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But you don't know what it is, do you, Mr Naughton [20 Apr 2014|06:23pm]


The guy is technology correspondent on The Observer, reviewing a book, The People's Platform, about The Internet.

In this he mentions the 'startling' instances of gender imbalance and asks:
Why there is not more public debate on this?


Okay, maybe it is the particular corners of the Web that I frequent, but yr hedjog notes no lack of debate, comment and protest precisely on this issue. Which suggests to me that Mr N is not looking in the right places, no?

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Persephone Has Risen [20 Apr 2014|01:22pm]

From the underworld you walk to the waking world, and the world again comes to bier the harvest.
You have been sleeping so very long, and winters always coming.
So stay awake for a while though never forget your husband keep, for time will come and you will rest; to eat the sacred pomegranate.
In the world that so many fear though a sleepy world is little to be feared and if we where concerned then we should be heroic, then Elysium fields await us.

Few understand the kindnesses of Aidas.

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My tweets [20 Apr 2014|12:01pm]

  • Sat, 16:57: Holy crap. I can't believe they tied it up w/ less than 10 seconds to go. /o\ Off to OT! Again. #Blackhawks
  • Sun, 10:03: Just woke up to a power outage. Happy Easter? :/
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yes i used to complain about this on twitter all the time [20 Apr 2014|07:30pm]

Out of curiosity, are Brit-pickers not a thing anymore in HP fandom? (Or really, any fandom whose canon is set in the UK?) Back when I first entered HP fandom, it was pretty de rigueur to have a Brit-picker if one weren't British. But these days I read way too many fics that use AmEng terms like "ma'am", "grocery store", "faucet", "asshole", or "call", which never fail to throw me out of the fic, especially if it's a well-written fic.

Where are the fics with expressions such as "he was such a knob" or "she felt knackered" or "they took the piss"? Or, if people aren't going to use British slang, can they please refrain from AmEng slang?

(I was talking about this to my bb K. (who is USAmerican) and how I notice if an author uses "going to the store" rather than "going to the shop", for example, and she said that was something that she wouldn't have known or remembered. But it's always little things like this that reveal stuff, yeah?)

Same with Sherlock BBC fic. I do get how people who aren't familiar with BrEng won't notice things (I certainly never did before I went to the UK), but it's really glaringly obvious to people who are familiar with BrEng, and for me, at least, random bits of AmEng will ruin the rhythm of the fic for me. :(

British people aren't hard to find! Please get them to look over fics set in the UK! :( It's not like I'm asking for people to get British dialects correct!


Yes, I almost always refrain from reading fic set in China or involving Chinese characters for this reason. There was a really popular Chinese mythology fic written for Yuletide a few years back, and I couldn't get past the first few paragraphs because I found a (or maybe a few) glaring error(s) that could have easily been rectified by consulting a Chinese person.
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[20 Apr 2014|07:59am]

Yesterday afternoon, while I was clearing a good 12-16" of leaves out from under the front hedge, so you can actually see the sidewalk, no this hasn't been done in years because the leaves had become dirt and the hedges had put down roots therein in a carpet atop the concrete:

Neighbor 1 and Neighbor 2 from down the street approach, introduce themselves.

Neighbor 1: "We had to drop by and say hello because of the work you're doing. This isn't Wellesley. We have pride around here."

The contempt with which he said Wellesley just makes me laugh every time I think about it.

(Different neighbors hire landscapers every spring, and what got me outside yesterday was the sound of their chopping/blowing/etc. engines. I don't know Wellesley that well, but I suspect that on average its residents hire landscapers.)

And thus was I indoctrinated into the general ideology of the neighborhood? Anyway, my indoctrination came with a backache and sore feet, but I did get a bit of a tan on my shoulders.

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My tweets [20 Apr 2014|06:02am]

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[20 Apr 2014|11:25am]

Happy birthday,[personal profile] forthwritten!

