Hedgehog Librarian

Tales of a Prickly, Nocturnal Infodiva

Hedgehog Librarian

They Took My Pebble Pile – EurekaAlerts

Research colleagues, friends, and coworkers will recognize the behavior I’m about to describe as something I regularly do and which I heard recently called Penguin Pebbling. I see something — probably a journal article — and it reminds me of you and so I grab the pebble off the pile and fling it into your […]

Happy to See the Year End…

The last days before the winter break are a few lingering meetings, some planned email deleting, and writing up task lists for what comes next. If I were in my regular office I’d have every single one of my whiteboards (3 big ones, several small ones) and a rainbow of colors around me –filled with […]

A Decade

At a recent end of year All Staff Meeting our excellent Interim Dean was sharing work anniversaries — and then she said my name. Apparently, somehow, a decade has flown past for me at UIC. I have distinct memories of those first days ten years ago– sitting in a cubicle w/ door trying to figure […]

The NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy — First Thoughts

Yesterday morning the NIH released their Data Management Sharing Policy https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-21-013.html (DMS) and of course there went the rest of MY week/month/year/2021. But of course I have thoughts and summaries and then questions. I’m deeply beholden to John Wilbanks of SageBio, whose quick read through yesterday morning bailed me out as I had to spend […]

Constantly Changing CV

In a presentation that I regularly give on developing an online scholarly reputation, I point out to attendees that I have a twice-monthly reminder to update my CV. This is frequently met with amusement and skepticism. Surely I’m not doing So Much that I will need to update it that often. And yet… It is […]

COVID-19, Aerosols, and Library Spaces

In particular for this post I will remind the reader that I am not a public health official, an epidemiologist, or an infectious disease specialist. Nor do I speak on behalf of my institution. I am a medical librarian and, with many of my peers and colleagues, I’ve been immersed for two months now in […]

In Memoriam: Robert Sandusky

On Friday, April 10, 2020, my colleague Robert Sandusky passed away after a long battle with cancer. He leaves behind his wife and two children. Bob was the Associate University Librarian for IT during my entire time at UIC thus far. He was my coworker, my co-author, and my friend. Bob was a generous and […]

A Fast 15 Years

In January I reached 15 years post-graduation from my MLS program in New York. It was an interesting time then, I was living with friends in a house in Queens; hauling all over Manhattan working for Gymboree Play and Music; volunteering at NYPL Lincoln Center up in the music library. Now, I’m just through my […]


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