Neuromancer

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

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 ...

The Internet is Insecure

So what is the internet, really? It is not magic, although it tries hard to look like it. We don’t talk about the physical aspect of the internet often until something breaks, but understanding how the network works is key to understanding all the very many ways it is ...