Flipping through a recent issue of a tech-centric trade publication that shall not be named, I was startled to see that ads on the inside flap and the back cover both featured big QR codes. Why was I startled? Because techies, including many librarians, have been proclaiming the death of the QR code for years. Yet QR codes cling to life, insinuating themselves even into magazines on information technology. In short, QR codes are not dead. But they probably ought to be.
Not everywhere or all at once, no. I did once see this one librarian at this one conference poster session use his smartphone to scan a giant QR code. That was the only time in five years I have ever seen anyone take advantage of a QR code.
When reading a print magazine, I just want to roll with the print experience. I don’t want to grab my phone, type the 4-digit passcode, pull up the app, and hold the camera steady. I want to read.
I’d rather snap a photo of the page in question. That way, I can experience the ad holistically. I also can explore the website at leisure rather than being whisked to a non-mobile optimized web page where I must fill out 11 fields of an online registration form to which UX need not apply.
So . . . Should I Use A QR Code?
— Jonathon Colman (@jcolman) April 7, 2013
Peter Murray: Thursday Threads: Google Maps is Good, DRM is Bad, and Two-factor Authentication can be Ugly
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Three threads this week: how mapping technologies have come such a long way in the past few years, and why explaining digital rights management is bad for your sanity, a cautionary tale for those trying to be more conscious about security their digital lives.
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The maps behind those voices are packed with far more data than most people realize. On a recent visit to Mountain View, I got a peek at how the Google Maps team assembles their maps and refines them with a combination of algorithms and meticulous manual labor—an effort they call Ground Truth. The project launched in 2008, but it was mostly kept under wraps until just a couple years ago. It continues to grow, now covering 51 countries, and algorithms are playing a bigger role in extracting information from satellite, aerial, and Street View imagery.- The Huge, Unseen Operation Behind the Accuracy of Google Maps, by Greg Miller, Wired, 8-Dec-2014
A fascinating look at the application of machine learning to map-making. What used to be hand-done (and is still hand-done with projects like Open Street Map) is now machine done with human review.Things That Make the Librarian Angry: Enforcing artificial scarcity is a bad role for a public institution
Having a waiting list for library ebooks is really stupid, on the face of it. As a librarian I’m pretty savvy about digital content—enough to know that patrons want it, lots of it. However, we have a short list of ways that we can offer it in a lendable fashion. At work I keep my game face on. At home I just want to tell people the truth, the frustrating truth: offering digital content in this way has short term benefits but long term negative consequences.- Things That Make the Librarian Angry, by Jessamyn West, The Message — Medium, 12-Dec-2014
Jessamyn leads the layperson through the limited choices that librarians need to make as they select ebooks paired with her frustration at not being able to always say what she wants to say to patrons. Digital is different, and when we try to make it behave like physical objects we find that the analogous processes break down.The Dark Side of Apple&aposs Two-Factor Authentication
I’d turned two-factor on my Apple ID in haste when I read Mat Honan’s harrowing story about how his Mac, iPhone and other devices were wiped when someone broke into his iCloud account. That terrified me into thinking about real security for the first time.
When I finally had time to investigate the errors appearing on my machine, I discovered that not only had my iCloud account been locked, but someone had tried to break in. Two-factor had done its job and kept the attacker out, however, it had also inadvertently locked me out.
The Apple support page relating to lockouts assured me it would be easy to recover my account with a combination of any two of either my password, a trusted device or the two-factor recovery key. When I headed to the account recovery service, dubbed iForgot, I discovered that there was no way back in without my recovery key. That’s when it hit me; I had no idea where my recovery key was or if I’d ever even put the piece of paper in a safe place.
Two factor authentication — when you sign into a system with both something you know (your password) and something you have (like an app that generates a sequence of numbers based on the current time) — is an important step to increase the security of your online identity. But as with all things dealing with security (i.e. choosing strong, unique passwords and not sharing accounts), it isn’t always easy to do it right. It takes effort and forethought (as in this case, the need to print and safely store that long string of random letters) to do effectively.Link to this post!
This is a joint blog post by Open Knowledge CEO Laura James and Open Knowledge Founder and President Rufus Pollock.
From Rufus: I want to express my deep appreciation for everything that Laura has done. She has made an immense contribution to Open Knowledge over the last 3 years and has been central to all we have achieved. As a leader, she has helped take us through a period of incredible growth and change and I wish her every success on her future endeavours. I am delighted that Laura will be continuing to advise and support Open Knowledge, including joining our Advisory Council. I am deeply thankful for everything she has done to support both Open Knowledge and me personally during her time with us.
