Code4Lib 2014 Write-up

I had an enjoyable and educational time at Code4Lib 2014. It was my first time attending any Code4Lib event, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be there, thanks to the Diversity Scholarship sponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources/Digital Library Federation, EBSCO, ProQuest, and Sumana Harihareswara. Thank you to the sponsors, the scholarship and organizing committees, and everyone else involved with the conference for this amazing learning experience! Things that went well I appreciated that the conference was one-track and was recorded. It meant that, except during the pre-conference day, I didn’t have to … Continue reading

Code of conduct pledge and cosigner list

Although I’ve mentioned it a couple of times, informally, I would like to more publicly/formally talk about my participation in the Code of Conduct Pledge (#CoCPledge) movement—and hopefully add value to the movement with a sortable list of co-signers. (I’m not using this post to make all the arguments about why codes of conduct are important, but I’ve written about it before, and I will again.) Now, I’m no John Scalzi, and I know there aren’t any events/organizations that would miss me so much that they will drop everything to develop one of these statements (and the buy-in and policy … Continue reading

Social media – best practices and “libraries doing it right”

I Like

I’m pulling together my thoughts for a panel on social media* aimed mostly at small libraries with small staffs. If we’re Twitter friends, you’ve seen me asking for libraries on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr who are doing a good job. (OK, I also asked for YouTube, but nobody had suggestions.) If we’re not Twitter friends, here I am. I did this because “Follow other organizations with similar missions and successful social media” is my first piece of advice, when it comes to best practices. As one of my coworkers has said, rather wryly, “Learning to be hip and fun … Continue reading


I wrote down all of my projects (that I could remember) and color-coded them

I’ve had occasion, lately, to think about how I spend my time and energy. Between the health stuff, MPOW’s looming “prioritization” efforts** and immediate budget cuts, a feeling of being totally underwater on too many projects, the worry that I’m not developing as a professional, and the general bone-tiredness that comes from living through winter in Alaska, I’ve realized I need to reevaluate and refocus. In reevaluating, I’ve (re)learned some things: 1) There’s more room than you realize. I had managed to wind myself up into a pretty deep funk around my work and service commitments, because they left so … Continue reading

#alamw14 in glimpses

A photo from Council Orientation

I don’t yet have the space, mentally, to process ALA Midwinter and summarize it properly. But here are some moments and some impressions: When I finished my schedule back in Anchorage, I realized how much of my schedule was eaten by Council (three and a half actual Council meetings, two Council Forum meetings, the Orientation, the Executive Board/Membership meeting, the Executive Board Candidates Forum), and I despaired. That was a low point, in part because I had just found out that my workplace is seriously considering taking away travel funding (which is, even now, only awarded on a competitive basis … Continue reading

Being Good Backup at #alamw14

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The concern has been raised that people might misunderstand the point of the BACKUP ribbons, or misuse them. And I suspect that it’s not immediately obvious to everyone 1) what you’re committing to and 2) what you’re empowered/allowed to do, if you choose to wear one. I thought perhaps writing up my interpretation of these issues might help. (Disclaimer: I am not ALA; I have not run this by them; ALA does not endorse or supply BACKUP ribbons; this is my and Lisa Rabey’s project, not an official thing. I’m not even sure my interpretation and Lisa’s are the same.) … Continue reading



I think my schedule’s finalized. I’m glad I looked at Daniel’s (the Alaska Councilor’s) schedule, though: I had missed one of the required meetings (ALA-APA Council). Speaking of: wow, does Council take up a lot of conference, especially if you need to attend Orientation and you want to try to be a good Councilor and go to the Forums. I have 37 unread email threads in my Council folder, right now. I’m planning on going through them Wednesday afternoon while I wait my turn at the DMV. If you have more energy than I do today, here’s the Council list … Continue reading

#LibTechGender, Intersectionality, and Backup

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There’s a pretty fantastic discussion happening in the library blog world, right now, spurred by the fabulous Cecily Walker’s post On Privilege, Intersectionality, and the Librarian Image. The also fabulous Andromeda Yelton adds her view in #libtechgender: the dangers of a single story (by the way, the video she embedded is pretty great). I’ve heard rumors that more posts are coming. I hope this post adds to the discussion, as well. Intersectionality I commented on Cecily’s post, kind of to this effect, but I’ll put it here, too: maybe #LibTechWomen’s expansion into #LibTechGender isn’t going far enough, and we might … Continue reading

Arguing for inclusivity


A surprising* number** of people*** are upset by the idea of a Code of Conduct/Statement of Appropriate Conduct/Anti-Harassment Policy (which I’ll refer to as “a CoC” or “CoCs” for the rest of the post). And, although I am unequivocally in favor of CoCs and generally frustrated when they are received poorly, still, I sometimes get little flashes of insight into the minds of people who fight against them. And I want to see if I can translate for them, maybe address some of their concerns/arguments. (I am trying to address the tech community, the library community, and the library tech … Continue reading

Getting buy-in on user centricity

I’m working on a post about professional association involvement, but honestly I got sidetracked by some other projects, including the LITA Forum. And the post is taking forever, because, seriously, it turns out that people had a lot to say. I think it’s going to be several posts, over the course of a week, rather than one gargantuan post. Anyway, I had a great time and learned a lot at the LITA Forum! I also gave my first solo national-level talk there, and I think it went fairly well—people discussed during the discussion period (20 of the 50 minutes), and … Continue reading