Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Mergers Create Uber Publisher - April Fools Fun

The Scholarly Kitchen has a fun little April Fools post that I thought I would forward along.

"Publishing giants Springer, Elsevier, and Wiley-Blackwell will merge, according to a leaked document that made its way into the Scholarly Kitchen late last night.
Continuing the trend of consolidation, the heads of the largest STM publishers will form a single, publicly-held company. While details are still being worked out, the name of the publisher will be be Springer-Elsevier-Wiley-Blackwell, or SPEW for short."

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The post is pretty funny but the comments are equally funny. My favorites are the other acronyms and one about Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.

Unfortunately I think they need to add another W and making SPEWW, because they forgot to include Wolters Kluwer as one of the "publishing giants."


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Library Rock and Roll For the Holidays

This will probably be my last post until the new year. I want to wish everybody a Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy New Year, and Happy Holidays.

I thought I would end this year with a fun post on libraries. Recently I heard about the site Rock Music For Education. Justin Pugh, a 4th grade teacher at Pine Grove Elementary, has recorded The Read Day CDs. The Read Day CDs are parodies of Green Day songs featuring reading and libraries.

Here are some samples of his songs:
American Literate
Boulevard of Where I Read
Go and Read

It is really obvious I am a librarian geek because I thought these were hillarious and great, I was tapping my foot while listening to them and writing this blog entry.

It is too late to order them and have them shipped in time for this year's holidays, but hey there is always next year, birthdays, national library month, etc. The Read Day CD's are free with a $5 donation to the Pine Grove PTA.


Friday, November 21, 2008

Friday Blogging Fun

I won't be posting all next week because I will be in Dallas celebrating Thanksgiving with my family at my brother's house. Cross your fingers that he has already bought the turkey and has it thawing in the fridge. He is single and for him cooking means picking up a phone an ordering out.
Since this is my last post until December, I thought I would have a little fun about some blog analyzing sites first profiled on LibraryBytes and later on Walt at Random. As Walt publishes his book The Liblog Landscape 2007-2008 and others attempt to analyze the State of the Blogosphere, it can be fun to look at blogs from a different and not too serious perspective.

For all of you who love those Myers-Briggs tests, Typealyzer is a site that will do a Myers-Brigg analysis on a blog. The Krafty Librarian is ISTP, a Mechanic.

ISTP - The Mechanics

The independent and problem-solving type. They are especially attuned to the demands of the moment are masters of responding to challenges that arise spontaneously. They generally prefer to think things out for themselves and often avoid inter-personal conflicts. The Mechanics enjoy working together with other independent and highly skilled people and often like seek fun and action both in their work and personal life. They enjoy adventure and risk such as in driving race cars or working as policemen and firefighters.

You caught me, I do wish I could drive a race car. To my husband's horror at his company Christmas party, I threw a bunch of raffle tickets into the hopper for a chance to win The Richard Petty Driving Experience. I didn't win. So it is still just me and my little Civic on I-90, at least it is a stick shift.

The Genderanalyzer use artificial intelligence to try and determine whether the blog is written by a man or woman. Apparently I am a man, which is news to me. Perhaps it is the race car thing.

The Readability Test evaluates your blog to determine "what level of education is required to understand your blog."

I am ok with that, my mind still believes that I am still the same age as a typical undergraduate.

How much is your blog worth determines the value of your blog's worth using a link to dollar ratio based upon Technorati ranking and advertising potential. The Krafty Librarian blog is worth $26,533.38, which offsets my 401k losses nicely. It still means I should keep my day job unless I can convince my husband to create the must have iPhone App which will make us $250,000 in two months.


Friday, October 31, 2008

Haunted Libraries

Happy Halloween. In honor of the day, I thought it would be nice to have a little library fun. Last year George Eberhart of the American Library Association posted a list of haunted libraries on the Britannica Blog. The list is back by popular demand with updated and added entries.

So have fun, it is Friday and it is Halloween. Get in the spirit of the holiday and read about the haunted libraries in the Northeast, Midwest, South, West, and Internationally.


Thursday, July 31, 2008

Journals and Cell Phones

My 18 month old son got a hold of my husband's cell phone. No surprise it was returned to us in three pieces. Our quest to find a new cell phone began. Shortly into the endeavor, we decided to look at various packages. Quickly we were on the slippery slope of cell phone, land line, DSL, and TV service bundling. I tried to compare apples to apples, a task easier said than done. After an hour of looking at various packages, bundles, and prices, it hit me. The communication industry and the publishing industry might be secretly run by the same people, because whole process reminded me of online journals.

Similar to Rollover Minutes, Fav 5, and Nights and Weekend plans, there is tiered pricing, institutional pricing, FTE pricing, number of beds pricing, etc. Both industries offer a dizzying variety of bundles and packages to try and get you to buy more. Trying to hook it all up to provide online access on campus as well as off campus not only requires some finesse but also requires you to read the fine print in the license agreements. According the fine print, Company A defines nights on the Nights and Weekend plan to start at 9:00pm while Company B defines nights starting 8:00pm unless you pay extra for nights to start at 7:00. Journal Publisher A defines a single location as one building, buildings next door are separate locations and more money. Journal Publish B defines a single location as any building within the same city limits as long as it does not have an independent administration. Like cell phone coverage, access to electronic journals varies with the publisher and can be unpredictable and spotty. Can it be accessible off campus? If so, via proxy, Athens, or password? Can you view all electronic content or is just some available? What about accessing epub ahead of print, back issues, videos, slides, podcasts, and meeting abstracts? God forbid if you have problems and need tech support or have a question about subscriptions. Just like the cable and phone company, journal customer support is less than stellar and their contact information is a mystery to find. If you do happen to reach a live person you better have your customer or account number ready because for some reason they don’t know what it is, can't find it, and won’t call up your information to help you. Usually problems are chalked up to user error, networking error, or failure to pay your bill (even though you did). Do they ever read the notes they type on their computers from your 60 help desk calls, or are the keyboard sounds you hear the result of them sending an email to a friend? Mergers, acquisitions, bankruptcy rear their ugly in head in both industries. AT&T bought Cingular but good luck trying to get their two systems and departments to talk and work together at all, let alone seamlessly. I have yet to figure out why on AT&T’s site I can log in and view my account under home phone and see my wireless account (originally Cingular) but I can’t log in to "view your wireless account" and view my wireless bill on the same AT&T site. LWW recently published three new Circulation specialty journals, but it is unknown whether those journals will be in Ovid’s LWW Total Access Package because they are working with the publisher on the rights to do so. Uh isn’t the publisher and Ovid within the same company? Wiley recently shook the hornet’s nest when they migrated recently acquired Blackwell Synergy to InterScience.

There is one difference between two, with journal publishers I don’t have to take off work and sit at home during a six hour window waiting for installation or repairs. Perhaps it is all a coincidence. But I choose to believe it is a conspiracy, one big secret organization hell bent on causing us to go insane and create havoc with human productivity. The same secret organization might also include those ever efficient and popular insurance companies. Ok, there maybe some of you that might say I am paranoid, but I know, "The Truth is Out There."

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