From Laura: It’s been an honour and a pleasure to work with and support Open Knowledge, and to have the opportunity to work with so many brilliant people and amazing projects around the world. It’s bittersweet to be moving on from such a wonderful organisation, but I know that I am leaving it in great hands, with a smart and dedicated management team and a new leader joining shortly. Open Knowledge will continue to develop and thrive as the catalyst at the heart of the global movement around freeing data and information, ensuring knowledge creates power for the many, not the few.
By Bram Luyten, @mire
DuraSpace News: A View From CNI Breakout Sessions: SHARE, Linked Data for Libraries, Fedora 4 and VIVO
Winchester, MA The recent CNI Fall Member Meeting held in Washington, DC featured a wide variety of topics in multiple breakout sessions of interest to practitioners in the fields of digital information technology and scholarly communication. The following are just a few session highlights.
SHARE (SHared Access to Research Ecosystem), “Update on SHARE Developments”
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The 4.3.1 release of Sufia includes the ability to store users' ORCID identifiers and display them in the user profile, and includes enhancements to usage statistics. It also includes support for Blacklight 5.8 and a good number of bugfixes. Thanks to Carolyn Cole, Michael Tribone, Valerie Maher, Adam Wead, Misty DeMeo, and Mike Giarlo for their work on this release.
View the upgrade notes and a complete changelog on the release page: https://github.com/projecthydra/sufia/releases/tag/v4.3.1
In addition to funding the federal government, H.R. 83, the appropriations bill that was signed into law last night by President Obama, officially changes the name of the federal agency that helps to ensure a more transparent government. Language in section 1301 renames the Government Printing Office to the Government Publishing Office and while the agency will still retain its well-known initials (GPO), this name will better represent their work moving forward.
Davita Vance-Cooks, now titled the Director of the Government Publishing Office (previously Public Printer), stated in their press release, “this is a historic day for GPO. Publishing defines a broad range of services that includes print, digital, and future technological advancements. The name Government Publishing Office better reflects the services that GPO currently provides and will provide in the future”. ALA looks forward to continuing our work with the newly renamed agency!
New vacancy listings are posted weekly on Wednesday at approximately 12 noon Central Time. They appear under New This Week and under the appropriate regional listing. Postings remain on the LITA Job Site for a minimum of four weeks.New This Week
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Serendipity can still top search. I learned about the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) not online, but in a print article about efforts in Minnesota to share its history digitally. It was intriguing. Thus began my exploration of DPLA: search, sign up, receive some emails, open and read a few, get intrigued and before you know it you are applying to be a DPLA Community Rep.
I live in Missouri – in the vast Middle Border country – which is an odd amalgamation of several histories; border state, Midwest, gateway to the west and approaching its bicentennial of its entrance into the Union. Missouri: the land of Mark Twain, Jesse James, Harry Truman, Scott Joplin, Charlie Parker and Jon Hamm. I was intrigued by the way in which DPLA provides a new way to discover, organize and share a history already known, and to deliver it digitally. The approach is disruptive – often a feature of technology innovation – and challenging to old-school approaches to doing history. Being involved with local and state historical societies you can get a skewed view of the general public interest given that these membership organizations are challenged to renew their base and reassess their role.
But your harsh assessment changes after attending a National History Day in Columbia (MO). It had been some time since I had seen that many folks at a history-related event outside of a local appearance by David McCullough. I left that experience renewed in the thought that local and regional history has a promising, but perhaps, different future. Young students want to discover, share and interpret stories of places, events, and ideas. But they likely will do it new ways. Search and discover begins not at the library, but on an electronic device.
This year DPLA is an official sponsor of National History Day in Missouri. With the excellent assistance of the DPLA staff, teaching guides and materials were prepared sharing DPLA resources related to this year’s theme: Leadership and Legacy in History. Also a prize was created for the student whose work made the best use of DPLA-related resources at the state finals next spring. My simple hope is these young folks will move from searching online, to helping get the history of our state online. Otherwise we may lose much near-history of the Show-Me State or have it hidden to others. We have extensive records of centuries past – paper records stored, few finding aids and limited public hours for research in libraries and archives. Getting online – the indexes, if not actual documents, images and audio files – is essential. And before more recent history is lost–not to the dustbins of history, but landfills–as this “greatest generation” leaves us, we have a chance learn what they did, know and experience.
