2010
Jun
23

The Fiske Report

by Ellie Collier Introduction I have a soft spot in my heart for library history. I credit my library history classes for making me the academic librarian I am today. They taught me more about critical thinking, how to do research, and how to navigate an academic library than the rest of my program combined....
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2010
Apr
28
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Editorial: Conference this! Lead Pipers compare conference experiences

As library travel budgets are increasingly slashed around the country, it’s a tough time for conference-going. In this group post, we compare notes about the conferences we’ve attended, which have been our favorites, and why. We hope this will generate creative ideas on good conferences (online or in-person) to look forward to, and maybe offer...
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2010
Apr
14

Making Connections: YAAN as a Paper Blog?

by Cindy Welch Brooke Shields is a descendant of Louis XIV; Emmett Smith is seven percent Native American; and Matthew Broderick’s ancestor fought at Gettysburg. We learn these things courtesy of a new television show called “Who Do you think You Are?,” which follows the rich and famous as they trace their family trees. For...
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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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