5 Things Make a Post (with pictures)

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

1. Caitlin had a rough start to the week, being kind of barfy overnight on Sunday and most of Monday. We’re not sure of the reasons–often it’s just allergies or random throat tickles. She’s doing much better now. Kept her overnight feed down last night, and has been better today.  Michael posted a picture of […]

One SF/F Research Wiki To Rule Them All…

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

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, […]

Special Collections in a Web 2.0 World: The Master Reading List

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

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 […]

Librarianing makes a post :-)

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

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 […]

5 Things Make a Post on a Wednesday

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

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 […]

In other news… (5 things make a post)

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

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 […]

Two articles worth your time, particularly if you’re thinking of library school

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

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 End of “The End of Libraries” : worth a read

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

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.

5 Things Make a Post (pre-vacation edition)

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

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 […]

Jane Austen and Science Fiction and Fantasy Panel: Book List

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

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 […]