#citymash: Library and Information Science as Fluid Practice

Arts Emergency badge. Image tweeted by @philgibby
Arts Emergency badge. Image tweeted by @philgibby

The venerable Oxford English Dictionary (online) tells me that part of the definition of the word “fluid” is “having the property of flowing; consisting of particles that move freely among themselves…”; a second definition also includes “flowing or moving readily; not solid or rigid; not fixed…”

These are the parts of the definition that what we’d like to embrace when we say that #citymash, the libraries and technology unconference that #citylis has organised to take place tomorrow Saturday 13 June 2015, will be a “fluid” event. Moreover, the fluidity of #citymash is an expression of a particular understanding of Library and Information Science (LIS) as a discipline, of librarianship as a practice and of information professionals as people.

As my colleagues Lyn Robinson and David Bawden have said in several occasions, LIS has evolved and it is in ongoing evolution. It flows; sometimes it seems it does so dizzyingly fast, others frustratingly slow, but the fact remains that LIS does flow. This fluidity goes beyond the transformations that documents have undergone from the first cave paintings to the latest hybrid immersive experiences; it includes the way we as academics, practitioners and people interested in all aspects of information interact with each other socially, “in real life”.

The unconference model is part of this transformation. In theory, an unconference is a conference organised, structured and led by the people attending it. All attendees and organisers are encouraged to become participants, with discussion leaders providing moderation and structure for attendees. Indeed, unconferences have become popular as an alternative to the panel discussions and keynote speakers featured at traditional conferences.

When I was a PhD student I witnessed not without some envy the first wonderful appearance (in 2008) and eventually skyrocketing  and international success (from 2009 onwards) of THATcamp (the Humanities and Technology Camp). “An open, inexpensive meeting where humanists and technologists of all skill levels learn and build together in sessions proposed on the spot”, it was the brainchild of colleagues at the  Center for History and New Media at George Mason University in the United States. (They are also the birthplace of Zotero). Wikipedia kindly reminds me that it was indeed in August 2009 that the first THATCamp was held outside of the George Mason campus at the University of Texas in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists.

Perhaps not coincidentally it was also in 2008 (remember we were in the midst of a serious financial crisis) that the idea of the “Mashed Library” started doing the rounds, thanks to the work of Owen Stephens. By 2010 there had been a series of Mashed Library unconference events and it had been proven that the concept went well beyond Owen sitting on his own in a room with his laptop.

Without pioneers like THATCamp and the Mashed Library events #citymash would not be taking place tomorrow. The inspiring arts and humanities advocacy organisation Arts Emergency has said it very well, “sometimes if you want something to exist you have to make it yourself.” Libraries and universities can be surprisingly conservative and risk-averse. At the same time, paraphrasing Arts Emergency, LIS is a discipine that focuses on experimental thought; libraries and universities can indeed “foster thought beyond the norms of the present. Without the capacity to think beyond repetition there is no beyond to crisis.”

This post is already longer than I intended. The list of initial session leaders for #citymash tomorrow is here. The initial programme is here. There will be practical and discussion sessions on open source implementation, systems librarianship, hands-on Twitter archiving, GoogleRefine, UX, Making in Libraries, Fan Networks, past predictions of the future of the library, 3D printing, storytelling, Markdown, and more. There are also free rooms available for other sessions to be decided on the spot, and a dedicated reflection space throughout the event.

As #citymash is an unconference, timings, topics and proceedings are expected to be fluid. Participants have been asked to bring lunch to share. It will be a social, fun space. It will be fun and it will be flexible, and hopefully it will provide us with an opportunity to learn from each other and to make things ourselves: a space for thinking beyond repetition.

Here’s looking forward to tomorrow!

The #citymash website is at http://citymash.github.io/. Please note that registration has now closed. Follow the #citymash hashtag for live updates from the day.


#citymash has been supported by the Software Sustainability Institute. The Software Sustainability Institute cultivates world-class research with software. The Institute is based at the universities of Edinburgh, Manchester, Southampton and Oxford.

#citymash has been supported by figshare. figshare is a repository where users can make all of their research outputs available in a citable, shareable and discoverable manner.

This post was originally published at the #citylis blog.

New #citylis blog

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Nothing like the hottest day of the year so far in London town to start a new site.

Today I set up the #citylis blog.

