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How to make the most of your trip to the archive

Archival research is something of a rite of passage for many individuals in many disparate fields. Admittedly, it can be something of a daunting task. What follows is carefully curated … Continue reading

March 24, 2017 · 2 Comments

How to gut a book

Here is a problem: there are too many books to read and not enough time in which to read them all. What is one to do? Obviously, this is the … Continue reading

September 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Guest post: #LIULockout

Pirates, here’s a guest post from our comrade Emily Drabinski, a librarian & faculty member at LIU Brooklyn here in NYC. The LIU Brooklyn faculty, who are unionized, have been … Continue reading

September 8, 2016 · 1 Comment

Back to school…with much to learn…

Regardless of the particular month, it is always the right time to learn. Nevertheless, as it marks the beginning of the school year, the end of August/start of September stands … Continue reading

August 31, 2016 · 1 Comment

Things I wish I had known before I applied to PhD programs

Only those in possession of a bizarre sort of personality genuinely enjoy the process of filling out applications. While, I confess, I may not have serious statistical data to back … Continue reading

June 30, 2016 · 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 · 2 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 · 6 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

University of Oregon Needs a Records Management Intervention

Hey, University of Oregon, is there something going on that we need to talk about? I’ve been seeing your name in the news a lot. Are you ok? First there … Continue reading

March 11, 2015 · 2 Comments

Pat Skarda, Professor Emerita & Spinster Aunt to Thousands

I don’t always read my undergraduate college’s alumnae [do stop checking my Latin, though I’ve never studied it, I promise all the feminine declensions are correct] magazine, but I do … Continue reading

January 30, 2015 · 8 Comments

To-do: grants, awards, etc.

It’s that time of year: when the masters deign to grant a paltry few with some scraps and pennies in pursuit of all the vast realms of knowledge, which rightly … Continue reading

January 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Emma, Utah, You, and Me

Pirates! One of your faithful librarian got laid off last Thursday, so you will probably be hearing more from me, as I try to fill the hours and days of … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · 5 Comments

To-Do: Western Mass, NYC, Chicago

A pal brings this event, in Amherst, MA, to our attention: The publication of Hampshire College librarian Alana Kumbier’s book Ephemeral Material: Queering the Archive will be celebrated on Oct. … Continue reading

October 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Back to School…With Much to Learn

Even if the first day of autumn is still several weeks away, the passing of Labor Day always seems to signify that summer has come to a close. And with … Continue reading

September 2, 2014 · 1 Comment

Whose Vision of the Future is This?

Lurking in the background of most inquiries into the technologically wrought future is an oft-unasked question regarding who exactly gets to determine the shape this future shall take. From a … Continue reading

May 5, 2014 · 21 Comments

Make Your Library the Protest

It is an exciting time to be a librarian. No, really. Whether it is a result of potentially positive changes or due to worrisome occurrences (budget cuts) libraries (and by … Continue reading

April 23, 2014 · 7 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

ALA COA Wants Comments

The Committee on Accreditation of the American Library Association is soliciting comments as it prepares to revise the standards by which it evaluates library schools. According to ALA’s press release, … Continue reading

December 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

What I Wish I’d Learned in Library School: Don’t

1. Don’t go if you have to pay for it. Actually, I feel this way about grad school in general.  For those in academic programs, especially PhD students, and double … Continue reading

October 9, 2013 · 4 Comments

So, you’re going to library school…

With summer reaching its conclusion many are eyeing their backpacks in anticipation of the soon to start school year. It is a time of excitement mixed with trepidation for those … Continue reading

August 29, 2013 · 7 Comments

Cooper Union Update

Ahoy!  Sixty-five days after they occupied president Jamshed Bharucha’s office in response to Cooper Union planning to start charging tuition, the Cooper Union occupiers have departed.  From the Students for … Continue reading

July 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Free Cooper Union

Students at Cooper Union here in NYC have been occupying their president’s office for the past two days, in response to their school’s announcement a couple weeks ago that incoming … Continue reading

May 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Unblinking Eye of the Proctor

When you are taking a test it is fair to expect that you are being watched. It’s part of test taking. You sit at your desk and at the front … Continue reading

April 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Librarians and Lawsuits – From Persecution to Prosecution, the tale of Edwin Mellen Press

If you were wondering whether Edwin Mellen Press’s lawsuit against librarian Dale Askey (which is still going forward) and its threats of legal action against the Scholarly Kitchen were bizarre … Continue reading

April 19, 2013 · 4 Comments

The Elephant Not in the Room – Republicans, Academia and the Illusion of a Debate

In the midst of many a mild-mannered American city stand imposing castle walls constructed around ivory towers. Patrolling the parapets are legions of liberal professors armored in sweater vests and … Continue reading

April 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

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