Andromeda Yelton

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how the meeting went

July 10th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Last post, I said I wouldn’t be voting to approve the LITA budget. And then I left you all hanging as I went off to Vegas, and recovered from Vegas, and started my to-do list recovering from Vegas… So, how’d it go? Short version Cindi Trainor Blyberg (now LITA past president) is a quiet meeting-running [...]

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Why I won’t be voting to approve the LITA budget

June 24th, 2014 · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

Not every board member can be a financial wizard. Every board member, however, needs to be a financial inquisitor. 101 Board Basics: Fiduciary Responsibilities, BoardSource I ran for LITA Board on a platform of inclusivity, transparency, and financial stewardship. That means I consider it my sacred trust to you, the members, to understand LITA’s financial [...]

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where I’m at with Codes of Conduct these days

May 18th, 2014 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

What I keep thinking about Codes of Conduct is they’re wonderful, but they lack ambition. Because at heart, what are we saying here? You really ought not to egregiously insult or threaten people, especially if they’re part of a vulnerable or minority group, and double-especially if your insults or threats are grounded in their membership [...]

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#litabd strategic analysis for fun and profit

May 13th, 2014 · 11 Comments · Uncategorized

I’ve had the pleasure over the last few weeks of having in-depth chats with several women who are top-notch strategic thinkers and have leadership roles in business and nonprofit organizations. Total contact high. And this has been dovetailing with my LITA Board almost-a-year retrospective thoughts. Because you know I can’t find something interesting without totally [...]

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WasteLab! (Children’s party edition)

April 27th, 2014 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

A little while back I was at this fun presentation by Danish librarians at Harvard, about work they’re doing to envision and implement their public libraries’ futures. Part of it is the People’s Lab – basically, a pilot space that they’re giving to different local groups or library staff members on a rotating basis, so [...]

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My LITA Board service: an almost-a-year retrospective

April 24th, 2014 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

ALA elections close tomorrow (eligible and haven’t voted? Go vote! The LITA slate is amazing). So it’s been about a year since I was elected, nine months on the Board, which is making me think retrospective-y thoughts. (Like everyone, I’ve meant to blog more about my experience on the Board. Like everyone, I’ve found that [...]

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ITAL: A Diversity of Voices?

April 23rd, 2014 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

The latest Code4Lib journal had an editorial addressing the gender balance of c4lj authors. That sounded like fun, so I have replicated the analysis on LITA’s journal, Information Technology and Libraries. (With thanks to the LITAns who made it open access as of volume 31, issue 1 – that made this much easier!) I did [...]

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thoughts from Toronto on teaching code to librarians

January 15th, 2014 · 11 Comments · Uncategorized

I’m writing this on a plane back from Toronto, where I spent a few days teaching librarians to code as part of the Mozilla Foundation’s Software Carpentry program (which was basically the funnest thing ever, and Mozillans are smart and nice, and Toronto makes a spectacular case for itself, and Canadian librarians are 100% high-grade [...]

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#libtechgender: conference codes of conduct as seen from your world and mine

January 3rd, 2014 · 44 Comments · Uncategorized

In discussing ALA’s Statement of Appropriate Conduct with ever-wider audiences, I get the growing feeling that we stand at different starting lines, and it affects our understandings of the words in the statement. So if you looked at the Statement and your first reaction was “but…free speech?” or “nanny state” or “political correctness”, this is [...]

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The ALA Statement of Appropriate Conduct: a FAQ

January 2nd, 2014 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

If you’re here from Library Journal, welcome! For regular readers, I have an article in today’s Library Journal about ALA’s new statement of appropriate conduct for conferences. It covers the history and context behind this sort of statement as well as why it’s valuable. Go have a read. Now that you’re back: I get a [...]

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