It's always a little shocking (and irritating) when a new book arrives and needs mending before it can even go on the shelf. It's even more shocking when the subject of the book is design (um, #bookdesignfail). The Third Teacher: 79 Ways You Can Use Design to Transform Teaching & Learning is otherwise a lovely book, chock full of good ideas for how classroom environments can be designed to maximize learning. Luckily for us, Paul is a master book mender. Here's his description of the necessary repairs and some photos of the trickier bits (those arms belonging to George and Mary).
"The original glue on the spine of this brand new book had failed completely, so we carefully pulled the whole text block away from the cover and clipped it tight with two big binder clips. Next, we set the text block spine up and put a layer of glue directly on the spine. Then we put a layer of cheesecloth over the glue layer, with the glue still wet, and added a layer of glue on the outside of the cheesecloth. After that, the cheesecloth was left to dry and then trimmed neatly. The text block with its newly reinforced spine was then glued back into the cover and stored spine down overnight to dry. As a last step, front and back hinges were reinforced with plastic tape."
They were here in October and now they're back! To help us weed our library collection, that is. This time we had seven graduate students from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science online Collection Development classes here for their on-campus weekend. They helped us identify around 220 (!!!) books that can go to the University Library's high density storage facility.
In the 800s:
Buh-bye, 1952 edition of Great Books of the Western World. Now on to the 300s:
Today's favorite find:
Follow ALL the adventures on Twitter, #lisw33d. Thanks, guys!
I can't resist sharing this infographic from HubSpot that shows the most significant changes Google has made to its search algorithm since 2003. A high Google ranking is super important for any site that wants to be seen (which is maybe why one of my students once remarked that the "invisible web" is the second page of Google results). Just to be clear, bajillions of clicks on a site won't propel the site to the first page of Google results. At all. On the other hand, Google has been looking at quality backlinks since forever. My favorite improvement to the algorithm was Panda, in February 2011 (take THAT, content farms and sites with high ad-to-content ratio). Still, nothing in this infographic about how Google tracks and bubbles you.
Ms. Atkinson (aka Amy) is getting us all in the mood this week by posting an imagined literary pick-up line each day. Students are asked to guess what literary character might have used the pick-up line in the real world. The first five winners receive "a life-changing prize" (a mini candy bar). For example:
"Hey babe, whadda ya say we ignore this family feud and elope? There's no way it will end in our tragic deaths, I swear."
Yesterday's was "Are you sure that 'A' doesn't stand for 'awesomely hot'?"
Here's a shot of her with the bag of life-changing prizes:
Needless to say, this friendly little competition has been a big hit.
I hope not, because I have it on good authority that fun is bad for you (cue scary music). It says so in a book, newly arrived in the library, called Bad for You: Exposing the War on Fun! by Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham. This book covers the many ways humans have demonized fun through the ages, with chapters on comics (ironic, since this book is in comic format), games, technology, play, and thought. In the technology chapter there are a number of delicious digs at Internet filtering software, one of my favorite things to demonize. The "Moral Panic Media Cycle" and the "Techno-Panic Timeline" pages are suitable for framing. Comics were supposed to lead kids to a life of crime and deviation. Check out this depiction of Dr. Frederic Wertham, the influential psychiatrist whose "work" contributed to the establishment of the Comics Code Authority in which the comic book publishers started censoring their own material.
“Lots of people have suspected for years that Wertham fudged his so-called clinical evidence in arguing against comics, but there’s been no proof,” according to an article by Carol Tilley, published in a recent issue of Information and Culture: A Journal of History. At least, there wasn’t any until Tilley started digging through his personal archives (only made public in 2010), where she discovered evidence of how Wertham revised children’s ages, distorted their quotes, omitted other causal factors and, generally, “played fast and loose with the data he gathered on comics.”
How's that for exposing the war on fun? Looks like a great book - check it out! While you're at it, take a look at Carol Tilley's original research. She's on OUR campus!
How can you not love a cookbook that tells you to "Smoosh it!"? And has sections for both breakfast and second breakfast? Okay, okay, this particular recipe is ranked "expert," but the vast majority are labeled "easy." I'm going to have to try them out in the comfort of my indoor kitchen.
What do you do with 60-odd subbies when the weather isn't bad enough to call for a snow day, but it's too cold to go to P.E.? Simple. Have hot chocolate and listen to Amy tell the story of her first kiss. Spoiler: it did not go well.
Beesley documents the moment
Hope to see you at library storytime during Uni Period tomorrow!