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From the Cataloguerès Desktop ... [19 Apr 2014|10:38pm]

A new booklist has been posted over at catdesk tonight ... enjoy!!!
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Looking back... [20 Apr 2014|12:28am]

[ mood | contemplative ]

So I finally logged back in here, ended up reading over all my old posts. Rather sad watching friendships grow and fade.
However, the time is now, not then. Life has moved on and changed. I graduated from Plymouth with my medieval studies degree and moved back down to Mass. After a bit at Marshall's(and getting injured) I moved into a studio in Boston and found a part time job at a library in the town I'd just moved out of. Next year, moved to a lovely place in Brighton and got a job more easily accessible from the previous apt. I do wonder at times if I should move again, with the hopes of getting an even better job...
I have started graduate school at Simmons for my MLIS and am finishing up my second semester. At the turn of the new year, I gave up one of my jobs for sanity's sake. I love my current work immensely and classes have been going great!
Um, I have friends and gaming groups of awesome.
I discovered an unfortunate allergy to shellfish.
Still can't make deviled eggs.
Got called the energizer bunny by a cabaret girl at a burlesque.
Have gone/am going to conferences in my field.
Love life.
Love school (but hate group projects)
Have gotten much better at not perpetually apologizing due to hard work from my supervisor/coworkers/friends
Have learned ideals are lovely, life prevents them from being realistic
And so things go, I wish all well and luck to them in endeavors to come!

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record day celebration [19 Apr 2014|09:25pm]

i wonder if it will be on a saturday again next year.
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From the Cataloguer's Desktop ... [19 Apr 2014|10:01pm]

[ mood | relaxed ]

Felt fabric designs : a sourcebook for feltmakers, by Sheila Smith.

Will I live tomorrow? : one woman's mission to create an anti-Taliban film in war-torn Afghanistan, Sonia Nassery Cole.

The scarlet sisters : sex, suffrage and scandal in the Gilded Age, by Myra MacPherson.

To Hell you ride, by Lance Henriksen and Joseph Maddrey.

Buried glory : portraits of Soviet scientists, by Istvan Hargittai.
EVEN MORE BOOKS!!!Collapse )

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[19 Apr 2014|03:39pm]

What a delicious Friday morning. I'm working from home, but i don't need to start until normal working hours! The mystery of the exhaustion was resolved (hormonal; i wish i could predict that but my "cycles" are very lopsided and wobbly), and out i went for a walk last night.

Today: no wheat, no sweets.

Also, if work can manage not to be in a panic ... oh look, an 8 am meeting. Sigh.

We have a yard sale tomorrow: the neighborhood all shares in the same day, and i decided to participate by selling this year. Some of my white Pfaltzgraff Heritage dishes from college will be on sale: coffee pot, pitcher, salt and pepper, cream & sugar, and seven cups and saucers. Sentiment isn't good enough, and i prefer my mismatched collections. Mom has returned to me the dishes i bought at thrift stores in Philly for her: those are going, too. Those, in fact, were the tipping point: there was NO WHERE to put those. I purged the vase collection, and that has actually purchased some storage room. The other dishes just bought wiggle room where dishes were tightly packed or precariously stacked. I may take a few breaks today to sort through a little more.

I have memorized the first thirty elements of the periodic table. I think these will be the easiest, as they are all fairly common except 21 Scandium and 23 Vanadium.


And Saturday comes. I HOPE i forgot to take my antidepressant yesterday. The end of the day i was overwhelmed with impostor syndrome thoughts, triggered by talking to my new boss about my reviews of the team plus having a less than successful time taking photos in the hills.

Dinner in the Hills

There. It doesn't begin to catch the delight of the lupines in the sun, the white butterflies fluttering over them, and the deer (who were curious about what the human was doing laying down in the grasses and so on, but were pretty unconcerned otherwise).


