Category: Growly

we are not the ones who failed

On Facebook, in comments online, and face-to-face, a few librarians and chemists have expressed sadness, dismay, or concern that we’re canceling our ACS content. The message, uniformly, is “That’s a bad decision. Your users need that content. You need to reconsider.” So here’s the thing. I don’t disagree with two of those three points. It’s a crappy decision. Our users do need that content. But I cannot reconsider. I’m notorious in a small SUNY circle for insistently saying the following: “A good deal that I can’t afford is still a good deal, and I still can’t afford it.” The difference […] keep reading…

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…

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