Viva La Library Live

This is a recording of the first ever live performance of the information literacy song, Viva La Library. This took place at the opening ceremony of the Butler Summer Games on May 10th, 2017. Performed by the LibCats.   [Read more…]

Using Wikipedia

Via Butler University Libraries on Twitter. [Read more…]

Wow, Ask!

This is another video that was entered into the PALNI contest that I blogged about last year, but which I didn't get around to sharing until now. It features Indiana Jones looking for the Holy Grail and so taking the obvious step of visiting a library. Today is my first day of classes this semester, [Read More…]

The Deep End of the Library

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Search Engine

This cartoon came to my attention via Centered Librarian. On the one hand, there is nothing wrong with updating names. A ‘computer’ used to mean a¬†person who did calculations for a living. On the other hand, a search engine (in the current sense of the term) is something radically different from a librarian. A search [Read More…]

Cathedrals for Today

I have been in a couple of libraries recently, and have been struck over and over again by the idea that they ought to be renamed “cathedrals of learning.” They are a kind of sacred space, which accomplish something not just by providing particular services or materials, but by being a quiet place set apart [Read More…]

How Many Librarians Does It Take To Change A Lightbulb?

I thought this was clever, and something that my friends and colleagues who are librarians would appreciate. If this is a really old joke in library circles, please do let me know!   [Read more…]

PALNI Prize

I recently¬†had the privilege to be an invited panelist at a PALNI (Private Academic Library Network of Indiana) strategic planning meeting. For post-dinner entertainment, they had a video contest, with the various libraries in the network entering submissions. The dean of the Butler University libraries, Julie Miller, submitted my “Viva La Library” video as our [Read More…]

A Christmas Carrel

Joseph Kelly shared this lovely bit of seasonal library creativity on Facebook, which he and his library colleagues Haley Curtis Moss and Chris Wells created.   [Read more…]

Beyond Library Walls

Today’s Indianapolis Star includes an article by Stephanie Wang on academic libraries’ move in the direction of focusing on digital resources. The article mentions me, as I spoke with Ms. Wang on the phone the other day. She had heard from our dean of libraries, whom she also interviewed for the article she was working [Read More…]