About the blog:

The Waki Librarian blog explores intersections among libraries, design (especially graphic design), and communication, among other things. I sometimes write about teaching and research, too. Like the name says, the blog is a little waki, but hopefully you find it wacky in a good way.

About the name:

It wasn’t a typo. It’s a contraction of Wakimoto and yes, you pronounce it “wacky.” It’s a family thing.

About me (work, research, education):

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My name is Diana K. Wakimoto. I work as a librarian and archivist at California State University, East Bay. My current writing and research interests are: graphic design and librarians, librarian & archivist experiences of archives, information literacy instruction and assessment, reflective uses of technology in teaching, and evidence-based practice.

I earned my PhD from Queensland University of Technology. I received my MS in library science from Simmons College as well as my MA in history (I specialized in discourse and agriculture/farming of Japanese Americans during World War II). I have a BS in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. And because one of my colleagues asked after he read this page, I graduated from Dixon High School (the one in California, not Illinois).

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This blog does not speak or represent Cal State East Bay. It represents the opinions and research of the author.

10 thoughts on “About

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  2. I was tracking Internet Librarian #intlib10 comments on Twitter, and found one of your postings, which led to your blog. I’m a librarian at a California community college, and I’m very happy to have found you–you’re talking about things I need to know. Thank you for your work.

    • I’m so glad that you find the blog postings helpful! Hope you continue to find good information via tracking the Internet Librarian hashtag; there’s a lot of great things being presented that are incredibly useful in the academic library setting.

  3. Meant to contact you sooner after Internet Lib but with classes and a bowling accident well, you know how it goes. The QR talk at the conference inspired me to get moving. Our faculty travel to Asia a lot and distribute brochures about the resources that our graduate will get from the library. Since smartphones are ubiquitous in mnay parts of Asia I did a two minute video orientation on the various databases that they will be accessing and put a QR code on the brochure accessed via Screencast that opens directly into the video. Hopefully that will provide our folks with an instant teaching moment and some marketing for the library. Ah.. never a dull moment. Aloah from Waikiki.

    • Hi, Dave! I’m jealous of you being in Waikiki today as it is grey, gloomy, and cold in the Bay Area. It was great talking with you at Internet Librarian and I completely agree that time goes by way too quickly. I think that is great that you linked your QR codes on the brochures with a screencast. That is awesome! I’d love to know how it works out and how the students & faculty respond to the QR codes.
      Have a great Thanksgiving,

  4. Hi! Loved your post on the gap between librarians and archivists. You aren’t the only one who has seen the digital preservation lag at ALA and I brought it up in my own group over at ALCTS. I’d love to discuss further with you some of the plans we are devising for ALA in NOLA.

    • Hi, Amy! Thanks for the comment–it’s always nice to know I’m not alone in being concerned with the gap in communication between archivists and librarians in regards to digital preservation. I’d be happy to discuss it with your further.

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