Thursday, May 17, 2018

Cracking the furniture code

Image of the OfficePace design considerations
This webpage by OfficePaceTM reminded me of everything I have loved and hated in any workspace, including some that held digitization activities.  Of course, I can look at this information and also think of our libraries and their layout. 

We frequently "make do" with whatever furniture or layout that we have.  We decide to not spend money on furniture or design, because we believe our money is better spent elsewhere.  Yet we know from personal experience that a person's work environment can have a huge impact on the person's productivity and relationship to the workplace. 

If you need to make a business case for new(er) furniture or a different layout, perhaps this information from OfficePace will help you do just that.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Book: Copyright for Teachers and Librarians in the 21st Century

Book coverI want to continue to highlight relevant books and hope to do so more regularly.  This book, Copyright for Teachers and Librarians in the 21st Century, was written by Rebecca P. Butler and published in 2011.  According to the publisher:
Here is a practical copyright handbook designed to help librarians, media specialists, technology coordinators and specialists, and teachers stay within copyright law while making copyrighted print, non-print, and Web sources available to students and others.  Library educator Rebecca Butler explains fair use, public domain, documentation and licenses, permissions, violations and penalties, policies and ethics codes, citations, creation and ownership, how to register copyrights, and gives tips for staying out of trouble.
In addition, Butler covers copyright considerations for different types of media, She also:
covers how to deal with those who would have you break the law; orphan works; file sharing; distance education; digital rights management; the law: classroom exemption, handicap exemption, library exemption, other important federal exemptions in the K-12 schools, parodies, and state laws; copyright lawsuits; relationship of plagiarism to copyright; and copyright and privacy.
This book is available in soft cover format only. 

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Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Upcoming conference - DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: Fundamentals of Creating and Managing Digital Collections

I am passing along what I received in email.

DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: Fundamentals of Creating and Managing Digital Collections
October 15-16, 2018
Commerce Club - Atlanta, Georgia

Guided by a faculty of national experts, join colleagues from institutions large and small for two days of instruction on best practices and practical strategies for the creation, curation, and use of digital collections. Network with colleagues who have similar challenges, interact with faculty one-on-one, and gain a comprehensive introduction to digitization and digital preservation. 

Are you just getting started with a digital project? Trying to bring several digital projects together into a cohesive digital preservation program? Or are you well into a digital collections project and need a refresher on the latest standards and best practices?

The Digital Directions conference is geared toward professionals working with digital collections at archives, libraries, museums, historical organizations, tribal organizations, government agencies, business and special libraries and archives, and other organizations that steward digital collections. Discounted student rate is available.

More information is available on the NEDCC web site.  Note that the conference agenda is coming soon.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

It takes a team

July 15 2006 NY Yankees gameOrganizations value people who can work independently and work in teams. We know that there are some people who do one style of work better than the other. But the reality is that even those individual performers depend on others. Look closely at someone who seems to live completely independently from others and likely you’ll find that there is a support network in the background. Sadly, sometimes that network is never acknowledged publicly.  However, take away the network and the person will fail; sometimes slowly, sometimes quickly.

Last week, it took an ad hoc network of people to connect me with my cell phone, which I had misplaced on the way to the airport.  That nerve-racking experience was my reminder that I am not in this world alone and that I am deeply dependent on others.

No matter your reason for reading this blog, take a moment and remember those people around you - coworkers wherever they may be located, vendors, family, friends, the person who makes your coffee, etc. - who help you to do the work that you do.  When you get a chance, let them know that you recognize their assistance and give them a word of thanks. Who knows, that positive action could come back to you when you need it.

Friday, April 27, 2018

The Library Pros Podcast: Accessibility to All

Library Pros logo
During the winter, I had the good fortune to be interviewed by Christopher DeCristofaro and Robert Johnson for their Library Pros Podcast.  Chris and Bob are technology librarians/technologists in Suffolk County (NY) and their podcast reflects their love of libraries and technology, and everything in-between.  Our conversation focused on accessibility of libraries and content, which is an increasingly important topic for all of us.  What we talked about was broader, in regards to this topic, than you might first imagine...and it was fun!

If this topic interests you, you can listen to the episode on their web site or through many podcasting platforms (e.g., Stitcher).  The episode is 75 minutes in length.