Andromeda Yelton

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Guest post: Notes from a techie patron, part 2

June 7th, 2010 · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

(Part 1 was yesterday. Onward and upward!) WorldCat Recall that book record I showed earlier, FRBR nuts will note that in fact there is not one but three copies of this book in Minuteman. The other two were first editions indexed without the subtitle. At one point the one copy with the full title [...]

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Guest post: Notes from a techie patron, part 1

June 7th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

One of the recurring themes of my library science education has been that I see conversations about information all the time — some at school from a library perspective, and some at home from a computer science perspective; as a dot-com-era engineering school graduate married to same, I have a social circle dominated by software [...]

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shoe shopping, the long tail, and libraries

May 1st, 2010 · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

I hate shoe shopping. I know — this is grounds for eviction from my gender. But if you’d once gone into every shoe store in your hometown, asked if they’d sold your size, and they all said “no”, you’d hate shoe shopping too. (I wear an 8.5AA, and basically no one sells — or manufactures [...]

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digital natives need tech support too

April 29th, 2010 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

Seems like digital natives want more tech support than they’re getting in an academic context. The quote that stood out for me: While college students are adept at manipulating complex social-networking tools through their iPhones and BlackBerries, along with video and computer games, “they’re not nearly as proficient when it comes to using digital tools [...]

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what Google ethnography and research oncology have in common

January 25th, 2010 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

Here, we have an ethnographer talking about why (outside of academic/elite contexts) Google is not widely adopted in China. (A variety of reasons: the Google name is hard to pronounce and spell in Chinese and there is not a widely accepted, Google-promoted canonical form; many, many users have their primary internet access through mobile technologies [...]

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Update on Cushing’s all-digital library

November 12th, 2009 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Update on Cushing Academy, the school that ditched its print collection for Kindles &c — worth knowing about now that the academic year is underway. Some pros, some cons, not a lot of detail. Interesting that a wide variety of administrators, including a library administrator, are quoted approvingly (I wish I could’ve been around for [...]

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data mining for fun and…

November 10th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

That slideset yesterday was funny, so I’ve RSSed the guy’s blog. Liked this recent post about data-mining your circ records. His university now has a recommender system (both “people who liked this book also liked” and “people in this course of study tend to like”) and a course-of-study-specific search functionality (nursing and law students want [...]

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discovery interfaces in the Chronicle

October 12th, 2009 · 7 Comments · Uncategorized

Chronicle of Higher Ed article on discovery layers in library catalogs. Doesn’t say much I haven’t already seen (although if you have no idea what I mean by “discovery layers” do read it; it’s a good overview). I did like this bit, though: “It’s sort of our answer to, Why it is you need a [...]

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the perfect is the enemy of the good; the good is the enemy of the perfect?

September 18th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

In my Library Automation class yesterday, the concept of satisficing came up. Digression: satisficing is where I feel most acutely the cultural conflict between the librarians I read and talk with in school, and the software geeks I socialize with. So any time that comes up, there’s a lot going on in my head. Someone [...]

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