My 100th Post, and a Big Announcement!

In honor of my 100th post on this blog, I’d like to share the announcement I just made about the topic of my second book! I asked readers to vote on one of two topics (early modern English desserts or gardening practices), and I would work on modernizing the one they chose. Well, readers responded, and they chose…

Gardening!

Thanks to everyone who voted–I’m thrilled to start working on it! You can read the full announcement here.

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#FSUSLIS Colloquia

We’ve had four great job talks for our social media faculty position recently. I missed the first two unfortunately (although I got to watch the webcasts!), but I did tweet the second two:

Last week, Jae-Wook Ahn presented on data analysis and social media. I drove him from the airport, and really enjoyed talking with him about his work. He has some really great ideas about how to combine qualitative and quantitative analysis.

Today, Seungwon Yang presented about social media and disasters, which is extra awesome because he does a CS-based approach that I think is a great compliment to the qualitative content analysis my co-researchers and myself have been doing of disaster tweets. He also talked about Twitter and revolution, which is something I’ve published research on too!

 

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#FSUSLIS13 Colloquium with Micah Vandegrift

Last week, we had Micah Vandegrift (of Hack Library School and In the Library with the Lead Pipe fame) come in to talk with us about a topic I get really excited about: Open access and scholarly communication. I tweeted the talk, and saved the tweets here. I’m really excited that OA is picking up steam, and I’m looking forward to seeing it continue to blossom in the years to come!

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Dean’s Colloquium Series: Kathy Burnett

Our own Kathy Burnett gave a great talk on the future of Florida’s iSchool today. Here is the story that contains all my tweets for you to look at. Kathy’s presentation was the last in our series on the future of iSchools, but we’ll have other colloquia throughout the semester and the year that I’ll be tweeting under the same hashtag (#fsuslis13).

One thing that this series has driven home for me is the incredible leadership we have in our field, and how fortunate I feel to be a part of a field where I get to engage with people who have such wonderful ideas and who consistently inspire me. I loved the presentations and the different thoughts and visions for the future people shared. The focus on collaboration and entrepreneurship across the talks, and the focus on an international focus and on innovation, also struck a chord with me. What did you get out of the presentations?

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Colloquium: Jeanette Castillo on comedy, democracy, and social media

Yesterday, Jeanette Castillo came in to talk with us about comedy, democracy, and social media as a part of our colloquium series. I (surprise!) tweeted her talk, and have compiled it for you here. I’d love to hear your thoughts about her ideas!

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Dean’s Colloquium Series: Heidi Julien

Today we had Heidi Julien come in and talk to us, and in keeping with my colloquium activities I live-tweeted her talk! For those of you who didn’t see the tweets as they flew by, or if you want to see them again, I’ve compiled them into a story available here.

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Dean’s Colloquium Series: Howard Rosenbaum

Today Howard Rosenbaum came to speak to SLIS about bringing educational entrepreneurship into iSchools. Like I did on Monday, I live tweeted the talk and compiled it into this story for people to see. There are more talks coming up, so make sure to stay tuned and leave your comments (about this or the other talks) here and on Twitter!

 

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