For anyone who’s been in web technologies for more than a few years, we all have Flash connections, with our own work, projects we steward, or stuff we love (Homestar Runner, perhaps?). In a great end of year present to all of us, Internet Archive is now emulating Flash! See the full announcement and details on their blog!Read More →

I hope lots of folks take the time to see Earl Lewis’s opening keynote from the Charleston Conference: “Leading in an Age of Chaos and Change: Building a Community of Grace.” The presentation is excellent, and it parallels so many important conversations, including conversations at UF on compassionate computing.Read More →

As we go into the winter holiday season, many folks will be unable to see family/friends. That is hard.  Solidarity gets us through, allowing us to survive and thrive. I’m thinking about how we all support each other this holiday season. I’ll be talking to others and thinking about this as the holidays get closer.  I’m sharing preliminary thoughts now, in case they might be of use for others. First, Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous sponsor 24 hour rooms. These are fantastic ideas: spaces held open for community for those who need it, to come for solidarity, fellowship, and more (sometimes waffles; I know aRead More →

Thanks to Ed Summers for sharing his presentation for iPres2020! In it, he covers many things, including significant properties in relation to designated communities, preservation through desiccation, and the Principle of Least Power (Rule of Least Power) in relation to minimal computing. For folks working with technologies that need to be sustained, and so need to be maintainable as they grow as with digital libraries and collections, ideas like minimal computing, the Rule of Least Power, and appropriate technology are foundational concepts.Read More →

Thanks to the editors of this important volume for the volume and this webinar series! Today we are at a pivotal moment in history. The Covid-19 crisis has resulted in a paradigm shift on how learners of all ages, worldwide, can access learning. It is therefore more than ever essential that the global community comes together now to foster universal access to information and knowledge through [open educational resources].   — Joint statement, Mrs. Stefania Giannini, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education, and Mr. Moez Chakchouk, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information (http://sli.bnu.edu.cn/uploads/soft/200518/2_1851146971.pdf) It is under this context that the fortuitously-timed release of Open Pedagogy Approaches:Read More →

A special conversation on the history and fight against polio from a child’s perspective Friday, November 6, 2020 1:45 – 3:00 pm; includes time for a Q&A at the end Zoom Webinar; Registration Required. Register Here Sponsored by the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida and LibraryPress@UF This conversation between Edna Ray Black Hindson, co-author and polio survivor and Nina Stoyan-Rosenzweig, contributing editor and UF Libraries senior associate, features Edna’s personal, lifelong experience growing up with polio. The LibraryPress@UF recently published a unique scrapbook diary of Edna’s experience with polio in the 1940s. This daily journal, written by Edna’s mother on theRead More →

See awesome videos on the amazing LibraryPress@UF in celebration of Open Access Week! Thanks to Perry Collins for envisioning these and sharing these notes on the four videos on YouTube w/o burned captions: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLdsiB8tM1GNdsPaCEwbvrUDld97j45wj3 About: This week we’re highlighting our publishing initiative LibraryPress@UF, working with @floridapress to publish scholarly and educational projects–all free to access: https://librarypress.domains.uflib.ufl.edu #OAWeek LibraryPress@UF has a thriving journals program led by @ctjohnst, with nearly 20 titles edited by UF scholars, students, and partners: https://librarypress.domains.uflib.ufl.edu/florida-online-journals #OAWeek LibraryPress@UF is working to make courses more affordable and inclusive! Here’s @perrycollins on textbooks, websites, and other open educational resources #OAWeek In 1946, Edna Black’s mother began writingRead More →

Super excited to see this awesome UF training from Micah and Perry! Make it Your Own: Adapting Open Resources in PressBooks: Micah Jenkins, Perry Collins, Oct. 22, 1-2:30pm Instructors have access to thousands of free and open textbooks and modules that may legally be edited and adapted to suit the needs of your student Instructors have access to thousands of free and open textbooks and modules that may legally be edited and adapted to suit the needs of your students and your course. But how can you do this editing without a tedious process of copy-and-paste? How do you know what you are allowed toRead More →