Category Archives: General

Am I a “librarian”?

I got an MLIS degree, received a bit over 9 years ago, because I wanted to be a librarian, although I wasn’t sure what kind. I love libraries for their 100+ year tradition of investigation and application of information organization … Continue reading

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Virtual Shelf Browse is a hit?

With the semester starting back up here, we’re getting lots of positive feedback about the new Virtual Shelf Browse feature. I don’t have usage statistics or anything at the moment, but it seems to be a hit, allowing people to … Continue reading

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blacklight_cql plugin

I’ve updated the blacklight_cql plugin for running without deprecation warnings on Blacklight 5.14. I wrote this plugin way back in BL 2.x days, but I think many don’t know about it, and I don’t think anyone but me is using it, … Continue reading

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Blacklight Community Survey

I’ve created a Google Docs survey targetted at organizations who have Blacklight installations (or vendor-hosted BL installations on their behalf? Is that a thing?). Including Blacklight-based stacks like Hydra. The goal of the survey is to learn more about how … Continue reading

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“Registered clinical trials make positive findings vanish”

via nature.com, Registered clinical trials make positive findings vanish The launch of the clinicaltrials.gov registry in 2000 seems to have had a striking impact on reported trial results, according to a PLoS ONE study1 that many researchers have been talking about … Continue reading

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III report: “WE LOVE THE LIBRARY, BUT WE LIVE ON THE WEB.”

ILS Vendor III has released a report based on a survey of patrons at 7 UK academic libraries: “WE LOVE THE LIBRARY, BUT WE LIVE ON THE WEB.” Findings around how academic library users view online resources and services (You have to … Continue reading

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Virtual Shelf Browse

We know that some patrons like walking the physical stacks, to find books on a topic of interest to them through that kind of browsing of adjacently shelved items. I like wandering stacks full of books too, and hope we can … Continue reading

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Long-standing bug in Chrome (WebKit?) on page not being drawn, scroll:auto, retina

In a project I’m recently working on, I ran into a very odd bug in Chrome (may reproduce in other WebKit browsers, not sure). My project loads some content via AJAX into a portion of the page. In some cases, … Continue reading

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“Dutch universities start their Elsevier boycott plan”

“We are entering a new era in publications”, said Koen Becking, chairman of the Executive Board of Tilburg University in October. On behalf of the Dutch universities, he and his colleague Gerard Meijer negotiate with scientific publishers about an open … Continue reading

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“First Rule of Usability? Don’t Listen to Users”

A 15-year-old interesting brief column from noted usability expert Jakob Nielsen, which I saw posted today on reddit:  First Rule of Usability? Don’t Listen to Users Summary: To design the best UX, pay attention to what users do, not what … Continue reading

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