12
Nov
2008

Swings and Roundabouts

By Hilary Davis “If where our scientists are and how they work is fundamentally changing, doesn’t that fundamentally change how we support them?” (Luce, 2008 – audio | slides) A major change to our profession is afoot. Well, more than afoot – the “E-science” ship has sailed and has some major momentum behind it, but...
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5
Nov
2008

Sticking it to Instruction

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath & Dan Heath By Ellie Collier I always feel the need to preface my praise for this book with a little background. I’ve read a slew of best sellers on behavior. I started when a friend was raving about Malcolm Gladwell. I...
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29
Oct
2008

Pro-Con-ference

By Derik Badman Earlier this month, I presented at a one-day conference. Everything happened ordinarily. My submission of an abstract was accepted and I was scheduled in a session with two other presenters. Preparing for the presentation, I worked up my outline, gathered images, and put my slides together. The night before, I practiced my...
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22
Oct
2008

Google, stupidity, and libraries

By Kim Leeder As a teenager, I never tried drugs because I didn’t like the idea of any substance affecting the processes of my brain. It never occurred to me that the long hours I spend working, reading, and researching in front of a computer could have a similar effect. Recently I found out that...
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15
Oct
2008

On the ALA Membership Pyramid

“…i [sic] only renew [my ALA membership] out of a sense of professional obligation, and also because of the fear that i’ll [sic] put it on my resume and get busted as not being a member.” –c-dog By Emily Ford Membership in the American Library Association means professionals are bound together by the tenets of...
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8
Oct
2008

What Happens in the Library…

By Brett Bonfield In 1968, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, a couple of newlywed architects, had the humility to laugh with Las Vegas rather than at it. A few years earlier, Tom Wolfe had written, Las Vegas has become, just as Bugsy Siegel dreamed, the American Monte Carlo-without any of the inevitable upper-class baggage...
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