On Meet The World's First Bookless Library

@palamedes Yes, ebooks (and most other electronic resources) are licensed content, not owned, usually. So it's important to know what your contracts state about access and changes to content. The flip side of this is that we can discontinue electronic content sometimes because it's not being used enough for what it costs, so it can be lower risk. Whereas if we buy a book no one uses it just sits on the shelf until we weed it and is given away for free (we don't have booksales at my library).

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 5:15 pm 0

On Help, a Direct Mailing For a Cleaning Service Actually Worked On Me And I'm Worried It Will Ruin My Relationship

I have a housecleaner and we pay them a lot more than that to come every 3 weeks. It is worth it. We don't have to fight about chores. We don't have to spend our weekends cleaning everything. The house stays clean enough that I don't get stressed out and don't have to play catch up right before someone visits. The hard part is letting it go when things are not cleaned to my standards or the way I would do it, which is probably too high and too detailed. That and tidying up the night before they come so they can get the real work done. Tonight happens to be that night.

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 1:33 pm 0

On Meet The World's First Bookless Library

I am a librarian at a library with 4 floors - our books reside on 2 of them, bound journals on the other two, along with many, many study rooms and carrells. This model surprises me not at all. We weed more and acquire fewer books all the time to make more space for study areas and computers. I access print volumes maybe ... once or twice every couple weeks? Sometimes more or less, but not frequently ever. 99% of the research I do is done online. We have the class textbooks on reserve and they get checked out the most by students, but they use the physical library far more for studying, printing, computers and wifi to access our ever-growing collection of electronic resources.

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 12:42 pm 0

On Link Roundup: Happy Marriage?; Telecommuting; How to Shop IRL

No, this has always been a big bookstore problem even before online shopping, at least from a librarians perspective. I enjoy fiction but I almost always leave Barnes and Noble with a magazine or non-fiction, because both of those have subheadings and are easy to browse. Their fiction section is absolutely unbrowseable. Except for those tables of books out in the middle, but I usually decide I've read everything worth reading of those.

Posted on August 25, 2014 at 11:52 am 0

On Monday Check-in

I didn't estimate Friday because I had no idea what I would be doing for the weekend because I was far too busy to think about it last week! It was crazy. It ended up being ok on spending though. We went out for Chinese on Friday - $25 Saturday I did yard work, then made a Target run for some toiletries, mail supplies, and pruning shears - $45 and got coffee - $5. Sunday we went to breakfast - $20 and then on a drive to and hike in Shenandoah National Park which was great, and free, because we have an annual military pass. We did buy gas - $40 and had Dairy Queen for dinner on the way home - $15. Total for the weekend: about $150.

Posted on August 25, 2014 at 10:14 am 0

On Your Waistline = Your Boss's Business

@E$ They're doing an activity challenge at my company now based on minutes of exercise. It's with Health Advocate, whose terms and conditions have some of my coworkers all worked up. I just try to keep the info I give them minimal. With ours, you can use a tracker if you have one but it's not required. I'd love one if they were giving them away though! I've been thinking about buying one, but I don't know if I would link it to the website for the competition. That just feels a little too close. I'd just look at my minutes and add them manually. Also, I wish ours was like the one below with PTO! We just get our names entered in a drawing each week. I'm not even sure what the prize is if we win...

Posted on August 25, 2014 at 9:00 am 0

On Why SF is So Crazy Expensive & DC/NY Are Better

@siege91 But what they're saying is that limiting the building of additional housing via regulations limits supply, which drives demand even higher. But I agree that shadow pricing is a silly word to use. It makes it sound a lot more mysterious than it really is.

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 9:51 am 1

On Ice Bucket Craziness Changes Charity Forever

@TreeTownGirl Yeah, some my friends have been buzzkills too. It bothers me that this is in any way controversial. A friend challenged my husband, we gave money, and he did the ice thing too so he could challenge other people. If people want to raise the issue of water conservation, post about watering lawns - it wastes more water and doesn't go for a good cause. If you want to keep people thinking about Ferguson, feel free to post about that, too. Things have been shitty. Can't have this one nice, relatively harmless, heartwarming thing without people shitting all over it?

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 4:06 pm 0

On How To Become a Math Person, Vol. 1

@garli Sure that's true. I guess for me though teachers/my parents had satisfactory (to me) answers about other subjects that I questioned, or I didn't question them because they didn't take as much effort for me. I never had a strong math teacher in secondary school so I never got those explanations for math, and it was challenging for me. In any subject, it's hard to learn when the motivation isn't there. I'm sure there are teachers who explain it in a way that's motivating but I just didn't have one.

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 6:46 pm 0

On How To Become a Math Person, Vol. 1

@Theestablishment That actually would have gotten through to me as a student I think. I am pretty sure every kid who is struggling in math has exasperatedly asked "why do I have to learn this anyway?" Maybe it's telling that I always did better at word problems than equations.

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 4:44 pm 0