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Getting Sidetracked [19 Apr 2014|06:54pm]

Inspired (if that's the right word) by the tragic accident on Mount Everest, I bought some mountaineering memoirs and have been devouring them. I've read some before: Into Thin Air got me interested, and I've also read a book by Jim Wickwire. It's weird that I find stories about mountaineering absolutely fascinating because I'm scared of heights. Ed Viesturs' book called No Shortcuts to the Top is quite good.

I wonder where there is a small, easy mountain or large hill that I could climb. When I was in California, I wanted to "climb" Mount Tam. Living in Illinois, though, mountains or large hills are tough to find. Maybe I should take a trip to Missouri's Taum Sauk Mountain, which is supposed to be easy and is in a nice park. It's about 4.25 hours from here.
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Romance and the Eleventh Doctor [19 Apr 2014|11:03pm]

Cut for length and also just in case anyone who cares about spoilers still hasn't seen the Eleven stories. Also very vague speculation about this coming season's characterisation based on cast announcementsCollapse )

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Not sure I believe this [19 Apr 2014|06:38pm]


A writer or painter must be knocked back by shock or suffering that stuns his or her rational mind and allows access to inspiration, whether that bold idea comes from some deeply buried detail of psychology or some external daemon muse.

Also not persuaded that what he describes - wandering around sleepless because nowhere to sleep - approximates to most people's mundane experiences of actual insomnia, where all the conditions for slumber are there, but Morpheus has left the building without stating any time of, or indeed intention to, return.

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Introducing Graphicdemia: Collecting Comics and Graphic Novels in Academia [04 Mar 2013|10:26am]


On March 2, I presented, along with two other colleagues, at the MSU Comics Forum on Golden Age: Comics and Graphic Novel Resources in Libraries. Our schtick, if you will, is to present the collection and outreach methods from three different types of libraries: academic, public, and special; and present specifically at a non-library conference.

In 1974, Will Eisner (yes, that Will Eisner) penned an article in School Library Journal entitled, Comic Books in the Library. For at least 40 years, libraries have been well aware of the importance of collecting comics and graphic novels. Librarians write and present on this topic to other librarians at librarian conferences and publications across the country all day, every day.

But what about interaction with the public, the communities we serve, comic stores, artists, etc? Do they know we’re doing this?

The answer is: Not so much.

My presenting colleagues and I recognized there is a disconnect between what librarians are doing and the community and artists we’re doing it for and this is where our presentation comes in. We’re also going to be doing similar presentations at C2E2 in April and Grand Con in September. The C2E2 presentation is going to be more of a how the collection is promoted and utilized, while the Grand Con presentation will be similar to MSU Comic Forum presentation or a hybrid of the two.

At the MSU Comics Forum, our Q&A after was pretty awesome and we got a lot of great questions. I felt really confident about our work and the audience seemed to really respond well to what we were saying. The confidence/passion of how we feel about our topic is evident, and we had a great rapport with each other to back up the other’s points. I’m excited about our future presentations.

Now, I began collecting graphic novels at GRCC for a couple of reasons. We literally only had a few titles, like Astonishing X-Men Vol 1 and Cartooning for fun and profit (circa 1945), but there was absolutely no cohesion to our collection (series titles were not continued, some of the books were older than dirt, and so forth). In addition, I was told someone local was going to donate a few boxes of graphic novels several years ago but they were all rejected by the librarians at the time as not being relevant to our curriculum. Even despite the fact someone was obviously buying titles since the library already a small growing collection in the stacks. So, no consistency or cohesion to the collection.

The other reasons I wanted to collect graphic novels was the value and diversity they bring to the collection, they would or could be supported across various curriculums and lastly, they could introduce students to new topics or be a bridge to a difficult topic.

I took my proposal to the librarians and my director, and they supported the idea of collecting graphic novels. I worked with our cataloger on how to best catalog our collection. By mid-spring 2012, I started collecting graphic novels and peripheral books.

