Our previous introduction mentioned the beginning of the real cold coming in, and now it seems the end is in sight (even though highs in the 30s seem to be lingering), and so we have for you the winter edition of the CALL Bulletin. This issue is slim, as if it’s coming out of hibernation, but it still packs a punch. Please enjoy Debbie Ginsberg’s piece on blockchain; Lindsey Carpino, Annie Mentkowski, and Clanitra Nejdl’s recap of their discussion on keeping up to date from last fall’s joint annual meeting; and a profile of new CALL member Anne Danberg.
On a Bulletin-related note, it is with sadness (for us) and excitement (for her) that we announce that Juanita Harrell is leaving CALL and the Bulletin Committee to return to work at the public library. She’s brought a lot of energy to the Bulletin, it’s been a pleasure working with her, and we wish her the absolute best.
Modeled on the 60 tips in 60 minutes presentations we’ve attended at the end of the annual ABA TechShow each year, Debbie Ginsberg and I created a round-up of our favorite websites, tips, apps, browser extensions and more.
We hope you find helpful tips for your work below, whether they match your routine tasks or an new project in an area that’s new to you–from accessibility to graphic design to Microsoft Office and social media, we covered a wide range of topics.
In this post I’ve also collected resources for the two sessions I presented in and compiled notes for some of the conference sessions I attended with links to the videos you can watch online together with book recommendations, online resources, and Twitter coverage. Continue reading 2015 AALL Meeting Recap (CALL Grantee Report)→
We’re looking for restaurant reviews! Have you been eating out in Philadelphia? Do you have a favorite from a previous visit you can’t wait to try again? Help us expand this post throughout the conference!
If you’re at the AALL Conference in Philadelphia this week and want to get out of the convention center and explore, taking the self-guided tour (pdf) of the Philadelphia Mural Walk through “The Mural Mile” can be a great option.
Interactive Mural Walk
Not here? This tour includes interviews available via phone or download as “podcast” mp3s – I’ve included the phone numbers with images of each artwork below so you can follow along from any location.
If you’ve visited the research office at the IIT Chicago-Kent Law Library, you may have noticed a trio of very large framed posters with Cyrillic text. These posters are just a small sample of the collection of World War II Soviet propaganda posters that Chicago-Kent received when we acquired the Library of International Relations (LIR), a special collection, in 1983.
A few of these have been on display in our library for years, but many more were rediscovered stuffed in a box in a storage room in 2006. The Chicago-Kent posters were identified just as the Art Institute of Chicago was finishing the restoration of a very similar collection. This led to Chicago-Kent playing a very small role in supporting the Art Institute’s wonderful exhibition in the summer of 2011.
As librarians, we’re well aware of the impact relevancy algorithms have in search results. This year Facebook’s relevancy ranking – otherwise known as the “Top Stories” in your news feed – has come under a lot of public scrutiny. Facebook uses your actions – clicks, likes, comments – to choose what content you see, along with other factors that you have less control over.
What do they prioritize? How do we know what we’re missing? Can we push back and get more personal control? What can this tell us about larger issues like net neutrality? If you’re using Facebook for current awareness, you may not be seeing all the information you want to see.