tag:mcdonald.ly,2013:/posts mcdonald.ly 2021-04-26T16:31:37Z tag:mcdonald.ly,2013:Post/1683631 2021-04-26T16:31:37Z 2021-04-26T16:31:37Z ARL Spring 2021 Board Meeting

This week is the time for the ARL Spring 2021 Members Meeting

Today I am spending most of my day at the ARL Board Meeting. The great part is that many of the items I have been working on over the last few months have come to fruition. This includes the 2021 audit committee audit report as well as some changes from the governance committee that will help support our values for diversity and inclusion. I am really happy to be on the ARL Board and represent our many great research libraries in north america. It is a great group and I do hope that others in the community will consider volunteering to be on the board at some point in the future.

Since we are meeting on zoom, I took a picture.

tag:mcdonald.ly,2013:Post/1676729 2021-04-09T17:54:51Z 2021-04-09T17:55:38Z Change is hard but the outcomes can be worth it

I have promised myself that I would write a bit more on this blog so that I can actually write something rather than just thinking about writing something. I just moved my entire professional blog over from wordpress to posthaven (seemlessly via the domain https://mcdonald.ly), mostly to avoid maintenance issues. I really wanted to move to something like jekyll on a serverless AWS setup, however, my work of late does not give me much time for dabbling in technology. If it is not a system I can use all the time like posthaven, then I will not use it.

Now that I have made my intro I wanted to talk a bit about change. My library is a great library and the teams that work for me are excellent. We are going through a new major strategic plan and reorganization related to that plan that will enable, I hope, a better execution of our new strategic plan. In doing this reorganization I looked at many different agile models because after many years of using agile as a scrum master, I knew that this could enable more agency for my teams in the library.

For our reorganization, we used a model that builds from the bottom up by having all areas built from the smallest components. We call these sections and the sections build to teams and the teams build to chapters within our organization. So far, many in our libraries are feeling more agency and are seeing a change. I know that is not true for every chapter, team and section but with time and the practice of good agile methodology, I think we will see the change that will help us develop our next generation library.

So far so good... We have not moved as quickly as I originally planned, but we did not plan on the COVID pandemic nor did we plan on working remotely and supporting a closed stacks library operation for the past year. I praise everyone working in our libraries today for making us stronger and more resilient in all that we do and we celebrate them this time of year for #NationalLibraryWeek and for #NLWD.

tag:mcdonald.ly,2013:Post/1674941 2021-04-05T15:59:59Z 2021-04-05T16:00:18Z National Library Week 2021

Hard to believe but it is that time again for National Library Week 2021 (April 4-10, 2021). See below a pic of our team getting together on zoom to celebrate. #NationalLibraryWeek Checkout your local library or ours...

tag:mcdonald.ly,2013:Post/1673880 2020-05-30T18:00:00Z 2021-04-02T21:04:24Z University of Colorado Boulder Road Map to Fall 2020

I am really happy and proud of our entire team that worked on this road map to fall 2020 for the University of Colorado Boulder. To see the plan visit: https://www.colorado.edu/roadmap/

Next comes our implementation of the plan…stay tuned.

tag:mcdonald.ly,2013:Post/1673879 2018-11-02T18:00:00Z 2021-04-02T21:02:56Z Frye 09 Friends at Edu18

So glad I got to spend quality time with my Frye Leadership Institute 2009 friends (now Leading Change Institute). That includes Rae, Scott and Ellen. Had a great time at The Kitchen in Denver. Thanks Educause for getting us together.

tag:mcdonald.ly,2013:Post/1673878 2018-10-22T18:00:00Z 2021-04-02T21:14:20Z DU Presentation

On Oct 26, 2018 I am pleased to spend my afternoon with the University of Denver ASIS&T student chapter and the Department of Research Methods and Information Science and will give a talk entitled Collaborating for Student Success. The talk is in slides.com and can be viewed below:

Slides can be found at: https://slides.com/rhmcdonald/student-success

tag:mcdonald.ly,2013:Post/1673877 2018-03-22T18:00:00Z 2021-04-02T21:01:25Z RDAP 2018

This week I am at The Research Data Access and Preservation (RDAP) Summit in Chicago, IL. Great to see such a diverse group and to catch up with old friends. Looking forward to seeing which new logo gets the most votes.
See more on twitter (@RDAPsummit).

tag:mcdonald.ly,2013:Post/1673876 2018-03-15T18:00:00Z 2021-04-02T21:00:53Z 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!

tag:mcdonald.ly,2013:Post/1673875 2018-03-05T19:00:00Z 2021-04-04T17:45:52Z IMLS 3D/VR Forum 1 This last week we held the first of three forums on 3D/VR in libraries sponsored by IMLS and held in Arlington, VA at the Virginia Tech Research Center. This was a fun event and was so good to work with my colleagues from VaTech, University of Oklahoma and many more…

Thanks to all of my colleagues for their support of this wonderful project!

tag:mcdonald.ly,2013:Post/1673874 2017-11-01T18:00:00Z 2021-04-02T20:59:24Z 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.

