Andromeda Yelton

Across Divided Networks

Newtonian mechanics, and the LITA election

May 4th, 2013 · Uncategorized

I’m bad at physics.

I went to an engineering school and I majored in math and I almost majored in chemistry so people thought I was supposed to be good at physics but, no. Put me in front of a free-body diagram and I react with this sort of blind scared incomprehension, forces are supposed to act on this? What could they possibly be? How on earth would I know? There’s this cargo-cult algebra of gravity and normal forces I could try to do but I never had any sense of what I should or shouldn’t write, or why. Arrows, at random.

My school required three semesters of physics so, well, that didn’t work out awesomely for me. Thursdays, the night before physics and chemistry (also required) were due, I’d get together with two friends who were good at physics but struggling in chemistry and we’d trade off strengths, dragging each other bodily through the hardest classes we’d taken to date.

A week before the final I showed up at last, embarrassed, in the professor’s office to throw myself on her mercy. (Yes, I should have done this a lot earlier, but what do you expect of a 17-year-old without a trace of study skills.) And I’m not clear what I hoped for, exactly, some kind of guidance or clarity, the guru on the mountain making the entirety of mechanics clear to me, magic, but I definitely did not expect what I got from her, which was her saying: you’re a smart student and I believe in you.

I had, let’s be clear, done nothing that semester to justify her belief. But I was seized with a guilty fire of needing to live up to it. For the next week, I took my physics textbook with me absolutely everywhere I went. I read it through meals. I reworked every single homework problem we’d done all term. I didn’t study for any of the rest of my finals (I was doing better in those classes and had some wiggle room…) I took a few hours off to go see a Shakespeare class put on a play, but I had the book with me and I read it during intermission.

And then I sat down for that final, and the first hour was okay, actually, things looked familiar, I wouldn’t say I understood them but I’d seen the problems or something very like them and I can pattern-match, and then the second hour was this awful dawning horror of meaninglessness opening up underneath and I could feel this test physically assaulting me, I was in actual bodily pain, and hour three dawned and I thought, to hell with this, I didn’t study for a solid week to be defeated by some test, and I wrote blindly and damn-the-torpedoes handcrampingly fast nonstop until the second they made me put the pencil down, and then I staggered out with the rest of my freshman class into the California May sunlight and we blinked at each other in zombielike weariness and defeat.

The class average ended up around 50%. I got about a 75. So. I killed it. Brought my average all the way up to a B-, which I assure you was not where that average had been a week before, and I cherish that B- more than anything else on my transcript.

This is a roundabout way of saying, yesterday I was notified that I won the LITA election — that you, my friends, think that I’m someone who ought to represent you on the Board for the next three years. You believe in me. And for the girl who spent her introverted depressed math-nerd high school years not having a whole lot of friends, and who graduated from library school what feels like yesterday, this is a mind-boggling statement of faith.

Like walking into that office, being told point-blank I’m more than I believe myself to be. So. Time to study. Because it matters, that I justify your belief.

I made a LITA page to make it easy for you to contact me and keep up with what I’m thinking about the association. I hope you’ll use it. It turns out I do have study skills, when I have to, but I’ll learn a lot more if you’re on the journey with me.

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how to get me to want you as a concurrent session speaker

April 18th, 2013 · Uncategorized

Earlier I blogged on how to get me to want you as a keynoter. Now that LITA Forum acceptances & rejections are out, I think I can safely blog on how to get me to want to accept your concurrent session proposals. 1

I clearly gravitate toward some different things than many of my fellow committee members, so I’m going to state my preferences, and then tell you which grains of salt you should apply.

I also want to thank everyone who submitted proposals for Forum. I hoped that you all would make our jobs difficult, and you did; we had more than twice as many proposals as slots. We turned down plenty of talks that I am confident would have been good fits, or will be good fits for some other conference. We turned down talks that had strong advocates on the committee. So if we turned down yours, please revise and resubmit somewhere — there’s probably a good home for it. And I hope to see you in Louisville anyway. I hear it’s got great restaurants and pretty much all the bourbon

