[2] @eric ... It seems like we have to improve in that sense, and the Netherlands and Finland could be the models of good practices (as in the field of libraries 😃).

[1] Hi @eric: yes, I suppose we can find measurements for one fact and the opposite 😅. What I feel in Granada is a dirtiest air. In Spring I use nose filters for the allergy, and at the end of the day they are black because of the pollution. Here most of the people use their cars. Actually, it's sadly dangerous to ride a bike in the city. In Amsterdam there are a lot of charging points for electric vehicles. In Granada I've never seen one...

Hi @eric! I was talking about a personal feeling, but some time ago I discovered the next map (the European Air Quality Index). As it can be seen, while in Tampere (Finland) the quality is good, in Granada there are some locations with poor quality. Also, while in The Netherlands and Finland there aren't so many red points (maybe one in Helsinky?), in Spain I can see a lot of them.

I know there are a lot of parameters in the map.


Since my research stay in finished and I came back to , , I’ve only used my one time. In Amsterdam I completed 1600 km in 3 months, but Granada is one of the most pollute city of Spain. When you live some time in other countries such as The Netherlands and , you realize that in Spain we have a big problem with the : it is even difficult to .

I miss my Dutch bike!

A PhD student colleague of mine made me this recommendation on . She hit the nail on the head 😂: it's all about a guy working in his Thesis at the library of the . On the one hand, It reminds me of 'Full of Life' and 'Ask the Dust' by , although didn't want to get publish his research but his novels/stories. On the other, it's like the adventures of the unnamed detective by .

Highly recommended for every !

I've proudly created a profile (osf.io/t23a8/) and added 2 on and . They're in Spanish, but I hope my next two papers will be written in English.

The first one is about Spanish and (doi.org/10.31229/osf.io/fzy97); and the second one about in both university and (bit.ly/2Qjr24u). Both of them will be published as conference proceedings.
:OpenAccess: 💪

(Sometimes) I feel I've become a kind of monster since in my (sometimes) I only want to have the articles already published, and I forget to enjoy the . But sometimes is different: for the last week I've been working with the great in a research design on , enjoying it, and furthermore I think we really have something interesting.

Let's see what we get!

It's so difficult to be a .

I've created a about . Here is a brief sketch:

- Wordcloud based on the keywords (more than 3 occurrences) of the most recent 500 documents in the Web of Science Core Collection with public libraries in the title (TI= "public librar*"; Social Sciences Citation Index SSCI; date: 09/23/2018).
- Documents processed with SciMAT, an software tool for science mapping analysis (sci2s.ugr.es/scimat/).
- Wordcloud created with nubedepalabras.es/

“They (students, graduates...) discovered that they could not get access to the results that they needed because they were no longer affiliated with the University. They came knocking on my door and I had to tell them then as a I was in this awkward position that I had to block non-affiliated users for access to publicly funded research. And that is completely contrary to the mission of a and a librarian...”


For the last 2 years I've been teaching a course about information resources for translators at the . I decided to show and watch the documentary about (The Internet's Own Boy) to generate a critical debate about :oa: and . For the current year I'll show -also- this one:

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship.



This is a , best I've ever eaten. Since I became and stop eating ultra-processed food, I discovered a lot of amazing flavours in the fruit world. Last Spring, I ate 4 kilos of Cherimoyas in the same day, but I'm still alive 😂 .

Last year I spent 3 months in (Finland) as a visiting researcher. I still remember the , with that music room with pianos and even an electronic drum. For a and a researcher on as me, it was awesome to live close to that place. I enjoyed in the snow and I achieved the publication of a paper in a :oa: journal: “Modelling public library use by library characteristic: a comparative study between Spain and Finland for loans and visits”

I've just realized I haven't done an yet:

I'm a PhD Student in Information and Library Science at the University of Granada, Spain. My research group is a multi-disciplinary laboratory composed of researchers on Library and Computer Sciences.

Also, I studied the degree in Music Education and I'm finishing the one in Philosophy (serenely finishing).

I play classical guitar and drums; Also, I like:



Entrevista en La Contra a John Willinsky, director del Public Knowledge Project:

-"Las publicaciones científicas y sus descubrimientos deben estar abiertos a todos: no pueden ser un negocio editorial"

-"¿Por qué se ha metido usted en esto?

-Porque soy pedagogo y profesor. He dedicado mi vida a defender el acceso de todos a la educación. Y es igual de necesario que todos puedan beneficiarse de los descubrimientos de la ciencia".

¡Claro que sí!



LibQUAL is a web-based survey that helps libraries assess and improve library services based in the user satisfaction across 3 dimensions. I and my research group have carried out several studies in different countries. Here there are some conclusions:

- Users from Spanish university libraries think that it's necessary to improve the Library as Place rather than the Affect of Service and the Information Control.
- Women are less satisfied with the Affect of Service than men.

What do we know about the use of Spanish public libraries? In my latest academic paper published (bid.ub.edu/es/40/lazaro.htm), a table was added comparing both library visits and loans per inhabitant in 17 European countries. Spain is at the bottom of the ranking. Netherlands and specially Finland achieve really good results. That is the reason of my research stay last year in Finland and the current one in Amsterdam: to learn how to improve the Spanish public library system. 💪

Today I have a meeting to start working as a volunteer at "De Kaskantine", an urban farm café and off-the-grid experiment. It's all about self-sufficient ways of living. Since the beginning of the current year, I'm leading a vegan and plant-based-diet lifestyle and it's been awesome to find this place. It's located really close to Slotervaart, Amsterdam, where I'm living during my research stay.


Interesante noticia de finales de marzo que cuando leí, como doctorando que soy, me dejó un tanto consternado al sentirme totalmente identificado con lo expuesto y alcanzado en los estudios que se mencionan. ¡Y eso que yo estoy contratado para hacer mi tesis! 🤔

La tesis doctoral es perjudicial para la salud mental | Ciencia | EL PAÍS

The University of Cádiz Library (Spain) carried out the migration of the integrated library management system (ILS) Millennium to Koha, an open source program 👏 💪.

The paper below describes the process of selecting the new Integrated Library System, the stages of migration, etc. (in Spanish).

:oa: doi.org/10.3145/epi.2018.jul.2

Some other pictures of the amazing learning spaces at the University of Amsterdam. In Granada, Spain, it's difficult to find university libraries with enough plugs to plug in your laptop, and I've never seen height-adjustable-seats in any of them 🤔

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