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Rob Amend
Works at Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
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Library Makerspaces and Side Hustle Support
Library makerspaces can be excellent resources for side hustlers. Makerspaces vary from library to library, but can help with prototyping products, signage, design and editing software, textile work, med ia production, and experimentation. Sometimes, this s...
Rob Amend. I am a full time reference librarian. My focus is teaching people how to automate the research process and become more efficient in their digital pursuits. Information is a raw material, and I want people to have access to as much of it as possible.
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Co-Working in Libraries: An Introduction
Photo: Amanda Mills As our economy continues to change, it's becoming more and more important for libraries to offer resources to help people who are looking for new opportunities. As companies continue to shed jobs, replacing them with automation, it is be...
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Sharing the Work
By GlacierNPS [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Working together, even to change the world, doesn’t have to involve a
great deal of effort. In the spirit of the “work smarter, not harder” mantra,
platforms for p...
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John Seely Brown and Entrepreneurial Learning
I was reading an article this morning on the blog of Irving Wladawsky-Berger (which I highly recommend that you add to your feed reader) when I came across a couple of posts about John Seely Brown. Brown was chief scientist at Xerox for a number of years, a...
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Permissionless, or "Open", Innovation in the Pharmaceutical Industry
Open Innovation Community  pointed me to an interesting article from the pharmaceutical industry this morning. In the August 2015 edition of the Communications of the ACM , an article titled "Permissionless Innovation: Seeking a better approach to pharmaceu...
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Google Keep is Really Turning Into Something Useful!
I'm always on the lookout for good note-taking or organizational apps, and I must say, I've been intrigued by the development of Google Keep. At first, I thought that there was little to recommend it - it was just a way of keeping lists or notes on my Googl...
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Library Support for Side Hustlers
*I'm currently working on a library workshop to show side hustlers what kind of support they can receive from their local library. I thought I'd share some of my thoughts here.* The topic I’m writing on at work is the intersection of the library and the u...
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I've been off the G+ grid for a while. Here's what I've been thinking about.
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Distributed Imagination
I want to start this post by explaining why yesterday's post was so, well, abbreviated. When I returned to blogging this week, I made a commitment that I would post 60 entries in 60 days. I really want to make it a habit to provide you with a daily summary ...
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The Other Kind of Distributed Creative Problem Solving
According to an article posted in Techcrunch , IBM and its Watson project are teaming up with CVS to monitor customer data to pinpoint health problems before customers experience a medical crisis. The article reports that "CVS will allow Watson to scour man...
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Globally Distributed Creative Problem Solving
From here on out, I will be evaluating research tools, books, policies, organizations, and research according to whether or not they facilitate or obstruct what I'm calling Globally Distributed Creative Problem Solving, or GDCPS. Our problems are big right ...
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Has anyone else seen this site? I think that it looks promising, and I'm hoping that it will take off. It would be great if we could get a lot of Cincinnati photographers to contribute!

Here's my profile page in case you're curious about the setup: http://www.locationscout.net/photographer/robamend
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Husband, father, librarian, and amateur photographer.
Introduction

I am a full time reference librarian. My focus is teaching people how to automate the research process and become more efficient in their digital pursuits. Information is a raw material, and I want people to have access to as much of it as possible. 

My favorite way to unwind is photography. My main focus is architectural photography, because I spend my days in a city, and I have historic neighborhoods and a college campus nearby with an eclectic architectural history. I love the way light and line interact, and I love the fact that buildings don't move (much.)

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Fulfilled librarian and photographer with a wonderful wife, 5 children and 3 dogs in a very noisy house!
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  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Cincinnati
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    Reference Librarian, present
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Celebrating the Queen City!

WATCH ABC
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With WATCH ABC you can view the ABC network live or on demand on various devices such as smartphones, tablets, and your computer. It puts ac

Pocket
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*****Time’s Best Android Apps of 2013***** *****Google Play Best of the Best for 2012*****Pocket lets you take your content with you. Whenev

UC Campus on an Angle
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I found another perspective on this shot, but the tripod location and the mini-ball head wouldn't allow me to get a landscape or portrait or

Thomas Hawk Digital Connection » Blog Archive » Google+ Releases Advance...
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All At Once Her Heart Opened Up. Today Google+ released a whole new enhanced online photo editing suite of tools. I've been playing around w

Jason Row Photography
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The home of travel photographer Jason Row

The Online Photographer: Open Mike: Introvert / Extrovert
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Are you an introvert or an extrovert? There are a lot of misconceptions about what the terms actually mean. For instance, I once saw a dicti

How A Polarizing Filter Saved My Landscape Photo
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On my recent landscape photography trip to Washington s…

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Mike Kubeisy! | Scott Kelby's Photos...
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Perception. When you watch a James Bond movie you just know James will show up in a black tux adjusting his bow tie and tugging his jacket t

The Online Photographer: Photography Is Difficult
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Stan B. has it nailed in the "Are You Real?" comments. Photography is a big house with many rooms. There are always going to be all sorts of

The Photographer's Fascination With Being "NEW" (Developing Your Own Style)
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I've said it many times here. If you want to be a successful photographer worry about being you - not being new. Yet, the younger you are, t

Are Photographers Spending Too Much Time Screwing Around And Not Enough ...
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I think so. And I did something about it. This last year, I said no to 80% of the speaking engagements I was offered and 90% of the workshop

Carew Tower Reflection
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Carew Tower Reflection, a photo by Referenceace on Flickr.I was on Fountain Square this week. looking for photo opportunities when I spotted

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Donna Dotan! | Scott Kelby's Photosh...
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How to Create an Architectural Photo: Manhattan Style. I'd first like to thank Scott and Brad for inviting me to be a guest blogger! When I

My Take on Adobe’s Announcements Yesterday at the MAX Conference | Scott...
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I saw loads of questions and comments all over the Web yesterday about Adobe's announcements. The new features part got lots of love. Adobe'

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Fotopedia encyclopedia: images, pictures, photos, photographs for humanity.

New York Photography
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New York Photography by Dave Beckerman

Saratoga woods and waterways
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What a shock to open my front door yesterday morning and feel warm air rush in. All this warmth -- it reached the mid-70s on Friday -- was s

Just Say It
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"You have to say it. Every sales associate in every one of our stores in the country greets every customer with, 'Who are you shopping for t