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jclc 2012

Just over a week ago, I returned from attending the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC).  JCLC is sponsored by the five ALA ethnic associations:  AILA, APALA, BCALA, CALA, and REFORMA.  This year was only the second time the conference was held — the first happened six years ago.  I first heard of JCLC a couple years ago and was very excited to learn that the second conference was in the process of being planned.  I’m very fortunate and grateful to have received a Kansas City Crown Center Scholarship that funded my trip.  Without that financial assistance, there’s no way I would have been able to attend.

JCLC was definitely the best conference I have attended (so far).  The size of the conference wasn’t large enough to be overwhelming, or too small to be stifling, and everyone I met was incredibly friendly and approachable.  The main reason I wanted to attend is that the conference’s focus is on exploring various diversity issues in libraries, and my research interests all center on issues of diversity in archives.

While I attended many sessions over the course of a few days, I enjoyed “The Need for Diversity Research in the Profession: A Collaborative Opportunity” the most.  Karen Downing, Merve Fejzula, and Mark Winston all made a strong case for why more research needs to be conducted on diversity in the profession.  Below is a storify of tweets from that session, but missing from them is another takeaway I got — often research is conducted that is then not shared.  Research isn’t only to inform our own work but to inform others as well, so if you’ve done something, be sure to share that knowledge with others!

  1. Makibaj
    The Need for Diversity Research #JCLC2012 opening discussion of whether America is a post racial society. A resounding NO.

    Sat, Sep 22 2012 08:54:57
  2. roselovec
    Post-racial america? Every societal indicator (health, ed, housing, hunger, employment, poverty) points to no. #JCLC2012

    Sat, Sep 22 2012 08:54:51
  3. roselovec
    Gaps in the literature: empirical research, library-based research, theoretically framed studies. #JCLC2012

    Sat, Sep 22 2012 08:58:34
  4. CarlSHess
    Only handful or two of people in #lis field studying diversity and very little framework for generalizing #JCLC2012

    Sat, Sep 22 2012 08:59:29
  5. roselovec
    Benefits of diversity in organizations: better user/customer satisfaction, improved decision-making, greater creativity. #JCLC2012

    Sat, Sep 22 2012 09:03:09
  6. Makibaj
    Benefits of diversity to orgs include better user satisfaction, stronger robust orgs just to name a few #JCLC2012

    Sat, Sep 22 2012 09:05:18
  7. CarlSHess
    Diversity trumps homogenous expertise (Page 2001) #JCLC2012

    Sat, Sep 22 2012 09:07:08
  8. roselovec
    Research vs. assessment: assessment examines a single phenonmena. Research is a more robust, methodical process. #JCLC2012

    Sat, Sep 22 2012 09:12:32
  9. roselovec
    Research is led by research question, then you figure out method and ground it in existing lit and framework – not in a vacuum. #JCLC2012

    Sat, Sep 22 2012 09:14:02
  10. CarlSHess
    High correlation between successful organizations and diverse ones, but it has been hard showing causality #JCLC2012

    Sat, Sep 22 2012 09:16:19
  11. roselovec
    Indemic inequality in academic libraries: library of congress classification! Mixed race families between incest & mental health. #JCLC2012

    Sat, Sep 22 2012 09:20:40
  12. roselovec
    Why do research? Document best practices. Increase credibility of profession/als. #JCLC2012

    Sat, Sep 22 2012 09:23:56
  13. traceyfromkc
    Diversity can be key to the quality of group outcomes (Scott Page research) #JCLC2012

    Sat, Sep 22 2012 09:24:02
  14. roselovec
    Why is research important? Informed decision-making, influence decision makers, encourage investment in diversity, build knowledge #JCLC2012

    Sat, Sep 22 2012 09:28:54
  15. roselovec
    Supreme Court justices made affirmative action decision based on research #JCLC2012

    Sat, Sep 22 2012 09:32:28
  16. CarlSHess
    Why don’t librarians research? Lack comfort with methods, no time, don’t see relevance, and no support for it. #JCLC2012

    Sat, Sep 22 2012 09:42:20
  17. roselovec
    Use professonal network to publish! Ask someone to collaborate with you. Less overwhelming. #JCLC2012

    Sat, Sep 22 2012 09:47:10
  18. roselovec
    Know someone who’s already published? Get connected to their book editors, journal editorial boards. #JCLC2012

    Sat, Sep 22 2012 09:48:35
  19. CarlSHess
    Most research collaborations in #LIS between people with similar roles. We need to mix it up. #JCLC2012

    Sat, Sep 22 2012 09:52:11
  20. roselovec
    Awesome comment from audience member about the need for more humanities based research in LIS! #JCLC2012

