Why I give to the Ada Initiative (and hope you will too)

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This blog post is a little late. Others have written really evocatively about this subject, already. But, late or not, it feels wrong not to say something. The Ada Initiative is my favorite non-profit (besides perhaps the one I work for? :)). They’re my smile.amazon charity, when I remember to use it. AdaCamp changed my life. And I think sometimes librarians might be inclined to look at the Ada Initiative as “a tech thing,” something not relevant to reference librarians or children’s librarians or school librarians … or really any librarian who doesn’t write code for their job. But Ada doesn’t look at it that way. Continue reading

Big news!

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I have big news: I will be joining the Center for Open Science (COS) in Charlottesville, VA, as a Developer. COS’s mission is compelling: fix science! (Seriously.) While I’m a little sad to leave Alaska, web librarianship, and what has been a really good first post-MLIS position, I am very excited about this opportunity. Continue reading

Conference Inclusiveness

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I don’t want to go to any more conferences that privilege “liberty” over hospitality. Because I’ve seen that there’s a better way. I get to learn more, from more people, and I also get to teach more at events that are truly inclusive. Why waste my time and money on events that aren’t? Continue reading

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”

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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

#alamw14 in glimpses

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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

#alamw14

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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