Support the Ada Initiative

12 Sep

I support the Ada Initiative, because they do awesome things that need doing:

The Ada Initiative supports women in open technology and culture through activities such as producing codes of conduct and anti-harassment policies, advocating for gender diversity, teaching ally skills, and hosting conferences for women in open tech/culture.

There’s nothing in there that’s not spectacular and necessary. And profoundly relevant to libraries, especially as our interactions with the tech world grow deeper and more ubiquitous.

Plus, right now there’s a campaign going on where the library community will be matching donations:

Donate to the Ada Initiative

The Ada Initiative deserves your support, including your financial support if that’s within your means. If you don’t believe me, believe Amy Buckland and Barbara Fister. (If you don’t believe them, than I’m not sure I can help you.)

Voting is now open for the SLA Board of Directors election

3 Sep

sla-logoThe moment of truth has arrived, for values of “moment” that include “three weeks”. The SLA Board of Directors election has begun. Voting will remain open until September 24.

It has been an amazing few months. My thanks to all of you who took the time to talk to me about why SLA is important to you, and what you want to see from the Association and its leaders in the months and years to come. Thank you to the New York and Washington, DC chapters for inviting me to meet with your members. And thank you to all my fellow candidates for being willing to step forward and take on the responsibility for leadership in SLA. Also, a very special thanks to my fellow candidate for President-Elect, Tom Rink: this is the kind of process that could get unpleasant, but Tom has always been wonderful to work (and network) with.They've got stuff on both sides!

In all seriousness, there is an excellent slate of candidates. As I’ve said a number of times, my background is in public policy, so what’s important to me is that members log on and vote. I’ve tried to spend these last months sharing my vision for SLA, and if you share that vision, then I’d be honored if you’d consider voting for me for President-Elect.

Thank you all! Now go out and vote.

 

A final (?) couple of SLA candidacy posts

2 Sep

The election for the SLA Board of Directors commences tomorrow, and there are a couple more posts for interested members to check out.

First, the fine people at SLA Europe sent Tom and I four very fun questions, and the answers are posted on their blog. The questions were:

  1. Where would you go in Europe if given the chance and an unlimited budget?
  2. You run into yourself in the street one day and it turns out you’re not an information professional! (Oh no!) What does your alternate universe self do?
  3. What are your go-to five apps or tools?
  4. What technical advancement would you tell your 15 year old self about if you had the chance?

Seriously: alternate universes and time travel. Check it out.

Also, in case you missed it, a recording of the Q&A webinar Tom and I did a few weeks back has been posted to our candidate pages.

The election begins tomorrow. More thoughts on that, then.

Well played, spambot

22 Aug

For the last several weeks, one 2012 post on this blog has been getting absolutely hammered with spam. (“Spammered”?) I have been studiously trashing them, of course.

Which was what I was about to do when two more popped up today. And then I looked at the second one:

Do you have a spam issue on this website; I also am a blogger, and I was wondering your situation; we have created some nice procedures and we are looking to exchange strategies with others, why not shoot
me an email if interested.

Well played, spambot. Well played.

Wanna come work for me?

18 Aug

The Digital Projects Assistant position with the HLM Library’s Digital Projects Group will be opening up at the end of the month, and we’re currently accepting applications. It’s a part-time position with a one year term, and is not an academic librarian line.

Also: if you get this job, I’d be your supervisor. Be aware.

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Digital Projects Assistant-25160

Description

Cornell University Library’s Hospitality, Labor and Management Library is seeking a Digital Projects Assistant.  As a member of the Digital Projects Group, the Digital Projects Assistant would be responsible for facilitating the editing, uploading and managing of online content for the School of Hotel Administration’s online digital repository, Scholarly Commons.  The most important responsibilities of this position include preparation of selected materials for digitization and uploading of objects to the repository.  The successful candidate may help direct the work of student assistants. The Digital Resources Assistant maintains and promotes the Hospitality, Labor, and Management Library’s core values of collaboration, excellence, flexibility, innovation, integrity, and service.

This is a half-time, benefits-eligible, position (20 hours per week) for a term of one year.

Keep reading for the full description

SLA Candidate question #4: How can SLA reach out more to members outside North America?

8 Aug

sla-logoThe candidate Q&A post for August is up over at the SLA website:

SLA is an international organization. How can SLA involve and reach out more to members outside North America?

This is one of the most important questions that SLA currently faces; our status as an international association sets us apart from many of our peer organizations, and allows us the opportunity to move forward and learn from one another in truly unique ways. We must, from our leadership on down, take advantage of these opportunities.

See the rest here.

DC/SLA Conference Recap recording is up

23 Jul

The recording of the DC Chapter of SLA’s Conference Recap event has been posted, including presentations from me and Tom Rink on our visions for SLA:

My speech starts at around the 2:00 mark. I’ve previously posted the text I was working from.

Please check out the whole thing! It was a great event.

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