    Sat, Sep 22 2012 09:55:43
  21. roselovec
    Research that’s not informed by existing lit is of limited value. Can be easily dismissed. #JCLC2012

    Sat, Sep 22 2012 10:06:48

I want to expand on that last tweet because it’s a pet peeve of mine.  Research needs to be grounded in and contextualized by the existing literature.  If you haven’t taken a look at what others have already done, your work just won’t be as strong.  This is something I definitely look for when conducting peer reviews of papers submitted to the SLIS Student Research Journal, and I find that often it is either missing or people just summarize works in their literature reviews without providing any analysis of them.  The latter is something I did until I finally had a professor who provided actual guidance on writing scholarly literature reviews, instead of assuming everyone was already skilled in writing them.  I definitely think that a research methods course should be a requirement in all library schools, but unfortunately that’s not the case.  How are we supposed to educate others about conducting research if we don’t have any experience ourselves?

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Posted by on October 1, 2012 in conferences, diversity

 

#webwise 2012

Last Thursday and Friday, I attended the WebWise Conference in Baltimore. This conference is annually hosted by IMLS and features presentations on digital projects from museums, libraries, and archives. What I love about WebWise is that their explicit goal is for you to take ideas that were presented (or ones you learned from meeting new people) and adopt them to your own institutions.

I really enjoyed most of the presentations, which is rare for me to say about a conference. Recordings of all the presentations should be posted on the WebWise site soon, so be sure to check them all out! The presentation I got the most out of was Ramesh Srinivasan on “Digital Collaborations Between Museums, Archaeologists, and Indigenous Peoples.” This presentation resonated the most with me because it is closely aligned with my research interests. Its inherent message was about how there are different ways of knowing and how diverse stakeholder communities can work together.

Ramesh was the last speaker of the last session, and sadly the conference room was noticeably much less full than the previous day. I created a storify of the tweets for anyone who missed out, but definitely watch the video when it’s up.

  1. Share
    Speaking: Ramesh Srinivasan, UCLA Dept. of Information Studies #webwise

    Fri, Mar 02 2012 11:37:57
  2. Share
    UCLA’s Ramesh Srinivasan: Museums and libraries are in a unique position to facilitate collaboration between expert communities. #webwise

    Fri, Mar 02 2012 11:39:13
  3. Share
    Ramesh Srinivasan from ucla talking ab. the ways in which new media can help create new ways of working w/ collections and people. #webwise

    Fri, Mar 02 2012 11:39:29
  4. Share
    There are sovereign diverse voices of communities associated with collections #webwise

    Fri, Mar 02 2012 11:39:34
  5. Share
    Srinivasan speaking from a design background and as ethnographer #webwise

    Fri, Mar 02 2012 11:40:52
  6. Share
    Ramesh lived & worked on 19 Native American reservations over span of ~2 years. Developed understanding of voices, networks, power #webwise

    Fri, Mar 02 2012 11:41:06
  7. Share
    You don’t just dump projects on communities. Systems are built on different cultural understandings #webwise

    Fri, Mar 02 2012 11:42:41
  8. Share
    How do you classify objects? Fluid ontologies #webwise

    Fri, Mar 02 2012 11:43:30
  9. Share
    Explored how Zuni (Native American community) could be part of classifying objects. “What do you have to say about this object?” #webwise

    Fri, Mar 02 2012 11:46:38
  10. Share
    Different stakeholders (curators, archaeologists, source communities) use different ontologies to describe the same object #webwise

    Fri, Mar 02 2012 11:47:44
  11. Share
    Zuni tell stories about objects, they locate them around traditions. Local knowledge often doesn’t make it into databases. #webwise

    Fri, Mar 02 2012 11:47:59
  12. Share
    Source communities differ in that they provide the story behind objects #webwise

    Fri, Mar 02 2012 11:48:12
  13. Share
    Working on open source model to enable feeds to flow from 3 groups – archaeologists, curators, Zuni #webwise

    Fri, Mar 02 2012 11:49:51
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    Enjoying thoroughness @rameshmedia brought to thinking through overlapping issues of stories/metadata, ethics/protocols, community #webwise

    Fri, Mar 02 2012 11:51:17
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    Cultural protocols inform layers of the technical system #webwise

    Fri, Mar 02 2012 11:52:36
  16. Share
    Collaborative catalogs exist in parallel #webwise

    Fri, Mar 02 2012 11:53:51
  17. Share
    What is the emergent knowledge that gets produced through this process? #webwise

    Fri, Mar 02 2012 11:54:04
  18. Share
    Learn more: digital-diversity.org #webwise

