using collaborative sabotage (aka collaboratage) to teach tech/design/research.

Recently I’ve been reminded how effective consensual group hacking/editing can be when teaching (about or through) web-based presentation and authoring platforms. I am a big believer in the techno-pedagogical strategy of transparent co-creation and exploratory play, which can diffuse the anxiety and confusion that often attends learning a new tool (especially one that involves the… Continue Reading →

grappling with glass: (mis)adventures in wearable technology.  

First confession: my library bought Google Glass about six months ago. Second confession: I have, shall we say, a conflicted relationship with Glass. Third confession: although my intrepid colleague and collaborator Dani Brecher and I just published a piece on the program we’ve developed at Claremont, I have strenuously avoided writing about it in this more personal venue. Fourth… Continue Reading →

wait for it… new buttonmaker templates.

A while back I shared a ton of 1” ‘love your library’ and other buttonmaker templates created for outreach/marketing purposes at the Claremont Colleges Library – all are available to download and use with a CC attrib-sharealike license on my Slideshare account. Tons of people out in libraryland and elsewhere have used them, about which I’m ecstatic… Continue Reading →

when DIY = sigh.

Backlogging again. As time wears on I find I’m starting to rather like being late to the party: not only am I well rested, I can take my time getting ready. DIWhy This post follows a relatively recent thread on libraries and DIY (if not exactly in response to it). On the core issue of what-is-DIY-and-why… Continue Reading →

unlocking hathitrust: an interview.

I have an article in Library Journal this week on HathiTrust, the giant “digital library by libraries for libraries.” It’s an interview with Heather Christiansen and Paul Fogel, two key HathiTrust staffers that I’ve enjoyed working with in the past. An excerpt: As librarians and users, we constantly encounter digital discovery interfaces and collections, but we don’t… Continue Reading →

ongoing goings-on.

I’ve been a bit slow on the blogging uptake lately, thanks to a full slate of projects and the massive learning curve that occurs when one starts an (excellent) new job, not to mention residual writing trauma after finishing RTEL. Future posts on all of the above are percolating, but I can at least share… Continue Reading →

“just bloody do it.”

A few words of wisdom from one of two preconference workshops I attended at Internet Librarian yesterday, on a topic that initially sounds extremely boring – project management. Despite the potentially dry subject matter the workshops were excellent – the morning’s was led by Mary Auckland, independent consultant and trainer (from Britain, which should help… Continue Reading →

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