Man Booker Shortlist

The Man Booker prize, hosted in the U.K. , has been around for nearly 50 years. The winner receives some cash but better than that, recognition by their peers and inevitably, a huge increase in book sales. In 2014 American offerings became eligible for the prize and (scandal!) this year Americans make up half the … More Man Booker Shortlist

Using Information Literacy to Fight Fake News

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

Search for Open Access Resources, Part I

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

Libraries- an essential third place?

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?

Strong Women/Strong Readers, Part II

Today BookRiot published an article recommending 36 audiobooks read by women. There are so many titles that I want to check out. Kate Winslet narrating Matilda?! I put this one on hold immediately.  I can second several books that the author recommends: Where’d You Go Bernadette, Yes Please, Bossypants, Big Little Lies (currently a mini-series on … More Strong Women/Strong Readers, Part II

Strong Women/Strong Readers, Part I

Today is International Women’s Day when we celebrate strong women and the goal of gender equality.  I thought it would be fun (and appropriate) to share some book recommendations of a woman who plays strong characters on the screen (Hermoine! Belle!) and also is a committed feminist in “real” life (UN Ambassador!  HeForShe movement promoter!). … More Strong Women/Strong Readers, Part I