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.

tag:mcdonald.ly,2013:Post/1673873 2017-10-17T18:00:00Z 2021-04-02T20:58:02Z 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 (https://libraries.indiana.edu/iu-libraries-celebrates-open-access-week-2017) 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.

tag:mcdonald.ly,2013:Post/1673872 2017-01-31T19:00:00Z 2021-04-02T20:56:54Z HTRC CNI Fall 2016 Members Meeting Presentation

Just this week the good folks over at CNI posted our presentation from the December 2016 CNI Members Meeting on the HathiTrust Research Center called It Takes a Village. I am embedding the video here. Enjoy!


tag:mcdonald.ly,2013:Post/1673871 2016-09-27T18:00:00Z 2021-04-04T17:53:29Z APTrust Member Meeting 2016

This week I am in DC for the APTrust Member Meeting. We are being hosted by the Georgetown University Libraries in Lauinger Library. A great view of the potamac from our window. Lots of discussion and lots of talk about scaling services over time and possible new partnerships. Great discussions.

tag:mcdonald.ly,2013:Post/1673870 2016-07-11T18:00:00Z 2021-04-02T20:55:00Z 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.

tag:mcdonald.ly,2013:Post/1673867 2016-06-25T18:00:00Z 2021-04-04T17:57:56Z 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.

tag:mcdonald.ly,2013:Post/1673866 2016-06-20T18:00:00Z 2021-04-02T20:51:33Z Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2016

This week am in Newark, NJ at the Rutgers University-Newark Campus with many old friends talking digital libraries. Am very excited about our proposal for next year in Toronto (go JCDL 2017).


tag:mcdonald.ly,2013:Post/1673865 2016-04-06T18:00:00Z 2021-04-04T18:01:24Z 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…]

tag:mcdonald.ly,2013:Post/1673864 2016-04-04T18:00:00Z 2021-04-02T20:49:05Z ER&L 2016

Today I got to speak on a panel with a great set of speakers Marshall BreedingNeil Block and Curtis Thacker. We had a great time and really enjoyed the audience. Our slides from today are below.

ER&L The Role of Choice in the Future of Discovery Evaluations Panel from Robert H. McDonald
tag:mcdonald.ly,2013:Post/1673863 2015-12-09T19:00:00Z 2021-04-04T18:02:15Z 2015 HathiTrust Annual Member Mtg This week I am in Chicago, IL for the HathiTrust Annual Members Meeting as well as some side meetings for the HT Program Steering Committee and the HT Board. We will be talking about the latest accomplishments of the HathiTrust Research Center as well as work that we have done in the Scholar’s Commons and Scholarly Commons at Indiana University and the University of Illinois Libraries. We are meeting in the Big 10 Center in Rosemont which is a great place for a meeting.

See below my action shot of @mikefurlough Executive Director of the HathiTrust.

tag:mcdonald.ly,2013:Post/1673862 2015-11-04T19:00:00Z 2021-04-04T18:02:56Z #EDU15 First Timers Pit Stop Had a great time at #EDU15 and took a good shot of one if our first time pit stoppers along with @kayakpete.

tag:mcdonald.ly,2013:Post/1673860 2015-10-20T18:00:00Z 2021-04-04T18:06:14Z IU Statewide IT Meeting at 20

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the IU Statewide IT Meeting (ca 1995). So far so good, tomorrow features the grand opening of MDPI for IUB. We were delighted to have members of DPN (Digital Preservation Network) Steven Morales and Mary Molinaro on hand for discussions around our project.

tag:mcdonald.ly,2013:Post/1673859 2015-10-14T18:00:00Z 2021-04-04T18:08:28Z Unizin Innovation Summit ast week I was at the Unizin Innovation Summit #UIS15 in Grapevine, TX (near Dallas).

Had a great time and met new friends!

tag:mcdonald.ly,2013:Post/1673858 2015-09-17T18:00:00Z 2021-04-04T18:09:31Z OLE Board Meeting Summer Retreat 2015 Today I am at the OLE Board Meeting Summer Retreat at the Big 10 Center in Rosemont, IL supporting the mission of our wonderful board. 

