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

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.

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?


Internship week 7 self motivation

In my internship class, this week’s topic is self-motivation. This is perfect timing because it’s about the middle of the semester and around this time, I’m losing steam and feeling overwhelmed. One of the assigned reading articles, 8 Steps to Continuous Self-Motivation by Craig Childs, was really helpful in reflecting on how to gain back some momentum to finish out the semester.

Help others was my favorite step of the bunch. I’m a big believer in mentorship and being a cheerleader for others. This in turn motivates me to step up my game and work harder.

I also liked the tip to keep good company. I have one classmate that I met early on (you know who you are) that has been really helpful for bouncing ideas of off and just general support and motivation. I probably wouldn’t have kept my sanity so long in the MLIS program otherwise. Even if not sharing ideas, like Childs suggests, just checking in with a motivated, like-minded person can be a real asset to staying on track.

Tracking your progress is also a good tip. I started doing this about a year into the MLIS program to help me keep things in perspective. It’s been a really interesting experience being in grad school, but also really exhausting. A couple of times a semester, I look back at how far I’ve come to help keep me inspired.

great things

I’d love any other suggestions on how to stay motivated when tackling big projects!

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A five-year-old’s philanthropy and more

It’s been a busy past week, with classes starting last Thursday and some upheaval at my day job.  But, I’m trying to relax and catch up on my blog reading and the news.  Here’s some of my favorite links of the week.

LE PLAN DU PORT DE P. Presenté a Son Altesse Royalle Monseigneur le Prince de Danemark par Michel de Monsegur 1708. - See more at: http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/magnificentmaps/2014/01/celebrating-george-iii-the-map-king.html#sthash.c3rAXU59.dpuf

LE PLAN DU PORT DE P. Presenté a Son Altesse Royalle Monseigneur le Prince de Danemark par Michel de Monsegur 1708. – Image via the British Library

The Obama presidential library process has begun with the creation of a foundation.

A sweet story about a five-year-old boy who saved up to donate to his local public library.  His generosity has inspired others to give.

Cataloging (and conserving and digitizing) the personal map collection of King George III at the British Library – all 60,000 of them.

16 books to read this year before they hit the theaters this year.  The book is almost always better than the movie, but I’m looking forward to Vampire Academy, The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent, the Giver, and Gone Girl.  I’ll have to add the others to my to read list!

I only discovered StoryCorps about a year ago and am now fascinated by it.  Here’s an article celebrating its 10th anniversary from Mother Jones.

The Pew Research Center’s 10 facts about Americans and public libraries.

Have a wonderful weekend!

[updated because I realized I posted this without a title!]