Why “web kunoichi”?


I find myself explaining my username, now and then, and always I tell people one of the reasons I picked it and leave off the other, when they’re actually intertwined. I also apologize for it when I shouldn’t (and fail to apologize when perhaps I should). But that’s part of why we have blogs, isn’t it? To save ourselves the trouble of re-explaining. “Kunoichi” means “Female Ninja.” So, why would I have picked “web kunoichi”? 1. “Webmaster” is something I do a lot, but it’s an awful title I’ve been “webmaster” for a fair number of sites, now, and I … 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

#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

Identity – developer, information scientist, librarian


Professionally, I’m in kind of a weird place, right now. (Feel free to make an Alaska joke, here, but that’s not what I mean.) I’ve finally come to understand that I enjoy and am pretty good at programming, and I want to improve those skills, which is something I’m working on. But, more broadly, I’ve also belatedly realized that what I really wanted to be, after library school, wasn’t so much a librarian as an information scientist, and I’ve been unconsciously approaching the entire profession from that perspective (when I don’t go full-on-IT, anyway). I realize perhaps this reads like … Continue reading

New Year’s resolutions


The traditional end-of-year blog post is a retrospective and a reflection on the year’s experiences, but I feel like I did some of that with my Thanksgiving post. I realize I missed some stuff, and, sure, I glossed over the negatives of the year, because I was trying to practice gratitude; but I’d probably have done that with an end-of-December post, too. So I’ll do the other traditional blog post, listing goals/resolutions. And, to some extent, I think my goals for 2014 speak to my experience in 2013, so there’s a hint of the first type of post in here, … Continue reading

Impostor syndrome


I’m going to say something I probably shouldn’t (for, indeed, what other purpose do blogs have?), but I hope that doing so will help other people, if they’re having similar issues. My admission: I’ve been feeling like an utter fraud and a complete failure at a significant portion of my job. (Spoiler: It’s better now!) I’ve been beating myself up for literally years, because I didn’t think I had an acceptable level of technical competence—specifically, coding prowess. And while there are legitimate disagreements about coding in the library profession, I think we can agree: most web librarians need a certain … Continue reading

Being thankful


With all the health issues (and the cost of all the health issues) and everything, it would be really tempting to write off 2013 as a “rebuilding year,” and I won’t lie: those words have escaped my lips. Maybe as recently as yesterday, when I found out that the Prednisone was more of a diagnostic tool than a cure. Now that I’m off it, the pain is coming back, to the total lack of surprise of my doctor; and now that my shock has worn off, I’m pretty angry that she didn’t warn me. Anyway, we’re looking into ways to … Continue reading

Invisible disabilities and healing


I started to write this post as a Facebook update, but (well, for one, it’s long, but more importantly,) it’s actually pretty relevant to my recent professional life: it’s one person’s set of anecdotes about an Issue In Our Field, if you will. Although it’s hard, I think writing it is the right thing to do. I feel like I owe this post to other people who have been brave and made posts along a similar theme. (I hesitate to link, based on the subject; but please let me know if you’d like to do more reading, to get others’ … Continue reading

Role Models in Fiction


The fiction we read as children, pre-adolescents, adolescents, and possibly even as adults has a lot to do with who we become. I can directly map the books I read (and a little bit of TV and movies) into the person I am, and as a geek feminist and a member of a profession that encourages kids to read, I want to talk about that. I realize today’s fiction is better than my formative fiction, but I’m not sure it’s good enough. I suspect none of my readers—long-time, short-time, or for the first time following a link from a Twitter … Continue reading

Alternative Medicine

just water

Have you ever seen a post go across your Facebook, and you thought “Wow, I want to reshare that and comment on it, but I’ve got too much to say”? That’s what this post is. Dennis Moser shared this really good article about the business of alternative/integrative/complementary medicine. Go read it. I’ll wait. And, having recently been a patient of an “integrative medicine” practitioner—two, actually—I had some thoughts. One practitioner is a doctor of naturopathic medicine (ND), and one is a myofascial therapist. And although I am no longer seeing either of them (possibly temporarily, in the case of the … Continue reading