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.


Links of the week: Best book covers of 2014 and more

I hope you had a nice holiday!  I was just easing into the winter break when I was taken down for about a week by the flu, but luckily I’m on the mend now.

3714316224Here’s some favorite links from the week.

The New York Times’ best book covers of 2014.  Lots of loveliness.

And the NYT editors share the best book they read in 2014, new or old.

And the SF Weekly’s top books of 2014.

The New York Public Library discovers a stash of questions posed to librarians from the 1940s to the 1980s.  “Is it possible to keep an octopus in a private home?”

The 25 films selected for the Library of Congress National Film Registry for 2014.  Big Lebowski and Ferris Bueller!

Edinburgh University gives a library card to a cat.

Tracking the 20 most popular websites since 1996.  Wow.  Remember Netscape, Lycos, and Altavista?  Angelfire websites!  Plus many others I can’t remember.  It’s interesting to see websites become popular and less popular, and Amazon and Facebook enter the fray.

Self-care for graduate students, by Hack Library School.  “Marvel at what you’ve learned.”  Well said.

More than 148,000 records from the Government Printing Office now available at the Digital Public Library of America, improving public access to federal documents.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Now reading: Just Kids by Patti Smith.

Responsive web design [infographic]

I enrolled in a web design class for spring semester, which I’m totally nervous about.  So, I’ve started to look around for basic web design info to get an idea of what I’ve gotten myself into.  I found this infographic on responsive web design helpful and I hope you do as well!


Bibliolinks: On the most expensive books ever sold and more

Happy Friday!  I’m finally getting rid of the jet lag that has been slowing me down since I got back home two weeks ago.  I’m still catching up on news and some class work, but almost back to normal.  Now I’ve just been trying to decide which classes to sign up for in the spring semester.  I’m so happy that I only have three electives left to take, but that also means I should probably be a little more thoughtful about which to register for.

This weekend, I plan to finish going through my Iran photos because people want to see them, doing some volunteering, and hopefully seeing friends.

stereo-2802 In the Great Sutro Baths, San Francisco, 1898.  Source.

stereo-2802.  In the Great Sutro Baths, San Francisco, 1898. Source.

Here’s some links for the weekend!

America’s top rated libraries for 2014.  Very happy to see the San Francisco Public Library system highly rated on the list.

Books to look for in November, from The New Yorker.

Have you heard about Sweet’N Low sponsoring an e-book for product placement?

The 10 most expensive books ever sold.

The new Palo Alto library has opened and I want to go see it.

The book designer’s challenge.

Cary Elwes has written a book on the making of “The Princess Bride”.  I must read this.

The Moscow Metro is now offering e-books for download while waiting for your train.

A handbook on federal librarianship, from the Library of Congress.

Digitizing 3-D photographs from the 1800s (direct link to collection here).

Library Thing for Libraries has improved its reading recommendations feature.

The secret stars of the San Francisco Public Library.  This article is a little older, but I’m just coming across it now.

How to deal with information overload [infographic]

I hope you had a fun and relaxing Labor Day weekend!

I don’t know about you, but something that I feel constantly challenged by is managing information overload.  Especially overwhelming for me is dealing with my email.  I consistently have several hundred unread emails (personal and work) and no matter how hard I try to battle it, it just keeps on coming!  This infographic by Social Caffeine gives some nice tips to help handle info overload.


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What you need to know about copyright in education [infographic]

Ah, copyright.  A tricky and confusing subject that I most definitely can’t claim to be an expert on.  I’ve taken two classes so far that have touched upon copyright and fair use.  What I’ve learned is that there are a lot of gray areas in the world of copyright law.

This infographic from Langwitches helps guide users through how to determine if they can use something for teaching or school work.  Click on the image to expand.


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Hashtag etiquette [infographic]

I’m admittedly somewhat hashtag-averse.  But I think it’s due to their overuse and, in many cases, usage of irrelevant terms.  I pretty much can’t even look at any social media post that has more than a couple of hashtags now.  Instead of seeing the content, all I can see is #####!  This succinct infographic from Agile Impact gives helpful tips on hashtag etiquette.


Currently reading: The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh

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