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OSF | Collections as Data Wiki
This site gathers Always Already Computational: Collections as Data final report and project deliverables. This project was made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (LG-73-16-0096-16). The views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services or author host institutions.

Unless otherwise noted, all project materials are released under a CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0 license.
notebene  librarianship  library-services  opendata 
28 days ago by copystar
Librarians and the Book: A Marriage of Convenience – Gadgetopia
Information is universal, and the professional librarian has only had an accidental (forced?) relationship with the printed book. It just so happens that this has been the most efficient way to distribute information for the last several hundred years. Therefore, the pairing of librarians and books was simply a marriage of convenience – it was the easiest way to do what the librarian wanted: distribute information.

I think even the most committed librarian will admit that this specific relationship is winding down. It was a great relationship, but it ran its natural course and the advent of more efficient methods has brought about a more attractive partner.

Regardless of the format, information is forever. And since true librarians have only ever really cared about pure information, the profession shouldn’t even skip a beat.

(If you’re a librarian, you may have just read this post and said to yourself, “Well…yeah.” And that’s fine – this post wasn’t written for you, because you understand. I’m venturing a guess that a large part of the population doesn’t understand the true essence of librarianship. This post was for them.)
librarianship 
march 2019 by copystar
How Might Ethical Data Principles Borrow from Social Work?
I’m in the process of co-writing a book called Data Feminism, together with Lauren Klein. Recently, I’ve had the privilege of interviewing people who are working at the cutting edge of ethical data and inclusive artificial intelligence. Two people in particular have brought our attention to the field of social work in relation to data science. In an article about data violence, Anna Lauren Hoffmann wrote that “engineers and data scientists need to listen to and engage with affected communities.” Though engineers and data scientists are typically not equipped for engaging with communities, social workers have deep expertise in that regard. She and I recently discussed the striking lack of overlap between social work and information science.
librarianship 
december 2018 by copystar
Essential Transformations | Ithaka S+R
Roger C. Schonfeld: print to digital; provider to partner
librarianship 
january 2018 by copystar
K.G. Schneider on Twitter: "@nnschiller @zoh_zoh @mariataccardi @kittyBBQ @oaktreemob I am of mixed minds on the "system makes them this way" school. Systems are powerful. But isn't goal to help ppl have agency & power?"
"Possible to write a problem statement exploring the opposite: that empowering/enabling students to use libraries combats power of privilege."

"I am of mixed minds on the "system makes them this way" school. Systems are powerful. But isn't goal to help ppl have agency & power?"
librarianship 
july 2017 by copystar
Zoe Fisher on Twitter: "https://t.co/KP0i9TmmYl"
The problem with correlation, continued. "Studies that correlate library use with student success reinforce the narrative that academic success is a *series of individual choices* (rather than *the result of a system* designed to help some people succeed more than others)."
librarianship 
july 2017 by copystar
Michelle Caswell: Teaching
UCLA IS 289-1: Critical LIS Praxis
Professor Michelle Caswell
Catalog description:
The course addresses the ways in which critical theory (defined broadly to include the works of Marx, the Frankfurt School, Foucault, deconstructionists, feminists, critical race theorists, and queer theorists, among others) can inform, challenge, transform, and re-envision LIS practice. The course will emphasize critical discourse analysis and theory generation as research methods in LIS with the aim of developing a critical praxis. Fulfills MLIS methods requirement.
librarianship 
july 2017 by copystar
Crowdsourcing Cultural Heritage: The Objectives Are Upside Down – Trevor Owens
The transcriptions are great, they make the content more accessible, but as Nicole explains, “The connections we’ve made with users and their sustained interest in the collection is the most exciting and gratifying part.” This is exactly as it should be! The invitation of crowdsourcing and the event of the project are the most valuable and precious user experiences that a cultural heritage institution can offer its users. It is essential that the project offer meaningful work. These projects invite the public to leave a mark and help enhance the collections. With that said, if the goal is to get people to engage with collections and engage deeply with the past then the transcripts are actually a fantastic byproduct that is created by offering meaningful activities for the public to engage in.
librarianship 
july 2017 by copystar
Library as domestic metaphor — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch
3. (Here’s where the metaphorical thinking gets ripe.) Our libraries should transition to places to do stuff, not simply places to get stuff. The library will become a laboratory in which community members tinker, build, learn, and communicate. We need to stop being the grocery store or candy store and become the kitchen. We should emphasize hospitality, comfort, convenience and create work environments that invite exploration and creativity both virtually and physically. We want our users (members, students, teachers) to trust us enough to allow us to participate.
librarianship  making 
june 2017 by copystar
The practice of play – discontents
I’m a historian. But in the past decade the nature of my research has changed quite profoundly. Instead of heading off to the archives, taking lots of notes, and writing up a book or an article, I now make things. Generally these things are online, and open to the public. I make things for people to use, to explore, to play, and to ponder.

I started down this track before I realised there was a name for what I do – practice-led research. The things that I make even have their own acronym – they’re NTROs, or Non Traditional Research Outputs.
hacker  librarianship 
june 2017 by copystar
Seams and edges: Dreams of aggregation, access & discovery in a broken world – discontents
Broken worlds

Most technological futures are ultimately alienating and disempowering — people are cast as the passive consumers of the latest wonders and gadgets.

Instead of ‘progress’, Steven J. Jackson presents a vision of a fundamentally broken technosocial world, barely held together by numerous acts of concern, appropriation and repair.7 This focus on ‘repair’ helps us see the human agency at work, the possibilities for change.

What might happen if instead of seeing the seams and edges of our information landscape as speed bumps in the onward march of progress we recognised their fragility, and celebrated them as sites of collaboration, negotiation and repair?

