Posts By: Tim Lepczyk

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 »

Libraries

What Do Faculty and Students Want from a Library?

This week we’ve been talking about academic libraries. We’re trying to define success and surface behaviors that impede success for libraries. Librarians have a loud voice in this conversation, but it’s not the only voice. One comment that came up yesterday was library staff and library administration having a shared vision. What happens when library leadership… Read more »

Libraries

What Does an Unsuccessful Academic Library Look Like?

Yesterday, I started off the discussion with the question, “What does a successful academic library look like?” While there were a lot of people who read the post, no one left any comments. So instead of defining success, which may be harder to do; let’s define the negative and see what takes shape. Of course,… Read more »

Libraries

What Does a Successful Academic Library Look Like?

I considered a lot of different titles for this post. There are the popular phrases like “re-imagining the library,”  “re-envisioning the library,” or “the future of libraries;” but, librarians and library advocates have been throwing those words around for years. Then, there was the edge-of-the-cliff approach. Something like, “take the library off life support,” or… Read more »

Technology

Work Smarter With Trello

I’ve spent a lot of time looking for low cost (okay, free) software for managing projects in both my professional and personal life. These projects range from digital library collections, a literary journal, and a wedding. Some software, like Sharepoint, I’ve had to use. While other software, such as Google Sites, I return to because… Read more »

Ruby

Code School Launches Ruby Bits Part 2

If you haven’t checked out Code School, it’s a great self-paced tutorial site for learning how to code, similar to Codecademy, but with a much different look and feel. While MOOC’s may open up education as well, not all of us can follow along to a course schedule. Now that you know about Code School,… Read more »

Digital Humanities

How to Become a Digital Humanities Swiss Army Knife

Alright, we got it. The market stinks. There’s never enough time. The digital divide is growing. And if you’re looking to jump the chasm to the marketable promised land, it’s time to be a digital humanist. <bracket_that type=”word”> First, start putting words between brackets. This can begin through emails to colleagues. <yikes>Just saw a student… Read more »

Publishing

Open Access Explained

If you are a librarian, you may be aware that it’s Open Access Week. If you are a faculty member, you may have heard the term open access spoken to you by a librarian. Think back. It’s there. It may also be muddled with something like journal subscriptions. Bundling. The big deal. If you’ve interacted… Read more »