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Courtney F

librarian. knitter, sewer, runner, crafter, baker, reader and occasional blogger. mostly Mama for this season.

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Boosted! Now part of Team Pfizer AND Team Moderna. (Flu shot went in the other arm)

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how are you today?

 ‎· StephAnie Wear A Mask
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Arms are sore (booster more than flu) and I had a headache this morning. I'm tired, but it's hard to say if that's the shots or just a busy 3 days. Otherwise, I'm good.

 ‎· Courtney F 5
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you know you still sound sick when your staff member asks if you've considered steroids (yes, I have, but the doc didn't prescribe them. i'll likely be going back soon)

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Hope you feel better soon.

 ‎· Kirsten 2
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:(

 ‎· Meg Vmeg 1
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Aw, but also, a little bit LOL at the question from your staff person

 ‎· I keep receipts. 1
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anyone got thoughts on Internet Archive Scholar? https://scholar.archive.org/ it looks pretty new, but seems like they're headed in an interesting direction with it

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had not heard of it previously, but have shared with the subject librarians now

 ‎· ellbeecee
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I want to help our faculty and staff add to our professional development collection - where's your favorite place to find books that would be helpful for your professional development? (print or e) I get catalogs from ALA and emails from ACRL, but I'm curious to know if there are other places doing this publishing too

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This is old school, but mpow has an approval plan that covers LIS. I regularly look at the new books shelf and feed (it includes ebooks) at my library and also browse the Z stacks for new stuff. ACRL titles are often great, but I also see good stuff from Jossey Bass/Wiley (more for hi ed stuff in general) and Libraries Unlimited/ABC-CLIO, as well as some from Information Today. Springer publishes some good LIS stuff, and some of my colleagues like Scarecrow Press a lot. Those catalogs might be useful--hope this is helpful. I am working remotely, so those are the presses I can remember being most useful, but I can't run up and look at the moment!

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Library Journal reviews this category. I like their reviews.

 ‎· StephAnie Wear A Mask 1
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there is cold seeping into my office from the windows and my space heater is making me too hot on parts of my body, while the other parts are cold from the aforementioned seeping cold. send blankets... or window sealant

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Clear trash bags + masking tape?

 ‎· April 1
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i have taped the sides of them before, when the wind howled through. i should probably just have facilities come back and seal them properly. (We broke the seals years ago because our HVAC was dead for over a week and we needed to open the windows)

 ‎· Courtney F 3
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Can y'all go vote for this enhancement if you haven't already? https://ideas.exlibrisgroup.com/forums/308176-primo/suggestions/36133744-change-order-of-holdings-for-e-journals-in-viewit

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why can I never log in to the Elsevier admin page? and then, I can very rarely reset my password.

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Spite. :-(

 ‎· Deborah Fitchett 6
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ADDED VALUE

 ‎· LibSkrat 9
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Because they would much rather you look at their carefully culled 12 month usage report that says their content is *extremely* valuable to your users than see the raw data.

 ‎· Anna C. 9
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I had to open a ticket with them to figure out my login issues. Once I realized that user name is case sensitive and I (poor show past self!) had a cap in our user name, things got better.

 ‎· jsholman 3
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happens to me with Westlaw Next Admin.

 ‎· StephAnie Wear A Mask
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at least the presentation I'm listed on for next week's schedule of events is one I've given before. Since it's not currently on my calendar.

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so apparently I'm going to author a book chapter now! eep! any writing tips from those of you who have done this sort of thing before?

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Yay Congrats! Hmmm, usually book chapters are more informal tone than writing papers. Headings that guide you through have been important for me. Have someone review your outline before you start writing to see if you got all the parts and pieces? (Happy to eyeball outlines!)

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What's the topic? I usually write pracitioner type pieces so it's quite informal.

 ‎· Aarontay
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finding resources for two brand new PhD programs would sure be a whole lot easier (I think) if I had access to things like Ulrich's..... *Sigh*

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teaching in an N95 mask reminds me of teaching while I was pregnant.... I feel like I can't get a good deep breath in by the end. Whew.

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kinda, yeah; I've found that in my 2.5-hour Monday class I have to switch to a fresh mask halfway through

 ‎· LibSkrat
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A friend of mine said exactly the same thing about mask wearing ~~ teaching while pregnant.

 ‎· StephAnie Wear A Mask
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I miss you guys (like seeing your faces and hearing your voices) - anyone interested in doing a Zoom-based meetup again soon? I'm happy to host...

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I'd love to. I'm busier than ever this fall but am hopeful I'll get lucky with whatever time it gets scheduled for.

