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

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IIIF will fundamentally change the way we deliver and use images on the web

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

You do the best you can with what you know

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

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

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

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

CNI fall 2014, Dispatch #1: 12/7 Executive Roundtable on Supporting Digital Humanities

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

Using our Influence: Why I support the Ada Initiative

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

Will the "Next New World" really have so few women and people of color?

Will the “Next New World” really have so few women and people of color?

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, chancellor@berkeley.edu Janet Napolitano, President, University… Continue Reading Will the “Next New World” really have so few women and people of color?

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?

Biases and errors in our tools: how do you cope? Reflections of a newcomer to textual analysis.

Biases and errors in our tools: how do you cope? Reflections of a newcomer to textual analysis.

On February 22, 2014, I had the pleasure of moderating a panel at the NYU Humanities Initiative entitled Using Digital Tools in the Classroom and in Research. (Here are the videos of 3 of the 4 panelists’ presentations and the… Continue Reading Biases and errors in our tools: how do you cope? Reflections of a newcomer to textual analysis.

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

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?

Testing: Embedding playlists

Testing: Embedding playlists YouTube: Eeeewwww I hate the way YouTube handles embedded playlists. I’ve got 3 videos in this playlist but you can’t tell that right off the bat when you load the page. Instead you have to notice the… Continue Reading Testing: Embedding playlists

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