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In which Cory Doctorow tries to figure out how to securely yet conveniently share 2.0 GB of FLAC files with 4,000 backers. He started with Google Drive but is exploring other options.

It's not easy or obvious, even for the audience of a book about privacy, encryption, surveillance, and hacking. Because Cory doesn't want to have to provide tech support for encrypted torrents, etc...

library system, profanity 

"Join the consortial library system!" they said. Our UL readily agreed and committed to it unilaterally, brushing aside the department's sub-committee to investigate the costs and benefits of the new system.

Now all of our painstakingly created bilingual records are being flipped to unilingual (usually English) records.

For a bilingual institution like ours, that's a pretty heavy cost.

uspol sports profanity 

Fuck Bobby Orr, Jack Nicklaus, and Brett Favre.

"Orr, however, says Trump has come through for Americans “regardless of race, gender, or station in life.”"

Holy crap this job posting looks good! BC Libraries Co-op is a really good group, and this posting allows remote work: @victoria you could absolutely rock this

Ex Libris Primo VE gripe 

Are you kidding me? Primo VE isn't configured out of the box to do something useful with MARC relator codes *or* terms?

700 1_ |a Thigpen, Ed. |4 prf displays as "Thigpen, Ed."
700 1_ |a Thigpen, Ed. |e performer displays as "Thigpen, Ed. performer"

Terrible display (unilingual) and no ability to filter entities by roles they've played.

What trash.

They made it at the 15 minute mark, and we had a quick catch-up - yay!

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Hmm, I've been waiting 11 minutes for my supervisor to show up to our bi-weekly meeting. Oh well, having the meetings scheduled at least holds me to some level of accountability, even if they don't show up.

Nice config variable name, Primo VE: "alphabetiacl_sort_pickup_inst_lib"

Library collection development, big deals 

Went into a collections development meeting this morning and managed to flip our chair's position from "we must keep all of the big deals!" to "we must drop our big deals!"

Context: we have to make major cuts this year (again). Something like 15% of our budget. So our values are to keep content that focuses on Canada (which tends to be the small-dollar items) and rely on ILL for what we've dropped.

joke, mildly sexual 

So if I found Microsoft's new browser so enjoyable that I wanted to use it a long, long time, would that mean I was really into


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libraries, surveillance, privacy, higher ed, $$ ask 

if you can, please join me in supporting someone standing up against the use of ed tech surveillance software. it's important.

they're now fighting a lawsuit intended solely to shut them up.



DRM, libraries 

Had to explain to a technician today how the .acsm file format works, why they need Adobe Digital Editions & an individual account to download and decrypt it, and that the issue of a journal they had ordered will not be (legally) shareable to anyone else. (So probably money thrown away but AFAICT this journal doesn't offer DRM-free e-options)

Also I've been downloading that single issue for over 3 hours now, what the hell is wrong with your content server Arquitectura Viva?

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We found an open source license that Google is against so we're changing to it: Hello AGPL!

It helps prevent corporations from taking our code and selling it as a proprietary competitor.

No change to you as a Plausible subscriber or self-hoster.

Canadian university rankings 

This breakdown of student satisfaction survey results (where we placed 19th overall, last in our category of primarily undergraduate universities) is *dismal*:

Course Instructors: 19
Student Life Staff: 19
Administrative Staff: 19
Academic Advising Staff: 19
Mental Health Services: 19
Extracurricular Activities: 14
Experiential Learning: 18
Residence Living: 12
Promoting Indigenous Visibility: 3
Steps to Prevent Sexual Assault: 18

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Canadian university rankings 

Got in a bit of a funk over the latest Maclean's university rankings yesterday because my employer (Laurentian) is ranked close to the bottom of the country on almost everything, again.

I know many faculty and staff who pour their heart and soul into making their students' experiences the best they can possibly be. It's pretty demoralizing to not see any broader impact after all these years. (14 for me)

I'm thankful that a half hour hike from our backyard brings us to places like this. Good hike with the family yesterday morning.

Running Fedora 33 beta since yesterday and happy. LibreOffice 7.0, woo! Might try joining the btrfs crowd at some point too.

Ooh interesting alternative to Matomo (& Google) Analytics: /cc @anelki

Lightweight, GDPR-compliant, and focused on simple analytics. Might be right for us, as all we really care about are unique visitors and total page views.

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