When you hear librarians talk about collection development, they often mention the core collection. Typically this means titles that should be standard in your stacks, for whatever reason. To bring cohesion to the collection, I needed to find fairly recent core collection lists, websites, and books to start gathering titles as well as start tracking newly published titles to purchase.

This is when I started running into a number of problems.

  1. 90% (if not higher) of professional literature (print and online) on comics/graphic novels is geared for teen, tween, or younger
  2. General core collection books were outdated or the titles recommended would be out of print or geared towards teen and younger
  3. Suggested reading lists from various organizations (library and non-library based) would include out of print or age inappropriate or content inappropriate titles
  4. Review lists from in the profession literature or general newspapers and magazines, concentrate more on teen/youth over adult titles
  5. Academic institutions that carry comic / graphic novel collections either had their collections in special collections (typically non-circulating), focused on a specific type (golden age, silver age, etc), or  the emphasis was on research only
  6. Catalogs by publishers or book distributors concentrate on youth  over adult books. A recent spring catalog by a large distributor was 20+ pages on graphic novels, maybe 3 pages were geared for adult content.

First let me clarify, when I refer to something as being “adult,” I am not referring to something as being racy or pornographic. I am referring to materials that contain situations, language, or ideas appropriate for 18+.   It is generally accepted most weekly comics are rated as such, but per my list above, publishers, reviewers, and such concentrate on the under 18s. Which is maddening!

I am also get that adults will read content geared for the under 18s, which is fine. But my first goal is to support our curriculum so I have to be very specific on what I can and cannot buy. I can also afford to be picky as our local public library is one block away, whereas if it weren’t, my range would be much more diverse.

As I started researching and creating my core list, I was finding a lot of great sites that I thought would be of interest to my students, so I started a graphic novels subject guide. In order to get a better idea of what to put on my guide, I searched for other guides on graphic novels and became disheartened by what I found.

  1. Guides that were obviously templates and could be for any subject, with no relevant information on the specific topic (general database links, general how to pages, etc)
  2. Guides with dead links, broken embeds, out dated information or rarely updated
  3. Guides with mixed messages: Instructions on how to use databases, cite papers, find materials and then provide available books geared for instructors / researchers.
  4. Guides that did not provide additional information outside of their own resources, so no list of blogs, websites, societies, museums, etc for future investigation.

Many guides had one problem, but most had multiple. I imagined myself as a student gettings super frustrated if I was doing homework on the inability to find information.

This is what got me thinking about how graphic novels are perceived in academia, from a student’s point of view and a librarian’s point of view.  And to be honest, it’s a mess.

This is when I sussed out I had numerous goals I wanted to achieve when it came to graphic novels in academic libraries.

  • Present at non-library conferences how libraries of all shapes and sizes are collecting, promoting, and circulating graphic novels
  • Inline with collecting the collection, promote the heck out of it to my patrons and community
  • Keep the subject guide as divergent and current as possible for not only my students, but others as well
  • Start Graphicdemia, and keep it as current and robust as possible as a resources for librarians who are collecting at non-research institutions,  special libraries, adult services public librarians, or something else entirely
  • Perhaps write on this topic for publication

Currently I’m debating on what to put on Graphicdemia vs putting it on the subject guide, so currently my rationale is, “If it helps someone on the development and collection side, that goes on Graphicdemia. If it is of general interest, that goes on the subject guide.”

The response to this has been fantastic so far, and it’s interesting to see how many librarians are struggling with the same problem. This is what makes working at a community college so unique is we fall into that sphere between public and four year academic institutions  and we can pull from both on many things but others, we get lost in the shuffle.

I have a lot of work to do.

