Welcome to Librarian2

That’s “Librarian Squared.”  On this evolving website, you’ll find annotated resource lists on academic library assessment, library instruction, and linked open data. Each addition will appear in the blog along with posts on issues, contradictions, etc. that come up while reading (viewing, listening to) these resources. And you never know what else I may throw in.

New resources, news, and announcements will be added every week, so check in often.

…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 abstacts 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.

Eye-Pads in Library Instruction

Newell, Zachary, and Jason Soohoo. “iAdapt: Bringing Mobile Technology to the Library Classroom.” College & Research Libraries News 75, no. 2 (February 1, 2014): 72–75. http://crln.acrl.org/content/75/2/72

Instruction librarians at Salem State University had both hits and misses trying to integrate iPads into their classes.

Financial Literacy in the Library

Roggenkamp, John. “Financial Literacy and Community Colleges: How Libraries Can Get Involved.” College & Research Libraries News 75, no. 3 (March 1, 2014): 142–43. http://crln.acrl.org/content/75/3/142

Here’s where one librarian really made an impact on students’ lives. He took their assignment to research and apply for one scholarship and turned it into a full-fledged library instruction effort which lead to increased usage of print resources related to scholarships among other things.

Quick Book Notes: Now You See It

Cover of Now You See It by Cathy DavidsonI began reading this book as part of Cathy Davidson’s recently completed MOOC, The History and Future of (Mostly) Higher Education. It was never my plan to do the assignments or participate in the course, but I enjoyed doing the readings and watching the videos in spite of a convoluted procedure to get the videos on my NOOK e-reader so I could watch them on the train. But then life decided it hadn’t given me a good, swift kick in a while so I had to give up the videos and readings … all except for Davidson’s book Now You See It.

Davidson writes on the science of attention–what we pay attention to, how attention works and what this all means for education and work in the 21st-century. She gives many terrific–and clearly explained–examples of research in the field and experiments in the organization of the workplace and school all of which point toward the need for a new model instead of trying to use the 19th-century industrial age model of single attention to a single task. Whose life is like that anyway? Certainly not mine. Davidson has an engaging style of writing that made learning from her book all the more enjoyable. You won’t have trouble paying attention to this book.

On a side note, I am very pleased to see Ms. Davidson will be coming to work at the university system where I work, CUNY (City University of New York), albeit at a different institution from myself. The Grad Center in midtown Manhattan is a long ways from a community college in Queens, but one can hope that some of the digital humanities goodness she’s bringing will spill over into the outer boroughs.