One more day til the long weekend…One more day til the long weekend… (chant over and over mantra style…)
1) One good thing: found out my lucky cousin and her husband are expecting their first child. (To tell the truth, not sure whether I’m excited or jealous right now… this could go equally in the good and bad things category) As I found out via Facebook, I assume it’s reasonably developed at this stage and probably expected around Christmas. As my cousin’s in England, she’ll be perfectly within her rights to rug up, stay inside and put her feet up under a doona towards the end, which sounds lovely. It (he? she?) will be the first of the new generation in our family, and as such will be absolutely spoiled rotten!
2) One bad thing: apart from feeling like a bit of a cow for being jealous of my cousin? A bad lunchtime thing: since it’s SWOTVAC, the campus noodle and sushi bar was closed. (Though why I don’t know, it’s not like campus is deserted, far from it!). And they’re selling noodles in the refectory, but not sushi. Could not get sushi for love or money on campus today, and I had had a sushi craving all morning. Booh!
3) One thing I learned: Our resource discovery system has the ability to mark items, get a short list, select your style and cut and paste this “reference list” into your assignment. But I did a Twitter search for our organisation, and found out that a student had done this and failed her assignment because her referencing was wrong! So I did a bit of a performance test for the system. Basically, my tweet sums it up – “The verdict? Summon + citation exports in Harvard Style = #fail but #notyourfault.” (Some “mistakes” are entirely due to bad data entry right back at at the original database, so not Summon’s fault). There’s a message in all this – don’t put in a feature that won’t get 100% results, developers. Or at least make your “check your references” message bigger. (And let’s face it, if they have to learn the referencing style so they can check and fix their references, then they aren’t saving any time and may as well not use said feature, right?) And librarians, don’t spruik a feature that you haven’t tried yourself!
4) Today’s link: shamelessly pinched from kalafudra – first official trailer for Harry Potter 7.1 – Deathly Hallows (since they’re splitting it in two, how they title the parts is anyone’s guess…)