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.
amy posted this September 10th, 2014 | filed under: ilovemyjob, innovation, inspire me!, moi, ranting | Tags: #libs4ada | 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.
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.
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.
amy posted this April 8th, 2013 | filed under: discovery, ilovemyjob, innovation, inspire me! | Tags: #dayofDH | 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)
amy posted this January 19th, 2013 | filed under: discovery, innovation, inspire me! | no comments »
i frequently find myself drowning in libraryland/academic blogs. so much to read. so much echo. so much of the rest of the world that i’m ignoring.
thank jeebus for the weekly “six links worthy of your attention” post. it collects the recommendations of some seriously awesome folk (yes, two of them spoke at Access2012 this year. yes, they rocked. yes, you shoulda been there.) in terms of what is good and great to read on the tubes each week.
[ya they are all montrealers. i might be biased. if you lived here, you would be too.]
amy posted this January 16th, 2013 | filed under: inspire me!, moi, ranting, revolution | no comments »
i am not an eloquent writer. i have friends who are, and it is something i genuinely admire. me? i write like i speak. (i was once told that beers with me was basically my twitter feed brought to life.)
this lack of eloquence means i have spent the past week debating how to write about the angry broken heart i have for the death of Aaron Swartz. “ME ANGRY. LIBRARYLAND DO SOMETHING.” is the best i had. (have?)
i have never met Aaron, but he was a huge part of my libraryland. he had a hand in many of the tools i use every damn day (RSS? Reddit? Creative Commons?). he fought against SOPA and PIPA. he helped build the Open Library. he fundamentally believed in access to information. he freed up tonnes of public legal info and gave it to public.resource.org.
and yes, he downloaded a chunk of JSTOR (for which he was charged as though he was some kind of terrorist) and he also wrote a Guerilla OA Manifesto. both of which i adore, because every revolution needs someone willing to push the boundaries when those boundaries are rooted in tradition and blind to the future. (watch Aaron talk about this. now.)
and though i fear this will sound trite, he was one of my heroes.
so i read Jonathan Rochkind’s post about Aaron’s life, and information, and libraries, and most importantly, libraryland’s silence and lack of support for Aaron during the JSTOR lawsuit and i got angry. angry because i feel this is a call to arms, a time to FIGHT (now, now now now) and i fear we will just move on doing as we do – talking and not doing. (and i know that a lot of you do things, but FFS, as a cohesive unit, we’ve not done what we ought to.)
i resolve to start doing. more. anything i can. and you should too. WE MUST.
thankfully the awesome BCLA came up with some ways for us to take action. my faves (as an academic librarylander) are:
TAKE A STAND on political issues affecting access to information, literacy, intellectual freedom, and education. Don’t rely on tried-and-true cop-outs like “this doesn’t affect my work” or “I can’t see how I can make a difference”. High level information policy decisions affect all of us – as citizens, scholars, and human beings. Aaron saw this, and he did what he could – whatever he could – to stand up for what he felt was right. Which takes us to:
Don’t be afraid to have feelings about what is right and wrong, and don’t be afraid to stand up for them. Attempts to disenfranchise and intimidate people should not be tolerated – silence is acquiescence at best and endorsement at worst. Get involved in conversations and advocacy around these issues on Twitter, on Facebook, on Reddit, on your blog, in the press…everywhere. Advocate to your users, to your colleagues, to your friends, to your Board, to your elected officials. Advocate to everyone who will listen – and especially to the people who won’t!
If you work at an academic institution, lobby enthusiastically on behalf of Open Access journals and in support of robust – and binding – requirements for making the products of faculty and student research freely available through institutional repositories. Don’t be afraid to stand up to bullying from copyright and publishing cabals. If somebody tries to sell your institution garbage while insisting it’s lemonade, tell them so – and tell everybody else who will listen.
all this to say… i don’t really know what to say. i am sad and angry and think the best way to deal with this is to fuel it into libraryland projects that expand access to information. i have talked a mean game for too long. Aaron just did it.
if not now, when?
[two posts in a row where i talk about the loss of a hero. grrrrrr.]
amy posted this August 20th, 2012 | filed under: conference-y, innovation, inspire me! | Tags: accessYUL | no comments »
we’ve opened registration for Access 2012 and i think you should all register to join us for what is sure to be one kickass conference.
amy posted this August 13th, 2012 | filed under: conference-y, discovery, general, ilovemyjob, innovation, inspire me!, presenting, ranting | Tags: sxsw, sxswi, sxswLAM | 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!
amy posted this March 13th, 2012 | filed under: conference-y, discovery, ilovemyjob, innovation, inspire me!, presenting, revolution | Tags: sxswi, sxswLAM | 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.
now with audio!