2010
Mar
17

Déformation Professionnelle

by Hilary Davis Déformation professionnelle is a French phrase, meaning a tendency to look at things from the point of view of one’s own profession and forget a broader perspective. It is a pun on the expression “formation professionnelle,” meaning “professional training.” The implication is that all (or most) professional training results to some extent...
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2010
Mar
03

The Importance of Thinking about Thinking

by Ellie Collier A review of How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer I play Magic. It’s a fairly complicated card game which calls on many of the same skills needed for games like chess or poker. Poker has suits, Magic has colors. And I hate playing black. Unlike other colors, when I play a black card I...
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2010
Feb
17

Teen Tech Week: Create, Share, Learn @ Your Library

by Robyn Vittek Have you ever noticed how many special events there are in library-land? National Library Week, Read across America Day, Teen Read Week, National Poetry Month, National Children’s Book Week—it becomes difficult to keep track! As much fun as it would be, it’s pretty much impossible to celebrate or even acknowledge each and...
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2010
Feb
03

Critical Literacy? Information!

Throwback Thursday for February 12, 2015: Take another look at Heather Davis’s article on the ACRL Standards from 2010. Stop back on February 25th for a critical information literacy perspective on the new Framework from Ian Beilin. by Heather Davis Picture it, a higher education institution, 2009. The sun is shining. It’s a warm summer day. Your iced coffee...
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2010
Jan
21

What water?

by Sara Seely Recently I was lucky enough to come across the publication of a commencement speech given by David Foster Wallace in 2005 to a group of wide-eyed graduates from Kenyon College. While it’s difficult to sum up what one takes away from a four-year-degree, this particular rumination helps to qualify the value of...
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2009
Dec
16

How Do You Say No?

By Emily Ford Have you ever found yourself thinking: “I know I said yes to this, but now I wish I’d said no. That’s what I wanted to say in the first place”? Chances are you said yes because you were afraid to say no or you didn’t know how, or you don’t like saying no....
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2009
Dec
02

So you want to write about libraries?

By Brett Bonfield In the Library with the Lead Pipe is a little over a year old now. We published our first article on October 8, 2008, and we’ve now published thirty-five in all, along with five group posts. By most measures, we’re still a new publication, but we’ve also been pretty successful. About 2,250 people...
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