As we announced earlier in the month, we have been communicating and collaborating with the Library of Congress over our different approaches to library linked data.
The Library of Congress is developing BIBFRAME, which is slated to eventually replace MARC by providing the added benefits that will accrue to using a linked data solution for our library metadata. Meanwhile, we here at OCLC have a different set of use cases, largely around syndicating library data to the wider web, and we have chosen to base our efforts on the metadata standard most widely adopted by web search engines, Schema.org.
We feel that these approaches are not in competition and by better understanding our different approaches we can all learn about how best to make our data assets available on the web as linked data. The first major step in this process is a whitepaper, currently in collaborative development by OCLC and LC staff, that will compare and contrast our different approaches. The goal is to publish this in time for ALA Midwinter at the end of January 2015, so watch for it!About Roy Tennant
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When? All workshops will be held on Friday, January 30, 2015, from 8:30-4:00 at McCormick Place in Chicago IL.
Cost for LITA Members: $235 (ALA $350 / Non-ALA $380, see below for details)
Here’s this year’s terrific line up:
Developing mobile apps to support field research
Instructor: Wayne Johnston, University of Guelph Library
Researchers in most disciplines do some form of field research. Too often they collect data on paper which is not only inefficient but vulnerable to date loss. Surveys and other data collection instruments can easily be created as mobile apps with the resulting data stored on the campus server and immediately available for analysis. The apps also enable added functionality like improved data validity through use of authority files and capturing GPS coordinates. This support to field research represents a new way for academic libraries to connect with researchers within the context of a broader research date management strategy.
Introduction to Practical Programming
Instructor: Elizabeth Wickes, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
This workshop will introduce foundational programming skills using the Python programming language. There will be three sections to this workshop: a brief historical review of computing and programming languages (with a focus on where Python fits in), hands on practice with installation and the basics of the language, followed by a review of information resources essential for computing education and reference. This workshop will prepare participants to write their own programs, jump into programming education materials, and provide essential experience and background for the evaluation of computing reference materials and library program development. Participants from all backgrounds with no programming experience are encouraged to attend.
From Lost to Found: How user Testing Can Improve the User Experience of Your Library Website
Instructors: Kate Lawrence, EBSCO Information Services; Deirdre Costello, EBSCO Information Services; Robert Newell, University of Houston
When two user researchers from EBSCO set out to study the digital lives of college students, they had no idea the surprises in store for them. The online behaviors of “digital natives” were fascinating: from students using Google to find their library’s website, to what research terms and phrases students consider another language altogether: “library-ese.” Attendees of this workshop will learn how to conduct usability testing, and participate in a live testing exercise via usertesting.com. Participants will leave the session with the knowledge and confidence to conduct user testing that will yield actionable and meaningful insights about their audience.
LITA members get one third off the cost of Mid-Winter workshops. Use the discount promotional code: LITA2015 during online registration to automatically receive your member discount. Start the process at the ALA web sites:
When you start the registration process and BEFORE you choose the workshop, you will encounter the Personal Information page. On that page there is a field to enter the discount promotional code: LITA2015
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Goobi is an open source software application for digitisation projects and workflow management in libraries, museums and archives.
Goobi allows to model, manage and supervise freely definable production processes. Goobi includes importing data from library catalogues, scanning and content-based indexing and the digital presentation of results in standardised formats.Package Type: Digital RepositoryLicense: OtherDevelopment Status: Production/Stable Package Links Browser/Cross-PlatformTechnologies Used: TomcatProgramming Language: JavaDatabase: MySQLOpen Hub Link: https://openhub.net/p/goobi-productionOpen Hub Stats Widget:
Editor’s Note: This post is part of ACRL TechConnect’s series by our regular and guest authors about The Setup of our work.
After being tagged by Eric Phetteplace, I was pleased to discover that I had been invited to take part in the “This is How I Work” series. I love seeing how other people view work and office life, so I’m happy to see this trend make it to the library world.
Name: Bryan J. Brown (@bryjbrown)
Location: Tallahassee, Florida, United States
Current Gig: Web Developer, Technology and Digital Scholarship, Florida State University Libraries
Current Mobile Device: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 w/ OtterBox Defender cover (just like Becky Yoose!). It’s too big to fit into my pants pocket comfortably, but I love it so much. I don’t really like tablets, so having a gigantic phone is a nice middle ground.
Current Computer: 15 inch MacBook Pro w/ 8GB of RAM. I’m a Linux person at heart, but when work offers you a free MBP you don’t turn it down. I also use a thunderbolt monitor in my office for dual-screen action.
