Neuromancer

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

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 ...

How did you prepare for this interview?

Be excited for a little bit Have a celebatory beer/ice cream/chocolate bar/whatever Email references to let them know they might get a phone call Print off a couple copies of my resume and references in case the interviewers forget theirs Put them in a folder of some ...