Author Archives: libref

Saying Goodbye

Tracking down full-text online access to the correspondence of Giuseppe Garibaldi. Banging out that 10-page report you saved until the last minute. Putting your jeans on after eating an entire pint of ice cream. Some things in life are just … Continue reading

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Ephemera and Librarians as Scholars

As I’m sure many of my colleagues remember from my many emails requesting shift coverage, I recently attended a conference. The theme of this year’s Nineteenth Century Studies Association’s conference was “The New and the Novel.” The conference is interdisciplinary … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned

The end of the year is upon us, and while the summer is just a short break until next fall for many, some of us will not be returning. (Pause for tears.) I graduate in May along with a number … Continue reading

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Prepping for the Races

Spring is upon us, and with that comes the stress and busyness the end of the semester brings. To counterbalance this, there are also a slew of lively events happening around campus and the city of Bloomington. Perhaps one of … Continue reading

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Confronting Those “How-Am-I-Going-to-Get-This-All-Done-And-What’s-The-Point-Anyway Blues”

It’s that time of year when the libraries are filling up with students cramming for the end of the semester. [Can you believe that we only have four weeks left? (Why am I reminding myself?)] While we may feel like … Continue reading

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Fist-bumps for the Fraud and Heretic, or Learning One’s Own Faith

A few weeks ago, a student came to the reference desk for help finding articles on cerebral palsy and education with text-to-speech technologies. I felt as though I had been flailing about in my efforts to assist him, jumping around from … Continue reading

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Recognizing Asian/Pacific American literature

Beginning the last week of March and throughout the month of April, IU is celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, which is observed nationally during the month of May. Because of this, it’s a great time to recognize … Continue reading

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From Batman to Blankets: There’s a Graphic Novel for Everyone

It’s always nice to click with someone at the reference desk over shared interests. Last semester a patron asked where she could find the graphic novel section in Wells and my face lit up. Unfortunately, I couldn’t give her the … Continue reading

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The Job Search Blues

It’s finally that time.  Graduation is approaching and we’ll be free from homework and other projects at long last.  I’m sure many of us are thinking these thoughts right now.  While the prospect of finally getting to work on that … Continue reading

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Maker Mondays

This semester the Scholars’ Commons hosted a series of workshops to highlight different tools used in makerspaces. In case you missed it, here’s a quick rundown of the five tools we explored. And if you’re new to the maker movement, … Continue reading

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