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.


Literary map of the British Isles [infographic]

Happy Friday! I have been a busy bee working on my e-portfolio and wrapping up my MLIS.  Graduation is {hopefully} in sight!  I decided to put my e-port on a website, so I was forced to think of a name for it.  I’m not great at naming things, but I managed to come up with one that wasn’t already taken, and now changed this blog name to match.  So, welcome to Crafter Librarian!

For your Friday enjoyment, here’s a literary map of the British Isles, via BuzzFeed.


Currently reading: The Muralist by B. A. Shapiro (another advanced reading copy from the ALA conference)

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

50 of the most translated books [infographic]

7Brands has created a fun infographic on the world’s most translated books.  I like how they also provide a Google doc of the sources they used when they shared the infographic..

I’m not surprised that The Little Prince tops the list, although I believe most of the books on the infographic are classics.  Even I’m slowly trying to collect this book in other languages (so far, just Farsi, Chinese, French, and German) and I doubt I’ll ever get anywhere near the 250+ languages available.


TED Talk What makes a word real

I’ve been trying to listen to more TED talks on my commute to work and came across this fascinating and funny talk by language historian Ann Curzan on “What makes a word ‘real’?”  Curzan gives some great insight into the human decisions behind creating dictionaries.  When was the last time you checked to see who authored a dictionary?  I admit I never have, but I will now.