Whitewashing Cultural Heritage Collections

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Is there a German word for something that you don’t know, but you really do know, and also you are a little bit of an idiot? That’s how I felt during Dr. Kimberly Christen’s webinar hosted by OCLC, “We Have Never Been Neutral: Search, Discovery, and the Politics of Access.” She introduced the idea that our drive as digital librarians and archivist to collect, aggregate, and make publicly available as much intellectual content as we can get our hands on … Read More

New Year, New Blog Name (and More)

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I’m bringing in the new year with a new name for the blog: End to Endpaper. The name is borrowed from the title of my next bookbinding project, which will be a flag book containing some of my marbled paper. The new name carries with it connotations that describe both me and this website: libraries, books, bookbinding/crafts, and sharing stories. End to end refers to looking at a process from the very beginning to the very end. With information management, … Read More

Usability Study Tips for Distance Education Students

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I wanted to share a few tips I learned from doing a usability study for my final project in graduate school as a distance education student. This summer I graduated from the University of Illinois with a Certificate of Advanced Study in Digital Libraries. I was interested in connecting with end users for my last undertaking as a graduate student after spending two years focusing on the technical and administrative side of things. I developed a protocol to test a … Read More

Shh…Don’t Tell Anyone I’m a Librarian

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Shh…don’t tell anyone I’m a librarian. Just kidding, kind of… This summer I finished a Certificate of Advanced Study in Digital Libraries from the University of Illinois. A lot has changed since I first left my short career as a school librarian to enter into a library and information science master’s program. When I was shopping for master’s programs, all advice and research pointed to applying only to programs for a MLIS, not a MLS. Employers wanted to see “Information … Read More

Last Class of Graduate School – Interfaces to Information Systems

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This week I completed my last assignment for my last graduate school class. I can’t exactly do cartwheels yet because I still have to finish my thesis project next year to conclude my Certificate of Advanced Study in digital libraries. But for now, this milestone feels like a victory. I didn’t imagine this degree would take so long, however, on reflection, I’m glad it did. Each semester I picked out a class that best fit my current work projects. By … Read More

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