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About the blog:

The Waki Librarian blog explores intersections among libraries, design, and communication, among other things. I write about teaching and research as well as technology tools and tips as they impact librarians. The main library focus is in the academic sphere because that is where I work and teach, but much of the information on the blog can be applied to all libraries. Like the tag line says, The Waki Librarian is about “Information to make your library world a little less waki (wacky).”

About the name:

It wasn’t a typo. It’s a contraction of Wakimoto and yes, you pronounce it “wacky.” It’s a family thing.

About me (work, research, education):

At Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

At Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

My name is Diana K. Wakimoto. I work as a librarian and archivist at California State University, East Bay. My current active research interests are: graphic design and librarians, librarian & archivist experiences of archives, information literacy instruction and assessment, reflective uses of technology in teaching, and evidence-based practice.

I earned my PhD from Queensland University of Technology. I received my MS in library science from Simmons College as well as my MA in history (I specialized in discourse and agriculture/farming of Japanese Americans during World War II). I have a BS in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. And because one of my colleagues asked after he read this page, I graduated from Dixon High School (the one in California, not Illinois).

Want to know more or contact me about the blog? Want to know more about my research? Want me to come talk to your organization or at your conference? Email me at: Twitter: @dwakimoto

This blog does not speak or represent CSUEB. It represents the opinions and research of the author.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Fleetwood permalink
    March 9, 2009 6:33 pm

    Nice blog. Heard you’re going to Sweden. Congrats!

  2. October 27, 2010 11:58 am

    I was tracking Internet Librarian #intlib10 comments on Twitter, and found one of your postings, which led to your blog. I’m a librarian at a California community college, and I’m very happy to have found you–you’re talking about things I need to know. Thank you for your work.

    • dwakimoto permalink*
      October 27, 2010 2:27 pm

      I’m so glad that you find the blog postings helpful! Hope you continue to find good information via tracking the Internet Librarian hashtag; there’s a lot of great things being presented that are incredibly useful in the academic library setting.

  3. David Coleman permalink
    November 22, 2010 4:13 pm

    Meant to contact you sooner after Internet Lib but with classes and a bowling accident well, you know how it goes. The QR talk at the conference inspired me to get moving. Our faculty travel to Asia a lot and distribute brochures about the resources that our graduate will get from the library. Since smartphones are ubiquitous in mnay parts of Asia I did a two minute video orientation on the various databases that they will be accessing and put a QR code on the brochure accessed via Screencast that opens directly into the video. Hopefully that will provide our folks with an instant teaching moment and some marketing for the library. Ah.. never a dull moment. Aloah from Waikiki.

    • dwakimoto permalink*
      November 22, 2010 4:20 pm

      Hi, Dave! I’m jealous of you being in Waikiki today as it is grey, gloomy, and cold in the Bay Area. It was great talking with you at Internet Librarian and I completely agree that time goes by way too quickly. I think that is great that you linked your QR codes on the brochures with a screencast. That is awesome! I’d love to know how it works out and how the students & faculty respond to the QR codes.
      Have a great Thanksgiving,

  4. January 14, 2011 9:36 am

    Hi! Loved your post on the gap between librarians and archivists. You aren’t the only one who has seen the digital preservation lag at ALA and I brought it up in my own group over at ALCTS. I’d love to discuss further with you some of the plans we are devising for ALA in NOLA.

    • dwakimoto permalink*
      January 14, 2011 11:20 am

      Hi, Amy! Thanks for the comment–it’s always nice to know I’m not alone in being concerned with the gap in communication between archivists and librarians in regards to digital preservation. I’d be happy to discuss it with your further.


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