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Current Cites for January 2016

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 1/30/16 (10:39am)

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Current Cites for January 2016 is out! You can find the issue here...

Starting the year out right. I pointed to the "big anniversary issue" coming from the Journal of Electronic Publishing (JEP) celebrating its 20th year as an open access journal.

'Join the Conversation' Makes It to This Year's Banished Word List

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 1/4/16 (12:08am)

Wow, "join the conversation" has made it to this year's LSSU Banished Word List! I've lived to see the day!

University Releases 2016 Banned Words List (WGN)

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – A university in Michigan has come out with its annual list of banished words.

Each year Lake Superior State University bans words or phrases it deems overused, misused, or in poor taste. Top contenders for 2016 include “vape,” “break the Internet” and “conversation.”

Now if only "disruptive" and "iconic" could make it to next year's list! Puh-leeeeeeezzzzeee!

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Note to Google

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 12/15/15 (7:44pm)

Note to Google: No, we aren't open till 2am tonight. It's intersession.

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UPDATE: I contacted Google through the "Feedback" page and they fixed the thing in about a day. Not bad.

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On the Importance of High School Libraries

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 12/12/15 (4:38pm)

So the big news yesterday was the student protest at DeSable High School against the firing of their librarian. The students were right to do this. In fact it would seem more of a survival tactic than simply a protest.

It's amazing to think of an institution that claims to be about education that has no library function. What are the students going to do when they hit college? They'll each have to learn how to do research -- that's what going to college involves -- and this is infinitely harder to do if they have no prior familiarity with what a library is and how it functions. What's next? Take away the textbooks?

UPDATE: Good news...

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Current Cites for November 2015

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 11/30/15 (1:39pm)

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Current Cites for November 2015 is out! You can find the issue here...

I recommended an article titled, "When IT No Longer Remains Anonymous -- For All the Right Reasons" (EDUCAUSE Review). It looks at two approaches to academic IT depts. -- one reactive (okay) and the other pro-active (better).

Ask a Librarian

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 10/29/15 (2:39pm)

Interesting article looking at the transitory nature of the web. Technology and formats change all the time. In a sense, you never step into the same web twice. That said, the article subtitle, "If a Pulitzer-finalist 34-part series of investigative journalism can vanish from the web, anything can" -- just isn't true. I found most of the original "vanished" articles using the database Newsbank.

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Current Cites for September 2015

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 10/1/15 (9:44am)

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Current Cites for September 2015 is out! You can find the issue here...

I recommended an article from Computers In Libraries that's near and dear to anyone who's experienced the same on a website they've managed, namely "Hacked! Lessons Learned From An URL Injection".

File Under, 'Things I Don't Usually Think About'

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 9/26/15 (2:42pm)

So I was at the local Subway Sandwich place, ordering a Ham and Cheese. The guy at the counter asked me what I wanted on it.

"Mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato," I replied.

"In that order?"

I was stumped. I mean, I don't usually get down to that level of detail.

"Go with whatever works best," I finally blurted out.

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First Saturday of the New School Year at Depaul

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 9/12/15 (3:38pm)

First Saturday of the new school year at Depaul -- with colleague Jim

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