Monthly Archives: April 2013


While not directly library related, I think my local bike path comment project is pretty sweet.  I would be interested to see how people might work with the tool in a campus research setting.  I also wonder how/where will this information be stored for future access.

Communities of Conscious Design: Planting and Pruning Your Way to an Effective Online Community webinar notes

Host: Steven Bell, Blended Librarian, 2012-2013 President of ACRL

Speaker: Naomi House, Founder of INeedALibraryJob (INALJ) – TwitterFacebookLinkedIn

Here are my notes from the conversation:

  • INALJ = +1million views, 871 found jobs
  • INALJ = community of +180 volunteers
  • INALJ = wanting to have and share jobs all in one location
  • runs 2-3 job-related articles per day, written by many
  • being regular when updating a community
  • need to clarify boundaries – ex: no trolling, no comment features, able to block (if/when necessary)
  • surprises – started as jobs page, but has morphed into community space
  • blended librarians on the job hunt
    • Keywords for job searching feature (hint: it’s below the PayPal button)
      • Ex: User Experience title is new for us, but also often new for the organizations looking for them
      • includes many other jobs beyond “librarian” – we need to be adaptable
  • this is one service – you ought to be signed up for listservs or
  • government contractors tend to just market jobs to local library school listservs, local communities
  • concerns about having more tech/non-library-focused jobs may partially stem from the perceived devaluation of more traditional positions
  • #Altac – alternative academic movement for those in the Humanities who aren’t able to find tenure track jobs – similarly, #altac is a growing community to help those reconsider their career path
  • data is hot right now
  • training, training, training – interactive design is a skill universities, corporations, and others need

My takeaways

  • not what i expected, perhaps because i’ve been spending so much time considering developing online communities for online programs
  • happy to find an awesome project like this – complements the broader undefined work I’ve done with doing more job posting and promotion for Health Sciences Librarianship through MAC Messages
  • another resource to refer to the many library folks I end up finding throughout the funny journey that is life

Next webcast

  • Open Access movement and collaboration of departments (traditional and untraditional) in mid-May-ish (don’t quote me on this)


TurnItIn – what a difference 12 years make

Back in the day, as a freshmen in Humanities Core, I first was introduced to TurnItIn.  For a mass group of +400 students writing similarly themed papers, the originality check was a no-brainer effort to curb plagiarism at my alma mater.

12 years and several plagiarism conversations with students later, I find my new institution revisiting TurnItIn.  There are several more bells and whistles, but here are some of the highlights:

  • General notes
    • option to allow or disallow students from seeing originality report
    • no compulsory deposit of student papers into TurnItIn repository
    • filtering options to exclude checking of quoted items, of bibliographies, or certain limits of words (don’t check things less than 5 words, for example)
  • GradeMark – a more streamlined editing tool for faculty
    • auto-text for common mistakes (missing commas, etc.) using QuickMarks
    • voice comments (up to 3 minutes)
    • standard rubrics pre-loaded
    • can import custom writing rubrics
    • can upload and share common rubrics across department or institution
    • QuickMarks analytics can help you track frequency and type of comments provided throughout a semester
  • ETS e-rater grammar feedback
    • automatically enters QuickMarks before you even review the paper
  • PeerMark – peer editing tool
    • peers can be manually or randomly assigned automatically
    • peer reviewers can be blinded or unblinded from the paper submitter