Thursday, June 30, 2011

Things I love: Literary Noir and Portland, OR

There is so much that is amazing about this book trailer, and in turn about Portland...

Wire to Wire Trailer from Juliet Zulu on Vimeo.

First, Wire to Wire, which was recently reviewed in Publisher Weekly, looks like an amazing book.

Second, Tin House is becoming a tight little publishing house. Based in Portland and New York, their literary magazine has published such authors as Sherman Alexie and David Foster Wallace. And the books they are coming out with are (in my humble opinion) pretty cutting edge. I was transfixed by Brian DeLeeuw's In This Way I Was Saved, and I am looking forward to reading Wire to Wire. I feel that with current changes happening in the publishing industry - with a centralized focus on eReaders - we are going to see a lot of exciting things coming from small, independent publishers. But only if we buy their books.

Third, and most importantly, the opening coffee house scene was filmed in my favorite diner, City State. Just a few blocks from my house with the best egg scramble in Portland, good taste is not hard to come by in this town.

Thursday, June 23, 2011


Librarian Extraordinaire and founding member of In the Library with the Lead Pipe, Emily Ford's amazing Lightning Talk from the 2011 Oregon Virtual Reference Summit:

Emily Ford - What Libraries Can Learn From Kanye - 2011 OVRS from L-net: Oregon Libraries Network on Vimeo.

You can also check out her slides here.

I couldn't agree more. Librarians need to collaborate, produce content, and grab the mike as often as possible.

Saturday, June 18, 2011


Sometimes I am amazed at my timing... I announced in an earlier post, I am one of the newest contributing writers on the Hack Library School blog. Just two weeks after my first post, it was announced that the blog was the recipient of the 2011 Salem Press Best Newcomer Library Blog Award!

While I'd like to think that it was my brilliant review of my MLIS program that finally swayed the judges, I know that the credit belongs in the hands of the original hackers, who have worked very hard establishing the blog as the foremost commentary of library school and the changes face of information management.

The editors and I are all very honored to be listed with the winners of other categories, all of whom are bloggers that we follow and look up to:

General Library Blog: Librarian in Black

Public Library Blog: Swiss Army Librarian

Academic Library Blog: Information Tyrannosaur

School Library Blog: The Unquiet Librarian

Local Library Blog: Cecil County Public Library

Quirky Library Blog: Librarian's Guide to Etiquette

Commercial Library Blog: Neverending Search

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Information Literacy: The Eye of the Storm

Where has the time gone? You can tell a library student is in the thick of it when they neglect their much loved blog... thing I have learned about library school is that my desired role as a librarian seems to change with every class. During my first foundation classes, I really wanted to head an access services department. Taking a reference class, I wanted to be king of the reference desk. With web design, I thought that being a UX librarian would be the bees knees.

This summer I am taking an information literacy instruction course, and staying true to the pattern, I am now searching out open Info Lit/Public Services positions in schools across the country. I think that librarians who teach are the apex of librarianship. After all, the core of what we do is is connecting people to ideas. Information literacy instruction certainly is the most direct and efficient way of doing this.

It goes without saying that I am pretty jazzed about this class.

The first assignment I had was to summarize Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe's chapter in Information Literacy Instruction Handbook (eds Cox & Lindsay 2008), which deals with the future of information literacy.

Since I am such a visual learner, as I was reading the chapter I came to conceptualize the future of information literacy as a spinning storm. At the center, you have the eye of the storm. In this case, the eye is composed of the core tenets of information literacy. Hinchliffe describes these as the outcomes of effective information literacy instruction (as developed by the ACRL). That is, an information literate individual is able to:

  • Determine the extent of information needed
  • Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically
  • Incorporate selected information into one's knowledge base
  • use Information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally.
Surrounding the eye of the storm, you have all of the changes that are happening to the industry as a whole as well as factors that effect instruction:
  • Trends in academia
  • Emerging technology
  • Democratization of authorship
  • Political demands
  • etc, etc, etc
Of course, being a nerd, I had to turn my metaphor of Information Literacy as a storm into an info graphic. Since I don't have a fridge to hang this picture on (well, I do. Just to cheap to print in out. And it would probably weird out my housemates), I thought I would post it here.

For a bigger view, you can click on the image or check it out in my Google Docs.