Big news!


I have big news: I will be joining the Center for Open Science (COS) in Charlottesville, VA, as a Developer. COS’s mission is compelling: fix science! (Seriously.) While I’m a little sad to leave Alaska, web librarianship, and what has been a really good first post-MLIS position, I am very excited about this opportunity. Continue reading

Why “web kunoichi”?

I find myself explaining my username, now and then, and always I tell people one of the reasons I picked it and leave off the other, when they’re actually intertwined. I also apologize for it when I shouldn’t (and fail to apologize when perhaps I should). But that’s part of why we have blogs, isn’t it? To save ourselves the trouble of re-explaining. “Kunoichi” means “Female Ninja.” So, why would I have picked “web kunoichi”? 1. “Webmaster” is something I do a lot, but it’s an awful title I’ve been “webmaster” for a fair number of sites, now, and I … Continue reading

Conference Inclusiveness


I don’t want to go to any more conferences that privilege “liberty” over hospitality. Because I’ve seen that there’s a better way. I get to learn more, from more people, and I also get to teach more at events that are truly inclusive. Why waste my time and money on events that aren’t? Continue reading

My problem with library conference codes of conduct

Yes, I continue writing blog posts to procrastinate on this code of conduct I agreed to write. I’ve come to realize, the reason for my procrastination isn’t so much that I’ve lost faith in codes of conduct—although they are insufficient, they are absolutely necessary (yes, a weak logic joke)—rather, discussions so far have led me to believe that I am not going to be allowed to write a really good one. Or, I can write it, but it’ll be voted down altogether or horribly nerfed; so, why not just avoid the pain and try to write something that will pass? … Continue reading

Codes of conduct aren’t enough

I am procrastinating on writing a draft code of conduct for a certain library conference (with the board’s permission and with at least two other people’s help) while I work through some feelings I have about codes of conduct, in general, and about the limitations that have been put on this code, specifically. I’ll do this as two posts, in fairly quick succession. A recent bad experience got me thinking – Codes of conduct probably aren’t enough. Until very recently I was on the organizing committee for the twice-annual Alaska Hackathon. We’ve had as many as three women on the … Continue reading

Need to tell a bunch of coworkers unpleasant tech-related news?

Test sites with

So, here’s a thing I don’t see many people posting about: how and when it’s best to share unpleasant technical information. It seems really relevant today, when most of the web (well, OK, all the stuff I bothered checking) seems to be patched up after Heartbleed (more on that below, if this term is new to you), and therefore everybody ought to be changing all of their passwords soon. We had a discussion, in my department (Systems), about how best to share this information—and whether sharing it was the right call. There’s an argument that we should have waited for … Continue reading

Code4Lib 2014 Write-up

I had an enjoyable and educational time at Code4Lib 2014. It was my first time attending any Code4Lib event, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be there, thanks to the Diversity Scholarship sponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources/Digital Library Federation, EBSCO, ProQuest, and Sumana Harihareswara. Thank you to the sponsors, the scholarship and organizing committees, and everyone else involved with the conference for this amazing learning experience! Things that went well I appreciated that the conference was one-track and was recorded. It meant that, except during the pre-conference day, I didn’t have to … Continue reading

Code of conduct pledge and cosigner list

Although I’ve mentioned it a couple of times, informally, I would like to more publicly/formally talk about my participation in the Code of Conduct Pledge (#CoCPledge) movement—and hopefully add value to the movement with a sortable list of co-signers. (I’m not using this post to make all the arguments about why codes of conduct are important, but I’ve written about it before, and I will again.) Now, I’m no John Scalzi, and I know there aren’t any events/organizations that would miss me so much that they will drop everything to develop one of these statements (and the buy-in and policy … Continue reading

In defense of Women in Tech (WiT) groups


  I’ve been rolling this post around in my head for a couple of days, in between attending conference and binge-(re)watching Firefly. It turns out, I have put a lot of time and effort—and, more importantly, thought—into creating and running a WiT group, so I have a lot to say on this topic. Also, Rebecca Stavick’s post isn’t the first anti-WiT-post I’ve read by a woman (great response to that one, here), never mind dealing with men’s arguments against these groups; so I’ve had time to think through a lot of these issues.   Myth #1 – Meeting as a … Continue reading