Category Archives: Events

Librarian Libations: Friday, June 8, 2012

Our friends at Librarian Libations are looking forward to June’s happy hour, and so are we! Hope to see new and old faces on Friday, June 8 from 6pm to 9pm at Beauty Bar. Details from their site:

Librarian Libations is a great place to meet current & future NY Metro area librarians, including students from LIU’s Palmer SchoolPratt SILS, and Queens College. Come to our  informal hangout for drinks, conversation and “networking”. This event draws a diverse crowd of students and professionals from all disciplines to talk shop and job opportunities  You might even make a new friend!

Can’t make it this Friday? No problem, Librarian Libations is held on the second Friday of each month.

What: Librarian Libations
Where: Beauty Bar, 231 E. 14th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues in Manhattan
When: Friday, June 8, 2012 from 6:00pm-9:00pm

André Studios Digital Archive

Last week, Archivist Round Table hosted a great event, which focused on FIT and NYPL’s partnership to digitize and provide access to the André Studios archive of fashion sketches.

Tech meets textiles with the recent completion of the digital archive project presented in collaboration between the two institutions. They used Blacklight for the faceted search with Ruby on Rails and Solr indexing. Jpeg 2000 allows for unbelievable quality high res images with exceptional zoom capabilities.

Dig Deep: Librarians At SXSW

What: Dig Deep: Libraries, Archives and Filmmaking

When: Tuesday, March 13, 11:00am-12:00pm

Where: Austin Convention Center, Room 15

For those of you down in Austin this week for SXSW, check out Dig Deep: Libraries, Archives and Filmmaking. The session features librarians and archivists who use their research skills to help bring film alive! Read an interview with the panel organizer Jo Angela Oehrli and here is a brief summary of the session from the SXSW website:

Librarians and archivists can help you find historical data when preparing the first draft of a screenplay; track down drawings and photographs to make sure your costumes are accurate; tap into new funding and grant possibilities; and traverse the difficult terrain of public records and documents. Learn new search strategies and tips that can benefit all aspects and stages of filmmaking.


Pinterest Challenge for New Librarianship

pinterest-logo (1)The authors here at We Are Librarians already love Pinterest for curating our personal tastes, wishes and inspiration (check us out). The resulting boards look fresh and attractive, and it’s just as fun to browse our feeds of pinners we follow.

Pinterest Challenges have sprouted up across the web, mainly for the site’s ease of use in quickly adding and organizing content. Finally, a library-related challenge has been created by Syracuse University’s iSchool, as described by School Library Journal:

The Pinterest Contest for the New Librarian is a search for a a few good boards that define and illustrate the future of our profession. But, well beyond the contest itself, the resulting boards should demonstrate the value of this tool for creating communities of practice and visual professional sharing.

We look forward to participating, and hope you do, too. The boards created for this contest are sure to be exciting takes on what the future holds for librarianship.

A Pinterest Contest for the ‘New Librarian’ via School Library Journal

Librarians Speak Out: World IA Day

New York might not have been one of the 14 international cities hosting a World IA Day event in 2012, but Lou Rosenfeld presented his keynote speech from Brooklyn, NY. He reflects on his past experiences in librarianship, information architecture, and usability with insight to the future.

(via WorldIA Day)

You might be familiar with Rosenfeld and Peter Morville’s book Information Architecture for the World Wide Web. Morville also presented a keynote speech, which similarly keeps in tune with the perspective of a librarian practicing information architecture.

(via WorldIA Day)


Librarians as Entrepreneurs

While researching open access journals, we stumbled across this early 2011 paper published in Collaborative Librarianship by Mary Scanlon and Michael Crumpton. In “Re-conceiving entrepreneurship for libraries: Collaboration and the anatomy of a conference” they describe the process of organizing a conference to “celebrate entrepreneurism within the field of librarianship”.

What excited us about this paper was not simply the fact that library staff from two different institutions were able to come together to successfully organize a well-received conference. More important to us was the notion of librarians as entrepreneurs. As they note in the paper’s introduction, entrepreneurism is celebrated—and compensated—in America for more than simply creating useful products and services. It is the entrepreneur’s socially responsible spirit of promoting a better society by creating new opportunities and resources for its citizens. In this way, librarians are very much entrepreneurial in nature. Recognizing and nurturing this spirit is helpful for librarians as well as the public at large. The perception that librarians can be about more than books might push the profession toward more innovative uses and development of resources. Anything less and librarians are not fulfilling their mission of being socially responsible shepherds—not gatekeepers—of knowledge. Hopefully, with two meetings of the Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians held so far, librarians and the public will further embrace the profession’s propensity for social good.

Read the full paper here, and perhaps we’ll see you at next year’s conference!

February Librarian Libations

What: Librarian Libations

When: Friday, February 10, 6:00pm-9:00pm

Where: Beauty Bar, 231 E. 14th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues in Manhattan

The second Friday of the month is this week!  Come hang out with librarians and students from all over the NY Metro area.

Please join us on Friday, February 10th for drinks, conversation and networking with current and aspiring librarians. Together with our friends at The Beauty Bar, this event brings together a diverse crowd of students and professionals from all disciplines to talk shop and job opportunities. You might even make a new friend!

See you in a few days!

Socializing Big Data

Last week, the 2012 Digital Life Design Conference  brought together experts in digital media to inspire conversation and discuss the state of the art practices that are redefining the way leading companies run their businesses. Diane Brady, Heidi Messer, Stefan Olander, and Dave Goldberg presented Socializing Big Data, which pushed the idea of streamlining, aggregating, and analyzing data in order to better serve customer preferences. It not only enhances user experience online, but allows companies to control their market and be progressive in how their creative teams target their audience. Late last year, Reid Hoffman similarly predicted that start-ups and websites would be looking to innovate the way we use and manipulate data to better the digital environment.

(via DLD)