What might we discover then?
librarianship  RepairTheWorld 
june 2017 by copystar
LOEX Keynote Presentation by Barbara Fister,Gustavus Adolphus College | The Oberlin Group
My next claim is about how much emphasis we librarians put on finding sources. Though we are all on board with active learning and constructivism, and we don’t fill our time with database demonstrations, we still (and I include myself in this “we”) focus a lot of our time with students on how to use library tools to find stuff, mainly because when we typically meet with students, they aren’t deeply into their research. We’re lucky if they’ve read the assignment and have some idea of a topic they might search for. Yet we know from Project Information Literacy and a number of other studies that students actually have little trouble with this part of the process. Framing questions, seeing patterns in the literature, weighing evidence, seeing the gaps – that’s what’s hard, yet those are the activities that will make all the difference in whether or not students begin to see themselves as people who can make knowledge, as makers, not just consumers of other people’s stuff.
librarianship 
may 2017 by copystar
5 spectra for speculative knowledge design « Bethany Nowviskie
Transparency vs. Surveillance. Patron records have long been among the most closely-guarded and assiduously expunged datasets librarians hold. Responsible 21st century digital knowledge design must keep privacy concerns paramount. This is because technologies of sharing and of surveillance are a single, Janus-faced beast. It is up to us to create and fiercely guard mechanisms that protect users’ rights to read, explore, and assemble information unobserved. Our designs must also respect individual and community agency in determining whether historical or contemporary cultural records should be open to access and display in the first place—ideally fostering and encouraging local intellectual control. But here, again, the contradictory challenge is to build infrastructure that can shield while also opening up. We need our digital library platforms to contribute to watchdog and sunlight initiatives promoting transparency, accountability, and openness in government and corporate archives—while simultaneously upholding cultural and individual rights to privacy and local control.
notebene  librarianship  future 
april 2017 by copystar
Identity Crisis: The Reality of Preparing MLS Students for a Competitive and Increasingly Digital World | The Signal
MLIS programs "are facing an identity crisis amongst the digital revolution & students are facing the consequences"
librarianship 
april 2017 by copystar
“Become part of the research process” – observations from RLUK2017 | Unlocking Research
Masud Khokhar, the Head of Digital Innovation and Research Services at Lancaster University, gave a talk on the Role of research libraries in a technological future. He said we need to get out of the culture of researchers only coming to the library with research outputs/outcomes. Language matters, he said. Lancaster University has made a deliberate decision not to use the word ‘support’, because “we have bigger aims than that”. Partnership is the future for libraries rather than just collaboration. We need to be creative co-developers working with the research community if we are to be a research library.
librarianship 
april 2017 by copystar
[this is aaronland] mostly drawings of airports these days...
"I mention these stories because I want to start by laying my cards on the table for what will follow in this talk. That is: I fundamentally believe that the distinction between museums and libraries and archives, in the minds of people outside the cultural heritage sector is collapsing. Assuming they ever thought those distinctions existed in the first place."
museums  librarianship  notebene  Anthropocene_librarianship 
march 2017 by copystar
Future-proofing the library.
Notes and slides for my talk: Future-proofing the library.
librarianship  notebene  from twitter_favs
january 2017 by copystar
Matthew Reidsma : More than Usable
[Libraries] let people transform themselves through access to information and one another.

We’re about transforming people, and that involves access to information, but it also involves access to people, to community, to librarians, to other users. This is a different way of thinking about out work that is on a higher level than task-based thinking. We’re thinking about the experience of the people involved, and what happens when they use the library.

It’s about people.
librarianship 
january 2017 by copystar
A Day in the Life of a (Serious) Researcher | Ithaka S+R
In 2014, Kornelia Tancheva and I met to discuss a question of great interest to Cornell University Library: how would you design a research library to respond to the preferences and needs of today’s researchers? That is, if you could create a mental space in which you learned from the past without being encumbered by an uncritical acceptance of the status quo, what kind of library might you design for the future?
librarianship 
march 2016 by copystar
Joho the BlogMaking library miscellaneousness awesome - Joho the Blog
Sitterwerk Art Library in St. Gallen, Switzerland, has 25,000 items on its shelves in no particular order. This video explains why that is a brilliant approach. And then the story just gets better and better.

Werkbank from Astrom / Zimmer on Vimeo.

That the shelves have no persistent order doesn’t mean they have no order. Rather, works are reshelved by users in the clusters the users have created for their research. All the items have RFID tags in them, and the shelves are automatically scanned so that the library can always tell users where items are located.

As a result, if you look up a particular item, you will see it surrounded by works that some other user thought were related to it in some way. This creates a richer browsing experience because it is shaped and reshaped by how its community of users sees the items’ inter-relationships.

The library has now installed Werkbank, which is a plain old table where you can spread out a pile of books and do your research. But, unlike truly plain old tables, this one combines RFID sensors and cameras with recognition software so it knows which works you’ve put on the table and how you’ve organized them. Werkbench notes those associations, and stores them, creating a rich network of related works.
library-of-things  librarianship  notebene 
march 2016 by copystar
Service +/- collaboration for digital humanities in the library (a DH job talk) | Literature Geek
So, digital humanists care about and support collaboration and diverse collaborators. But lately, a number of respected DH scholars including Bethany Nowviskie, Trevor Munoz, and Miriam Posner have spoken against DH in the library as a service, arguing that thriving, longterm, widely impactful projects can be hampered by an approach to service that looks like a kind of IT service shop. This is, of course, a delicate topic for many library DHers, because many (including myself) use the word “service” to embody one of the things that we love most about the work we do: reaching, helping, and teaching others.
librarianship  scholcomm 
march 2016 by copystar

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