Editor’s Note: This new series features a weekly round-up of interesting articles, blog posts, tweets, news, thoughts, and other tidbits related to the world of library school. Enjoy!
I’m off to San Antonio for the AALL annual conference, so my links-of-note this week are networking and travel related. First we have “Small Talk at Conferences: How to Survive It” on INALJ.com. Then we have “[N] Genius Travel Tips That Will Change Your Life Forever.” I say “[N]” because the URL indicates it started with 24; when I first read it on Tuesday it said 29; when I wrote this little blurb on Wednesday it said 32. So by the time you’re reading this, more might have been added. I’m a particular fan of the tips for keeping ear buds untangled, and traveling with a power strip. I saw that recommendation in a post with travel tips for ALA, and bought this one to take with me to AALL. I am not beneath selling my friendship for access to electricity. Of course, as informationally literate people, we all know to treat some of these ideas with skepticism. Finally, my boss was lauded in Government Executive for work that he did making the D.C. Code available online.
This week I’ve been following the Digital Humanities 2014 conference in Lausanne from afar via Twitter and wondering how to better advocate for the roles of librarians and archivists as collaborators and even trailblazers in DH work. In particular, I’m trying to clarify in my mind the relationship between the core values of digital humanities scholarship (if indeed there are any) and the core values we hold as LIS professionals. Besides the obvious technical skills and resources that we bring to these collaborations, what critical lenses do we have that can strengthen DH? I’m turning these questions over in my mind at the same time as the academic library world has been turning over the question of the ACRL’s proposed Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Reactions to the Framework, particularly in the wake of the feedback session at ALA annual, have been mixed. To get a sense of the conversation, take a look at Jacob Berg’s post on his blog, BeerBrarian, and his guest post on Letters to a Young Librarian, this statement signed by a group of librarians expressing concern for social justice issues in information literacy, Troy Swanson’s response on Tame the Web, and several related posts by Alan Carbery, especially this one.
This week I began my new job as the Visual Resources Curator at the University of Georgia! I am so excited to have a position directly related to my interests in the field. I think this opportunity is going to be challenging, yet so rewarding. I’m lucky as I am beginning the position at the same time as the art school’s new Director, who welcomes my ideas about a new vision for the VRC and is willing to have difficult, but productive conversations. This week I tried to learn the lay of the land, from the status of former image requests to how the space typically operates. We have some exciting goals in the works, including debuting a new database, working with the university library to set up a satellite reserves and book cart, redesigning the physical space of the VRC, and creating programming for the upcoming academic year. I will be a supervisor for the first time in this position, responsible for two work-study students and two graduate assistants, and I’m devising a plan for how we will work as a team. I look forward to sharing my progress with you all on HLS!
I am a month into my job where we are now finalizing our Fall schedule full of family events and technology workshops — both new and exciting programs happening at my library. This past month has been a whirlwind of orientation, programming and traveling for Annual, but today I had some time to reflect on my role as a Program Coordinator and how my degree has prepared me for this role. Recently a librarian and I have been discussing adding another adult book club to our calendar and she shared this article on building community assets. Laurie Putnam explains how instead of the library creating a book club, we should be teaching community members how to run book clubs and provide the resources to be successful and sustainable. Some other fun things I brought back from Annual include Austin Public Library’s recycled reads, where they up-cycle weeded books into some pretty neat things (including clothing!). As well as Pennsylvania Humanity Council’s partnership with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburg in creating a Teen Reading Lounge and how to host a Tedx event (for the cheap or deep pocketed) at your library, which we are now planning to do in the spring!