The closing keynote at this year’s ACRL Conference is my hero Lawrence Lessig. I really took alot away from his talk, namely that of government and the ways in which it is corrupted by different types of influences. He mentioned his grassroots group rootstrikers – http://www.rootstrikers.org and talked a bit about how his book Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace has been proven correct so far in how privacy intersects with online community.
The opening keynote for #ACRL2015 is G. Willow Wilson (@GWillowWilson) who is the author of the critically acclaimed comic book Ms. Marvel. Her talk was very refreshing and brought some interesting perspectives to the overall conference. If you have not seen it you should check out the ACRL poster of Ms. Marvel – http://www.acrl.ala.org/acrlinsider/archives/9354.
As you can see from this picture – David Minor aka Pemulis kicks off this year’s PASIG Meeting in San Diego. We were hosted by the UCSD Libraries, my old home, and SDSC, another of my old SD haunts. It was great to see the new SDSC facility as well as being able to catch up with old friends and meet new ones as well. I gave a talk on storage components of the HathiTrust Research Center. My slides are shown here – http://www.slideshare.net/rhmcdonald/pasig15-htrc. Inna Kouper from the IU Data to Insight Center gave a talk about our NSF funded SEAD Project.
The closing keynote for Designing for Digital 2015 was Frank Migliorelli of the New York Public Library. He is currently their Director of Digital Experience and can be found on twitter @NYPLFrank. Frank by his own admission has a long list of to do items to improve UX across the entire NYPL. He has some great ideas as noted in his keynote. You may know Frank from his work on the Charlotte, NC based ImaginOn library and museum.
So last week I got to attend a new event sponsored by ER&L called Designing for Digital (see Twitter Design4Lib). This conference had some great library as well as external perspectives on user experience design. The keynotes were great and had very broad experience in this area (see opening keynote @jkolko below who is VP of Product, Innovation, and Design at Blackboard).
Yesterday I was in Austin, TX to give the closing keynote for the ER&L 2015 Conference. I hated that I could not get to town sooner to take in more of the conference. Especially, the big discovery panel and the talk from Marshall Breeding (open source central index – now that is a cool idea). However, I did get into town (sans luggage) to give the closing keynote and I had a blast. Below are my slides from the talk and I will work to put up the full stream soon.
I will get to attend the exciting new conference Designing for Digital (#Design4Lib) happening today and will have more on that event soon at this blog.
Recently we were in Chicago for the ALA Midwinter Meeting. I had the opportunity to attend the Big Heads Collection Development Meeting. I was on hand to discuss developments with the Hathitrust Research Center and the 2015 HTRC UnCamp (registration is now open) to be held in Ann Arbor, MI on March 30-31, 2015.
In the picture below you will see @MikeFurlough, HT Executive Director, discussing latest developments from the HathiTrust Digital Library.
Today I am at a meeting of the core staff for the HathiTrust Research Center at the University of Illinois. Having a great discussion on our overall architecture for HTRC.
Today heard a great keynote by physicist Brian Greene @bgreene. He mentioned the book Gravity by Wheeler and Misner and it sounds like a great read.