Current Tablet: 3rd gen. iPad, but I don’t use it much these days. I bought it for reading books, but I strongly prefer to read them on my phone or laptop instead. The iPad just feels huge and awkward to hold.
One word that best describes how you work: Structured. I do my best when I stay within the confines of a strict system and/or routine that I’ve created for myself, it helps me keep the chaos of the universe at bay.
What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?
- Bash: I’ve tried a few other shells (tcsh, zsh, fish), but none have inspired me to switch.
- Vim: I use this for everything, even journal entries and grocery lists. I have *some* customizations, but it’s pretty much stock (except I love my snippets plugin).
- tmux: Like GNU Screen, but better.
- Vagrant: The idea of throwaway virtual machines has changed the way I approach development. I do all my work inside Vagrant machines now. When I eventually fudge things, I can just run ‘vagrant destroy’ and pretend it never happened!
- Git: Another game changer. I shouldn’t have waited so long to learn about version control. Git has saved my bacon countless times.
- Anaconda: I’m a Python fan, but I like Python 3 and the scientific packages. Most systems only have Python 2, and a lot of the scientific packages fail to build for obscure reasons. Anaconda takes care of all that nonsense and allows you to have the best, most current Python goodness on any platform. I find it very comforting to know that I can use my favorite language and packages everywhere no matter what.
- Todo.txt-CLI: A command line interface to the Todo.txt system, which I am madly in love with. If you set it to save your list to Dropbox, you can manage it from other devices, too. My work life revolves around my to-do list which I mostly manage at my laptop with Todo.txt-CLI.
- Dropbox: Keeping my stuff in order across machines is a godsend. All my most important files are kept in Dropbox so I can always get to them, and being able to put things in a public folder and share the URL is just awesome.
- Google Drive: I prefer Dropbox better for plain storage, but the ability to write documents/spreadsheets/drawings/surveys at will, store them in the cloud, share them with coworkers and have them write along with you is too cool. I can’t imagine working in a pre-Drive world.
- Trello: I only recently discovered Trello, but now I use it for everything at work. It’s the best thing for keeping a group of people on track with a large project, and moving cards around is strangely satisfying. Also you can put rocket stickers on cards.
- Quicksilver for Mac: I love keyboard shortcuts. A lot. Quicksilver is a Mac app for setting up keyboard shortcuts for everything. All my favorite apps have hotkeys now.
- Todo.txt for Android: A nice mobile interface for the Todo.txt system. One of the few apps I’ve paid money for, but I don’t regret it.
- Plain.txt for Android: This one is kind of hard to explain until you use it. It’s a mobile text editor for taking notes that get saved in Dropbox, which is useful in more ways than you can imagine. Plain.txt is my mobile interface to the treasure trove of notes I usually write in Vim on my laptop. I keep everything from meeting notes to recipes (as well as the previously mentioned grocery lists and journal entries) in it. Second only to Todo.txt in helping me stay sane.
What’s your workspace like?
My office is one of my favorite places. A door I can shut, a big whiteboard and lots of books and snacks. Who could ask for more? I’m trying out the whole “standing desk” thing, and slowly getting used to it (but it *does* take some getting used to). My desk is multi-level (it came from a media lab that no longer exists where it held all kinds of video editing equipment), so I have my laptop on a stand and my second monitor on the level above it so that I can comfortably look slightly down to see the laptop or slightly up to see the big display.
What’s your best time-saving trick?
Break big, scary, complicated tasks into smaller ones that are easy to do. It makes it easier to get started and stay on track, which almost always results in getting the big scary thing done way faster than you thought you would.
What’s your favorite to-do list manager?
I am religious about my use of Todo.txt, whether from the command line or with my phone. It’s my mental anchor, and I am obsessive about keeping it clean and not letting things linger for too long. I prioritize things as A (get done today), B (get done this week), C (get done soon), and D (no deadline).
I’m getting into Scrum lately, so my current workflow is to make a list of everything I want to finish this week (my sprint) and mark them as B priority (my sprint backlog, either moving C tasks to B or adding new ones in manually). Then, each morning I pick out the things from the B list that I want to get done today and I move them to A. If some of the A things are complicated I break them into smaller chunks. I then race myself to see if I can get them all done before the end of the day. It turns boring day-to-day stuff into a game, and if I win I let myself have a big bowl of ice cream.
Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without?
