Learning from Wikipedia

Most of us use Wikipedia from time to time, if not daily.  Clay Shirky in his keynote address at the Medical Library Association conference last month noted that Wikipedia, in harnessing the cognitive surplus of individuals from around the world has amassed a storehouse of knowledge that would never have been possible under traditional models […]

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Learning Web Development

Learning how to create for the internet and mobile devices – web sites (HTML/CSS or CMS), digital libraries, apps – was an area much discussed, debated and discontented in my MLIS program.  Students came from a wide range of backgrounds, and this was certainly true for familiarity with technology: a few had master’s degrees in […]

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Digital Collection Project Launch

As mentioned in a previous post I teamed up earlier this year with the curator of Vancouver’s Italian Cultural Centre’s museum, Il Museo, to work on a digital collections project.  I was in search of an organization that had a variety of objects in a collection, none of which had been digitized in order to […]

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Installing Omeka

Omeka has a great install guide on their website. However, this guide does assume some amount of prior knowledge of and comfort using servers or the back end of a website.  Since I’ve been asked for help from some peers about how to get started, I thought I would provide an illustrated step-by-step guide of […]

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Digital collections software

Currently, I am digitizing a collection for a local museum.  In the interest of double-dipping, I’m attempting to be as useful to the organization and their needs as possible while still being able to fit this project in with the requirements set for our final project in a digital collections course.  This means, in part, […]

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eBooks in the news (again)

In another shakeup for eBook lending in libraries, an announcement came through the pipeline on February 24th that the publishing house HarperCollins is going to begin placing restrictions on the number of times that an eBook can be lent out by a library before it expires.  Specifically, the title will be able to be circulated […]

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Remote User Testing with Optimal Workshop

Currently I’m working with a local association to revamp their web presence.  This non-profit association is well aware that their site is overdue for a redesign, along with content overhaul and restructuring.  Unsurprisingly, all of this  needs to happen on a shoestring budget.  After discussing the merits of user testing in advance of a redesign, […]

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Holy moly! 328 ways to share???

Related to my brainstorming need expressed in an earlier post, I found myself recently reading the web version of the LIS perennial favorite Vannevar Bush article, “As We May Think.”  I was wishin’ and hopin’ for a way to grab some text from this article, overlay my thoughts about it and forever link the citation […]

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New look for mahria.com!

Exciting news for mahria.com.  This previously static website has now grown-up and incorporated a blog.  This was a long time coming, after several weeks tweaking a local WordPress install.  I was feeling attached to my previous site design and was searching for a way to add a blogging component to the site without losing the […]

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Brainstorming in the cloud

This application must be out there, because I cannot be the only person who needs something like this.  Here is the situation – I am in the beginning stages of an academic paper.   I have a loosely described topic.  I need to start finding sources, browsing through the texts and taking notes.  I need to […]

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