Essays and rants on libraries, technology, webdev, etc. by Ruth Collings

About Ruth Collings

Fast Facts

Currently: Ottawa, ON, Canada

  • Made in New Brunswick, Canada
  • Got a Combined Honours degree at McMaster University in the Arts & Science Program and the Department of Psychology
  • Co-founded the Combining Two Cultures Conference on undergraduate interdisicplinary education
  • Did an Honours Thesis on cognitive behavioural therapy as a treatment for chronic pain in people with acquired brain injuries
  • Moved to Halifax, NS to do my MLIS at Dalhousie University
  • Acted as Finance Chair for the Information Without Borders Conference
  • Was hired by York University Libraries on a one year contract as Web Librarian to implement a new library website
  • Won first place with at the inaugural Startup Weekend: Library Edition in Toronto
  • Instructor for Software Carpentry
  • Hired as Data, Science, & Systems Librarian at Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB
  • Spoke (virtually) at Code4Lib 2017 in Los Angeles on DevOps in libraries

Likes: ice cream, feminism, scifi movies, comics

Dislikes: cauliflower, printed handouts, terriers, LibGuides

Why "Neuromancer"?

Aside from being a seminal work of cyberpunk literature by William Gibson, the term neuromancer can be defined as "the use of the brain to perform divination". Which is pretty cool from the perspective of both psychology and librarianship.

It also evokes Arthur C. Clarke's third law: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic".