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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speaking of #hotmessnexis.... anyone want to place a bet on how long it takes me to figure out how to get access to usage information for Nexis Uni? It was unavailable this time last year.

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Where n = whatever time frame in which you need the information, n + 48 hours.

 ‎· Kirsten 1
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^ oh gawd, not that, please! We already have enough trouble from Thomson Reuters with monthly invoices/statements for an annual payment!

 ‎· Courtney F
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so apparently #hotmessnexis is up for a SIIA CODiE Award? https://www.lexisnexis.com/communities/lexisnexis_biz/b/bizblog/archive/2019/05/20/lexisnexis-newsdesk-and-nexis-uni-named-finalists-for-siia-codie-awards.aspx ETA: "LexisNexis Newsdesk® and Nexis Uni® are finalists in 2019 SIIA Business Technology Product CODiE Awards—LexisNexis Newsdesk® for the Best Content Search & Discovery Solution category and Nexis Uni® for the Best Source for Library, Reference or Education Resources. CODiE finalists represent the best products, technologies, and services in software, information and business technology"

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gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah

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^ so one of the judges got good swag from LexisNexis?

 ‎· Stephªn1e☀️CogSc1L1brªr1ªn☀️
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this is just one example of why I hate pulling stats. This is from one vendor. Apparently, they've changed their non-COUNTER compliant reporting (again). But I can't get an answer from them on why the numbers are different.

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argh. and the work you had to do to pull that together to show the discrepancies. you should be compensated for your time.

 ‎· Stephªn1e☀️CogSc1L1brªr1ªn☀️ 1
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@libskrat: I wonder that often.

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for my fellow eresources peeps :)

I received this request today from the director of our Pharmacy Drug Information Center: "I am working to compile a list of the medical journals we have access to for HealthTrust. Would you be able to tell me the medical journals we have access to specifically in our databases? "

Me, in my head: "Hahahahah. No."

for my fellow eresources peeps :)

I received this request today from the director of our Pharmacy Drug Information Center: "I am working to compile a list of the medical journals we have access to for HealthTrust. Would you be able to tell me the medical journals we have access to specifically in our databases? "

Me, in my head: "Hahahahah. No."

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Bwahahahahahahaha.

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"All of them" #kthxbye

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FYI - EZProxy is having known issues today and OCLC is working on it. Our off-campus users aren't being prompted to log in and therefore can't access our resources. However, if they log in to the proxy directly (which seems to be working), they can use those links.

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Thank you! I'll give our staff a heads up.

 ‎· Meg Vmeg
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So as a result of a couple of recent LSW discussions (https://mokum.place/lsw/2189658 and https://mokum.place/lsw/2211063), I'm looking for more information / tools / advice on how to analyze our Query Spy data from LibAnswers so that I can determine what should be added to our FAQ. I've never done any true analysis like this before, so beginner level stuff would be most appreciated

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I wrote a bit about it years ago when Query spy was quite new, but it was mostly common sense things. Essentially use chat logs to create faqs and faqs to answer chat. After a while you more or less reach equilibrium and the remaining questions are people asking tough unique reference questions. I did notice back then quite a lot of query spy stuff showed people using the faq box like a database/catalog

 ‎· Aarontay
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Did you want to try topic modelling? @Aarontay pointed to: https://towardsdatascience.com/topic-modeling-for-everybody-with-google-colab-2f5cdc99a647 and I think Meg, Aaron, and I have used Mallet. There's also a really pretty and cool thing - voyant - you could try

 ‎· Christina Pikas 1
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I think so - that link is super helpful, and i'm sure i'll have more questions :)

 ‎· Courtney F
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be happy to compare notes. This is one of the explore things I put in this year for us.

 ‎· Aarontay
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Anyone else noticed that Cabell's (http://www.cabells.com/) appears to have lost their domain? Or do I have the wrong URL?

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Try http://www2.cabells.com/

 ‎· Kirsten
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hmm... seems to be awfully spinny

 ‎· Courtney F
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who writes the database / e-resource descriptions at your library?

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Vendor marketing (I'm trying to change this).

 ‎· scarlet fixes things
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i rewrite the ones that i want to use. fortunately i can do that in libguides.

 ‎· Stephªn1e☀️CogSc1L1brªr1ªn☀️ 1
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Anyone else planning to attend ER&L in March? I currently have a room for 2 at the conference center, but if I don't find a roommate in the next couple days, I'll go with an Airbnb nearby instead...

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Sadly, I will not be at ER&L this year. For those that will be, please eat tacos for me. @librarychic, I can check with Joelle Thomas and see if she's going and is interested in a roommate if you would like.

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@jsholman - I sent you a direct message :)

 ‎· Courtney F
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Does anyone check the answers to reference questions? We track questions (and sometimes answers), and we use LibChat. I was reading chat transcripts today and realizing that some bits of info that librarians are telling students are incorrect....

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Yes, we do.

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The head of Reference does mostly for our GAs -- they staff the most hours and we periodically need to intervene on "No...that's not how PubMed works" kind of stuff

 ‎· hedgielib
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so I received this request for research help today: "I am trying to analyze the President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte's ethos. However, I am trying to do it from the perspective of his loyal followers because he is a tyrannical ruler in the Philippines." for COM 2200 (Persuasion). Any thoughts?

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so, what his followers THINK his ethos is? huh. um, does he have any fan clubs who publish anything, or social-media about him?

 ‎· LibSkrat
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thanks, @stephenfrancoeur, for all those suggestions! @cogscilibrarian - i don't think so, other than the free stuff online

 ‎· Courtney F
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Anyone else having issues getting to Primo and/or Alma using TOR? We can't get it to load here, either via our library website (which is not HTTPS) or a direct link (which is HTTPS). See the image for the message I'm getting

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No luck with Primo in Tor here either. I stopped using Tor a while ago to fake off campus access, as there were often enough issues like this one that made me search out another way to make my desktop look like I'm off campus. I now use the Opera browser, as there is a free VPN service built into the private mode. https://www.opera.com/computer/features/free-vpn

 ‎· Stephen Francoeur 1
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Huh. When I use Opera VPN, I only expected it to work for browser network connections. I'll be foolish to think it works system wise. The tracking persistant device_id part is odd though.

 ‎· Aarontay
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Did you know this? (From EBSCO support) "Please note that not all subject terms used in indexing are included in the product thesaurus. Terms are selected for inclusion based on relevance to the product's topic focus. You can find a complete list of terms assigned by looking on the "Indexes" tab and selecting "Subject Terms" in the Browse an Index dropdown"

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doesn't that just mean "there's uncontrolled vocab in them thar hills"?

 ‎· LibSkrat 1
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^ Amen.

 ‎· kaijsa
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If I were looking for equity research reports from sell-side investment research, where would I go? The student specifically mentions Thomson One, but we don't have access to that. I'm the temporary business librarian, so I have no clue. Any leads are appreciated!

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What he probably means by thomson one is the Investext piece, but you all don't have that (and it's stupid expensive). Looking at what you do have, I'd suggest Morningstar or ValueLine, though I don't know that those will give the student what they need. Maybe also Capital IQ? And take a look in Biz src complete for those - they may come up.

 ‎· ellbeecee 1
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@aarontay, yes, he seemed to have something very specific in mind, and particularly wanted historic stuff like his friend could get, so I don't think it was bulk downloading he was looking for

 ‎· Courtney F 1
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Anyone else noticing slowness in loading EBSCO databases this morning?

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Looks like ours are functioning as normal.

 ‎· Lily
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in case you haven't already noticed - OCLC hosted proxy servers may be down (we are, and they say it's affecting lots of folks)

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I'm seeing multiple reports/confirmations on Twitter, so yeah.

 ‎· LibSkrat
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@gchilton: I went home. I mean, it was 4:30, so...

 ‎· Catherine 1
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@stephenfrancouer how goes the Blackboard + Springshare LTI integration? We are struggling with getting the LTI Parameter Name out of Blackboard...

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Stalled. Haven't gotten it set up in sandbox environment yet. I got waylaid by an urgent project to help move the library website to WordPress this summer. I'll get back to the Blackboard/LibGuide integration one soon.

 ‎· Stephen Francoeur
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cool. I'll let you know what we learn about the LTI Parameter Name, then.

 ‎· Courtney F
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Please tell me about your favorite Bluetooth keyboard for iPads. Mine has died. (Links to purchase are encouraged!)

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I like Logitech's K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard. It does not attach to a case, which I love but others hate. https://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/multi-device-keyboard-k380?crid=1762

 ‎· Soup
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I also liked my Zagg Folio keyboard. I did *not* like my Logitech bluetooth keyboard; it did not do a good job of holding my iPad. The corners broke off almost immediately, and the iPad was never very secure inside.

 ‎· Mr. Noodle
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why is it so hard to understand that running a single laptop with Go To Meeting means that NO ONE can hear who's not in the room?

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and apparently one board member here in the room is going to refuse to go to the mic at all. lovely.

 ‎· Courtney F 1
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Talk to me about how instruction gets scheduled at your library. Specifically, gen ed instruction that doesn't go through a specific liaison... Our librarian who had been coordinating this is retiring, and we're trying to figure out a new system that's a little more official/easier to track than "email the librarian coordinator"

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We have a form on our web site that is funneled to the coordinator: http://library.lmu.edu/forms/libraryinstructionrequestform/

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We have a Director of Research/Instructional Services who runs spreadsheets of classes we standardly go into, plus some extras where we'd like to target more tailored instruction--librarians go in sign up for sections/professors for areas they support until they're filled, then we conduct our standardized outreach. We have about 20 librarians across 7 campuses, plus online courses, but the system works pretty well--each librarian supports one or two "schools" rather than specific subjects, so for example, I'm one of a few who takes courses in our School of Liberal Arts, both standard and not. There is also a request form for professors to ask for instruction, and then a librarian is assigned according to location and subject area. I could absolutely put you in touch with our DRIS if you'd like more detail!

 ‎· Lily
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We are meeting tomorrow afternoon to discuss survey questions that we'd like to ask our users (faculty, students, and staff). Anyone got any resources on crafting good survey questions?

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I like Arlene Fink's book, How To Conduct Surveys.

 ‎· orgmonkey
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thanks! we have the 1985 edition here :) i'm thinking we should check for an update

 ‎· Courtney F
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this an earlier editions are popular with my communication grad students: Internet, phone, mail, and mixed-mode surveys : the tailored design method by Don A. Dillman. Also: my boss. But you can't have her. :-)

 ‎· Stephªn1e☀️CogSc1L1brªr1ªn☀️
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ooh, we have that one too, thanks!

 ‎· Courtney F
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I have been asked to create a guideline for the running of surveys , focus groups (external facing). any tips?

 ‎· Aarontay
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any LibWizard users in here allow non-library users (like teaching faculty) to use LibWizard? If so, who handles training and administration for that?

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No, but I keep looking to see if anybody chimes in!

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We are definitely on a different scale. Library, archives, and law library faculty combined number around 50. It is a challenge to do everything we want with so few people, but it also makes it easier for the UWL to carry the smaller units on our licenses.

 ‎· kaijsa
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I'm looking for your favorite OER readings for librarians (introductory or intermediate level), please!

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http://acrlog.org/2016/04/01/oer-part1/

 ‎· LibSkrat
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https://studentpirgs.org/sites/student/files/reports/The Billion Dollar Solution.pdf

 ‎· LibSkrat
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https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/11/21/oer-conference-speakers-push-academic-libraries-promote-adoption

 ‎· LibSkrat
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https://www.alastore.ala.org/content/affordable-course-materials-electronic-textbooks-and-open-educational-resources-alcts

 ‎· jsholman
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https://www.alastore.ala.org/content/textbooks-academic-libraries-selection-circulation-and-assessment-alcts-monograph

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surely there's an easier way of doing an overlap analysis in Alma than having to search for each and every one of our electronic collections (databases) by hand.... am I missing something? I want to see how Database Z compares to our 300+ existing databases and how unique the content is.

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There's overlap analysis, kinda like what was in SFX. But it's in an odd (to me) place: Resources --> Advance Tools --> Overlap and Collection Analysis. Documentation: https://knowledge.exlibrisgroup.com/Alma/Product_Documentation/010Alma_Online_Help_(English)/040Resource_Management/070Advanced_Tools/010Overlap_Analysis

 ‎· Kirsten
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yup that's what I'm trying to use.... seems like there should be an easier way to add my existing subscriptions though. i have to search for all of them individually amd add them that way

 ‎· Courtney F 1
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Anyone interested in an LSW meetup at ER&L?

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Sadly, I won’t be at ER&L this year (first time since 2011). Please eat all the tacos and ER&L snacks for me!

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This was such fun!

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