This is the text and slides of a keynote I delivered on June 11 at the inaugural Oberlin Library Group Digital Scholarship Conference, at Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN. I. Introduction I’ve been trying to make my talks and… Continue Reading Tech-ing to Transgress: Putting Values into Library Practice
Note: this was originally posted on the NYU Digital Scholarship Services blog. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to virtually reconstruct a manuscript whose physical pages are dispersed among multiple archives? How about easily using a virtual lightbox to… Continue Reading IIIF will fundamentally change the way we deliver and use images on the web
This post is a follow up to my recent In the Library with the Lead Pipe article entitled The Quest for Diversity in Library Staffing: From Awareness to Action. I ended that article with “Brass Tacks for Library Leaders,” suggesting some… Continue Reading Reducing Bias in the Library Job Interview
This is a lightly re-edited post that I originally shared with my NYU colleagues. I’m posting here because I thought the process of making do with the technology one has and understands might resonate with other self-taught technologists. I thought I’d… Continue Reading You do the best you can with what you know
I’m just picking up an old, neglected research project that involves downloading lots of individual article PDFs linked from webpages, stringing these PDFs together into yearly journal volumes, then turning the PDFs into plain text in order to run them through… Continue Reading How to download multiple PDFs from webpages and prepare them for text analysis
Last Friday and Saturday I attended the Barnard Scholar & Feminism Conference XL: Action on Education. The LX means it’s the 40th year of the this conference, but they also playfully reclaimed the “extra large” connotation as well. You can read… Continue Reading Quick recap of Barnard’s Scholar & Feminism Conference XL: Action on Education
It’s the time of year when everyone comes out with their “best of” lists. One that came via twitter was the “forest ambassador 2014 games of the year” compiled by merritt kopas and friends. I spent an afternoon playing a good number… Continue Reading A few games I played at year’s end
At CNI 2014, I decided to pick a topic and focus, rather than graze on all the various and interesting issues being discussed. So I attended all the sessions that had to do with linked data plus related technologies and standards. Why… Continue Reading CNI fall 2014, Dispatch #2: It’s all about relationships
I’m here in Washington, DC for the Coalition for Networked Information‘s 2014 fall membership meeting. CNI meetings are typically attended by heads of libraries and heads of library or campus information technology. I came to participate in yesterday’s Executive Roundtable on… Continue Reading CNI fall 2014, Dispatch #1: 12/7 Executive Roundtable on Supporting Digital Humanities
ARL just came out with this poster Minority Representation in US ARL University Libraries as of 2012-2013: Taking a Closer Look at the Evidence. The two findings that stand out for me are 1) that women still make less then their counterparts… Continue Reading We have work to do: Minority Representation in US ARL University Libraries as of 2012-2013
Update: Librarians donate over $10,000 to the Ada Initiative! On the first day of a 7-day challenge, librarians came through and met the goal. Now we’re looking at stretch goals. See the post above for details. —– I haven’t been blogging for… Continue Reading Using our Influence: Why I support the Ada Initiative
Update 10/11/2014: I was unable to participate in this conference as I had to go out of town at the last minute. But here NYU’s own, Eric Stedfeld, representing for NYU project management at the event! I’ve been invited to… Continue Reading Questions about Project Management, for the 2014 SLA-NY Conference-Expo
There was recently a conversation on a list that I mostly lurk on about the relationship between kindness and leadership. General consensus was that kindness is an essential aspect of leadership and should be cultivated. I took issue with this suggestion.… Continue Reading What lies behind admonitions to be kind?
Over the past few years I’ve been thinking about how I can be a better manager of people. That is to say, how I can be better for them. Sure, I’m concerned about the needs of the organization and institution.… Continue Reading My job? Make it easier for employees to do their jobs well.
To: Thomas Friedman, Organizer, Next New World forum (contact link for Friedman is here) Meg Whitman, President and CEO, HP; Sponsor of Next New World forum Nicholas B. Dirks, Chancellor, University of California Berkeley; Sponsor of Next New World forum, firstname.lastname@example.org Janet Napolitano, President, University… Continue Reading Will the “Next New World” really have so few women and people of color?