Probably a nice, comfy pair of over-the-ear headphones. I hate earbuds, they sound thin and let in all the noise around you. I need something that totally covers my ears to block the outside world and put me in a sonic vacuum.
What everyday thing are you better at than everyone else?
I guess I’m pretty good at the whole “Inbox Zero” thing. I check my email once in the morning and delete/reply/move everything accordingly until there’s nothing left, which usually takes around 15 minutes. Once you get into the habit it’s easy to stay on top.
What are you currently reading?
- The Information by James Gleick. I’m reading if for Club Bibli/o, a library technology bookclub. We just started, so you can still join if you like!
- Pro Drupal 7 Development by Todd Tomlinson and John K. VanDyk. FSU Libraries is a Drupal shop, so this is my bread and butter. Or at least it will be once I get over the insane learning curve.
- Buddhism Plain and Simple by Steve Hagen. The name says it all, Steve Hagen is great at presenting the core parts of Buddhism that actually help you deal with things without all the one hand clapping nonsense.
What do you listen to while you work?
Classic ambient artists like Brian Eno and Harold Budd are great when I’m in a peaceful, relaxed place, and I’ll listen to classical/jazz if I’m feeling creative. Most of the time though it’s metal, which is great for decimating to-do lists. If I really need to focus on something, any kind of music can be distracting so I just play static from simplynoise.com. This blocks all the sound outside my office and puts me in the zone.
Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert?
Introvert for sure. I can be sociable when I need to, but my office is my sanctuary. I really value having a place where I can shut the door and recharge my social batteries.
What’s your sleep routine like?
I’ve been an early bird by necessity since grad school, the morning is the best time to get things done. I usually wake up around 4:30am so I can hit the gym when it opens at 5am (I love having the whole place to myself). I start getting tired around 8pm, so I’m usually fast asleep by 10pm.
Fill in the blank: I’d love to see _________ answer these same questions.
Richard Stallman. I bet he’d have some fun answers.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Do your best. As simple as it sounds, it’s a surprisingly powerful statement. Obviously you can’t do *better* than your best, and if you try your best and fail then there’s nothing to regret. If you just do the best job you can at any given moment you’ll have the best life you can. There’s lots of philosophical loopholes buried that perspective, but it’s worked for me so far.
We are pleased to announce the release of version 4.3.1 of the Sufia gem. (The 4.3.0 version was a misfire, so the upgrade path goes from 4.2.0 directly to 4.3.1.)
The 4.3.1 release of Sufia includes the ability to store users’ ORCID identifiers and display them in the user profile, and includes enhancements to usage statistics. It also includes support for Blacklight 5.8 and a good number of bugfixes.
Thanks to Carolyn Cole, Michael Tribone, Valerie Maher, Adam Wead, Misty DeMeo, and Mike Giarlo for their work on this release.
View the upgrade notes and a complete changelog on the release page: https://github.com/projecthydra/sufia/releases/tag/v4.3.1
Of interest to the Hydra Community:
The Tenth International Conference on Open Repositories, OR2015, will be held June 8-11, 2015 in Indianapolis (Indiana, USA). The organizers are pleased to invite you to contribute to the program.
The conference theme is LOOKING BACK, MOVING FORWARD: OPEN REPOSITORIES AT THE CROSSROADS. It is an opportunity to reflect on and to celebrate the transformative changes in repositories, scholarly communication, and research data over the last decade. More critically, however, it will also help to ensure that open repositories continue to play a key role in supporting, shaping, and sharing those changes and an open agenda for research and scholarship.
The organizers invite you to review the full call for proposals here: http://www.or2015.net/call-for-proposals/, and to submit your proposal here: https://www.conftool.com/or2015/ by January 30, 2015. There are several different formats provided to encourage your participation in this year’s conference, all described on the OR2015 website.
CODE OF CONDUCT
The Open Repositories Steering Committee is pleased to announce the release of the new OR Code of Conduct http://www.or2015.net/code-of-conduct/. The OR Code of Conduct underscores the OR Conference core value of openness by providing a welcoming and positive experience for everyone, whether they are in a formal session or a social setting, or are taking part in activities online.
- 30 January 2015: Deadline for submissions and Scholarship Programme applications
- 27 March 2015: Submitters notified of acceptance to general conference
- 10 April 2015: Submitters notified of acceptance to Interest Groups
- 8-11 June 2015: OR2015 conference
The conference system is now open and is linked from the conference web site: http://www.or2015.net/ We look forward to welcoming you to Indianapolis!
