Monthly Archives: April 2011

best gif ever

I’m currently in crazy end-of-semester mode, so this is all I have to offer.

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Posted by on April 27, 2011 in library school


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Faculty No Longer
Should academic librarians be considered faculty or staff?  This debate will probably continue on well into the future.

Are you smarter than a curator?
Take a short quiz to see if you know more than a curator from the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries.  For every correct question, 10 cents will be donated to the museum.

Ignite Smithsonian
If you missed out on the livestream of Ignite Smithsonian, here are links to all the presentations.

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Posted by on April 22, 2011 in links



resources for creating a conference poster

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On May 6, I’ll be presenting a graduate poster at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) Spring 2011 Conference in Alexandria, VA. It will be my first poster presentation (!), and I wanted to share some links that have helped me through the design process. Please feel free to comment with any suggestions! After the conference, I’ll be sure to share my final poster design as well as any lessons learned.


Posted by on April 19, 2011 in conferences, library school, links



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Why the “Research Paper” Isn’t Working
I completely agree with this blog post on Inside Higher Ed.  There are other (better) ways to teach students how to find reliable information, synthesize it, and demonstrate their analysis.

The Library Card as a Pop Culture Fiend’s Ticket to Geek Paradise
A great post on one person’s rediscovery of the public library.

We shouldn’t just be concerned about information overload — technology overload is also a problem.
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Posted by on April 15, 2011 in links


how to find books in 1905

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I’m currently working on a paper about the history of the DC Public Library and have been looking through articles in the Washington Post from the early 20th century (thank you, ProQuest).  While public libraries have transformed in many ways, some things haven’t changed.  Here’s an excerpt from an article published February 19, 1905 titled “How to Find Books.”


At the District Public Library, readers often wish a certain book or books, but dislike to take the trouble to consult the card catalogue to find the call numbers.  This feeling is perfectly natural, and those who work in libraries thoroughly understand it.  But, nevertheless, annoying though it is to some, to find these call numbers is in most cases absolutely necessary, for it is by them that the books are arranged in classes and put in their places on the shelves, and without the numbers to guide them the pages are at a loss to find the books — or at best the books can only be found after a long search, which means a tedious wait for the reader.  Consequently care should be taken to copy the whole call number accurately…

The catalogue itself as used in the District Public Library is the simplest and most widely used form of the card catalogue, and should be consulted exactly like a dictionary.  It is arranged in alphabetic order, and books are entered under their author’s name and also under their subject.

“How to Find Books: Method of Cataloguing at the District Library. Look for the Call Numbers System Employed is Much Like that of a Dictionary — Books Listed Under the Name of the Author, the Subject, and the Title — Recent Additions to the Shelves — some Useful Information.” The Washington Post (1877-1922): R3. ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Washington Post (1877-1993). 1905. <>

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Posted by on April 11, 2011 in archives


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hyping links: tv edition

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When TV Became Art: What We Owe Buffy
This post is from late 2009, but I just read it again and couldn’t resist sharing.

this is when we talk about rayanne graff
I’ve been meaning to re-watch My So-Called Life, and Tavi Gevinson reminded me why.

Can a Show Change Its Endgame?
For the Gossip Girl fans out there, this piece discusses the Dan/Blair relationship and how other television shows successfully changed their romantic endgame.

Mad Men Gets a Deal to Make More Seasons, Blows Up Internet
It’s old news by now that Mad Men has officially been renewed for at least two more seasons, but this post from NPR’s Monkey See blog asks some great questions regarding how the new “director’s cut” will affect fans’ (over)analysis.

People take apart Mad Men like no other show currently on television. It’s the new Lost, in that regard. It’s the new show where every camera angle, everything seen in the background, every glance, every ice cube potentially has meaning. It’s also a show about which a significant population of viewers is meticulous about avoiding spoilers. They don’t want to know a single thing about what’s going to happen until it airs.

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Posted by on April 8, 2011 in links, pop culture


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why i library

In George Orwell’s essay “Why I Write,” he lists four “great motives” that people write — sheer egoism, aesthetic enthusiasm, historical impulse, and political purpose.  I was originally going to think of reasons people become librarians, but instead I decided to list four motives for using the library (in no particular order).

  • for love of the book (or film, magazine, cd, etc.)
  • frugality
  • computer and internet access
  • space, both reflective and social

What are some other “great motives?”  While I would love to think the expertise of librarians is a main draw for people, I’m really not sure how true that is — just speaking from my own experience.  In elementary and middle school, I spent hours and hours at my local public library.  The reason I kept going back was the books.  Though I loved my librarians, I don’t recall asking them for recommendations.  As I moved onto high school, while I still went to the library often, I never approached a librarian for help.  In undergrad, I used our academic library (though not as much) — but never the librarians.  I have to wonder if my personal lack of librarian use is because I grew up consulting Google and Wikipedia.

I also know I’m not the only one.  I don’t have any numbers to back me up, but I’m pretty confident that the number of people who use the library outweighs the number of people who consult librarians.  What I can’t figure out is if that’s a good or bad thing.

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Posted by on April 6, 2011 in Uncategorized