Stuff you should do

  • Proofread (better yet: ask someone else to). For heaven’s sake, you’re submitting a proposal to librarians. Some of whom may be catalogers. Don’t misspell stuff. We have issues with that.
  • Read the CFP. If we say “X is required” and you do not do X, we have issues with that, too.
  • Then read it some more… The CFP tells you what topic(s) and audience(s) the conference is aimed at. Your proposal needs to clearly fall under that umbrella. It should be obvious how your topic relates to ours and why your take on it is relevant to our audience. That doesn’t mean it has to be relevant to 100% of the audience — in fact there’s some benefit to having talks that appeal to new audiences — but we have to feel like people would actually attend.
  • ….but zag when others zig. Talks should be relevant, yet distinctive. 2 If you’re talking about a very new idea, your topic will be distinctive, so show us how it relates to libraries. If you’re talking about something that’s been around for a while, show us why your take on it is unusual. Same thing if you’re pitching a talk on something very trendy or heavily emphasized in the CFP — we’ll get a lot of those, so you have to have a special perspective to stand out. Concrete details are your friend here. So is personality. And it helps to know what people have said at similar conferences recently, so you can say something else.
  • Think about how you’ll present the material. You don’t have to prep the talk before writing the pitch (please don’t! who has that kind of time?!), but do think about concrete details. Are you doing a high-level ideas talk or an in-the-trenches how-to? Both can be great and both have fans, but you should know where you are between zero and fifty thousand feet, and so should we. How will you relate to the audience? What sorts of examples will you use? Will there be anything distinctive about your format: you’ll facilitate a discussion, have a hands-on activity, lead the audience to walk away with a deliverable or plan? You’re not just imparting information but delivering an experience; what is that experience?
  • Think about level. For a technology conference, you really need to be pitched at the level of attendees — nothing too basic, but nothing so obscure that it won’t have an audience. Your talk doesn’t have to be accessible to everyone, but it should be accessible enough to justify accepting it. If it has prerequisites that aren’t common in your audience, note them. 3 Similarly, don’t propose anything dated (but if you’re a stimulus-seeking Twittermonkey, your sense of what is so-last-year may not be the same as everyone else’s…).
  • Take advantage of the space you’re given. Don’t snow the committee under with a ton of stuff they won’t have time to read, but if you’re given some optional fields, use them! The CFP doesn’t give you a whole lot of room to make your case, so don’t waste opportunities. This is doubly true if you’re planning to do something a little outside-the-box that may not be addressed by the required questions. Similarly, if your proposal description only takes up a third of the allotted space, that’s probably a bug. Think about the distinctive elements of your format or perspective and add some concrete details or provocative questions.
  • Write well. If the reviews are blind, or if no one on the committee has seen you speak, this is probably your only chance to show that you can communicate. 4 Yes, it’s writing, not speaking, and maybe you’re an awesome speaker and a not-awesome writer, and that’s not fair, but it’s what you’ve got. At minimum you should have impeccable writing mechanics (see also: have someone else proofread), and you should be specific yet concise. Bonus points if your writing crackles with personality. I want to see that personality on stage.
  • Don’t forget to tell us what makes your talk special. Maybe everyone in your community knows how awesome you are. Maybe you’re working with high-profile partners. Maybe your work has a huge impact somewhere. But maybe the committee members are not in your community, don’t know about your partnerships, are not familiar with your impact.

Some reasons why ignoring my opinion might be the right call

I used to teach middle school. This means I think about pedagogy. I read a proposal and I gravitate toward anything I see about the experiential aspects of the talk. If there isn’t anything, I start guessing, based on the writing style or whatever other thin evidence I’ve got. I visualize what this looks like on a stage, how presenter and audience interact.

And it’s frustrating, because our CFP didn’t do much to elicit this evidence, and frankly I’m not sure how we could have. We can use presenters’ names, but that works against diversity and new voices, and makes things cliquish and predictable. We could have asked people to submit video, slides, etc., and maybe that’s a good idea, but it runs similar risks. We could say “tell us how you won’t be just a talking head on a stage”, but actually talking-head-on-a-stage can be quite good.

That said? I seem to be not normal in this regard. The rest of the committee was much more interested than I in topic choice and focus — the relevant-yet-distinctive questions above. So it’s possible that you can totally ignore everything I just said about style, voice, etc.; make sure you’ve got a solid topic and good proofreading, and you’ll write strong conference proposals.

But seriously? I would like everyone to take the rest of my advice anyway, because I don’t want a world full of strong proposals; I want a world full of strong talks. And the fact is, essentially any topic can be a great talk or a terrible one.


