my immediate and extended family. MPOW is also unscathed, as are my library colleagues. Some are still checking on their extended family, though.

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Thank you for checking in; so glad that you and your extended family are okay.

 ‎· jsholman
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So glad that you are okay.

 ‎· hedgielib 2
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Thanks for checking in!

 ‎· Meg Vmeg
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Very glad you are OK!

 ‎· scarlet fixes things
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I'm glad you're okay; thanks for letting us know!

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Our digital repository team is working on a data backup plan for our repository - can anyone point us to good (current) readings or other info on how to set one up? Particularly for small institutions.... Thanks!

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I checked my Pinboard and... have nothing both specific to this and current. There might be something useful in https://pinboard.in/u:dsalo/t:storage/t:digitalpreservation however.

 ‎· LibSkrat
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the new code4lib journal out today has an article about scraping *their* *own* *repository* to back up data. ... ... !...! In any case, I don't know if that might be useful to you.

 ‎· Christina Pikas
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oh right, yeah, https://journal.code4lib.org/articles/15016

 ‎· LibSkrat
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thanks, @libskrat - i was hoping you had some kind of link list to share :) I will pass this along, and will try to remember to update if we find anything great

 ‎· Courtney F
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np, mi Pinboard es su Pinboard

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I am the conference website person for my state library association. I'm looking to make the conference website better! (this is why I'm not telling you where the current website is). Do you have a favorite small library conference website (like 300 attendees or so)? What information are you looking for on a conference website?

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Registration info: costs, payment options. Hotel block available? A general schedule - if it's the 9-15, is it just an evening reception on the 9th and things like Council the 12-15 so I only want to be there through the 11th? Venue into incl parking options/cost.

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https://stellaunconference.com Conference sites usually handle about 100-150 people. Where to stay for a hotel, where to park, how much is parking, Where exactly is it? What is the schedule of events? What other stuff can I do?

 ‎· Joe
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Oh, good grief. American Psychological Association has taken a page from Gale's playbook and renamed all of their EBSCO databases to APA [Database Name].

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Whut? As in APA PsycINFO, APA PsycARTICLES, etc?

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Ran into new ER lib and was briefly talking to her without mentioning any issues i had with the psych lib not being checked with because 1) she's been here since Nov and 2) she came from a hospital setting, not academia, so semesters weren't a big thing. Yesterday one of her colleagues suggested and it was decided that. APA stuff will be crosslisted at P for at least the rest of the semester.

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my director is asking if Yewno is worth pursuing. My knee-jerk is "nope", and my search of the LSW archives agrees, but I wanted to see if we had an updated opinion :)

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best I got is "that still exists? huh."

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thinking of Summon, primo for all its flaws it looked and felt intuitive being a cousin of Google really, so even if initially some librarians were hostile to it, undergrads still used it.

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Just received a vendor survey described as: "The survey is aimed at librarians, and focuses on how users at different academic levels manage the process of getting citations in the citation style they need to use. It should take approximately 10 minutes to complete."
My response? I have no idea how our students are managing the process of getting citations - you should ask them!

Just received a vendor survey described as: "The survey is aimed at librarians, and focuses on how users at different academic levels manage the process of getting citations in the citation style they need to use. It should take approximately 10 minutes to complete."
My response? I have no idea how our students are managing the process of getting citations - you should ask them!

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Also received and deleted.

 ‎· orgmonkey. I keep receipts.
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@christina the student association here just ran a survey with that very question (respond rate of 50% due to strong incentives). And yep as expected, most give up, google, pretty much nobody asks the library to buy/loan.

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