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I was invited to speak to McMaster University Advancement about using social media tools for professional development, both personally and as an organization. I introduced and spoke about twitter, linkedin, facebook, second life and youtube. It was a whirlwind tour, but I hope I was able to inspire some new ideas. Take home message: social media

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Groomed for Management

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In a week of thought-provoking ideas, I wish to touch on one in particular: should management in libraries necessarily be librarians? We are seeing this issue come up again and again, and is an early theme in library education. "There will be a shortage of management in libraries, we need to be sure that new librarians have the appropriate

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On cheating

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"If I wanted to learn how to play the guitar, or improve my golf swing, or write HTML, “cheating” would be the last thing that would ever occur to me. It would be utterly irrelevant to the situation. On the other hand, if I wanted a certificate saying that I could pick a jib, play a round in under 80, or produce a slick Web page (and never

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Gog and Magog

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These guys are Lucy Maud Montgomery's ceramic dogs, which are housed in the University of Guelph archives. The description on the box indicates that they were purchased in England in 1911 by LMM. Forever keeping a watchful eye on the

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While the media fall all over themselves to cover the swine flu spread, they in turn spread panic. By understanding the issue, you can diffuse the fear. If you want to know more about the flu issue, without the inflammatory wording (see what I did there?), then check out these links: Effect Measure: A scientific look at public health

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XL1 MS A021 006

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As a co-op student in the University of Guelph archives, I spent much of my time processing the Macklin L. Hancock collection. Feeling artistic, I made custom labels for the archival

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