Thursday, January 28, 2010

RIP Howard Zinn

A People's History of the United States, 2003 ...Image via Wikipedia

I remember reading People's History in grad school and being blown away by the shift in perspective from what is usually presented about US History.

That's what affected me most from the book. I know it's said and taught to us to think about who is telling the story, or in this case writing history, and know that there are always three sides to every story as the old adage goes.

But to see this story, the American story, played out from a perspective at odds with the way we've been told this story since we were in primary school, was stark and eye opening. For that final slap in the face I need to wake and finally see what had been told over and over to me but hadn't totally sunk in, I am eternally grateful.

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Friday, January 22, 2010

EBSCO's exclusive content

EBSCO's exclusive content
(Update: GaleCengage's Open Letter response.)

For me it was shocking news.

At two of the luncheons I attended, EBSCO revealed they now have ...

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Return of the Jack Bauer Power Hour!

24 (TV Series)Image via Wikipedia

Hello again! January is upon us that has me excited because January means the new season of 24 is gearing up. This time around we find Jack Bauer living in New York City, settling into his role as a grand-father and, seemingly, leaving all the bad crud that goes with being Jack Bauer behind. But just like in the Godfather part III, once you think you're out, they pull you right back in.

Unfortunately for Jack, an old contact of his comes to him with information on a possible hit on someone negotiating a Mid East peace accord. Jack being Jack, he just can't let it slide and go back to L.A. with his family so he takes it upon himself to see to it that this hit does not go off.

Along the ride we get some twists, turns and one seemingly bad plot line but it is 24 and all of the tension, action, great villains and thrills are back. So after the first four hours, shown this past Sunday and Monday nights, I am hooked and you will be too so sit back and grab hold of the Jack Bauer Power Hour. You won't regret it.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Ghetto Fiction

Ghetto Fiction, or called Urban Fiction, is a hot commodity in my library. I can't keep them on the shelves and the requests to add more to the collection are through the roof. So for some of you that have similar requests here are some links for your collection development needs.



Thursday, January 7, 2010


ACRL-LA Meet and Greet 2009Image by acrlla via Flickr

So, I went to the ACRL/NY Symposium last month and have been remiss in posting about it since then.

The theme this year dealt with Leadership in Libraries and all of the presenters were very good and really had some substantive things to say. I am sure many of you have been to Symposiums/Conferences where you were bored or the speaker seemed out of touch and the like. No so in this case and that was a pleasant surprise as there is usually one on the schedule that serves up a stinker.

Conference material aside, I like going to conferences to talk with other librarians. This really isn't a network thing that I am talking about, building contacts and the like though that is never a bad thing. What I am talking about is just conversing with others on your field/profession and learning from them and sharing with them your experiences in the field, on the front-lines so to speak. Maybe it's just because I am fairly new in the profession but I think there is a great value to gathering with others in your field just talking about....well, anything.

That's just me, but what do I know, I am just a rookie librarian.


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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

New Year 2010!

New Year's fireworks in HelsinkiImage by taivasalla via Flickr

Well the new decade is upon us and my New Years' Resolution is to post more stuff.

So, without further delay, I will write a new post.....tomorrow.

See you then!

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