Whistleblowers and what still isn’t transparent

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Whistleblowers and what still isn’t transparentgender

by Meredith Farkas on 9/26/2014 with 31 comments

Social media is something I have in common with popular library speaker Joe Murphy. We’ve both given talks about the power of social media at loads of conferences. I love the radical transparency that social media enables. It allows for really authentic connection and also really authentic accountability. So many bad products and so much bad behavior …

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Living essentially

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Living essentiallyWork-life balance

by Meredith Farkas on 9/11/2014 with 5 comments

“What do I feel deeply inspired by?” and “What am I particularly talented at?” and “What meets a significant need in the world?” ― Greg McKeown, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less So I’m reading this book, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less and it’s not really that great a book (in fact, I nearly shut the book after …

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Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching

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Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teachinginstruction, speaking, tech trends

by Meredith Farkas on 9/3/2014 with 1 comment

Just gave a fun whirlwind instructional technology talk and I wanted to provide the slides and links below for the attendees (and anyone else who’s interested). Slides: Links: Tools for Point of Need and/or Mobile Instruction Library DIY ARIS QR Codes QR Codes Video Demo QR Code Generators Kaywa QR Stuff QR Code Readers Kaywa Quickmark …

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Reflections on library assessment and the Library Assessment Conference

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Reflections on library assessment and the Library Assessment Conferenceassessment, free the information!, instruction, knowledge management, librarianship, libraries, our digital future, research, speaking

by Meredith Farkas on 8/22/2014 with 7 comments

I wanted to write about the Library Assessment Conference as soon as I returned, but unfortunately, life got in the way. I got barely a week and a half before I was set to leave my job and, not surprisingly, there was a lot of wrapping up of projects and getting things to a good …

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Taking a new path in a familiar place

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Taking a new path in a familiar placeabout me, Work

by Meredith Farkas on 7/2/2014 with 7 comments

Lisa Hinchliffe and I are currently analyzing data from a survey looking at factors that facilitate the creation of an assessment culture in community college libraries (it’s a sister study to the one we did with Amy Harris Houk on four-year and above schools reported on in C&RL). We’ll be presenting the results at the Library …

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We contain multitudes

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We contain multitudeshi

by Meredith Farkas on 5/13/2014 with 5 comments

I’ve been thinking a lot about how people choose to define themselves and what happens when things in their world challenge that definition. This is probably because I spent the weekend with someone close to me who pretty much defines himself by his work, and also read a blog post by a friend with a …

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Getting into the gray areas with the draft Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

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Getting into the gray areas with the draft Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Educationinstruction, librarianship, libraries, our digital future, social software

by Meredith Farkas on 3/3/2014 with 4 comments

This semester, I’m teaching I new course I developed for San Jose State’s MLIS program entitled “Embedded Librarians/Embedded Libraries: Embedding the Library into the Fabric of Higher Education.” It’s been a pleasure so far because the students are so ridiculously smart, insightful, and engaged that I can’t help but be excited about the future of …

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Library DIY infrastructure has been open sourced!

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Library DIY infrastructure has been open sourced!hi

by Meredith Farkas on 2/28/2014 with 7 comments

I wanted to let everyone know that we have just open sourced the Drupal-based Library DIY infrastructure. You can find it at https://github.com/pdxlibrary/Library-DIY We have documentation on how to get it installed on a server, how to get started using the system, and how to add/organize content. Unfortunately, we do not have the staff time …

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Don’t go it alone. On the benefits of collaboration.

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Don’t go it alone. On the benefits of collaboration.free the information!, instruction, librarianship, libraries, Work

by Meredith Farkas on 1/31/2014 with 4 comments

I don’t have all the answers. There, I said it! I’m a pretty smart person who did well in school and has been relatively successful in her career, but I don’t consider myself an “expert” in anything. However, when you teach, write a column for a major magazine in your profession, or even express yourself …

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Aloha Hawaii Library Association!

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Aloha Hawaii Library Association!speaking

by Meredith Farkas on 11/7/2013 with 3 comments

This week I’m in stunning Oahu speaking at the Hawaii Library Association. I’m super thrilled to have been invited to this amazing place and to have been lucky enough to bring my family along. Mahalo HLA!!! This post contains my presentation slides and links to the things I mentioned in my presentations. I hope these …

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Opening up knowledge on the tenure track

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Opening up knowledge on the tenure trackfree the information!, librarianship, libraries, open access, research, tenure track, writing

by Meredith Farkas on 10/23/2013 with 9 comments

I’m not a hero. I’m not an open access warrior. I’m not one of those people who would risk their career on the cross of Open Access. I’m not a badass who makes demands of publishers. I ask nicely. I’m on the tenure track and the idea of walking away from an opportunity to publish …

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