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

What I’ve learned from the drive

Every time I came “back to America” from Alaska, I felt simultaneously excited, disquieted, and wistful about the proximity of other states to the state I was visiting. I would exclaim, “You can drive from here to other states! You just go that way on the interstate!” And perhaps people looked at me askance, but it honestly struck me, hard, every time.

I’m used to it now. Continue reading

A book list and a trip update

Book stuff I complained on Twitter about The Name of the Wind, which I’ve had sitting in my Audible library for a while and decided to finally listen to, now that I’m finished with Octavia Butler’s Xenogenesis trilogy (which is fantastic!). TNotW is clever, funny, well-written, and well-performed by the narrator, but there aren’t female characters, except for mothers and love interests. That annoys me, especially after reading so much speculative fiction that includes women. I shared as much on Twitter, and people asked for the list of what I’ve been reading. So, pulling from GoodReads, here are my recent … Continue reading

Post all the photos!

This made me laugh. "All of Canada - that way! Just Tok Junction - that way!"

I’m arguably through the prettiest part of the drive, so here are the photos I’ve taken so far. I might go a little out of my way to see Mt. Rushmore or the Badlands or something (which I’ve already seen and photographed, and anyway I want to show them to Dale, not just see them again myself, so maybe I won’t), but I recall there’s a lot of “flat” and a little bit of “fields of sunflowers” happening for the next part of the drive, so if there are photos, there will be fewer of them per mile traveled. (A … Continue reading

The trip so far

Anchorage to Tok, AK: 318 miles Tok to Whitehorse, YT: 394 miles (this was miserable) Whitehorse to Watson Lake: 275 miles (this was pretty great) This trip would be so fun with another human, especially, but maybe even alone with no birds to take care of. As I go through the Milepost, to map out the odometer reading for all the gas stations and restrooms (that’s how few there are and how likely they are to be out of order, relative to the ones on roads you might be used to) I see all of these neat stops that I … Continue reading

Driving South

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When we came up to Alaska, Dale and I kept a shared blog. It was a fun way to chronicle a weird journey, both the drive itself and the transition to living in Alaska, which is a pretty unique place. It’s been useful to several people through the years, because they got to see what my move (driving from Pittsburgh) and Dale’s move (shipping a bunch of boxes and flying) looked like and get a sense of the pros and cons of each approach. But because we’re leaving Alaska, and because the blog’s title was “Moving to Alaska,” that doesn’t … 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