The Librarian’s Arsenal: Git & GitHub

Prompted by a fantastic talk given by the iSchool’s own Michael Fudge, I’ve been exploring Git, GitHub, and the ways librarians can benefit by using a version control system. Librarians should know how to code. This isn’t news; coding is simply another form of literacy. This post won’t spend any time rehashing the reasons that … Continued

R2 Welcome Picture

R-Squared: A Game-Changer for Library Conferences

Last week, over three hundred librarians transplanted themselves from their home locations and gathered in Telluride & Mountain Village, Colorado for R-Squared: the Risk and Reward conference. Self-declared risk-takers, they spent three days at high altitude forging a new dedication to entrepreneurial thinking in the library setting. Joining one of four custom tracks – Creative … Continued


Welcome, New Librarians!

I’ve seen a bunch of posts across the blogosphere welcoming the new class of librarians; who am I to buck the trend? Congratulations! You’ve embarked on an exciting career in the information world. That said, I remember how overwhelming the first month can be. Here’s how I handled it. Look for Advice Checklists are useful. … Continued

Florence mid-trip 178


What do you get if you take five eager students with diverse interests in librarianship, mix them up with some carefully-chosen readings and classwork, and transplant them to Tuscany for two weeks in the summer? You get a fantastic experience! Led by the fantastic Dr. Sarah Webb, Alec, Ben, Danielle, Sarah, and I all signed … Continued

Italian mopeds...Lots of them!

Disconnessione per una pausa: Staying out-of-touch in Italy

iSchoolers are all over the place this summer! Many of us are finishing internships far from the bounds of Syracuse proper, Sam is backflipping his way across the globe, and I’m one of five students studying and talking about international librarianship for two weeks in una delle più belle città del mondo: Florence, Italy. Unlike … Continued

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Halfway There: Three surprises in my first year

It’s the end of the beginning for me–with my finals turned in last week, I’ve officially done everything I can to finish out my first year in graduate school! Now it’s time to take a breather, start packing, and head off for a summer in which I’ll be working and learning in three states and … Continued


An Interview with iSchool Alum Ben Goldman on Librarianship

Ben Goldman is a digital archivist at the University of Wyoming, and will shortly be taking a position as Digital Records Archivist at Penn State University in State College, where he will be involved with digital curation and repository development. Ben is also a 2009 graduate of the School of Information Studies. He was kind enough to answer some questions for me on life, careers, and SU’s iSchool.


iSchool’s Barbara Stripling in the Running for ALA President

This post originally appeared on Topher’s personal blog, Multivariable Librarianship. ALA Elections close Friday, April 27th. It’s late April, and I’m sure that I’m not the only one in the library school world with piles of homework, final projects, and all of the little things that come with life outside of school. Still, this post … Continued

Elephants at Pinnawala, Sri Lanka. Credit: Bernard Gagnon

Online Tools and Tips for Group Collaboration

This semester, I (and about 30 of my colleagues) enrolled in IST613: Library Planning, Marketing, and Assessment . This is a course in which balance is key–student teams work with host libraries to write project plans, marketing plans, assessment plans, and literature reviews in relatively short succession, and we’re constantly looking ahead and revising older … Continued

Erin Dorney, MSLIS/CAS-DL

An Interview with iSchool Alum Erin Dorney on Librarianship

Erin Dorney is the Outreach Librarian for the Millersville University Library, and a 2008 graduate of the MS-LIS program here at the School of Information Studies. She has also recently joined the crew at In the Library with the Lead Pipe, and maintains a blog at Library Scenester as well as tweeting @libscenester. She was kind enough to answer some questions for me on life, careers, and SU’s iSchool.