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Essays and rants on libraries, technology, webdev, etc. by Ruth Collings

Why am I a librarian?

This is the kind of question I get asked a lot by various people, but that I don't have a really good (i.e. interview-ready) answer for. I grew up in rural New Brunswick and our provincial library system does not have a branch in my town. The nearest one ...

How did you prepare for this interview?

Be excited for a little bit Have a celebatory beer/ice cream/chocolate bar/whatever Email references to let them know they might get a phone call Print off a couple copies of my resume and references in case the interviewers forget theirs Put them in a folder of some ...

The Internet is Insecure

So what is the internet, really? It is not magic, although it tries hard to look like it. We don’t talk about the physical aspect of the internet often until something breaks, but understanding how the network works is key to understanding all the very many ways it is ...

Get a Job

Recently there was a conference with the hashtag #aac14 that brought up discussion on Twitter about preparing students for the job market. These kinds of discussions drive me nuts and usually I avoid them, but hey! I'm unemployed so why not write a blog post about it. As a young ...

Conference Accessibility

Background Today I would like to talk about conferences. As a student, I have organized two conferences: Combining Two Cultures (C2C) and Information Without Borders (IWB). C2C was an idea that came out of a year-long revisioning process started by students in my undergraduate program, Arts & Science at McMaster ...

Software Carpentry: Git

This past Tuesday and Wednesday I attended a Software Carpentry for Librarians session as a mentor. I had attended a previous session intended for scientists back in June. While talking to the lead instructor, Greg Wilson, on Tuesday, I mentioned that there is now a GitHub client for Mac that ...

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