October 2014 Update: About the Scholarly Communications Page:

What are Scholarly Communications?

Scholarly communication can be defined as “the system through which research and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for quality, disseminated to the scholarly community, and preserved for future use. The system includes both formal means of communication, such as publication in peer-reviewed journals, and informal channels, such as electronic listservs.” [Source: http://www.arl.org/focus-areas/scholarly-communication#.VEpvKBb6fHp]

Scholarly communications in a research university may include elements of open access, research data services, institutional repositories, copyright & fair use, and author’s rights.

This page will include notes from scholarly communications forums, workshops, symposium speakers and research into the subject as I undertake a new position:

10.9.2014 Serve as the campus resource and advocate for scholarly communications, open-access publishing and copyright and intellectual property trends and issues.  Conducting outreach to faculty and departments, in collaboration with subject librarians and the campus Office of Sponsored Research, the Librarian works to enlarge the holdings in CUA’s institutional repository and to develop and implement an educational program on campus to increase awareness for copyright and author’s rights, open access, and other scholarly “communication issues.”

This information is being posted on the Scholarly Communications page, until it is able to be uploaded in open access format on the CUA Institutional Repository.

January 2014 Update: new theme, new teaching page

See Kimberly M. Hoffman at CUA

January 2012 Update: Nice! Now teaching a graduate course on Science Resources at CUA School of Library and Information Science

July 6, 2009 Update: I began my new job as Coordinator, Science Libraries at the Catholic University of America

April 2009 Update: I am now living in Fairfax, VA …looking for my next Library job!

I was a Librarian at a private High School in Toledo, Ohio. I began blogging in 2006. I consider this blog my learning log – not just for my job, but also for my life. Writing, in any form, connects people and ideas.

Ancora Impara. “Still I am learning.” Michelangelo

April 2006

From the first ever blog post …

Just Do Good Work

I have blog procrastination. I have it bad. I now have a title for my blog – thanks to my friend Mary Lou who told me today that she just wants to do good deeds and having to work for a living gets in her way – but, still I stopped before commencing to write and ‘shopped’ my font files to pick just the right one that would please me while I was composing. Of course, I know that when I copy and paste the file to the actual virtual home of the blog, fonts don’t matter. So, now with title and font issues settled, do I have anything to say?

I do. I’m scared silly to say some of it for any audience but, how do we know if a thing is worth doing unless we try? I want to think, write, share ideas and maybe commiserate a little and change a little about the state of education today. I work in a high school as a librarian. My main work is books and technology, so, much of this blog will be about… you guessed it, books and technology and kids and teaching and information and ideas and my work. Is any of what I have to say important or life changing? Who knows?

I don’t know. So, I will try to just do good work.

Why blog? It is the first question. Will it change anything? Will it help anyone? Will it give me any professional satisfaction to order my thoughts about my work? Will it inspire? Will it comfort? Will it matter?

I don’t know. So, I will just do good work, and

…see what happens.

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