The address is https://blogs.city.ac.uk/citylis/

Hopefully having this resource will allow us to have somewhere we can personally announce in a timely manner what we are currently doing at the Library and Information Science scheme at City University London. It will be nice to have a chronological archive of updates as well.

We at #citylis are working on lots of cool activities and creating interesting opportunities and they deserve to be out there. I will post gradually announcements that I could have posted in one go today but I did not want to cram the home page so quickly!

The site is centrally hosted which means social media widgets are not provided or allowed but I’ll see what I can do.

I’ve been on the Web for too long to know better than making any grandiose promises about what the site will be, but it is there now and hopefully it will be helpful and the community will eventually, graudally, make it their own.

We gotta start somewhere. Nihil fit ex nihilo…

Onwards.

#dataspring Sandpit Workshop in Birmingham

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Andy Byers and I are going to Birmingham today to participate in the #dataspring Sandpit Workshop from Jisc.

Research Data Spring is Jisc’s collaborative initiative for UK research:

“Its purpose is to gather fresh ideas and develop them into new solutions that would ease the pain points in research data management and improve the much needed software and standards, as well as prototype new shared services.

In the first phase we saw a high rate of participation. Approximately 600 researchers, librarians, publishers, developers and other third parties involved in the research data lifecycle posted 70 ideas and more the 150 comments on our IdeaScale community. We have selected 44 of these to join in at the sandpit workshop.”

In case you are interested we have written about our idea here.

The sandpit workshop runs for two days; Andy and I will be there today (Thursday) and Andy will stay for tomorrow too (I teach on Fridays).

Looking forward to what comes up.

#Dataspring: An Idea to Make Depositing Data and Accepted Manuscripts Easier (today at #IDCC15)

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Back in December 2014 we posted an idea on the “Research Data Spring” (also named “Research at Risk”), a collaborative initiative for UK Research hosted by Jisc. This is an idea I am hoping to develop in conjunction with the Centre for Information Science at City University London (#citylis) and the researcher-led open access publisher Ubiquity Press. The members of the team are Andy Byers at Ubiquity and David Bawden, Lyn Robinson and myself at #citylis.

Here’s the idea as posted on the Jisc Ideascale platform. The ideas posted on the platform Jisc used for this initiative could be voted for by members of the community and receive comments. We are very grateful to everyone who voted, “agreed” and commented. We got 40 votes and 12 comments. Thank you.

In mid January 2014 we learned our idea was successful in passing to the next stage in Research Data Spring (of 70 ideas posted, 44 were shortlisted). We will participate in a sandpit workshop on 26-27 February in Birmingham, and today I will present the idea and network with other participants at a workshop within the International Digital Curation Conference. The detailed programme for today is in PDF here.

The idea has two main components, one that we could call “technical” (in the sense it implies the development of a tool) and one that we could call “research” (in the sense that it implies researching what has already been done,  learning from the process of developing the tool and from its implementation).

Our idea is to write a plugin for Open Journal Systems that sends data automatically or semi-automatically to Institutional Repositories.

1. To make data submission easier in terms of data by allowing people to upload directly to Dryad (an international repository of data underlying peer-reviewed scientific and medical literature) and Figshare (an open access repository developed by Digital Science) via API.

2. To make depositing easier by connecting OJS to other services via the JISC publications router which can be subscribed to by institutions to receive submissions.

The key thing to say here is that we are aware there’s important work that has been done already in this area, with tools that are already in use. We don’t want to reinvent the wheel. We want to build on what has been done, as there seems to be consensus that none of the existing solutions are completely satisfying. We are not saying we can come up with THE tool; we would use this opportunity to

  • discover what has already been done,
  • work with what already exists,
  • use the development phase itself as research data,
  • implement and test the tool and obtain research data,
  • produce a research output and an open source tool that can be used by the community.

For example, Stuart Lewis alerted us that the University of Edinburgh uses both SWORD and OJS (http://journals.ed.ac.uk/). We also know Rory McNicholl made a plugin based on the OJS SWORD plugin that gives editors the option to deposit to repositories as part of the OJS workflow. This was developed for and is in use by UCL at http://ojs.lib.ucl.ac.uk/. Rory was interested in collaborating with us and we believe the knowledge and expertise exchange would be vital.

