In the Libraries at UF, we are working to mature our project and project portfolio management processes. One critical part of this is to have a Definition of Done, or the acceptance criteria for how each project/sprint will be evaluated for completion. Having a Definition of Done ensures mutual understanding and agreement for what project completion means, so it defines the acceptance criteria. Related to a Definition of Done (DoD) is the Definition of Ready. The Definition of Ready (DoR) is created prior, with the collaborator/stakeholders, to provide the foundation that allows work to start. explains common elements in a DoR: Actionable – Is theRead More →

See a fantastic community school course by the always amazing Lourdes Santamaría-Wheeler from We Here: Library exhibitions: beyond book covers with Lourdes Santamaría-Wheeler (cs013-101), from 60.00; Thursday, June 10, 3-Hour Seminar: 12pm PT, 1pm MT, 2pm CT, 3pm ET USA Libraries and archives are increasingly establishing exhibition programs as a way to highlight collections and engage visitors, beyond the traditional book cover display. But what are the best ways to plan exhibitions? What should you consider before embarking on storytelling and interpretation? This seminar will focus on a programmatic approach to library exhibitions, including policies and procedures, capacity building, and best practices as they relateRead More →

Jason Fried and David Hinemeier Hansson. Remote. New York: Crown Publishing/Penguin Random House, 2013. 37: on how remote workers save organizational money, with example from IBM 38: “And the savings aren’t just for the company. Whil;e the firm’s owners get to save on office space, the employee gets to save on gas. HP’s Telework Calculator shows a savings of almost $10,000 per year for an SUV driver who spends an hour a day communting ten miles round trip. Cutting back on commuting also means huge savings for the environment. The same IBM study showed how remote work saved the company five million gallons of fuelRead More →

I’m working on explaining and getting people to feel/understand MVP as minimum viable product. We need this because the UF Digital Collections include components that are on older technologies, so old that UF will cease support in 2023. That means we have to move before 2023. With a firm deadline, we cannot be flexible on features, so we have to work from MVP. I’ve been explaining this in a quicker (and incomplete) manner with bridges, but now we need a longer story to deal with more of the actual complexity, and we still need it to be a story that peopel can visualize-see so thatRead More →

In the Libraries at UF, we’re getting ready to move from local SAN folders for people’s person file spaces to OneDrive. This will provide the exact same functionality (looks like a mapped network drive, secure for user files) plus a whole lot more: can access with any web connection (no need for VPN+remote desktop or UF machine), can share files/folders if wanted, supports added functions like tips and reference files in Outlook. In speaking with folks about the planned move to OneDrive, we received interesting questions on the general nature of OneDrive and cloud storage. Also, we learned that many people think that cloud storageRead More →

For this month, newly loaded items include: dLOC guides in French, by Stephanie Chancy: More newspapers continue to load with the current CLIR grant: Port of Spain Gazette (Trinidad), now 1900-1921: Many new issues of current newspapers: US Virgin Islands materials from Wallace Williams: ========================== CLIR newspapers noted from last month: The Independent Press, 1843-1844 (Saint Lucia): The Voice of Saint Lucia, 1885-1924: The Trinidad Gazette, 1820-1822: San Fernando Gazette (Trinidad), 1850-1881: The Nassau Times, 1874-1894: The Royal Gazette and Bahama Advertiser, 1804-1837: The Bahama News, 1899: The Bahama Herald, 1849-1863: Dominican, 1842-1907:Read More →

Fried, Jason and David Heinemeier Hansson. It Doesn’t Have to be Crazy at Work. London: HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018. Pages: 8:  “When we say crazy, we’re calling situations crazy, not people.” 56-58: “Office hours” 57: “Imagine the day of an expert who frequently gets interrupted by everyone else’s questions, The may be fielding none, a handful, or a dozen questions in a single day[…] You can’t plan your own day if everyone else is using it up randomly.” Covers that people with questions must wait (not email, not call, wait) for office hours for questions, and it works fine. 71: “writing monthly ‘heartbeats.’ Summaries of the workRead More →

We’re continuing to work on planning for strategic retreat sessions for this summer. We’re still in the research phase for Digital Partnerships & Strategies. For Library Technology Services, we are open to change, but we have a plan! The plan is to have 2 meetings, with the first to be unit-level and then the second with all four units together as a department. We’re planning to use BINGO as the structure, and details are below. I’m hoping that this is fun and effective in our zoom meeting world. It is always useful to share terminology, map to local (unit) practices, and then re-map and shareRead More →

With many virtual conferences and events this year, we’ve seen great successes thanks to the many folks working hard to wield a virtual format in support of event and communication goals. That said, I think we’ve been lucky: lucky with the tech and lucky with compassionate folks who have been generous and forgiving of technical issues. In my experience for technical changes over the past decades, at some point, we collectively normally run out of runway on the compassion and forgiveness for the technical, and people get frustrated. I am so thankful that this hasn’t happened yet, even though I would argue that the techRead More →

Yesterday and today, I was chatting with people, again, on past post on remembering being taught that as a kid in Jax that the “St. John’s River in Jacksonville was one of only 2 in the world that flow north” which is both false and so commonly held in Jax that there’s an article by a retired professor in Jacksonville to debunk this, based on the professor hearing this falsity so often. And, it turns out that this is not just taught in Jacksonville, but that folks from across Florida learn this! I’ve heard from folks in central and south Florida that they were alsoRead More →