A Science Backed-Guide Taking Truly Restful Breaks
We know, this sounds made up. But stick with us, because not just any kind of break will do.
Law Librarians Flinch at Change? Can’t Say that I Agree with You, David.
Let me start out this post by saying that I like David Perla, President of Bloomberg Law and Bloomberg BNA’s Legal division, and consider him to be an ally for the law librarian and legal information/knowledge profession. However, I have to say that I am a little disappointed at his Above the Law article yesterday called “A Challenge for the Gatekeepers.” His article starts out with a warning to the legal industry saying that “change is coming – with or without you,” but then he spends the rest of the article singling out Law Librarians and Knowledge professionals as the gatekeepers. Although David says this isn’t about Bloomberg Law’s new roll out of a Tax Product, quite frankly, it reads like it is. I’m really disappointed that he took to Above the Law to vent.
#WeNeedDiverseBooks in Academic Libraries
“Some people don’t expect to see themselves in the library.” This comment from Vivek Shraya, 2015 recipient of the South Asia Book Award, was a moment of clarity at the Conference on South Asia in Madison. The conversation among book award authors addressed #WeNeedDiverseBooks, an online campaign that has highlighted issues of exclusion in mainstream literature industries. “Diverse books” generally feature characters of racial, ethnic and religious minorities, LGBTQIA identities, and/or varying abilities. Many libraries with a strong focus on serving young readers have embraced the campaign with displays, booktalks, and new collection development strategies. There has yet to be significant traction for this campaign in academic libraries, so as academic librarians we must ask ourselves: do our users see themselves in the stacks?
Florida Parents Push to Remove Popular ‘Internet Girls’ Series from School Libraries
Parents in a school district near Jacksonville, Florida, are trying to remove two frequently challenged books from the Yulee Middle School’s library. According to the parents, the book TTYL and its sequel TTFN– two novels in Lauren Myracle’s popular Internet Girls series– are inappropriate for their Middle School children. Florida’s Nassau County School District has convened a group named the Intellectual Freedom Committee to determine the fate of the books.
You Don’t Know Your Students. This Professor Hopes to Change That.
It’s near midnight on a Friday at Kansas State University, and an associate professor of anthropology is out with his students, sneaking onto the rooftop of a campus building — or at least trying to.
On This Day: The National Park Service Celebrates 100 Years
As a frequent visitor to national parks, I have been watching the anticipation build over the last few years as we approach the centennial of the National Park Service (NPS). Today marks 100 years since the passage of “An Act To establish a National Park Service, and for other purposes” (64 Stat. 408), signed into law by Woodrow Wilson on August 25, 1916.Today in History provides information about a hearing before the House Committee on Public Lands on April 5 and 6, 1916 that helped pass the law. The purpose of the law is “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”
Free Science: NASA Just Opened Its Entire Research Library to the Public
NASA has announced that all research it has funded will be FREE and accessible to anyone through their new open portal PubSpace.
Three very strong women—my mother, my maternal grandmother, and Melinda—deserve big credit (or blame, I suppose) for helping me become the man I am today. But Blanche Caffiere, a very kindly librarian and teacher I’ve never written about publicly before, also had a huge influence on me.
Learning to Write All Over Again
In my sixth year as an assistant professor — the year I was up for tenure — I went to a faculty meeting. (It is always smart to show up for faculty meetings during promotion years.) It was crowded; I think faculty salaries were on the agenda. But there was something odd going on as the wizened senior professors and overeager temporary hires streamed down the staircase into the meeting room: About three quarters of them stopped to congratulate one of my colleagues, a historian who was two years behind me on the tenure track. “Loved your piece,” said one. “Great article” said another.
You’re Overdue for a Visit to the Library
When was the last time you went to a library? If it’s been more than a couple of years, the library is probably a very different place than you remember. Public libraries pride themselves on keeping up with changing technology, especially technology that benefits the communities they serve. No matter your age or your interests, libraries are a great resource for learning new skills, doing research, or getting help with just about any task. After all, library science is about gathering together all of human knowledge and indexing it for easy lookup.
Are Librarians Becoming Data Analysts?
We all know that to succeed at work one must be constantly innovating – keeping up with the latest technologies, aware of the freshest trends, and looking forward to what might be coming in the future. If we are not innovating we are stagnating.
Tip Tuesday: PDF and Macs
Mark Metzger explains the need and importance of Mac users utilizing PDF’s at the office.
What Is the Neverending Story, Who Wrote It, and Why Is It Worthy of a Google Doodle?
Thirty-seven years after first hitting the shelves, Google is celebrating Michael Ende’s classic, The Neverending Story, with one of its search engine doodles. “Every once in a blue moon a book captures the imagination, providing a portal into magical places unknown. So it was with The Neverending Story…” it said.
Federal Judge Issues Footnote Warning, Threatens to Toss Pleadings Using Wrong Format
A federal judge in Maryland has issued a warning: Keep case citations out of footnotes, or watch me toss your pleadings.