Posts By: Tim Lepczyk

Digital Humanities

Share Your Digital Projects

Digital projects foster ownership. Whether you’re a PI, a collaborator, or a student worker whom transcribes or scans documents, chances are you feel proud of the work you’ve done. That part of the project exists because of your hard work. A thoughtful PI usually includes a credits page that resembles the credits of a movie,… Read more »

Digital Library Jobs

Emerging Technologies Librarian: Adams State University

The Adams State University’s Nielsen Library is currently seeking applicants for an Emerging Technologies Librarian. This position is responsible for the identification, evaluation, and implementation of current and emerging technologies. This position also provides reference assistance, subject expertise in an academic area, acts as liaison to the Computing Services department and the Marmot library consortium, and serves on library… Read more »

Diversions

Meet the Biblio-Mat: The Random Book Vending Machine

Yesterday, I heard this story on NPR about a book vending machine in Toronto that randomly dispenses used books. It sounded bizarre, so I hunted down the video to share. The Biblio-Mat is a cool idea and a fun way to dispose of hard to move book titles. The BIBLIO-MAT from Craig Small on Vimeo…. Read more »

Education

Learning More about the Saylor Foundation

In the last six months the buzz has been about Coursera, Udacity, Khan Academy, and edX, but what about the Saylor Foundation? If you want to learn more about the Saylor Foundation and the story behind the non-profit, check out “A Dot-Com Entrepreneur’s Wild Ambition: Drive Education Costs to Zero” published in the Chronicle of… Read more »

Technology

Skip the Awkward Conference Social and Head to the Tweetup

Dr. Akira O’Connor (@akiraoc) has a wonderful post on his blog about conference socials and tweetups. Networking is not something that’s easy to do, at least for those of us who are not extroverts. Having spent many years working in libraries, I’ve attended a lot of conferences filled with introverts. Last year, I attended the… Read more »

Technology

Reader Recommendations: Tell Us the Tech You Love

Lately, I’ve been talking about productivity / project management software, specifically, Trello and Asana. In using and writing about technology, it’s apparent how difficult it is to stay on top of emerging technologies. We all have our own filter bubbles and there may be things we miss. With that in mind, I’m interested in hearing… Read more »

Technology

Manage Projects More Effectively with Asana

Last week, I wrote a post “Work Smarter with Trello” and briefly laid out why I like Trello and how it works. However, Trello doesn’t work for everyone, so I thought I’d expand on project management/task management solutions. From a ProfHacker post, “Putting the THINGS in GTD: Managing an Academic Life with Cultured Code’s Things,”… Read more »

Programming & Hacks

Using Python to Build the Video Game: Asteroids

This week I made the classic game Asteroids using Python and the Pygame library for an introductory computer science class I’m taking. The assignment was both challenging and fun. We learned how object oriented programming works and that we are all capable of building games. The other lesson I learned is how much trigonometry I’ve… Read more »

Libraries

The Shadow Library

In talking about libraries this week, one topic that keeps coming up is the cost of journals and access to them. What isn’t discussed is how users navigate these blockades. High quality research doesn’t occur in a vacuum. It’s informed by prior research. When a faculty member, researcher, or student is unable to access information… Read more »