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Academic Librarians' Views on Their Spaces
When colleges and universities renovate their libraries, the changes they make often don't align with the priorities of librarians themselves, according to a survey of academic librarians by the Sasaki Associates, a design firm. The survey, of more than 400 librarians at nearly 200 institutions, found, for example, that 18 percent of renovations of libraries removed shelving when only 1 percent of librarians ranked the removal as a high priority, and 11 percent installed cafes when only 3 percent believed that to be a high priority.

Among other findings, 59 percent of librarians said their workspaces were hidden from public view, making it difficult for users to get the help they need, and nearly four in 10 librarians said the renovations their institutions had undertaken hindered their ability to do their jobs. Librarians were often not consulted for advice about the renovations, the survey found.
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january 2017
Global Game Jam 2017 - NYU | Game Center
RT : Looking for ways to channel righteous creativity next weekend? Come make games with us: 9th annual Global Game Jam
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january 2017
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"Martin died. I'm still dreaming." Mural along Woodward in Detroit.
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january 2017
University of Winds by UniversityOfWinds
Fun fact: every Saturday morning, I collect three interesting things and send it out via this tiny newsletter:
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january 2017
Twitter
I'm so sorry I don't know the source.
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january 2017
Tech Blog
Primo floor plans with Google Apps Script
primo  geo 
january 2017
GitHub - Daniel-KM/StandardFlossPhysicalRTAPlugin: Standard Floss Physical RTA plugin is a plugin for Primo™, the proprietary discovery tool of Ex Libris®, that allows to check in real time the availability of an item, usualy a book or a journal, on re
Standard Floss Physical RTA plugin is a plugin for Primo™, the proprietary discovery tool of Ex Libris®, that allows to check in real time the availability of an item, usualy a book or a journal, on remote systems that implement the ILS-DI standard (Integrated library system - Discovery interface) of the Digital Library Federation
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january 2017
Matthew Reidsma : More than Usable
[Libraries] let people transform themselves through access to information and one another.

We’re about transforming people, and that involves access to information, but it also involves access to people, to community, to librarians, to other users. This is a different way of thinking about out work that is on a higher level than task-based thinking. We’re thinking about the experience of the people involved, and what happens when they use the library.

It’s about people.
librarianship 
january 2017
Nothing To Be Done – Medium
"Each time we’ve managed such a change, new institutions became possible. People had new ideas about what society is for, and so they approached the design of every part of society with different key features in mind. With a new set of key features, every part of society was ripe for reinvention."
january 2017
Twitter
This is the best graphic because it looks like the Midwest is menstruating
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january 2017
USOGE | A Refresher on Misuse of Position
There is no subtweet quite like an Office of Government Ethics subtweet
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january 2017
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It's about to go down! I love it ❤️. 🙋🏻🙋🏼🙋🏽🙋🏾🙋🏿 Ok ladies now let's get in formation.
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january 2017
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Already pinned that, thanks!
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january 2017
Publishing during wartime » MobyLives
Look at Threshold alone: It’s published Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Donald Trump. S&S launched the imprint back in 2006 (with Mary Matalin as its founding editor) when Random House’s conservative Crown imprint (publisher of George Bush) formed an even more conservative sub-imprint, Crown Forum (Ann Coulter, Pat Buchanan), in 2003 … which in turn had been a response to Penguin’s 2002 formation of its conservative Sentinel imprint (Mike Huckabee, Scott Walker).

