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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

How to move a large quantity of books

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx Regardless of what you may have heard to … Continue reading

August 16, 2016 · 3 Comments

What Pokémon can you catch at a library?

Though you might not suspect it, libraries are an excellent place to catch Pokémon! Indeed, libraries are filled with many kinds of wondrous, rare Pokémon that can be found there … Continue reading

July 14, 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

En Garde! How to Defend Yourself With a Book

“Hungry man, reach for the book: it is a weapon.” – Bertolt Brecht 1. Popular parlance is filled with catchy phrases about the ways in which books can be harnessed … Continue reading

April 21, 2016 · 3 Comments

What to Do When the Internet Stops Working in Your Library

There may come a day when you find yourself happily sitting in a library only to have your pleasant feelings disrupted by the recognition that the Internet has stopped working. … Continue reading

March 17, 2016 · 3 Comments

How to Keep What You Are Reading Secret

Is there anything more annoying than being interrupted with the question “hey, what are you reading?” while you are engrossed in a book? Is there anything more frustrating than feeling … Continue reading

January 21, 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

What to Get the Luddite on Your List

‘Tis the season of the mailbox stuffed with catalogs. Regardless of whether or not one participates in the traditions that result in stockings stuffed with tchotchkes or trees bedecked in … Continue reading

December 16, 2015 · 3 Comments

How to Avoid Being Bothered While Working in a Library

There are instances wherein an individual seeks to flee from convivial communication, instead craving that variety of isolation fruitful for concentration and introspection. At such times a person may find … Continue reading

October 15, 2015 · 5 Comments

Google learns the Alphabet

“You still have to learn the ABC. The ABC says: They will get you down.” – Bertolt Brecht The way to spell “Google” has changed, and now the way to … Continue reading

August 13, 2015 · 2 Comments

How to Read a Large Book on Crowded Public Transit

At some point in your life you may find yourself waiting for some mode of public transit to arrive. When the aforementioned public conveyance finally comes you may feel a … Continue reading

January 14, 2015 · 9 Comments

A Mechanical Moses

An odd thing occurs if one tries to locate Mount Sinai within a recent atlas – for that mountain of such storied import is no longer where one might expect … Continue reading

August 15, 2014 · 30 Comments

We Apologize, We Will Change – An open letter from the NSA

[For Immediate Release – an open letter from the Assistant Director of the National Security Agency] To my fellow citizens, We are sorry. Let me repeat that to make my … Continue reading

April 1, 2014 · 2 Comments

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (and the NSA was watching)

Twas the night before Christmas, and all thro’ the house The only sound to be heard, was the click of a mouse; The family used their digital devices with little … Continue reading

December 24, 2013 · 70 Comments

Politicians Are Not Dadaists (they just act like they are)

The best way to understand current political occurrences in the US may be to imagine that one of the major political parties has secretly been hijacked by a band of … Continue reading

October 1, 2013 · 22 Comments

Your Phone is Not What’s Lazy…

What is a tech company to do when its recent product unveiling risks being forgotten thanks to a competitors even more recent product unveiling? Advertise, of course, and if possible … Continue reading

September 13, 2013 · 1 Comment

Reference Desk: Resources

Ahoy!  One of your captains (me) has been overwhelmed by the universe lately, and so not posting much. Sorry!  Let me make it up to you with links to sundry … Continue reading

July 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

What a Tragedy! The Appleonian Drama of Tim Cook and our Dionysian Distraction

There’s something theatrical about seeing fabulously wealthy CEOs pulled before a government panel and grilled about tax avoidance. Granted, the “grilling” is frequently more befitting a bunch of chums gathered … Continue reading

May 24, 2013 · 5 Comments

Librarianship quote of the day: kids’ reader’s advisory edition

From a elementary school librarian friend, who got this request this morning: “Do you have a book, like, on clouds? In the spotlight? The one with a dog.”     Huh?

May 3, 2013 · 1 Comment

Will Copyright Reform be SOPA in disguise?

What does one do in honor of World Intellectual Property Day? For most people the response is to say “wait, it’s World Intellectual Property Day?” shrug, and then go back … Continue reading

April 25, 2013 · 4 Comments

Cat Pic

From a library school pal, who found it in the NOBLE Digital Heritage collection via Digital Commonwealth:

April 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Librarianship Quote of the Day

This is from my dear friend, the Libromancer’s Apprentice: “As it turns out, taint punching will get me to threaten banning patrons from the library for any further disturbance.” I’m … Continue reading

April 11, 2013 · 3 Comments

The Artifce, the Artificers, and the Art World

Many an artist has known the taste of poverty. Thus, to honestly assess the history of art requires—at least—some recognition of the important role that “patrons of the arts” have … Continue reading

April 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

Facebook knows what you like…because you told it

What does it mean to hit the “like” button for an article that discusses how “liking things on Facebook” reveals much more about you than you think? Earlier in the … Continue reading

March 15, 2013 · 2 Comments

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