Andromeda Yelton

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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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#libtechgender: the dangers of a single story

December 21st, 2013 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Let me tell you some stories. One of my favorite TED talks is this, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “The danger of a single story”: “The discovery of African literature saved me from having a single story of what books were,” she said — a single story that could be gripping and wonderfully written, that inspired her [...]

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reflecting on Introduction to Python for Librarians

November 25th, 2013 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

I’ve asked my students to reflect on their experience in my Introduction to Python Programming for Librarians class (now in its last week). I’m going to reflect on mine too, but I’ll do so publicly. First off, the course sold out and had to turn people away. So I guess people really do want to [...]

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#libtechgender: your world and mine

November 20th, 2013 · 10 Comments · Uncategorized

This relates to yesterday’s post on ALA’s new code of conduct, and it doesn’t, and it does again. So these all happened in the last two weeks: I consider myself a pretty sensitive person with respect to these issues. In language as well as action, I try to let things be neutral and fair, evicting [...]

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The new ALA Code of Conduct

November 19th, 2013 · 21 Comments · Uncategorized

I’ve mentioned on Twitter, but this should be formally announced on the blog as well: ALA now has a conference code of conduct. how it happened The policy grew out of face-to-face and Twitter conversations a few months ago, with a highly collaborative (and fruitfully argumentative) Google doc draft that wound its way through ALA [...]

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