The problem with blogs is for them to be relevant, they need to be kept up-to-date.  Well, it’s been over a year since my last post.

My librarianship has been going pretty much as my systems admin position.  Not much has changed.  I have been put in charge of a monthly library faculty meeting.  I do not care much for this responsibility it does not excite me.  I have been put on the library’s reference desk for at least once a week.  This can be kind of scary because I want to do what’s best for the patron, if ever they stop by or call, but I am afraid that I do not have the skills needed.  I want to polish this search skills but then I do not go about doing so since it doesn’t excite me.

So what to do about my career? I have a sense that I should create a poster session or a presentation for a group.  I should be me involved with the school that I have been assigned as their liaison. Maybe a PhD, naw not ready for that.

Coronacropped15Coming up in less than a week is the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse across the U.S.A.  My son and I are planning to go to Lime, OR to stand in the Moon’s shadow.  It will be a trek up through Nevada on our way to Boise, ID then over to Lime and back home to Southern  California.  Here’s hoping the weather holds, the crowds are not too bad, there are no shortages of necessities, the truck holds up and we have a safe trip.


Digital Initiatives Symposium

usdDigitalI went to the Digital Initiatives Symposium on April 27-28 at the University of San Diego.  I’d like to say that I learned a lot but really I didn’t.  The symposium centered around the concept of Digital Humanities which according to Wikipedia “is an area of research and teaching at the intersection of computing and the disciplines of the humanities.”  Which is to say that DH is a broad category and difficult to define.  DH initiatives stretch from dissertations and thesis to 360° digital photography. Since Loma Linda University is a not known for its humanities, there were definitely aspects of the symposium that did not have direct parallels for LLU.  My main goals were to learn more about thesis and dissertations and the technical aspects for preservation.  Unfortunately there wasn’t enough focus for me on the technical side.

I attended a workshop on building DH capacity.  I didn’t know what to expect but out of the three offered, I picked this one because it was run by a person from Claremont.  It turned out to be similar to Gamifying a brainstorming session.  The attendees were grouped into teams and we brainstormed ideas on Post-It notes and poster board concerning  what a DH project would be and how to support it.  I was engaging and entertaining but I still do not think I came away with a concrete idea of what DH is.

I am sorry to say but the keynote speaker was not very engaging.  Either I drifted off being still asleep or tuned out but I don’t remember what he said.  He was a last minute substitute for the scheduled speaker who couldn’t make it.

The “Roles and Responsibilities” panel of library directors all came back with a common theme: get the dean or administration behind the digital humanities project.  The university represented were Santa Clara, Northern Iowa and Connecticut College.  They suggested the involvement of the university made the project more encompassing rather than just a library project.  This tended to get more involvement from the faculty.  Make the submission of dissertations into the IR mandatory and part of the process.  Create a sense of urgency to spark administration into action; “we are behind other universities.”

The “Credible Journal Criteria” was presented by Loyola Marymount.  It detailed their need to create a rubric to critically analyze Open Access Journals and give their faculty a means to judge the worthiness of these journals.  I.e. how to distinguish between predatory journals and credible journals.  The rubric was passed out and well received by the audience.  The audience wanted to know if Loyola’s scoring of OAJ would be shared at a latter time.  Parallels were made with Beall’s List of Predatory Publishers.

The “Library as Host” was presented by UNLV.  They went over their process of accepting to be the host of publications but leaving the publishing to the department.  This lets the library be the facilitator and consultant and not the designer and editor.  The request for a new journal goes through a proposal form which details the responsibility of each party.  There is no host fee.  The library may pass along BePress’s publishing fees to the publisher as more publishers request journals; right now it is too soon in the process.

I’d hoped the “Caltech, Digital Libraries of the Future”presentation would have been the most technical and it was but not technical enough to walk away with a plan for our archive.  Caltech uses: ArchiveSpace, ArchiveIt, ePADD, ePrints, Islandora and Invenio-TIND.  They are moving to a Fedora 4 – Islandora CLAW model and in the future moving everything to INVENIO.  Inventio was developed at CERN and is an open source digital library solution.  TIND is a vendor and host that specializes in Inventio.

The last presentation was the BePress user group meeting.  BePress featured advances coming in the digital dashboard and the percentile ranking method to compare each others digital output from previous years and each other.  Selected Works continues to grow.  Moving to include an Expert Finder feature for specialities in fields of study and eventually getting to Faculty Reporting of scholarship including ORCHID IDs.  New features for Digital Commons include: expanded dashboard, real time archive backup with Amazon S3 account, Responsive Re-design and author view dashboard in Selected Works.

The Digital Initiatives Symposium was very well organized and executed.  The facilities were good as well as the food provided.  It was a good value for the money spent.  Next year I would not need to do the workshop.

It’s Here, I’m Official

It’s been a couple of weeks since I got it, but I can now finally celebrate knowing that the actually paper degree has finally arrived. I am officially a Master of Library Information Science with the papers to prove it.  haha

Next up is the graduation ceremony at San Jose State University on March 28.  I am planning to attend so now I have to purchase a $100 cap and gown set.


ePortfolio Published

k1259158I cleaned up my ePortfolio to remove any references that would violate the privacy of others.  This is a mandate of the ePortfolio in the Affirmation section.  Therefore the password has been removed and it now linked straight from this blog.

Otherwise, I have been keeping busy learning how to be a reference librarian.  This is a difficult task as I want so much to help our patrons but sometimes I feel like I don’t have the skills yet to help out the best I could.  More time and practice will help.

Otherwise, I have just been performing my same duties in the information systems side of work.

Waiting for my MLIS

catwaitingFor the first time in a long time, I don’t have homework because I don’t have school.  It’s a weird feeling but I like it.  Just waiting now for the official word from SJSU that I have completed all my units and have been awarded a Masters in Library Information Science.

Wrapping up Gamification

The final project for Gamification and my SJSU iSchool experience . . . maybe*.  I need to polish and present a game.  For my presentation medium,  will be using this WordPress site and create a specific page for INFO287.  My polished game will be to build a true Jeopardy game from my badge game in Scratch.  I want to use Scratch, even though it would not be the best presentation for the 80″ monitor because I want to experiment more with Scratch.  I think it is an interesting beginner’s coding platform and so much more different than traditional coding engines like PHP or C++.  So getting started on Information Literacy Jeopardy Part Duex.


* Maybe.  I was just informed about SJSU post-Master’s certificate programs.  During my Masters, I gained the most interest in Preservation Management.  I might consider a certificate in  Digital Archives and Record Management but I’ll wait and see if non-school life is too boring.


ePortfolio is Done!

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I looked at my email today and I received word that my final ePortfolio submit and review passed with no further revisions needed.  Therefore, my ePortfolio has been accepted, my comprehensive assessment for my MLIS is finished.  My coursework coursework for my MLIS is done.  There are some additional finalizations that need to happen, like finishing this semester and INFO287, but for all intensive purposes, I have an MLIS now.