Library Day in the Life – Micah V. Edition

I’m proud to be a participant in #LibDay6, and even more proud since I actually can participate, having a job in a library and all (even if it is part time!)

Currently I am working as a Project Coordinator on Project CHART (Cultural Heritage, Access, Research and Technology) – an IMLS funded digitization project between the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Historical Society and my institution Brooklyn Public Library. (Read my introduction post on the Brooklyn Collection’s blog – Brooklynology.)

So, here’s my typical day – Tues Jan. 25th.


Leave house 8:45 walk in snow to BPL.

Listen to NPRs Pop Culture Happy Hour Podcast on the walk to get my culture fix.

In office: 9am – check email, Twitter for news and/or interesting articles on LIS-related stuff.

Volunteered to help out Smithsonian Archives with something via this tweet from @digitaleffie – Effie Kapsalis, Head of New Media at Smithsonian Institution Archives. (YAY for cool, interesting stuff to do!)

Write out proposed schedule/to-do for the day.

Tweeted the LucidChart workflow that the interns and I built to organize our digital project – got a good response.

Met with intern – set agenda for the day.

Discussed the necessity and value of Controlled Vocab in a shared catalog between 3 different types of institutions.

Researched and rewrote DCMI fields we will be using for our project.

Quick meeting with Supervisor to update her on the status of the project.

Break for a bagel and coffee!

Discussion with our archivist about different types of archival media and the pros and cons of each.

Researched ALA annual conference and the LITA Division with the intern. Plan to register for the conference next week, and schedule travel and lodging.

More Email.

Practiced digitization process with test images.

Conference call at 3pm with the coordinators at the other institutions.

Practicing digitization process with test images. Working out the kinks in the process.

Lunch at 4pm!

Practicing digitization process with test images. MORE KINKS TO WORK OUT!

Plan future conference call with Project CHART’s technical advisor and the libraries IT team to discuss the details of building our shared website on Drupal architecture.

Read Smithsonian’s Digital Strategy doc for inspiration. [PDF]

Finalize some processes in the digital process. (Finally!)

Clock out and head home!


Then quick dinner, homework and log in for my library school class, Management of Information Organizations from 8-10. Did I mention that I am soooo ready to graduate and get to work in this field!?


R.I.P. Delicious – or – Data Curation Thrust Into The Limelight

Yesterday I experienced an amazing thing. Around 2pm the interwebs went aflutter with the news that Delicious, the popular social bookmarking site, was going the way of the buffalo. I heard it first in the ReadWriteWeb editorial room, where I hang out as an intern, and then it spread like wildfire through the variety of communities I follow on Twitter (higher ed, academics, librarians/info pros, cultural journalists and webtech folks mainly.) As of right now, 1am Friday morning, there still has not been an official confirmation of what exactly is going to happen to the service from its parent company Yahoo.

However… the aforementioned amazing thing… the power of the social web kicked in and people started to talk to one another. At around 5pm, I saw this tweet from Laura Pasquini linking to a Google Doc of alternatives to Delicious. I was at the time writing a quick post for my Tumblr on a few services I had heard chatted about on Twitter throughout the afternoon, and this Doc had them all in there, with Pros and Cons. In the midst of all this, Marshall Kirkpatrick posted his love letter to Delicious, which I helped do some research on, so I started to monitor comments on his post for further engagement (as any good intern would do).

As the news grew and spread throughout the evening, I saw all kinds of new ideas, cool looking web apps to try out, and different ways of imagining data all being discussed because a valuable service we have grown so accustomed to might be shutting down.

The best part? I think this was a real kick in the pants that will get all sorts of different groups (computer science, digital humanists, techies, web geeks, information professionals, etc.) talking about the one thing we are all coming face to face with in the ever-expanding social web – data/content curation.

This is a topic I have grown really interested in over the past few months, and will be following very closely in the future. Now, I just have to find out how and where to save all my links, articles, and research. Where will you be moving your bookmarks?

Articles on the shuttering of Delicious:

HuffPo, TechCrunch, Gizmodo

Alternate services to check out:

Evernote,, kippt, pinboard,, and Blekko

I’m in process of beefing up my Curation Twitter list also. Follow if you’d like. Who do I need to add?