Today, as Open Access Week wraps up, I trekked out to Stony Brook University to attend their third annual Open Access Symposium.
I flew down to Atlanta, GA for the 2017 American Library Association Midwinter Conference, and for a moment thought I had flown right into spring! Friday was a warm sunny day, and I spent the afternoon getting oriented, picking up my registration gear, visiting the Georgia Aquarium, and enjoying the sunshine.
On Monday, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the St. John’s University Department of Library and Information Science as a guest of their student association, DLISSA. St. John’s has a large online degree program, so a lot of the attendees were participating remotely, but there were also a few in-person students.
We might have just missed the cultural moment, but today I presented a Pokémon GO-themed lightning talk at Brooklyn Public Library’s annual TeacherLab conference. I mostly focused on harnessing the power of popular phenomena like Pokémon GO to make connections with young adults in educational spaces like classrooms and libraries.
I recently participated in a Digital Privacy and Data Literacy professional training program that grew out of a collaboration between Brooklyn Public Library, the Metropolitan New York Library Council, New America’s Open Technology Institute, the Data & Society Research Institute, and Research Action Design.
One of the things libraries have the unique ability to do particularly well is to allow students, researchers, and the public to experiment with new technologies before they enter into common use.
The 2015 New York Library Association Conference in Lake Placid, NY was my first time at a regional library conference,
Over the past year, I’ve been working as a Mellon grant-funded intern for the New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC) as part of a web archiving team based out of the three museums. Working at the Frick Art Reference Library has been a delight, and it has nurtured my interest in the evolving nature of research and collection accessibility in general.
As part of our work at EdLab, Laura Costello and I have explored emerging technologies by prototyping systems and products for the Teachers College community. Presenting the products we have helped to create at the ALA Annual Conference allows us to share our work with the greater library community.
I’ve just returned from my first American Library Association conference, and it was wonderful to have the whole library team at Teachers College with me in San Francisco.