Notes:

  1. I hope this is useful to people drafting proposals in future. No, I will not comment on any specific Forum proposals.
  2. Yes, you have to be different just like everyone else.
  3. What this means varies a lot by conference, of course. Also there’s nothing wrong with having a talk that is too technical for some attendees, as long as it still has enough attendees; it’s fun for conference organizers to be able to present talks pitched to a range of audiences!
  4. Which is why it’s so easy to do non-blind reviews and go with familiar speakers; at least you know they can give a good talk. But this is also totally unfair to new voices. It undermines diversity, it’s cliquish and unwelcoming. I don’t have a good solution to this.

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…a mass of incandescent gas…

April 11th, 2013 · Uncategorized

I was ego-surfing, as one does, and, well…

Also considering registration for the pre-conference workshop, Introduction to Python. Co-taught by Andromeda Yelton, the Unglue.it librarian! Holy hell! I am starstruck.

The Global Librarian


I’ve been starstruck. Still am, sometimes.

I was a babybrarian three years ago — only three! A library school student at my first conference, full of these stories of Important Names In The Field I’d read about or heard guest Skype talks from in school. And then one of them bought me a drink (starstruck) and I ended up coauthoring something with another and now they’re people I run into at conferences, not names but people, hi, how’s it going, what’s up with you these days. Sometimes I can’t quite believe my life works out this way.


Here’s the thing: we see the director’s cut of everyone else’s life, and the behind-the-scenes footage of our own. I have strengths and weaknesses, just like everyone has strengths and weaknesses, you know? And I have nights when I look at the pile of dishes that need to be done and the pile of emails that need to be sent and I say, you know what, screw it, I’m going to light some candles and pour some bourbon and read a trashy novel. The responsible capable endlessly-energetic directors-cut star in someone’s head never does that; she washes the dishes and sends the emails and reads a thought-provoking, life-improving book, and probably then gets six hours of sleep (which she thrives on) and wakes up early to ride the exercise bike, and moreover is not letting her six-year-old play video games right now so she can write this blog post. But I am not her. In fact I think tonight will be a candles-and-bourbon-and-trashy-novel kind of night. (Sorry if I owe you an email.)


Strengths and weaknesses.

So, okay, here’s a thing about that. One of my strengths is an obsession with gaining XP and leveling up, plowing those experience points into my weaknesses until they aren’t weaknesses any more. (Do too much of this and you really need the candles and bourbon and trashy novels…)

Like a lot of people my first introduction to roleplaying was D&D, and, really, doesn’t everyone have some times they just want to strap on the Sword of +5 Mysticalness and stomp around a dungeon killing some hapless kobolds? But I find that whole model increasingly unsatisfying because in real life — even in the real lives of people who have a 16 Comeliness and spellcasting ability — most of the problems we encounter aren’t the kind that can be solved with swords, and killing things isn’t the way we get XP.

These days I’m in a Dungeon World campaign. 1 The world has a D&D flavor but the system is far more lightweight, driven by storytelling rather than pages of rules. You roll dice when rolling dice would make the story more fun. And either you win, and the thing you want more or less happens, or you lose, and that’s when you get XP.

In the real world, we get XP by going out there and trying things. Taking a risk because, win or lose, it makes the story more fun.


A couple days ago I found out about Fake Grimlock 2 — he’s a giant robot dinosaur with fantastic advice about startups and, by analogy, life — and there’s this one essay with this one quote I really can’t get out of my head, on how to be awesome:

BE AWESOME IS BURN WITH FIRE THAT MAKE EVERYONE WARM. BURN FOR JUST YOU IS BE ASSHOLE.

Stars burn with fire that make everyone warm. 3


This library profession, it’s full of still-waters-run-deep types. They may not talk a lot up front about what they’re doing, they may not be at a big-name institution, but you ask some questions and listen for a while and it turns out they’re doing something totally badass. Or they have this great idea or skill or passion but only half of what they need to make it real, and you introduce them to a person who has the other half, and — fire.

We are all star-stuff.


Global Librarian, I’d love to see you at ALA. (Kazakhstan! You moved to Kazakhstan for your librarianing. How cool is that?!)


Notes:

  1. The GM of which, by the way, wrote this gorgeous fertility tracking app. So if you have an iPhone and a girlbody and you want to get pregnant, or maybe not get pregnant, or you’re into the whole quantified-self thing, et cetera, go check that out.
  2. How had I not known this was a thing?!?
  3. See also.

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Come learn Python with me! (early bird discounts end soon.)

April 9th, 2013 · Uncategorized

So hey, I want you to come learn Python with me!

tl;dr It’ll be awesome, and I’m so psyched about this workshop and I want to teach you Python, and early bird registration closes on Friday; register soon so you don’t miss out on the discount.

