I am an academic law librarian, information professional, and lawyer.
My professional interests, as a law librarian and information professional, include reference librarianship, technology and the law, free speech, and mindfulness and library practice.
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No, really — who is Mitch Silverman?
I'm a bon vivant (on the cheap), trivialist, paronomasiac, and enthusiastic infomaniac, dabbler, and jack of all trades. I'm a proud alumnus of Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH (where Dave Chappelle lives); a happy graduate of Broward Community College, now Broward College, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (where Harry Crews first taught), and its Honors Institute; a enthusiastic graduate (and extremely supportive alumnus) of New College of Florida, in Sarasota, FL (for which I give much credit to my academic and thesis sponsor Professor Emeritus A. M. "Mac" Miller); and a graduate of the Florida State University College of Law.
In December 2008, I graduated with a master's degree in Information Studies — what used to be called library and information science — from the Florida State University College of Information, now the School of Library and Information Studies of the Florida State University College of Communication and Information, with a specialization in Reference and Instruction.
Since November 2009 I have been working as a reference librarian (full title: "Emerging Technologies, Reference, and Instructional Services Librarian") at the Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center Law Library and Technology Center. (I love my job!)
My contribution to the world of free/open-source software (F/OSS) is to (heavily) revise a VBScript I downloaded from Lifehacker that tracks time automatically in an Excel spreadsheet, by automating Excel (which is an irony — using F/OSS to control Microsoft Office software). The original VBScript is available here. A list of my revisions and links to the latest version and my blog entries about it are available here.