TED Talk: Gerard Ryle and the Panama Papers

Oh, my poor neglected little blog…I’ve missed sharing things here.  I don’t know about you, but this year has been a crazy one for me.  After finishing up my MLIS I could barely stand to look at the computer for months, and I’m finally starting to feel almost normal again. Now I’m just looking for libraryland jobs and enjoying post-grad life.

I heard this great TED Talk on my commute to work this morning by Gerard Ryle on “How the Panama Papers journalists broke the biggest leak in history.”  A great insight into a collaboration between journalists around the world to ensure access to information.


The transcript can be found here.

The Panama Papers database can be accessed here.


TED talk: Everyone around you has a story

I love oral history projects of any kind because they give a voice to the everyday person.  And I love, love, love StoryCorps.  I don’t cry very easily, but every time I listen to one of those stories I tear up.  StoryCorps now has an app!

Check out this recent TED Talk by StoryCorps founder and TED Prize winner, Dave Isay, “Everyone around you has a story the world needs to hear.”  Over 100,000 of these stories have now been saved.

Currently reading: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Inspiring quotes from kids books [infographic]

You guys, this semester is killing me so I keep neglecting this poor blog.  The web design class I’m in is the most challenging class I’ve taken in my MLIS program and it’s throwing me off my game.  But I can see an end in sight in just a couple of months!  It probably doesn’t help that I’m so close to graduating and I just want to make it to the end.

Anyway, here’s a fun infographic on the most inspiring quotes from children’s books, from Quotery.  My favorite quote on here is “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

Do you have a favorite quote from a book for children?


13 Little-Known Punctuation Marks [infographic]

Apparently I missed National Punctuation Day (who knew that was a thing?), but I do love grammar tips, so here’s a fun infographic from Mental Floss on 13 little-known punctuation marks.  Love it.  I’m going to try to start using some.  Have you ever seen any of these?

punctuation marks

How long will it take to read [infographic]

Here’s a fun infographic by Personal Creations showing the estimated time to read popular books.  The times were based on the average reading speed of 300 words per minute.

Have you read any of these?  I just finished Rebecca and it took less than 8 1/2 hours, but if I remember correctly, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo took me longer than 9 hours.


Currently reading: The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Most frequently challenged books [infographic]

In honor of Banned Books Week, this infographic by the Huffington Post shows the reasons for trying to ban the most frequently challenged books since 2013.


Have you read any of these books?