White awakening: What we've missed

This text was originally posted by me on Twitter 2/24/2017 in reaction to this tweet by Vann R. Newkirk II, @fivefifths:  As many of us white people are now awakening to the meanness, violence, and fear propagated by our current government, we need… Continue Reading White awakening: What we’ve missed

Actually it’s the meanest thing anyone’s ever said to me that I can remember. I’m sure other people have said other mean things to or about me. But this one has stuck with me since it happened in 1995. In fact,… Continue Reading The meanest thing anyone’s ever said to me

Burger, fries, and a drink.

This is the second part in a series. See Part 1, on Impostor Syndrome, Dunning-Kruger, and Compassion. The job search process can be so secretive. Rarely do people make it widely know that they are on the job market. And once… Continue Reading What I learned during my job search, part 2

Me to husband, while pointing to my head: "you know it's a fucking circus in here right now, right?" Husband: *nods knowingly*

The news is out: I’m leaving NYU to become Associate Director for Information Technology at Ohio State University Libraries, reporting to Vice Provost and Director of University Libraries Damon Jaggers. Aside from the excitement of taking on a new challenge under a new boss… Continue Reading What I learned during my job search, part 1

Tech-ing to Transgress: Putting Values into Library Practice

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

IIIF Logo

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

Reducing Bias in the Library Job Interview

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

You do the best you can with what you know

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

How to download multiple PDFs from webpages and prepare them for text analysis

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

Quick recap of Barnard's Scholar & Feminism Conference XL: Action on Education

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

A few games I played at year's end

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

CNI fall 2014, Dispatch #2: It's all about relationships

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

We have work to do: Minority Representation in US ARL University Libraries as of 2012-2013

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

Using our Influence: Why I support the Ada Initiative

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

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