I would normally wait until Friday to do this, but a particularly timely link came across my RSS reader last night…
Ada Initiative campaign:
When I read my RSS feeds last night, I discovered that a number of librarians have coordinated a campaign to donate to the Ada Initiative, which supports women in open technology and culture. You can read more about the matching donations campaign. That post includes links to other posts why this is so important for librarians and people working in (and using, and caring about) libraries that are worth reading too.
- An interview with Scott Bonner, the librarian for Ferguson, MO, who began working there July 1, about the amazing work he (and others in town) have done to keep the library a place of safety and access to information.
- An interesting set of thoughts from Kevin Michael Klipfel on the nature of being a librarian.
- The floating libraries of Minnesota and New York.
- Nancy Sims (the University of Minnesota copyright librarian) on Copyright and Contracts, part one and part two which are a great summary of some of the issues about copyright and licensing.
- The Smithsonian is looking for crowdsourcing help transcribing digitised documents. (Their setup and explanation are really quite fascinating – I’ve taken a look.)
- A course list for Rupert Giles, MLS. Fellow librarians, which of these would have been useful in your careers?
- While I was reading through the linked posts from the Ada Initiative, I discovered Bess Sadler’s comments, first her very clear post on why conferences should have code of conduct policies, and then the two talks she links to in that post, about the idea of developers and sysadmins as vampires and werewolves in an unending conflict and how to stop doing that. (That link has her slides and transcript for the updated version of the talk she gave most recently.)
- Matt Haughey (founder of Metafilter) did an explanation on Medium.com about being pressured into removing a post (unfavourable to a company) and what he discovered about that request. Naturally, it was followed up with a discussion on Metafilter’s Talk section that includes a dissection of the ways the documentation was forged and other interesting topics.
- Facebook’s new privacy tool checker, an explanation from Lifehacker.
- Research shows that if you remove anonymity as an option, you won’t hear from many of your readers. (I think the commentary is more interesting than the actual research.)
- danah boyd shared a post previously on Medium.com about the idea of privacy and what is public.
- Mary, at the Academicpkm blog has a thorough roundup of interesting technology tools and resources.
- The evolution of credit card skimmers and how to protect yourself from them (a post from Metafilter poster filthy light thief that I find technically fascinating and socially disturbing.)
- The user hanachronism on Metafilter did a lovely roundup of information and research about whale song.
- The classicist Mary Beard has come under a lot of criticism for being female and outspoken. There’s a lengthy article in the New Yorker about her (and specifically about how she has dealt with harassment) and then Metafilter had some additional links of related interest.
- The Strange and Curious Tale of the Last True Hermit. You may have seen the news stories a year and a half ago about a man who’d lived in the Maine woods for decades. This is a detailed look at that story. (This is, for the curious, not that far from me: I drive through Belgrade Lakes every time I go to Augusta or Portland.)
Current reading and watching:
Watching: Alternating the end of Season 2 of Elementary with bits of Midsommer Murders (seasons 14 and 15 just turned up on Netflix.) The latter are very pleasant knitting watching for the first week or two of school.
(Training new student workers, managing all the technology changes actually going into place, and working up plans for the campus training I coordinate has been keeping me extremely busy, so nice British murder mysteries where the music tells me when I actually need to look at the screen are very relaxing.)
Reading: Some light fluff (including the Veronica Mars first tie-in novel) for the same reasons as the light viewing. In more serious reading, I’m currently working on (at the recommendation of a friend who said “You have an interrupt-based job! You might find this useful!”) Time Management for System Administrators by Thomas A. Limoncelli which I’m finding useful and also quite funny. (it came out in 2005, but he’s very clear he’s focusing on ideas not technologies.)
Other books on the reading list include Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer, and a couple of others I’ve been eyeing for a while.