Open Source Hardware and Maker Spaces Make Sense for Libraries

On Monday, April 8th, Jason Griffey presented at Computers in Libraries on open source hardware (slides will be available on his website soon).  He is perhaps best known for his work on the Library Box, a portable device used for content distribution.  I have previously written about the Library Box on Infospace. So why is … Continued


The Case for Good Instruction

Rank the overall effectiveness of your instructor on a scale of 1-5. It is one of the most prolific questions on a class evaluation sheet in modern academia, but was your opinion solicited in in-job training, in high school, in the military? The truth is that most modern jobs require training, but how often is … Continued


The Future of Libraries: What We Learned at Gaylord Brothers

On Tuesday, December 4, a group of library and information science students went to Gaylord Brothers, a library supply company located in Syracuse, New York.  The students had been invited for an informal conversation on the future of libraries.   The session was led by Jill Hurst-Wahl, a member of the Board of Directors for … Continued


Startup Weekend: A Test in Perseverance

The weekend of December 2, 2012, I participated in Startup Weekend at the Syracuse Technology Garden.  Let me provide a one-word summary of the entire proceedings: exhausting.   Entrepreneurship, in my experience , is a boxing match.  In this corner: the team of entrepreneurs and opposing them: anxiety, exhaustion, self-doubt, team friction, and an extremely … Continued

Public Speaking & Pitching: The Importance of Leaving Your Comfort Zone

With Entrepalooza coming up this Wednesday, November 28, it seems like an important time to consider the value of different forms of communicating information. The event gives participants sixty seconds to make a pitch, and the best pitcher that remains within this framework receives $500. Theoretically, this format is used because the pitch is often … Continued


The Library Box is Coming

Jason Griffey is a librarian, writer, blogger, technologist and speaker.  He recently created a derivative of David Dart’s pirate box, known as the library box.  While I do not intend to go in-depth into what the library box is, it is important to know some details: it is a mobile wireless router connected to a … Continued

The Convergence of International Librarianship and Open Access

Last week was Open Access Week, an international event organized by SPARC. A number of events were hosted through Bird Library at Syracuse University. Open access is a movement that seeks to expand the availability of scholarly work. Many journals and independent scholars have opted to make their work freely available in lieu of submitting it … Continued

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Can Games Build Community?

Games often bring to mind a children’s activity that is, fundamentally, a diversion. Many believe that games distract from working to become a productive member of society. By the time we are eighteen (so the thinking goes), the games should all be put away into a closet, to occasionally be brought out for adult diversions … Continued