Sharing fantastic research by fantastic colleagues, and it is open access to read online! Reference: Vargas Betancourt, Margarita, Jessica L. English, Melissa Jerome, and Angelibel Soto. “Contesting Colonial Library Practices of Accessibility and Representation,” in Archives and Special Collections as Sites of Contestation. Edited by Mary Kandiuk. Sacramento CA: Library Juice Press, 2020. Online: https://ufdc.ufl.edu/IR00011168/00001 Abstract: The purpose of this chapter is to discuss how Library and Information Science (LIS) specialists at the University of Florida (UF) navigate the challenges of the colonialist and hegemonic nature of archives and the aspiration of special collections to be sites of contestation. We describe the development of UF’sRead More →

Please see below for information on two upcoming presentations from the Society of American Archivists Latin American & Caribbean Cultural Heritage Archives Section (LACCHA) “Desmantelando Fronteras/Breaking Down Borders” webinar series. Advance registration is required at the links below (links are case sensitive). Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to the Zoom webinar. June 3, 2-3pm – https://bit.ly/LACCHADominicanStudies   Open Source Digital Educational Resources for Dominican Studies Presentation by Sarah Aponte and Jhensen Ortiz, City University of New York – Dominican Studies Institute (CUNY DSI) The CUNY Dominican Studies Institute is the premier university-based institution in the United States dedicatedRead More →

See the full posting on the Libraries’ HR site. We are excited to be continuing to build the amazing Digital Development Team! From the position description: As a member of the Library Technology Services Department, Digital Development Unit, the Web Developer II (Digital Collections Front-End Web Programmer) position is being recruited to perform duties related to the creation and support of software applications for the Libraries’ Digital Support Services and Digital Partnerships & Strategies Departments, and to develop web applications and services with an emphasis on user experience. The Library Technology Services Department serves as the focal point for planning, managing and coordinating technology-based InformationRead More →

We had planned on May 27 for an all-day strategic planning retreat for the Library Technology Services Department, at a lovely venue, with lunch, and great time for connecting as whole workers. Now, we’re holding July 14 as the date, and looking at how to do this in a meaningful manner using zoom for in-person time and asynchronous work prior.  I’m not sure what format this will take yet, but we’ll build it soon. I always like strategic planning meetings to include readings prior to help us define our terms, mission, role, and ways of working. Having pre-readings helps to get our minds in aRead More →

In January, I became the Senior Director for Library Technology & Digital Strategies, which means I now also lead Library Technology Services, in addition to chairing the Digital Partnerships & Strategies Department. I am thrilled to be in this role, to best support current needs and possible futures, including for how we leverage and build-upon technologies with socio-technical practices that understand and embrace maintenance, minimal computing, ethics of care, mutual aid, collaborative practices, generous thinking, shine theory, and many other names that speak to our ability to be better together. With so many of us moving to working remote, I wrote briefly on compassionate computing.Read More →

The Master of Professional Studies in Publishing program at The George Washington University seeks nominations for the position of Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of GW Journal of Ethics in Publishing. The Journal of Ethics in Publishing is a new, open-access journal that welcomes articles, case studies, and conference presentations from scholars, students, and publishing professionals on topics including, but not limited to, diversity and inclusion, accessibility, peer review, open access, sustainability, publishing metrics, equity, and other aspects and issues of ethics in publishing. This online journal will be managed by students in the GW Publishing program. We envision publication of the journal commencing in Fall 2020. See the CallRead More →

Thanks to all who worked on this! Announcement below. On behalf of the Collective Responsibility project team, we are pleased to announce the release of Collective Equity: A Handbook for Designing and Evaluating Grant-Funded Positions. The handbook is available as a website at https://toolkit.dobetterlabor.com and with more information/for download at https://laborforum.diglib.org/handbook/. You can also view it and more project documents in our OSF repo: https://osf.io/af9hz/ The Collective Responsibility project seeks to address the specific problems of precarity that grant-funded positions in digital library, archive, and museum work create and reproduce, and how those positions impact the lives and careers of workers, particularly workers from marginalizedRead More →

Happy to see and share that the Library Publishing Forum will continue, as a virtual conference! From the announcement: The Library Publishing Forum Program Committee is delighted to announce that the 2020 Library Publishing Forum will continue as a virtual conference! The Forum will be held May 4-8, 2020, between 12 PM and 5 PM ET via Zoom web conferencing. The program will run over the course of one week, incorporating presentations with live Q&A, workshops, and interactive sessions. The entire conference will be free, with registration open to all. We look forward to providing a robust program with opportunities for learning, professional development, and connection. TheRead More →

Thinking of us all, and so thankful for my fantastic colleagues, friends, and neighbors. Earlier this week, I was in a call with the amazing LibraryPress@UF team (Tracy MacKay-Ratliff, Perry Collins, and Chelsea Johnston) and amazing Twanna Hodge (DEI Librarian) discussing how we work together. This meeting was scheduled a good while ago, to discuss DEI and the LibraryPress@UF, and foster collaboration in general. While things have changed so much from the time the meeting was scheduled to when it happened, the heart of the meeting, focusing on how we come together to support compassion and kindness to make a better world possible. I amRead More →

The Libraries at UF closed yesterday at 6pm. It is unclear when we will re-open. The full announcement is here: https://cms.uflib.ufl.edu/news/index.aspx#20200312 We are working remotely, and this is a fast (and for some folks is a first) time to work fully remote.  In Library Technology, we’re discussing our work as compassionate computing: we are working under changed conditions and where we are working to support folks with changed needs. For everyone during this time, we need grace and compassion. Technology is helpful for connecting together and doing our work, but it is a deprecated experience, it will fail us, and we will all need timeRead More →