This post represents a proof-of-concept test for a tool I recently started using. It's called Draft and bills itself as "easy version control and collaboration for writers." To abuse an oft-employed meme, they had me at version control. Google Docs is a great tool, but for straight up writing and editing, Draft removes nearly all of the mentally cluttering options and lets one just write. Better yet, it makes collaboration utterly painless. And then there's that version control … simply fantastic for those of us who enjoy iterative writing.
It's being developed by Nate Kontny and has been out there for about a month at this point, and he's already added new features. One that particularly appeals to me is the ability to publish directly to WordPress and other platforms, which is how I created this post.
Another great CNI membership meeting is behind us. Saw a wide range of presentations, and found myself wishing as usual that there weren’t so many offered in parallel. As always with these notes, I’ve placed my own editorial comments in italics to differentiate them from the speaker’s words.
Opening Plenary – From the Version of a Record to a Version of the Record
Herbert van de Sompel, Los Alamos NL
Scholarly communication now includes many assets beyond textual articles: datasets, software, blogs, et al. The challenges are to group assets and version them.
Gave a tour of the history of efforts to modernize scholarly communication. Read more…
Thankfully, there’s more to my professional life than fending off nuisance lawsuits. I have a great job here at McMaster, where I get to do many wonderful things. One of the most exciting is serving as the Administrative Director of the Lewis & Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship.
In that role, the Montana State University Library invited me to their campus recently to speak on digital scholarship and meet with various groups, including one charged with developing a plan for offering similar services. They filmed the talk and put it up on the Tube, so I thought I’d post it here since I’m often asked questions about digital scholarship and what we’re doing here to support it.
As anyone reading this has already heard elsewhere, I’m being sued by a press for publishing a critical review on this blog. For many months, this was a private matter, but it has now gone viral. The outpouring of support reaffirming my right to a professional opinion has been copious and reassuring. Librarians, faculty, and publishers have all spoken out against this suits.
The story does not end with the support. It will continue until the lawsuits are resolved, which may take some time. At this point, however, I would like to express my profound gratitude to everyone who has spoken out on my behalf. There are far too many individuals to name, so I say a simple thank you to everyone. In particular, I’m grateful to those who have written articles, started petitions, gathered links, archived posts/comments, and done any number of other things to help spread awareness and document the results. To date, over
2,600 3400 people from around the globe have signed the petition.
Many organizations have also issued statements, including:
- The Alberta Library
- American Library Association
- Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries
- Association of American University Presses
- Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English
- Association of Canadian University Presses
- Association of College and Research Libraries
- Association of Professors of Bishop’s University
- Association of Research Libraries (second statement March 11)
- Bibliothek & Information Deutschland (BID)
- Bibliothek Information Schweiz (French)
- British Columbia Library Association
- Brock University Faculty Association Professional Librarians
- Canadian Association of University Teachers
- Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians
- Canadian Association of Research Libraries (second statement March 11)
- Canadian Library Association
- Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries
- Dalhousie University Libraries
- Ex Libris Association
- Kansas State University Faculty Senate
- Langara Faculty Association
- Louisiana State University Faculty Senate
- McGill University Librarians
- McMaster University
- McMaster University Academic Librarians’ Association
- McMaster University Faculty Association
- Medical Library Association
- Mount Royal University Library
- Newfoundland and Labrador Library Association
- Ontario College and University Library Association
- Ontario Council of University Libraries
- Pennsylvania State University Library Faculty Organization
- Progressive Librarians Guild London Chapter
- Progressive Librarians Guild Toronto Area Chapter (second statement March 7)
- Ryerson Faculty Association Librarians
- Saskatchewan Library Association
- Simon Fraser University Faculty Association
- University of British Columbia Library
- University of California’s Council of University Librarians
- University of Guelph Faculty Association Librarians
- University of Guelph Library
- University of Lethbridge Faculty Association Professional Librarians
- University of Toronto Faculty Association
- University of Victoria Libraries
- University of Windsor Faculty Association
- Western Libraries
- Western University Faculty of Information and Media Studies
- Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Association Librarians
- York University Faculty Association Library Chapter
I’ve surely missed some, so apologies for that, and please feel free to send me corrections/additions. I’m humbled by this public support from a wide range of professional and academic organizations.
UPDATE Feb 25, 2012: added AAUP and ALA. Am also adding others as they appear. The list grows!
Access has always been one of my favourite library IT conferences. In terms of pure bang for the buck, you just can’t beat its mixture of good talks, interesting people, and stimulating conversations. Plus, this year’s Montreal version featured a conference first: a Sunday-morning bagel delivery service for attendees. Next year, Access will be held in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Don’t miss it.
What follows are some notes I jotted down in various sessions. My editorial comments are in italics to differentiate them from the speaker’s words and thoughts. Read more…
Working in a service profession, customer service is on my mind a great deal. Being who I am, beer and coffee are also frequently on my mind. Here’s what happens when they all get mashed together.
One could suggest that the customer service experience is largely driven by two things, getting the small things right and consistency of experience. That oversimplifies a lot of the customer service research a bit, but I think it’s hard to argue that small things matter, a lot, and that one wants to be able to predict how a service entity will respond. We may all crab about cable companies, but really, you have to admit it’s a consistent experience, so we’re all still paying.