Hedgehog Librarian

Tales of a Prickly, Nocturnal Infodiva

Hedgehog Librarian

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 […]

Book Review: Ambition Decisions

Schank and Wallace interviewed a cross-section of women who attended Northwestern/were in the same sorority, all described as highly ambitious women during their college years, to see what has happened 20 years later. I struggled to get through this book, ultimately finding it more irritating than useful or validating with a few points that just […]

Navigating Privacy with Michigan Librarians

The question of privacy is looming every more regularly these days. Is there any privacy left? What do business owe us in terms of data security and privacy? What obligations when data is breached? What about video and images? And how does this impact the library — that bastion that claims in it’s Code of […]


A professional colleague and I were discussing a new initiative they were seeking funding for and, in the course of the conversation, I asked if they were including another department in that colleague’s library. The answer I got boiled down to “they’d never be interested in X” –which surprised me, because I know people in […]


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