Category Archives: Services

Ephemera and Librarians as Scholars

As I’m sure many of you 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 … 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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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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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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A Portrait of the Librarian as an Eccentric Neighbor

I used to live next to a retired librarian named Ralph. He converted the University of Idaho’s library collection from the Dewey Decimal System to the Library of Congress. It took him seven years. When I was 22 years old … Continue reading

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A Reminder for Impartiality

The other day as I sat at the West Tower circulation desk here at Wells, I was approached by two young men. While the shorter of the two hung back with a smirk on his face, the other one proceeded … Continue reading

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The Only Person You’ll Talk to All Day

A couple of weeks back, The Guardian published an editorial generally discussing how libraries must find more creative services to reach its public in the face of budget cuts, closures, and the competitive rise of Amazon and Google. But this … Continue reading

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