Author Archives: Bobbi Newman

A List of Female Technology Experts in Libraries

    Last month I saw this A List of Female Technology Policy Experts making the rounds on Twitter. Which was inspired by this tweet: If you’re writing about gov hacking and only citing men– PSA: @evacide, @granick, @Riana_Crypto, @Susan_Hennessey all worth talking to. — Amie Stepanovich (@astepanovich) August 23, 2016 I immediately thought back […]

Joining the Team at the University of Iowa Libraries and the National Network of the Libraries of Medicine

I am thrilled to announce that I have accepted a position at the Univeristy of Iowa. I will be the Community Outreach Librarian from the Great Midwest Region of the National Network of Medical Libraries. I will be developing and promoting outreach and education within communities in the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) of the National Network of […]

2015: A Reading Year in Review

Each month I published my reading update over on my Tumblr, or at least I try to do it every month. I am less than successful. I think my 2015 reading year in review belongs here. Considering much of 2015 was spent in a  Ph.D. program I’m impressed with the number of fiction books I […]

The Problems with the LITA Top Tech Trends Panels

I didn’t make it to ALA’s Midwinter this year, and, truth be told, I haven’t been paying attention to what’s happening there. But yesterday morning as I was going through my post-workout post-shower routine someone sent me a private message about the LITA Top Tech Trends panel. I went to Twitter to check out the […]

I Want Your Feedback on the #NISOPRIVACY Principles

  This week NISO published the NISO Consensus Principles on Users’ Digital Privacy in Library, Publisher, and Software-Provider Systems (PDF). As you may remember I am serving on this committee, which we had originally hoped would wrap up in July, but is still going strong. Privacy is nuanced and opinions vary widely. Combine that with the frequent conflation of privacy and security and […]

What Happens to Library Employees When We Fall Prey to the Competition Fallacy?

First, let me get this out of the way – libraries are not in competition with tech companies such as Google and Amazon.  You only need to look at the search results for “what really happened to dinosaurs?” to know Google isn’t doing the best job answering reference questions. And sure they might not be […]

Thinking Out Loud About Patron Privacy and Libraries #nisoprivacy

My readings on privacy for the NISO committee to develop a Consensus Framework to Support Patron Privacy in Digital Library and Information Systems have led me down a rabbit hole. In part, I think, because I often feel like the only dissenting member during the conference calls. There is a lot of focus on “improving […]