What: The Library Code Year interest group is sponsoring a preconference introducing the Python programming language at ALA Annual this year. I’m going to be coteaching. We’re basing our curriculum on the Boston Python Workshop, which has been heavily tested and refined in a number of cities. This workshop is part of the diversity outreach efforts of the Boston Python User Group, which means it’s woman-friendly and newbie-friendly.

Who: you! Whether you’re an experienced coder looking to add a new language to your repertoire, an occasional codemonkey trying to get more mileage out of the great ideas discussed on ACRL TechConnect, or someone with maybe some vague memories of library school HTML, you’re welcome here. A mix of self-paced, hands-on, and instructor-guided activities provide room for all skill levels; we’ll obsessively define terms, patiently answer questions, and high-five you as needed.

Why: because code lets you see and also it is fun and useful, and Python is a powerful yet approachable language. And you will build stuff you didn’t know how to build before

When and where: Friday, June 28, 8-4pm, in Chicago, at Annual. (You need not be attending the rest of Annual to register.) You’ll need to do some advance setup of the laptop you’re bringing (Mac, Windows, Linux all fine, but you do need one). We’ll provide online office hours and (we hope) in-person ones on Thursday the 27th.

You can register at any time (including onsite), but you get a discount with early bird registration, which closes on the 12th.

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do you like adorable baby animals? on the internet?

March 16th, 2013 · Uncategorized

When you run for LITA Board, 1 you get a lot of questions about how to get involved in LITA. Now people could read through the LITA web site, which has a ton of info, but no one really likes reading through long web sites. 2

You know what people do like? Adorable baby animals. Also? Reloading the internet in lieu of doing more productive things.

I’m there for you. Now you can satisfy your itch to reload adorable baby animal pics while learning about ways to get involved with LITA on a very short web site: http://www.babyanimalslovelita.org/.

Feeling even slightly motivated? You can make the site better! The site lets you submit your own ideas for how people can get involved with LITA. Is your interest group or committee doing something awesome you want to pimp? Did you have a really great time at a LITA thing one day, and took pictures or wrote a blog post or something? Do you want collaborators 3 for your latest LITA project? You should totally advertise.

This should totally be the post where I tell you about the tech stack (Heroku! it’s so slick) and all the yaks I had to shave to get the code working (omg deploying static files in production with Django, let’s not), because I believe in knowledge capture and I want you to learn from what I did so you can replicate or hack on it and I feel really guilty if I don’t write documentation, but I have a headache and my kid is making me dinner, 4 so bug me to write that post later.

Notes:

  1. Ballots come out Tuesday!
  2. Well, um. This is not true. I’ve read most of the LITA site. So not no one.
  3. Or minions.
  4. She’s so great. It’s pizza. She’s six! She made it mostly all by herself.

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So this happened…. (Library Journal M&S 2013)

March 13th, 2013 · Uncategorized

The official announcement won’t be for a few days, and I haven’t read the article yet (so curious), but I guess I can tell you now because…

LJ M&S 2013 online splash photo

…this is the photo on the front page of Library Journal right now, and that’s me having a dance party with Justin Hoenke and Kirby McCurtis and Kate Tkacik.

I’m moved that so many of you saw this award and thought that I should have it. I’ll try to justify your faith in me.

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LITA Listening Tour Episode 6: Bohyun Kim

March 8th, 2013 · Uncategorized

As part of my campaign for LITA Board, I’m interviewing a wide range of library techonology people about their involvement with the association. Today’s interviewee is Bohyun Kim.

About Bohyun Kim

Bohyun Kim is the Digital Access Librarian at Florida International University Medical Library in Miami, FL. She has been a LITA member since 2008, chaired the Mobile Computing IG from 2010-2012, and is a member of LITA Top Tech Trends committee and LITA Web committee. She was also a 2011 American Library Association Emerging Leader sponsored by LITA and currently serves as the founding editor of ACRL TechConnect blog and on the executive board of ALA New Members Roundtable as the Outreach Director. She blogs at Library Hat and can be found at @bohyunkim on Twitter. More information is found at her website, bohyunkim.net.

The boilerplate

  1. As ever, being interviewed does not imply an endorsement of my candidacy.
  2. Thanks, Bohyun, for participating!
  3. Dear readers: who should be next?

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Why I’m on Team Courtney for the ALA Elections (and other endorsements)

March 7th, 2013 · Uncategorized

ALA elections are March 19 through April 26 via email. 1 I’m endorsing Courtney Young for ALA President. Here’s why.

