I made a thing: Ad/Lib

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I was sitting in a hospital room a few weeks ago (I wasn't the sick one in this case) and was brainstorming ideas that might benefit the library community, but was yet untapped. I hit on an idea to create a website that focuses on marketing and branding done in/by libraries. Of course, I was a naive to think that nothing like this existed. There's

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Kinder, friendlier signage

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As the newly minted Services Librarian, Thode Library at McMaster University, I noticed a few things about the signage around the library. First, it was inconsistent. Some used a template (good!), but many were just words thrown on a page, usually in a random font. Second, a lot of signs were printed out in all UPPER CASE. I'm sure at the time it

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Background: I was contacted by a student from an US university working on a project that looked at alternative science careers. The student included a list of headings that formed the basis for this post. It's a bit of a rush job, so please excuse the poor grammar and odd wording. If you have anything you think would be valuable for the student,

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Mind Mapping with Popplet

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I was recently invited to guest lecture in an LIS class, speaking to and leading discussion around embedded librarianship and thinking beyond information literacy. For this latter topic, I had this notion that it would be interesting to get students to brainstorm broadly about what other literacies there might be, and what being literate in that

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No, no, thank you.

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I listen to a lot of podcasts. Many of them are interview based: Spark, On the Media, The Sound of Young America, etc. Invariably, at the end of the interview, the host says, "Thanks for being on this show" in some form. Now, pay attention to what the interviewee says in response. It's almost never "you're welcome", which is what so many of us

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Over at Confessions of a Science Librarian, John Dupuis dropped the gauntlet for all of us in academic librarianship content to go to the same library conferences and read the same library literature. He's onto something - there's much that can be learned from discovering where your faculty are reading/going and finding them there. This can be as

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This won't be a post about the wonderful sessions I attended at the OLA Superconference 2011, because I didn't really attend any. I couldn't find the time! Rather, this will be some reflections on being a presenter, twice. Try something different. For one of my presentations (on active learning classrooms), my co-presenter and I used a web

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(with apologies to the Western Soundscape Archive) Title: Thode Library, September 18, 2009 at 2:30 PM [wpaudio url="http://andrewcolgoni.ca/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/thode-ambient.mp3"] Subject: Places; Ambient Recordings; Environments; Indoor Sounds Place Names: H.G. Thode Science and Engineering Library (McMaster University);

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