Neuromancer

Essays and rants on libraries, technology, webdev, etc. by Ruth Collings

Code4Lib 2017: Every Library is a Technology Organization: Bringing DevOps principles to libraries

Abstract: The DevOps Handbook is a guide to re-organizing your workplace for greater speed in producing new ideas, more stability in key systems, and increased satisfaction among employees and customers. If technology should be at the centre of libraries, here is one way to make that real. Development becomes Public ...

Systems Librarian Documentation

The Situation From July 2015 to July 2016 I worked as Data, Science, & Systems Librarian at Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB, Canada. The library consisted of 6 full-time tenured or tenure-track librarians including myself and about 15 full time or part time staff. The library is run by ...

Zotero Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is presented as-is, designed for an assignment-based lab with first year undergraduate science students. Lines marked with [Q] are questions or tasks directed at students. Lesson Pre-requisites: Windows, OS X, or Linux OS (not Chromebook) Firefox, Chrome, or Safari internet browser (not IE) Internet connection Permission to ...

Library Instruction Tutorial

This is a lesson plan I put together in Fall 2015 to give to first year Biology students at Mount Allison University. It is spell-checked, but that's about it in terms of editing. I write talks like this colloquially, but in the end I usually don't actually say exactly what ...

Getting the Job

A while ago I promised the internet at large that I would share the materials and planning that went into me getting my most recent job. I do not think that there is a fool-proof way to act in interviews or that there is even a best-bet way to get ...

Why am I a librarian?

This is the kind of question I get asked a lot by various people, but that I don't have a really good (i.e. interview-ready) answer for. I grew up in rural New Brunswick and our provincial library system does not have a branch in my town. The nearest one ...