The points made by Martin Eve are vital. We believe it is authors (not publishers) who must be responsible for depositing their work in repositories. This is also why this is a researcher-led idea, one that seeks knowledge exchange between researchers (who are also journal editors), publishers, developers, librarians (including repository managers) and university administrators.

I am a researcher and editor, not a developer, and developing this project would be an opportunity to continue learning about the technical component, which can only give a more thorough understanding of the pragmatic challenges and opportunities, from an implementation point of view, of open access and data and manuscript deposit. I believe it is essential that authors gradually become more involved in the publishing and depositing process, and this collaborative idea is one step in this direction.

A #citylis 2014-2015 Term 1 Twitter Archive

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The taught component of Term 1 of the 2014-2015 academic year at the Library and Information Science scheme at City University London has finished today. #citylis is our hashtag and it is used by staff, students and members of the public.

Throughout the term I archived the Tweets tagged with #citylis and I have now uploaded to figshare a spreadsheet containing 4940 Tweets (there’s likely to be some duplicates there, and it includes retweets).

Priego, Ernesto (2014): A #citylis 2014-2015 Term 1 Twitter Archive. figshare.

http://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.1269285

Retrieved 18:14, Dec 12, 2014 (GMT)

All the usual information about collection methods, limitations etc. are included in the ReadMe sheet of the file.

The data is shared as is. This dataset is shared to encourage open research into scholarly activity on Twitter. If you use or refer to this data in any way please cite and link back using the citation information above.

#citylis term 1 twitter actitvity top tweeters

 

Some Tips for WordPress.com Beginners

 

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[Links open in new windows. Post updated 15/10/2014 at 9:02 PM GST]*

I have adapted the following from a longer, slightly different document I created for my Digital Information Technologies and Architectures (DITA) module at #citylis this year. It contains some tips for wordpress.com beginners and perhaps some for more advanced users.

Blogging is one of those online practices that apparently everyone and anyone can do but that in practice do pose various challenges particularly for beginners but also for more advanced users. If you are reading this already you are likely not to be completely alien to blogs, so I apologise if some of the suggestions are too basic.

I believe blogging is an essential element of any professional’s portfolio. I’d recommend this 2012 blog post by Ryan Cordell: “Creating and Maintaining a Professional Presence Online: A Roundup and ReflectionProfHacker, October 3, 2012.

Please take into account Ryan’s post is written from an USAmerican point of view and with an academic audience in mind. Also, some context in technologies might have changed since he published the post. However, it is possible to adapt his reflection, shared materials and suggestions to our own field and circumstances.

Below are some of the issues I consider important in blogging, and that can be sometimes overlooked:

Vocabulary

  • “A blog” (short for web log) is a dynamic web site that is frequently updated. It should not be confused with “a blog post”.
  • “Blog posts” or simply “posts” are dated entries that are published in inverse chronological order; i.e. the latest one will appear on top and will push previous ones down.
  • Your blog has a web address or URL, and if you want to refer people to your whole site you should give them a link to that address (ending in our case in wordpress.com). If you want to refer people to an individual blog post, however, you must refer them to the “permalink”, i.e. the unique URL or web address for that particular entry.
  • URL vs Blog Name. Your blog’s URL is the the Web address of your site, for example https://epriego.wordpress.com/. Your blog’s name is a human-readable word or phrase, in my case “Ernesto Priego”.
  • It is good that at least one of the terms in your URL appears also in your blog name and/or tagline. The tagline is important: it must be a short phrase giving more information about what your blog is about.

Authorship: Bylines!

  • Your byline/username: Please make sure you have updated your User Profile section. Your username should be different from the name that will be displayed publicly as your byline: jdoe is not the same as Jonathan Doe. For clear instructions on how to update your Profile and byline, see http://en.support.wordpress.com/user-profile/.
  • If you have guest bloggers it’s easy to add them as contributors, and this way they can also get a byline. Do not type “by Joe Doe” in the body of the text and leave your own byline as owner/administrator of the blog, give the author its own byline! To learn more about the different user roles in a blog, see http://en.support.wordpress.com/user-roles/.

