Category Archives: AboutMike

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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What Did I Do on My Sabbatical in 2013? (Part 2)

I’m a bit obsessive about reporting publicly about what I’ve done on my sabbatical/administrative leave. Previously I outlined what I did in the first half of 2013 and earlier I described what I was up to in 2012. As my leave … Continue reading

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What Did I Do on My Sabbatical in 2013? (Part 1)

Being transparent and public about what I’ve done on my sabbatical is something I feel strongly about. Too many people (both inside and outside the academy think sabbaticals are paid vacations). Not good; or true. I’m on a two year … Continue reading

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I’m a Librarian

I made it. I’m now a librarian. Well, to be accurate, I’m a Librarian. Those of you who know me may be wondering, “haven’t you been a librarian for some time?” Yes, and no. Like faculty, academic librarians have ranks: … Continue reading

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