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Peter Murray
Librarian-Technologist with LYRASIS
Librarian-Technologist with LYRASIS

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Must be seen to be believed.

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The ability to share moments like this is why the internet is a good thing. 

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The sausage-making of standards development.  Read on only if you have the stomach for it.

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My "How I Work" Answers

Location: Columbus, OH  (actually Dublin, OH -- right down the street from the OCLC campus)
Current Gig: Working for the members of LYRASIS
Current mobile device: iOS devices (phone and tablet)
Current computer: MacBook Pro and a Lenovo ThinkPad

One word that best describes how you work: Varied-focus

What apps/software/tools can't you live without?
Synergy -- a virtual keyboard/mouse utility that lets me drive the ThinkPad using the keyboard/mouse connected to the MacBook Pro

What's your workspace like?
Messy.  The two laptops and a 23" monitor are lifted off the tabletop using PVC pipe constructs so that the three screens line up at the top and are at a good ergonomic height.  Below them is a (messy) work surface with a GTD-style inbox tray, reference material tray, VoIP phone and a notebook.  Behind me is a window with a cat bed.

What's your best time-saving trick?
Knowing a variety of text manipulation tools -- BBEdit, Perl, XSLT, GNU cut/awk/grep, and even Word and Excel -- and when each is best suited for a task.

What's your favorite to-do list manager?
OmniFocus -- Mac and iOS

Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can't you live without?
Laser pointer -- for getting the cat tired so I can do some work.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?
Hmmm.  Tough question.  I think I'm pretty average at just about everything.

What do you listen to while you work?
With the kids home for the summer, the "Solo Piano" channel on Pandora and a set of noise-cancelling headphones is a must.  Otherwise nothing day-to-day.

Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert?
More of an introvert; I like time alone to recharge after a full conference day.

What's your sleep routine like?
Regular.  Family pretty much enforces that.

Fill in the blank. I'd kill to see ___ answer these same questions.
Well, I won't "kill" literally, but I'm curious to hear how Cliff Lynch would answer these questions.

What's the best advice you've ever received?
Automate yourself out of your current job; there is more interesting and important work to be done.

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Harmless toilet brushes?!?

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