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#Library Conferences Promotion on Tumblr

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To engage the world-wide-collection of library and information related conferences and annual meetings, I have taken over the Library Conferences blog at tumblr and its associated Twitter feed.

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This is fun.

Plus, it’s another way to promote the various and diverse library/information/collections/metadata (you get the idea) conferences and annual meetings happening every year in the United States and elsewhere.

Librarians like outreach right. That is what I am doing for annual meetings and conferences from large-scale to local (as time allows).

Click on over to the tumblr site and follow the Twitter feed.

You can also follow me @jlibraryist and @meta21st (an ongoing project).

Thank you for reading,

Jesse L.

A Bundle of Finding Aids

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My first post in 2014 – Happy New Year – ish!

Using the POWER of Twitter, er,  Bitly bundles, I made a collection of finding aids that brings together all the XML-encoded EAD finding aids I edited or wrote at Folger Shakespeare Library when I interned there in 2012. See below to find the link to the bundle.

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(photo courtesy of National Park Service which credits DC SHPO – accessed 06 Jan 2014)

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(photo courtesy of bitly.com – accessed 06 Jan 2014)

(Please click on the bitly image to see the links to the finding aids)

Thank you for reading.

Jesse L.

Coining a New Term: #Libraryist :)

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Coining a New Term: #Libraryist

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I am hereby coining a new term…that of “libraryist.” My Twitter handle, @jlibraryist, reflects this term already and I believe it can spread.

In the same style of this blog and its reach for new definitions and thought structure, I hope this term can come to mean something along the lines of, “libraryist, n + v,” “someone who works in libraries or who uses them with such insider knowledge that their use of the library becomes equivocal with working in one.”

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(My handwriting leaves a little to be desired, thanks for understanding)

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) defines, “librarianship, n” as, “the office or work of a librarian” (accessed 06 Dec 2013). Not quite circular, but certainly vague.

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The OED defines “librarian, n” in two important ways: “The keeper or custodian of a library (This word has supplanted the older library-keeper)” and “a scribe, a copyist (Obs) (accessed 06 Dec 2013). I see these terms overlapping even though the use of “librarian” as copyist has fallen out. I consider this overlap because there is a notion of “librarian” as writer – as not only producing and managing information organization, cataloging schema, metadata for all formats and objects on shelves. It is as if the librarian exists as more than a keeper of items and records in all formats, but also as a producer of some of that same information. What do you think? I believe there is space here for a new definition.

Of course my definition of “libraryist” will change over time as all definitions do – shown by just the two other terms, “librarianship” and “librarian,” in this post. No term is complete in either its definitions or understanding. For not only do definitions change, libraries also do. I am looking for a definition that encompasses as many spaces as possible – those other spaces of library use where we are as interested as thinking about libraries as we are about using their collections, resources and services.

You can comment here or at Twitter.

Thank you for reading.

Jesse L.

Make Note: I Changed my Twitter

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Just a quick post to let everyone know I changed my Twitter account from @jltaglich to @jlibraryist.

Thank you for reading.

Jesse L.