This pose was my idea.
The #ACRLBattledecks hosts and competitors. As champion, I was awarded the Ice King’s crown.
Well duh of course a tumblarian won. Sweet beard, Daniel.
An excerpt from my communication supporting Kate’s nomination as a 2013 Library Journal Mover & Shaker:
Kate has transformed the atmosphere on Tumblr, her preferred online medium. […] While the librarian community on Twitter and Facebook has been “mature” (fully developed) for a few years now, until Kate started organizing, there was no specific librarian community on Tumblr to speak of. In my case, I followed a handful of friends, librarians and non-librarians that I already knew in real life or via twitter. I didn’t post any serious library-related content at the time.
But what Kate did was different: she immediately saw the potential within Tumblr to connect a network of librarians, and using its search tools started adding librarians to her feed, reblogging their posts, adding her own commentary, and creating her own original posts on library topics — both fun, fanciful posts and more serious professional questions worth addressing. Kate encouraged every librarian she found to use Tumblr’s built-in tagging system to use the tags “librarians” and “libraries,” so that we could find each other’s content, and follow each other’s blogs. She consciously set out to create a community, and very quickly she succeeded.
Raise your hand if you are a member of the Kate Tkacik fan club.
What struck me about the workshop — and part of why I felt it was so successful — was the curiosity it generated in the students. Students asked unprompted questions about not only Impact Factors, but open access journals, pay-to-publish journals, journal subscription fees, author reimbursement (or lack thereof), and tenure in academia. These are subjects that have almost never come up in my experience as an instructional librarian (with undergrads); the fact that these were student questions driven by their own investigative experience felt like a breakthrough, as if we crossed a threshold point in their understanding of scholarly resources. I feel like the minutiae of database search will now come more naturally to them despite the lack of any direct discussion of the subject — a win-win if there ever was one.
— Investigating Journals: An Information Literacy Workshop for Science Students | Daniel Ransom, The Pinakes: From Papyrus to PDF (via thepinakes)
Did Esquire just name my favorite burrito — the place I took my tumblarian buddy Molly to last month — the most life-changing in America? They sure did. I don’t credit Esquire with much, but they got this one right.
Molly, has your life changed?
My life has changed.
The Information Amateurs Social Club is inviting any and all Bay Area-local librarians, archivists, MLIS students, and other assorted bookslingers to Zeitgeist this Saturday, February 23rd from 2-6pm.
Come out, have a beer, and have a good time! If the rain has gone away, we’ll be on the enormous patio. Newcomers are always welcome!
Bay Area tumblarians, kick it with Daniel this Saturday. You won’t regret it.
Daniel Ransom lives in San Francisco and works in Oakland as an academic librarian at a small liberal arts university, with responsibilities in reference, instruction, and electronic resource management. When he’s not working with his students, he’s either at home working with his kids or out on a bike. He can be found online on twitter and tumblr as @ThePinakes (named for the catalog of the Great Library of Alexandria; he has a pet obsession with library history, especially the ancient variety).
“Daniel is THE BEST. He’s a great librarian, online and off. He’s been an incredible resource to librarian friends online (like me). He spent pretty much a week helping me revamp my application materials so I was ready to apply to professional librarian positions. He’s full of encouragement and practical tips on the profession. His grown a steady following on tumblr because of his willingness to share his real-life work, and engage in conversation with the community of (mostly young/new) librarians. He also wears a signature fedora—again, good stuff for a LW crush”
LW: You have been praised on giving advice and sharing professional info, have any tips on how to be a great mentor?
DR: I feel a little funny being labeled a mentor since I’m still relatively new to the profession. But I benefited a lot from the advice I received from experienced librarians while I was still getting my master’s degree, and I like to pass that advice on to the up-and-comers. There’s a tremendous energy among many of the new librarians I meet, and one thing I’ve noticed ‘mentoring’ others is that I get just as much out of the experience as they do. My advice to the advisors — anyone looking to take on a mentorship role — is that instead of feeling like you have to be a great sage, just be willing to be a part of the dialogue with new professionals. If you do that, you’ll benefit as much as they do, and it will energize your approach to your own work. Everybody benefits from a little professional conversation.
LW: What are your plans for Vday? Do you usually do something with the whole family?
DR: Admittedly, Valentine’s Day isn’t such a big deal in our household. Anniversaries and birthdays get much higher billing. Now that our elder daughter is in kindergarten, just helping her complete the 22 Valentine’s Day cards she needed to make for her classmates was the big effort. Before we had kids, we’d try to go out to a nice dinner, perhaps, or catch a movie. We have a few favorite ‘special event’ restaurants around San Francisco. But for our anniversaries, we try to take a trip and do something memorable — one year we rented a cabin in the mountains, and this year we got my folks to watch our kids while we took off for a weekend trip to Seattle. That little change of scenery is nice, especially when you’ve been together for a long time, as we have (sixteen years as a couple!).
LW: You live on a boat!
PS: I live on a boat!
One of the perks of being a librarian: being witness to the quiet stillness of a library closed for the night.
Daniel Ransom | the pinakes: from papyrus to PDF
As I recently stated, I’ll be posting some of my longer tumblr posts to my Wordpress site. “How to write the perfect letter” was published on tumblr in September, 2012 and was one of my most popular posts to date.
This is gold, whether on Tumblr or on Wordpress.
Daniel / thepinakes gave me a tour of his library and you should be pretty jealous right now.
Why, Library of Congress, why would you have me shelve these two books so far away from each other?
PZ7 is supposed to be an obsolete classification for children’s literature. Obviously the person who did the LCN for Catching Fire was working under the old system. We use PZ7, though, at HNU. Give me Mocking Jay and Hunger Games (if it also needs fixing) and I’ll put them all together. We can discuss which option is best for the books: PS or PZ.
It’s helpful being followed by your cataloger.
Is the 10 Best both fiction and non-fiction?
Yes, the 10 Best list encompasses both. Miraculously, this year, we ended up with five fiction titles and five nonfiction without even meaning to! A serendipitous balance. (We got a similar one with gender: the list is evenly split between men and women authors.)
I’m a librarian who knows how important it is to vote, and I brought my daughters with me (in a wagon!) to the polling place so that they’ll know how important it is, too.
Librarian for Research and Electronic Resources
San Francisco Bay Area