Computers in Libraries et moi

amy posted this April 11th, 2010 | filed under: conference-y, inspire me!, lsw, presenting | Tags: , | 1 comment »

cc licensed flickr photo shared by jambina. taken at CiL2009

this is my 3rd year at CiL (also my 3rd anniversary of meeting the awesome Krista) and it’s always such a great conference.

tonight i’m running the Gaming & Gadgets night, and then wednesday i’m speaking on a panel about the digitization and on demand services at mcgill library.

the best part about this conference is always the networking. last year a group of friends coined the term (okay, maybe the term existed before but i had never heard it, so it’s invented here as far as i’m concerned) lobbycon – basically, attending a conference but staying in the lobby the entire time talking to people about what they are doing now (and what they will be presenting on NEXT year).

if you’re at #cil2010, say hi, i have tons of LSW ribbons and libpunk buttons to hand out!

the rest of my #libday4

amy posted this January 31st, 2010 | filed under: conference-y, library skül, lsw, meme, moi, ranting | Tags: , , | no comments »

cc licensed flickr photo shared by jambina

[well, at least i posted something this week!]


since i try not to schedule meetings on mondays, my tuesdays tend to have at least two of them. i think i run fairly productive meetings. i always have an agenda, take minutes, and rarely go over time by more than a few minutes. i’m also a big believer in only having meetings when there’s something to discuss – i’m not a fan of the standing meeting. but then, i don’t run every meeting at mpow.
these meetings had to do with sorting through work needing to be finished by the digitization team. my ABSOFRICKINLUTELY amazing programmer has created a database that queries both our catalogue and Sherpa/Romeo while tracking the process of depositing items into our IR. it is a thing of beauty and when we’re done testing it i’ll tell you more about it.
i also met with my direct supervisor to update her on the the past month and to sort out priorities for now until may 31 (end of fiscal year, chez moi). we’re going to focus on our new “on demand” service – printing on demand and digitizing on demand. (will post more about those when they go live.)
over lunch i rewatched larry lessig‘s talk about copyright in higher education – cuz sometimes librarians need to be reminded that they ARE fighting the good fight. also, i’m a huge fangirl of his, so watching a talk is never “work”. while watching larry, i took my first stab at a packing list for my trip, based loosely off of jessamyn’s (i know i talked about her in the last post. deal.)

other stuff done during the day:

  • realizing that we need to get better support from a hardware vendor, and trying to figure out the best way to get what we need. they are a new company, and have great customer service, but they’re still growing so only just now figuring out all the demands of their users.
  • answered a survey sent out by a library considering using one of our products, to help them make the decision.
  • came to terms with the fact that my office is a berloody mess and i really need to do something about it before i lose my mind. note: this will probably be repeated in #libday5.
  • thought about downloading some reading material for my travels tomorrow, but then realized that because i use zotero, i had all the PDFs/screenshots with me already. in my world, zotero = productivity.
  • once home, worked for another few hours finishing up emails and letting folks now that i wouldn’t be back in the office until next monday.

finally fell asleep around 2am. i was restless thinking about going to the SLA Leadership Summit and seeing some great friends (who i only see at conferences due to geographical shenanigans, but who i talk to daily.) also, St Louis has ribs and blues bars. sweet.

wednesday to sunday

i’m at the SLA Leadership Summit in St Louis, MO.
i decided to come because i’m the Communications & Social Media Chair for both the IT and Academic divisions. being on the advisory boards means getting to help plan future directions for the divisions, which is interesting because i get some insight into the organization.
the leadership summit is very different from the annual conference. there are only about 250 people who attend leadership. they are all on chapter or division boards and are really the folks responsible for implementing and “living” SLA. thanks to the tiny size, it’s dead easy to meet folks.
leadership is also different because the summit is about developing the leadership capabilities of the attendees. we skillshare on topics like recruitment & retention. board meetings look at programming for the annual conference. the invited keynote is always someone that has an interesting take on organizations and how best they can serve their members. essentially, it’s about developing SLA leaders (both those who are appointed to boards, and those who self-identify as leaders) to ensure the association can respond to its membership.
this was my first leadership summit and on the whole i found it a good experience. it was great to hear what other folks have planned for the annual conference in New Orleans. it was interesting to hear about, and then really think about, the concept of loyalty when it comes to large organizations, and even further, what this means in academic libraryland.
and of course, SLA events are made for networking. some people i know i will only see at SLA events, and i’m always eager to catch up with them. the LSW had a sizable cohort at leadership, so much so that there was talk of having an LSW caucus – if only to have some beer money for the meetups at annual!
i’ve been a part of a number of library organizations since first starting library school – SLA, CLA, ALA, QLA, LSW – and to be honest, SLA has helped me the most in terms of growing into a professional. [i don’t want to sound like a shill, because this is all very sincere.]
for any LIS students reading this, think about the associations to which you belong (and if you don’t belong to any, you are missing out on a crazy opportunity to network and gain insight – especially since students dues are usually insanely cheap) and be sure the association is working for you. can you find mentors? are there free resources available to you? are there scholarships available to cover your expenses to the annual conference? library schools can only do so much – becoming an information professional is all about being resourceful, both in terms of finding answers to questions, and seeking out opportunities for yourself.
to students who complain that their school “does nothing” for them, i say two things:

