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.


Each state’s favorite book and more

It’s time again to start thinking about what classes to take for summer and fall sessions. I would really like to start doing some internships now that I have completed enough electives credits. I’m thinking about taking one class and one two-credit internship this summer, but I’m also wondering if I am just being crazy and should avoid that idea like the plague. I took a summer class last year and it was very hectic, but I partially attribute that to the class requiring two large group projects. I posted on my school’s student discussion board about whether anyone else has attempted such a thing, but no replies yet. I may just have to take a chance and try it out.

Selecting classes for fall is even trickier. I have to figure out how many classes I even have left to take and make sure that I’m covering all of the required competencies. After doing my classwork each day and all of the reading and writing, the last thing I want to do is think about what classes I have left to take! At least I have some time to decide.

Trees with Snow on Branches, "Half Dome, Apple Orchard, Yosemite", California by Ansel Adams.  Source.

Trees with Snow on Branches, “Half Dome, Apple Orchard, Yosemite”, California by Ansel Adams. Source.

It was a slow news week in the world of books and libraries, but here’s a few links I liked.

The World Digital Library has hit 10,000 items with content from libraries all over the world.

A map of each state’s most popular book.

I can’t believe this guy stole $115,000 in rare books and was only fined $3,000.

Read this, not that – book club version, from Paste Magazine.

The National Archives has begun releasing confidential papers from the Clinton administration.

Have a great weekend!

Now reading: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson