Our library closes to the public at noon today, and that’ll wrap up 2014 for me, work-wise. In so many ways, it was not the year I expected to have. Running for President-Elect of SLA was a huge part of that, naturally, but even things I knew about going in — like my digital scholarship fellowship — took me to unexpected places.
It was exhausting and exhilarating, and rarely did the two take turns. I already have much to prepare for in 2015, so the upcoming week and a half of (relative) rest is not something I’ll be taking for granted. I have a feeling I’m going to need it.
I also hope I will never take for granted all the excellent people I’ve gotten to work with in 2014, at HLM and Cornell, in SLA, and beyond; thank you for doing wonderful work and occasionally letting me be a part of it.
I am grateful to the folks out there fighting the good fight for our profession, our society, and our world; the folks whose risks and efforts completely eclipse my own. My gratitude and admiration go out to #teamharpy, and the people working hard in their support, as well as anyone who takes to the streets in pursuit of justice and the acknowledgement that #BlackLivesMatter.
I am also deeply grateful to my family for all their support, even in the face of the most unexpected and barely explicable librarian shenanigans.
Thank you all. Happy holidays, Happy New Year, and I hope to see you in 2015.
Yes, this is a blog post about a blog post.
As part of the grant we got from the NHPRC to digitize and disseminate collective bargaining agreements, we are documenting those efforts in a blog. I just uploaded a post discussing uploading CBAs and this post couldn’t get any more meta unless I started discussing metadata which I do in the blog post so I’m going to stop now.
Here’s a short excerpt; please go check out the whole thing if you’re interested:
As discussed on this blog in September, Digital Consulting & Production Services has been working on digitizing shipments of the collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) in the education retail industries. Once those digital copies are returned to Kheel, it’s time to make them available to the world. That’s where DigitalCommons@ILR comes into the picture.
I touched on this a while back, and have posted extensively about it on social media, but I realized I couldn’t countenance writing another entry here until I’d talked about #teamharpy at greater length. Frankly, it’s overdue, and I’m sorry about that.
I support #teamharpy. I admire nina de jesus and Lisa Rabey for their courage and their actions.
I support #teamharpy because harassment is a problem in the library world and beyond, and it’s only going to get worse if we ignore it or try to silence those who speak to it. That’s certainly the case within our profession as we continue to look to tech culture, start-ups and the like for inspiration, because if anything the culture there is worse.
I support #teamharpy because I’ve seen the pushback to even the most basic attempts to combat harassment at conferences — the ALA and SLA Codes of Conduct, for example, not to mention the actual enforcement of same — so I have no patience for critics who claim that #teamharpy didn’t address this situation in the correct way. What the correct way would’ve been is always poorly defined, because better means to address this kind of situation basically don’t exist. I wish they did. We should make it so they do, but let’s not pretend we already have.
I support #teamharpy because librarians, as a profession, should oppose SLAPP suits whenever they occur. If we’re willing to call out this kind of behavior when it’s a publisher trying to silence a librarian, it’s unconscionable to claim that we have to shut up and “let the courts decide” when it occurs within our own community.
I support #teamharpy because it’s the right thing to do.
EDIT: I can’t believe I forgot to link to the petition asking Joe Murphy to drop the lawsuit. Go forth and sign it.
The results of the SLA Board of Directors election are in, and I want to congratulate Tom Rink on being elected to the office of President-Elect. Tom was a great candidate, and I know he’ll be an exemplary President-Elect and President for SLA. And I want to congratulate everyone else who’ll be joining the Board come January: Kim Silk (chapter cabinet chair-elect), Ruth Kneale (division cabinet chair-elect), Kevin Adams (director), and Catherine Lavallee-Welch (director).
Also, I salute Valerie Perry, Elaine Lasda Bergman, Dr. Saif Al-Jabari, and David Cappoli for stepping up and running for office. SLA is a stronger organization for their dedication and enthusiasm, and I know they will keep working to make the Association better. We truly had an excellent slate of candidates this time year.
For me, being nominated was a great experience, and a profound honor. I am thrilled that I had the opportunity to meet so many SLA members over the past six months, and speak with so many of you about the issues that are important to you.
Three items of note:
First, there’s a little more than 24 hours left in the SLA Board of Directors election. If you can vote and haven’t yet, do so! If you have, thanks for stepping up to make the Association stronger. And in case anyone’s new to this blog, I am running for President-Elect, so please throw some consideration my way.
Second, I wrote a long post over at Cornell University Library’s Digital Scholarship and Preservation Services blog about the Repository Executive Group. (For those of you who prefer brevity, I posted in the CUL DSPS blog about RepoExec.*) Chairing that committee made up a large part of my fellowship work, and I cover a lot of what we did in that post.
Finally, if you haven’t been following the #teamharpy case, I recommend checking out the blog that nina de jesus and Lisa Rabey have set up, which both explains the case and lets you donate to their defense. Also very much worth highlighting is their call for witnesses. It is a deeply messed up situation that they’re in, and I admire their actions and their courage. They have my support, and deserve yours.
So, that’s what’s up. A lot going on, and in less than 36 hours I’m going to find out a lot more about my next three years. Be well, folks.
* Though, if you prefer breveity, you probably won’t like the post.
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:
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.)
The 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.
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.