Author Archives: Mark Eaton

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Since the new library website went live a couple weeks ago, I’ve been poking at it, looking for problems. I was assuming there must be some unexpected use cases out there that would cause it fail. I found exactly what I was looking for when one of my co-workers fired up Internet Explorer to do […]

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Research agenda

One thing I have found challenging about work is switching between coding and writing and back. Coding gives me something to write about; writing is the currency for advancing in my job. But these are not necessarily an easy pair. It takes a big mental shift to move from one to the other. I sometimes […]

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Posts by email

You can now sign up to receive posts from this blog via email, over on the About page. Maybe this will make reading this blog a bit easier for some people. I recognize that (unfortunately) not everyone uses RSS, and no one “checks websites”, like they did in the late 90s. So maybe posts-by-email may […]

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How I spent my weekend

I’ve spent much of this holiday weekend on Discord, asking questions. This is because I’ve been working on an overhaul of the Open Journal Matcher, and it has led me to work with technologies that I find very unfamiliar (hello, task queues!), so I have a lot to ask. Discord channels focused on very specific […]

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A new library webpage for the new semester

This week our new library webpage went live, just in time for the fall semester. You can see it at https://library.kbcc.cuny.edu. It represents about 8 months of work: 4 months of technical work, followed by 4 months of organizational work. I particularly enjoyed the technical bits, while the subsequent, unavoidable bureaucratic work was not as […]

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To the pixel

In my last post, I described how I want our library web pages to have no wrong info. It’s an important goal, but it’s not the only one. Our web design should also be correct, down to the pixel. This is important because in the past, we’ve had problems with hasty or careless design, where […]

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No wrong info

As the (relatively new) admin of most of our library’s web content, my goal is to have no wrong info in our public-facing content. This seems pretty basic, but we’re actually not there yet. Part of the problem is that the library does not yet have control of some essential pages (the library homepage is […]

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E-resources

Recently, my colleague, who is retiring soon, has been mentoring me on how to manage our library’s electronic resources. I’ll be taking over the function full time starting in September. There has been a lot to learn. The learning curve has been steepened by the simultaneous roll-out of Alma in our library, which has added […]

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Summer

The mood really changes at Kingsborough in the summertime. It really quiets down, especially in August. The librarians are a bit different from the most of the faculty, in that we keep our regular work hours. But still, the change in atmosphere is palpable for us too. This leads to two things: (1) more time […]

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Nanogenmo 2021

Okay, okay. I know it’s way too early in the year to talk about Nanogenmo[1], but I’ve already been surreptitiously working on my project. In my defense, I’m always way too busy to work on this in November, which is the official month for Nanogenmo. Anyhow, my project is an abécédaire of nonsensical prose poems. […]

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