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Summary of LibTechConf 2013 [28 Mar 2013|03:19pm]


Last week I had the pleasure of presenting at the Library Technology Conference, which is held at  Macalster College in St. Paul, MN. As I mentioned at the beginning of my talk, I did not know LibTechConf (as it is affectionately referred to) existed until last year, when several people I professionally admire were prepping for their talk that year. After some research, I found it was highly regarded, specially curated, and previous LibTechConf conferences had a wealth topics that were  often not repeated elsewhere  The content was not a regurgitation of the same stuff, different conference (or year) you may see with larger conferences.

I’m thrilled to have been a part of it this year.

Keynote: Virginia Eubanks – Can Tech Serve Social Justice?

Eubanks, Internship Director of the Women’s Studies Department at University at Albany and co-founder of Our Knowledge, Our Power, gave an impassioned talk on the use of technology in the realm of social justice. She explored the idea the digital divide is not just a barrier between person and tech, but it is also a barrier and a preventer to getting services and needs that many existing without making a living wage were getting access to. Eubanks also discussed how companies, in the US and elsewhere, took advantage of impoverished areas to find workers for their factories and exploited them for cheap labor. In addition, some of these companies would train their employees to work within various areas of the company, but instead of investing more education or training to promote them, the workers were often fired or laid off due to outsourcing or job consolidation.   If interested in more of Eubanks’ work, check out her book Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age

Session: OMG! My metadata is as fresh as the Backstreet Boys
Short, but sweet, session on using Google Refine (which recently changed to OpenRefine a few days before the talk) and Freebase to clean up dirty metadata. Examples were given of how robust the products are and how to best utilize them

Session: Websites are for people
Highly informative session that makes the bold statement: Libraries should not be building or designing websites for supposed library needs, but should be building  for the library’s patrons/community/users needs. The presenter walked us through how user design and experience (UX) is not just for websites, but for everywhere and everything  in our world.  He gave examples of these outside the digital world experiences such as the badly designed parking meters that give conflicting instructions to directional information at walk-up restaurant counters that force the person to make too many choices in order to order food and pay for it.  He then tied these back to user design for websites and how the same mindset is seemingly applied. “Library websites are too complicated.” And he’s right.  After the talk, I started seeing user experience problems everywhere. My current favorite example is on the way home from the conference, the terminal as MSP had a large display built to emulate an app that was available for you to download on your smartphone. The problem is they don’t illustrate it’s just a demo and not usable, so you walk up and start mashing your fingers against the glass to get information and see that it won’t do anything.

Session: How I stopped worrying and learned to love Institutional Repositories
My presentation!

Session: Digital Preservation = Enduring Access
This isn’t what I quite thought it was going to be. I was looking for more information about on plans, techniques, and tips and it turned out to be more of a “This is what we’ve done, this is we may do.” It felt really like an intro class to archives and digital preservation, which would have been fine if it had billed itself as that, but it didn’t.

Keynote: Kimberly Bryant – Founder, Black Girls Code

Just like Virginia Eubanks, Kimberly Bryant’s talk was passionate, engaging, and brimming with lots of good information. Bryant talked about the formation of Black Girls Code, with the purpose of getting women into tech as well as engaging them, and getting them to start taking chances in technology. While discussing the early days of BGC, Bryant was pleasantly surprised to find it was not start-ups or colleges that would help, but it was  libraries that would become the place for BGC meetings, programs, and workshops. BGC started out with intent to bring its messages to under represented areas (underscoring much of what Eubanks was discussing in her talk) and it has grown. There is now discussion to start similar groups like BGC for other underrepresented populations.

Session: Copyright, Licenses, and Fair Use: What’s Up With That?
Here’s the first thing you should know:

If you’re not a lawyer and you’re giving advice on copyright issues on campus, you may get in trouble for practicing law.

Second thing you should know, First sale rights could be applied to EVERYTHING: Used cars, after-market products, even library lending.

A recap of this really informative presentation should be best be presented in links that were relevant to the talk:

To see more what people are saying about LibTechConf, check #LTC2013 on Twitter.

Originally published at Exit, Pursued By A Bear, a most unreliable narrator. You can comment here or there.

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