moar coffee plz

WHEEE! THATcamp is always my favorite event of the year. Next time I’ll get enough rest ahead of time so I don’t feel like I just worked a double shift while fighting off zombies during the holidays in retail. I slept for thirteen hours on Saturday night, so… yeah.

This THATcamp was put on by a GWU history class as part of their final project! The group was largely beginner to intermediate, by our own admission, and most of the sessions throughout the day focused on group discussion and shared experiences rather than workshops or panel discussions.

After a brief discussion and some Dork Shorts, the following schedule was decided:

THATcamp DC2014 Schedule

I attended Sunlight Data Visualization, mostly because I was really curious about using government data for educational reasons and how data visualizations use design to portray a message. The session was intense and enjoyable. I have stickers. They have some fantastic…

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Diverse Initiatives, Common Challenges

The Embedded Librarian

I’ve posted my presentation for the Texas Library Association Conference on Slideshare, at . It’s entitled “Embedded Librarians: Diverse Initiatives, Common Challenges.”

I especially enjoyed preparing this presentation, because it gave me a chance to some ideas that had been percolating for quite a while: that different sectors of librarianship are experiencing similar pressures and undergoing similar trends, but we are too stovepiped as a profession to notice, most of the time. I took an audience poll at the beginning of the session and was delighted to find that there were public librarians and school library media specialists in the room, as well as academic, corporate, and other specialized librarians.

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Complexity, Heutagogy and the Role of the Teacher

Little did I know

I have been immersed in readings of complexity lately. I must say it has been quite messy, for I have found myself wandering from one author to another and back to one again, and in the meantime I have also been reading from the resources that my cherished pln has been sharing on all of my online community platforms. While we’re at it (at ‘messy’ that is), I have felt compelled to share some of my impressions and thoughts on the subject of complexity from an educational standpoint, which will hopefully help me make sense of all of the… erm… complexity that I’ve been taking in. Coming and going from the writings of Maria Cândida Moraes to Humberto Maturana & Francisco Varela to Edgar Morin has been absolutely amazing. It is a deep dive into the ocean of (seemingly, and I suspect literally, endless) imbrications pertaining complex thought and…

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For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake bitter bread

Live & Learn

bread bakery

“…Work is love made visible.
And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.
For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man’s hunger.
And if you grudge the crushing of the grapes, your grudge distils a poison in the wine.
And if you sing though as angels, and love not the singing, you muffle man’s ears to the voices of the day and the voices of the night.”

Kahlil Gibran, (1883-1931) from The Prophet – “On Work”

Sources: Bakery Image – The Girl on the Moon; Quote – katsandogz

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Four Reasons Why You Should NOT Hire a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer

Reblogging on my career transition blog…


Yes, you read that right: should not. Peace Corps used to have a saying: “At Peace Corps we are practical idealists.” Those kind of crazy ideas make Returned Peace Corps Volunteers terrible employees. Here are a few reasons why hiring a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer will ruin your business.

1. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) question the status quo. Business as usual is exactly what a PCV is trained to rebel against. We are indoctrinated to look for the status quo and squash it. The status quo is what keeps developing countries from developing. Let’s keep farming the exact same way we’ve done it for hundreds of years, if it has worked that long, it can’t be wrong, right? False. Cashew farmers in Ghana were just given cashew trees when the great drought of the 1980s destroyed all the cocoa. They’ve continued farming the same way, because it works. But…

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Video Interview With Stephen Abram at TXLA

Library Future

Stephen Abram is amongst the most influential though leaders in libraries. Take a look at this video to see why. I sat down with Stephen along the San Antonio riverwalk during the Texas Library Association conference to chat about opportunities for libraries, challenges and strategies for getting to our futures, and exciting library initiatives.

stephen abram and joe murphy librarians txlaLeadership strategies, big picture elements of short term plans in long term contexts, our upending models, the introduction of embeddables and knowledge, new factors in the information landscape, predictive information and wearables.

Stephen Abram is a librarian and consultant with Lighthouse Partners and Dysart & Jones. Stephen has worked in all areas of libraries and He blogs on library strategies for direction, marketing, technology and user alignment.

Follow Stephen’s twitter stream for daily value @sabram and read his blog

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Digital Marketing Trends in 2014…04.10.14

Speaking at Texas Library Association in San Antonio

More from Texas Library Association…

Library Future

In San Antonio to give a few talks at the texas Library Association and learn from sharp Texan librarians.

Talk one- Tech Trends of Note for Academic Libraries.

txla techs joe murphy librarian

Talk Two – Library Innovation Demystified: From Gimmick to Strategic Tool:

txla innovation and futures joe murphySlides for talk two coming as soon as the talk happens in real life …

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Librarians and the Future of Libraries…04.10.14