- Holly Mercer, University of Tennessee
- William J Nixon, University of Glasgow
- Imma Subirats, FAO of the United Nations
A new update has been posted. The changes are noted below:
- Enhancement: Installation changes – for administrators, the program will now allow for quite installations and an option to prevent users from enabling automated updates. Some IT admins have been asking for this for a while. The installation program will take an command-line option: autoupdate=no, to turn this off. The way this is disabled (since MarcEdit manages individual profiles) is a file will be created into the program directory that if present, will present automatic updates. This file will be removed (or not recreated) if this command-line isn’t set – so users doing automated installations will need to remember to always set this value if they wish to prevent this option from being enabled. I’ve also added a not in the Preferences window noting if the administrator has disabled the option.
- Bug Fix: Swap Field Task List – one of the limiters wasn’t being passed (the process one field per swap limiter)
- Bug Fix: Edit Field Task List – when editing a control field, the positions text box wasn’t being shown.
- Bug Fix: Edit Field Regular Expression options – when editing control fields, the edit field function evaluated the entire field data – not just the items to be edited. So, if I wanted to use a regular expression to evaluate two specific values, I couldn’t. This has been corrected.
- Enhancement: Linked Data Linker – added support for FAST headings.
- Bug Fix: Linked Data Linker – when processing data against LC’s id.loc.gov, some of the fuzzy matching was causing values to be missed. I’ve updated the normalization to correct this.
- Enhancement: Edit Subfield Data – Moving Field data – an error can occur if the field having data moved to is a control field, and the control field is smaller than the position where the data should be moved to. An error check has been added to ensure this error doesn’t pop up.
- Bug Fix: Auto Translation Plug-in – updated code because some data was being dropped on translation, meaning that it wouldn’t show up in the records.
Update can be found at: http://marcedit.reeset.net/downloads or via the automated updating tool. The plug-in updates can be downloaded via the Plug-in Manager within the MarcEdit Application.
This case study focuses on a usability test conducted by four librarians at Texas Tech University. Eight students were asked to complete a series of tasks using OneSearch, the TTU Libraries’ implementation of the Primo discovery tool. Based on the test, the team identified three major usability problems, as well as potential solutions. These problems typify the difficulties patrons face while using library search tools, but have a variety of simple solutions.
Library Tech Talk (U of Michigan): Practical Relevance Ranking for 11 Million Books, Part 3: Document Length Normalization
If your library or museum has organized programs to help children develop their skills and their mind, the Families and Work Institute (FWI) asks that you fill out their brief survey. Data pulled from this survey will aid FWI in developing a nation report on the roles that libraries and museums play in supporting children, families, and the professionals who work with them.
For the past 14 years, Mind in the Making, a program of FWI, has been sharing research on what we can do to help children thrive now and in the future. They have been calling attention to the importance of early brain development and promoting Executive Function skills, which study after study reveals have been a critical missing piece in efforts to promote school readiness and school, work and life success.
Surveys should be submitted by December 22, 2014 to be included. More information is available at the IMLS blog, Museums and Libraries: Be a Part of our Brain Building Journey.
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December 31 will be my last day as paid staff on the Community Building Team at Mozilla.
One year ago, I settled into a non-stop flight from Raleigh, NC to San Francisco and immediately fell asleep. I was exhausted; it was the end of my semester and I had spent the week finishing a difficult databases final, which I emailed to my professor as soon as I reached the hotel, marking the completion of my coursework in Library Science and the beginning of my commitment to Mozilla.
The next week was one of the best of my life. While working, hacking, and having fun, I started on the journey that has carried me through the past exhilarating months. I met more friendly faces than I could count and felt myself becoming part of the Mozilla community, which has embraced me. I’ve been proud to call myself a Mozillian this year, and I will continue to work for the free and open Web, though currently in a different capacity as a Rep and contributor.
I’ve met many people through my work and have been universally impressed with your intelligence, drive, and talent. To David, Pierros, William, and particularly Larissa, Christie, Michelle, and Emma, you have been my champions and mentors. Getting to know you all has been a blessing.
I’m not sure what’s next, but I am happy to start on the next step of my career as a Mozillian, a community mentor, and an open Web advocate. Thank you again for this magical time, and I hope to see you all again soon. Let me know if you find yourself in Boston! I will be happy to hear from you and pleased to show you around my hometown.
If you want to reach out, find me on IRC: jennierose. All the best wishes for a happy, restful, and healthy holiday season.