And then there’s the HarperCollins (Sarah Palin) conservative imprint (yes, I too think that sounds redundant) Broadside Books (Dick Morris), founded in 2010.
january 2017
New Jack Almanac: As Canadian looking as possible (under the circumstances)
Also: please take note. See Also: As Canadian looking as possible (under the circumstances) :
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january 2017
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More than 3000 buses registered for parking for Obama 2009 inauguration. Sounds like Trump inaugural may be an inti…
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january 2017
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Thank you for advocating for a citizen's reference panel to explore how we can improve our municipa…
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january 2017
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Malawian artist Billie Zangewa works with silk to make intricate narrative tapestries
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january 2017
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All municipalities could do a better job of this
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january 2017
Dominic Cummings's Blog
Example… We were urged by everyone to hire a big advertising agency and do traditional posters. ‘When can we discuss our posters?’ I was asked constantly by people who would then try to explain to me their creative ideas (‘we need another Labour Isn’t Working, Dominic, I’ve got an idea for a picture of the globe and arrows…’). One of the few reliable things we know about advertising amid the all-pervasive charlatanry is that, unsurprisingly, adverts are more effective the closer to the decision moment they hit the brain. Instead of spending a fortune on an expensive agency (with 15% going to them out of ‘controlled expenditure’) and putting up posters to be ‘part of the national conversation’ weeks or months before the vote, we decided to 1) hire extremely smart physicists to consider everything from first principles, 2) put almost all our money into digital (~98%), 3) hold the vast majority of our budget back and drop it all right at the end with money spent on those adverts that experiments had shown were most effective (internal code name ‘Waterloo’). When things are digital you can be more empirical and control the timing. The world of advertising agencies and PR companies were sure we had screwed up because they did not see what we were doing. (Tim Bell told everybody we were doomed because we hadn’t hired one of his companies.) This points to another important issue – it is actually hard even for very competent and determined people to track digital communication accurately, and it is important that the political media is not set up to do this. There was not a single report anywhere (and very little curiosity) on how the official Leave campaign spent 98% of its marketing budget. There was a lot of coverage of a few tactical posters.
politics 
january 2017
Twitter
This is an ingenious idea.
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january 2017
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Folks, this took a while to bring together, so I do hope you’ll give it a read and maybe share it with a friend.…
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january 2017
Finding the gaps | eScholarship@BC
Finding the gaps: A survey of electronic resource management in Alma, Sierra, and WMS”
libraries 
january 2017
Geographically Balancing Supply and Demand: Car Sharing in Denver : MapBrief™
One of obvious remedy for the spatial imbalance of the car2go network is to have a pricing system that more flexibly responds to where cars are “stranded” and incentivize users to drive them to more high demand areas. That’s great in theory, but as Uber’s experience with surge pricing has shown, folks don’t much like supply-and-demand if it means they perceive they are paying “more than they should”. And think about the demands car2go already puts on its user base: i) users have to open an app or map online to figure out where are an available car may be and ii) users then have to navigate themselves to the car. As someone who thinks about map interactivity and navigation everyday, I assure you these skills aren’t as prevalent among adults in 2017 as you may suppose. Adding in another layer of dynamic pricing may very well just create more customer service headaches than a more spatially balanced network is worth.
geo 
january 2017
Government’s ‘Ninja Edits’ to Wikipedia Alarming, Critic Says | The Tyee
In Canada, it was set up in 2014 by Nick Ruest, a librarian at York University. Since then, the Twitter account Gov. of Canada edits (@gccaedits) has logged 7,200 changes to Wikipedia made by people using government IP addresses.
january 2017
Why Do Canadians Say 'Eh'? | Atlas Obscura
“Eh” is what’s known as an invariant tag—something added on to the end of a sentence that’s the same every time it’s used. A tag, in linguistics, is a word or sound or short phrase added after a thought which changes that thought in some way. The most common tags are question tags, which change a thought into a question. “It’s a nice day, isn’t it?” would be one example. The tag “isn’t it” turns that statement of fact into something that could prompt a response; the speaker is asking for confirmation or rejection.
quotation 
january 2017
Reinventing the Scientific Article | NCSU Libraries
Authorea was spun out of CERN by a group of physicists who were frustrated with the cumbersome existing processes of research collaboration. Developed with the notion of making it easy to collaboratively write, cite, host, and publish as well as to share data in the same document online, Authorea also assists in the creation of mixed format documents including LaTeX, markdown, and richtext. Authorea is aimed at the portion of the research cycle from writing a first draft through to submission for publishing, and is used in a diverse set of fields from physics to cognitive science.
january 2017
An Atlas of Public Life in Downtown Saskatoon - CityLab
Unlike most reports, this one focuses specifically on how people interact with the city. "It's unique to study people spending time in space. Traffic engineers have studied the way cars move around our cities. We know the economics of our cities, but we rarely just look at how people use space," the report’s lead consultant Chris Hardwicke told the StarPhoenix.

The report cost about $240,000 to perform, and takes a holistic approach to documenting life downtown, from demographics to building and street measurements to qualitative data on conditions like sense of safety in a specific place. It draws heavily on similar studies conducted in European cities by the Danish firm Gehl Architects.
cities  civictech 
january 2017
Protesting Italian students use book titles to protect them from riot police » MobyLives
However, what I like most about this protest, besides the core message, is the fact that — as The Independent reports — some of the students have been photographed using “cardboard shields bearing the names of popular books” to protect themselves. Look closely at the photo above — there’s even a Moby Dick in there!
january 2017
Hawthorne effect - Wikipedia
The Hawthorne effect (also referred to as the observer effect[1]) is a type of reactivity in which individuals modify or improve an aspect of their behavior in response to their awareness of being observed.[2][3] The original research at the Hawthorne Works in Cicero, Illinois, on lighting changes and work structure changes such as working hours and break times were originally interpreted by Elton Mayo and others to mean that paying attention to overall worker needs would improve productivity. Later interpretations such as that done by Landsberger suggested that the novelty of being research subjects and the increased attention from such could lead to temporary increases in workers' productivity. This interpretation was dubbed "the Hawthorne effect".
quotation 
january 2017
Protagoras - Wikipedia
Protagoras (/proʊˈtæɡərəs/; Greek: Πρωταγόρας; c. 490 – c. 420 BC)[1] was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher and is numbered as one of the sophists by Plato. In his dialogue, Protagoras, Plato credits him with having invented the role of the professional sophist.

He also is believed to have created a major controversy during ancient times through his statement that, "Man is the measure of all things", interpreted by Plato to mean that there is no absolute truth, but that which individuals deem to be the truth. Although there is reason to question the extent of the interpretation of his arguments that has followed, that concept of individual relativity was revolutionary for the time, and contrasted with other philosophical doctrines that claimed the universe was based on something objective, outside of human influence or perceptions.
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january 2017
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