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Chicago FestWeekend

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 6/11/16 (8:32pm)

Three days of incredible events:

  • RibFest on Friday, 6/10
  • LitFest on Saturday, 6/11
  • Blues Fest on Sunday, 6/12
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Depaul University 'Library All-Star' Award

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 6/4/16 (3:25pm)

University Librarian Scott Walker biked over with the "Library All-Star" Award for me on Saturday. Thanks, everyone!

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Logical Next Step

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 5/16/16 (11:18pm)

Sorry, I couldn't resist.

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Current Cites for April 2016

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 4/29/16 (1:36pm)

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Current Cites for April 2016 is out! You can find the issue here...

This month I recommended a rather enjoyable research article that looked at focus groups involving college students and their searching habits -- a situation rather familiar to those of us fortunate enough to work in public service. Included were lines like, "few students were aware of what a 'subject librarian' was".

Job Description : Part-time Reference Librarian

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 4/16/16 (2:31pm)

Just got a request to describe my activities as a part-time reference librarian. Here's my response:

Basically the part time job is totally reference (i.e. public service) work. Questions run from 'where is the copier/bathroom/color-printer' to 'I'm writing a research paper on advances in chemistry in the 18th Century and need to find some research articles'.

Am I an expert on advances in chemistry in the 18th Century? No, but I know where to get the student started and I can also show the student how to find articles and, equally as important, how to evaluate search results so that they branch out into even better material. I also know, finally, what the limits are and who and when to refer them to other people.

That's pretty much what I do.

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The Post App Internet

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 4/12/16 (3:47pm)

Yet another bad idea bites the dust:

At the same time, it is clear that, apart from a shortlist of popular apps, most people just aren’t downloading a lot of apps anymore. Any given person spends 80% of her mobile time using her favorite three apps, according to ComScore. And few people go looking for new ones these days.*

Ya mean, I don't need to download a separate piece of software for every website I visit on my smartphone?
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* Jessi Hempel, "Facebook Believes Messenger Will Anchor a Post-App Internet", Wired (4/12/2016).

MPOW: The Gravy Train

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 4/5/16 (2:37pm)

Hard to go on a diet in a place like this.

Current Cites for March 2016

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 4/2/16 (12:30pm)

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Current Cites for March 2016 is out! You can find the issue here...

This month I recommended an article that took text-based content analysis and applied it to tweets from the Twitter accounts of 10 different academic libraries. Interesting results.

Current Cites for January 2016

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 1/30/16 (10:39am)

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Current Cites for January 2016 is out! You can find the issue here...

Starting the year out right. I pointed to the "big anniversary issue" coming from the Journal of Electronic Publishing (JEP) celebrating its 20th year as an open access journal.

'Join the Conversation' Makes It to This Year's Banished Word List

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 1/4/16 (12:08am)

I've lived to see the day! "Join the conversation" has made it to this year's LSSU Banished Word List!

University Releases 2016 Banned Words List (WGN)

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – A university in Michigan has come out with its annual list of banished words.

Each year Lake Superior State University bans words or phrases it deems overused, misused, or in poor taste. Top contenders for 2016 include “vape,” “break the Internet” and “conversation.”

Now if only "disruptive" and "iconic" could make it to next year's list! Puh-leeeeeeezzzzeee!

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