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…

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one piece of the changing landscape

In November, I discovered a Kickstarter project from an author I really like — C.E. Murphy — in which she proposed to write a novella about one of the major secondary characters in the Walker Papers series she’s been writing for the last several years. She wanted to write it,…

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Library Day In The Life: #libday8, Day 4

Yesterday ended at midnight, much of my night spent working on the faculty outreach stuff about our weeding project. I was crunching numbers from spreadsheets, working on draft documents, and writing newsletters, luncheon talks, and big blast emails. And then I crawled out of bed at 6:30, shower hair makeup…

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cycles

[with gratitude to The Decemberists for the inspiration.] Here we come to a turning of the season, witness to the arc towards the sun A neighbor’s blessed burden within reason, becomes a burden borne of all in one At our library coffee break today, David asked who had birthdays in…

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Stop blaming the user

The user is not broken. It pisses some librarians off when I say that, but it’s true, as I intend it. The user is not broken in that our job is to fulfill the user’s needs, and the user’s needs are, while not always well-defined, possible to meet, or understood…

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