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I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a book snob, a strange thing to say for a lifetime comics/science fiction/fantasy/horror/mystery fan, but there you go. Perhaps more precisely, I’m a snob about books versus other media. But in my defense I’ll maintain that I’m getting better as I get older — more tolerant and accepting and…

A year of books: 2012

I’m including here a list of all the books I’ve read in 2012, as well as some commentary my year in reading. I always enjoy when people post these sorts of lists online and actually rather enjoy doing so myself. I’ve been doing this for a few years now: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007.…

Happpy 10th Blogiversary to me!

Ten years ago today, three days shy of my 40th birthday, I started a blog more or less on a whim. I have to admit, I only had a pretty vague idea of what blogging was all about or what its potential was. After all, my main inspiration for getting started wasn’t even a blog…

I’ve been posting quite a bit recently on the disastrous record of the current Conservative government here in Canada, especially in regards to how they treat information, science and the environment. Sadly, I have way too many posts in the works along these lines. The other day a post I saw on the Deciphering Science…

A repost from February 9, 2006 from the old blog. it tells the story of how I became a science librarian. It’s my small contribution to the #IAmScience meme on Twitter right now. Basically it’s about unconventional career paths in science. And this is mine. =========================== Inspired by Adventures in Ethics and Science and Stranger…

A year of books: 2011

I’m including here a list of all the books I’ve read in 2011, as well as some commentary on my particular year in reading. I always enjoy when people post these sorts of lists online and actually rather enjoy doing so myself. I’ve been doing this for a few years now: 2010, 2009, 2008 and…

Whoa. Now that was a intellectual reset button hitting if there ever was one. From July 31 to August 5 I attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education‘s Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians (LIAL) in Boston. It was a one-week, intensive, immersive course not so much on how to be a leader but how to…

It’s a very sad day today all across Canada as Jack Layton, leader of the Federal NDP and Leader of the Official Opposition, has died of cancer. A widely respected career politician — a rarity these days — his passion for social justice and commitment to the people of Canada will be greatly missed. His…

According to DrugMonkey’s recent post, ScienceBlogs’ new overlords The National Geogrpaphic Society will no longer allow pseudonymous to continue blogging here. I have just been informed that ScienceBlogs will no longer be hosting anonymous or pseudonymous bloggers. In case you are interested, despite extensive communication from many of us as to why we blog under…

On academic leadership

No, the purpose of this post isn’t to reveal the secrets of successful academic leadership. If I had those, believe you me I’d be writing this from my villa on the French Riviera. However, I am heading off to the Harvard Graduate School of Education‘s Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians in Boston next week where…

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