So Who is This “Julia” Person Anyway?

I mentioned a while back that I’ll be teaching two courses for Library Juice Academy soon. I wanted to write an introductory essay for my students, particularly since it’s an asynchronous course, and I thought I would put it online for my newer readers who maybe don’t know much about me. To my students: I am absolutely thrilled beyond words to get to work with you, and I’m looking forward to a great class! Continue reading


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Continuing Education Courses at Library Juice Academy

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be teaching two courses for Library Juice Academy this August (August 1st-28th). If you’re not familiar with LJA, they provide continuing education courses for information professionals. There are a lot of great courses on there taught by some great folks, and I’m excited to work alongside them. The two classes I’ll be teaching are Social Media for Libraries and The Librarian as Scholar: Taking Part in Scholarly Communication.

If either of these are of interest to you, I would love to have you in my class, and I’d love to hear from you about what kinds of things you would like to learn. For those of you who have expertise in these areas, are there any must-read resources you always refer your students to? I have some already, but the more the merrier! I’m looking forward to teaching the class, and hope to see some of you there!

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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…


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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