i have a lot of stuff to update everyone on, and i will find time to do so very soon.
i know it might sound nuts, but i live in ‘Murica now. i work at the University of Chicago where i hope to build some supershinyawesome digital scholarship services. i’ve been here about six months (yes, i know, you can update a blog more often than biannually, tyvm) and what i can say for sure is: my colleagues are so damn nice, and private universities are very different from public universities… especially quebec public universities.
just thought i should let folks know. canada, tu me manques. déjà.
my online community, my friends-in-the-computer, my go-to for libraryland info and insight, all use friendfeed. sure they also use facebook and twitter and flickr and instagram and ello and hellzbellz there’s probably still an orkut bunch, but friendfeed is where we really share.
friendfeed may be shuttered by the time this post goes up, so i just wanted to publicly state to all of the friendfeeders, and especially all the LSWers, if you (even remotely) think i am a good librarylander, please know that you had something to do with that. i am forever in your debt.
i had a long post planned for today… about how i grew up with logowriter and BBS and quickly learned that the computer does only what it is told to do. and about how i tell people that i don’t code but that i was a serious math geek from K-11 (we don’t have 12 here) and learned turbo pascal in grade 8 and did everyone’s homework. and that i still don’t consider myself super-techy but when i say that i don’t mean it in a self-deprecating way i mean it because i know a lot of people who are way techier than me so in comparison i am not. and that i’m still amazed at the sexism i face professionally (yes, even in libraries, even in academia) and that we all have to work together to end that crap.
but instead i’m just going to write that i support the Ada Initiative because they want to make the open technology world a better place for absolutely everyone, and that’s something worth doing. you can help by spreading the word about the Ada Initiative, and if you have the means, by clicking the link below to donate.
i’m excited, and terrified, and eager to meet everyone who is joining us in Austin (in March, in the sun – i’m no dummy) to talk about leadership, technology, and gender.
on a personal level, preparing for this reminded me of my BA, which i re-started about 10 years ago when i decided i wanted to jump through the MLIS hoop and join this world. (i have a minor in women’s studies [shout out to the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, where i did my first “libraryland” work converting the library’s card catalogue to a spreadsheet] and a major in poli sci where i focused on the media’s representations of female politicians and athletes for, uh, all of my work.) i’m not going to lie, i’m really itching to get back to that kind of discourse. i’m also much more aware of the world, especially the academic environment, than i was back then.
i like tough conversations. i like learning. and i especially like knowing this isn’t going to be the last time this topic is discussed by my colleagues.
okay. mostly, i’m excited.
Jim DelRosso and I will be presenting a pre-conference CE workshop on digital repositories at the New York Library Association’s Annual Conference this year. The date is September 25, and here’s the low-down:
Half Day PM 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
This workshop addresses key issues surrounding the creation, maintenance, and cultivation of digital repositories. Drawing on the latest literature, case studies, and personal experiences, speakers lead a discussion that covers planning the digital repository, selecting a methodology for its establishment, populating it with content, marketing it to the library’s constituencies, and meeting the various challenges and questions along the way. Participants have the opportunity to bring their own experiences to bear, as well as engage in group discussions regarding how to get the most out of a digital repository.
Jim DelRosso is the Digital Projects Coordinator for Cornell University’s Hospitality, Labor, and Management Library, where he is responsible for such projects as [email protected], the digital repository for Cornell’s ILR School. A digital librarian since 2009, Jim is also the President for the Upstate New York Chapter of the Special Libraries Association, and has served as the Communication & Social Media Chair for the SLA’s Academic Division.
Amy Buckland is the eScholarship, ePublishing & Digitization Coordinator at McGill University Library, where she is responsible for scholarly communication, publishing initiatives, and making rare items from special collections available to the world through digitization. She loves information almost as much as Fluevog shoes, and thinks academic libraryland is ripe for a revolution. You can find her online at informingthoughts.com and in most social networks as Jambina.
So, if you’re heading to NYLA, or just thinking about it, give us a look. We’ll be entertaining and informative!
[ya. i totally swiped this from Jim. plagiarism is love.]
But sometimes… sometimes what’s happening in the world around us is just so egregiously bad that there’s no choice but to misbehave.
one of my favourite librarylanders, dorothea salo, gave a commencement speech today to a group of babybrarians. please read it. then start some trouble.
i’m dayofDH-ing over here today, if that interests ya!
what is day of DH? well i’ll swipe it directly from the site…
A Day in the Life of the Digital Humanities (Day of DH) is an open community publication project that will bring together scholars interested in the digital humanities from around the world to document what they do on one day. This year, Day of DH will take place on April 8th. The goal of the project is to create a web site that weaves together a picture of the participant’s activities on the day which answers the question, “Just what do digital humanists really do?”
(i think the answer to that question is “a metric tonne” but i’m biased)
maybe libraryland has been too passive for too long and that’s why folks think they can bully us? maybe we don’t market ourselves well enough so folks don’t understand what we do and how we do it? or maybe folks just aren’t capable of handling critical discourse?
Edwin Mellen Press is suing Dale Askey (and McMaster University, his current employer) because after evaluating their products and finding them lacking, he had the audacity to blog about it. apparently, an academic with an opinion is earth-shattering. (something something if you worked with academics regularly this wouldn’t surprise you at all something.)
before joining libraryland i worked in publishing – newspapers, magazines, trade publications and scholarly publishing – for 14 years. i understand the business models. i see the challenges. i paid my dues. and anyone who knows me well will tell you i love, LOVE, the publishing industry. (sure, some of it is broken and needs fixing, but i truly do adore it.) so as someone who loves publishing, and still considers myself part of the industry, this whole thing embarrasses me.
awhile back i wrote a post about libraryland partners. this is another example of the screwy power dynamic we have with our “partners”. librarians vet resources all damn day – we are experts when it comes to this stuff. we get tenure based on this expertise! we share this information with colleagues because that’s how it works in academia and libraryland. if you have a crappy product, we will call you out on it because it gives you the opportunity to make it better. or not, as the case goes. if we’re all in this together, the appropriate response to criticism is discourse, not legal action.
McMaster must step up and support Dale. academia must step up and support Dale. libraryland MUST step up and support Dale. blog about it. tweet about it. tell your faculty and colleagues. sign this petition. but most of all, fight for academic freedom. fight for true partners.
we are looking for a Digitization & Preservation Librarian…
The McGill Library seeks an innovative, autonomous and resourceful librarian to manage the current digital collections and work with the campus community on digitization and preservation of the material and the library’s special and circulating collections of the Library of one of the world’s most prestigious research universities.
it’s an awesome gig, but you’ll have to work with me. (sorry!)