 ‎· Stephen Francoeur 1
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I miss seeing you all as well, *and* I've slacked off on scheduling our semi-regular Mokum meet-ups. I'm happy to resurrect them and @librarychic I don't think I'll be able to host monthly as I had been; so, perhaps we can alternate hosting?

 ‎· Galadriel
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I would be happy to alternate hosting!

 ‎· Courtney F 1
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If it's at a time and on a day when I'm not swamped, I'll probably join.

 ‎· The Common Masked Jill
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we have less than no storage left and one of our Japanese language / Asian Studies professors is asking us to add two super specialized sets for a total of more than 120 volumes. 31 libraries have one of the sets, and many of those have Asian collections or libraries. We have 3 Asian Studies faculty members. *sigh*

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That's a whole lotta volumes!

 ‎· Kirsten 1
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!!!

 ‎· Galadriel
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So this is the question I just received in prep for a research appt tomorrow: "How do British pop and rock musicians sing in an American accent?" I.... have no idea where to even begin. Thinking of tossing it the music librarian

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Vowels. It's all about how you pronounce the vowels, especially with singing. Your music librarian will probably have more technical details and sources.

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and.... the student changed their topic after determining that the question was going to be too technical for them to answer [not a music student].

 ‎· Courtney F 3
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after shivering in my office the previous two days, I finally remembered that I have the shawl that @hedgielib sent me last winter! No more shivering! (and, it coordinates nicely with my new purple glasses)

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it's beautiful and looks quite warm!

 ‎· StephAnie Wear A Mask 3
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^ it is both! :)

 ‎· Courtney F 4
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(also, nice photo)

 ‎· StephAnie Wear A Mask 4
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Anyone else seeing slowness in their EBSCO databases? I can't tell if it's our campus infrastructure or EBSCO that's the problem...

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Seems OK to me.

 ‎· Stephen Francoeur
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also okay for me.

 ‎· jsholman
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This happened to us yesterday while our librarians were teaching. It cleared up JUST as they were finishing their classes. :( There's no outage reported on https://status.ebsco.com/history so we assumed it was just too much traffic.

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^ yeah, one of my instruction librarians said it's been "very very slow for the last week or so". Which is so helpful for troubleshooting.

 ‎· Courtney F 1
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@librarychic: Helpful "or so."

 ‎· Stephen Francoeur 1
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anonymous faculty member reporting on COVID and MPOW in our local alt newspaper: https://www.nashvillescene.com/news/pithinthewind/a-belmont-faculty-member-on-the-university-s-lack-of-extensive-covid-protocols/article_bd8f11ae-1b1c-11ec-9f51-ffd18df48257.html [please note - this was not me]

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to the staffing numbers that a few folks have mentioned.... MPOW FTE was 4073 in 2006, when I started. As of Oct 2020 (last census date), it was 7951. The library has added ZERO new staffing lines in that time.

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I'd have to do some digging to figure out exactly how many new programs / colleges / grad schools we've added since then too

 ‎· Courtney F 1
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Nearly double?! I mean, that's slowish growth given the length of time, but I didn't think any higher ed institutions were seeing long-term growth at this point.

 ‎· Kirsten
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=|

 ‎· easyice
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^^ yup. And we're in the small private university set that has little to no endowment funding, so if we don't grow, we have trouble. (we've raised the endowment significantly, but i think the funds are used exclusively for scholarships)

 ‎· Courtney F 4
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That seems like a spectacular failure of Library Leadership.

 ‎· hedgielib 4
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Apparently, if you don't answer the phone or emails from Embase customer care, they contact you twice a week until you give in. (It's literally been 2x/week for the last month)

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See, I'd take that as a challenge and block the email address.

 ‎· Kirsten 6
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"I already spoke to Steve" ..."STeve who?" "I dunno, that's your problem, ask him"

 ‎· hedgielib 10
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^^ I haven't blocked it, but I haven't answered them, either :)

 ‎· Courtney F
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another phone call [ignored] today. likely another email tomorrow :)

 ‎· Courtney F 2
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11 emails ignored since August 6. The phone calls seem to have stopped (or I actually wasn't here for the last one). Still averaging 2 emails/week.

 ‎· Courtney F 1
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So.... my boss wants us to get a "comprehensive list of major authors (American, British, World Literature) and their major works so that we can do a comparison analysis with our current P collection". Anyone got any leads on this? Preferably in spreadsheet form so that we can compare it with our [bloated] P collection?

