Category: Growly

Respecting your customers

I made clear my institution’s stance on the American Chemical Society, and our reasons for it, in this post. I was as fair as I could be, I gave credit where they deserved it, and I discussed how the facts of the matter impacted our campus. I then wrote a follow-up about how comparatively even-handed the internet response has been, and how impressed I was by it. When Jennifer Howard of the Chronicle of Higher Education asked for a comment from the ACS on the matter, they said this: “We find little constructive dialogue can be had on blogs and […] keep reading…

new frontiers sometimes suck

I just did something I’ve never done before. I deleted a tweet. You can guess which one. I’d left it up because it’s a legitimate part of the record of my actions and communications, and while I’d preferred, on an emotional level, to delete it, I thought it mattered to leave it up as a part of the integrity of the whole debacle. I advocate for owning your shit, and so I was trying to do that. But I’m done trying with this instance. The people who want to crucify me have it in screenshots. It’s cached wherever it is […] keep reading…

“I am not a shouty man”

It was true when Sergeant Jackrum said it, and it’s true when I say it. I am not a shouty man. But by all that’s holy, vendors make me shouty. And I am not alone. Harvard is shouting about Big Deal packages and why they, actually, are kind of crappy for libraries. FINALLY. This matters because Harvard (despite their current leadership crisis) is a voice that gets listened to, so when they get shouty, it is, intentionally or not also on behalf of all of us small fish. Librarians and others are shouting about a kooky choice by Canadian Universities […] keep reading…

kind of creepy, dude.

Y’all: This, right here? Is kind of creepy. Don’t send me messages like this. Hi Jenica, Just stopped by to say grrrrrreat picture and quote. [male librarian] See also: The Creepy Librarian Stalker Hypothesis. I could get into the politics and assumptions of sending the above comment to a female librarian, and I could get into the fine line between flirting and communicating and creeping, but really, I’m not going to. Go read Sarah’s post. And treat me like a human being that you respect. Otherwise I’m gonna ban your ass. The end. keep reading…

gender rage, the Public Speaking edition

amy buckland and I were just trying to brainstorm a suggestion for a keynote speaker — someone engaging, high-profile, and willing to travel to Montreal — and I gave her a list of five men, followed by “WHY IS MY LIST ALL MEN?” So I brainstormed a list of women I know who I think would do a good job. They all had caveats like, “Already done this conference. Too niche in her experiences. Old hat in Canada. Not active enough anymore. Not high-profile, but really interesting.” Last night I watched Killing Us Softly 4 on YouTube, and then woke […] keep reading…

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