digital commons

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email - lots of email. oh joy!

General project maintenance/managerial stuff. Investigate/fix workflow issues with the Mass Digitization project (the robotic book scanner). Hunt for a workstation for the contract worker that is working on the WWI digitization project. Do my due diligence on that massive black cloud looming.

Today is Wednesday. Wednesday is my weekly research help desk shift. Each week I have mixed feelings about my time on the desk. I am only on the desk two hours each week, and never really experienced that whole "being a real librarian" thing. Generally my time is spent directing students to the IT helpdesk, bathrooms, or a floor a particular call number is located. On the rare occasion, I get an actual research help question. They are fun, but too far and few in-between. In the next year or so I will probably not have a research help desk shift anymore since we are moving to a blended service model. I'm still not sure how I really feel about it.


Investigation into questions raised in IR Working Group meeting from yesterday.

Begin preliminary planning of a questions pertaining to providing retrospective open access to previously published works by faculty members. Commence opening a giant can of worms. I also had the backend structure setup for the research centre/institute mentioned yesterday in our IR. This is our first major collaboration with a large section of the faculty. Needless to say I am pumped!!!

Run around frantically trying to find people to finish a couple last minute things. In the process, the fire alarm in the library goes off as I am walking out of the book store to the library. I have no coat on. I am cold.

The rest of the afternoon was spent battling the atemporal destruction of my inner-being by the just right hand of the flying spaghetti monster, holy bacon. Otherwise know as fighting the good fight. Hopefully Slartibartfast will be there to help along the way.

Ponder, Parse, Ponder, Parse...

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Meetings all day. Will everything go better than expected, or will I rage?


email - nope, I'm in meetings all day.

Got into work and discovered the contract worker for the giant 25,000 object digitization project started yesterday and nobody told me.


Checked in the worker and made sure that she was provided with proper documentation regarding file-naming convention, scanning requirements, and storage.

Liaison meeting - teaching with iClickers.

Preliminary meeting with the Science and Technology Center for Archaeological Research project to plan out their research centre in the Institutional Repository. Lots of exciting things were discussed. They are very interested in Open Access, so I gave them some SPARC brochures, and made sure they were aware of the Open Access Addendum for submitting articles to journals. Should see some progress with this project very soon!

Digital Collections - Functional Requirements Meeting (site redesign). Finally! Remember all those posts from the last library day in life were I was talking about moving to Drupal 6 and instituting a bunch of new features??? Well, some things have changed, but we are going to do all of them and more, including a complete site redesign from the ground up.

IR Steering Committee - Iteration 2 here to referred to as IR Working Group. That my friends, is a mouth full. Communication, workflow, advocacy, education. I'm the chair of this committee and gathered a new group of people together to move forward with the institutional repository. The meeting went very well, we have a good game plan for moving forward, and a lot of positive plans of action that should be taking place shortly. PRO-GRESS!

Rocked out to Bad Brains for the commute home.

Everything went better than expected.

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The ultimate question when working from home - When do I put pants on?

I should just write a script that pulls from all of these librarydayinthelife & #libday4 tags and make it write a post for me.


Email. Surprisingly not that much for the morning. Hopefully the trend stays that way through out the day.

Podcast Monday! TWiT, Spark, Quirks & Quarks. Anybody else find Calacanis really annoying when he is on TWiT?

Fink put me on to a Python course from MIT. I really want to be a better programmer, but there are too many hats that I have to wear at work. :(

No new bugs in redmine for digital collections.

Digital collections had a couple of modules that needed to be update. Updates complete.


Surprisingly very little email. I like this trend for the day.

Back to hacking away at getting Jplayer working on some PW20C Case Studies. Last week I switched the embedded videos on the case studies (1,2,3) from a really crappy unsupported module to just embedding them with the embedded media module and Vimeo. Worked out quite well. Once I get the Jplayer working, I can put PW20C and HPCANPUB out to pasture.

Further work with the Jplayer (still haven't got it to work on dev-pw20c) on digital collections. Setting the player up to work with HTML5 and ogg-vorbis. Gah, I hate flash!!!

Late afternoon.

Code refuses to work properly. I would like to bash my head on the desk, but that is not a good idea. Maybe I should just make a rage comic out of this.

Code not doing as it is told or I am an idiot!

Well, I guess Matt has to stare at the code like this o_0 and it magically works now. Chalk it up to another drupalnomoly.

Pants go on as soon as you have your first smoke of the day.

Karate Chop of Love

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Richard Sylvan - Life and Works

We have launched a new (small) collection - Richard Sylvan - Life and Works. This is an ongoing collection, so materials will be added as they are digitized. The materials in this collection consist mainly of publications by the Australian philosopher Richard Sylvan/Routley. Additionally, we have tied the collection in with the IR. A community and series was setup for this special collection.

The collection was put together during an independent study course by Alex Alvarez, and Nicholas Griffin. Griffin is also the Literary Executor of Richard Sylvan/Routley.

Richard Sylvan/Routley

Nexus: The Canadian Student Journal of Anthropology

We are launching another student journal in Digital Commons - Nexus: The Canadian Student Journal of Anthropology. The first few issues of the journal have been loaded today. The journal goes all the way back to 1980, so it will be a bit before it is all up online. Also of note, this is an open access journal.

Nexus is a graduate student-run publication from the Department of Anthropology, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. For nearly thirty years Nexus has provided a forum for quality student work from Canadian and international colleges and universities.

Nexus attempts to present a cross section of current student work from any area of anthropology, and to advance scholarship through anonymous peer review.

The journal is located at - check 'em out!


IR Update

It has been a while since I have done an IR update. So, the UPDATE: 3 new e-Journals, 2 in the works, and 2 books from the anthropology department have been published to the IR. Also, the big news is we have a Scholarly Communications Librarian now - Barbara McDonald - who will be the spokesperson for the IR. So, now I can concentrate more on the technical side of the project. Also we have launched Selected Works. It is basically a standardized faculty page that allows faculty to manage their work, upload new documents, generate readership reports, and send mailings. Additionally, it integrates with the IR (Digital Commons). So, I can pull from faculty SW sites into the IR. I also nervously gave a presentation at the Learning Technologies Conference this week on Digital Commons. The presentation can be found here.

The new Journals:

18th Century Fiction -
The McMaster Journal of Communication -
Esurio: Ontario Journal of Hunger and Poverty -

In the works:

Nexus: The Canadian Student Journal of Anthropology
Journal of Ethics in Mental Health

Selected Works Gallery -

McMaster University e-Journals