Themes

  • A WordPress “Theme” is a collection of files that work together to produce a graphical interface with a specific design for a blog. You can browse different free themes here https://theme.wordpress.com/.
  • Deciding what theme to choose depends on several factors. Deciding for whom you will be publishing and what you expect your site to achieve will help you decide what kind of impression you want to give.
  • Please choose a theme that will indicate your “byline” (your authorship) clearly– different themes display bylines differently (say at the top of a post under the title or at the bottom of the post). Also make sure you choose a theme that displays a post’s tags and categories. Not all themes do. For a forum discussion on how to find a theme that displays bylines, see http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/which- themes-automatically-display-bylines?replies=12.
  • For general help about themes, see http://en.support.wordpress.com/themes/. Bear in mind not all themes might look the same on all browsers. So keep trying. You can change themes several times. You won’t lose any content published or saved as draft, but you might lose any widgets you have customised. (On widgets: http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/ ).

Posts

  • Assuming your intention is to have a blog within a professional network, it’s advisable to keep the tone and the language professional. Do proofread your posts and pages carefully; just because it’s theoretically faster to publish online it does not mean you can be careless.
  • It’s online, so do hyperlink. Decide if you will set your links to open in the same or in another window. For accessibility opening links in the same window is advised, but that will mean that your readers will be expected to return to your site to continue reading. You decide.
  • Use your posts to learn some basic HTML tags: practice switching from the visual to the HTML (text) editor.
  • Include images in your posts, but make sure you have the legal right to use them. Upload any images to your media library, never embed images hosted elsewhere. Some good resources to search for images licensed for reuse are:
  • CILIP has some excellent guidelines on how to write a blog post for their own Blogger Challenge, (hint, hint!). Some of the excellent advise they give is the following:

Write for screen reading, bearing in mind that people read differently on a screen compared to reading on paper. For instance:

Use sub-headings to break the blog into meaningful chunks of information

Try the inverted pyramid structure – start with the conclusion, cover the most important and interesting information first and provide more detail later in the piece

Permalinks

  • Bear in mind that WordPress will automatically create an URL for your posts based on the text you provide in the ‘Title’ field of each post. If your Title is too long, it will create a very long permalink. Long permalinks are a bad idea as they break more easily, even when using URL shorteners for social media sharing (on URL shortening, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/URL_shortening).
  • WordPress allows you to edit your URL (just under the blog post title field) so it’s not as long even when your title is long (long titles are not a great idea either, but sometimes you just have to). Just make sure your URL contains enough keywords. You can get rid of stopwords (like conjunctions and prepositions for example) that alre also included in the title and body of your post.

Pages

  • Most professional blogs will have at least one ‘About’ or ‘Bio’ page where you describe who you are and what the purpose of your blog is.
  • It is important you say who is behind the blog: you can give away as much or as little as you want bearing in mind one of the intentions of asking you to set up and maintain the blog is for you to practice creating and keeping a professional presence online.
  • For support on Pages, go here: http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/. If you decide to have more than one page, think if what you need is another page or a category instead. (See below).

Categories and Tags

  • Think of Categories as the sections of a newspaper. I would suggest one main category for your blog, to be used for those posts that generally fit the description of your blog. You can create other categories if you want to use your blog to write about various, different topics.
  • Tags, on the other hand, are keywords describing the content of each of your posts.
  • Categories and tags can be the same term– but they fulfill different roles. Hierarchically cateogies are superior, at a web site level, and tags work at a lower, post-based level. For a simpler explanation go to http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/categories-vs-tags/.

License

  • If content is available on the Web people will always-already want to share it or do something with it. Creative Commons provides free legal tools for online creators so they can license their work for various uses.
  • Creative Commons licenses complement copyright, so you retain all your authorship rights, whilst deciding which rights you will be granting your audience. To choose a license, go to http://creativecommons.org/choose/.
  • For blogs I recommend CC-BY or CC-BY-SA. You can copy the HTML and then add it to a Text Widget to the sidebar of your site.
  • If you want to know more about Creative Commons, you can download the guide I co-edited:

Collins, Hellen; Milloy, Caren; Stone, Graham; Baker, James; Eve, Martin; Priego, Ernesto (2014): Guide to Creative Commons for Humanities and Social Science Monograph Authors (OAPENUK 2013). figshare. http://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.928467

Finally

 In recent years I have blogged about academic blogging a lot. I once called blogging “the utltimate form of collegiality” (I was younger and more optimistic). I also have various slideshows openly available online.

