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What I learned during my job search, part 2

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*

What I learned during my job search, part 1

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

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

Reducing Bias in the Library Job Interview

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

Questions about Project Management, for the 2014 SLA-NY Conference-Expo

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

What lies behind admonitions to be kind?

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?

My job? Make it easier for employees to do their jobs well.

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.

I wouldn't want be on their team. Would you?

I wouldn’t want be on their team. Would you?

Yesterday I was reading through some older email and found a nice list of project management tools to try. I clicked through to look at a few of them and decided to also look at the teams who built them.… Continue Reading I wouldn’t want be on their team. Would you?

Setting aside work time to play and experiment

I’m sitting in a meeting room on the 5th floor of Bobst Library (part of our Research Commons) adjacent to the Digital Studio. I’m here with three other people. The room is silent except for clicking keyboards and the occasional… Continue Reading Setting aside work time to play and experiment

SERVICES! for all areas of knowledge!

SERVICES! for all areas of knowledge!

For the past three years at NYU Libraries, we have been thinking deeply about how libraries can support digital scholarship in a scalable and sustainable way. My colleague, Monica McCormick, and I gave a presentation on this topic at the Digital Library Federation… Continue Reading SERVICES! for all areas of knowledge!

Are we talking enough about gender bias and discrimination in the library profession?

[Update: check out the growing LTG Summit Zotero Library] — Spoiler: the answer is NO. I’m on the Advisory Committee of the upcoming Leadership, Technology, and Gender Summit taking place March 19-21, 2014 in Austin, Texas, following the Electronic Resources & Libraries… Continue Reading Are we talking enough about gender bias and discrimination in the library profession?

Supporting Digital Scholarship in Research Libraries: Scalability and Sustainability

Monica McCormick and I just published an article entitled “Supporting Digital Scholarship in Research Libraries: Scalability and Sustainability” in the Journal of Library Administration special issue “Digital Humanities in Libraries: New Models for Scholarly Engagement,” edited by Barbara Rockenbach (Columbia University).… Continue Reading Supporting Digital Scholarship in Research Libraries: Scalability and Sustainability

Supporting Digital Humanities in the Library: Creating Sustainable & Scalable Services

At the Digital Library Federation 2011 forum, Monica McCormick (NYU’s Digital Scholarly Publishing Officer) and I participated in a session called “Supporting Digital Humanities in the Library” along with colleagues from Emory University: Tim Bryson, Miriam Posner, and Alain St. Pierre.… Continue Reading Supporting Digital Humanities in the Library: Creating Sustainable & Scalable Services

Results of a Brief Survey on Portfolio Management

Two months ago, in preparing to talk to a class of MLIS students at Catholic University about project portfolio management, I sent a very quick and totally unscientific survey to the Digital Library Federation’s Project Managers Group about their practice… Continue Reading Results of a Brief Survey on Portfolio Management

Project Portfolio Management for Academic Libraries: A Gentle Introduction

Pre-print for “Project Portfolio Management for Academic Libraries: A Gentle Introduction,” College & Research Libraries. Abstract: In highly dynamic, service-oriented environments like academic libraries, much staff time is spent on initiatives to implement new products and services to meet users’ evolving needs.… Continue Reading Project Portfolio Management for Academic Libraries: A Gentle Introduction

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