Viva La Library with Arabic Subtitles!

So, the information literacy song I made,  “Viva La Library,” has been subtitled with Arabic subtitles by the Media & Information Literacy Programme in Qatar. My spoken Arabic is minimal and my reading ability weaker still. And so thoughts on the translation would be appreciated from readers who are proficient in Arabic! Below is the original without the subtitles, [Read More...]

Go Ahead and Play Again

I returned to the public piano in front of Indianapolis’ Central Library today, this time with my son, who plays the violin. We played “Berceuse” by Ottorino Respighi, one of our favorite pieces for violin and piano, and also did some improvisation together. I also played and sang “You Raise Me Up” and my son [Read More...]

Whovian in the Library

The Doctor Who episode “Silence in the Library” is particularly popular with Doctor Who fans who are librarians, since the episode is set in a planet-sized library. Butler University recently hired a new librarian, Franny Gaede, who is a Whovian. And so soon after getting to campus, this appeared on her door: I love that, [Read More...]

Go Ahead and Play

I stopped by to play the piano in front of Central Library in downtown Indianapolis today, and one of the librarians came out and took my picture and recorded a little bit. It is now on their web site. You can learn more about the “Go Ahead and Play” project, and the Women’s Fund of [Read More...]

Job: Head Librarian (Professional Hazard)

I saw this headline on a post on the ISAW blog today: Job: Head Librarian I suspect that I am not the only person in my line of work whose first thought was that this will be some sort of interesting interpretation of the central character of the Book of Job, and only a second [Read More...]

The Book of Kells Online

The Library of Trinity College Dublin has made the entire Book of Kells available online! If you like that, you’ll probably like this Anglo-Saxon Psalter in the French National Library too!     [Read more...]

Viva La Library (The Information Literacy Song)

I was looking recently for an amusing song to convey key points about information literacy to students. Since I didn’t find something that was in a style I could relate to, I made this. It is goofy, but it’s supposed to me. Hope you enjoy it! Lyrics: Viva la Library (The Information Literacy Song) I [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Rewatching Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead

I recently rewatched the double Doctor Who episode “Silence in the Library” and “Forest of the Dead.” Having now seen so much of the later interaction between the Doctor and River Song, and having so many questions answered and details filled in, rewatching the episode where they first introduced River reinforces just how impressively the [Read More...]

Grants for Cataloging Eastern Christian Manuscripts

The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) announces grants available for cataloging work in its eastern Christian collections in Arabic/Garšūnī, Armenian, Old Church Slavonic, and Syriac. These grants are funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Many of these collections are greatly understudied and catalogers thus have prime opportunities for new and further research, as [Read More...]

Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library

Remember when getting all the Dead Sea Scrolls published and available to scholars and the public was a frustrating issue? How times have changed! Now significant numbers of the scrolls are available online, thanks to a partnership between the IAA and Google, as many bloggers and news sites have been reporting. Click here to visit [Read More...]

What is a Library?

I spent a day during  Butler’s Fall break at a strategic planning retreat for the Butler University libraries. Being rather philosophically minded, I asked a small group I was in “What is a library?” as a way of trying to generate discussion on our assigned topic. The answer was multi-faceted, and included not only a [Read More...]