Nicholas Schiller, “One Shocking Tool Plus Two Simple Ideas That Will Forever Chage How You Share Links,” ACRL TechConnect Blog

Nicholas Schiller, “One Shocking Tool Plus Two Simple Ideas That Will Forever Chage How You Share Links,” ACRL TechConnect Blog:

Pull quote: “If we want to share information without donating our online reputation to the information’s owner, we can use donotlink.com to generate a link that does not improve their search engine ranking. If we want to go a step further, we can link to a cached version of the page or share a screenshot.”

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Richard Wallis, “Visualising Schema.org,” Data Liberate

Richard Wallis, “Visualising Schema.org,” Data Liberate:

Pull quote: “Whilst looking for a better answer I discovered Green Turtle – a JavaScript library for working with RDFa and most usefully packaged in an extention [sic] for the Chrome browser. Load this into your copy of Chrome and it will sit quietly in the background checking for RDFa (and microdata if you turn on the option) in the pages you are viewing. When it finds one, a green turtle icon appears in the address bar. Clicking on that turtle opens up a new tab to show you a list of the data, in the form of triples, that it identified within the page. That simple way to easily show someone the data embedded in a page, is a great aid to understanding for those new to the concept.”

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Mita Williams, “The Origin of the Future is in the Present,” New Jack Librarian

Mita Williams, “The Origin of the Future is in the Present,” New Jack Librarian:

Pull quote: “Maybe it’s not enough for us to just provide access to books. Perhaps libraries should work together and create or our own circuit of events to help maintain and grow a reading and writing culture and connect it to the already thriving participatory culture on the internet. We organize wonderful conferences for each other in the profession. Perhaps we should host conferences for our own communities.”

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Matthew Reidsma, “Holistic UX,” Matthew Reidsma

Matthew Reidsma, “Holistic UX,” Matthew Reidsma:

Pull quote: “And any of us that have tried to make sense of a bunch of raw data and use it to make our library services better know that it’s hard to do. We need to take the time to see the connections, the stories, that sit inside the data, and bring that to the forefront. Our patrons don’t experience our library as a set of data points, but rather as a narrative playing out in their own lives. And our coworkers are rarely moved by a decontextualized spreadsheet.”

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Eric Phetteplace, “Start-Up Thinking Is Inappropriate for Libraries,” PataMetaData

Eric Phetteplace, “Start-Up Thinking Is Inappropriate for Libraries,” PataMetaData:

Pull quote: “It’s unfathomably, eye-rollingly ironic that Mathews starts his white paper with doomsaying about the sustainability of academic libraries and then offers transient organizations as a model for survival. I can’t even.”

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Barbara Fister, “Books are for (Re)Use,” Inside Higher Ed

Barbara Fister, “Books are for (Re)Use,” Inside Higher Ed:

Pull quote: “I have been a bit bemused by the maker space movement in libraries. It’s great but … haven’t libraries always been maker spaces? Aren’t they places that encourage people to make meaning? I think the way we have allowed publishers to lay claim to ownership of the ‘property’ intellectuals create in order to share ideas and advance knowledge and the vain attempts we’ve made to enable access in a manner as close to the Google search experience as possible has turned libraries into consumer spaces. The more we remember that they are places where ideas can be born, the better.”

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Steven Bell, “Employers Want Workplace-Ready Grads, But Can Higher Ed Deliver?” From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell, “Employers Want Workplace-Ready Grads, But Can Higher Ed Deliver?” From the Bell Tower:

Pull quote: “While what we academic librarians like to refer to as “lifelong learning” skills means more than just knowing how to search databases and produce the research that employers expect, we need to start somewhere in contributing to our student’s preparation for the workplace. Perhaps we ought to follow the lead of the companies offering job preparation boot camps and offer seniors an intensive “research skills for the workplace” learning experience. Between what we can learn from Project Information Literacy, studies of employer expectations, and conversations with employers, we could help students make up for what they missed when they were short on attention during those library instruction sessions.”

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