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I signed up on the new GLAM instance:

I don’t know yet how I’ll use it compared to this one, but I love the idea of getting “library twitter” a place to migrate to on the fediverse!

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Hey #librarians, #librarystudents, #archivists #curators ... the GLAMMrus (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums, Memory Institutions, and Records Managers) instance is open to registration and tooting! we are!

More about us here:

We really want to welcome all kinds of folks working in this general area for professional and ordinary convos! Public, academic, big, small... students, techy types, reference wizes, circ workers come on over!

Popped up on my news feed today:

Haven't read the whole thing yet, but it has some interesting thoughts:

"After Gutenberg, the printing press was mostly used to mimic the calligraphy in bibles. It took nearly 100 years of technical and conceptual improvements to invent the modern book. "There was this entire period where they had the new technology of printing, but they were just using it to emulate the old media.""

This week was the first time I think I ever contributed code to an open source project (granted, in a very tiny way). It feels good!

For those wondering, it was Vienna:

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Most importantly, stop putting institutional events on Facebook, stop using it at universities, stop making participation in Facebook mandatory through your institutional, organization, and activist roles. You can be online, and social, and connected without supporting Facebook.

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If we were to push for a campaign of switching to Duck Duck Go, could we have a hashtag like #DuckingOutOfGoogle?

I just discovered another instance

I think the fediverse is a great place for people, so I’m excited to see the community grow!

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If you are an avid reader or just interested in books, I highly recommend the #amreading hashtag.

It's a remnant from the early federated protocols where we had a group for it, but I've been trying to revive it on Mastodon, and in the #fediverse again (as mastodon doesn't have groups yet).

Getting ready for another session

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The extremely venerable Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (of notable "Doomsday clock" fame) has made their current issue about climate change fully open-access for the next few months

@socrates I can't seem to change my email on When I try, it says it was "successfully changed," and my old email address gets an email saying it has been changed to the new address. However, nothing ever gets sent to the new email address, and the new one doesn't work to log in. The old one address still does though.

Thoughts on citation managers? Any likes/dislikes?

Personally, I've tried using Mendeley and Zotero, but I always just go back to my old-fashioned folder full of PDFs. Managers seem to create more friction for me than they reduce.

But for my grad program, I usually just need ~10 citations per project, at the most. I'm sure every discipline has different needs.

My research setup: 90% of my reading on an iPad with PDF Expert. 90% writing on MacBook with Ulysses.

@elenarchivist Thanks for the follow-back! Good luck with the instance. I love following other librarians on twitter and I always thought that would make a good Mastodon community!

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LB - lol oh my gosh in the morning every morning people trying to get into the library "as though we're giving away free cheese" one custodian said to me.

... of course, we DO give away free books and computer time and bathrooms and entertainment and more! Cheese would be a welcome addition :P

It would be cool if the media was as interested in people who camp out in front of public libraries as it is with people who camp out in front of Apple stores.

Y’all, I’m HYPED for PLA in Philly.

Also, they typically talk to me like the DDC is some old-timey thing I wouldn't understand because I'm young.

*is currently surrounded by thousands of books with DDC labels on the spines*

Every time I try explaining how to find a book to an older customer, they tell me how they're "used to using the Dewey Decimal system," and this weird new system we use is too confusing.

IDK what they think we're using. Our current system is, in fact, Dewey.