  • Courtney’s been extremely involved with ALA governance at many levels, most notably ALA Executive Board and the Budget Analysis & Review Committee. 2 This means that she knows the major, high-level issues facing ALA, and how things work. The President’s term is short, which means she doesn’t have time for a learning curve. Courtney already has the expertise and network to get things done during that short window in office.
  • Part of Courtney’s platform is diversity. This is an important issue to me, too, and to the LITA Forum committee I’m on. When I’ve asked her for help with diversity questions, she’s followed up quickly with advice and concrete help. I appreciate that she backs up her platform with action, and that she gets that sometimes the most important part of leadership is just being responsive.
  • As a LITA member, I want a President who understands technology issues. Courtney spoke articulately to the LITA board at Midwinter, fielding their questions in a way which showed she is familiar with LITA’s concerns. (And why not? She’s a LITA member, too.)
  • I had this great conversation with Courtney once, just because Foursquare told me we happened to be in the same hotel. She’s not too busy or too special to sit down for a random chat (even though she is pretty busy and special!). She’s friendly, approachable, and relatable. She’s a teacher, a military brat, a nerd, a fashionista, and a football fanatic, which is to say, it doesn’t matter who you are; there’s something about Courtney you can connect with.

As long as I’m endorsing people, here’s who I’m voting for Council, too.

  • My pals from the Think Tank slate: John Jackson, Kate Kosturski, Chris Kyauk, Coral Sheldon-Hess, and Patrick Sweeney. They have divergent personalities and styles, but they’re all smart, interesting people who do things and who care.
  • Peggy Cadigan, a fun person doing neat stuff in New Jersey.
  • Maria Taesil Hudson Carpenter, the new(ish) director of my local public library, which has been doing a lot of good things since she came on board. I’m happy to see her on the ballot.
  • Loida Garcia-Febo (is there anyone who isn’t impressed by Loida?)
  • Lauren Pressley, thoughtful, strategy-minded, LITA Board member; as far as I can tell everybody likes her. Plus which she’s got this unglued ebook
  • I will also be seriously considering the rest of the Think Tank caucus, all the Emerging Leaders, and Martin Garnar, all people I’ve heard good things about.

There’s a gigantic pdf where you can read all the Councilor candidates’ bios and statements

I would love to hear who else I should vote for and why!


I am of course also deeply interested in the outcome of the LITA Board elections, but as I’m running I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to endorse anyone. I think the nominating committee put forth a solid slate of qualified candidates and LITAns are likely to be happy with the outcome whatever it is — but I still encourage you to read up on everyone and make an informed choice!

Notes:

  1. Eligible voters should have already received a test email. Ballots will be mailed over a 48-hour period, starting at 9am Central on the 19th. I don’t see any indication of what you should do if you haven’t received your test email, but people requesting a paper ballot are directed to ALA customer service at 1-800-545-2433, ext . 5, so I’d start there.
  2. By the way, BARC meetings are super fascinating and you should go. Exploit ALA’s open meetings policy to its fullest!

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dim light under the panopticon (thinking about Aaron Swartz)

March 4th, 2013 · Uncategorized

I have been reading this New Yorker article on Aaron Swartz, which is quite justly making the rounds of the internet this morning. And of all the threads that twine through it and around me and make me think, the one I want to talk about is this: context.

It jumps out at me, over and over, that what Aaron Swartz did in a data closet at MIT was not merely licit in his local social context, but was outright condoned by its norms. The sort of thing people laugh and wink about, or even give you social capital for. Had his actions stayed in their context they would have passed silently away, maybe even been a good story to tell at parties. It must have been breathtaking when they proved to exist outside that context. When strangers’ norms applied. When some other context claimed jurisdiction, and pushed back.

Of course we have all had times when actions or remarks we performed in, and for, one social context leaked to another, where they were not received as our intended audience would receive them, where someone pushed back. And I suspect the more disenfranchised you are, the more you find yourself having to exist simultaneously in multiple social contexts, to live in or look for the Venn-diagram space you can navigate among them.

But I think, too, this is one of the fundamental conditions of the digital age, an accelerant we’re not, as humans, cognitively equipped for. We all, insofar as we live out loud, live in multiple contexts now. And they are contexts we do not know; contexts removed from us by space or time or social boundaries. Our actions can be taken from our contexts in ways we did not even know existed, can resurface in ways we cannot even imagine — because no one of us can imagine the ways that billions of people, using technologies perhaps not even yet invented, can see us.

