Whitewashing Cultural Heritage Collections


Is there a 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 is … Read More

On Libraries, Neutrality, and the People of Earth

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While the news is filled with articles and videos about numerous neo-Nazi rallies across the country, the topic of library neutrality inevitably pops up. And this is true. Some flavor of neutrality appears in all ethical codes for library professionals. According to the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions’s (IFLA) Code of Ethics for Librarians and other Information Workers, “Librarians and other information workers are strictly committed to neutrality and an unbiased stance regarding collection, access and service. Neutrality … Read More

Baby Turtle Pen


Last year we used a Raspberry Pi Camera, a.k.a. TurtTV, and their favorite foods to lure our baby turtles out of hiding so that we could bring them inside the house for the winter. Babies often don’t survive their first winter of hibernation. This summer we didn’t want them to disappear out into the yard never to be seen again. So Andy built a pen area to keep them safe and so that we could feed and water them without … Read More

Book List: Statistics, Probability, and Prediction

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These three books paired really well together. There was a little information overlap between the books, but each had a different and interesting focus. The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail – But Some Don’t by Nate Silver My rating: 5 of 5 stars As a librarian, I immediately felt a kinship with Nate Silver’s main premise: in a world of data, theory is more important, not less. It is a common argument that the internet and … Read More

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