Alison J. Harris



A Slice of Raspberry Pi on Pi Day

I just ordered my own personal Raspberry Pi 2 and I’m still deciding what to build with it. I’ve always been fascinated with building computers, particularly computers that have a small physical footprint. I think a great idea would be a Raspberry Pi home server. I’ll be moving to a new home soon and it would be a neat addition…..

March 14, 2015 , Comment

THPL’s Makerspace Featured in American Libraries

The Hive, Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library’s new makerspace housed in downtown Tampa, was featured in American Libraries this month! The article is a Q & A discussion with representatives from three library makerspaces across the country. It was really interesting to learn about other libraries’ experiences compared to those of THPL’s. It’s also great to show others in the library profession….

March 3, 2015 , , Comment

eBooks in 3-Clicks or Less?

American Libraries recently featured a blog article about the New York Public Library’s project, Library Simplified. Library Simplified is a great new project to streamline the process for library users to download eBooks. While helping library customers download content from digital resources like OverDrive, I often empathize with the frustration they have with multiple services that all require a different….

February 21, 2015 , Comment


I’m very excited to be graduating today! I’ve learned so much over the last two years, both in my job and through the coursework at USF. Librarianship is at a critical time in society, so it will really be exciting to make an impact and knowing everything that is possible. Libraries will be evolving to places that meet community needs,….

December 13, 2014 , Comment

Experiences with

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  Omeka is an open-source software platform of digital archives and collections is compliant with Dublin-core standards favored by libraries and museums. Out of all of the open source digital library software available, Omeka is by far the one that works the best “out of the box”. Libraries can choose to use to include hosting packages along with the….

December 10, 2014 , Comment