I love reviews of different user interfaces. Ever since I took a class at SJSU SLIS about Web Usability, and even before that when I was a closet graphic design major wannabe (does that even work?), I was in love with the way we interact with computers and terminals and phones and other things. There… Continue reading I *heart* Interface Analyses
Online handles as a discussion of identity change
God, to look back at my first online handle is like…foreverago. Let’s see…I think the first screen name I used was back in like, 1992 – whatever generic AOL screenname we had. I’m pretty sure I used my parents screen name then convinced them to let me create my own AOL name. That became ARCRA25… Continue reading Online handles as a discussion of identity change
Lesson Planning Is So Much Fun
For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been working on modifying my lesson plans for my upcoming web design class. It’s a shorter class than I taught last year, so I want to make sure that I’ll be able to cover all of the topics that I want to cover. I leave it up to… Continue reading Lesson Planning Is So Much Fun
DIY and the Librarian Perspective
So this has been something that I’ve been kicking around for a few months but I have finally gotten the chance to put some ideas down on (digital) paper. I’ve always been interested in the DIY movement, in the Maker movement, in different aspects of programming and digital life. To this end, I have actually… Continue reading DIY and the Librarian Perspective
The Freelance Librarian
It’s hard out there as a librarian to find a job. There are just way too many librarians applying for too few jobs. It’s kind of disheartening for a lot of my friends who have recently graduated. I’m not really at liberty right now to speak publicly about what is going on with my job search (it’s… Continue reading The Freelance Librarian
Do we have the right to be forgotten?
Old article, but for some reason, I’m feeling like writing about old news. As I said in my previous blog post, I’m all about transparency…as long as it doesn’t offend anyone or mess up your chances at getting that job. If I write an article, I don’t care if it floats out there. If I… Continue reading Do we have the right to be forgotten?
The varied uses of mobile devices: replacement for analog issues
I’ve been working on this post for weeks, but my portfolio has taken up much of my time. This will be very brief, as I just wanted to share Eric Schmidt’s thoughts on mobile devices and their uses for LIS. At 6 minutes and 15 seconds into his keynote, he mentions this little tidbit below:… Continue reading The varied uses of mobile devices: replacement for analog issues
Locally aware, yet not newsworthy
Context is king. One of the most important things I’ve learned in my MLIS program is that the context of an information need is very important. There is the traditional sense of context: I need help with a project, I need help finding information about such-and-such, What websites are good for solving this type of… Continue reading Locally aware, yet not newsworthy
Emotional attachment to an inanimate object
I’ve always formed a weird bond with my gadgets. Not to the point where I fantasize about them, but rather I love them dearly. It all started when I was in college and had my FIRST cell phone. I grew to love it instantly, being able to communicate with friends, call my best friend at… Continue reading Emotional attachment to an inanimate object
What can libraries do during a crisis?
A recent tweet I just saw from ALA Library twitter account made me think of what libraries can do during moments of crisis, such as the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan. In moments of crises, what can libraries do to help their communities? There is the physical help they can offer, by having their… Continue reading What can libraries do during a crisis?