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Headed to ACRL!

21 Mar

Tomorrow I head out to ACRL! It’ll be the first time I’ve gone, and I’m wicked excited about it. I’m also excited that I will not be presenting, sitting on any panels, running any board meetings, attending any cabinet meetings, or really anything along those lines. I just get to, y’know, attend a conference and learn stuff.

It sounds wonderful. Hope to see you there!


10 Years, 10 Million Downloads

26 May

Real-Time Readership Map - LargeThis month, DigitalCommons@ILR recorded its 10 millionth full-text download. This corresponds with the tenth year the repository’s been in operation, so naturally we’re celebrating:

Launched just over a decade ago, DigitalCommons@ILR provides free online access to over 21,000 resources for executives, managers, workers and researchers. It serves as a repository not only of scholarship produced by faculty and researchers, but also historic and born-digital materials relevant to the ILR community and workplace researchers and practitioners internationally.

Covering all aspects of work and the workplace, DigitalCommons@ILR documents are freely available online with no access restrictions. Researchers from every state in the union and around the world download items, often found through Google searches, on everything from general workplace subjects such as creativity or teamwork to specialized questions such as the transition from disability to retirement benefits or the implications of specific labor laws and rulings. The site’s real-time readership map showing download locations emphasizes the school’s global reach as it pursues its mission of “Advancing the World of Work.”

Follow the link to read the whole press release. I want to take this opportunity to give accolades to the folks who helped make this happen:

  • Mary Newhart was the first repository manager, and really set the stage for everything that’s come since. She made it happen. Anything I’ve been able to do as repo manager is building on the foundation she laid. (She also hired me, and I’m very grateful for that.)
  • Suzanne Cohen and Deb Schmidle helped establish the collection development policy that still governs the repository today, and which I used as the basis for collection development at Scholarly Commons.
  • Steve Gollnick has done the lion’s share of work in getting material ready for the repository and actually uploading it. It’s painstaking and endless work, but Steve does it with skill and aplomb.
  • Deans Harry Katz and Kevin Hallock, Directors Gordon Law and Curtis Lyons, and all the other administrators who believed in our work and provided support over the last decade.
  • Many, many student workers who put in hours making this thing go.

I’m lucky to be a part of a project like DigitalCommons@ILR, and I’m deeply grateful to all the folks who have helped it succeed.

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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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


10 Oct

Alright, so I got my self-promotion out of the way. Now here are some links you should check out.

First, here’s a Library Journal piece about the library that some very cool folks within our profession have created down at Occupy Wall Street.

And if you’re not sure who the folks are participating in and/or precipitating this event, check out this tumblr. Hell, even if you think you are sure who these folks are, check that site out.

Because really, it’s just us.

Today’s tweets

10 Nov
  • 15:33 DigitalCommons@ILR about to hit 10,000 uploaded documents: #

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Today’s tweets

7 Nov
  • 10:15 Just put up a new post at The Nascent Librarian: #

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An isolated anecdote

24 Apr

I have a number of what I hope will be substantive posts in the works, though I worry their subject matter has grown stale as the final weeks of my semester have consumed my attentions. However, something occurred tonight that I thought was germane to this blog.

As I drove home from a ska concert, I heard a radio interview with an up-and-coming hip hop artist, who was bemoaning people’s tendency to try to fit everything in the world into set categories.

Naturally, my first thought was, “Wow, he really doesn’t care for controlled vocabularies. I wonder if he’d be happier with a folksonomy?”

I think my synapses have been broken in.