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Kirtsaeng v. Wiley, or, Copyright laws that affect libraries

Thank goodness the Supreme Court ruled against the publisher! When I first heard about this case some time ago, I could kind of sympathize with the publisher wanting to protect their market share in the United States, but if they … Continue reading

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Trying to run errands on St. Patrick’s Day weekend

Trying to run errands downtown on St. Patrick’s Day weekend: Drunk people, GET OFF MY LAWN.

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Librarians: Helping people (we disagree with) find information since 10,000 BC

That’s part of our ethos: helping people find information, even if we disagree with their beliefs or opinions. We can’t help it–we need to help people. Even when we’re off the clock,  on lunch break, or even out and about … Continue reading

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Helping People with Disabilities in the Bookstacks

One thing I have noticed is how few libraries have plans for helping people with disabilities retrieve books from the stacks. What should people with low vision do if they can read a book with assistive technology, but have difficulty … Continue reading

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Stealth Library Jobs

Diving into the thick of job-hunting now that I have my MLIS, I’ve been noticing just how many jobs out there are stealth library jobs. Stealth library jobs are ones where employers don’t say they want a librarian, but everything … Continue reading

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Reaching Deaf and hard of hearing patrons in the library

For those of you who already know me, I’m profoundly deaf and wear a cochlear implant and a hearing aid. For those of you who don’t–now you know! Many don’t, particularly if I wear my hair down. I talk quite … Continue reading

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How to handle controversial subjects on a Facebook page

Ever since I became aware of the fact that HeathCare.gov has a Facebook page a few months ago, I became a fan for two reasons. I want to better understand how the changes will help me and my friends. I … Continue reading

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My cat absolutely hates the printer

I printed out the readings for this class, yesterday. And yes, I kill a lot of trees. But I print duplex, and often multiple pages per page. However, the duplex setting makes my cat, Joe, think it’s an evil cat-eating … Continue reading

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So, a Hermione walks into a library…

Original. I went into the library to get two books for the Context Book Report. I figured I could look at the two and decide which one to report on. I accidentally came out with 10 times more books than … Continue reading

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