I have been neglecting my blog for a few weeks- went on a short trip to Nashville and had some action on the job front. But I’m back and summer is officially here! Below are some book recommendations, perfect for the beach or wherever you find yourself reading this summer. Umami by Laia Jufresa This … More Looking for a Good Book?
Just a short note on a recent discovery: An extremely interactive museum focused on American writers and their work, The American Writers Museum (AWM), opens in Chicago, IL on May 16, 2017. Visitors are encouraged to explore through touchscreens and “…high-tech multimedia installations..like a mesmerizing ‘Word Waterfall,’ in which a wall of densely packed, seemingly … More Find your Literary Landmark
I’m not sure where to begin with the above Webinar. I have mentioned in a previous post that the ACRL-Choice YouTube channel posts webinars on a wide range of topics. This one in particular was so informative that I feel like I could watch it ten more times and glean something new each time. The … More LibGuides – Best Practices
The issue of fake news (not a new problem) has been gaining more attention since the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, where several social media outlets were blamed for disseminating untruths. I see this as a problem of media literacy, not fake news. Some facts: Stanford University found that 80% of middle school students perceived digital … More Using Information Literacy to Fight Fake News
Publishing trends are important in my line of work. Of course, these trends are fueled by consumer tastes and sometimes these preferences are influenced by current events. Margaret Atwood’s, The Handmaid’s Tale, has been recently adapted into a Hulu show starring Elizabeth Moss. This timing compliments a renewed interest in the book and its subject matter. … More Dystopian Wanderings
Last week I posted a list with Open Access resources, some focused on resources for students, and others with digital content with no set audience, only the goal of cultural stewardship. I recently subscribed to ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries)- Choice Webinars YouTube Channel. Anyone can sign up to participate in the live … More Search for Open Access Resources, Part II
I came across two interesting articles this week that got me thinking about digital content. The first article, ‘A Mean Amount of Money,’ published by Inside Higher Ed, discusses State University of New York (SUNY) & City University of New York (CUNY) colleges becoming tuition free through the Excelsior Scholarship (I was just a few years … More Search for Open Access Resources, Part I
I recently posted a Rebuttal to Dewey Decimal Jokes, highlighting some articles that dispute the idea that books/libraries are becoming obsolete. A recent article published by The Brookings Institution (a nonprofit public policy group), “How public libraries help build health communities,” goes even further and describes libraries as essential community meeting places. Third places are meeting … More Libraries- an essential third place?
A few years after receiving my MILS, I am still looking for the ideal position. Maybe the “perfect position” doesn’t exist but I am determined to work in a library or as an advocate for library issues. Until that happens I am doing my best to stay informed and active by writing (one of the … More Get Involved
A typical response when I tell people my that I am a librarian is: “those are still around?” or “people still do that?” My knee jerk response is one of rage. Other feelings include pity that they are missing out on the magic of libraries and sadness that they are not aware of how progressive and … More Rebuttal to Dewey Decimal Jokes