library day in the life, #libday8

I’m participating in Library Day in the Life hosted by Bobbi Newman of Librarian by Day. I slept in this morning because I just wasn’t ready to face Tuesday. The two dogs and my husband were sleeping soundly so why should I be crawling around at day break? It means…

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collision spaces

On a faculty survey I distributed in October 2011, I asked about library space. Individual workspace was far more important, they reported to me, than group space. As they are mostly visual artists and performers, I wasn’t entirely surprised. But, I wondered, are they being their most creative sitting alone…

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the machine s/tops us

E.M. Forster’s 1909 short work The Machine Stops is early for technology doom but it wasn’t the first nor last look at our dependence on the mechanical. Reading it reminds me of so many other stories, songs, movies, and other storytelling devices that I believe The Machine Stops must be…

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the beautiful forevers

Boo, Katherine. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity. New York: Random House, 2011. Annawadi is a Mumbai slum of about 3,000, nestled near the Sahar International Airport and a sewage lake. Pulitzer Prize winner Boo spent three years observing and asking questions of Annawadi’s…

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