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April 25, 2010, 5:06 pm

Do You Sudoku? Challenging incoming students with a puzzle

It’s about that time of year again. Orientation & Registration Season. Hundreds of kids (and their
parents) will be wandering around college campuses all across the country. Some
of them are still trying to decide where they should attend, while others have
made up their mind and are finding out more about their future school.


 We had one of these last week at UCSB and it was pretty
wild. At GT they spaced things out across two days and separated the various
groupings: academic departments, clubs & organizations, and campus services.
Here they combine everything into one event and it had a carnival- like
atmosphere. 

 
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I wanted to share our approach in attempting to
engage this audience of incoming and/or potential students. I didn’t want us to
just tell them facts about library because it’s too early for that. If you read
the book
(p. 123) I talk about timing and I still…

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March 4, 2010, 4:15 pm

Speaking Up Against Hate In the Library

Interesting day. Lots of protests and whatnot going down today.

 Protests
 
I caught some of the conversation & demonstration during my lunch break. Very passionate opinions were expressed. I’ve been to a few of these now and I’m fascinated in them from an event planning point of view. The thought, planning, and organization that goes into these rallies is immense… especially two weeks before finals. (The message is good too.)

 
Also in the news is the “noose” down in San Diego. When I first heard this I thought it was connected to the “death of the UC” theme that was very visible around these parts last Fall.

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Coincidentally we have a ‘Speak Up Against Hate’ display on the wall right now. It was planned over a month ago, but it is suddenly very timely with all that is going down regarding racism at UCSD, Irvine, and Davis. This project was a partnership with the Office of…

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February 7, 2010, 9:54 pm

And Our Three Millionth Volume Is… An Open Access Title? [maybe]

We’ve been kicking around ideas for our symbolic three
millionth volume. Most libraries pick an old book with an ornate cover and
build a message about the concept of printed artifacts. At UCSB we might do
that too… or maybe not. One of the exciting ideas that came up during our
initial brainstorming was selecting an open access title or at least something
that is born digital. This really rocks the boat but I think that is a good
thing. This is a chance to really make a statement about the direction library
collections are heading. It also gives us a springboard to reach out to our faculty
about scholarly communications. I can imagine a nice promotional package built
around this theme.
 

Ah, but that to choose? That’s where we are now. I thought
I’d open it up to you too. What would you select for a ceremonial “millionth”
volume?  What are some
digital items that would really…

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January 22, 2010, 11:38 am

In the Scene: highlighting creativity on campus

How about a fun post for a rainy Friday…

At most universities the athletes get a lot of attention. So do the people who win scholarly awards and whatnot… but what about the creative types? I’m not talking about the guy who ends up on American Idol or the grad student who publishes a book. I’m talking about the person studying in your library right now. The girl who plays her guitar at the local coffee shop and has some tracks on iTunes. Or the guy who writes existential poetry and is directing a black and white film on the weekends. These are the people who fascinate me. These are the people who add character to the college experience… and these are the people that I want to help.

One of my guiding principles is that academic libraries should highlight the scholarly, cultural, creative, and service contributions of the community. Not only highlight, but strive to make them…

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November 8, 2009, 7:47 pm

The Library & The CMS: a wish list

I’m really excited about the relationship that is forming between the Library and our Course Management System folks. UCSB is adopting Moodle and there is a lot of momentum gathering. The Library has been invited to be development partners but also to help with assessment as well.

Here are my quick and dirty notes of blue-sky thinking. Please feel free to add more ideas in the comments. I’m also curious to hear about tips and pitfalls of working with CMS teams.

Core theme: “the library in every course”—building on their theme of “a website for every class.” We want to integrate library resources and services into the infrastructure– make it as easy as possible for students and faculty to access the library via their course management system.

1. We’d like to have a default library “widget” or tab or space for every course. This will include basic stuff, such as…

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October 24, 2009, 6:41 pm

Nobel Laureate Envisions Data Curated Future

Well, look who has returned to his blog. I know… it has been awhile. Too long in fact, but I have not had a lot of time for reflection. I’m finally finding my place here and I’m excited about several projects in the works. More to share as things come together.

Last week was open access week. The big news over here was the UC’s launch of the new eScholarship. In a nutshell, they seem to be rebranding themselves from an institutional repository into a scholarly publishing service. The new interface is more intuitive and there are lots of great new bells and whistles, but… it is PDF-focused, which is too limiting for my tastes. As we head into the second decade of the 21st century we need be archiving multimedia and data, not just docs. And I’m not alone—

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Two weeks ago, I spoke with recent Nobel Laureate Carol W. Greider. She was gracious enough to fit The Ubiquitous…

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