Category Archives: AboutMike

Retirement

Today, after an over 45-year association with the University of Guelph, I’m retiring from the University. I first came to Guelph as a student in 1972, returning in 1979 as a newly minted librarian. After some years away at the … Continue reading

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My Biblio Fetish

I have a fetish (doesn’t everyone?). If you know me, this won’t come as a surprise. Miniature books worn as lapel pins. I have over a dozen and have given away dozens more. Most of them are stamped with the … Continue reading

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On Not Travelling to the United States

In 2016 when several US states passed what have become known as the “bathroom bills” prohibiting transgendered people access to appropriate facilities, I joined in on the outrage. I tweeted about not to travelling to North Carolina and other states, … Continue reading

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Pong

I quite dislike nostalgia. All that looking in the rear view view with rose coloured glasses bothers me. The good old days …. weren’t. So I was surprised by a wave of nostalgia that washed over me a few days … Continue reading

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Screens

In real estate the mantra is “Location. Location. Location.” In computing the mantra is “Real Estate. Real Estate. Real Estate.” Screen real estate that is. At MPOW my desk had three active screens: a laptop and 2 large external monitors. … Continue reading

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Returning to the Ranks

In January I “returned to the ranks” (I stepped down as an administrator and became a non-management librarian again). At least I think I did this. There might be some doubt. Some context. Having served as Chief Librarian and CIO at … Continue reading

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Open Access: Publishing *and* Reading (Status Report)

You might remember my plan to read only open access (OA) articles during this year. You may be wondering, “how’s that going for you?” Well, not too well. In fact, it has been a complete failure. And as you may … Continue reading

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About My Ignite Guelph Talk

I did a talk for Ignite Guelph last night. It was too much fun. It was also very difficult. If you’ve already done an ignite talk (5 min. presentation, 20 presentation slides, each slide is displayed for 15 seconds and … Continue reading

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Open Access: Publishing *and* Reading

I now only publish in open access journals and what I publish myself (or with teams) is either CC BY or CC BY-NC-SA. Admittedly, this is a mere (and largely unnoticed) drop in the scholarship bucket. It’s something, but I … Continue reading

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The Next Phase of My Professional Life

As many of you will know, I’ve been on a two year sabbatical/administrative leave. Sadly it is coming to an end in January (but I have been productive: see here, here, and here for a detailed accounting). However, I’m very … Continue reading

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