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The power imbalance in society that has for so long played in the favour of the perpetrators….might just be changing….Thank you Time Magazine! Person of the Year

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Top Ten Graphic Novels for Readers Who Don’t Like Graphic Novels by Amy Estersohn

I loved Ms Marvel – and was so excited to see she kicks off this list….

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Graphic novels are a chronically misunderstood kind of book.  When I tell people I specialize in graphic novel reviews, they immediately assume I’m a ComicCon-attending superhero fiend (uh, not really).   Or they assume that I focus on graphic novels because I give them out only to my striving readers (no, no, no, no, no).

I enjoy graphic novels the same way I enjoy magazines and novels and cookbooks and newspapers.  I enjoy graphic novels as a kind of reading, and I appreciate that the genre is wide and varied.

Below are some books that are terrific for readers across all ages. If you don’t often read graphics, try one of these!  

  1. Ms. Marvel series by G. Willow Wilson.  Carol Danvers, move over — Kamala Khan is here to take your role in the Avengers. Let’s see if she can beat the bad guys quickly because she has a chem…

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Sustainability, Information Literacy, and Libraries.

There are connections between information literacy skills and the ability to access, evaluate and use quality information.

Information Literacy Spaces

I’m involved with a professional learning community at Victoria called VicTeach. We recently ran a session about sustainability in teaching and learning in conjunction with Victoria’s sustainability office. The office focuses on the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs). The SDGs cover a range of crucial global issues like hunger, climate change, equality, health, education, and justice.

I went to the workshop to look at how we could improve sustainability in the way we deliver our courses, and by connecting sustainability into our course content.  I hadn’t previously thought about links between sustainability and information literacy, but during the workshop and discussion I came to consider how promoting IL supports the achievement of many of the SDGs. Goal #4- Quality Education – is always going to be central to school and university communities, but this is just one connection between the SDGs, and information literacy:  for people to be able to…

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Transforming lives, one small pop up at a time.

Pop-up libraries, in centers where the community comes together, is a growing trend among librarians and other organizations to help bring in learning centers while doing daily chores. It a very exciting initiative, started by Libraries Without Borders and has been tested in two cities in the United States: Detroit, Michigan and the Bronx, in…

via Wash & Learn — International Librarians Network

Scumbuster – a book with a heart of gold

Summary: Nothing’s easy for Lockie Leonard. Dumped by his girlfriend, he’s back to being the loneliest kid in town and life looks bleak. That is until he meets Egg – who might be the weirdest human being he’s ever met. On top of all that, Lockie decides to save the planet; at least the bit…

via Book: Lockie Leonard – Scumbuster — Ballarat Library Chick

Secondment from Subject Librarian to Bibliographic Services Librarian – David Stacey

Secondments as a way of developing staff

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This is the first in a series of articles which outline the experiences of library staff from the University of Bath who were involved in a recent series of secondments at the institution and what they learnt from the experience. In the posting below David Stacey talks about his 9 month secondment  from the Academic Services team (Science Faculty) to the Technical Services team.

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I am Subject Librarian for Computer Science, Mathematical Sciences and Learning Partnerships (i.e. our partner colleges and related courses).  The secondment was 20 Feb to 16 Nov 2012. I moved from the Academic Services team (Science Faculty) to the Technical Services team where I became our Bibliographic Services Librarian and oversaw the Acquisitions, Cataloguing and Copy & Print teams. The remit was book/e-book focused (my counterpart in that role focuses on the serials and a number of other teams).

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Statistics Prove Relevance of the Library

Evidence based practice in a school library – I love it!

Beyond Survival in a School Library

A question from my administration, briefly and poorly answered in the rush of ‘clean-up day’ has led me to take a closer look at our circulation statistics. Rather than giving a realistic impression of our library usage, I inexplicably ended up promoting our fantastic partnership with the local public library! Thinking on my feet, especially when my mind is overflowing with unrelated details, is not one of my talents.

Thinking_(2808468566)Wade M from San Francisco, USA

The question was about reference materials, by which I believe was meant nonfiction in general in this age of the Internet.

Yes, reference material is truly a thing of the past in its traditional form and a few attractive volumes decorate the unreachable shelves in the library. When it comes to nonfiction in general, it’s true that many topics have been superseded by online resources. However, there are still a great many areas that are…

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