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Hi, I'm Anna. I do and things at a small liberal arts university. In my spare time, I in two women's choruses, play on two teams (one of which I manage), volunteer at a community station, and watch/listen to games. I also like , , and .


I spent most of today with colleagues from around the state, continuing to refine our metrics and formulas to determine what is a fair price for journal packages based on our priorities that we can then bring to negotiations, and it continues to be a surprisingly life-giving experience.

One of the campus dining locations has chicken pot pies topped with chimichuri sauce and I’m not packing any lunches this week.

I had some small, decorative soaps, so I used one in my downstairs half-bath, and now my friends and family think I need small, decorative soaps.

460 classified print serials now added to our journal locator that weren't listed before. 351 more records to check. Many of these are probably one-offs purchased as monographs, but the MARC format is serial, so I have to check the holdings for each one just in case.

Still a pet peeve: sales reps who show up early for a scheduled meeting.

I get that you probably want to arrive early just in case you have parking or other issues, but grab a coffee, use the toilet, or take a breather until it's time to meet. Especially if it's with more folks here than just me. It will save us all ten or fifteen minutes of awkward conversation while we wait for my colleagues to arrive in the conference room at the scheduled meeting time.

If you've ever wondered why the library's A-Z databases page contains marketing text from the vendors as the descriptions of the resources, it's because the eresources librarian gave up asking the research and instruction folks to provide useful, localized descriptions whenever they commanded a link be added.

Also, I would love to contract a serials cataloger to come enhance all of our old serials records. Dunno if it will matter when we move to Alma, but it makes me so sad to look at many of them and know there's so much more information to convey than what is in the existing record (i.e. title change history).

When I was importing today's batch to our print holdings in SerSol, their checksum on an ISSN caught an error that was in our catalog record. The OCLC record is correct, which is how I found the ISSN for a title too generic to be easily found in Ulrichs.

This whole project is giving me all sorts of feels about serials librarianship. So many places where things can fall through the cracks. Having good tools to identify and fix them is essential.

I've found lots of public notes (|z) that should be private (|x) in holdings records that predate our migration to Voyager in 2001. It brings me a small bit of joy to clean them up. I'm sure they're confusing to any user who might happen to stumble across them (e.g. "rec'd in Acq 9/23").

Half of the records lack ISSNs. I'm going to tackle those after the ones with ISSNs, which I'm about half-way through now.

I'm finding a lot of instances where we purchased (or were gifted) one volume of a serial for the circulating collection in the 1960s-1980s. As my colleague (who took over a liaison role from someone who retired after 40+ years) says, there was probably a good reason to acquire them at the time.

5. After banging around in Voyager Access reports, I am able to pull a list of MARC records that are serial records and shelved in the stacks. It's over 1,000 titles.
6. I feel briefly overwhelmed, but quickly see that there are some that are not "serials" and remember to remove any that are already in the A-Z list.
7. Feeling kind of excited about making information more discoverable and potentially identifying more things to weed from our stuffed shelves.

1. Stacks student finds a large run of a journal that is classified and shelved with the books, and is also in JSTOR.
2. Coordinator for the big print journal weeding project asks me why it didn't show up in the overlap report.
3. The journal wasn't included in our print A-Z list, and therefore would not be in the overlap report.
4. Coordinator asks if there are more like that and if we can identify them.

Yup. I still don’t have much patience for process-challenged folks who only understand which buttons to push and not why those are the buttons to push and when it’s appropriate to push them.

::Alanis Morissette voice::
And what it all comes down to
Is that everything's gonna be fine, fine, fine
'Cause I've got one cat on my rib cage
And the other one is lying beside me

I have three things in my follow up today search folder, all from emails that arrived since yesterday, and one of which is pending a response from a colleague.

It's like when I finally put away all the clutter and my mind can think clearly again.

This morning, as I was getting ready for work, and after a couple days of sluggish productivity, I decided that before I even triaged my inbox as usual, I would tackle all of the email action items I had punted from yesterday. Sort of an "eat that frog" approach. So, after first browsing the unread message subjects and senders to make sure I wasn't ignoring something from my boss, I jumped right in. All done now! Feels like I accomplished so much, but it really wasn't that big a deal in the end.

A thing that keeps rattling around in my mind: hearing about all the data clean up from p2e with the Voyager to Alma migration that others have done, maybe we don't convert any serials records and rebuild them from scratch? Seems like it might be the same amount of work in the end.

@annacreech the IGeLU/ELUNA analytics working group wins a literal trophy for their contributions to the Ex Libris support documentation. They should get paid instead.

This is my first big user group corporate conference and I have some feels. The plenary sessions are just big marketing presentations with little actual value to me. The breakout sessions are librarians explaining how to make the system do what they need and what pitfalls to avoid. I feel like we should be paid to attend, not the other way around. We’re doing the R&D for them.

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