Author Archives: Rachel

William Dean

William Dean recently graduated with an MSLIS from the School of Library and Information Science (SILS) at Pratt Institute. He focused his studies on data visualization, CMS and website design, user experience, digital humanities, and film and media archiving. He has several years of professional writing and editing experience, as well as additional experience managing projects. In the past he has worked as a journalist, an associate editor at a small publishing company, an assistant manager at a bed and breakfast, a dog walker and numerous other odd jobs (because he is an odd person).

His personal site is here.

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Nothing to Fear in Exploring DH Tools

By William Dean

The pace of technological change is fast, and even faster than that is the pace of breathless articles about how libraries must change to survive. How will libraries that have offered cloth-bound tomes for decades, or centuries, deal with all those wires and screens? Technology can shape and change the way we think and work, but it is also a set of tools that are available for use, and while there will certainly be a lot of changes, the core goal of most libraries – providing access and specialized insight to information – remains the same. There are as many possibilities as pitfalls in new technology and the expanding field of Digital Humanities—and the digital tools associated with it—provides a great example of the changing – and unchanging – place of libraries. Continue reading

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Wendy Ball

Wendy BallWendy Ball completed her MSLIS in January 2014 from LIU Post Palmer School. She has extensive work experience in marketing, having most recently been VP, Marketing and Digital Services at Time Inc. Content Solutions, Time Inc.’s dedicated content marketing agency. Wendy is currently interning for the Summer in Reference at Lehman College Library and serves on the marketing sub-committee for the SLA NY 2014 Conference.

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2014 Conference/Expo Preview: Invest In Yourself: A Day of Professional Development

By Emma Davidson

This is one of three articles previewing SLA NY’s September 18th Conference and Expo at Baruch’s Vertical Campus. The other two can be found here and here. More information about the event, including how to register, can be found hereFollow @SLANewYork and #SLANY for news and updates!

Join SLA New York on Thursday September 18th as we take over Vertical Campus at Baruch College for a packed day of learning and networking at the inaugural SLA New York Conference and Expo!

We are delighted to welcome SLA’s President-Elect Jill Strand who will set the tone of the day with her keynote “Be Revolutionary! Taking It To The Next Level With Our Profession and Association” (for more details see the feature article elsewhere in this issue). Two parallel tracks of programs will cover social media for business and personal-professional development, and there will be plenty of opportunity for networking during breaks. We are also excited to work with some of the New York information community’s key business partners, and representatives will be joining us as exhibitors throughout the day. Continue reading

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Elizabeth Willse

Summer Reading List

By Elizabeth Willse

Summer is here! Whether you’re spending your sunny days on the beach, in a hammock, in a cubicle, or behind the circulation desk, the season of sunny days and humid nights is a perfect time to kick back with an interesting book. (Because even intense summer classes can’t last forever.)

Here are a few books we’ve come up with that are fun enough to toss in your beach bag or picnic basket for an engrossing afternoon’s read, while still providing interesting trains of thought for your summer afternoon. Continue reading

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UX in Libraries with a Case Study at NYU Libraries

By April Ibarra-Siqueiros

The field of User Experience (UX) deals with meeting exact user needs and focuses on facilitating a seamless customer or patron experience. It takes account of the emotional aspects of how users interact with a service or product and measures the quality of the experience. Much UX work is done for online interfaces, such as websites and mobile apps, but holistic UX includes other aspects of a service, such as physical space and marketing. As a broader concept, UX encompasses various approaches, such as usability testing (determining ease of use), information architecture (categorizing information and creating a meaningful structure for it), and interaction design (imagining and continually re-evaluating the interaction between a customer and a product or service). Continue reading

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Julia Lipscomb

Julia Lipscomb


Julia Lipscomb is currently attending Pratt Institute for M.P.S. in Arts & Cultural Management. Originally from Seattle, Washington, she’s been publishing zines and advocating for zine libraries since high school.

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2014 Conference/Expo Preview: SLA President-Elect Jill Strand Keynote Address: “Be Revolutionary: Taking It to the Next Level with Our Profession & Association”

By Wendy Ball

This is one of three articles previewing SLA NY’s September 18th Conference and Expo at Baruch’s Vertical Campus. The other two can be found here and here. More information about the event, including how to register, can be found hereFollow @SLANewYork and #SLANY for news and updates!

An important part of the role of SLA President is to assess annually the ever-changing environment in which the SLA functions and to approve the association’s strategy in relation to it.

