Issue 2

July 2014 - Libraries in the Digital Age

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


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


The Value of Cataloging Zines & Zine Libraries

By Julia Lipscomb

A zine (/ˈziːn/ZEEN; an abbreviation of fanzine, or magazine) is most commonly a small circulationself-published work of original or appropriated texts and images usually reproduced via photocopier.

A popular definition includes that circulation must be 1,000 or fewer, although in practice the majority are produced in editions of less than 100, and profit is not the primary intent of publication. They are informed by anarchopunk and DIY ethos. – Wikipedia

People have been self-publishing for centuries, in the form of pamphlets, broadsheets, and flyers, to name just a few of many formats. Even as technology evolves—and our expectations for quick delivery of information grow apace—and new opportunities to exploit mass media outlets and platforms emerge, one format of self-publishing has stuck to its Luddite, self-publishing roots: the zine. Continue reading


“Seizing Opportunities and Taking On New Challenges” An Interview with Donna Severino, SLA NY Director at Large

By Chris Lillis Meatto

You’ve had a long relationship with SLA NY…could you talk briefly about your service with the organization, some of the roles you’ve had, and some projects that you’ve worked on?

I have been a member of SLA NY since 1990. However, I never had the opportunity to engage fully at the leadership level until 2009. In 2009, I found myself in the same position as many information professionals. It was the height of the economic crisis, and my position was jeopardized. As a result, I engaged with my various professional organizations more frequently, and SLA NY was one of them. I started by joining an SLA NY task force, the Employment Task Force. The Task Force was formed by the 2009 SLA NY President, Michelle Dollinger. Its purpose was to help our members, affected by the economic crisis, to obtain relevant career-related information and the tools to leverage their skills and experience and reinvent themselves in order to fit the roles available in this new information services/management environment.

Michelle was looking for someone to lead the effort, and I raised my hand to play a lead role and quickly expanded the task force, creating a road map to achieve our stated goals and fulfill our mission. In short, we focused the year on programming related to career development and transition. LinkedIn specialists addressed members; career coaches and recruiters discussed resume writing and provided coaching for interviews; a panel of successful information professionals who leveraged their experience to change careers addressed the membership, and there were many other programs along these lines. Continue reading


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


A Fresh Look at FOIA: Librarians and FOIAonline

By Taryn L. Rucinski

Since, October 1, 2012, FOIAonline1 has operated to assist the public with much of its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)2 needs by allowing for the submission, tracking and generation of “up-to-the-minute reports on FOIA processing.”3 In accordance with President Obama’s Open Government Initiative in 2009,4 FOIAonline, formerly known as the FOIA Module, was created to serve as the federal government’s first online collaborative attempt to streamline the FOIA submission and tracking process for multiple federal agencies including: the Department of Commerce (excluding the Patent & Trademark Office); Department of the Treasury (including the Departmental Offices, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Bureau of the Fiscal Service, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), and United States Mint); Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Labor Relations Authority; Merit Systems Protection Board; the Office of General Counsel of the National Archives and Records Administration; and as of February 1st 2014, the Department of the Navy (including Navy and Marine Corps).5  FOIA contact information for federal agencies that are not participating in FOIAonline is required to be posted on each agency’s website6 pursuant to the eFOIA amendments of 1996.7 Continue reading


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.

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


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


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


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