I’m excited about the emerging plans around our spring major exhibit, which will be ready for Open House (“Celebrating the Mustang Legacy”) in April.  I’m equally excited about the theme of a “Living Library” that the exhibit will feature – a theme that unifies our commitment to sustainability in our environment and community, and an exploration of the roles of stewardship, re-use and innovation in a creative and resilient university.  There will be some creative activities around the exhibit that involve a Mustang and tractor parts….stay tuned!

I’ve been working this week with the SLO communications team – now Conny, Cara, and myself – to renew our work on behalf of the CSU Council of Library Deans (COLD) communications project.  In addition to planning updates to stories on the public relations site for COLD  we’ve also created a wiki-based COLD site for operational information about COLD. This is a user-friendly portal that may dispel mysteries such as what those notoriously pronounceable COLD acronyms mean. Some of the links are to secure CSU-only documents.  We’ll be sharing this wiki site with COLD at our meeting in February and hope it will help support both collaboration and transparency for our far-flung CSU libraries network.

Speaking of pronounceable acronyms, I’ve been thinking and learning about ORCID (Open Researcher and ContriScreen Shot 2016-01-22 at 6.10.29 AMbutor ID), through a light and actually remarkably understandable slideshow from Denmark.  (The cartoons about data that are excerpted in this slideshow are fun too.) My personal translation of these slides:  “ORCID=superglue” – a way of “gluing” authors to their research, writing, collaborators, funding sources, etc, and making it possible to understand relationships in the world of research in amazing new ways. There are many non-Danish places to learn about ORCID and what it could mean for our faculty (and students), starting with Alice Meadows’ article in the January College & Research Libraries News.

Have a great weekend,