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Role of Libraries in Data Management & Curation (ALA 2014)

Nicole Vasilevsky is a great speaker (Oregon Health & Science University).  By the third day of a conference, where you’ve gone madly from session to session, her presentation was a beautiful moment of intellectual repose because you never had to … Continue reading

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Data Driven Decision Making – LRRT Forum (ALA – 2014)

My former colleague, Jim Church, co-presented a study of what graduate students at Berkeley are citing – they did a study of about 45,000 citations in dissertations in 4 disciplines (poli sci, business, econ, and history) completed between 2008-2012.  They … Continue reading

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Data, Evidence, and Outcomes – What Does it All Mean? (ALA 2014)

There is a very cool statement associated with Joe Matthews, who presented this session.  I heard it years ago and it goes something like this: Strategy is about accomplishing more with less, and that requires focus! Matthews has done a … Continue reading

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Electronic Lab Notebooks (ALA 2014)

Speakers from Cornell and Yale talked about the product LabArchives and how they are supporting researchers on their campuses with electronic lab notebooks.  It was apparent how deeply they understood the kinds of things that researchers do with lab notebooks, … Continue reading

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Some afternoon sessions (ALA 2014)

Lots of walking between south and north halls on Saturday afternoon . . . Libraries in the Course Mgmt System: Best Practices and New Directions The presenters started projects in order to get beyond the reactive, one-by-one approach of asking … Continue reading

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ALA – Friday June 27 – Taiga

I attended a Taiga session about candidate recruitment for senior positions.  Early on in my career, I gained a healthy respect for the importance of recruiting and selecting staff, from being on both well-run and less systematic search teams.  So … Continue reading

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ALA – Friday June 27 – NISO

The NISO standards update program was all new information for me.  In general, I understand the value of standards, but I don’t have a good way to stay up-to-date in all the areas where standards are of interest to me.  … Continue reading

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