Rambalac is a YouTuber who walks the streets of Tokyo and nearby environs. His *extremely* HD camera and audio offer stunning immersive experiences and opportunities to consider the commonalities and unique qualities of life in Japan. 

As an information professional, I particularly appreciate the geo-spatial metadata he includes about his walkabouts.

NOTE: The high-definition features of Rambalac’s videos may spark Autonomous Sensory Meridian Responses (ASMR)



#hurrayoftheday: 24

Happy New Year!

The study I’ve been working on with J. Brenton Stewart and Boryung Ju has been published in The Library Quarterly. See the abstract and link below.

Title: Racial climate and inclusiveness in academic libraries: Perceptions of welcomeness among Black college students. 

Abstract: There is currently a dearth of research on African American college students and their interactions in academic libraries. The purpose of this quantitative study is to investigate whether African American college students view academic libraries as welcoming places and to identify factors that are most influential in their perceptions of welcomeness. Adopting the theoretical lens of “library in the life of the user,” we administered a national online survey questionnaire to 160 black college students attending non-historically black colleges and universities in the United States. The survey data were analyzed by employing correlation coefficient and multiple regression analysis to test our hypotheses. The analytical results showed that participants felt welcomed in academic libraries, and library as place and information needs were significant factors that affected students’ perceptions of welcomeness. Our findings suggest that library patrons are important actors in constituting the atmospheric character of the library.

Continue to article portal (behind a paywall).


#hurrayoftheday: 23

I’ve received notification from the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)  that a Roundtable proposal I created with Kenya Flash and Quetzalli Barrientos has been accepted for presentation at the ACRL 2019 Conference.

The Roundtable, titled Institutional Vagaries of Retention and Recruitment and the Actuality of Emotional Labor in Diversity Initiativeslinks visible LIS-wide efforts to recruit and retain racial and ethnic minorities to the often invisible outcomes of emotional labor and low morale – which may occur as a result of theoretical gaps and practical mis-steps in EDI implementation and diversity rhetoric.

The conference will be held in Cleveland, Ohio from April 10 -13. This year’s theme is “Recasting the Narrative.” Learn more.

Today’s Video

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Kim Jonghyun‘s passing.  He is missed and I miss his creativity, kindness, and humility. You did well, Jonghyun.

End of a Day                                                                                                                                (written by Kim Jonghyun)

Hold out your hand, wrap it around my neck.
A little below, massage my shoulders
At the end of a tiring day.
Even if the sun has already come up
I’m finally closing my eyes.


I close the door to my day later than others.
Playfully tickle my earlobe
Because even though we’ve been in different worlds all day
We always end the day together.


Your small shoulders, your small hands
Become my cozy blanket at the end of a tiring day.
You did a good job today, you worked so hard.
I hope my shoulders and my thick hands
Will become cozy comfort.
For the end of your tiring day as well.
I want to naturally sync my breathing with yours


Like water in a bathtub that wraps around you
With no space left,
I wanna warmly hold you without any space left.
At the end of my day, filled with awkward mistakes
You, my prize, are waiting for me


Your small shoulders, your small hands
Become my cozy blanket at the end of a tiring day.
You did a good job today, you worked so hard.
I hope my shoulders and my thick hands
Will become cozy comfort
For the end of your tiring day as well.
I want to naturally sync my breathing with yours.


I can’t cry all I want or even laugh all I want.
At the end of a tiring day but still, if I’m next to you
Like a child, I can whine and then laugh
Till I run out of breath.
I’m not used to seeing myself like this.


You did a good job today, you worked so hard.
You are my prize.

#hurrayoftheday: 22

Earlier this month, Shira Peltzman summarized her collaborative work centering a qualitative study on the evolution of digital stewardship, particularly as it pertains to standards, organizational culture, and job expectations and satisfaction. The summary concludes with the following note:

We are indebted especially to Kaetrena Davis Kendrick for her use and clear explanation of the phenomenological research methodology in “The Low Morale Experience of Academic Librarians” (2017)[5] — a pivotal precedent in our research development. And while they must remain anonymous, we wish to express our sincerest gratitude to our interview participants for the time, labor, and candor that they contributed to this education. We hope that our report can do justice to their clear insights into making digital preservation work well.

I wish the group well as they delve into aspects of advocacy for those involved in digital preservation and associated work, and I look forward to reading the complete report.


#hurrayoftheday: 21

First thing this morning, I received the following message from my Dean:

“…I am pleased to inform you that your Research and Productive Scholarship Grant application for a project entitled “Continuing Studies on Low Morale in the North American Workplace” has been awarded ….”

My proposal requested funding to support data collection and analysis for my current low morale studies focusing on public librarians and business and nonprofit organization employees.

I am thankful that my dean continues to offer this line of funding, and I appreciate the hard work of the committee members who had, no doubt, a tough time evaluating the submitted proposals.

NOTE: this is the second time I have applied for – and obtained – funding from this award (this was the result of the first grant).




  1. Blue*
  2. Your Scent
  3. Under the Starlight
  4. Sign
  5. Illusion
  6. Shine on You
  7. Timepiece

*Title track

Note: Onew (Lee Jin-ki) is the leader of and main vocal for the group SHINee. Voice is Onew’s first solo album, which he released as a gift to fans before his mandatory military service in South Korea (Republic of Korea). Onew is scheduled to enlist with ROK’s Military Manpower Administration on December 10, 2018.