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putting the rarin back in librarian since 1999

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the system, sort of working

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 17:35:23 +0000

I’ve been doing a lot of writing in my newsletter lately. You might like to read it but I do still post here from time to time and I keep my talks list and my booklist updated. This week I … Continue reading

librarian diplomacy

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 16:28:29 +0000

I am, like many librarians, sort of a crabby nitpicker about some things. I think there are optimal ways to do things, particularly with technology. I have, over the past 20+ years of helping people, gotten better at working with … Continue reading

a talk of mine, in comic form

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 22:07:02 +0000 Never had one of these done for a talk I’ve given before. I did more of a write-up on my experiences giving three talks in a week (every specific thing was great but the overall busyness was a little … Continue reading

2016 in work and money

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 16:03:18 +0000

This post leaves me dissatisfied with pie chart makers and is as much a note to myself as anyone else who will read it. Last year was a weird year for work. I picked up a bunch of odd consulting … Continue reading

2016 reading list and commentary

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 23:44:45 +0000

I started 71 books this year and finished 68. I feel good about not finishing those three. I should really not-finish more books to be honest. I try to read most evenings and most mornings with varying success. I also … Continue reading

2016 in libraries

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 21:54:16 +0000

I’m a firm believer of eating your own dog food. Meaning if you say stuff about libraries (and I do), then make sure you go to them as if going to them was your JOB (and I do). Don’t just … Continue reading

The things I will miss about Open Library

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 21:25:16 +0000

I put it on my newsletter and up on TILT (my online magazine? Whatever that is) but I left my job at Open Library this week. This is bittersweet since I left because I could not get the hours to … Continue reading

Idea for now: Library Freedom Playbook

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 16:25:48 +0000

(note: this idea is not mine, I am merely running with it after it was mentioned on a mailing list I am on) In these weird times where people are very unsure who to trust and even less sure how … Continue reading

Upcoming events and reflections on newsletters

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 14:48:24 +0000

I’ve spread myself a little thin. Which is not at all bad but it’s been an interesting few months to try to sort out what goes where. This blog has been going since April of 1999. Since that time I’ve … Continue reading

the problem with digitally divided government

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:58:26 +0000

[another edited post from a mailing list discussing digitally divided citizens. Some people were reflecting that their elected officials don’t remember being offline. In Vermont we have a different issue] In Vermont where, at least where I live, ​our elected … Continue reading

there are multiple digital divides, still

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 16:52:30 +0000

(cross-posted from an email list I am on) > I’d be very interested in helping to support (or start) a research project > that more critically investigates the state of the digital divide in > communities and see how that … Continue reading

self serve support, what I learned about using numbers in facebook’s hashtags

Sat, 06 Aug 2016 21:24:02 +0000

I support Open Library. We don’t offer a lot of support but we do offer some. If you don’t understand a thing, a person will help you with it. Nowadays most “free” products only offer self-serve help pages or forums … Continue reading

Advocacy topics: stats + stories + good design + good tools

Fri, 01 Jul 2016 20:08:02 +0000

I’m wrapping up my Tools for Library Advocacy class this week. I’ll probably be writing down some of what I’ve learned trying to teach a CMS-evading online class–what worked and what doesn’t–but I had a small outline to share. The … Continue reading

TILT – today in librarian tabs v. 3

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 23:10:59 +0000

Before I forget, I’ve actually started a Tiny Letter, also called TILT though it’s a bit more essay-ish than these posts. Subscribe if you like this sort of thing in your inbox. Infrequent messages, well-designed and lovingly delivered. Been thinking … Continue reading

praxis and passports – Two very different talks in one long day

Sat, 18 Jun 2016 18:10:07 +0000

Now that I’ve stopped being webinar-resistant (I thank lots of meditation and more free time), I’ve been enjoying getting to give a lot of different types of presentations. Thanks to the oddness of scheduling, I did two very different talks … Continue reading