Professional Life

In this day and age, I think the “fixed” mindset is just not that viable. Technology moves too fast. It’s not even about adapting to change; adapting to change doesn’t necessarily mean embracing it. After all, many people can use a cell phone, but the portion who actually use it to its full capability, is probably a bit smaller. In higher ed, we see this ...

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Wow – nonsense / fake articles appear in Science and Nature

Wowsa… “SCIgen is supposed to be a lark: its creators claim at the top of the homepage that “Our aim here is to maximize amusement, rather than coherence.” But as Nature News and others reported, two major science publishers, Springer and IEEE, are in the process of removing more than 120 published studies from their databases after they were discovered to be SCIgen-generated nonsense. Eric ...

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Outdated work practices and transportation nightmares: thoughts on snowjam leon

I’ve been thinking about the Jan. snowstorm for a while. The problems are numerous: a lack of transportation options, a commuter city, poor planning, unpredictable weather (hee!)… well, the options for where to point fingers are numerous! As an IT worker who knows lots of other IT and technology workers, I am always surprised by how many of us have 8-5, M-F, jobs in an ...

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Fixed thinking vs. fluid – creativity, problemsolving, and technology

I found this article fascinating as I am definitely not of a fixed mindset. 🙂 I have been berated more than once by fixed mindset people and colleagues who question why “I’m not happy” (I am usually but they see my inability to be static as unhappiness or being unsatisfied – I’m neither but I am quest oriented). I think this ties in directly with ...

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Stressed: Organize your life and de-stress !

For librarians, stress comes from many sources: building renovations and other changes in physical spaces; interactions with colleagues; changes and problems with technology and systems; new or outdated policies and procedures; more demanding workplaces; multitasking; institutional culture; and family, health, and life situations. Even managing stress can itself be a stressor. Stress not only impacts productivity and morale, but getting out from under the avalanche ...

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10 traits of creativity

“Of all human activities, creativity comes closest to providing the fulfillment we all hope to get in our lives. Call it full-blast living.” Exactly! Interesting overview of why creative people are the way we are. We’re just one big contradiction of traits…  (read the full article here)1. “Creative people have a great deal of physical energy, but they’re also often quiet and at rest. They ...

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The vanishing cataloger

In the past few years, I’ve been noticing a trend amongst many of the smart, talented cataloging colleagues that I know — they are are leaving the Cataloging profession.I think there are many factors at work, but I see a few trends: The shifted job: Their jobs have shifted even if their job descriptions or titles have not. The evolved job: Their jobs and official ...

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Free webinar — John Seely Brown Symposium on Technology and Society

The Closing of Library Services… The Opening of Library Services (Free Webcast) Wednesday, Oct. 22, 3-5:30 pm Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive and director of the Open Content Alliance (OCA) and a critic of proprietary services like the massive Google Books project, will be the keynote speaker for the fourth John Seely Brown Symposium on Technology and Society sponsored by the University of ...

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GLA / COMO 2008

So, who’s going to GLA/COMO ’08? For the first time in FOREVER it seems, I am not presenting. How’d that happen? 😉 Instead, I’m on the ballot (unopposed) to Chair the Professional And Continuing Education Interest Group (PACE, that is) The problem I always have with conferences is whether to go support my friends/colleagues/coworkers or whether I should only go to those that interest me, ...

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