I am zooming headlong into the fog of library conference season. I’m doubtful that I’ll be anything but on autopilot for the next month and a half, starting this month for ACRL and ending with the LYRASIS eGathering in May. With this in mind I thought I’d share some of the recent talks I’ve given before heading into the next round!
Wayyy back in December I gave a talk at the UW Digital Humanities Research Network, one of the more inspiring groups I’ve found myself involved with on campus. I never get bored of talking about data management 101. It’s one of those topics that I think gets breezed over because people assume it’s too basic or already known but no – it’s the bread and butter. I’m convinced that everyone, myself included, needs a reminder about these concepts every six months! I was also excited because this was the very first slide deck where I included an image of a scrapbook layout (my data).
Last month my student assistant Elliott and I gave a talk in SLIS about data curation stuff. You know, this talk made me a little sad. We marketed specifically and heavily toward SLIS students and had two show up (plus a librarian and a professor). I mean, SLIS promoted it, Dorothea and Bronwen promoted to their classes; what else can be done? I feel bad griping because we had two students show up and I’m not trying to undervalue their presence. I was just underwhelmed. And can I be real and say I was a little annoyed? I came in with a thousand and one ideas about how I could work with current students, open doors for them the way doors were opened for me… and I’ve found that excitement quashed repeatedly.
Most recently, I presented as part of the RDS Holz brown bag series. This series was dormant for a while but we brought it back this spring. Attendance to these talks, too, has been dire. In particular, I thought that this talk, which brought together an associate university librarian plus two established librarians – would draw a broader audience. Sigh. The slides I link to below are just my portion of the talk on open data; you can find the complete slides in MINDS@UW.