Where I’ve been writing lately

Busy busy busyI wanted to post a quick note about where I’m doing most of my blogging these days. I currently manage and coordinate my library’s social media content, including our blog posts. My posts on the blog are mostly about library collections, acquisitions, and events.

This past January, Library as Incubator Project co-founders Laura Damon-Moore and Erinn Paige were nice enough to ask me to write a series of posts about my library as an arts incubator. This series is currently ongoing, with a focus on the benefits of a library-museum connection.

Look for more posts in both places, and the occasional post here as well!


Computers in Libraries 2013 wrap-up

28th Annual Computers in Libraries conference 2013

Earlier this week, I attended the 2013 Computers in Libraries conference in Washington, D.C. What an interesting conference! It was very different from the other professional conferences I have attended.

Most of the sessions I attended were focused on web design, UX (user experience), accessibility, and new web/technology trends. I learned about the seven deadly sins of library websites and how to ideally focus your site around your users. I found out about some cool new AR (augmented reality) projects, the Dane’s Digital Library, and a new app that Danish art museums are using.

Read summaries of all the conference sessions on the CIL 2013 blog.

“Does the job end when you go home?”: A few thoughts

Does the job end when you get home? Like Annoyed Librarian says, this “depends on the type of work” you do as a librarian. Catalogers can’t bring their work home with them, but librarians who have faculty status at their university might not be able to leave work at work. And, as AL points out, “systems librarians are sometimes always on call.” If you are well-known as a librarian in your community, people might seek your help outside of the library.

Aside from your required work, and the work you do as prompted by others, you might still be working late into the night on library-related projects. AL says, “It also depends on the impact you want to make on the profession. Do you want to be a mover and a shaker, or do you want to remain in happy obscurity? There’s no shame in obscurity, but moving an shaking requires work outside of the library, or longer hours within the library.” AL makes a good point. You can be a great librarian at work and then leave everything behind until you come back the next day. But if you want to make a big impact on your library and perhaps even the profession, you have to dedicate extra time to your efforts. Maybe you write articles, hold professional discussion groups online, or spend an extra few hours making sure your library programs are above average. You might spend your weekends reading the latest graphic novels so you can recommend them to your teens when they stop by. Maybe you give your contact information to students so they can get paper help late at night.

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Personal branding for librarians

A few weeks ago, I attended a session for library students/new professionals called “Personal Branding and Your Online Presence.” The workshop featured three speakers – Justin Hoenke (Justin the Librarian), Rebecca Goldman (Derangement and Description), and Naomi House (INALJ – I Need A Library Job) – who each gave advice on how to create and maintain a positive online presence. You can find out more about each speaker and find their presentations here. Attendees were also given a personal branding handout with more resources after the event. Find my notes about the presentations after the jump.

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MLS’d and working

Whew – it’s been a long few months! Besides my normal workload, I ran a social media campaign at work commemorating the 100th anniversary of a major fire on campus (see the #fire1912 website for more), prepared a poster on my fall internship for my iSchool’s Experiential Learning Expo, and wrapped up my last few papers. I graduated from the University of Maryland on December 20th, and am now the proud owner of an MLS degree.

I currently split my time between two jobs. I work as a Special Collections Coordinator at the University of Maryland Special Collections, where I’m overhauling a few of our special projects websites, among other things. I’m also a Library Assistant at the American Institute of Physics, where I’m assisting with an upgrade to their security system. I will also be installing the exhibit I curated during my internship this past fall.

Converge and Ingest: A WSU NDSA colloquium

This evening, Wayne State University’s student chapter of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance hosted a colloquium titled “Converge & Ingest: Learning about Digital Preservation.” There were a total of five presentations and a poster session afterwards. Everything is available online, so make sure to check them out by clicking either of the above links.

My notes on each presentation are after the jump.

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Sneak peek at social media survey results

Over the past few days I’ve been making lots of graphs and charts to display the results of my “Social media use in archives and special collections” survey. Would you like to have a sneak peak at some of the results?

Out of 185 total responses, 116 repositories use social media and 69 do not.

Repositories on social media

The most popular platform is Facebook, followed by blogs, Twitter, and Flickr.

Platforms repositories use

Most repositories joined social media platforms in 2010 and 2011.

When repositories joined social media

Some comments from those who have only recently joined up or have not yet (but want to) indicate that they had to wait a long time for approval from their supervisors or parent institutions.

In terms of platforms, I definitely expected Facebook to come out on top, with blogs, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube as close contenders. The most popular responses for “Others” were Historypin and Foursquare.

I’m working on putting these statistics and many others into a report to share here on my blog. I’ll make sure to send the final results out to several listservs, and will publicize it here and on my other social media accounts. Please contact me with any questions comments.