Author: rhmcdonald

HTRC Data Capsule Appliance Panel at the CNI Fall 2017 Members Meeting

Just this week the good folks over at CNI posted our presentation from the December 2017 CNI Members Meeting on the HathiTrust Research Center Data Capsule APpliance Grant called Data Capsule Appliance for Research Analysis of Restricted and Sensitive Data in Academic Libraries. I am embedding the video here. Enjoy!

Data Capsule Appliance for Research Analysis of Restricted and Sensitive Data in Academic Libraries from CNI Video Channel on Vimeo.

Educause 2017 Annual Conference

I am glad to be at #edu17 this week doing a poster today on @iulibraries #Imago specimen repository. That is today at 12:45 in Exhibit Hall A-C Level 200 in the Philadelphia Convention Center. See poster. See below where I am putting up my poster. Thanks to Kent from@ucmerced for the assist.

Robert at #EDU17 Poster.
Robert at #EDU17 Poster.

This morning I got to hear Michio Kaku the futurist. He had some interesting things to say about the 4th Wave of Technology. I want to be a full time futurist too.

Michio Kaku at #EDU17.

IU Libraries Celebrates Open Access Week

Everyone in the IU Libraries Scholarly Communications Department is very excited about all of our events happening next week to celebrate International Open Access Week (Oct 23-29, 2017).

We have a new press release ( on the events and our workshops are listed below:

  • The Office of Scholarly Publishing, along with the Scholarly Communication Department and the Teaching and Learning Department, will feature several events during the week aimed at faculty, postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students.
International Open Access Week
International Open Access Week

WSSSPE4 Call for Papers


Many of you may have seen my latest posts about WSSSPE4 to be held Sept 12-14, 2016 at the University of Manchester. I am very excited to be involved in WSSSPE4 and encourage everyone to get their short (2pgs) or long (8pgs) papers in by the deadline of July 10, 2016.

Social Media: @WSSSPE or #WSSSPE4 on twitter.

Link to Organizing Committee:

Link to Call for Papers:

ALA Annual Conference 2016

Today I am at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando. I am at a library services platform panel hosted by @mbreeding. At this panel most of the major library services platform vendors discussed the state of the market. There was actually a pretty good analysis of the consolidation happening in the market by Jim Tallman at III. Most talked a good game about system and service interoperability but I am intrigued by the new open player Folio_LSP.

Sebastien Hammer below discussed the launch of Folio_LSP.

Sebastien Hammer
Sebastien Hammer of Index Data talking about the folio open library services platform.

Keynote at Designing for Digital 2016

Having a good time this week at the Designing for Digital Conference. This great UX conference is part of the now famous ER&L Conference held annually in Austin. This year’s keynote was from Jesse James Garrett of Adaptive Path fame. He spoke a bit about UX themes but I found his comment about the following really hit home “…when the product does not resonate with people, they then hold themselves to blame.” See his slide for that below…

Who Gets the Blame?