DC/SLA Board of Directors 2017

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For archival purposes mostly…

Link to newsletter here.

Yes, I am on the board for 2017-2020 on the chapter president track.


Post-Twitter #SocialMedia Landscape

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Amidst the highs and lows of content, uses and sentiments expressed using the platform, Twitter, there has also been slow growth of the same platform – to the point that Twitter is in the process of cutting as much as 8 % of its worker-base to ease the cost of flat-lined growth.

We could get into the labour issue here of course (and all the assumptions tied up therein), but instead I just want to point out that librarians, information dissemination companies and organizations (libraries and for-profit institutions) all use Twitter to push content.

Of course there is Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Snapchat as alternatives – but all except for one of these companies is very image-centric in its bias and content distribution. Facebook seems to be the only company that allows for significant text-based posts (articles, essays etc), but even Facebook has tweaked its platform to handle increased video content (news, or…whatever).

Where else might we go to push content relevant to libraries, information centers, academic environment etc that in their very nature use and circulate A LOT of text-based material (even if digital)?

Please discuss.

How do we tweak, build or find a social media platform that allows for decent text-based content models?

Thank you for reading.


Deleted #Serials in Academic #Libraries

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Just curious, in a law library, there are continual replacements of serials with updates – all year long….

I wonder…in an ideal world of copyright respect, are there any creative ways of reusing that material for education (or something like that) that might reduce the sheer number of items being thrown in the trash or recycling?

Has anyone tried anything?

Thank you,


#Copyright and #CopyrightX

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Good morning everyone.

I am planning to apply to the Harvard law School / HarvardX / Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University’s networked course, CopyrightX.

The application process involves several long questions to justify interest, sort of like a personal statement when applying to graduate school.

Has anyone out there applied to this course in the past who would be willing to offer any advice?

Thank you in advance,


#RadioBookClub V.5 – Sympathizer 13 Sept 2016

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The time has come again for #RadioBookClub.

This is the 5th such edition we have done and this one should be really fun.


First, the logistics>>>

Date: 13 September 2016.

Time: 8:00 PM EST

Location: Fairfax Public Access Radio Radio Hotline.

Host: Dennis Price of Home Improvements by Dennis Price.

We will be reading Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen.

“The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as five other awards, “The Sympathizer” is the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Saul Bellow, “The Sympathizer” is a sweeping epic of love and betrayal. The narrator, a communist double agent, is a man of two minds, a half-French, half-Vietnamese army captain who arranges to come to America after the Fall of Saigon, and while building a new life with other Vietnamese refugees in Los Angeles is secretly reporting back to his communist superiors in Vietnam. “The Sympathizer” is a blistering exploration of identity and America, a gripping espionage novel, and a powerful story of love and friendship..”

The group in the studio will be: Jenn, Kristin, Ellen Clair, Heather and myself.

Should indeed be fun…and challenging.

Buy your copy at your local bookstore. I purchased mine from One More Page Books.

Access the audio via the Radio Hotline URL, log into Twitter, use #bookclubradio and call in: 703-560-8255.

Thank you.



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Well, finally, after years, about.me OR WordPress, dropped support for the about.me widget.

This is too bad because widgets enable a visual way to pursue overlapping platforms where individuals have developed their online persona. I think it helped to minimize clicks.

But in fact, I think the click rate has increased across the web – specifically due to the near total dominance of the mobile market. Though, we may refer to “clicks” as “taps” now.

But, anyway, here is my about.me profile.* #

Thank you for reading.



* Yes, you will need to click the link (sorry).

# Live until I deem it unnecessary.

#Radiobookclub V. 5

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For immediate release: The #radiobookclub people have picked a new book for the 5th edition of our famous live book club on the radio.

Stay tuned…

Details: TBA