We Put Some Thoughts to Digital Paper

Thanks to Zach Coble, a Google Doc was created during our Library as Publisher Maker session during ACRL 2013. And thanks to all of you who participated in our lively discussion, we put those thoughts to paper in this Google Doc.  It was refreshing to have the bones of a document to take back to work built with the wisdom of the group. After the session, I was lucky enough to make some edits and talk through some additional issues with J Whyte Appleby. The doc is still in progress and I encourage interested parties in contributing their thoughts. Thanks again to all who participated. I am looking forward to road testing these talking points in the months to come.

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Crowdsourcing an information literacy MOOC: a twitter story

There was so much interest in the Let’s Make a MOOC session that it ran for almost 4 hours on Friday. Here is a storify of what unfolded. Please keep the work alive and help bring this one-week MOOC to completion! #ilmooc

If you are interested in building the course out in Canvas, set up an account as a Teacher and you can locate the course IL MOOC or leave your email address in a comment and we’ll send you an invitation. Many hands are needed!

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One Hour: One Project – DH and Libraries Ebook

DH and Libraries ebook-cover

Following up from the One Hour session…

The idea was to take the hour, make something tangible, and learn a new skill quickly.

We decided to make an ebook on the topic of DH and Libraries, pulling content from Miriam Posner’s bibliography on the topic. There were a few hang-ups along the way (downloading Calibre, iPad users had to pair with those who had laptops, some formatting and wonky file saving issues) but triumphing over all, we succeeded.

Our process:

  1. Find HTML/Text version of the content
  2. Copy
  3. Paste to word processor (Word and GDocs were used)
  4. Format for content headings, hyperlinks
  5. Save as .htm
  6. Import to Calibre
  7. Edit metadata
  8. Export as EPUB

I went around and collected the .htm files from most groups, and then did the extra step of meshing them all into one .htm file (copy/paste/reformat), for the purpose of spitting out one EPUB file of ALL the collected works. The final product is below:


  • Copyright – we decided that our use is transformative and are claiming fair use or relying on Creative Commons licenses of the original works. Several of the works, published in the most traditional journals, we simply skipped over so as not to deal with it right away.
  • Workflow – the reformatting of the documents is what ends up taking the most time. Also, several people experimented with hand coding the HTML, and for some reason it didn’t translate when saved as .htm. Automating some of the simpler tasks might be a future project for someone to take on.
  • Tools – Calibre may not be best tool for this. It has a bunch of features that we didn’t take the time to work through that would probably make the ebooks work better. A continuation of this session might explore other tools using the same content and process.
  • Formatting – after fiddling around with the text for a while I still can’t seem to get the formatting right when moving from .doc to .htm to .epub. Something changes in translation that overlaps and makes the formatting look dumb.


  • In less than an hour, 15-20 people experimented with modifying content to meet different  information needs. Win.
  • Reusing openly licensed data(text) is good for the (open)environment.
  • The product is an expanded accessible version of the source content.
  • This is a small step and example of the direction of “library publishing” that was also discussed at THATCamp ACRL.
  • We only got through about 5 articles on the bibliography! More to do! Here’s the .htm file and the Word doc so you can continue to add more!
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Thanks to all who attended and participated in THATCamp ACRL. We had a great time, and hope you did too.

Please feel free to continue to use this space as long as necessary to post notes, reflect on our sessions, and/or reference the work we did.

Last minute housekeeping stuff:

Thanks again! See you in 2015!

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Notes and slides for digital storytelling session

Thanks to all who participated in our discussion and practice for the digital storytelling session.

Notes: docs.google.com/document/d/18r4qRoqHVk7X0XNI9xm8mt0IcQ7oYRJjtFTh51iEJg/edit

Slides: http://www.slideshare.net/jomcleay/digitalstorytelling-13216936

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Google doc from “Plan a dh+lib series”


Thanks all for attending! Add to the doc if something’s missing, or if there are ideas that should’ve been discussed.

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Notes from Socractic Method and Web-based Reference and Education Discussion

Notes from the discussion of the function (or lack thereof) of the Socractic method in web-based reference and education can be found by clicking here.

Thank you to everyone who participated! 🙂

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Notes: Libraries & Publishing


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Notes for DH 101 session

I started a google doc for DH101: Getting Started in Digital Humanities. It’s open for editing at


Session attendees please add your notes for everyone to access.


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Developing subject-based online communities for students

I’m interested in developing online spaces for (mostly undergrad) students to access throughout university careers. Many libraries have subject research guides online, but I’m thinking of a more interactive space which students can access as needed to supplement research instruction, learn about and discuss digital tools in their disciplines, plus [your activity idea here].

Has anyone developed these types of communities (library-based or based on majors, interdisciplinary programs)? What platforms are best for hosting these types of communities? What is the role of the community builders (librarians, subject faculty): facilitator, guide on side, info provider, discussion leader, respond to questions?

How can students be encouraged to participate? Would they participate?

I’d welcome any responses to these questions here on the blog even if we don’t have this as a session today.

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