I’m a member of the Science Fiction Collections Consortium. That’s one of those old-fashioned email listservs you may have heard about, where we communicate with one another about who has what, who’s getting what, and who may wish to be in touch with whom. :-) We offer each other duplicates, occasionally commiserate about lack of space, […]
I teach a SJSU special collections seminar this spring. It’s time to revise my syllabus! Would you like to help warp shape the budding professionals of our field? Tell me in the comments: what am I missing? Required Textbooks: (i.e.: BUY THESE THEY WILL BE USED) Gailbraith, S.K. & Smith, G.D. (2012). Rare book librarianship: An […]
I went to the ANADPII conference in Barcelona late last month, followed immediately by Chicago TARDIS, hence my radio silence over here. Jet lag is definitely a thing. So was food poisoning, which I acquired on the flight home from Barcelona. UGH. I’m better now, thanks. Anyway, I’m beginning to do my writeup of my […]
1. Christopher de Hamel is coming to campus today! He’ll be in Special Collections later this afternoon before his talk at 5 pm. I’m still rather excited. 2. Spain prep continues apace. This conference is going to be amazing. 3. Just ordered this Karen Hanmer piece for our collections. Teach all the binding methods! I’m […]
1. Christopher de Hamel is coming to NIU to give a talk for the Art History department. The Friends of the NIU Libraries are co-sponsoring, and he will likely be in RBSC for at least some of his time on campus to talk to students. I’m rather geeked out about this, and will likely sheepishly […]
1. Beerbrarian on whether it’s really worth doing. 2. The Library Loon on what to do when you get there to get the most out of it, if you decide to go.
The BeerBrarian doing us all a solid, giving us good responses to the inevitable “The End of Libraries” articles that continue to be generated for reasons I will never fully understand, as they’ve been predicting the End of Libraries since we’ve HAD libraries.
1. Today is a day of clearing the decks in my office in preparation for 2 whole weeks of actual vacation. This is the longest break from my day job that I’ve taken for vacation since I came to NIU. There was a similar-length break for Caitlin’s hip surgery, but I think you’ll agree that […]
This past weekend, as one of the presenters at the Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books, I did a panel with Mary Robinette Kowal where we discussed Jane Austen and SF/F. We loosely defined this as “SF/F that is set during the regency period, not necessarily following the tropes of an Austen novel.” Mary kindly brought […]
So, a few weeks have gone by. As you may have noticed, I have not reinstated any of the RBSC or Friends of the Library social media sites/profiles. There have been some campus conversations about the new social media policy. During our faculty meeting this morning, it was explained that the monthly reporting is somehow […]