Stephen Gladwin: Librarian!

About Me

I’m a firm believer in maximizing everything you have. It’s what libraries do (what they must do), and what I’d like to think I do. And after working for seven years in a college library with a hard-nosed budget, I think I’ve become more confident at maximizing strained resources. I’ve become DIY, and I’ve taken on a lot: digital and physical library outreach initiatives, data-driven efforts, all aspects of resource sharing, troubleshot (bloodshot?) software, training staff and students, integrating our interlibrary loan software to our ILS, and just going along with the hardness of a fumbling but eye-opening reference desk interview. It all comes back to sharing for me. Sharing resources but also sharing the technology – that revolving leviathan – all in a way that it becomes an empowering comfort. It’s a lot to take on, but bring it on! All of which brings me to this website. It’s a snapshot of what I’m up to and what I like to share with people important to me. One of my great joys is exposing friends, family and patrons alike to new and exciting art, information, and cuisine. If it can be eaten, viewed, heard, or read, I’m doing it and making sure others are too.

My Work

Included below are some examples of my work at my library. Faculty/staff training, outreach initiatives, and resource sharing are particular interests of mine, reflected in the documents below. The first document is my blog entry for Ex Libris's Developers' Network blog on my first-of-its-kind integration of Clio interlibrary loan software with Alma. Also included are the leading pages of my training manual for the cloud-based Clio system which I migrated the library to. Next up is my Photoshopped lock-screen design for the library iPads that I configured and deployed for the library's iPad lending program. Finally, I have included my documentation for faculty to test functionality of the Springshare LTI tool, a tool that will embed various crucial library services into every course in the college's Learning Management System (Blackboard).

Let's Read

My reading tends to skew towards non-fiction (film studies is a strong interest). Below are some of the works I've been thumbing through lately. Also included is my annotation on a work of particular interest: John Charles's seminal The Hong Kong Filmography.

The Hong Kong Filmography

Veteran Video Watchdog contributor John Charles brings his sharp eye for detail to this most-welcome volume, still the standard reference on the subject. Each entry features a 1-10 star rating, cast and crew details, synopsis and critique and, most graciously, notes on VHS, DVD and laserdisc availability. Home video has always been a minefield for collectors of Hong Kong cinema eager for the fullest version of a film, and Charles’s notes on video quality, runtimes and even subtitle quality are still invaluable nearly two decades after publication. And the passage of time has only borne out Charles’s forward thinking: he forgoes pages-long synopses that can now be found on any corner of the internet and instead provides the stuff that really matters: terse but keen critiques and scrupulously fact-checked research. Only question: where’s the second edition?

Let's Eat

What's cookin'? Chinese mostly, especially Sichuanese. I can't resist the spicy, toasted perfume of Sichuan cooking. Every time I see a dish lolling in hong you (red chili oil) in my favorite Sichuanese restaurant I find inspiration to cook it at home in my trusty well-patina'd wok.

Let's Watch