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February 2013 Archives

Open Access, and the Story of Why Are We Paying to Access Important Information

Open access is a topic I have been thinking about a lot lately. And not just the stories of glamorized and easily implementable “open access” that the media picks up and drops two weeks later – open access as a...

My Library School Library

I’ve written about a handful of different libraries in this blog, but I daresay I have neglected one that has been integral to my time at GSLIS: the Beatley Library at Simmons. During my first semester I was neither working...

Ready for Outdoor Reading

It is snowing. AGAIN. I admit I am getting a little stir crazy. So far this weekend I've done homework in my bed, at my desk, in the tech lab, at my boyfriend's house, at Pete's Coffee (where I was...

Infographics make me smarter

What are infographics and why are they awesome? This customermagnestism.com post is an infographic, you guessed it, about infographics! Wild, I know. Essentially the infographic distills all relevant statistics and facts about a topic into one pretty picture that relaxes...

Transferable Skills

Last week my reference professor asked how many of us had ever worked in a restaurant. At least two thirds of the class raised their hand. The point he was making, quite successfully I might add, was that we already...

The Digital Divide Meets Everytown, USA

[caption id="attachment_2049" align="aligncenter" width="282"] From: http://www.digitaldivide.org/category/digital-divide[/caption] Over and over again, you have heard (or read) about my small town in New Hampshire. We are the proverbial small New England town, complete with General Store and a gazebo on the Town...

Dr. Disorganization or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb that’s Apparently Gone Off in My Apartment

This winter, Boston has gotten snow – a lot of snow. Like, an inordinate amount of snow. And I am from Wisconsin. What a smart move, to the one place on earth that apparently gets more snow than my hometown....

Library Lesson Learned III

Just before the library closed on Tuesday, a boy came to the desk to ask if we had any books about dogs. He wanted non-fiction, so I brought him over to the 636.7-ish area of the children’s section and we...

Ten Book Related Articles for (Another) Snow Day!

So it’s snowing again here in Boston. It’s probably a good thing, I’m being forced to stay in my room and conquer my conference paper. But for those of you who aren’t contemplating the use of archives in art...

One more step toward adulthood (AKA inflaming PPS)

I don't know why I was holding back. Maybe I thought that without an official MLS I wouldn't be allowed in. Perhaps I was I was afraid that pledging my time, money and inbox space to this organization cemented...

So Many Books, So Little Time

I have always prided myself on being well-read. I imagine most people considering a career in the library profession feel similarly. Starting the GSLIS program at Simmons has led me to question whether I really am the great reader I...

The Role of Libraries in Emergencies

  In my town in NH, we had only 30 inches of snow last weekend. We were very fortunate and didn’t even lose power. We were all surprised by this since we lose power so often, but we are...

The Technological Advance: Moving Forward with Online Programs

Anyone who has stepped into a library, museum, or archives in the last ten years has seen the field’s foray into technology. But what happens when not only the institutions in the library and information sciences field – but the...

Weather You Like It Or Not

Unless you spent the past 72 hours under a colossal snowdrift (which is quite possible), you probably noticed that snow bombarded Boston on Friday and Saturday. The weather gods vacillate between being a faithful friend and formidable foe to New...

Archives and Popular Media

My friend was watching an episode of White Collar the other night. I don’t follow the show so I was only half listening until I heard, “We are going to have to go check out the archives.” A meme/blog post...

The Phantom Tollbooth: Fifty-ish Years of Things that Could Be, Rather Than Things that Are

For Christmas this year, my parents gave me the esteemed gift of the 50th Anniversary Edition of my absolute favorite book in the world, The Phantom Tollbooth. Norton Juster’s personification of a bored boy who travels into a world where...

Cream or Cookie?

In case you missed it, here is the Library World’s brief moment in the limelight at the Super Bowl! http://youtu.be/rIDaX0eMeIk What I really want to know is who whispers in the library?! Is this still our image? I work in...

Lobbying for Library Cards

On Saturday I spent three hours lobbying for library cards. During the month of February, the Somerville Public Library is competing against the Arlington, Belmont, and Lexington Public Libraries to see which can sign up the most new library cardholders....

A Blend of History and Archives

As a dual degree student in Archives and History, I have one foot in the LIS (Library and Information Science) world and one in the CAS (College of Arts and Sciences) at Simmons. At times it can be a little...

Library Lovers Month

That's right folks! It is indeed that time of year. Love is in the air! Love for LIBRARIES, that is. I genuinely resent the Hallmark holiday that gets us all hot and bothered. In college I remember taking my...

Happy Birthday, Pride and Prejudice!

This Monday marked the 200th anniversary of the first publication of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. In honor of this milestone, NPR featured a number of stories analyzing the history and popularity of this epic novel over the past two...