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How to Prepare for This (totally normal) Fall Semester

The start of a new academic year is a thrilling and exhilarating moment! Professors and students come together to explore new topics, investigate complex issues, and continue down the path … Continue reading

August 27, 2020 · 1 Comment

What teaching online taught me

“In the race between education and catastrophe, which Mr. H.G. Wells pointed out long ago, we can already see the finish line. And at the moment, catastrophe is in the … Continue reading

August 10, 2020 · 1 Comment

You can do this (really) – advice for new graduate students

Between the end of summer and the onset of fall, a brief season known as “back to school” occurs. For many people this is a resumption of what they were … Continue reading

August 28, 2019 · 4 Comments

How to Reserve a Seat in a Library

Not unlike New Year’s Day, the start of the academic year is a time during which many people try to establish the routines and behaviors that they hope to stick … Continue reading

September 5, 2018 · 1 Comment

How to Grade Assignments in a Library

At this very moment, legions of students are busily writing papers and studying for their final exams. Indeed, for the end of the semester is upon us! These students will … Continue reading

May 5, 2016 · 3 Comments

My Favorite Books From 2015

Best of the year lists are as much of a testament to what was missed as to what was actually experienced. For every [insert media format of your choice] that … Continue reading

December 30, 2015 · 13 Comments

Things I Learned During My First Semester of Teaching Undergraduates

Despite having spent a lot of time in classrooms (a heck of a lot of time in classrooms), the fall semester of 2015 may well have been the semester in … Continue reading

December 23, 2015 · 8 Comments

Back to School…

School has an odd effect upon the seasons. While summer may not truly end until the autumnal equinox, in late September, the start of the school year often seems like … Continue reading

September 3, 2015 · 2 Comments

Grants, calls for things, etc.

The Barnard Library at Columbia is offering two grants of $2,500 each to researchers using its archives, zine library, or the Barnard Center for Research on Women.  It may be … Continue reading

January 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Fake it until you make it: academia’s dirty secret

I often say, despite reading all the books, having had a fairly rigorous secondary education, and attending a college that makes its alumnae say that grad school was easier (I … Continue reading

January 6, 2014 · 8 Comments

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