    Fri, Mar 02 2012 11:55:22
  19. Share
    Collaboration sometimes means letting projects develop in parallel. We don’t always have to pick one winner. #webwise

    Fri, Mar 02 2012 11:57:57
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    Neat to see their grant proposal narrative up bit.ly/wlFj6n (pdf) MT @US_IMLS: @rameshmedia site: bit.ly/xv9ktK #webwise

    Fri, Mar 02 2012 12:00:41
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    Kevin Cherry: Please share, do something using what you’ve learned, and let us know what you’ve done. Send us an email. #webwise

    Fri, Mar 02 2012 12:20:07
 
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Posted by on March 7, 2012 in conferences, diversity

 

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reflections on the saa 2011 annual meeting

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My very first LIS conference was last year’s SAA meeting, which took place in DC. It was before I started library school, so I really had no idea what to expect. I was too shy to reach out and meet new people since it was my first conference — and I felt like I was an imposter who had no idea what archives were really about. Additionally, since I didn’t have to travel for it, I felt more comfortable going home after a day of sessions instead of hanging out and meeting new people.

This year’s SAA conference was a lot different for me. First, I felt like I was reaching the end of a marathon — from March-June, I attended 5 (!) conferences. All of those conferences really helped me become more comfortable with the idea of “networking” — or meeting people, which is how I prefer to think of it. The best way to feel comfortable about meeting and talking with strangers is to do a lot of it. And everyone I’ve met at LIS conferences is overwhelmingly friendly and approachable. I also think attending conferences in cities outside of your home, while more expensive, really forces you to socialize more.

After finishing three semesters of library school, I no longer felt that I had no idea what people were talking about in the archives world. I certainly didn’t understand everything, but I didn’t feel like an impostor anymore. Also, I really like the size of SAA’s conference — it’s definitely not as overwhelming as ALA. I feel like at any given time, you see familiar faces along with unfamiliar ones.

Overall, my best experience at SAA was having a graduate poster. It was a great opportunity for me to meet new people and discuss my research interests in archives. Mostly, I just really enjoyed the format of individual interactions and discussions. I highly recommend doing a poster session!

It’s interesting to look back over the past year and see how far I’ve grown.  Honestly, I think that conferences and connecting online with the library/archives Twitterverse and blogworld have been far more valuable experiences for me than classes — at least in terms of personal development and growth.  Does anyone else feel the same?

(If you’re interested in reading conference session reviews, check out this collaborative wrap-up post over at Hack Library School.)

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2011 in conferences

 

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hack library school #ala11 wrap-up

If Hack Library School isn’t already in your RSS reader, it should be!  Check out today’s post for a summary of different sessions written by a variety of contributors (including me).  Reading this post makes me excited for next year!

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2011 in conferences, library school, links

 

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Library 2.011 WorldWide Virtual Conference: Call for Proposals
I’m so excited for this upcoming conference — it’s FREE and completely online!  The conference is now accepting presentation proposals until September 15.  Conference strands include Evolving Professional Roles in Today’s World, Digital Age Learning Cultures, and Changes in Accessing and Organizing Information.

Library Day in the Life Round 7
I love, love this project!  July 25-31 are the dates for the next round.  Check out this link to learn more about Library Day in the Life, and be sure to look through past rounds.

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2011 in conferences, links

 

spontaneous scholarships for #saa11 registration

I want to draw your attention to the Spontaneous Scholarships to fund registration for the 2011 SAA Annual Meeting, an effort led by Kate Theimer of ArchivesNext.  If you’re interested in receiving a scholarship or donating to the fund, check out the blog for details!  The deadline to request funding is midnight this Friday, July 8.  So far $800 has been raised!

What’s the reasoning behind the Spontaneous Scholarships?  While conferences provide great professional development opportunities, attending conferences is expensive.  The cost of registration, travel, and lodging is prohibitive, especially if you aren’t receiving any outside funding.  This is a great idea, and I hope to see more crowdsourced scholarships in the future!

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2011 in archives, conferences

 

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Freedom Riders
I love PBS!  You can stream the entire Freedom Riders documentary online.  I haven’t seen it yet, but I plan to this weekend.  The film weaves together archival footage and contemporary interviews with former riders.  If you’re not ready to commit to watching the entire film yet, check out the trailer.

ReadyResources
This blog shares resources on preserving and managing electronic records and is updated quite frequently.

Support Hyatt Workers at SAA2011: An Unofficial Resource
If you’re concerned about the labor disputes occurring at the site of this year’s SAA Annual Meeting, view this website for ways to support Hyatt workers.  Also, please contribute if you have any ideas!

 

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