Archives for October, 2010

Canadian horror/dark fantasy writer Kelley Armstrong has a nice list of 10 favourite horror novels in a recent issue of the Globe and Mail. Here it is: The Shining by Stephen King The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris The Turn of The Screw by Henry James The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty The…

Friday Fun: Growing up a horror fan

A second Halloween-related post, with the happy day coming up this weekend. My “give a scary book” post came on Monday. Anyways, a recent post on Horrornews.net really resonated with me: Growing up as a horror fan. Mostly because I too grew up a huge horror fan, mostly watching cheesy old Hammer films on tv,…

A week or two ago, in a comment on the Blogging Groups and Ethics post, I lamented that I always seem to be reading the same librarianish blogs, not mixing it up too much. I wished that we might have a blogging community to assemble around, or at least a good aggregator. Well, Bora Zivkovic…

Slice and Scan After Launching Search and Discovery, Who Is Mission Control? The smart scholar’s publication-venue heuristics; or, how to use open access to advance your career Piracy trumps obscurity again Open to All: Preserving Library Values in a Digital World Proposing a Taxonomy of Social Reading How Should Peer Review Evolve? Why Peer Review…

You know, there just aren’t enough useless holiday excuses to give books to people. Giving books as presents has to be one of my all-time favourite things to do in life — especially the opportunity to give books to my family! So, it seems that Neil Gaiman has a really, really good idea. I propose…

As I mentioned a few days ago, the kind librarians of Brock University in St. Catherines, ON invited me to give a talk as part of their Open Access Week suite of events. I’ve included my slides for the presentation below. There was a small but engaged group of mostly librarians that turned up. Please…

Ah, The Cronk News. Always good for a laugh at academia’s expense! I like this one from a few weeks ago, an amusing take on the whole town vs. gown issue: Townies Make Preemptive Strike On College Town/Gown relations in Norwich, CT deteriorated in record time this year when students returned to campus. For over…

Ok, not a bar, more like an information literacy class. I thought I’d bring to everyone’s attention a presentation by two of my York University Libraries colleaques, web librarian William Denton and instruction librarian Adam Taves. It was at Access in Winnipeg a week or so ago: After Launching Search and Discovery, Who Is Mission…

The False Security of Technology? What Might We Be Missing? Reading Instrumentally Why blogging still matters Outsourcing Plus (Partnering to provide more online ed choices) Long Road to Open Access The Down-side of Technology? On Class Time Wikimedia: Power, Leadership, and Movement Roles Gaming as Teaching Tool Blogs in higher education – some ideas about…

The kind librarians at Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario have invited me to help them celebrate Open Access Week! Their rather impressive lineup of OA Week events (and I’m not just saying this because I’m involved, believe me) is here. My part is a talk I’m giving on Wednesday: Wednesday, October 20 2-3:30 Exploring…

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