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As President-Elect Jill Strand prepares to take over in in January 2015, she continues to study the evolving nature of the jobs and professionals that make up the world of library and information science and services, paying special attention to the role of SLA within that context. In her keynote speech at SLA NY’s inaugural conference and expo, entitled “Be Revolutionary: Taking It to the Next Level with Our Profession and Association,” Strand will explore key highlights and findings from the recent IFLA Trend Report and SLA/Financial Times Survey, framing her talk in terms of SLA national’s involvement in the continuously developing field and what that means for local chapters.

The day-long event, to be held at Baruch College’s Vertical Campus on September 18th, will serve as a great opportunity for members and non-members in the New York metro area to take part in intensive professional development and convivial networking while hearing SLA national leadership’s thoughts and observations up-close. Continue reading

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Taryn L. Rucinski

Taryn L. Rucinski
Taryn Rucinski is the Environmental Law Librarian for the Pace Law Library. She graduated cum laude with her B.A. in history from The College of New Jersey in 1999, cum laude from Pace with her J.D. and certificate in environmental law in 2010, and cum laude with her M.L.I.S. from St.  John’s University Division of Library and Information Science in 2012. Professor Rucinski’s legal research specialty areas include: environmental and cultural heritage law, legal history, and New York law. Her list of publications can be found here.

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April Ibarra-Siqueiros

April Ibarra-Siqueiros

April Ibarra Siqueiros is a user experience graduate student at Pratt Institute’s School of Information and Library Science. She’s interested in the role of UX in traditional information spaces such as libraries and archives and has also been a part of UX projects for business startups. Coming from an art background, her interests fall in design principles, whether for UX or aesthetics. Her approach for projects, collaboration, and problem solving are to uphold creativity, innovation, and empathy.
Website: www.aprilsiqueiros.com

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Emma Davidson

Emma Davidson

Emma Davidson completed her MLIS at University College London in 2008, and moved to New York in 2012. She has worked in a number of different library sectors, and currently volunteers in the reading room at the Morgan Library. Emma is Co-Chair of the SLA NY 2014 Conference Committee.

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Omeka Workshop at the Bard Graduate Center

By Chris Lillis Meatto

On June 18, the New York City Digital Humanities group (NYCDH), Bard Graduate Center (BGC), and the Metropolitan New York Library Council hosted a workshop training attendees on Omeka, a content management system used to build online spaces for digital collections. Developed and maintained by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media of George Mason University, Omeka’s straightforward user experience and Dublin Core-driven publishing platform has earned it acclaim among academic and non-profit communities. In attendance were area librarians, archivists, scholars, and technologists of varied familiarity with Omeka, all interested in using it for their own institutional projects. The day-long event showed that in addition to Omeka’s ease of use, part of its appeal lies in its flexibility and scalability: starting with only basic technical aptitude or experience, administrators can create elegant, user-friendly sites using simple themes as end products or the starting points for highly-customized interfaces. Continue reading

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A Chat with Diversity Committee Chairs Clara Cabrera and Lisa Lopez-Terrones

By Rachel Finn

Difference matters–recognizing, accepting, acknowledging, celebrating–and there is little room in our field, or any other, for that matter, to ignore it. In the spirit of this, SLA NY’s Diversity Committee, co-chaired by Lisa Lopez-Terrones and Clara Cabrera, led chapter efforts to celebrate diversity through a series of events around the city. In the fall of 2013, at the start of their shared tenure, along with other members of the committee, the two surveyed Chapter members in order to gain useful insights for the direction and future planning of the committee. Continue reading

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2014 Conference/Expo Preview: INALJ and You

By Elizabeth Willse

This is one of three articles previewing SLA NY’s September 18th Conference and Expo at Baruch’s Vertical Campus. The other two can be found here and here. More information about the event, including how to register, can be found hereFollow @SLANewYork and #SLANY for news and updates!

What social media tools are the most effective in a job search? How can library job seekers use social media such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Tumblr to make important networking connections and cultivate a savvy online presence to move their job search forward? How can social media tools help librarians with professional development and industry research? LIS job seekers from recent graduates to seasoned LIS professionals are undoubtedly asking the same questions. Continue reading

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Rachel Finn

rachelRachel Finn recently obtained her M.S.L.I.S. from the Pratt Institute where she focused on special collections and archives. She holds a Masters in Education and undergraduate degrees in French and history. She is currently an intern at Columbia University’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Library and works as reference support at the Gottesman Library at Columbia University Teachers College.

In addition to her studies, Rachel is also a food writer whose work appeared in Gastronomica, Chicago Sun-Times, Seattle Weekly, and The Root. Food writing inspired her to create a food-focused nonprofit called Roots Cuisine (http://rootscuisine.org), with the mission of creating a physical library with a digital presence dedicated to documenting and supporting research on the foodways of the global African Diaspora and Africa.

 

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