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uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh what with canon-busting and all I am not convinced this is a stellar approach

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finally got the chance to talk to her. Thanks for your recommendations! She liked them all, so we're going to do a variation on the survey idea and also review the syllabi (if we can get them)

 ‎· Courtney F 1
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fascinated by the idea that our coordinator of research services has no problem with not really providing in person research services to students who walk in needing help

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*blink* *blink*

 ‎· LibSkrat
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is this a scope objection or a workload objection? the latter might be defensible; the former is IMO not.

 ‎· LibSkrat 1
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^I'm not sure, really. We have no research desk anymore, so when our circ people asked what to do when students walked in looking for help, her response was to send them to chat / make an appointment, no matter what. When the only librarian on the first floor (near the circ desk) pointed out that *she* then got all the walk up questions, the response was still mostly just *shrug*. [part of it is because we have three research librarians for 8800 students, but part of it is also the coordinator]

 ‎· Courtney F 1
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I will say this: we are doing some reference desk hours (but only 4/day 4 days a week because the demand for reference services hasn't been there for several years). Outside of those hours we encourage people to be referred to chat for several reasons: 1) our suite is stupid hard to find in the library and while eventually we'll be in a more prominent place, right now we're not, 2) we're not doing consultations in the suite (we will do them elsewhere in the library, fwiw, 3) referrals from circ always end up with me if they don't go to chat or they haven't asked for a specific person because circ knew my phone number and that I answer my phone if I'm in my office and 4) traffic at our 2 year campuses continues to be way down and we needed a way to help justify filling a couple of faculty positions there. Chat as primary referral helps with that.

 ‎· ellbeecee 1
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Now granted -- health sciences -- but we don't get much in the way of student walk ins. We have on call hours from 10-2 right now because we're down 2.5 faculty in the dept and 0 things have come off anyone's plates. That's new for fall. But if someone walks in, our front desk staff will first call up and if you're around, you grab the call and go down (outside of those 20 hours). We did mid-day because of scheduled lunch breaks we know happen -- but for undergrads... yeah that seems odd.

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we are finally getting an official flexible work options policy (flex hours; compressed week; wfh are the options) and the part I have the most questions about is the "Technology Remote Work Agreement", from IT. *sigh*
I am supposed to provide my own computer, but "the employee agrees to the installation of supplied software for verification and scanning of local computer to meet security requirements for remote work." [NOPE] and "installed third-party software applications not approved by LITS are not supported." So.... if I install something that's not approved on MY OWN PERSONAL MACHINE and it breaks Zoom, what happens?

we are finally getting an official flexible work options policy (flex hours; compressed week; wfh are the options) and the part I have the most questions about is the "Technology Remote Work Agreement", from IT. *sigh*
I am supposed to provide my own computer, but "the employee agrees to the installation of supplied software for verification and scanning of local computer to meet security requirements for remote work." [NOPE] and "installed third-party software applications not approved by LITS are not supported." So.... if I install something that's not approved on MY OWN PERSONAL MACHINE and it breaks Zoom, what happens?

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also, "all computers connecting remotely: are required to have updated anti-virus software.... must use a host-based computer firewall" - um... that seems like way overkill.

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AFAIK, we've never been offered the option to choose desktop vs laptop when we are refreshed. But our IT dept can't even tell me where I am in the refresh cycle, so.... A couple of colleagues here in the library do have both desktops and work-provided laptops that they've had for a while [i'm not real clear on why, exactly, since we've never been allowed WFH before], but it's not in the budget for anyone this year, and we'd have to request it for next year and hope it gets approved.

 ‎· Courtney F 1
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I just added a whole bunch of fabrics - Halloween, Fall, florals, Christmas, some sports stuff, some pretty neutral stuff - to my Etsy shop. (I've shifted somewhat to masks on demand rather than sewing them ahead of time, although there are a lot that are ready to ship.) If you're so inclined, please go check it out: https://fusoncrafts.etsy.com

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MPOW just released a mask mandate for everyone indoors on campus for fall. That's a tiny bit of relief, at least. (Except, of course, that we will probably have to police students in the library)

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Anyone know what happened with Measure the Future? (http://jasongriffey.net/mtf/) My head of Access Services wants a better way of counting people in our building than the door counter, and I'm trying to find alternatives to the geo-fenced tracking app that she wants to use....

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I think Jenica might have been working with this at Potsdam - I know she's not in the library anymore, but she may know the status of the project

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What we did was we try to screen out staff devices (typically everything in our staff areas) and specific devices in the library (we don't have many now). It needs to be done periodically and is never perfect. typically when we close the library , I still see a few stray connections by devices. Over the years, I've also done manual counts vs what the system says and it can be off by quite a bit... say 1.3x-1.8x

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