friendfeed, tu me manques

amy posted this April 8th, 2015 | filed under: ilovemyjob, inspire me!, moi | no comments »

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 support the Ada Initiative

amy posted this September 10th, 2014 | filed under: ilovemyjob, innovation, inspire me!, moi, ranting | Tags: | 2 comments »

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.

 

Donate to the Ada Initiative


the LTG Summit starts tomorrow

amy posted this March 19th, 2014 | filed under: ilovemyjob, inspire me!, moi | no comments »

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.


Come hear Jim DelRosso (also me) talk repositories at NYLA!

amy posted this August 16th, 2013 | filed under: conference-y, ilovemyjob, moi, open access, presenting | no comments »

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:

Digital Repositories

Sponsor: ASLS
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.

Presenters:
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.]


misbehave with me

amy posted this May 19th, 2013 | filed under: ilovemyjob, inspire me!, library skül, moi, ranting | 1 comment »

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.


#dayofDH, libraryland-style

amy posted this April 8th, 2013 | filed under: discovery, ilovemyjob, innovation, inspire me! | Tags: | no comments »

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)


come to mcgill and work with me!

amy posted this January 23rd, 2013 | filed under: ilovemyjob, moi | no comments »

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!)

 

 


wonder if they’ll let me do it again

amy posted this August 13th, 2012 | filed under: conference-y, discovery, general, ilovemyjob, innovation, inspire me!, presenting, ranting | Tags: , , | no comments »

it’s the time of year where everyone is pimping out their SXSWi presentations. so…

HI I’D LIKE TO GO TO SXSWi AGAIN!

actually, this year i’ve got two proposals in the hopper. (yes folks, that’s how much i love bbq, beer, and bats.)

the first is We Build Online Communities. Really, We Do with Michael Porter (Library Renewal) and David Lee King (Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library).

What can libraries, one of the original community-centered, non-profit organizations, teach others about building online communities?
What can libraries learn from online communities that were built for other goals?
How do you build an online community when you have few resources?
If I am online using social media, various search engines, and commercial services to get my e-content, why do I even need the library in the coming years?
What can I do to make sure my local library is a relevant, practical resource for me?

the other is Collective Conscious for Gathering Information with Tinamarie Vella (CUNY Graduate School of Journalism) and Marsha Iverson (King County Library System).

What kind of tech tools can be used to gather reliable information?
What are some of the ways to train individuals to strengthen gathering skills?
Where do you turn for reliable information?
What do you see as the main value of information institutions: journalism, libraries and post-secondary education?
How can journalists, librarians, and educators combine their help our communities learn how to find better information?

so please mosey over to the panel picker and vote. be sure to check out all the #sxswLAM proposals!


wow. that worked.

amy posted this March 13th, 2012 | filed under: conference-y, discovery, ilovemyjob, innovation, inspire me!, presenting, revolution | Tags: , | no comments »

speaking of doing things that scare me


cc licensed flickr photo shared by jambina

it worked. people came to the session. people asked questions at the end. people followed us out into the hallway to keep talking to us.

i’m not going to go into how awesome it was to present with Char Booth, Nate Hill, and Michael Porter, but, wow, possibly my favouritest panel ever.

here’s the full slidedeck for perusing. i challenge all of you out there in libraryland to submit a proposal to SXSWi next year.

UPDATE
now with audio!


day four of #libday8

amy posted this February 2nd, 2012 | filed under: ilovemyjob, inspire me!, meme, moi | Tags: | no comments »

well today was much better than yesterday, thank jeebus.

headed into work a bit early to triage some email prior to a morning spent with a jobtalk and interviewing a candidate for an gig chez moi.

had a meeting that ran extra long so missed a conference call for SLA Eastern Canada (i’m president-elect) which bummed me out since it was my first thinger in an official capacity. grrrr.

inhaled lunch prior to the selection committee resuming to discuss the morning’s candidate. our committee is made up of folks from all around the library, so it’s always interesting to hear other opinions and figure out what is important to people. sometimes i agree, sometimes i don’t, but the insight is hella valuable.

spent a chunk of the afternoon reviewing the schedules for the 7 students i hired last week. coordinating it with the two digitization projects they are working on, as well as making sure no work station is double-booked… well, let’s just say i’m a big-picture person so will have one of my team members have a look at it and make sure i didn’t monkey any of it. (i probably did.)

met with ed to further develop the workplan for digital initiatives. we’ve built a plan that will take us to september. i think ed calls it “optimistically ambitious” – which means we’re planning to get way too much stuff done by the end of the summer, but that’s kinda how we roll. we seem to be pretty good at getting things done in a miraculous fashion, except when we don’t.

answered a bunch of copyright questions, set up some meetings for a few digital projects we’re working on, and iced my ankle a few times.

towards the end of the afternoon, collections services brought me a few rare books to have digitized as part of an islamic manuscript collection. we chatted about next steps and planned a meeting for tomorrow. the books were just sitting on my desk and so i started wondering about them. looked them up in the catalogue – all three were over 350 years old.

yikes.

now, those of you who know me know that i’m the reason we can’t have nice things. i lose favourite pieces of jewellery, dribble food on fancy clothing, and cause sparks to fly out of expensive machinery.

so i decided it was best to call it a day and get the hell outta my office before i tried to take a swig of water out of my sippy cup, only to have the lid explode off the top, somehow hitting a sprinkler on the ceiling, breaking that little doohickey that if you break it (say, by hanging your clothes from it on a cruise ship because they need to dry and there’s no other place to hang things from since you’re living in a 6’x8′ cabin for 7 months – or so i’m told) sets off the water, thereby drowning my office, and these precious and unique books.