Category: library blogs

Exploring what it means to “put something online”

I don’t do this very often on this blog, but this is totally worth it: Go read this. So now, a little more than halfway through the class, students are asked to turn their digital expertise and expectations upside-down: to use online search tools specifically for the purpose of figuring out what’s not available to them with the click of a mouse, and to go through the process themselves of making a portion of that non-digitized world available in the network realm for future use. This debrief on an assignment is a great counterpoint to my last post about C.E. Murphy’s […] keep reading…

Libraries, Overdrive, Amazon, and privacy

Sarah Houghton tells it like it is. Language occasionally NSFW, but completely appropriate. Personally, I’m very wibbly on privacy rights. Jenica The Person believes fiercely in the value of an educated and well-informed populace that has a protected right to access information freely and without coercion or monitoring. Jenica The Library Administrator At A State Institution has certain responsibilities to follow the law, whatever the law is. As Sarah points out, sometimes the law says “we respect your privacy”. Sometimes it doesn’t. But either way, I sure as hell don’t believe corporations have a right to track the behavior of […] keep reading…

Smart things said by other people

Hi! First few weeks of classes! OH HOLY HELL HANG ON! So not much time for writing. But I have been carving out time for reading. Here’s some stuff I liked this week. Dean Dad is smart, as usual. How many of us have seen this? Lived this? The entrepreneur was utterly confident that he was on the right track, that the future would be better than the present, and that one way or another, all would be well. His primary frustration was speed; he wanted things to move considerably faster than they already are. The fact that the current […] keep reading…

The timestamps are a lie

Someone recently asked me via email about the timestamps on my posts, questioning how I get away with blogging on traditionally defined work time. That reply, edited for anonymity and public consumption, included: We have a culture of working 40-50 hour weeks, usually 8ish to 5ish, but that varies by individual and day.  So that’s what I’ve been accustomed to, prior to becoming Director — a day that I set myself, based on inclination and workload. I used to work 10-7 a lot. And if I spent an hour blogging during the day, I’d just work a bit later to […] keep reading…

Cover letters as narrative and arc

If you found my previous post interesting — whether because you agree with me or because you think I’m part of an elitist system that doesn’t appreciate your unique qualities, or something in between — please also go read this post by Andromeda Yelton. In short, “what she said”.  She outlines a great approach, and I want to read more letters like that. Following @jenica26, my thoughts on resumes and cover letters keep reading…

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