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“The last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need” might be right. Here are the six lessons:
1. There is no plan
2. Think strengths, not weaknesses
3. It’s not about you
4. Persistence trumps talent
5. Make excellent mistakes
6. Leave an imprint
It is a quick manga read with lots of fun! We all think about where we are right now in our careers and where we want to go next. This is a good way to think about it.
Welcome to Tech Tips!
Tech tips is a place to share ideas for getting work done faster and more efficiently. If it is possible to reduce the amount of time and manual work it takes to accomplish a task, then I like to find a way to do so.
Today’s topic is about batch processing. I rather enjoy batch processing because it is an opportunity to learn the intricate nature of a process and then design a method to automate that process. The batch process below is quick and easy to do on a PC.
Batch Create Folders
Why? Because you have to create dozens or hundreds of folders for a project you’re working on and don’t have the time or resources to do it manually. You want something quick and easy to use.
- Folder Create Location: Navigate to the location where you’d like to create the batch of folders. This process is focused on creating single directories.
- Create & Save Text File: Create and save a text file with folder names where each line in the text file represents a folder that needs to be created. The text file can be named anything. The content of the text file should be in the format: md foldername
- md – the command to make directory
- space – separator between command and folder name
- foldername – the name of your folder. If you want to include a space in the foldername, add quotes around the name (i.e “Folder Name”)
- Change File Extension: Change the file extension from .txt to .bat to make a batch process that you can run.
- Double-click Batch File: Run the batch file by double-clicking it. Once the batch is run, the folders with the name in the text file will be created in the current directory.
- All Done!
Dr. Robin Naughton is a digital consultant, user experience researcher and educational technologist with more than 15 years in the educational technology field, designing, developing and managing interactive educational products at all phases of the software development life cycle (SDLC) and across multiple platforms (web, mobile, tablet, interactive whiteboard, etc.). As a user-centered researcher, Dr. Naughton is passionate about the role of research in the design and development of digital products and has managed the successful launch of multiple products. Dr. Naughton holds a PhD in Information Science from Drexel’s College of Computing and Informatics and MA in English Literature from Brooklyn College, CUNY.
Write it down!
Writing things down has always been my way to learn and to remember, and as such, I have developed habits that help to keep me productive and reflective. I write lists. I find lists to be exactly right for being productive and for keeping track of what I’ve done, what I’m currently doing, and what I’m planning to do next. Some of these lists turn into checklists, but they mostly record my thoughts and plans.
Get a Notebook
The notebook can be digital, but I find that the physical notebook has more affordances than the digital, for that reason, this post will focus on the traditional physical notebook.
The notebook should be something you like, something you can have with you frequently, and something small enough to carry, but big enough to hold your thoughts. Paired with the notebook is a great writing instrument: pen/pencil/maker. There’s a certain pleasure in finding a notebook with great paper and a pen that writes wonderfully on it. It will make the process of using the notebook more pleasurable, so spend the time to find exactly what suits you. You’re going to be using it a lot. Continue reading
Digital Project Manager | December 2013 – Present | Oxford University Press – English Language Teaching NY
- Managed multiple digital projects from conception to launch, including eBooks, mobile applications, and teacher presentation tools (interactive whiteboard) with a user-centered research and design focus
- Managed budgets and multiple vendor relationships for product development and quality assurance testing throughout the software development lifecycle
- Conducted online data analysis of top mobile devices used across products and geographic location
- Managed prototype development of mobile app for language specific product streams
- Researched and wrote strategic solutions for mobile application development of English Language Teaching
- Lead weekly meetings with editorial, digital media, designer, and key stakeholders for products
- Analyzed content management system (Desire2Learn) and developed question import templates for production
Digital Project Manager | March 2014 – Present | LearningExpress LLC
- Managed the development of a new corporate website from conception to launch
- Functioned as Agile project manager and participated in daily scrums
- Analyzed and wrote product documentation, including user stories, workflows, wireframes, and technical requirements
- Managed and conducted quality assurance testing
- Collaborated with developers, project managers, marketing, and product owners.
Web Team Leader | November 2013 – Present | ASIS&T Special Interest Group – Information Needs, Seeking & Use (SIGUSE)
- Elected in 2013 as the Web Team leader beginning term after ASIS&T Annual Conference in November.
- Manage, design and develop website to support the SIGs needs and goals for the year.
Webmaster | September 2013 – Present | ASIS&T New Jersey Chapter
- Took a leadership role in the rejuvenation of the ASIS&T New Jersey Chapter website.
- Managed and implemented a WordPress website as a sub-directory of the national association’s web domain.
- Worked with other volunteers to develop and enhance the chapter’s web presence.
Updated 10/17/13: After 16 days, the Congress has stopped the shutdown before the country goes into default on the 17th day. Shutdown: October 1 – 16, 2013.
The Congress of the United States shut down the government on October 1, 2013 over the new Health Care law. On that day , I took a picture of the sign in front of the Smithsonian’s Native American Museum at Bowling Green.
I decided to take a look at the website representations of the shutdown. How are they using language to describe the shutdown? What are the variations in the terminology? What were the design choices? What were the functionality choices? Did they close the website completely (no content but the shutdown information) or did they simply provided an announcement? These questions and more lead me to take screenshots of how governmental organizations are communicating the shutdown on their websites. Continue reading
Guest Lecturer | Library Management (Summer 2013)
- Guest lecturer for Dr. James Marcum’s course on Library Management at the Murphy Center in New York City.
- Presented on the history of library websites and how library managers can respond to current and future needs of libraries.
- Focused on the intersection of library management and user experience.