I think my daughter’s generation will be better at this than we are. I think they will of necessity come up with ways to forgive, to look the other way. To recognize we live in multiple contexts, each with different standards of appropriateness, rules, incentives. Because we do and we have to and if we try to live in such a way that anything we ever do or say will be safe in any context it could ever come to light in — people we don’t know, norms we don’t know, exposed by technologies we don’t know, perhaps without our knowledge or consent — we’ll all be utterly paralyzed. Incapable of choice. And (more comfortable on the individual scale, but worse on the societal one) colorless. We’ll leach ourselves of personality or difference in horror that any of our jagged edges should ever prove to cut some way we can’t handle.

I am aware that technologies not yet invented will expose me in ways I cannot dream. That information buried now inside of images or sound will become ever-more searchable, that nontextual indexing and inputs will make new ways to ask and answer questions, that the tools for interrogating big data in human-friendly ways will be more developed and then democratized and then ubiquitous, that our interfaces will go from bricks in our pockets to implants in our bodies, from things we must use in some socially conspicuous way to things we can use with unseen signals, the twitches of electricity along muscle fibers.

I’ve been exposed. I’ve been online since 1991, a small and quiet internet, all anonymous corners and openness and exploratory wonder, an internet of MUDs and mailing lists and gopher, invisible colleges and friendly people and pseudonyms and ytalk and places I could find connection the world around me did not readily offer. I put a lot of myself on the internet before there was Google, before I’d thought to dream about discoverability. A smaller, quieter, wilder, more anonymous, less personalized, more individual, safer internet. And when I was a teacher almost twenty years later some students of mine using a technology that had not existed at the time I lived that life so quietly out loud found bits of me from when I was their age and proceeded to treat me the way middle schoolers treat nerdy introverted teenage girls who situate themselves within the sphere of deviance. I know what context leaks are like.

And yet…and yet. Here I am. I know it will happen, again and again and again, in spaces I can’t dream of, in ways that feel just as threatening and vulnerable. Maybe in ways with higher stakes. And I could be quiet about everything, be nothing but pseudonyms and PGP and cash-only transactions and barely leaving the house, could look for ways to protect myself from all the threats known and unknown, could try to imagine and defend against them all. Be paralyzed. Be colorless.

Or I could do this thing where a lot of me is in public, more than I would have imagined I’d be comfortable with. Because I do benefit from it, do thrive on making connections to people in known and unknown contexts, do have things to say. And choose to close my eyes. It’s a little lie I tell myself. A big lie. But it lets me function.

My daughter’s generation will develop better social technologies for handling context, because they are growing up in a world where they have to. Maybe not good social technologies, because I don’t think human social brains are equipped to be good at this, but better ones. And we will find their norms puzzling and dangerous. Kids these days. Don’t they understand? See the threats we see? We’ll be off to the side, uncomfortable.

But those norms, if they work, they’ll be built around another of the things people have been saying in the Aaron Swartz story all along, people who knew him, people who are wiser than I: only connect. Take care of each other. Be kind and forgive. Don’t be colorless — don’t file off all your jagged edges lest they sometime someone hurt or offend — please, don’t be colorless. We’re fragile and strange, and my favorite people tend to be more fragile and strange still, and we’ll hurt each other and misunderstand, but let’s try to give one another the benefit of the doubt over that, to find forbearance, to love one another not in spite of but for our fallibility, to stumble toward our little bits of the light together, holding out our hands for one another.

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LITA Listening Tour Episode 5: Evviva Weinraub Lajoie

February 23rd, 2013 · Uncategorized

As part of my campaign for LITA Board, I’m interviewing a wide range of library techonology people about their involvement with the association. Today’s interviewee is Evviva Weinraub Lajoie.

About Evviva Weinraub Lajoie

Evviva Weinraub Lajoie is the Director of Emerging Technologies & Services at Oregon State University Libraries & Press. Her team is responsible for all IT services within the library including mobile, and open source tools development. Her interests include mobile technologies, digital publishing, digital humanities, and open source development.

She has served on the LITA International Relations committee and the Research & Assessment Committee, and is currently chair of both the Heads of Library Technology IG and the Mobile IG.

You can learn more about Evviva at her departmental web site and on Google+ and Twitter (@evviva).

The boilerplate

  1. As ever, being interviewed does not imply an endorsement of my candidacy.
  2. Thanks, Evviva, for participating!
  3. Dear readers: who should be next?

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