There’s way much more that can be say about blogging, and opinions about the best way of doing it are as varied as there are blogs. Some of it is pretty subjective.  After all, the fun part of blogging is the freedom it gives you. Blogging, however, is about publishing information as much as it is about organising information.

As an information science scholar I can’t help observing that blogs that have a coherent architecture, are search-engine aware and are updated periodically with consistent, engaging content are often, in my humble opinion, the best.

*Obviously I don’t always follow my own advice… I try though! ;-)

Interviewed by Open Access Button

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I was interviewed for the Open Access Button weekly series highlighting Open Access Button users from around the world, discussing their work, and sharing their stories. You can read the interview here.

 

#LibPub Session 10: Libraries, Publishing: The Future?

Image from ‘An Introduction to the Study of Metallurgy, etc’, 000144847 via the Mechanical Curator
Image from ‘An Introduction to the Study of Metallurgy, etc’, 000144847 via the Mechanical Curator

Today we’ll have our last taught session of the term. Time flies when you are having fun…

For the past ten weeks we’ve been unveiling pieces of the complex, large jigsaw puzzle of the libraries and publishing landscape. “Libraries and publishing”, “library publishing” and “libraries as publishers” are three distinct inter-connected terms that refer to distinct issues and different levels of granularity. It can be argued that each of them create different scenarios, like neighbour countries in a larger map, often the borders blurring yet still present. We must also remember that the “landscape” we can see is possible by a series of layers we cannot always see (they might be below us… or above), and that the map is not the territory.

Through a series of lectures from different professional voices and points of view, the aim has to been to facilitate an understanding of the ways in which publishing (and this means current understandings of what the term means) and to explore the impact that this will have on libraries, other information providers, and their users.

We have discussed how the technical (this includes “technological”) economic, social and political factors defining the transformations in publishing, and consequently in librarianship. The module has had a strong emphasis on scholarly publishing, but we also covered trade publishing and the industry as a whole. As technologies diversify the forms in which information is recorded and disseminated, the quantity, quality, form and content of the recorded information that libraries acquire, collect, archive, preserve and make available has also changed, and this includes the methods for performing these functions. These discourses, technologies and methodologies have not evolved out of a vacuum, but as integral/integrated pieces of the social, cultural, economic and political landscape.

Today we’ll have a guest lecture by Alastair Horne (@pressfuturist); one of the best-known UK specialists spearheading online innovation and social media engagement  in UK publishing. He will discuss with us his vision of the role that social media currently plays in the publishing landscape. Though we have covered and discussed social media throughout the module, Alastair’s presentation will give us a chance to zoom in and grasp the key issues.

The intention of this last session is also to discuss the key issues we covered throughout the course and to brainstorm all together as a rehearsal in preparation of the coursework submission.

As usual, this #LibPub #citylis post was originally published on my City University London blog.

#LibPub Session 9: Researcher-led Open Access Publishing & Reference Management

Image from ‘Illustrated Battles of the Nineteenth Century. [By Archibald Forbes, Major Arthur Griffiths, and others.]’, 001266335. Via the Mechanical Curator, British Library
Image from ‘Illustrated Battles of the Nineteenth Century. [By Archibald Forbes, Major Arthur Griffiths, and others.]’, 001266335. Via the Mechanical Curator, British Library

Session 9 is taking place today. As every week our lecture will be divided in two segments.

The first one will cover researcher-led open access publishing, and the second one will concentrate on tools for online reference management. I see open access publishing and online reference software, including altmetrics or alternative metrics, as important components of the scholarly publishing landscape and research cycle, working closely together.

Paywalls create friction as they require scholars from different institutions (and those not working at  academic institutions) to subscribe to the same journals at the same time in order to successfully share publications. A reference without access to an output’s full text and/or resources is like an empty signifier, a roadsign leading to a wall. For online reference managers to fulfill their function fully, openness is required, not only for successful sharing amongst individuals but for successful metadata sharing. This often means going beyond the PDF…

So for the first segment of today’s session we will be honoured to have a guest lecture from Brian Hole, a researcher and publisher working within the humanities and information science, with a focus on ethics and inclusive systems.

He is the founder of a researcher-focused publishing company called Ubiquity Press, which specialises in open access academic journals and open data. He will talk to us about how they work on different ways to break down barriers to publishing, and the several interesting projects they have underway.

