Friday, July 12, 2013

New Gig

Yesterday I started a new gig. (I'm actually extremely excited but am dangerously close to surpassing this year's quota on exclamation points.) I've been making the donuts for almost 3 days at Johns Hopkins. I interviewed for a new and exciting opportunity here in April and was delighted to find out that I was their pick. I am now the Student Engagement and Information Fluency librarian at the Sheridan Libraries. I will focus my time on innovative programming and assessment of information literacy skills for the undergraduate population. We've got a few programs already underway and so far it's just been, well, mind-boggling! I'm excited that everyone here is excited about my nutty ideas!

Looking out across the upper quad to Gilman Hall from the Eisenhower Library
That said, it was very sad to leave Towson where I first cut my librarian teeth. I know that the partnerships and friendships I made there will last for many years. In fact, the Towson Marketing Librarian and I will be presenting at ACRL MD's 2013 Unconference later this month. Our presentation is a lightning talk titled; It's not me, it's you: breaking up with bad library habits. (Ensue hilarity and truth.) And, TU Science Librarian, Laksamee Putnam and I have been scheming about a presentation regarding the super awesome web content we stumble across that illustrates info lit principles. (Rubs palms together.) So, no one is getting away from me that easy. Try!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Out On A Limb: Citing the Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design

I was so excited when The Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design arrived in our library this spring. I don't know if I've ever been more excited for any print acquisition. I talked about it with colleagues, tweeted it, Facebooked it, even carted it across campus for impromptu introductions to willing art classes. No easy fete, as it weighs in at over 40 lbs. It was a blast!

UNTIL, one lone student in the back of the class, on my last library art instruction session, in the very last 5 minutes of class, innocently asked, "So, how do we cite it?" And, suddenly the archive went from my new best friend to my archenemy. I bumbled something about, "entry in an edited reference work," and quickly fled the class. Full Disclosure: I really strongly dislike the minutiae of citing. I don't care if there's a double space after the colon or not, as long as all of the information required to find the item again, is there. In recent years I have adopted the attitude of a colleague when she observed my furrowed hemming and hawing over some citations for a publication: "That's what editors are for." But, students don't have editors, and they often, in fact, have extreme attention to detail oriented professors that will take off points when there is a missing space in a citation. I owe this attempt to them. I really care about you guys. This one's for you.

Crowd Citing
And, so I offer up to you my feeble attempt at citing a truly great resource, that defies bibliographic logic. Please feel free to comment and respond, as I was really just making this up as I went along.

Here's the card I used for the example citations.

Every card has one image on the front and most other important identifying information on the back. MOST.  The cards, however do not include the names of the authors that wrote the corresponding articles. You actually need the separate index for that. Users citing the articles need to note the ID number on the top left of the card, then find the corresponding author in the author section of the index. (Behind the front cover.)
The ID number for this card is: I032

If we search through the author section in the Archive's accompanying index we'll find ID # I032 authored by Frederico Duarte.

One section in the index explains about picture locations. "The following abbreviations have been used to locate the position of the images on the cards; front: 1; reverse: 2; top: t; bottom: b; right: r; left: l; middle: m" This will be necessary when referencing one of the images. The guide gives an example of how to cite both images and articles in various styles. 

Again, I'm very happy to hear criticisms and suggestions for changes, I would really like this to be as easy as possible for students. Thanks for reading!