My new site is now up on CUNY’s Academic Commons. Most of the content has been migrated over so nothing’s been lost. This old site is no longer being updated, and will disappear in mid-May. Thank you for reading, and I hope hope you’ll join Librarian Squared at its new home.

New Info Lit Framework

Jastram, Iris, Jason Paul, and Rachel Weiss. “The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy: What Does It Mean for Instruction Librarians?” presented at the Minnesota Library Association 2014 Annual Conference, Mankato, Minn., October 8, 2014. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/12bQsXDe9C7KUTF4IJqX6NQHrckRoWg3qU-DCRdSjF6A/edit?pli=1#slide=id.p

Presenters discuss the new Framework from the latest draft and how it already dovetails with information literacy instruction you are probably already doing.

Free OA webinars

Free webinars on Open Access hosted by the Australian Open Access Support Group. Register now to celebrate OA Week!

…Three’s a Crowdsource

Owens, Trevor. “Linked Open Crowdsourced Description: A Sketch.” Trevor Owens. Accessed September 10, 2014. http://www.trevorowens.org/2014/09/linked-open-crowdsourced-description-a-sketch/

How Zotero might be used to further crowdsourcing item-level description of archival materials. Neat!

Assessment Bits




“Assessment in Action: Poster Abstracts.” ACRL Value of Academic Libraries, June 29, 2014. http://www.acrl.ala.org/value/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/AiA-poster-guide-ALA-AC-2014.pdf

If you missed ACRL’s poster session at ALA from the 75 schools participating in its Assessment in Action program, read the abstracts and be inspired by the wide variety of assessment projects being done.

UX in Libraries

Ibarra-Siqueiros, April. “UX in Libraries with a Case Study at NYU Libraries.” Bridge to Excellence, no. 2 (July 7, 2014). http://slanypublications.org/2014/07/07/ux-in-libraries-with-a-case-study-at-nyu-libraries/

This user experience (UX) case study introduced me to guerilla testing aka “speed dating,” a great addition to the user testing arsenal.

DH’s Happy Home in the Library

Literary texts and the library in the digital age, or, How library DH is made

Glen Worthey writes on digital humanities’ roots in Russian literary Formalism and how libraries preserve the source texts used in DH.

Copyright MOOC

Want to learn more about U.S. copyright law from the librarian’s perspective? For free? Check out this summer’s MOOC Copyright for Educators & Librarians being held July 21-Aug. 18. All instructors  librarians and lawyers, namely Kevin Smith, Duke University; Lisa Macklin, Emory University; and Anne Gilliland, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. This course is being offered through Coursera.

What Is schema.org?

Barker, Phil, and Lorna M. Campbell. What Is Schema.org? Centre for Educational Technology, Interoperability and Standards, June 6, 2014. http://publications.cetis.ac.uk/2014/96

A Cetis Briefing Paper for LRMI, this is a good introduction to the technical approach behind schema.org (a joint initiative of several major search engines) and how to implement it.

Quick Book Post: Galileo’s Daughter

Galileo's Daughter book cover

This is the story of Galileo Galilei as seen through the eyes of his eldest daughter Sister Maria Celeste of the convent of San Matteo, whose letters to her father survive. Unfortunately his letters to her did not. Dava Sobel (author of Longitude, another interesting book) relates not only Galileo’s successes with his work on the telescope, mapping the moon, and figuring the motion of heavenly bodies, but also his struggles as what he so clearly saw did not sit well with the Catholic Church. The Church eventually tried him and put him under house arrest for his heretical writings on the Earth and planets revolving around the sun contradicting the Church’s official view of an Earth-Centric universe. Sister Maria Celeste’s letters not only give us a view of Galileo’s scientific work and tribulations but also–and at least as interesting–a view of her world in a convent of Poor Claires and everyday life in Renaissance Tuscany.