Ubiquity Press in on Twitter @ubiquitypress.  Brian is on Twitter @brian_hole.

In the second section of the lecture we’ll take a closer look at online reference managers, and why they matter for publishers, libraries and the research process, including funding and research assessment. As we are on the days in which you are getting ready to start working on final coursework and dissertations, I am hoping greater awareness of what you can achieve with these tools will be helpful. Though we will mention software like EndNote and RefWorks, we will be focusing on Zotero and Mendeley, and particularly the latter, which is currently my personal favourite.*

*I know this is controversial as Mendeley was bought by Elsevier. That didn’t make me happy either. I use Zotero too, as I know I’ll want to stop using Mendeley eventually. However, so far Mendeley works very smoothly online and I really like that.

#LibPub Session 8: Developing Digitally: Researchers, Social Media & Libraries as Publishers

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Image from ‘Fair Diana. By “Wanderer” … With illustrations by G. Bowers. [A novel.]’, 003846960 via the Mechanical Curator, British Library

Session eight already!

Today we will again offer two professional points of view on the relationships between libraries and publishers. We are very privileged to be able to discuss library and publishing issues with professionals in the field, in today’s case one experienced academic librarian and one experienced publisher and academic!

Diane Bell, Research Librarian at City University London, will talk about her role,  Library researcher development, using social media tools, working with researchers and publishers to build hybrid collections  eg. demand driven acquisition and City’s Read for Research promotion. A guiding question will be once more: “should libraries be publishers or just libraries?”

Diane is on Twitter @DianeLouiseBell

We will also have a guest lecture by Nick Canty, Lecturer in Publishing Studies at the Department of Information Science at University College London.

Nick has also worked in the publishing industry for almost 15 years as a commissioning editor and publisher. He will discuss at what we mean by publishing – the industry as well as the function,  what’s happening in the publishing industry (trade and academic), libraries as publishers and
how libraries and publishers might exist in the future….

Nick is on Twitter @NickPublisher

Some links for your perusal:

  • City Unviersity London Library: Read for Research. Library Services are giving City’s researchers the opportunity to help build up City’s research book collections.
  • Canty, NP; (2012) Libraries as publishers: turning the page? Alexandria: The Journal of National and International Library and Information Issues, 23 (1) 55 – 62. 10.7227/ALX.23.1.7
  • Canty, NP; (2013) Social Media in Libraries: It’s Like, Complicated. Alexandria: The Journal of National and International Library and Information Issues, 23 (2) 41 – 54. 10.7227/ALX.23.2.4

I’m sure this session will help us brainstorm further the key issues shaping the complex jigsaw puzzle of what the future holds for  library publishing, publishing and libraries, librarianship and publishing…

As usual this post was also published on my City University London blog.

#LibPub Session 6: Libraries and Archives Disrupting Publishing?

Winchell, Alexander. Image from ‘Preadamites; or a demonstration of the existence of men before Adam, etc’, British Library 003949013. Via The Mechanical Curator. Public Domain.
Winchell, Alexander. Image from ‘Preadamites; or a demonstration of the existence of men before Adam, etc’, British Library 003949013. Via The Mechanical Curator. Public Domain.

Today we’re back at our Libraries and Publishing module at #citylis. Last week there was no lecture due to Reading Week. I hope students had a chance to catch up with the readings on Moodle!

[On Wednesday evening I came back to London from Nairobi. I had the privilege of participating in the Discoverability of African Scholarship Online workshop that took place  on 10-11 March 2014. It was organised by the OpenUCT Initiative and the Carnegie Corporation of New York. I uploaded a fileset with relevant workshop materials to figshare, here, in case anyone is interested (if you are into the present and future of librarianship, you should!).]

Today we will be discussing how library collections and archives interrogate (disrupt?) previous and current conceptions of “publishing”. We’ll do this through two  presentations by two very special guest speakers:

  • Dr James Baker, Digital Curator, British Library
  • Dr Geoff Browell, Senior Archives Services Manager, Library Services, King’s College London

By hearing about their two different professional experiences in the present day, we will be hoping to stimulate a discussion about how future libraries and future publications will co-exist.

Some links to check out:

Don’t forget you can share resources and engage with us with the #LibPub and #citylis hashtags on Twitter.

I can’t wait. See you later!