  1. that sucks. a lot of us have been there. it’s frustrating.
  1. do something about it. host a conference (those who are “big namesin libraryland love talking to students and will come to your school in the middle of the winter when it’s crazycold out and speak because they love LIS students). join the local chapter of whatever association seems to be the best fit. hop online and join in the discussion about libraryland (and no, I DO NOT MEAN NEWLIB-L.) reach out to info pros in your area that have jobs you want, and take them for a coffee to pick their brains. whatever you do, do not expect someone to do this for you. it’s your career – own it.

still time to give to the LFPL

amy posted this September 1st, 2009 | filed under: inspire me!, lsw | no comments »

i totally forgot to blog yesterday for the LFPL blogathon.
but that doesn’t mean it’s not too late for you guys to contribute to the LSW goal of raising 5000$ to send to the LFPL to help them restore the library to pre-flood wonderfulness.
head over to steve lawson‘s site to paypal some cashola and you’ll be in the drawing for some fun prizes.

libraries rock
grow your mind, your imagination, and your heart with one visit.

LFPL, LSW, and free libpunk stuff!

amy posted this August 6th, 2009 | filed under: general, inspire me!, lsw, moi | Tags: , , | 4 comments »

this past tuesday Louisville Free Public Library was hit by a flash flood. the estimates on the damage are still being tallied, but let’s just say it’s going to take more than a few bake sales to recoup their losses.
the wonderful steve lawson came up with the idea to have the LSW raise 5000$ by Sept 1 to send to the LFPL. for details on how to donate, visit steve’s post. [and for the record – steve is hella trustworthy.]
following in the lovely abigail‘s steps, i’ve decided to have a giveaway too. all those that make a donation to the LSW fund, and then shoot me an email to let me know they have done so, will be put in raffle for one item of their choosing from the libpunk store.
i should also note that this is the library where greg schwartz works. if you listened to uncontrolled vocabulary (which you should have – go listen to the archives now!) then consider a donation to LFPL as your way of thanking greg for his awesomeness.

cil2009 – an anniversary of sorts

amy posted this March 29th, 2009 | filed under: 2.0 fun, conference-y, innovation, inspire me!, lsw, moi, presenting | Tags: | 1 comment »

just arrived at CiL after a pretty bumpy ride on what must have been air canada’s teeniest plane.

off to a good start as i finally got to meet the awesome Karen Schneider while waiting for our shuttle to the hyatt.

this time last year, i was still in school and decided, on one crazy afternoon, to attend CiL. everyone was tweeting about it and it just sounded like a great place to talk to real live librarians about tech in libraries.

i got a gig coordinating the quickie talks in the exhibit hall in exchange for free registration. the lovely Krista let me bunk with her despite not knowing me (at all). and all the tweeps were wonderfully welcoming to me and let me be their groupie for the entire conference. it was incredible.

one year later a lot has changed, but i am still as excited as i was last year (and i’m still bunking with Krista, and i still feel like a groupie). it’ll be different  now that i have a gig and can critically assess ideas and their usefulness at mpow (as opposed to last year when i was just taking it all in becaues i wasn’t sure where i would end up working). i’m really looking forward to stealing everyone’s ideas learning about new services and possibly implementing them chez moi.

oh, i’m also REALLY looking forward to getting my hands on a LSW Shover & Maker button!
LSW / S & M

shoving, making and why the LSW rocks

amy posted this March 23rd, 2009 | filed under: inspire me!, lsw, moi | no comments »

Shovers and Makers 2009: I’m a winner! (So are you.)

so the excellent folks of LSW (especially Steve & Josh) have decided that though Library Journal’s Movers & Shakers list is a great way to get the word out about awesome things folks are doing (and you know, i ain’t gonna knock it), there are even more folks out there doing things that are worthy of attention, and have created the LSW Shovers & Makers award.

i think this award is incredibly important in libraryland.

librarians need to tell people what they do. i am constantly amazed by what the intelligent people in my community think i do all day (turns out, very little). we need to tell people what we do so that people realize how we can help them, and just how important librarians are.

now i know some peeps out there are going to say that because you nominate yourself as a Shover & Maker, it means less. well, as my dad would say, malarkey! nominating yourself, putting yourself forward as someone who does good and interesting things, is exactly what many of us do daily in our libraries.

  • we start new projects and revive dying ones (or we pull the plug on the ones that should’ve died with the card catalogue).
  • we are enthusiastic about the future of libraries and are not afraid to change. (or stay the same – don’t reinvent the wheel/if it ain’t broke don’t fix it/[insert other old-timey saying here]!)
  • we are realistic about the constraints on our resources, but channel our inner libpunk to try and provide exceptional results.

so to all the Shovers & Makers who have yet to add their profile to the site – i’m calling you out. come out of hiding and declare yourself worthy of the LSW honour! because if you think you’re worthy, then you are.

do eeeeeeeeeeeet.