We have a great community that really wants to see change for how libraries are managed through our available software platforms.

tag:mcdonald.ly,2013:Post/1673856 2015-08-13T18:00:00Z 2021-04-04T18:10:45Z VIVO 2015 – What A View!

Great view from the Hyatt here in Cambridge at the VIVO 2015 Opening Reception.


tag:mcdonald.ly,2013:Post/1673855 2015-08-12T18:00:00Z 2021-04-04T18:11:47Z VIVO 2015 Conference This week I am at the VIVO 2015 Conference. I am very excited about seeing all of my VIVO friends in Cambridge, MA this week. I am also part of this year’s Intro to VIVO Workshop with the wonderful Julia Trimmer, Paul Albert, Michaeleen Trimarchi and Brian Lowe. So far we are having a great time with our group of 12 attendees and are lookgint to share more info about VIVO.
Thanks again to @symplectic for these great VIVO Conference Badge lanyrds.

tag:mcdonald.ly,2013:Post/1673854 2015-06-17T18:00:00Z 2021-04-04T18:12:52Z Harvard Purdue Data Management Symposium 2015 This week I am at the Harvard Purdue Data Management Symposium held in Cambridge, MA. Some great talks by @esayeed and others on this topic.

tag:mcdonald.ly,2013:Post/1673853 2015-06-09T18:00:00Z 2021-04-02T20:42:42Z #OR2015 Takes Indy by Storm

So this week I am at the 10th International Open Repositories Conference held here in Indianapolis, IN. This year Indiana University, the University of Illinois and Virginia Tech are the host sponsors. We have a large group of over 400 in attendance from all over the world. Welcome to Indy!


tag:mcdonald.ly,2013:Post/1673852 2015-06-03T18:00:00Z 2021-04-02T20:41:54Z Friday WebCast on "Saving My Stuff" Sponsored by TLT Group

On Friday June 5, 2015 I will be speaking at a TLT Group Discussion on personal and scholarly archiving and preservation with Stephen Bell and Cliff Landis. Please join us! Below are my slides

TLT Discussion on "Saving My Stuff" - 06.05.15 from Robert H. McDonald

See the link here: http://tltgroup.roundtablelive.org/event-1938612
Register here (it’s free): http://tltgroup.roundtablelive.org/event-1938612/Registration
“Saving Our Stuff?” – Continued 
Presenters: Steven J. Bell – Temple University, Robert H. McDonald – Indiana University, Cliff Landis – Georgia State University, Steve Gilbert, Beth Dailey, and others
From Research References to Family Pix
Effective Practices in Personal Digital Archiving for Faculty and Students
On April 17 in FridayLive! we began “Saving Our Stuff,”  but we discovered that there was greater interest and more to discuss than fit in that hour.  Based on comments and requests, we scheduled this follow-up to go deeper into these 3 main categories:
Select, Organize, Make your own backup – How?  Options & Cautions

  • Disaster prep;  Preservation;  Save private copies or publicly accessible copies.
  • Enable Refind/Retrieve via Cloud, Auto Backup Resources (e.g., Evernote, DIIGO Dropbox, Google Drive, Google Scholar, Amazon Cloud, iCloud, Carbonite, Sugarsync,Transporter, etc.)  Free/Fee
  • Rely on Wayback Machine?  For what? Wayback Machine does not access our [non-public] past Blackboard or Moodle courses
  • LMS Options, Limitations

“Fair Use” vs. CASE method = Copy And Steal Everything… vs. Other Alternatives

  • CREATE: Find, Adapt, Select, Protect, Organize(e.g., DIIGO, Google Scholar, Evernote)
  • USE:  Citation, Permission & Payment:  Enable Refind/Retrieve/Usage; via Permission, Citation Tools, Digital Object Identifiers, Creative Commons, ImageCodr,

tag:mcdonald.ly,2013:Post/1673851 2015-05-12T18:00:00Z 2021-04-04T18:15:20Z SEAD All Hands Meeting Comes to Bloomington For the next two days the IU Data to Insight Center is hosting the SEAD All Hands Meeting at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. At the meeting we will be discussing SEAD 2.0 release and futures for our data management and curation software services platform.

tag:mcdonald.ly,2013:Post/1673849 2015-03-30T18:00:00Z 2021-04-04T18:17:23Z HTRC 2015 Here is another action shot of @MikeFurlough kicking off the 3rd Annual HTRC UnCamp that was held March 30-31, 2015 in Ann Arbor, MI. We had a great 1.5 days together showing off our work from this year’s deliverables on the HTRC as well as getting valuable user input on the future directions of our tools and services.