Reflections on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Holiday

Recently I’ve been thinking about why I became a librarian. A generous reading of my motivations is that being a librarian allows my idealism to run free. I want to believe that in devoting my labors to the library I’m actively working to build a better world. A less generous reading of my motivations is […]

How I Work

How I Work After reading Michael Perry’s post on how he works at libraryproject.info I decided to give this format a go and share how I work. Caveat: I mostly work experimentally. I change operating systems, app environments, and the media or modes I work in frequently. I work through exploring  new methods and being […]

On allying myself with #TeamHarpy and others

I Am #TeamHarpy I ally myself with Lisa Rabey and nina de jesus. Lisa and nina are friends of mine and colleagues who are facing a SLAPP suit to silence their frank and open discussion of another colleague’s behavior.  While there is a lot to be said about the case and the deep-rooted conditions in […]

Library Instruction West 2014 Recap #liwest2014

tl;dr Library Instruction West is a Marvelous Conference. My brain is still buzzing and feels pleasantly tingly from all of the good thoughts, emotions, and interactions I had at the Library Instruction West 2014 conference. I walked away energized by the people I met and by the content they shared. Portland State University was a fantastic […]

A Joint Statement of Commitment and Action

This post is a week behind, but there has been an update in the  conversation about the BCALA’s open letter to the ALA. The BCALA, along with AILA, APALA, CALA, REFORMA, and ALA* have issued a joint statement of Commitment and Action. Please take a moment to read the statement. Ultimately, the ALA membership’s commitment […]

Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi   This post was originally published on the ACRL TechConnect Blog at: http://acrl.ala.org/techconnect/?p=2962. Raspberry Pi, a $35 fully-functional desktop computer about the size of a credit card, is currently enjoying a high level of buzz, popularity, and media exposure. Librarians are, of course, also getting in on the action. I have been working […]

eBook Purchasing and Personal Values

An App to Proritize eBook Purchases by User-Set Priorities I’m excited to read a new book, Sophia Samatar’s A Stranger in Olondria. I came across Ms. Samatar’s name and her work on the site Islam and Science Fiction and I was so excited about the perspective and literary references in A Stranger in Olondria that I […]