Month: July 2016

Hosting a wikipedia edit-a-thon in your library

Published another blog post for ALA’s Programming Librarian. This time, I’m writing about hosting your first Wikipedia edit-a-thon:

Many eyes can fix many errors, as they say, but what are we to do with the knowledge that the individuals behind those eyes are mostly men in their mid-20s? Enter the Wikipedia edit-a-thon. For the past few years, educational and cultural institutions have brought together women, people of color, LGBT communities and other underrepresented groups to collectively edit and improve Wikipedia’s content, with an eye toward greater inclusivity and broader perspective.

Source: Building on Millions of Tiny Shoulders: Tips for Hosting a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon


Spent all day coding transcripts. What’s the appropriate drink with which to toast the end of the day?

Removing parts from the yak shaving machine

One of the goals I’ve been working on this year has been to gradually reduce the number of systems (read: networks, apps, channels, things-which-need-checking) in which I take an active role. Since my first foray into cobbling together tools like rss and bookmark managers circa 2006, I’ve long been fascinated by productivity-tech hacks. The result is that over the past decade I’ve built and habituated a number of workflows. I’m now beginning to think many of these are no longer necessary. I’m using technology less and less of late, preferring paper and pen to tools like Evernote or Dropbox. I don’t check feeds daily anymore and most of the time simply hit the “mark all as read” button in my rss reader.

With all that in mind, the latest two episodes of Back to Work have been a calming breath to my troubled mind which, despite my best efforts, still gets frequent bouts of fomo.

Yesterday’s accomplishments: tried another new restaurant and KonMaried three closets. Today’s goals: try another new restaurant, visit the Museum of Jurassic Technology, and… wait for it… FINISH THE BAROQUE CYCLE!!!

Thus far on my vacation I have planted strawberries, made pickles, read half a book, watched a movie, gone swimming, tried a new restaurant, and made chicken stock. And I haven’t checked my email since Friday. For the first time in probably a decade, I’m doing vacation right.